Hello helpful Audacity staff,
After successfully using some basic features in Audacity, I also was finally successful in installing and using TiMidity for converting MIDI files to WAV with invaluable help from steve… now I’m trying to find out if I’m going up a dead-end ally with my next audio related project.
I wanted to ask if anyone knows of a way to embed a sound file in to an email in such a way that it starts playing automatically when the email is opened.
I got all kinds of input and tried quite a few things that were supposed to make that work, but apparently email client software makers have almost completely stripped that feature of embedding an audio file into an email to make it play automatically because spammers were abusing it. Now apparently that feature is only available, that I can find out about, in MS Outlook.
I tried Thunderbird, which I use for email, and its “Options>Format>HTML” then “Insert>HTML” trick to try to make an audio file play automatically or to present a play button within the email, and I even tried inserting several different chunks of code, but none of it worked on the receiving end when the email came through in Windows Live Mail 2011 or Thunderbird recipient email client programs… once with the code it looked like it was trying to put some kind of a player interface in an email because there was a box that showed up on the received email, but that was it, just an empty box.
I know all the receiver has to do is to double-click on the attached audio file and it will play in their default audio player, but sometimes even that is too hard for my mom or some other less than computer savvy family members of mine because they can’t find the attachment icon on the email.
Yesterday I installed and tried the “Send-A-Message” application, but it turns out that it just attaches the audio file recordings that it can make to an email and those have to be double-clicked to play on the receiving end anyway… Inventivio support staff answered an email that I sent to them and confirmed that Send-A-Message just attaches their sound files to an email the same way as anyone can and there are no other options.
And, speaking of the Inventivio Send-A-Message app, they have sound effect files that can be downloaded in “PTH”, “PTD” “BKH” and “BKD” format… does anyone know what those formats are and if they can be converted to something usable outside of Send-A-Message?.. I’m gergling this topic now, but there are allot of results to sort through with many trap-door buttons on these webpages that could lead to mean viruses.
Thanks very much,