Christopher Doty suomichris at GMAIL.COM
Tue Mar 31 18:55:13 UTC 2009

Kind of off-topic from the original question, but some might find the
below helpful...

Re: keyboard commands conflicting with IPA characters: there are a
couple of workarounds to this.  First is a keyboard layout called
IPAKeys (download link:  It installs a keyboard in
the 'International' settings, letting you switch to an IPA keyboard.

If you still have conflicts, you can also check out a program from SIL
called Ukelele [sic], which allows you to build your own keyboard
layout, and install it just like IPAKeys.  A nice feature of Ukelele
is that it also allows you to edit keyboard layouts, so you could take
the IPAKeys layout as a starting place, and only change the key
combinations which cause problems for you.  More information about
Ukelele can be found at:

One final handy solution for customizing your keyboard is a utility
called DoubleCommand, which lets one modify what the various
'command', 'utility', 'open apple' keys do.  So, for example, I have
the 'enter' key at the lower-right of my keyboard mapped to function
as a 'command' key.  This is a system-wide change, so it won't
directly solve key combinations conflicts, but it can make typing IPA
characters easier/more comfortable. More info on DoubleCommand here:

Re: emulators.  Another option, for folks who haven't purchased
something like VMFusionWare or Parallels is Sun Microsystem's
VirtualBox, which is free, and works great.  More info about this



On Tue, Mar 31, 2009 at 04:48,  <lr81 at> wrote:
> Hi Margeret,
> I have had similar problems ever since I bought a Mac two years ago at the
> start of my PhD documenting an endangered language of Cameroon. I briefly
> looked at transcriber recently, but didn't have the time to look into it too
> carefully. I have also played with ELAN, but unfortunately you will likely
> get similar problems as with transcriber. I use a keyboard program to be
> able to type easily in IPA unicode, but the key seuqences I need to write my
> IPA doubles up as ELAN commands so that each time I try to type /ŋ/ it
> causes the whole program to shake. However if you are not using IPA this may
> not affect you and otherwise I think ELAN is worthwhile.
> Another question you posed was about virtual PC environments or emulators. I
> have been using Crossover (a PC emulator) so that I can run SILʼs toolbox
> although I havenʼt tried the emulator with transcriber or ELAN. I have found
> Crossover works pretty well, but if you try running too many programs at the
> same time on your computer, the program you are running on crossover wil
> tend to crash regularly. Luckily this doesnʼt necessarily mean lost data,
> but it is annonying.
> Hope this helps,
> Laura Robson
> PhD Anthropology and Linguistics
> Department of Anthropology
> University of Kent
> UK
> lr81 at
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Margaret Carew <margaret.carew at>
> Date: Tuesday, March 31, 2009 5:25 am
> Subject: Transcriber
> To: Resource-Network-Linguistic-Diversity at
>> Hi there
>> I've just made the transition from PC to Mac, all ok, except I
>> can't get
>> transcriber to work. I have it loaded and it runs, I see a wave
>> form but get
>> no audio. I'm trying this on a 6 month old Macbook Pro, running
>> OSX and
>> transcriber 1.4.5 - this is the only download that works.
>> I've read through the rnld archive on transcriber questions,
>> somewhere Nick
>> mentioned that transcriber's on its way out. Is this right?
>> Should I invest
>> time in getting it working, or switch to another eg. Elan. Some
>> issues with
>> this latter option are that I have transcriber files that I need
>> to continue
>> working on. I also like transcriber as it's basic and easy, elan
>> is more
>> challenging, especially when I need to use it with students.
>> Another option might be for me to use it in the virtual PC environment
>> enabled by fusion, which I have installed. Has anyone tried this?
>> Thanks
>> --
>> Margaret Carew
>> Lecturer - Centre for Australian Languages and Linguistics
>> Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education
>> Alice Springs NT 0870
>> 08 8951 8339
>> 0422 418 559
>> margaret.carew at

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