About Blither!

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Meet Blither!

Blither! is an exciting new mobile app game that generates random and amazing sentences in a variety of categories.

What makes it fun is that you can completely customize the words and names that show up in the sentences.

And now, with the Favorite Words feature, your most recently added words and words you've chosen as favorites show up right away in sentences, and are displayed in bold.






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Blither! in a Nutshell

At the heart of Blither! are its multiple categories, or grammars. Blither! lets you choose from 89 different grammars -- or it will select one for you at random!

In the Settings view, suppose you select the Fortune Cookie grammar.

Select the Sentences to see a newly generated batch of random fortunes.
The Words view shows the parts of speech for the Fortune Cookie grammar.

Suppose you want to add a new Adjective.

Touch the microphone button and dictate the word magnificent.
Type the new word magnificent.
When you're done, you see that magnificent has been added to the list of Fortune Cookie adjectives. It has a star next to it, to show that it's one of your Favorite Words.
Select the Sentences view, and the new word magnificent is featured in a new batch of fortunes.

Favorite Words are displayed in bold.

Select a fortune you particularly like by tapping it. The popup menu appears.

The menu provides Social Media integration for sentence sharing. You can customize this menu in the Advanced Settings view.

With Blither! 2012, you can select Speak! to have your sentence read aloud in one of 7 randomly selected voices.
Select Post! to post your sentence to Facebook.
Confirm your post to Facebook on your own timeline. You can post the sentence, the Blither! screenshot, or both -- or you can change your mind and cancel.

Or you can Tweet, Text, or E-Mail your sentence, if you prefer.

The Advanced Settings view lets you fine-tune your settings for Sentences, Social Media, and Favorite Words.

OK, let's get started with Blither! ...

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Getting Started

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Installing Blither!

If you haven't already done so, download Blither! on the App Store℠.
If you haven't already done so, download Blither! on the App Store℠ . If you haven't already done so, download Blither! 2012 on the App Store℠ .

Blither! can be installed on any iPhone®, iPad® or iPod touch® device running iOS v.6.1 or later.

Apple, iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. App Store is a service mark of Apple Inc.

Facebook Login

If this is your first time running Blither!, you'll be asked whether you want to authorize its Facebook social media feature. In order to do this, you must select Login to Facebook Now.

If you aren't currently a Facebook user, or don't wish to authorize this Blither! feature, then select Disable Facebook Feature.  (Don't worry -- you can change your mind later!)

If you'd rather not make up your mind right now, select Decide Later: then you'll be asked again the next time you switch to another app or the Home screen, and then re-activate Blither!.

If you decide to authorize the Facebook feature, you may be asked to log in to Facebook by providing your username and password. Or you may already be logged in, if you have installed the Facebook app, or if you are currently logged in to Facebook in Safari.
Next you will see a screen like this, requesting basic access to your Facebook profile. Don't be alarmed! Blither! does not collect or store any of your profile or friend list data.

Touch the OK button to continue.

Next you'll see this page, indicating that Blither! wants to post on your behalf. Blither! needs this permission in order to post the text and screenshots you choose directly to your Facebook timeline. Don't worry! Blither! will never post to Facebook until you specifically tell it to!

To fully authorize the Facebook social media feature in Blither!, you must select OK. Note that you can also use the Privacy drop-down button to change who will be able to see these posts (default is Friends).

If you decide not to give permission at this time, you can change your mind later -- or you can decide to disable the Facebook feature whenever you like.

That's it! Now you're ready to begin playing with Blither!.

Let the Nonsense Begin!

OK, now it's time to start having fun with Blither!. In the next section, you'll learn about the Sentences view, where you can generate endless batches of nonsense sentences, fortunes, recipes and stories sentences, fortunes and recipes.

You'll also learn about the Social Media features available on the Sentences view popup menu, which enable you to share your favorite Blither! sayings on Facebook or Twitter, or via Text (SMS) or E-Mail.

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Sentences

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Generate Random Sentences

Touch the Blither! button in the upper-right to generate a new batch of nonsense. You can also do this by shaking your device.

Blither! will select a category at random -- perhaps you'll see some Entertainment sayings next.

Scroll the Sentence View

Blither! generates a random number of sentences from 1 to 32.

Scroll down to reveal more of the results.

Change the Font Size

Use the pinch gesture to make the font smaller.
Use the zoom gesture to make the font larger.
Pinching and zooming can be a little tricky, as the window is also scrollable. If you're having trouble with this gesture, you can change the sentence font size in the Advanced Settings view.
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Words

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Parts of Speech

Blither! is even more fun when you customize the vocabulary and add you own favorite words, which will quickly show up in its random nonsense.

Touch the Words tab, and you'll see a list of the grammatical parts of speech for the Entertainment category.

As you scroll down the list, you'll see that, in addition to the typical parts of speech, like Adjectives, Adverbs, Nouns, the Entertainment category contains special parts of speech, such as Broadway Composers, Directors, and Movie Actors, to name a few.

At the heart of Blither! is a basic but flexibly configurable grammatical rule engine, that enables it to generate syntactically correct sentences and texts -- which are likely to be semantically suspect.

Whew! what does that mean? Well, as the words are grouped into the correct part of speech, Blither! will take care of the rest, silly!

Suppose you scroll back up and select Adverbs.

Adding Words

Here you see the list of Adverbs for the Entertainment grammar. Naturally, it's listed alphabetically.
If you touch the letter S in the index on the right, you can see that the adverbs smugly, stirringly, and sweetly are already in the list.

Let's add the adverb slyly. Begin by tapping the + button at the upper-right.

Type the word slyly, and when you're done, tap Done.

If you want to add a bunch of words at once, then tap the Add button after each addition, and tap Done when you're really done.

Touch the microphone button.
Please wait.
Say the word slyly. Then tap the Done button.
That's it! Your dictation is finished. With any luck, your speech was recognized correctly.
Note: if your device supports the internal microphone, you can use it instead to record your words.

Touch the microphone button in the device keyboard, to the left of the space bar. (If your device doesn't support the internal microphone, you won't see the icon there.)

Say the word or phrase you want to record, and then touch Done when you are finished.
The word slyly appears in the edit box.

If it doesn't, you can try tapping the microphone button again - it will automatically clear the text box. (Note: if you are using the internal microphone, you'll have to tap the x in the text box first in order to clear it.) Or you can type the in the word, or make corrections. When you're done, tap Done.

If you want to add a bunch of words at once, then tap the Add button after each addition, and tap Done when you're really done.

The list scrolls back into view. The new adverb slyly is highlighted, and it also has a gold star, indicating that it is a Favorite Word -- all newly added words get favorite status!
Tap the Sentences tab, and a new batch of sentences is generated, some featuring the newly added word.

Notice how slyly shows up in bold.

Favorite Words

As we've just seen, newly added words are automatically treated as Favorite Words. But you can also "favorite" words that are already part of Blither!'s vocabulary.

Suppose you want to flag one of your favorite movie actors. From the top level Entertainment Words page, select the Movie Actors "part of speech".

Scroll down to the letter R.
Select the actor Ryan Gosling.
Tap the Favorite (star) button.
The view scrolls back to the list of actors. Notice that actor Ryan Gosling now has a gold star!
Select the Sentences tab. Now you see that both Ryan Gosling and slyly are being featured in the new batch of sentences.

Note: if you change your mind about Ryan, or about any of your Favorite Words, it's easy to "unfavorite" a word at any time. Just go back to the Words view, find the word, and tap the gold star button again -- it now has a red background. You'll see when the list of words scrolls back into view that the gold star has been removed, meaning that the word is no longer a Favorite Word.

Deleting Words

Blither!'s vocabulary is fully customizable.

Suppose you decide to part with legend of the silent screen Rod La Rocque. First select him in the Movie Actors page.

Touch the red Delete button.
The Actors list scrolls back, and (gasp!) Rod La Rocque is gone! Rod won't be showing up in your sentences from now on, either.

Replacing Words

You can also replace existing words. Suppose you want to modify the noun camera.
Tap the text box and type lens after camera to change the word to camera lens. Or you can tap the microphone button and dictate a replacement.

Notice that the original word camera appears in small type just below the text box.

When you're done, touch the green Replace button.

The list of Nouns reappears, with camera lens selected, and it is marked with a gold star to show that it is now a Favorite Word.
Finally, touch the Sentences tab. A new batch of Entertainment sentences is displayed, featuring your 3 favorite words camera lens, Ryan Gosling, and slyly (though not necessarily in that order).
In the next section, we'll talk about the Settings page, where you can use the grammar picker to select which category Blither! uses in the Sentences and Words pages.

You'll also learn about a few other buttons and controls on the Settings page.

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Settings

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Grammar Picker

The main control on this page is the Grammar Picker, which displays the grammar that is currently selected in Blither!. It also lets you choose a different grammar category.

The categories in Blither! are: Bedtime Stories, Entertainment, Fortune Cookie, Gastronomy, Literature, Music & Arts, Odds & Ends, U.S. History, and World Affairs.

When you select another grammar, the colors change to reflect the new grammar choice. Here's what the page looks like when you select the Gastronomy grammar.

If you touch the Sentences tab now, Blither! will generate a batch of nonsense recipes (i.e., Gastronomy "sentences").

If you touch the Words tab, you'll be able to edit the vocabulary for Gastronomy.

Here is what the Settings page looks like when you select the Odds & Ends grammar.
Here is what the Settings page looks like when you select the World Affairs grammar.

Export Grammar

Back at the Entertainment category, see that the Export Grammar button is displayed. (It's the green button.) Did you notice that it didn't display for the other grammars? That's because we haven't made any changes to them yet.

Touch the Export Grammar button.

You can only export the grammar to Blither! 2012, the talking version of Blither!. Since you probably don't have it installed, most likely you will choose Cancel. If you want to see it on the App Store℠, then choose Install.
If you do decide to upgrade to Blither! 2012, repeat the Export Grammar steps in Blither!, and then you'll see a screen like this in Blither! 2012. Choose Merge to import your grammar changes from Blither! and merge them with the corresponding grammar in Blither! 2012.

Note: you will have to perform this Export/Import operation separately for each grammar you want to bring over into Blither! 2012.

Reset Grammar

Back at the Entertainment category, see that the Reset Grammar button is displayed. (It's the red button.) Did you notice that it didn't display for the other grammars? That's because we haven't made any changes to them yet.

Touch the Reset Grammar button.

The window slides up from the bottom to explain that this is a permanent change. If you select Entertainment - Reset?, this will permanently erase any changes you have made to the Entertainment grammar (such as the changes we made in the previous About section, Words), and restore the grammar to its original (factory) settings. You cannot undo this action.

Suppose nevertheless that you decide to do the Reset. (You really don't have to! You could always choose Cancel!)

Here's what the Settings page will look like if you decided to go ahead with the grammar reset.

Surprise Me!

Ordinarily, Blither! will generate a batch of sentences in a random category, except immediately after you go to the Sentences page from this page, or from the Words or Advanced pages. This corresponds to the default setting: Surprise me! = ON.

If you'd rather stick with the same category of sentences for awhile, then set Surprise me! = OFF (as pictured). This way, Blither! will continue to generate Entertainment sentences until you return to the Settings page and choose another category, or reset Surprise me! = ON.

About Blither! Button

The orange About Blither!® button is the way to bring up these pages from within the app.
Here's what the About Blither! page looks like with its Menu selected.
When you're done looking at the About pages, double-click the Home button on your device to bring up the list of apps you are currently running. Then click the Blither! icon to return to Blither!.

Facebook Button

Touch the Facebook icon button to bring up the Blither page on Facebook.
Here you can see posts and photos and other diversions, and, if you choose, you can Like us on Facebook.

Twitter Button

Touch the Twitter icon button to bring up the Entropic Waffle page on Twitter.
Here you can see our Entropic Waffle profile and tweets, and, if you choose, you can Follow us on Twitter.
On the next page, you'll learn about the Advanced settings, where you can completely geek out on all the knobs and levers controlling Sentences, Social Media, and Favorite Words features.
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Advanced

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Advanced

When you tap the Advanced icon on the tab bar, the Advanced menu appears.

Here, you can configure advanced settings for Sentences, Social Media, and Favorite Words.

Sentences

Use these settings to customize how sentences are generated.

Font Size: use the slider to set the font size used on the Sentences page. Note: you can also use the pinch or zoom gestures directly on the Sentences page to resize the font. The default setting is 18 (points); range is 12 to 72 (that's really big!).

Automatic Refresh: ordinarily this is ON, meaning that a new batch of sentences will be generated each time you switch to the Sentences page. Turning this OFF means that the previous batch of sentences will be preserved. So, even if you've changed grammars, the change won't take effect until you generate a new batch of sentences.

Scroll down the page to reveal the remaining advanced settings for Sentences.

Surprise Me!: when this is ON, which is the default, a new category is chosen at random each time you generate a new batch of sentences. (Well, maybe not every time! See Surprise Me Delay below.) If you turn this OFF, then the sentences you generate will stay in the currently selected category, and you'll have to manually set the category on the Settings tab in order to change this.

Surprise Me Delay: if both this setting and Surprise Me! are turned ON, then the current category is used the next time you generate a new batch of sentences. It will also hold the category the same if you do anything on the Words, Settings, or Advanced pages and then return to the Sentences page. If you turn this setting OFF, then the next category is always selected at random -- that is, if Surprise Me! is turned ON. Otherwise, the Surprise Me Delay setting is ignored. Confused? eh, what do you expect from a bunch of nerds?!

Reset Sentences Defaults: use this button to reset all the advanced settings for Sentences to their default values.

Social Media

Use these settings to customize which Social Media items appear in the Sentences page popup menu.

Facebook: Post!: set this to OFF to remove Post! from the Sentences page popup menu. If you disabled Facebook when you first installed, then this setting will already be turned OFF. Read the fine print if you've changed your mind and now want to enable the Facebook feature -- you will likely have to do a little fancy footwork (well worth it!).

Twitter: Tweet!: set this to OFF to remove Tweet! from the Sentences page popup menu. Note that if you don't have Twitter properly set up on your device, this option probably wasn't appearing in the popup menu anyhow.

Scroll down the page to reveal the remaining advanced settings for Social Media.

Serialize Long Tweets?: when enabled, you can send longer texts as a series of tweets. Texts are sent last-to-first, so they will read top-to-bottom in Twitter readers. Set this to OFF if you wish to disable the long tweets feature.

Messages: Text!: set this to OFF to remove Text! from the Sentences page popup menu. Note that if you don't have messaging properly set up on your device, this option probably wasn't appearing in the popup menu anyhow.

Mail: E-Mail!, E-Mail All!: set this to OFF to remove E-Mail! and E-Mail All! from the Sentences Page popup menu.

Reset Social Media Defaults: use this button to reset all the advanced settings for Social Media to their default values. The default is all ON.

Favorite Words

Use these settings to customize the behavior of the Favorite Words feature.

Enabled: set to ON, the Favorite Words feature is enabled, and your favorite and most recently added words will show up right away in generated sentences. If you turn this OFF, the feature is disabled, none of the following Favorite Words settings will have any effect, and sentences will be generated entirely at random -- so you might have to wait awhile for your newly added words to show up!

Display in Bold: default is ON, so Favorite Words are displayed in bold in sentences. Turning this OFF won't change the algorithm for using Favorite Words, but they will be displayed in normal font, not in bold.

Scroll down the page to reveal the remaining advanced settings for Favorite Words.

Depth: this determines how many Favorite Words are stored for each grammar (category). Default is 5, range is 1 to 10. As you continue to add Favorite Words, once you exceed this depth setting, the older favorites are discarded. (Don't worry -- they're still in your grammar. They just aren't favorites anymore).

Match Percent: this determines what percentage of the generated sentences will include Favorite Words. Default is 50%, so roughly half of your sentences will contain favorites. Range is 5% to 100% -- at 100%, all of your sentences will contain favorites (try it!)

Expiration Days: this determines how long your words remain favorites before they "time out". The default setting is 14, so your favorites will stick around for 2 weeks. The range is 1 to 30 days. A setting of 0 means that your Favorite Words will not time out. Note that, while your words may not have timed out, they could still be removed from the list of favorites if you have exceeded your Depth (see above).

Reset Favorite Words Defaults: use this button to reset all the advanced settings for Favorite Words to their default values.
Clear Favorite Words Storage: use this button to clear storage for the Favorite Words feature. Your added words are retained, but they will no longer be highlighted or given preference in sentences.
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