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How the spoken audio works

Posted by universalis on 31 August 2022

The spoken audio of the Readings at Mass and of the Liturgy of the Hours is available on subscription. It is very simple to use. If you haven’t tried it before, do! You can listen to a sample before you subscribe.

How it works is this: you press the Play button, and a real, recorded human voice will speak the whole of the page you are looking at: the readings at Mass or one of the Hours. A yellow highlight follows the spoken lines and sentences, so you always know where you are.

You can read more about it all here for Android and here for iPhone and iPad.

The purpose of this blog post is to go just a little below the surface so that you can understand how it all behaves.

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Catholic Calendar on very old iPads

Posted by universalis on 25 August 2022

If you are using Catholic Calendar on a very old iPad running iOS 9.3.5, you may have difficulty activating it with your registration code. An error message can appear saying “An SSL error has occurred and a secure connection to the server cannot be established”.

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Technical: avoiding dark mode on the Mac

Posted by universalis on 22 March 2021

Mac OS has a ‘dark mode’, in which text is light on a dark background, taking us back to the 1980s and the era of VDUs. The Universalis app and program for the Mac now obey the dark mode and if you select it in the system settings, the text in Universalis will be light on a dark background.

It appears that some people want to have Mac OS in dark mode but still have Universalis displaying dark text on a light background. This is rather an unexpected requirement, but Mac OS does allow this to happen. Here are the instructions.

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Apple users in New Zealand: calendar synchronization bug

Posted by universalis on 20 October 2011

A user in New Zealand has reported an interesting problem. He uses the Universalis application on his iPhone to create a “Universalis Automatic” event calendar with details of each day’s feast. He then plugs his iPhone into his Mac and synchronizes it, and finds that on his Mac, in iCal, every feast appears one day late.

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Windows Phone 7

Posted by universalis on 24 November 2010

The Windows Mobile version of the Universalis download will not work on Windows Phone 7. This is the result of a deliberate policy decision by Microsoft and there is nothing that we are able to do about it. Unless and until Microsoft change their mind, the only options for Universalis users (apart from the web site) are e-books or the automated email service.

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Pasting into Word

Posted by universalis on 6 February 2009

If you copy and paste the contents of a Universalis page (for example, Vespers) from Microsoft Internet Explorer to Microsoft Word, then you will find that the leftmost half an inch of each psalm is missing. This is a Microsoft bug. If you use a different web browser, such as Mozilla Firefox, you will not have the problem.

Here are two ways of working round this problem.

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