OS X Mavericks' built-in Dictation feature got you down? The makers of Dragon Dictate have just released a big update to their Mac version, and this one even comes with the ability to transcribe text from any existing audio file as well.
No texting while driving. We don't know how often it has to be said. But with smartphones now we have to say no texting, no Twittering, no emailing, no updating your Facebook status. How about just no typing on your phone when you're supposed to be driving?
Maybe it's not about texting while driving, but sending a text when you're in a hurry, and don't have time to stop walking to tap tap tap out your message. Or email or whatever. Well, dictation apps work to take the typing out of typing.
It's here, it's in your hands, and if you're even more hardcore, you're probably surfing our website in mobile Safari on your iPad 2 right now. Doesn't it feel wonderful in your hands? Whether you're a second-generation adopter or this is the second iPad to join your family, there are still a few free apps out there you may not have considered. In this special edition of Free App Friday, we're got a couple of free apps you want to ensure are installed on your new toy.
There are probably hundreds of note taking apps in the App Store and many of them offer a very simple text or rich text format. Apple's own offering is probably the most prominent, but that little yellow pad is notoriously limited -- such as the only export options are through iTunes or emailing yourself a copy.
But note taking means more these days than simply a pad on which you jot down ideas. It means handwriting on the iPad, it means accessibility no matter where you are, it means cloud access, it means integration and more. And with those things in mind, here's where we went with our search.
Writers: we're a tortured bunch. And with our Macs and our iPhones and iPads in hand, we can do a lot of damage. Heck, there's a whole bunch of great writing apps out there designed specifically to help fuel our creative fires. They say that writing may be a dead trade, but these free apps definitely prove that writing is still alive--especially in our hearts.
All cheesiness aside, here are three great, totally free apps that'll help stimulate your mind, inspire you, and help you stay focused on that Sci-Fi novel you're writing in your basement. Remember, every writer needs a toolbox, and we just have ours stocked with Apple products.