RMS II
RMS Rater Application

(rev. 23-Sep-08)


RMS Rater


Introduction

The RMS Rater application lets users SDO rate a set of RMS sound files which have previously been recorded by an RMS Server. RMS Rater lets users listen to an RMS sound file and then SDO rate the sound using an interface similar to that used in the PalmRater application. Once a set of sounds has been rated, the user can generate a "ratings" text file which includes the SDO rating for each sound file. This ratings text file can then be submitted directly to the FMDS system via FTP.

System Requirements

CPU:           Any 680x0 or PowerPC Macintosh, PowerBook, or clone
Memory Usage:  3.0MB
Disk Usage:    2.0MB
Network:       none required
OS:            System 9.1 or later, with CarbonLib 1.6 or later; or OS X 10.2 or later (10.4 or later to use .tgz)

Software Components

Software Installation

  1. Copy the application file "RMS Rater" to a folder on the Mac's hard disk.
  2. Copy the "Languages", "Broadcasters", and "Locations" files to the same folder that contains the RMS Rater application.
  3. Install the RealPlayer application using the installer provided by RealNetworks, Inc.
  4. Restart your Mac and rebuild the desktop (restart your Mac and then hold down the Option and Command keys just after the row of icons at the bottom of your screen finishes appearing, but before the desktop windows appear).

Software Setup

Before you can rate sounds with the RMS Rater application, you must first edit the Languages, Broadcasters, and Locations files to include the languages, broadcasters, and locations that are appropriate for your rating session.

The Languages and Broadcasters text files contain a list of the languages and broadcasters, respectively, which are appropriate for your location. The languages and broadcasters listed in these text files will appear in the RMS Rater window, and are used when rating an RMS sound file.

Each line in these files contains a single text string, which is either a language or a broadcaster. Language strings are limited to 4 characters, and Broadcaster strings are limited to 6 characters. Any language and broadcaster strings which exceed these limits will be truncated by RMS Rater. To edit the Languages and Broadcasters files:

  1. Quit the RMS Rater application.
  2. Open the Languages or Broadcasters file in the BBEdit application. Simply add/change/remove strings from the text file and then save the file. Note that all leading and trailing spaces on a line, as well as blank lines, will be ignored. The next time you run RMS Rater application, it will utilize the new Languages and Broadcasters settings in its SDO rating dialogs.

The Locations text file contains a list of RMS locations and their equivalent FMDS counterparts. In order for you to rate sounds from a given location, it must appear in this file.

Each line in this file contains a text string of the form <RMSlocation> = <FMDSlocation> where <RMSlocation> is a 4 character RMS site code and <FMDSlocation> is the corresponding 3 character FMDS location code. To edit the Locations file:

  1. Quit the RMS Rater application.
  2. Open the Locations file in the BBEdit application. Simply add/change/remove lines from the text file and then save the file. Note that all leading and trailing spaces on a line will be ignored. The next time you run the RMS Rater application, it will utilize the new Locations mappings when it generates an FMDS observations file.

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