Dictate your emails on your iPad

Dictation - Voice Recognition on the iPad

The iPad has a microphone which allows you to dictate text. It is available when you use the keyboard. Instead of typing your text, tap the microphone and speak it. See the post: Dictate instead of typing. In addition, there are apps that do the same thing - in a more productive way. Nuance, the makers of Dragon NaturallySpeaking (the world’s most popular voice recognition software), have a new iPad app that lets you dictate emails, blog posts, SMS text messages or any other text straight into your iPad or iPhone without having to use the keyboard.

Dragon Dictation app

Dragon Dictation app

Called Dragon Dictation, this voice recognition app for your iPad has a minimal interface. Just tap the screen and start dictating. Your speech will be recorded and transcribed into text that you can then send as an SMS, email or copy it to the iPad clipboard and paste into any other iPad application.

The Dragon Dictation app is available on the iTunes store as a free download.

How to use Dragon Dictation

Download this tutorial as a pdf

Create a new note

Create a new note

Tap the + to add a new note. Each note you add will appear on the left along with the date it was recorded.
Tap and dictate when you are ready to record. The microphone: locate the home button; the microphone is at the opposite end of the iPad.

Recording a Note

Recording a Note

Tap the screen when you have completed your dictation.

Editing your Recording

Editing your Recording

1. You can add to your recording by tapping the keyboard and typing additional text.

2. You can also add additional dictation to the current note. Tap the screen where you want the dictated text. Tap the Record button and start speaking.
With the keyboard selected, you can also edit the dicated text - if it didn't successfully translate your voice. All the normal editing keys are available. See this post for more informatiion on editing and using the iPad's keyboard. iPad keyboard tips and tricks.

3. Information. Very useful tips on how to dictate, commonly used punctuation you can say whilst dictating and commonly used commands; eg Caps On, New Line.

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Deleting Notes

Deleting Notes

Tap the Trash can to delete.

You can delete either the last thing you dictated, or the entire note.

Import dictated text into an email

Import dictated text into an email

Tap the Download button. You have a number of choices:
1. Copy and download the text into a new email message.
2. Cut the text and paste it into another application.
3. Copy the text.
4. Post it to Facebook or Twitter.

The Settings buttion allows you to add your social networking accounts, select the language you want to dictate in, recognise names and detect end of speech.
Tap the Email button to send this text to an email message.

New message

New message

As soon as you tap the Email button, a new message is opened with the dictated text pasted into the new message. You can edit the text, add to it, delete it, address your email and send it.

Copy text

Copy text

To paste the text you copied, open the desired application and double tap to paste the text.
The difference between the Cut and Copy options: If you select Cut, the text will be deleted from the current note. You can then paste the text into another app. If you select Copy, the text will be copied but will still be available in the current note.