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February 1, 2011 • Gear Bits

iPhone App Quickie: DropVox Lets You Record Voice Notes and Auto-Save to DropBox

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I’m always searching for new ways to use my iPhone to create voice notes and turn them into text. I have found a number of good solutions — primary among them Dragon Dictation. But I’ve always wanted to be able to record a long voice note on the iPhone (Dragon is limited to just 60 seconds at a time) and then 0nce I’m back at my desk, apply the application MacSpeech Scribe to transcribe a long audio recording. The problem I’ve always run into is the fact that many voice note applications don’t record with a quality or a format that the Mac application can use. The other issue that I have run into is that it is cumbersome to transfer a long voice notes to a computer. In many cases you cannot do it over a date connection and need to be on the same local WiFi network as the computer.

Hopefully that changed this morning with the release of a new application, DropVox.

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DropVox lets you record a voice note and then have it automatically sent to your DropBox account.

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That way there is never any doubt where the voice note is and it is always ready and waiting in your DropBox account.

As I recorded using the app:

If this application records with high enough quality it will allow me to create a long voice note on the iPhone and then, once I’m back at my desk, find it wait in my DropBox account and ready to be transcribed.

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I’m actually recording this entire post using the application on the iPhone and then I will use the Mac application to transcribe it shortly. If it works properly and transcription accuracy is good enough the end result will be a perfect partnership of applications for creating voice to text.

END of voice note.

So how did it work? Quite well!

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Within seconds of recording the voice note the file was in my DropBox account and on my MacBook Air.


Using the MacSpeech Scribe program I was able to get the note transcribed in a few minutes, and the accuracy was pretty good. Any shortcoming in the transcription process belongs to the Mac app and my need to train it more , not necessarily with the iPhone app itself.)

DropVox is currently on sale for $.99. If you use DropBox and create voice notes this is a fantastic option for recording audio. It is simple, fast and puts your audio notes right at your fingertips… Where ever your fingertips may land!

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