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Posted by babooher (Member # 8617) on :
Does anyone have any recommendations for a talk to text digital recorder? I walk to and from work and I think using one might really increase my output. I'm just looking for any kind of suggestions.
Posted by extrinsic (Member # 8019) on :
I use a digital recorder that's about the size of a Bic lighter. A triple-A battery powers it and came with a remote mic and earbuds. It also functions as a flash memory drive and music player, like an iPod. The device plugs into a USB port for uploads and downloads. Convenient for transferring audio to hardware so a voice recognition program can translate it.

That latter consideration -- choose compatible hardware and software. A WAV file format recorder is problematic for an Apple-Mac platform. Likewise, Apple-Mac file formats on Windows platforms.

Voice to text recognition software has come a long way over time. The VR softwares are still problematic and clunky. They require time-consuming training for the software to recognize a user's speech idiosyncracies and training of the user to use commands and still produce text gibberish. A next-step process allows comparing word-for-word and revising a raw text document to an audio file. That process is called scoping.

A stenograph program, for me, is more useful and efficient. Steno programs play an audio file while a writer types up the content. The audio file playback speed can be adjusted to suit a user. Generally, average speech speed is 150 words per minute. Typing speeds range across a wide gamut, from hunt-and-peck less-than twenty-five words per minute to typing speed records of 225 words per minute. Mine is more like thirty, much less when transcribing verbatim for clients. Typing can in no way keep pace with speech.

My best practice is plain old brain memory. I meditate, mental composition, all day and night, even in many of my dreams and nightmares. The nightmares are usually caused by blood sugar crises. Nightmares are more contributory for writing than daydreams and sandman dreams.

If I remember what I mentally compose, I expect it will be memorable for readers too. If I forget, if the notion is important, it will and does come up again. If the thought passes away, it must not have been important or memorable. So long, passing thought, good to meet you, see you in the next life or not.

Meanwhile, the talk into a recorder, the VR software, the audio file transcription, all build my mental composition and retention skills. Each step along the way is also a revision process. One leads on to the next revision, as "how way leads on to way." (Robert Frost "The Road Not Taken")

[ December 09, 2014, 09:51 AM: Message edited by: extrinsic ]
Posted by TaleSpinner (Member # 5638) on :
following my recent stroke I am interested in any one's experience of voice to text software for windows 8 and Word 2013,

Posted by rstegman (Member # 3233) on :
I am not sure, but I think windows has a voice to talk software in it. I cannot remember what it is, but you might look for the handicap settings. it might be there. I do know windows has something that will read to you.

I had a Dragon Speaking software. other than the fact that you needed to train it to recognize your speech patterns (which I never had the initiative to do and since I type faster than I talk), it was a good program and I had one of the older versions. It should still be available and likely will work with win-8.
Posted by Robert Nowall (Member # 2764) on :
Got one of those digital recorders, too, but not for dictation---I've never actually used it to record more than "testing, one, two, three," but it seemed to work. I carry it around intending to use it at the next work investigative interview.
Posted by TaleSpinner (Member # 5638) on :
thnx will invedtigate windows...

Posted by Smiley (Member # 9379) on :
I see people using their phones with speak to text. Can that text then be put to a computer some way for word processing?
Posted by babooher (Member # 8617) on :
My phone, sadly, is dumb (I think there's a pun there), so I don't know, Smiley. I think I read that it is a possibility, but I think a new phone is more expensive than the recorder.
Posted by Smiley (Member # 9379) on :
It was a thought.

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