Express Scribe Free

Express Scribe Free

Average User Rating:
3.2
out of 68 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    5.78
  • Total Downloads:
    203,226
  • Date Added:
    Jul. 24, 2015
  • Price:
    Free

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4 stars

"Almost there"

October 05, 2014  |  By Everyday Person

 |  Version: Express Scribe 5.69

Pros

You can increase/decrease speed as a percentage, not by random steps. So if someone is a slow speaker, you can increase playback speed to 110% or 111% or 112% etc. The reverse if they're a fast speaker. Intonation does not change.
The typing area did not have auto-correct, which is a huge timesaver IMO when doing the first draft. (I used it for academic transcription.) The shortcut keys are very handy. Had to pay for video playback, of course, but the price is minimal ($30 or $40).

Cons

Video could take awhile to load. The biggest con was that playback doesn't automatically jump back a second when you hit play again. This helps hugely with transcribing, because it helps you connect what you just typed with what you're about to type.

Summary

There was no malware as mentioned earlier. Yes, you do have numerous options of other software you can install, and that does get annoying, but that's all I found with extra software.
I did end up returning the software because of the two cons I mentioned. Their site wasn't entirely clear as to where to request a refund, so I think I emailed sales. The refund was complete within about three days. As far as I'm concerned, that's the mark of a professional company. If they could just improve the video loading and include an overlap function, then I think this would be really good software. (And maybe upgrade their website - it doesn't leave the strongest impression.)

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2 stars

"I used to love this!"

April 17, 2014  |  By crysdale75

 |  Version: Express Scribe 5.57

Pros

I'm sure it would be great if you want to pay that much for it.

Cons

Nobody wants to pay that much for software that should be free! I've been using the free version, but right in the middle of my work, it has decided that the free version will no longer support my foot pedal. I have to upgrade if I want to keep using it. If you're thinking about installing it, make sure to read all the things that you can NOT do with this anymore.

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1 stars

"eats your work can't undo the deletion of text"

February 20, 2014  |  By mjname

 |  Version: Express Scribe 5.57

Pros

there isn't any

Cons

I accidentally selected over an hour of work, hit a key and it's all gone. hit the command z to undo and nothing, there is also no undo from the file menu. Searched the help no undo. I have the paid version. Hate the company hate the product.

Summary

find something else.

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1 stars

"Used to work great...but good luck reinstalling"

December 04, 2013  |  By skypix777

 |  Version: Express Scribe 5.57

Pros

Effective hot keys for advancing/pausing/rewinding for typing from audio files, which it loads into its own interface
installed easily (the first time)

Cons

I had problems and tried to reinstall. No luck. Then found out NCH, the company that produces it, loaded a huge amount of malware and other hooks into my system. Plus, after the version I had, which I had paid for, became corrupted, I could not reinstall from the company's own free download. It refused to work.
Then came the fun: trying to uninstall the many programs it installed without my permission on my system. Even had a blue screen crash in the process.
Tech support is abysmal...and I'm a paid customer. You pay extra for tech support, other than an email a week or so after you ask your question...and the answer was ridiculous. I asked, what should I do to reinstall the program? (before I found out what a hidden trojan monster it is). The answer I got back a week later: Try reinstalling from your original file...which was the same one the company offers for download, and which didn't work...which I had explained in a very long email to tech support!

Summary

This company has some insidious and unethical business practices. It puts NCH hooks all over your system. I edited my registry until I realized it was in thousands of edits, and I couldn'lt uninstall all of them, but did my best.
I sent them an angry email. I don't expect to hear back.
They took my money and delivered...problems.
Very disappointed. I will never buy anything from NCH again, and recommend you do the same.
A nasty, mean-spirited company.
Tech support virtually less than worthless.
Money well spent for the lesson, but I'll miss the working version I had for awhile...but won't miss the headache it caused me once my system started acting up.
Windows 7 Pro 64 bit system.
I read online that a Windows programmer spent an hour of hard work getting all the NCH bits and pieces out of his computer. He also said, Never again with NCH!

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1 stars

"Pretty Much Useless"

October 15, 2013  |  By NghtOwl

 |  Version: Express Scribe 5.57

Pros

Interface is neat

Cons

Keeps asking for payment, despite having downgraded to the free version.

Free version does not allow one to load audio files. It's impossible to transcribe audio that you can't hear.

Summary

Corporate greed has ruined what used to be really good software.

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3 stars

"Amazing utility"

September 30, 2013  |  By georgepaul666

 |  Version: Express Scribe 5.57

Pros

Easy to use and provides lots of hotkeys and shortcuts to increase the efficiency.

Cons

It ask to pay for any upgrade even after buying the utility.

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1 stars

"A shell of the former program"

September 03, 2013  |  By Zerook

 |  Version: Express Scribe 5.57

Pros

-Used to have nice features that made it usable in both free and paid versions

Cons

-Lack of support
-Bugs that cuts the time of the audio. Have seen people reprimanded for this in their work only to find it was the program's fault for the mistake
-Very poor audio quality even in pro version
-Asks to pay for any upgrades or updates after purchasing the program with no access or downloads to previous versions

Summary

I work as a transcription quality controller and always recommend people away from this program. Audio quality is a particular issue with this program. It is extremely poor to the point it distorts it and you're better off even just using the freeware VLC player to boost the sound and get crisp audio.

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1 stars

"Do NOT use Express Scribe, Rubbish"

May 01, 2013  |  By Uerererer

 |  Version: Express Scribe 5.24

Pros

Lots of other software can be used to replace it.

Cons

These are the reasons that you should NOT choose Express Scribe:
1. It may crash your computer if you are using Windows 7 or higher version;
2. There is absolutely NO refund if you purchase it;
3. No tech support at all, except that you pay for extra cost when purchasing, this is ridiculous, it means NO support at all even if you have a small installation question. Why not choose other product?
4. Even after you un-check any non related item, after you do a clean down load, there will be tons of useless trash program or software download to your computer, they will harm or crash your computer;
5. It will still crash your computer, even you think you remove all of those trash. It will not crash right away, but in a couple of days, so you will not be sure why. Very dangerous!!!

Summary

DO NOT USE IT, EXCEPT YOU WANT TROUBLE !!!

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1 stars

"Waste of time"

April 15, 2013  |  By ginaabraham

 |  Version: Express Scribe 5.55

Pros

Easy to use

Cons

After initial trial period was over I uninstalled program then reinstalled- NO LUCK (even after it says after uninstalling to go back and download any time to use again) After repeatedly doing this and getting no where, I gave up. Pissed off for wasting my time I signed up with Cnet especially to post this message. Don't use Express Scribe.

Summary

Useless garbage

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2 stars

"NO FREE PRODUCT SUPPORT BEYOND 3 MOS. OF PURCHASE"

March 03, 2013  |  By frustratedscribe

 |  Version: Express Scribe 5.55

Pros

Easy to use user interface with customizable hot keys.

Cons

Buggy
Expensive

Summary

NCH Software should have the decency toe explicitly state in bold letters on their upgrade page itself (not in the terms and conditions) that upgrading to PRO does NOT mean you get subsequent fixes for free. They know their products have a lot of bugs and have capitalized on this appallingly. It's like you have to pay $30 every three months to get the best possible version of a product that still is a work in progress.

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What's new in version 5.78
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Publisher NCH Software
Publisher web site http://www.nch.com.au
Release Date July 11, 0015
Date Added July 24, 2015
Version 5.78
Category
Category Business Software
Subcategory Voice Recognition Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 906.28KB
File Name essetup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 203,226
Downloads Last Week 459
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License Model Free
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Price Free

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