Recently a friend asked if I was aware of an app for iPad for transcribing recorded interviews. He advised that the files could be MP3 or .wav files. For the younger crowd we used to have dictaphone machines. There was a foot pedal that let you stop the tap, back up and restart the tap. A check in Google shows that, in fact, dictaphone machines of a newer version are still available. However, that would not come anywhere close to meeting my friend’s needs. Everything for iPad my friend had tried didn’t have these capabilities. I began searching the iTunes apps. I read through several and settled on Dictapad as the best tool for the task at hand.
Dictapad by Panchromatic, LLC
There are several ways in which to get the files to be transcribed into the app. My suggestion was to use Dropbox. This is the response I received once my friend had downloaded on to the iPad and loaded the files in the Dropbox file.
We got it set up with DropBox and it works like a charm. She transcribes and it goes right back into my folder. Sweet!
I love it when software performs as advertised. I love it even more when there is a real solution to a rather simple challenge without a lot of jumping through hoops. One of my goals for my iPad has been to find useful tools for my business needs as well as those of my clients. After thinking about this for a bit I have been thinking about recording best practices committee meetings. When a number of people are brainstorming and resolving issues, no matter how good I am at taking notes, something is always missed.
I have done some of this in the past, but found it difficult and frustrating to listen to them and capture the data. Now I have a solution. Funny how it takes someone else asking the question to get you to seek out an answer to one of your own challenges.
What app have you found for iPad or Android that you have found to be a useful tool for your business? Please share with us.