What's new?

Latest changes in Praat.

6.4.12 (2 May 2024)

Align interval: fewer error messages.

6.4.11 (26 April 2024)

• Menu commands that call a script (e.g. those that were added from a plug-in) are now visible as such by being marked with a little “+” sign.
• Fixed a bug that could cause the SpeechSynthesizer to mishandle European characters with accents on Linux.

6.4.10 (21 April 2024)

• Function windows: fixed a problem that could cause Praat to crash when doing all after Group when windows had a different duration.

6.4.09 (20 April 2024)

• TextGrid window: fixed a rare problem with Align interval that could lead to a zero-length interval.
• Windows ARM64 edition: fixed a bug that would cause Align interval to crash.
Sound & TextGrid: Align interval... now also available in the Objects window.

6.4.08 (14 April 2024)

• Windows: fixed a problem with the right and bottom edges of windows (half-visible scroll bars) for the Intel editions (the ARM64 edition still has this problem).
• Scripting: fixed a bug that could cause Praat to crash when an unknown choice was given to an option menu.
• MelSpectrogram: fixed a bug that could cause Praat to crash if a mel value was negative.
• DataModeler: improved confidence limits on estimated model parameters.

6.4.07 (17 March 2024)

• The command Sound & Pitch: To PointProcess (cc), which is also used when computing the times of pulses in the Sound window, could cause Praat to freeze when the pitch ceiling (and the measured pitch) were very high; this problem existed since at least 2001.
• eSpeak: new version, with e.g. Tigrinya.
• Support for 119-dpi graphics on Windows.
• Repaired a bug that could cause the Artword windows to crash if the Time field was left empty.

6.4.06 (25 February 2024)

• Sound files on Windows: corrected a bug (existing since July 2021) that prevented reading FLAC files with special characters in their names.
• FormantPathEditor without Sound: corrected several bugs that caused Praat to crash (such as Formant listing, using the Pitch menu...).
• Spectrogram painting: improved painting of very quiet spectrograms at extreme dynamic ranges.
• Scripting: folderExists.
• Scripting: home-relative paths (such as ~/sounds/*.wav) in more locations, such as fileNames$#, Create Strings as file list..., and createFolder.

6.4.05 (27 January 2024)

• Many typos in manual.
• Made TIMIT label files readable on Windows.
• Prevented 8000 files from being read at start-up.
• Mac and Linux scripting: fileReadable now returns 0 if the argument is a folder (as already on Windows).

6.4.04 (6 January 2024)

• Typo in example script in manual.
• ARM64 edition for Linux (Ubuntu 20.04 and up).
• ARM64 edition for Chromebook (2020 and later).

6.4.03 (4 January 2024)

• ARM64 edition for Windows.
• ARM64 edition for Linux (Ubuntu 22.04 and up).
• ARM64 edition for Chromebook (2022 and later).

6.4.02 (30 December 2023)

• Saving sounds as MP3 files.

6.4.01 (30 November 2023)

• Removed some visible percent signs before variable names from the scripting tutorial.
• SoundEditor/TextGridEditor logging: when logging 'f0', Praat now correctly reports values in Hz (rather than logarithms) if Unit is set to “Hertz (logarithmic)”. This bug had existed since Praat version 4.3.16 (June 2005).
• SoundEditor/TextGridEditor scripting compatibility: made old versions of “Pitch settings...” and “Advanced pitch settings...” available to scripts again, made the old denominations “autocorrelation” and “cross-correlation” (as pitch analysis methods) available to scripts again, and made obsolete versions of pitch analysis settings (such as “Pitch silence threshold”) available again, now under the COMPATIBILITY section of the output of “Editor info”. This will allow older editor scripts to continue to run without change.

6.4 (15 November 2023)

• New pitch analysis methods: Sound: To Pitch (filtered ac)... and Sound: To Pitch (filtered cc)....
Sound: To Pitch (filtered ac)... has become the preferred method for measuring vocal-fold vibration and intonation (Sound: To Pitch (raw cc)... is still the preferred method for voice analysis). See How to choose a pitch analysis method.

6.3.20 (24 October 2023)

• SpeechSynthesizer and automatic alignment in TextGridEditor: worked around a bug introduced in 6.3.18 that caused incorrect rendering of phonemes consisting of four UTF-8 bytes (such as /ɔː/).
• SpeechSynthesizer and automatic alignment in TextGridEditor: worked around a very old bug that deleted word-final /l/ in Dutch and English.

6.3.19 (20 October 2023)

• MacOS: resolved a crash when Praat started up on macOS 12 or older (worked around a bug in the Xcode linker that comes with macOS 14 Sonoma).

6.3.18 (8 October 2023)

SpeechSynthesizer: included the new version of eSpeak (development 1.52), which has 133 languages.
Add to menu...: you can now add separators, headers and indented submenus to menus in editor windows.
• Scripting: new functions index_caseInsensitive, rindex_caseInsensitive, startsWith_caseInsensitive, endsWith_caseInsensitive fileNames_caseInsensitive$#, folderNames_caseInsensitive$#.

6.3.17 (10 September 2023)

• SoundEditor: three Paste options, namely Paste before selection (Shift-Command-V), Paste over selection (Option-Command-V), and the already existing Paste after selection (still Command-V).
• All editor windows: extended the old single-level Undo and Redo to a ten-level Undo and Redo.
• Scripting: the new runSystem$ and runSubprocess$ return the output of the system command or subprocess.
• Scripting: runSystem, runSystem$, runSubprocess and runSubprocess$ report any error messages generated by the system command or subprocess.
• PointEditor (pulses): settable Period floor, Period ceiling, Maximum period factor and Maximum amplitude factor, for jitter and shimmer measurements.

6.3.16 (29 August 2023)

• Sound analysis areas: better visible contrast in intensity curve (green on lime).
• Windows: repaired a bug introduced in 6.3.10 (as a result of the repair mentioned there) by which the Demo window would be insensitive to arrow keys.
• SpeechSynthesizer: repaired a bug that caused Get phonemes from text... to return empty text.
• Repaired a bug that caused Praat to crash when you supplied 0 for the channel number in Sound: Get nearest zero crossing....

6.3.15 (23 August 2023)

• SpeechSynthesizer: improvements in Get phonemes from text...
• Scripting: part#, part##, selected$#.

6.3.14 (4 August 2023)

• Repaired a bug that occurred when saving a FormantPath to disk.

6.3.13 (31 July 2023)

• Repaired a bug introduced in 6.3.12 by which a link to a file wasn’t found in external manual pages.

6.3.12 (24 July 2023)

• Improvements in manual, including corrections on layout problems introduced in version 6.3.11.

6.3.11 (17 July 2023)

• VowelEditor: repaired a bug by which the VowelEditor wouldn’t start up if an incorrect marks file had previously been specified.
• Mac: use a Cherokee font that distinguishes "ka" and "wo" well.
• OTMulti: vertical constraint names support newlines and disharmonies.
• Text windows are one tab plus 84.5 characters wide.
• Table: Get all values in column....
• Undocumented alpha support for Praat notebooks.
• Formulas: correlation (vec1#, vec2#), vertical$ (for formatting string arrays).
• Scripting: readFile#, readFile##.

6.3.10 (3 May 2023)

• Windows: repaired a bug by which key strokes would no longer go to the Demo window after a pause window with no text fields was closed.
• Repaired a bug in the VowelEditor by which it would crash when starting up if fewer than 4 numbers had been set in the “Extra formant–bandwidth pairs” field.
• FormantPathEditor improvements.
• Undocumented alpha support for Praat notebooks.
• Scripting: vector literals can be indexed.
• Better interactions between editor scripts and pause windows.

6.3.09 (2 March 2023)

• SpeechSynthesizer can do eSpeak’s grapheme-to-phoneme conversion in 130 languages.
• FormantPath can now have time stretches that are not aligned to frame boundaries.
• Stabler handling of edge cases in editor scripting.
• Corrected an at least 23-year-old bug by which menu titles could not be greyed out on Windows.

6.3.08 (10 February 2023)

• Corrected a bug introduced in 6.3.04 by which word and sentence would not work in new-style script forms.

6.3.07 (6 February 2023)

• Corrected an old bug that caused Matrix: Draw as squares to crash on a 1×1 matrix.
• NoulliGrid window: “NoulliGrid” menu.
• Scripting: faster vectors in arguments to runScript().

6.3.06 (31 January 2023)

• Corrected a bug introduced in 6.3.04 by which optionmenu would not work in new-style script forms.
• Scripting: min(), max(), imin() and imax() for vectors.

6.3.05 (27 January 2023)

• Corrected a bug introduced in 6.3.04 by which some old-style forms could not be read.
• Repaired an old bug by which chooseReadString$() could crash on Linux.

6.3.04 (24 January 2023)

• Playing multiple sounds with Play now concatenates them without breaks, and is interruptable by the Escape key.
• Renamed the remaining occurrences of Preferences to Settings (old scripts will continue to work).
Create Polygon from values...
Sound: To Sound (derivative)...
• Scripting: forms now look more like other commands.
• Scripting: forms can contain infile, outfile, folder, realvector, positivevector, integervector and naturalvector fields.
• Scripting: in forms and pause forms, you can now set the number of lines in text, infile, outfile, folder, and vector fields.

6.3.03 (17 December 2022)

• Sound files: read Kay® Nasometer™ files (as separate channels).
• Script window: indent and exdent.
• Scripting: conserve editor environment in runScript.

6.3.02 (29 November 2022)

• Linux: corrected a bug introduced in 6.2.20 by which typing Tab would not start a Sound.
• Sound window: corrected a bug introduced in 6.2.19 by which drawing selection hairs could not be switched off (or on) when painting a spectrogram to the Picture window.

6.3.01 (21 November 2022)

• Fixed a crash introduced in 6.3 when closing an editor window by choosing Close (or by typing Command-W).

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