Voice prompts

Abel can make verbal prompts for common ringing commands such as "Go" and "That's All", and for calls when ringing touches ("Bob", "Single"). It also uses method name prompts so that it can say "Go Plain Bob", or to change method when ringing spliced. When appropriate, it also puts a prompt in the middle of the screen.

You can control which of the voice prompts Abel makes from the Sound Options dialog. If you want to ring non-conducted (that is, with no calls spoken or shown on screen), you can specify this in the Ringing Options dialog.

Method name prompts

Although Abel's library of method name prompts is extensive, you may find that it doesn't include one that you want. If this happens, you can record your own prompts. See Configuring method details to find out more.

General ringing prompts

Abel includes as standard prompts for "Go", "Rounds", "That's All", "Stand" and a few other general commands. It also has prompts for "one", "two", " "twenty two", plus "to" and "lead", which are used for call changes. These commands are stored in Abel's Prompts directory, with names that describe the prompt. They are all standard Windows WAV files.

Turning off an individual prompt

Also included is a file called "quiet.wav". You can use this file to turn off any individual prompt for example, if you don't want Abel to call "Stand" when the ringing has finished. If you want to do this:

Configuring 'special' calls

If you want to ring doubles using Extremes, or surprise with half lead singles, or some other method that uses non-standard calls, you might want to change the default behaviour of the "Call X" and "Call Y" prompts. See methods and method collections for a general discussion of these special calls.

By default, callx.wav contains the word "Extreme" and cally.wav contains the word "Omit". If you want to change these to suit your own purpose, and the prompt you need already exists, then:

If the prompt you need doesn't already exist you will need to record it yourself. To do this, you will need to have a microphone attached to your PC. Then, use a program such as the Windows Sound Recorder to record your new prompt, and save the WAV file in Abel's Prompts directory, using an appropriate name. (e.g "Red Bob" or "Pink Single"). Once you have the prompts you need, copy them to callx.wav or cally.wav as appropriate.