Express Scribe Transcription Free for Mac

Express Scribe Transcription Free for Mac

Download Editors' Rating:
3
Good
Average User Rating:
2.2
out of 4 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    5.70
  • Total Downloads:
    18,987
  • Date Added:
    Sep. 16, 2014
  • Price:
    Free

Editors' Review

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Express Scribe Transcription Free for Mac is a transcription aid application that makes it much easier to transcribe text from audio recordings. It includes a number of different features that allows you to make the audio as easy to transcribe as possible. Anyone doing transcription on a regular basis could benefit from this free program.

Pros

Clarity under slowdown: One of the most important features of transcription software is the ability to slow down audio without making it unintelligible. There is some slight pitch-shifting that takes place with the slow-down feature in this program, but the speech is still perfectly comprehensible, even when the speed is lowered significantly.

Powerful audio controls: You can also implement a number of audio parameters in the settings menu that can make the audio easier to hear. You can apply compression to avoid the unpleasantness of large dynamics in a recording. You can also apply bass filters to clean out the low frequency rumble that is present in so many low-quality recordings.

Customization options: You can customize almost every aspect of how this software works. You can set up your own hotkeys to control it using whatever workflow you find most effective. You can specify the distance you want the skip forward and backward controls to travel. You can specify all the default settings that should be applied to new audio.

Cons

Error with FLAC files: When we tried to edit a FLAC file with the program, it could not open it natively. It tried to download a codec, failed, and then was unable to access the file. It would be ideal if FLAC support was included in the program, as this is a lower size yet higher quality audio format.

Bottom Line

If you're doing a lot of transcription work, this program is a great find. The level of control and the power of its audio tools should be enough to meet almost anyone's needs. Customization allows you to essentially bend this program to fit the model of however you like to work best.

 
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User Reviews
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3 stars

"Works as Indicated"

July 03, 2014  |  By rbdancer

 |  Version: Express Scribe Free Transcription 5.50

Pros

Easy to use, relatively simple and intuitive interface. Nice set of options in Preferences for a free program.

Cons

Windows-type icons can be puzzling. Looks a little dated, but then again it runs on older machines.

Summary

It really is free, it works just fine without the foot pedal option, and it can make transcribing a lot faster and easier. If this is the type of product you need, it is a good one.

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4 stars

"False link, but great product"

March 23, 2013  |  By Hagtar

 |  Version: Express Scribe Free Transcription 5.50

Pros

Slowdown: The program can slow down the audio indefinitely. If you slow it down just to 85-90%, the sound is not too distorded, an it becomes much easier to keep pace.
"Play and repeat": Couple this with slower speed, and the cumulative effect is nice.
Customizable hotkeys: You can define your own hotkeys, which will also work if you are working in another program with Express Scribe in the background. This makes rewinding, fast-forward etc. extremely fast and easy. I don't even have to press Cmd Tab to change back and forth between programs.

Cons

The link is actually a download link for Express Scribe Pro. I downloaded the free version, which is mostly identical, on http://www.nch.com.au/scribe/index.html.

Summary

The program is great, but this download link is false. It needs to be corrected.

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1 stars

"Not really free, expires after 14 days."

November 18, 2012  |  By BSWedge42

 |  Version: Express Scribe Free Transcription 5.50

Pros

Not really any since they are so misleading on their website.

Cons

NCH Software promotes this as a Free version then after 14 days you have to pay, I would be fine with it if they had told me up front that it is only a 14 day trial. I am not at all happy about doing business with a company that is so misleading on my initial contact with them. Too bad it seems like decent software, hope they get their act together on the customer service side of things, I might give them another try.

Summary

Agree with previous reviewer CNet needs to change their review to indicate that this is NOT free.

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1 stars

"Free version actually expires after 14 days"

August 26, 2012  |  By nndwrds

 |  Version: Express Scribe Free Transcription 5.50

Pros

If it were a free app, it would be the best option for Mac.

Cons

Seems slightly buggy in key assignment (unstable) - but I didn't get a chance to explore this fully

Summary

CNet needs to change it's review.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 5.70
Minor Bug Fixes
General
Publisher NCH Software
Publisher web site http://www.nch.com.au
Release Date August 14, 2014
Date Added September 16, 2014
Version 5.70
Category
Category MP3 & Audio Software
Subcategory Audio Production & Recording Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.9, Mac OS X 10.7, Mac OS X 10.8, Mac OS X 10.6, Macintosh
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 1.54MB
File Name scribemaci.zip
Popularity
Total Downloads 18,987
Downloads Last Week 131
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations None
Price Free

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