I originally wrote a blog to share with you my favorite apps on my iPhone (many are available on all smart phones). Then I decided instead of a single blog, that for the upcoming Mondays, each week I would share with you one of my favorite apps.
It was just this year when I finally bit the bullet and got an iPhone. My husband Rob had been threatening me with one for months, and I really wanted to keep my old, beat up, antiquated, Palm Pre. The funny thing once Rob brought me home the iPhone? I fell in LOVE with the phone and it only took me a couple days to learn it. Rob still does not like his. The capabilities of the apps are amazing and over the next several weeks I am going to explore the apps that I use on a regular basis to help make my life easier.
The first app that I want to recommend is the one that I am using right now. Dragon Dictation was recommended to me by Renia Carsillo, when I mentioned to her that I was using my video camera to record thoughts about stuff I while driving. Dragon Dictation is a free app that takes your verbal word and transcribes it into text.
For me, as I’m driving, I almost always have great ideas. (Well, I’m always having great ideas, wherever I’m at it is just dangerous to scribble notes as you’re driving down 75.) Dragon Dictation gives me the opportunity to speak my ideas, my e-mails, my blogs, straight into the phone, then I e-mail them to myself, and all I have to do is a bit quick editing at the office and I’m ready.
One of the disadvantages of any diction software or app is the necessity to speak using proper English to having it understand it to translate it correctly.
The advantage to using the app? My ideas are written and ready to go, saving me time so I can make more money and get out there and have some fun.
Tips for use of Dragon Dictation:
- Record a couple sentences at a time.
- Speak your punctuation. For example when you want a comma in the sentence, you will have to speak “comma” for it to be inserted.
- Speak slowly and clearly.
- Editing is a must for this program after you had a transfer.
- For sh*ts and giggles, know that Dragon Dictation will not translate curse words.
Do you use Dragon Dictation? If not, what do you use to capture your words, verbal or written?