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Current State of Android Dictation Apps?

Discussion in 'Android General Discussions' started by griz8791, Dec 21, 2009.

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    On my old Windows Mobile phone I had a paid application that would allow me to dictate and save fairly short mp3s or wavs which I would then e-mail to my secretary. She would then transcribe it using a foot pedal and a program that recognized various standard types of sound files. I want to find the same kind of application for the Droid, but apparently nothing exists yet that offers everything I need.

    The critical requirements are pause/resume, save the file someplace where I can get to it with an e-mail program, and result in either a standard sound file or something that can be converted to a standard sound file.

    Dictosyl unquestionably has the best interface but founders on its business model. You don't need pause/resume with Dictosyl because it's voice activated and you can actually see it stop recording when you stop talking. Unfortunately, they apparently make their money off the transcription so they hide the sound files someplace on the phone where you can't find them and then charge you a monthly fee for the capability to be able to send them to your secretary.

    "Voice Recorder," "Droid Record," and "Rehearsal Assistant" do what they're supposed to do but they don't have pause/resume recording. You can't do even quasi-serious dictation without pause/resume.

    Livo Recorder Pro has pause/resume but, like almost all of these Android-compatible products, saves the audio as a "3gp" file. My secretary's computer won't play these at all. I found a free conversion program but her spyware program doesn't like it and keeps uninstalling it.

    I have the impression from threads elsewhere on this forum that you can create MP3s and WAVs with an Android device, but it costs money for a developer to license the necessary file formats. Fine, I'll pay my fair share of that development cost. I think I'd pay up to $50 U.S. on a one-time basis for an application that has pause/resume and saves the file as something an ordinary human being can access and transcribe.

    Sorry to be impatient, but this is really frustrating. I need this to be a real device that plays well in the real world with other devices and standard file formats, not a second-string junior varsity product that can't create standard files.

    Understand that I am not attacking the Droid OS. I like the device very much and have exactly zero interest in using a Blackberry. I am just complaining that with 20,000 apps on the Android market you would think somebody would already have put something like this together.
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    Ask them to develop one for Android.
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    Good call. I'm doing it right now.
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    Here's another one. Looks like this might be the successor to the product I linked in my second post above. As Backnblack suggested, I e-mailed them asking about Android development.

    Pocket PC Audio Recorder
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    Try Evernote. It's pretty awesome.
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    Evernote does not have pause/resume, and it uses the .amr format for its audio files.

    If you install Quicktime your assistant should be able to hear the 3gp files, I believe.
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    Turns out LivoPro has pause/resume. Now if I could just get them to map that function to the camera button . . .

    Its "amr" files come out on the other end as 3gp files, which she is converting to mp3s with a free converter. A 375kb 3gp file on the phone came out to 5 MB on the medium quality conversion setting, so we definitely want to be emailing them as 3gps and converting them on her end after they arrive.

    Quicktime would be fine except to transcribe them she uses a foot pedal to do pause/resume, forward, back, etc., and it doesn't recognize 3gps. Thus the need to convert.

    I have cooled down and apologize for the obnoxious tone of my original post.
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    Griz, any progress on your search?

    I have a similar need.....

    The Gunny
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    Gunny, my business partner and I settled on Livo Pro. The one feature that sets it apart from the competition is that it has record pause/resume. At the time I started this thread Livo was the only recorder that had this. We solved the 3gp problem by having the secretaries download and install a free converter.

    At this point it meets the need. I e-mailed the dev to ask about voice activation and mapping pause-resume to the camera button. He replied almost immediately that they were already working on voice activation and that the idea of pausing-resuming with the camera button was intriguing. But that was about a month ago and there haven't been any updates. From their website it appears they have a lot of projects going and this isn't one of the big ones.
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    Griz, I tried LivoPro as you suggested - good app! Thanks!

    However, yesterday I recorded 4 sessions. 3 of them are in 3gp format, but the fourth saved in amr format.

    Any ideas why this happened? How to convert it back to either 3gp or mp3 (the ultimate target format)?

    Thanks, Griz!

    The Gunny
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    Gunny, the last 3 files I dictated with Livo are amr files. My secretary was able to convert them without any trouble. Going back father in my e-mail, I see that my older Livo files (3 wks ago) were 3gp. There was an update from the dev during that period. Maybe that changed the file format?
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    I don't think it was the update that did it, as I did all 4 files yesterday. there was only about an hour between the last 3gp file and the start of the amr file. However, the amr file is much bigger - perhaps it is a sizing thing?

    I also tried to convert it using the free converter you referenced, and it doesn't see the amr file at all.

    It's a mystery.....

    Thanks, Griz.

    The Gunny
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    I was just going to put up a link to that converter. My staff has been using it to convert both 3gps and amrs from Livo.
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    I was wondering whether any new insights or developments have occurred on this topic in the intervening 10 months. I definitely need a dictation app, ideally with 1-click emailing of dictation files to my assistant.
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    Has anyone found anything better than LivoPro, Tape-A-Talk or Speakwrite?

    I'd give Two Hundred Bucks for an Android app that had all of the same features as, and worked as well as, Dictamus for iOS. I loathe the thought of switching to an iPhone, but the lack of a professional grade dictation app might force me to do it. In addition to the requisite ability to pause & resume, Dictamus gives you an easy to use interface that lets you rewind easily. You can pre-configure several "destinations" so that when you finish dictating, it will automatically upload the file to a folder on Dropbox (or similar service) and send an email to your secretary alerting her that a job is waiting. See Dictamus - Dictate & Send for screenshots and a description of the state of the art. Sadly, the authors of Dictamus have zero interest in developing for the Android environment. Notwithstanding that the Android OS is now no. 1 in the world, they just don't care.

    Please post back here if you find anything useful.
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    Dictadroid - new voice recorder app

    Hi,

    I stumbled across this post and wanted to mention that there is a new app available on the Android Market called Dictadroid.

    I developed Dictadroid with the goal of making a simple but powerful voice recorder for dictation. I believe it addresses most of the issues mentioned in this post.

    Please download Dictadroid and let me know what you think. You feedback would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks,

    Boris
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    Dictation Apps for Android - no post on this since July, 2011!!

    I've been looking for a professional dictation app for Droid for ages. I would like, not just pause/resume, but also insert, overwrite, rewind & fast forward. This is what you get if you buy one of the big company software apps like Big Hand & WinScribe. NCH has the excellent Pocket Dictate for iPhone and says that the Droid version is in development. They also sell the transcription software at a very reasonable price. The email I received from NCH re:droid development is as follows:

    ""Development was delayed on the Android version, and we only just released our first Android App last month. WavePad and Express/Pocket Dictate are both planned to follow. I don't have definite release date for either of those, but I can promise they are being worked on, and I apologize that they have taken so long in coming.""

    So there is hope for the Droid dictation market yet.
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    Grizz and Gunny,

    I need to set up a dictation app on a droid and then be able to get that dictation to listen to so I can transcribe on a PC. From what I have followed in the forum, LivoPro and a converter for the files would be the best at this point. Is there anything better at this time? Thank You ...BigRed
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