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Speech-to-Text Technologies

High quality speech-to-text applications are available for computers and mobile devices. Check out some of the resources listed below. Please note that not all of the apps are provided by SDRC.

Speech-to-Text Apps, Software, and Services

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Dictate in Office 365

Dictate lets you use speech-to-text to author content in Office (e.g., Word, PowerPoint, Outlook) with a microphone and reliable internet connection. Use your voice to quickly create documents, emails, notes, presentations, or even slide notes. 

Features include: ability to use multiple languages, auto-punctuate or verbally-punctuate (e.g., say "period," say "exclamation point"), and verbal commands for tables, lists and formatting. 

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Dragon is the world’s best selling speech recognition software that lets you use your voice to get more done every day on your computer — quickly and accurately — at home, school or for hobbies. You simply talk and text appears on the screen up to three time faster than typing. Available for purchase on their site.

Features include: it learns the words and phrases you use the most, spelling even difficult words and proper names correctly, dictation of text anywhere where you normally type within popular applications enables greater productivity and efficient multi tasking.

Note: SDRC provides Dragon on computers in our office for students.

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KNFB Reader

KNFB Reader is an award-winning mobile app for blind, low-vision, dyslexic, and other print-disabled users that converts text to speech or text to Braille. Available on Android, iOS, and Windows 10. 

Features include: take a picture of the text, and select to listen aloud, or turn it into braille. Does not rely on Wi-Fi, makes it faster than other apps. 

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Microsoft Translator

Microsoft Translator is a free, personal translation app for more than 70 languages, to translate text, voice, conversations, camera photos and screenshots. Available on Android, Amazon and iOS. 

Features include: translation of 70 languages, translate recordings and images, translate live during conversations. logo

Otter provides faculty and students with real time captions and notes for in-person and virtual lectures, classes or meetings.

Features include: ability to highlight, comment, and insert images within class notes and advanced study tools with stored transcripts, search capabilities, and keyword highlights.

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Speechtexter is a free speech-to-text application that can use your own voice to help transcribe notes, reports, books, etc. Highly recommended for users with dyslexia, as well as those with hand or hearing impairment.

Features include: Customizable voice commands list, multilingual, foreign language word pronunciation assistance. No download or registration required. 

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Trint is a speech-to-text application that provides students with the ability to quickly convert audio & video files into text in 30 world languages. 

Features include: ability to decipher the sounds that make up human speech, match them to the corresponding dictionary words and display those words in the Trint editor. 

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Verbit is a professional AI transcription & captioning web software that provides the highest accuracy & fastest turnaround time for the lowest cost.

Features include: Transcription/Captioning, reduce background noise, and differentiate between speakers regardless of accent. 


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