uPrompt Nomad is a light-weight teleprompter designed for people on-the-go.
- Main Menu
- Teleprompter help
- Editor Help
- Settings Help
- Uninstalling the Chrome Web App
uPrompt Nomad’s main menu is accessable via mouse or touch. Clicking on an icon will take you to the appropriate page. One thing to note about uPrompt Nomad’s main menu is that when the teleprompter begins scrolling text, it will fade from view so you can concentrate on the text. To restore the menu, you’ll need to double click/touch the teleprompter screen to reset the teleprompter. The menu will automatically fade back into existence.
The teleprompter is the heart and soul of uPrompt Nomad. Learning how to use it will be essential to producing great video and audio. In order to make it as user friendly as possible, only single clicks/taps, double clicks/taps and slider bars are used to control every aspect of uPrompt Nomad.
Starting and stopping the scroll
To start or stop the script scrolling, simply tap on the text. Once you begin the script scrolling, the main menu will fade from view.
Resetting the teleprompter
To reset the script back to the beginning, double click/tap anywhere on the screen. Once the script resets back to the start position, the main menu will fade back into view.
Adjusting the speed
uPrompt Nomad uses a simple slider control located at the bottom left of the teleprompter screen to adjust the speed at which the script scrolls. If you’re recording audio, one trick is to set the speed faster than you’d expect to read and then click/tap on the text to pause and restart it. This setting is automatically saved and will be remembered the next time you restart uPropmt Nomad.
Adjusting the font size
The font size slider is located at the bottom right of the teleprompter screen. Slide it left to reduce the script font size and to the right to increase. If you’re recording video, a tip to make you look more professional is to increase the font size and move the teleprompter further away. If it’s too close, the audience will see your eyes moving as you read the script. This setting is automatically saved and will be remembered the next time you restart uPropmt Nomad.
The Countdown Clock
uPrompt Nomad features an easy to read coundown clock that shows the amount of time remaining until the end of the script. If you’re trying to make your script fit within an allotted time period, along with editing the script size, you can adjust the scroll speed and/or the font size to get a very accurate estimate of how long it’ll take to read the script.
uPrompt Nomad features a built-in editor with spell check that allows you to either write your script from scratch, or paste text from word processor. When you edit your script, the teleprompter text is automatically updated to reflect your most recent changes. You don’t need to save a script before you begin teleprompting.
uPrompt Nomad also has the ability to save scripts to your computer or hand-held device. uPrompt Nomad includes a built in ability to find and read only it’s scripts. You won’t have to go rooting through all of your files to find a script you previously wrote. uPrompt Nomad knows where it is.
And, if your list of saved scripts becomes too large, you can simly click the delete button, select the one you want to remove, select ok and it’s gone.
uPrompt Nomad’s editor is also smart enough to detect changes in your script. Should you try to load a script before saving changes to the current one, it’ll let you know.
Warning: If you need to clear your browser cache, clearing the cookies and plugin data will also erase all of your saved scripts and your uPrompt Nomad configuration settings!
While the editor and teleprompter have no theoretical limit (other than the memory limitations of the machine it’s running on) to script sizes, performance will begin to degrade when extremely large amounts of text are loaded. For our own testing purposes, we have loaded the entire King James version of the Bible into uPrompt Nomad. While it did still scroll the script, there was considerable delay in the performance. If you need to work with text that large, we recommend you break it into multiple saves.
At present, there are three user configurable settings.
The Editor Font Size
Adjusting the slider for the Editor Font Size will increase or decrease the editor font based on pixels. This setting is automatically saved and will be remembered the next time you restart uPropmt Nomad.
Prior to starting the scrolling of the script in the teleprompter, uPrompt Nomad can display a countdown. You can adjust this countdown from 0 to 10 seconds with 0 telling uPrompt Nomad to start the teleprompter immediately after you click/tap the screen. If the countdown is not set to 0, large numbers will appear and fade out, counting down the seconds until the teleprompter begins scrolling. This is handy for multiple reasons, if you also count the numbers aloud, you’ll be able to select the exact point where an audio/video recording starts should you need to edit it later. It also gives you the opportunity to start the script and change your location before the script begins scrolling.
uPrompt Nomad is unique among teleprompters in that it allows the use of webfonts. To use webfonts, you can visit webfont collections like the on at https://www.google.com/fonts. Using Google Fonts as an example, you can choose the font you’d like from those on display. Below that font will be an icon called “Quick Use”. Once the font information is displayed, there will be a window called “Add this code to your website.” Inside that box will be a link that looks like this: <link href=’https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Open+Sans’ rel=’stylesheet’ type=’text/css’>
Using this as an example, you’d enter in the Family Name box, “Open Sans”
In the WebFont URL you would enter: https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Open+Sans
And then click on the OK button. There won’t be any confirmation but, if you go to the teleprompter screen, you should see the loaded teleprompter script in this new font. This information will be stored by uPrompt Nomad so that the next time you restart it, this webfont information will still be loaded.
To go back to using the default teleprompter font, Arial, simply click on the “Default Font” button.
Note: Webfonts do not currently work with the Chrome Web App version. We are researching this and looking for a solution. However, we’ve left it enabled as entering anything into the family name and url text boxes and clicking ‘Load Webfont’ will change the teleprompter font to serif.
Uninstalling the Chrome Web App
The version of uPrompt Nomad you currently have installed may differ from the version listed on the Chrome Web Store as being the most current version. Before you uninstall uPrompt Nomad from your collection of apps in order to upgrade, be aware that your registration information, settings and all of your scripts will vanish when you do. Sooner or later, Google will get around to updating your copy. When it does, all of your data and settings will be preserved.