CNET Editors' review
Students, conference attendees, lawyers, and anyone who has to transcribe recorded audio should try Listen N Write, a free tool designed specifically for transcription. It doesn't use speech recognition or automatic transcription, and Microsoft Anna doesn't speak your text files out loud. It's simply a media player bundled with a text editor, but a media player with subtle but clever differences that make it a great tool for playing back recorded lectures and speeches (for example) and writing down what you hear. To begin with, the Skip arrows move the recording forward or back just a few seconds, ending the ever-so-frustrating back-and-forth as you try to zero in on a single word or short phrase. Also, when you hit the Pause button, Listen N Write's media player reverses the recording by one second, which helps keep words from being truncated.
Listen N Write's interface consists of three pieces: the media player and the optional text editor and bookmarks box, though only the media player and text editor open by default. We could hide or show the bookmarks and text editor via the media player's View menu; the rest of the menu bar's entries will be familiar to most users. The media player itself is extremely simple, just a file title field, an Open File icon, playback controls, a volume slider, and a progress bar/counter. The Text Editor has the usual toolbar full of controls. The Bookmarks box is quite simple, but it's a useful extra; however, we opted to leave it off most of the time.
The program proved quite effective in use. We started with a recording of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," which we had on hand, not because we thought the slightly archaic speech would prove a good example to demonstrate Listen N Write, but that's exactly what happened. When we clicked Pause, the program would reverse the audio one second, which proved ideal for catching full words we'd just missed. Likewise, the ability to jump ahead or back in small increments was invaluable--certainly when compared to trying to use your cell phone's voice recorder to hear Professor Mushmouth's lecture.
Listen N Write can be used to play and transcribe ordinary WAV or MP3 recordings. Listen N Write has special features simplifying the transcription work as you can control via keys (while using its integrated word processor) and insert time markers (bookmarks). Audio stream is automatically re-winded a few seconds when pressing the Stop key. Listen N Write can be considered the standard program for any transcription because of its simplicity of use and small size.
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"this peice of **** crap"
Version: Listen N Write 22.214.171.124
lost my work because i used the cut option and went to paste it in word. nothing happened, went back to listen n write pasted it their and nothing happened. its fully ****** gone, peice of **** crappy ****** **** balls **** face ****** ****
**** the programmers of such a ****** ****** ****** ******
"Couldn't get it to play"
Version: Listen N Write 126.96.36.199
Looks to be a useful thing for transcribing files I've made on my digital voice recorder. Small size program.
I could load my MP3 voice files from my computer onto Listen N Write easily but that's as far as it got, nothing happened, it simply didn't play anything. I read and re-read the instructions in case I had overlooked something obvious. Maybe it's something to do with VLC media player being my system default? I don't know. What I do know is I don't have time to mess around with things that don't work out of the box, and I've uninstalled Listen N Write now.
"Does exactly what it's supposed to do!"
Version: Listen N Write 188.8.131.52
It's simple and very easy to use. You can control the audio with F5, F6 and F7 while you type which is very nice. Saves a lot of time.
Havent found anything
"It 'truly exceptional software"
Version: Listen N Write 184.108.40.206
Reads all types of multimedia files, including video on pause rewind system is efficient and saves time, simple and intuitive interface, and much more.
For the moment I have not found problems
Version: Listen N Write 220.127.116.11
Free, fast, easy, very useful, unique!
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