RMS Rater Application
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.
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)
- RMS Rater application (v4.5.1)
- RealNetworks RealPlayer application (v5.0) for Real Audio
only; QuickTime for mp4 sounds
- Languages (sample file)
- Broadcasters (sample file)
- Locations (sample file)
- Copy the application file "RMS Rater" to a folder on the Mac's
- Copy the "Languages", "Broadcasters", and "Locations" files to
the same folder that contains the RMS Rater application.
- Install the RealPlayer application using the installer
provided by RealNetworks, Inc.
- 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).
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
- Quit the RMS Rater application.
- 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
- Quit the RMS Rater application.
- 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
- When you run RMS Rater for the first time, you'll notice that
it creates 4 folders on your hard disk, in the same location as
the Rater application: "_Sounds", "_Sounds Rated", "_For FMDS",
and "_For FMDS - Sent". The "_Sounds" folder contains the sound
files you wish to SDO rate, and "_Sounds Rated" contains the sound
files you've already rated and then recorded via the Generate
Ratings File command. "_For FMDS" contains observation files that
you've generated, and "_For FMDS - Sent" contains the observation
files after the application has FTP'ed them to FMDS.
- To use RMS Rater, you must first place the sound files you
wish to rate into the "_Sounds" folder. The easiest method for
locating the sounds to rate is to use the RMS Web Player to select
the set of sound files you're interested in, and then download
them from the Web using the Web Player (for more information on
how to use the RMS Web Player, refer to the RMS Web Player
documentation). Or, to automate this process, your TMO can set up
RMS AutoDownloader to provide you with a directory on an FTP
server that is automatically refreshed with compressed archives of
sounds to rate. In this case, you can use the Fetch Sounds to Rate
menu command to fetch (via FTP) the sounds from that folder into
the "_Sounds" folder on your local computer. Note that you may
place entire folders of sound files into the "_Sounds" folder;
these source folders may contain other sub-folders nested to any
level. Once you've placed the files to rate in the "_Sounds"
folder, run the RMS Rater application, or use the Refresh Sounds
If you use the Fetch Sounds to Rate option, you may enter the
URLs for up to 4 different FTP servers. You can turn On or Off
fetching from a particular server by clicking the ENABLED check
box next to each URL. At the bottom of the window are check boxes
that give you the option to automatically delete files from the
FTP server after downloading, and/or automatically delete the
downloaded archives after expanding on your local computer.
- When the RMS Rater application starts up, it displays a
"Sounds to Rate" window containing the list of sounds to be rated.
You may zero in on sounds from a specific location using the popup
menu, or view sounds from all locations. Sounds which have not yet
been rated appear in black text, with no check mark in the first
column. Rated sounds appear in blue and have a check mark in the
first column. To listen to a sound, select it in the list and
click the Play button, or simply double click the sound in the
list. RMS Rater will start the RealPlayer or QuickTime application
to play the sound.
- RMS Rater also displays a SDO Rating section, which is used to
rate the currently selected sound. To rate a sound, first select
the sound in the list, then use the buttons, popups, and edit
fields in the SDO Rating section to enter the rating information
for the sound. Once you've filled in the rating information, you
need to submit the rating in order for the rating data to be
saved. To do this, click the Submit button in the SDO Rating
window. Once submitted, the rated sound will be "checked off" and
drawn in blue in the "Sounds to Rate" window. Note that once a
sound is rated, it cannot be re-rated.
- As a shortcut, you may click the 'Submit, Then Play' button
(or merely type the Return or Enter key) to submit the current
rating data and then automatically play the next sound in the
- There are several shortcuts to entering the SDO rating
information using the keyboard. The dark outline focus that
appears around the button clusters and edit boxes determines where
the keyboard input is directed.
- If the focus is around a cluster of buttons, you may type
the button label to "push" that button. For example, if the
focus is around the Signal buttons 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, then typing
"4" will push the button labelled "4". For convenience, the
focus is automatically advanced to the next input area (in this
example, to the Degradation button cluster).
- For the button clusters that have a blank button, a lower
case button, and an upper case button (e.g. " ", "v", "V"), you
may type the space bar, the lower case character, or the upper
case character respectively to "push" the appropriate
- You may type the Tab key to skip to the next focus area,
and Shift-Tab to go back to the previous focus area.
- For Offset data entry, you may click one of the provided
buttons (e.g. -10, -5, 0, 5, 10), or just type the offset
number into the associated edit box. Typing into the edit box
also allows you to enter offsets that are not provided by one
of the buttons (e.g. -3).
- Typing the Return or Enter key is the same as clicking the
"Submit, Then Play" button.
- Typing the Up and Down arrow keys changes the selection in
the list of sounds (when not focused in an edit box).
- You may only rate AM sounds, not FM ones. If you select an FM
sound (i.e. a frequency that has a "." in it, implying MHz) you
may listen to it, but the SDO Rating section will be disabled.
- When you've finished rating the sounds, invoke the Generate
Ratings File command in the File menu. The Rater will create a
text file that contains the ratings for each of the sounds you've
rated for each location. Once the file(s) are generated, each
rated sound file in "_Sounds" will automatically be moved to the
"_Sounds Rated" folder. In addition, the list of sounds in the
"Sounds to Rate" window will update to indicate the rated sounds
are no longer available for rating. The Rater will then give you
the opportunity to FTP the ratings files to an ftp URL that you
specify. You can enter the FMDS "modat_incoming" url to have the
files sent to that directory via FTP. After the files are sent to
FMDS, they are moved to the "_For FMDS - Sent" folder on your
computer. Contact your TMO to determine the correct URL to use
when FTP'ing the ratings files to FMDS.