Have you come across a new tool and thought, “Wow, this is so good I just need to share this with other people?”
That’s what happened to me on Saturday morning when I discovered Dragon Dictation.
In fact, I’m using it right now for dictating this quick blog post.
It’s a free app for the iPhone and it’s one that can greatly increase your productivity.
Especially if like me, you find it easier to talk than go tapping into a tinsy little keyboard on the iPhone when you’re creating a message.
Actually, it’s not such a ‘new’ tool now as the app has been around since 2009. The company behind it has also been around for a long time.
But it was new to me on Saturday and after testing it, I just had to tell a few people about it.
It’s smart – and it’s great for increasing productivity.
You see, with this app you no longer have to type.
You just talk and your voice is recorded and then processed from voice to text.
You then have the opportunity to correct any words that need to be corrected, which for most of my messages was minimal – one or two words and a bit of punctuation.
Then you can SMS or email the message – or do other stuff like upload it to Facebook or Twitter.
It’s not often I get excited by new tools. And when I do, it’s seldom about the technology, but rather what the tool can do for you.
I’ve tested and used other voice-to-text software over the years and some are crap. Not Dragon Dictation. It’s clever.
Dragon Dictation is from the same people who have made dictation software for many years. I first came across DragonDictate back in the 1990s when I was writing a book and tried to get clever with clever software.
The DragonDictate software wasn’t so good back then and it took a long time not to learn the vagaries of my voice. This software now is very, very good and I’m happy to say I now use it and recommend it. It’s great value for money, especially as it is free!
So, check out Dragon Dictation app for the iPhone.
Oh yeah, I’ve also just found out that back in January 2011 the company behind it (Nuance) released FlexT9, an app for Android phones which combines Dragon Dictation voice input, Swype-like swiping, a standard keyboard and a handwriting recognizer. It sells for about $5. There’s a review on FlexT9 here.
Let me know how it goes for you…