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April 17, 2014 / carlispina

Dictate Text with Dictation.io

Speech recognition options are becoming more and more common. While software like Dragon Dictation can be useful for long-term, professional use, sometimes it is helpful to have the ability to dictate short passages only sporadically, whether due to short-term injuries or simply to make the writing process easier. For these situations, Dictation.io is a nice, free option.

Dictation.io ScreenshotDictation.io can be used to record text without downloading anything to your browser. It only offers simple commands, such as the ability to add punctuation marks and start new paragraphs, but it can be used with a multitude of languages and dialects as long as you set the appropriate language using the drop down menu  at the bottom of the page prior to recording. I found that the recording was fairly accurate, though predictably it struggled with names and some contractions and homophones. Once you have finished a dictation, it can be exported as a text file or directly to Dropbox or Google Drive. It can also be sent as an email attachment. If you would prefer, you can also download the related Chrome app or add Dictation.io’s tools to your own website to integrate dictation services into it. Given the fact that it is free, this is a nice tool for those suffering from a temporary injury that makes typing difficult or those who find that they think better when they talk rather than type. You can see it in action in the video below.

(Special thanks to Heather Moorefield for sharing this tool on Twitter.)

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