One thing I didn’t think about when starting this dictation/transcription writing journey was how noisy my car actually is. My brain is more than capable of tuning out the sound of the road, but the voice recorder picks up everything– even the sound of other engines. While my audio recordings are intelligible to the human … More Dictation in the Car: Improving Sound Quality
I ran into a snag early in my dictation/transcription journey that still plagues me to this day… not that it’s been a very long time. I quickly out pace my transcriptions and have nothing to talk about for an entire session or more. Transcribing and correcting the text takes time. I usually try to get them done … More Dictation in the Car: Out Running Your Goals
First off, I want to be clear that when I refer to dictation I mean dictating into a portable voice recorder (with no rewind feature) and then transcribing the audio file. I have never dictated while in front of my computer and so I can’t compare the two, but I imagine there are differences. Onward! Each … More Dictating in the Car: Why Each Session Must Have a Goal
One of the first questions I’ve seen people ask when they are considering dictation is, “Is it faster than typing?” That’s an important question for most people, especially when just setting out on the journey of dictation. For most people, they are going into dictation and transcription to avoid repetitive motion injuries, or because they … More Which is Faster? Dictation vs. Typing
I’m a librarian and I like data. So, of course, I had to devise some sort of method of tracking how many words per minute I was speaking so that I can track my progress in a tangible way. I used a NANO progress tracker spreadsheet as the base (because I just didn’t have time … More How productive is dictation?
I currently have a little Phillips hand-held digital voice recorder that came with Dragon Naturally Speaking’s transcription software (Philips DVT2700). (Note: The software is ONLY the transcription portion and it can ONLY transcribe an audio recording.) After the initial “training” (recording myself reading 15 minutes of a specific document and letting Dragon transcribe it) I … More Dictation Using a Digital Voice Recorder (Philips DVT2700 Review)
As I mentioned before, I needed to make time for writing if I wanted to write anything. I had already tracked my time to find areas where I could cut back on time wasters and found myself lacking. But I did have 2-3 hours of commute time that I could use. So now I needed … More Some Speech to Text Options for Writers