Audiobook Binder 1.18

September 22, 2013 — 8 Comments

New version has been released. For AppStore build the main change is workaround for sandboxing bug that bit updating users. New users should not be affected by it. I also squeezed smallish change: new option to enable/disable file sorting.

Also some changes in non-AppStore build: abbinder has been included in GUI bundle. Add symlink and you’ll always have up to date version of command line utility: ln -s /Application/ /usr/local/bin/abbinder. Thanks to Keenan Brock for suggestion

Oleksandr Tymoshenko


8 responses to Audiobook Binder 1.18

  1. William Robinson October 3, 2013 at 2:48 am

    I’m using Audiobook Binder 1.18, and when I import tracks from a CD they appear in the app’s window in an odd version of numerical order:

    If I’m importing mp3 files that already have a name preceding the number, this problem doesn’t happen. But since audiobook CDs typically only have a track number, it becomes somewhat irritating to drag the tracks into correct order. I never had this happen in previous versions of AB, so it’s either the 1.18 update or my upgrading to Mountain Lion recently that is causing this. For experimental purposes I’m going to download 1.17 and see if the problem is still there.

    • Oleksandr Tymoshenko October 3, 2013 at 5:36 am

      I added new option in 1.18 that disables this behaviour and adds file in the order operating system suggests. Open “Preferences dialog” and disable “Sort audio files” checkbox. It will switch of reordering of newly added files

  2. William Robinson October 17, 2013 at 3:19 am

    Thanks for the reply. Now it works as expected. I’m not sure why one would want the other numbering behavior.

  3. William Robinson January 11, 2014 at 1:39 am

    Re: Audiobook Builder 2.0 (200)

    1. Previously when I would import a folder of mp3 files into the main app window, the majority of the time the author’s name and the book title would magically appear. That doesn’t seem to happen anymore. I’m not sure if that ability is dependent on the source files folder having some special property, of if Audiobook Binder made it happen.

    2. I’m sure this has been discussed before… When building an audiobook from CDs, each disc’s various files (and file names if present) become chapters in the resultant .mb4 file. If one keeps, for example 20 such files from a long book, then one can easily access any chapter from anywhere in the book. But if one takes the 20 files and builds a single .mb4 version of the book, it becomes reduced to 20 chapters, each representing a disc, with none of the detailed chapters the single files had. I’m sure there’s a technical reason that this happens, but I’m wondering if I’m just clueless and there’s some technique I’m unaware of.

    3. Do you have any idea why Apple dropped audiobook chapter lists from iOS7?

    Thanks in advance. Love (and depend on) this app!

    • Oleksandr Tymoshenko January 12, 2014 at 4:45 am

      Audiobook Binder guesses Author/Title by looking at mp3′s info (ID3 tags) if all files have the same Title and Artist fields they are used as guessed book author and book title. If any of the file is different from the rest Audiobook Binder assumes that there are multiple books/authors and does not try to guess anything.

      I am not sure I understand item 2 completely. Are you talking about AudioCD or CD with mp3s? Could you describe in details the sequence of action you perform, desired result and actual result? If it’s too long – you can send it as an email to

      As for chapters lists in iOS7 – I just don’t know :( I read somewhere that it’s bug in Music app that should be fixed but I just can’t recall where it was.

      • William Robinson January 15, 2014 at 1:16 am

        I was referring to regular audiobook CDs, which I get from the library. Some of the titles actually have names for the tracks, corresponding to chapters in the printed book, although most simply say track 1, track 2, etc.

        When I enter each disc into Audiobook Binder, I end up with (for example) 20 .mb4 tracks, each with chapters were the CD had tracks. If I don’t want a lot of separate files on my iPod, I then take the 20 tracks and load them into Audiobook Binder, creating a single file with 20 chapters. But the chapters represent 1 hour or so chunks of the book, having lost the smaller chapters the 20 .mb4 files had.

        The only way I can see to retain those smaller chapters is to first import each CD into iTunes and put them all in the same playlist in sequential order. Then if I import them into AudioBook Builder, I get a finished file with all the smaller chapters. Most of the time this isn’t worth the extra effort, but a few books (George R.R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series, for example) have tracks that correspond to the book’s chapters.

  4. Hi. Thanks for great software!
    Question: is abbinder availbale somewhere? I have searched for it but can’t find it. When I tried to build it with xcode it fails at ‘mp4v2/mp4v2.h’ file not found.
    Thank you for an answer!

    • Oleksandr Tymoshenko May 9, 2014 at 3:44 am

      Download software from the site, it’s in the bundle:

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