I’m going to share this short cut with you as it helped me greatly. I don’t always have the time to sit at a computer with a keyboard and type, so I almost cut this out completely. Life would be so much easier if you could learn to, write your blog posts with your voice. I thought to myself, what if there is a way to blog without so much typing?
I have found an answer to this question. Talking is second nature to us, we use it wherever we go. We share our stories and experiences in less time that it takes to read a book. This lead me to realise, I don’t have to type, I can just speak what I want to write.
How can I get my pc to write for me?
This was an easy answer, all I needed was a speech recognition software and a microphone. Once it was installed, I would then be able to type hands free. This can be done in word or other programes. Under my windows start button I typed speech in the search bar, guess what my pc has it already built in and a mic. This gave me a head start in my blog post creation. I activated the speech recognition and it began to recognise my voice. It also taught me a few things I could say and do with it. This is good but as a beginner I found writing some of these down for reference helps. My speech recognition allows me to navigate my computer and open some programs. If I ever can’t get one to open I just say show numbers and choose what I want. Now I can type by talking to my pc and it will write for me in e.g word. Once this is done all I do is read it though and make a few edits. Next if I haven’t already got it on my blog post, I copy and paste it in and publish when I am done.
Have you heard the science behind speech recognition?
You might find this very usefull. We learned to recognize speech from the language when we were born. Our brains interpret language much like a computer into something we can understand. Take a look at this video below to gain a better understanding of how computers process the voice just as we do:
What speech recognition software to get?
Normally I would guess it takes about half an hour for most people to write a blog post. Speech recognition software allows even beginners to shorten this time, even in half. If you are unsure of what speech recognition software to get, don’t worry. I will help you find it. There are many different types of voice speech recognition software, but here are just a few of the best speech recognition software:
- Speech recognition software Windows
- Speech recognition software for Mac
- Dragon speech recognition software
- Apple speech recognition software
Speech recognition software Windows:
- You will find a lot of pc’s have the software built in but just incase you can always download a copy at: realize-voice.en.softonic.com This is a Realize Software it was designed to develop a more interactive speech recognition software that will enhance the user’s productivity and ultimately make computing easier.
- If you are using vista then Microsoft recommends using: Vista dedicated software. A minimum of 1GB of memory is recommended. Also please note you will need to ensure your computer is running a genuine copy of Windows Vista (x86 or x64) (Currently, only US English-language editions of Windows are supported). I am unsure if this can run in Windows compatibility for other versions.
Speech recognition software for Mac:
The best Mac recognition software I can find has made life easier for so many people. It is not only available as a download, it is also available as a purchasable physical product that’s even cheaper. You can get a download copy here: Dragon Dictate 3.0 (Mac) The full version download is £79.16 and physical copy is just £39.99. You can buy both the Dictate 3.0 Mac software and now the Plantronics Audio 310 Mono PC Headset usually £8.89 together for just £48.88 and free delivery with prime.
Dragon speech recognition software:
Apple speech recognition software:
If you are looking to accurately transcribe any audio ﬁle of your voice from podcasts or pre-recorded audio ﬁles then this is for you: Dragon Dictate for Mac 4.0 (Mac) it is currently on sale at £64.97. There is also a downloadable version for just £97.91. With this software you can create emails and text with ease, has voice control for gmail with safari and firefox browsers and more. This software is faster editing with pure 64-bit application and more improved accuracy over version 3.x. Intel Core i3, i5 or i7 recommended, supported operating systems: OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.3) or OS X Mavericks (10.9) you will need to have ram: 4GB, 8GB+. There are also Wireless and mobile editions of this software available.
Did you know you can dictate to your tablet or mobile?
As I can log into my WordPress on my Samsung Galaxy Note. I can create a post using either a connected keyboard or one that is built in. Some find they are unable to log into their WordPress on some mobiles or device, that’s ok because you can still type in a notepad version for later use when you get to a pc. I know many tablets also allow you copy your text and images, this can be very useful if you also want to email them to another account. You will then have them all in one place at home on your pc or mobile device (good for a backup copy). My Samsung Galaxy has an extra feature on my popup keyboard. Just like google, it has a speech recognition mic built in. Now I can type by dictation to my tablet. The only thing I will need to do is insert some full stops and make a few edits. This is wonderful as it allows me to type on the go and frees up my time. This means my income potential will increase the quicker I blog and receive even more traffic. Now blogging does not take hours and I can have more fun with friends.
I hope you found this information useful and are able to find more free time like me. Now you can go out and be inspired, whilst recording your thoughts for later use.
All the best and to your success.
Carol – Webmaster.