Dragon Recorder just released by Nuance is a new app designed specifically to record your spoken voice for playback into either Dragon NaturallySpeaking (Windows – Premium & Professional edition only) or MacSpeech Scribe (Mac), known as deferred transcription. Perfect for those who need to record their thoughts, notes and letters when they are not sitting in front of their computer.
Obviously digital voice recorders currently play a big role in the spoken voice market and also a quick look on the iTunes app store you will find hundreds of voice recording apps. Makes total sense that Nuance want to move in to this space and control it on iOS devices. Their new app called Dragon Recorder is similar to just about every other voice recording app out there, it is fairly basic and very easy to use. One key feature that is missing in this and most other voice recording apps is an insert/overwrite feature. Insert and overwrite lets you, when reviewing your audio, insert more dictation within the audio file or remove chunks of dictation from within the audio file like sentences or paragraphs.
With Dragon Recorder you will need to gather your thoughts before you start recording, if you get lost or need to think some more just pause and have a think and then continue recording. This style of dictation is starting to become more common, the younger generation will adapt to this style easily but if you are old school and are use to micro or mini cassette dictaphones or even digital dictation recorders then this will be a bit of a shift for you. But hey, its free so give it a go.
Recordings can be given a filename prefix, which is handy if a few of you plan to send your audio to a central admin person to run through Dragon NaturallySpeaking under your profile, common for Professional users. WiFi sharing is via a web gui that lets you play the audio via your browser and have a listen or you can download. Audio files are recorded in .WAV audio format.
Once you have your digital audio recording on your PC or Mac simply run it into Dragon and away you go.
Just a word on MacSpeech Scribe for the Mac users. Scribe has been around for a couple of years and is a legacy product that Nuance picked up when they took over the Mac voice recognition technology from MacSpeech. The Mac side of things currently differs from Windows in that there are two separate voice recognition products – Dragon Dictate for directly spoken voice and MacSpeech Scribe for recorded voice, whereas both NaturallySpeaking Pro & Premium on Windows combines those two functions in the same software program. I still hold onto the hope that Nuance will combine this in the next major release of Dragon Dictate – makes total sense. So if you are desperate for recorded voice into your Mac for transcription then buy MacSpeech Dictate, is you are not desperate hold off as I am sure it is coming soon in Dragon Dictate.