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Translation Dictation Operation

Published by lindsay_gallimore@sympatico.ca on 2012-01-25

So in my last post, I talked about the possibilities of using the iPhone 4S as a translation tool, specifically, to dictate a translation. I pondered about the possibility of using Siri, iPhone’s personal assistant, or, as I like to call her, my secretary, to dictate directly into a Word document on my computer. Many translators use dictation software, the most popular being Dragon Dictation. The software ranges in price from $99.99 for the home version to $599.99 for the professional. Let’s face it: I’m not entirely sure if my entire year of freelancing will bring in that much. I’m not ready to invest. However, I already have an iPhone (which is going to be one of my first “business expenses” on my 2011 tax return), and, isn’t there an app for everything?


Turn your iPhone 4S into a dictation machine:


Step 1: download the free app “Mouse Lite” for your iPhone.


Step 2: download and install the corresponding, free PC or Mac program for your laptop or home computer. 


Step 3: make sure your computer and iPhone are connected to Wifi.


Step 4: Open the app on your phone. Your phone now controls your computer. You can use it like a mouse to go and open Word (you can also use your computer’s mouse, whatever you prefer). Now that you’re in Word, press the microphone key that activates the iPhone’s dictation function, and dictate away.


Tune in next time to find out what I thought of my first translation dictation. It’s definitely a lot different than typing a translation!


Other uses for Mobile Mouse: control your laptop while it is plugged into your TV so you can watch streaming videos using Netflix or other sites. You can also use it as a clicker during PowerPoint presentations!


ps: Mouse Lite is also available for Android phones!


1 comment

Salut Lindsay,
Un logiciel de reconnaissance vocale, lorsqu'il s'avère vraiment utile pour un langagier, est à mon avis parmi les outils les moins couteux de la boite. Une suite de traduction peut couter près de 1 000 $, et il n'y a pas grande chose que l'on peut faire avec en dehors du contexte de travail, ce qui n'est pas le cas avec un outil de reconnaissance vocale.
Le nom Dragon Dictation est exclusif à l'application pour téléphone mobile. Le logiciel pour PC porte le nom Dragon NaturallySpeaking et celui pour Mac s'appelle Dragon Dictate, ce dernier étant le nom original du logiciel en général dans les années 80, avant que l'entreprise Dragon Systems devienne partie de Nuance.