I’ve used Expresscribe for years to transcribe audios that some of my clients have sent me. I love Expresscribe, but the one thing I don’t like about it is that you have to pay to be able to use a foot pedal if you have one – you can only use hot keys if you’re using the free version of Express Scribe. That’s why when I found out about InqScribe, a java-based transcription program from Apple, I decided to check it out. In this post I’ll discuss my first impressions of Inqscribe.
Being able to use a foot pedal in the free version is great, but having to transcribe in their software is not – There’s a trade off for being able to use a foot pedal – you have to transcribe in their software. If you try to use a program like Microsoft Word, which is what I usually use to type up my documents, the foot pedal won’t work. I looked up information on this, and according to Inqscribe’s website they tried to release a version where you could use the software in the background while typing in another program, but it had bugs. So what I’ve started doing is typing as much as I can in Inqscribe, then copying and pasting it into Word and making my changes there.
Not being able to save your work in the evaluation version of InqScribe is not great – If you’re willing to pay $99 for a single user license of InqScribe, you’ll be able to save your work, and you’ll also be able to do other things, such as export data, and also you’ll have to put up with the annoying dialog that comes up each time you open up the free version of InqScribe.
Those are really the only two observations I have about InqScribe so far – I actually like InqScribe pretty well, except for not being able to save my work in the free version. I’ve been able to work around the limitations, as I stated above, and when I finish the transcript I’m currently working on, I’ll probably just go back and listen to it in Expresscribe so I can add my timestamps.
If you do transcription and you’re interested in checking out either of these two programs, you can check out Expresscribe here and Inqscribe here.