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Penn TotalRecall


An open-source, multi-platform graphical tool for marking word onsets

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TotalRecall is designed for precise scoring and timing of participant responses during verbal tasks, especially Free Recall. However, it can be used for many kinds of audio annotation. TotalRecall displays an audio recording as a self-scrolling waveform that automatically keeps up with audio playback.

TotalRecall is used on a daily basis by many in the Computational Memory Lab. Support and maintenance will continue indefinitely with new features being added as needed.


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Getting Started

Download the file for your platform and unzip it. After launching the program try opening the sample audio file and wordpool file in the examples directory. Check the menu items for actions and keybindings available to the user. Also check Help --> Key Bindings.

System Requirements

TotalRecall currently runs on Mac OSX, with Windows and Linux versions to be released shortly. We plan to test and support these configurations, but the program should run on many others.

TotalRecall requires a Java Runtime Environment, version 5 or higher. Most computers come with Java pre-installed, so you can probably download and run the program without worrying about system requirements. If it turns out you don't have Java, you can download it free here.

Support, Contact, and Bug Reports

Please submit bug reports on our Sourceforge bug tracking system (no login required).

Please submit feature requests on our Sourceforge request tracking system (no login required).

For other support or feedback please send emails to: memory - software @ psych . upenn . edu (remove all the spaces).



TotalRecall is free and open-source software, released under the GNU General Public License, version 3. We encourage other groups to modify and improve the program. Please drop us a line if you're interested in developing TotalRecall or borrowing its code. Please note that at present we have one non-free dependency, so the resulting binaries are not fully free and open source. We are working to produce a completely free and open source version in the near future.

Dependencies and Borrowed Code

  • FMOD Sound System, copyright © Firelight Technologies Pty, Ltd., 1994-2010. (FMOD non-commercial license).
  • OpenMary TTS's signal processing library (`signalproc.jar`) (BSD-like).
  • Drag and drop support thanks to FileDrop (Public Domain).

Supported Configurations

Operating System Java versions
Mac OS 10.6 (64-bit) Java 6
Mac OS 10.5 (64-bit) Java 5, 6
Ubuntu/Kubuntu Linux 10.11 (32/64-bit) Java 6
Windows 7 (32/64-bit) Java 6
Windows Vista (32/64-bit) Java 5, 6
Windows XP (32-bit) Java 5, 6