The concept of the application is simple, that being you will actually be able to use the iPad’s built in microphone in order to actually transfer your speech directly into usable text. The app has been designed so that you can simply activate the core program then dictate into the microphone and then stop the recording. Without the need – at least when we tasted with various users – for any voice set up and personalization specific to each user then you can quickly turn your speech into text. The programming does not allow for auto- punctuation, pause between sentences will not equal full stops or commons, to add punctuation you will need to insert them via voice input! Hardly an issue, unless you are dictating a piece on grammar!
We were very impressed with how extremely accurate the transitions were, during the testing we noticed that app would actually make very few mistakes, unlike a lot of the speech to text recognition software available.
In terms of presentation this has been designed in a very simple way with a very basic, if a little bland interface offering a record button which you can press in order to start taking notes and a sound bar to indicate the levels of your voice. All of the text that is generated from the speech is listed in a list of notes that will be located on the left of the screen and will enable you to access the notes quickly. A useful feature of this application is that once you have actually created the text that you generate from the speech, you will actually be given the option to send the next by email, by SMS or even post what you have just dictated to a lot of popular social networking sites such as FaceBook and Twitter. As discussed earlier although you have doubtlessly been promised this speech to text functionality from other applications this app succeeds completely, by integrating itself into your daily business and/or personal life and that is both the key to Dragon Dictation’s success and our highest recommendation.