Help on using OMC 3.0

omc 3OMC 3.0 was just launched for the iOS and Android devices.  It has a very different look but one people are finding they like.  It follows standards used by other apps.  We have put together a quick Help for OMC 3 booklet, should you have some questions.

 

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How to download eAudio Books to an Android Device

How to enjoy audiobooks with OverDrive’s mobile app for Android. You can use OverDrive Media Console (OMC) for Android to enjoy MP3 audiobooks on your device.

What you need:

Listening to audiobooks or music

  1. To enjoy a title using OMC, you have to install our app and download a title.
  2. Tap a title to open the player. It starts playing automatically.how to 1

Note: Some versions of Android don’t have the Action Bar at the top of the screen. To access the menu, tap the Menu button on your device.

Navigation

how to 2Tap a part to play it. Parts that haven’t been downloaded show up with blank lines.

Bookmarks

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Tap a bookmark to play it. You can also tap and hold a bookmark for an options menu.

Sharing Books

how to 4Tap the Menu button then Details

From here, you can share what you’re listening to with your friends with the Share button.

Files

Tap a how to 5downloaded file to play it. You can also tap the buttons to the right of a file to delete or download it.

 

How to Request Additional Authorizations From Adobe

ipadIf you have authorized multiple eReaders and computers with Adobe Digital Editions using your Adobe ID, you may get an error message saying “Too Many Activations” when you try to authorize again. This is because Adobe puts a limit on the number of times you can use an Adobe ID to authorize a computer or eReader. You can, however, request additional authorizations.

Here’s how to request more authorizations:

  • Go to http://www.adobe.com/go/supportportal
  • Sign in with your Adobe ID and password.
  • Under “Get Support,” in the “Technical Support” tab:
    • Under “Choose issue type” select “Using a product or service.”
    • Note if Chat is available you may want to try it for faster service. Tell them you need additional authorizations.
    • Under “Choose product,” first select “Additional Products,” then select “Adobe Digital Editions.”
  • Fill in the online form, describing the problem and asking for additional authorizations.  You should get an e-mail from Adobe in a couple of days letting you know that they’ve reset your authorizations. You can then re-authorize your eReader in Adobe Digital Editions.

Getting Started with Zinio

zinio computerWant free magazines? Our collection of 200 popular magazines is always available with your Library card number and PIN. Access them from anywhere via a WiFi enabled device. Best of all there is no limit on the number of magazines you can download and you get to keep them as long as you want. To get started download our Getting Started with Zinio using a Computer eBook.

 

Windows 8 was a drastic shift in the Windows universe

surface2We saw an operating system that moved away from the desktop environment we’re all quite used to, and brought the tiled Modern UI. I can’t lie to you, I’m still not quite into the new look and feel, since most of my experience has been on my kid’s laptop and the OS is clearly designed to live and breathe on a touch screen. But it’s been nearly six months since Microsoft released Windows 8, and early adopters should be well-accustomed to the new interface. We were ready, upon release, to provide OverDrive Media Console for Windows 8. The Windows 8-native app was designed to allow the same experience on a Windows 8 tablet or computer, as on a mobile device.

Sharing the mobile experience means that the Windows 8-native app does not support WMA Audiobooks and Music, WMV Videos, or transferring titles to mobile devices. However, the previous version of OverDrive Media Console can be installed alongside the new version to allow users to transfer books or enjoy the Windows Media content under Windows 8’s desktop mode. So with two flavors of OMC available for Windows 8, we’ve got two great tastes that taste great together!

When you, or your users, get your hands on a Windows 8 device, there are a few things you may need to be aware of when using both version of OMC on one computer. The Windows Media Player Security Upgrade will require running Internet Explorer 10 as an administrator. In some cases, using IE10’s compatibility mode may also be necessary to make sure the security upgrade can run. When using both versions of OMC on a Windows 8 computer, these are steps to take to make sure the correct format opens in the appropriate version of OMC (available from our help pages):

  1.  Once you’ve found an audiobook, music, or video that you want to check out, save it to your computer instead of opening it. To do that, right-click the Download button, then select ‘Save As,’ or select the Download button, then Save.
  2. Once the ODM file has been downloaded, right-click (or swipe down) on it.
  3. Select Open With, then choose the right version of OMC:
    WMA and WMV titles: Choose OverDrive Media Console. You can also open MP3 titles with this too, if you prefer.
    MP3 titles: Choose OverDrive Media Console for Windows 8.

Once you have both versions installed, you can enjoy OverDrive media in the old style or new. In case you are wondering whether or not the steps we recommend have been verified to work, I must confess that I had to consult the help pages when setting up my daughter’s laptop on Christmas morning, so she could continue listening to her OverDrive audiobooks.

provided by Justin Noszek is a Support Specialist at OverDrive.

 

There’s an App for Nook Color, Tablet and Kindle Fire!

Did you know there is an app for OverDrive Media Console for your Nook Color, Nook Tablet or Kindle Fire?

To get the app on your Nook Color or Nook Tablet read Getting the Nook Tablet App. Follow the steps and you’ll be downloading directly to your device in a few minutes.

Why should you use the OverDrive Media Console app? For Nook Tablet users it’s a lot faster and easier to get eBooks. You do need WiFi access. If you don’t have WiFi in your home you may use the free WiFi at any of the Libraries, Starbucks, McDonald’s or your other favorite coffeehouse.

To get the app on your Kindle Fire read Kindle Fire Users Rejoice. 

Why should you use the OverDrive Media Console app? This app allows you to download ePUB formatted eBooks and MP3 Audio Books to your Kindle Fire.  Without it you can not get ePUB formatted eBooks.  Some publishers do not allow us to offer their books in Kindle eBook format but will allow ePUB format so it opens up a larger choice of eBooks to you.  Also, all the selecting and downloading is down in the app which is actually easier than sending the eBook to Amazon first before syncing it to your device.

Problem with eAudio Books on an iPhone or iTouch

Problem: I had a patron yesterday who had transferred a WMA to her iPhone, using a PC – a thing she’d done “hundreds” of times before – but this time she couldn’t find the book on her phone.

After all the standard checks, I found a support thread that suggested that when Apple updates the IOS, it can confuse the existing download of iTunes – even if it’s the most current version of iTunes.

Solution: Their solution was to uninstall iTunes and reinstall it.

I had the patron uninstall and reinstall iTunes, and it worked! All her existing iTunes content was still there. (She didn’t lose it when she uninstalled.) When she re-transferred the book, it showed up perfectly.