Speech recognition software recs for sprawly writing on a Mac
April 18, 2014 7:14 PM Subscribe
Typing is killing me and I have to write a bunch of papers over the next couple of weeks. I have a 2012 MBP (not yet on Mavericks) and could spend ~ $100-150 on some kind of voice-to-text software. Looking for something with a minimal learning curve that will let me work fast. And, whatever else is required to quickly & painlessly navigate multiple documents. Any recommendations?
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Usual workflow: I switch between 3-7 docs - one each for an outline, draft, references/lit review, plus a few scratchpad docs for particular sections/themes. I tend to write a bit in each doc, so I can focus my thinking, before pasting bits in the draft doc. Word for Mac 2011. About halfway through, I’ll turn on track changes to “hold” ideas in various places while I sew it all together.
I also have multiple pdfs open at a time -5-10, ish.
It’s kind of a mess, I know. The point is, I guess, I seem to use a visual, extensive and iterative writing and organization process, broadening things out before tightening them back into something linear. Like a “mind map”, I guess. Not easy to translate this into dictation – any ideas? It’s annoying because talking out a draft is more linear than the way I like to hatch my little idea pods. And it’s s l o w . So slow! Like 20 times as slow as typing, with all the corrections that have to be made in Mac Dictation, anyway (how do people get anything done with it?).
Is there voice to text software that will let me write the way I want to (and fast)? Or is it worth upgrading to Mavericks to get that version of Dictation? Was going to wait for all the fixes to come in. Ideas on doing things faster/more efficiently?
And, ideas on how I can navigate all the docs without a mouse/trackpad would be great! Have been wearing a splint & have a wireless keyboard and mouse, & try to keep everything at 90 degrees, but it’s not awesome.