Here at PDFConverter.com, we specialize in providing both free and affordable professional document conversions to and from PDF. Thanks to Optical Character Recognition Technology, our PDF Converter Elite 3 also offers the capability to extract text from scanned and image documents and turn the text into usable and editable MS Word documents or Excel spreadsheets. With this technology, we are able to offer pretty powerful tools for manipulating and managing text documents in order to increase productivity and save time.
However, time is scarce these days and people are always on the go. The way we create and use documents is changing. For example, after hours of staring at a computer, tablet or smartphone screen, people often feel eyestrain and prefer listening to their PDFs and other documents rather than reading them. That is why some time ago we blogged about free solutions for converting text to audio.
However convenient this may be, many business people and office administrators who regularly create lots of documents and write numerous business emails and memos probably prefer dictating over typing. But not everyone has the opportunity to dictate their documents and communications to someone else who will write their words down and format accordingly. Thankfully, technology is advancing and trying to accommodate the needs of business professionals and computer users.
As a result of technology advances, today we have speech to text service providers. For example, iPhone users are probably familiar with Siri, an application that listens, understands and takes dictation from them. There are also other solutions for converting speech to text, though many of them are not free. Today we would like to share with you one completely free speech to text dictation software for your Chrome or Chromium browser – TalkTyper.
Google introduced speech input in version 11 of its Chrome browser and with that, made typing by talking possible, and TalkTyper for that matter.
TalkTyper provides speech recognition and writing by speaking services absolutely free for all users. With TalkTyper, you can speak to write documents, emails, tweets, memos or blogposts.
1) Choose your language first. As of date, TalkTyper supports 22 languages, including English, Spanish, German, French, Chinese, Portuguese, Italian, Turkish and Dutch.
2) Click the microphone icon and begin speaking. Your dictated text will appear in red in the upper field when recognized. For best results, speak slowly and dictate one sentence at a time. If your speech doesn’t get recognized correctly, click the button Alternatives to view other recognitions, try again or simply edit the text by typing. You can also listen to your writing by clicking the Listen to the text button.
3) Once you are satisfied with your recording, click the arrow icon to accept the dictated text. It will be added to the box at the bottom.
4) That’s it – you’ve created text from speech and now you can copy it and paste into your document, instantly email, tweet or blog the text.
Typing or writing by speaking is convenient not only for busy business people, tired students or overworked writers, but also for everyone else who wants to create text on computer, regardless of their typing abilities, physical disabilities like dysgraphia or dyslexia, or even literacy.