QuickNote: Writers, Have You Tried Dictation with Recent Free Tools?

The linked article echoes this writer’s woe-filled experience with Dragon’s $60 Home edition. Fortunately, worthy alternatives exist.

Another alternative is those free programs called extensions that can be installed in your Web browser. We liked the Chrome extension, Voice Dictation. The Chrome Web store, by the way, has oodles of free extensions in the form of games, productivity tools, graphics, spreadsheets, etc. Even Open Office, nearly identical to Microsoft Office, is a free extension. To use the one we liked best, search for “Voice Dictation in Chrome,” and when it comes up, just click “add to Chrome.” To use it, click its icon in the upper right of your screen.A few other ways: If you own an iPad or Android tablet, try voice typing in Microsoft Word, a free download. On an Android device, start by enabling “Google Voice Typing” in settings, then just tap the microphone in Word, or “Pages” for iPhones. On an iPad, it’s already set up. Just tap the microphone and start talking.

Source: ON COMPUTERS: $60 dictation program no match for Google’s free voice transcription

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