I do a tremendous amount of my writing using voice recognition software. It makes a tremendous difference for me both in terms of the speed with which I need to write sometimes and the difficulty I sometimes have thanks to rheumatoid arthritis. Being able to still compose text by using nothing more than my voice and then spend a few minutes cleaning up the text is far better, easier, and faster for me than having to type out an entire document.
The software that I use on a day-to-day basis is MacSpeech Dictate. The underlying transcription comes from Nuance’s Dragon NaturallySpeaking and, as a result, it works quite well. One of my frustrations with the software, however, is that unlike NaturallySpeaking there is no way for the software to transcribe audio files that have been recorded separately. That changed today with the announcement of MacSpeech Scribe. According to the company
MacSpeech Scribe is the world’s most advanced personal transcription solution for the Macintosh. MacSpeech Scribe lets you forget about the painstaking task of typing, and instead create text documents directly from spoken-word audio files. Just imagine it … no more irritating and frustrating stopping, rewinding, re-starting, and typing at a snail’s pace. MacSpeech Scribe transcribes everything for you … easily, quickly, and accurately. And it couldn’t be simpler: Just open your spoken-word audio file with MacSpeech Scribe, click the ‘Transcribe’ button, and MacSpeech Scribe does the transcription work for you. Right before your eyes, you’ll see your file transcribed into text on your screen.
While I wish this was part of MacSpeech Dictate already instead of a separate $150 piece of software, the added functionality that this will bring to my workflow is worth the cost. I’m ordering it right now and will get a post up regarding setup and use of the new software shortly.
For more information you can visit the MacSpeech site.