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In search of confidential dictation

I am looking for options for confidential dictation (beyond what Google can find for me). Please give me your personal recommendations for solutions. [more inside]
posted by elizeh on May 14, 2016 - 2 answers

Voice to text, app or software recommendation required.

My colleague is based in Kenya and has badly torn up his shoulder. We are looking for solution for him to work on the computer. He has an iPhone and uses a PC. The Dragon app is only for US and Canada. Can you recommend a solution he can try before he buys that will be available to him in his location? This is rather urgent. Thank you.
posted by infini on May 12, 2016 - 6 answers

Voice analyzing software that can differentiate people?

I am looking for voice analyzing software that can perform a rather particular function: one that can differentiate different people's voices as they have a conversation. Is there any commercial software that can do this? [more inside]
posted by zardoz on May 9, 2016 - 8 answers

Software for documenting family tree?

My mom has gotten interested in documenting family history, and I'm looking for some software that she can use to capture the information she's collected. My priorities are:
  • PC application or website where her data can be private/by login only
  • Excellent user interface
  • Nice output/view options
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    posted by msbubbaclees on May 8, 2016 - 11 answers

    How to Create a Training Video

    I need to learn how to create a training video. It needs to be able to capture what I am doing on my computer screen, while recording my accompanying dialog. I see these all the time on youtube, but I am unsure how to get started. Where can I find some free training, and/or what kind of software/equipment do I need? Thanks!
    posted by LilithSilver on May 6, 2016 - 13 answers

    Alarm Software that Will Make A Sound at the Scheduled Times

    I'm looking for either a Chrome App or Mac OSX software that will: 1) make a chime or some other noise at an appointed time 2) enter about 20 different "appointments" each day in an easy way [more inside]
    posted by neeta on May 5, 2016 - 6 answers

    Unsettled issues for a software development team

    How much back and forth about the nitty-gritty of software development is healthy on a team? Are teams more productive if they spend less time on these issues—or more? Do we know? [more inside]
    posted by brett on May 5, 2016 - 9 answers

    Graphical relationship visualisation

    What tools would you recommend for creating a dynamic relationship visualisation? Thinking along the lines of They Rule. [more inside]
    posted by monocultured on Apr 29, 2016 - 7 answers

    Which POS software was this?

    I bought some things at a privately-owned grocery store today and the point-of-sale (POS) software display that showed how much I owed was a stunningly beautiful work of MS-DOS-style ANSI design. At the top of the screen it said "ERD POS" or something like that. The digits for the cost total were even bigger and fancier than this, but that image captures the general era. What was it? And how old is it? Thanks!
    posted by circular on Apr 28, 2016 - 4 answers

    CAD/Drafting on Linux - What software for strange bicycles?

    What software should I use to create a parametric model of a bicycle and have the software generate plan views I can send to a welder/framebuilder. [more inside]
    posted by sibilatorix on Apr 25, 2016 - 4 answers

    eReading + eResearch refresher

    I have been doing most of my research digitally for a number of years, with varying degrees of success. As I finish up my phd (!) I want to refresh my research habits and streamline for efficiency. For pdfs, epubs, and online articles I currently use several services and software platforms, only some of which are compatible. Help me best this [more inside]
    posted by 0bvious on Apr 24, 2016 - 2 answers

    What's the best speech to text software?

    I have lectures (around and hour each) that I'd like to transfer from recorded audio to text. I figure that my students are more likely to read than to listen. What is the best way to accomplish this?
    posted by Fister Roboto on Apr 21, 2016 - 3 answers

    Vendor "Take-Back" Software Licensing

    My company bought thousands of dollars of client hardware and software from a vendor on behalf of a valued customer. They apparently gave us a server software license without charging us for it. Can they come back two years later looking for payment? (snowflake details inside) [more inside]
    posted by cross_impact on Apr 19, 2016 - 6 answers

    What non-Apple slideshow software should I acquire?

    Windows 10. I need to acquire (buy if necessary) a good slideshow program. It must be able to output high-res .mov files as the stuff I'm creating is to be integrated into a movie project. Hopefully, it will afford me the ability to program some fairly complex moves, zooms, transitions (ie: not just a few stanard Ken Burns style defaults). Hopefully, I won't be in for a BIG learning curve as I have deadlines looming. [more inside]
    posted by philip-random on Apr 18, 2016 - 6 answers

    How to get Neat scanner to stop asking me to sync!?

    We bought a Neat scanner and installed the software. Now it is asking in a pop up window if we want to sync with the cloud. There is no way to turn this off and it asks 10,000 times a day. And I am not allowed to call customer service without a paid account. And the scanner does not seem to work without the software. [more inside]
    posted by cda on Apr 14, 2016 - 7 answers

    Voice Recognition Software that can format papers in APA, MLA, etc.?

    I'm an academic librarian and one of my patrons is a very bright young woman who is a visually impaired junior (3rd year uni student). She has a rare progressive neurological disease. She uses various programs (Voice Dream and something else the name of which I cannot remember) that read textbooks and academic journal articles to her. She is able to type somewhat but may gradually lose some of that capacity. She relies on her mom and grandma for a lot but neither ever went to college and there are things they can't help her with. Is there any Voice Recognition Software that can actually format her papers? Where if she tells it "APA cover page" it can do it with the words she speaks? Or "Chicago footnote"? [more inside]
    posted by mareli on Apr 8, 2016 - 8 answers

    scheduling interval solution

    I need to schedule people for appointments at various intervals, ideally using some form of...software?, and I'd like to do it all in one go at the start. I guess this is a computer problem, but maybe it's a math problem. Shoot. [more inside]
    posted by quadrilaterals on Apr 6, 2016 - 2 answers

    what is a good windows utility for accessing an iso file as a disk

    I would like to be able to use an image of a CD/DVD ( a .iso file on windows ) so that I can access that image as if it is an actual cd. In the past, maybe 3 years ago or so, I used "Virtual Clone Drive" which worked pretty well but I don't know if this is still a good choice. [more inside]
    posted by metadave on Apr 3, 2016 - 9 answers

    Non-Engineering Nonfiction Books for Engineers?

    I've long held that anyone who makes things for humans should read The Design of Everyday Things by Don Norman. What other books should engineer types read? [more inside]
    posted by reventlov on Mar 24, 2016 - 13 answers

    Trying to figure out software used to create the DIC logo in 80s cartoon

    I know somewhere in the past I had seen a story about the devices/programs used to create video logos like the DIC outro seen here. Any idea what it was?
    posted by Ferreous on Mar 22, 2016 - 6 answers

    I suck at whiteboard interviews. Can I suggest an alternate process?

    I'm an experienced software engineer and manager. I have a number of successful projects under my belt and some really great companies on my resume. However, I'm really, really bad at the traditional whiteboard interview. I'm getting ready to start looking for a new job. Would it be worthwhile to request an alternative interview format? [more inside]
    posted by panama joe on Mar 1, 2016 - 29 answers

    New Software Bootcamp grad seeks job self-marketing help

    Asking for a ...spouse, who has recently attended a software bootcamp as a means to launch his second career. He's 43 and is having trouble with getting pigeonholed as "overqualified" for entry-level roles, but doesn't have the coding chops for dev management roles. What can he do to make himself more competitive? What boxes should he be making sure to check? [more inside]
    posted by chesty_a_arthur on Mar 1, 2016 - 5 answers

    Best solution for ad-hoc parsing and reformatting of text?

    I handle a lot of screenplays, recording scripts, game dialogue text tables, localization tables, and other text-related files. And I have a need to output to varying formats with varying goals--sometimes to reformat a screenplay to something more standard or to put text in a format that is ready to use by a game or other software. For simplicity's sake, assume that all input and output formats would be plain text. What is a good software tool to help with these format conversions? [more inside]
    posted by ErikH2000 on Feb 22, 2016 - 12 answers

    Best screenshot app for Mac?

    I've been happily using Slingshot on my Mac for screenshots for years but it's been discontinued and is no longer being updated. What should I replace it with? [more inside]
    posted by kdern on Feb 22, 2016 - 18 answers

    What are current best methods for TV-quality lip sync animation?

    In 2016, what software and methods do professional animators use for TV-quality lip sync animation with the aim of acceptable quality at the fastest speed? [more inside]
    posted by ErikH2000 on Feb 8, 2016 - 4 answers

    Jarvis...Please respond...

    Are there any software apps that have cool Hollywood-style/Futuristic UI natively built in? Email Clients, Desktop themes, Instant Messengers with fancy "Message is being encrypted" dialogs etc? [more inside]
    posted by theobserver on Feb 5, 2016 - 5 answers

    How can I separate work and personal notes on OneNote?

    I'd like to be able to access both my work and personal OneNote notes while in the office, but I'd also like to keep the personal notes secured so that they can't be accessed by someone else. The personal notes also need to be synced between my home and the office. [more inside]
    posted by theyexpectresults on Feb 4, 2016 - 6 answers

    Software for a musical needle-drop test?

    I'd like an application for my desktop, OS X computer that would basically simulate the dreaded "needle drop" test of music lit classes of yore: a random sample from a given list of recordings is played, and you have to identify the work (and perhaps the measure or movement). In practical terms, I should be able to load up a bank of mp3s, push a button, and be given a random clip of a pre-set time length. [more inside]
    posted by Wolfdog on Feb 4, 2016 - 4 answers

    Freedom internet blocking software - how private?

    It seems like it's now a yearly-based subscription service. I'm wondering how much data my computer sends to their services from my browser and hard drive. [more inside]
    posted by neeta on Jan 27, 2016 - 3 answers

    How can I maximize my take-home working for a startup?

    What kind of pay should I expect at a startup that hasn't hit profitability yet? Are my expectations realistic? [more inside]
    posted by one of these days on Jan 26, 2016 - 5 answers

    Recommend APA-style formatting and citation software

    What software would you recommend for formatting papers, creating a research database, and building and inserting citations in APA-style? [more inside]
    posted by angiep on Jan 10, 2016 - 14 answers

    Tool or software for comparing weekly schedules of a group?

    I need an efficient way to break a class into teams based on schedules. [more inside]
    posted by Ms. Toad on Jan 8, 2016 - 1 answer

    Optionally minded

    I just received an offer for a tech job at a SF-based startup, with stock options. I saw this great Ask, which contains links to some valuable information on questions to ask. But I'm wondering: how many of those questions SHOULD a company be able to answer before I accept an offer? [more inside]
    posted by Sheydem-tants on Jan 6, 2016 - 10 answers

    What do like to see in a corporate tech talk?

    I volunteered to give a talk at a large company about a piece of software. Not sure how to do this. [more inside]
    posted by miyabo on Jan 3, 2016 - 17 answers

    No! Don't click on that!

    Almost 10 year old daughter has no sense of appropriate viewing, and I'd like to get a software solution to help her stay clear of the skeevier parts of Youtube. [more inside]
    posted by heathrowga on Dec 16, 2015 - 7 answers

    Looking for particular type of internet restriction software/app

    I'm interested in restricting my own use of time-killing websites at home so as to increase my productivity. I see that there are a number of apps or programs that do this in different ways, and some of these techniques would be good. But I haven't found one that works in the way that I think would work best for me. Is something like that available? Details on the kind of functionality I'm looking for are below. P.S. I'm willing to pay up to maybe $50 for the right kind of software. [more inside]
    posted by Mechitar on Dec 16, 2015 - 6 answers

    Should I make this transfer?

    I'm a software engineer who's thinking about transferring to another team at work that does way more interesting stuff, but now my current manager is trying to get me to stick around by making offers of more interesting work on this side. What should I do? [more inside]
    posted by Two Stranger on Dec 10, 2015 - 11 answers

    Transcription software

    I'm doing voluntary work as a translator and subtitle editor, and I'd like to be more efficient with my time. Details under the cut. [more inside]
    posted by lmfsilva on Dec 7, 2015 - 12 answers

    Nonprofit needs scheduling software for kids classes

    I work for a local non-profit that provides classes in engineering for kids. We have classes available after school and during school holiday and over the summer. We would like something that allows us to move classes around and change dates easily like by dragging and dropping on a weekly schedule and that can handle 8 different classrooms with two different class periods per day. [more inside]
    posted by absences on Dec 7, 2015 - 1 answer

    New computer and tech support for non-techy older person

    My mum's 8 year old, second hand laptop is on the way out. I'd like to replace it with something more suited to her needs. Also, is there any sort of phone/online tech support available in Australia suitable for older people so she doesn't have to wait months until I'm home to learn how to download pictures/ save files etc? [more inside]
    posted by neatsocks on Dec 6, 2015 - 8 answers

    Confidence Game - self-assessment tool

    I'm trying to find this self-assessment/self-correction software tool for evaluating one's own confidence in a given answer in a consistent way. [more inside]
    posted by pahalial on Dec 3, 2015 - 3 answers

    gym class software - tracking who has paid

    Anyone have experience with Punchpass, Tula, Front Desk or a similar apps or services? [more inside]
    posted by egk on Nov 22, 2015 - 3 answers

    Large Photo Collage Software

    Is there a non-photo shop option that will let me create a collage where I can resize photos and some other basic tweaks? [more inside]
    posted by smoke on Nov 21, 2015 - 11 answers

    Non-cloud Google docs

    What's a good non-cloud collaborative software alternative to Google docs? [more inside]
    posted by Ndwright on Nov 19, 2015 - 7 answers

    Help a team export their knowledge

    Looking for a tool to use — a cross-platform app or web app would be great, or alternatively a method we can apply and use with something basic. I work on a voluntary campaign team where it would be really helpful to dump our knowledge in a shared location where it can be mapped and searched, both for us now and for handover. Paid solutions are probably out of our reach. [more inside]
    posted by lokta on Nov 16, 2015 - 5 answers

    Software that makes the user design the User Interface before using it

    I am looking for software (no video games; see inside for explanation) that lets you design the graphical user interface however you wish before you start actually using the software. [more inside]
    posted by 2ghouls on Nov 11, 2015 - 24 answers

    Want to learn animation -- best software?

    I want to learn how to make animations. I would like to find a program that will let me draw A and then B and will automatically fill in what's in between. [more inside]
    posted by DMelanogaster on Nov 11, 2015 - 3 answers

    I'm looking for easy wiki software

    I'm looking for wiki software to help me organize information on a project I'm working on. Special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
    posted by entropicamericana on Nov 11, 2015 - 8 answers

    Home Server Suggestions

    Have a computer I'm repurposing to a headless home-server. Looking for some suggestions on what server software I should need, with special snowflake needs inside! [more inside]
    posted by mayonnaises on Nov 10, 2015 - 12 answers

    Good citation re engineering performance metrics.

    Please help me find good, preferably publicly available, citations regarding eg # of commits as lousy performance metrics. [more inside]
    posted by colin_l on Nov 6, 2015 - 8 answers

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