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Read through your ears – Panucci

1 March 2010Entry by

Throughout generations, the knowledge was passed in books, manuscripts, scrolls and many other forms of writing. Civilization as we know now tailored idea of books to let it be helpful while broadening horizons, improving skills or just for fun. This is why I like reading, but living fast don’t leave much time to read. Some say that audiobooks are good solution for working people, because all you need is to play and listen. I still prefer paper books, but I still find idea of audiobooks very useful to learn and practice languages for example.

Panucci in landscape mode

Panucci in landscape mode

When I first saw Panucci in the app manager, with piece of pizza as and icon it reminded me of ‘Panucci’s pizza’, fictional restaurant from a great TV series – Futurama. I just had to try and it turned out that it’s pretty good audiobook player and something I just needed.

Panucci - options

Panucci - options

Latest version of Panucci allows you to enqueue few files, navigation buttos allow you to skip 10 seconds or 1 minute forward or barkwards, you can also use progress bar to navigate. You can also find nice feature of running in portrait mode. So what’s the advance from plain media player? When you want to have a break from ‘reading’ you can pause and close application, when you start it again you can continue from exactly the same point. You can also add bookmarks if you need to quickly jump to important parts.

Panucci - bookmarks

Panucci - bookmarks

Panucci in portrait mode

Panucci in portrait mode

Unfortunately ‘auto-play on headset’ feature works only with Nokia headset shipped with N900, or as some claims any headset with microphone, so since I use my old headphones, just because I got used to it, this option is useless for me. ‘Lock progress bar’ option, that I never use, blocks navigation using progress bar of current media not to jump to random place by accident.

In sum: Panucci is served under simple yet quite funcional UI and has the most important features of audiobook player. It already helps me with my japanese lessons, I hope it can be also useful for you.

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