With the introduction of iOS 13.2, Apple has added new features to its speech recognition APIs that enable third-party developers to perform speech recognition on the device, even when the device is offline.
Today, Blueshift releases its brand new dictation app that leverages this new functionality.
Most transcription services send the user’s language to a cloud service for processing.
The main advantage of transcribing to the device is that, in addition to the fact that no Internet connection is required and bandwidth is used, it is completely private because audio never leaves the user’s device.
Dictations can transcribe audio files in 13 languages and dialects and create bookmarks in specific timestamps while the transcript is being recorded or edited.
Other features include cropping, exporting audio or text, finding and supporting multiple windows on the iPad.
However, my favorite feature of Dictation is the ability to edit the transcript after an audio part has been transcribed, either recorded in the app or imported from files.
As you work on the transcript, you can hear the words you are working on, making it easy to correct transcription errors by listening to what’s in the audio at that point.
Scrubbing the audio waveform also moves the text cursor to the corresponding position in the transcript.
Dictation is available on the App Store for iPhones and iPads running iOS 13 or higher. There is a one-week free trial, the regular price is a subscription of $ 20 a year.
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