Speak-A-Message

Speak-A-Message


Average User Rating:
3.6
out of 13 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
9.8
File Size:
17.04MB
Date Added:
April 18, 2014
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows Vista/7/8
Total Downloads:
11,804
Downloads Last Week:
2
Additional Requirements:
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  • 1 stars

    "5 extra spamware installs included"

    April 09, 2013   |   By Chad_Jason

    Version: Speak-A-Message 9.0.1

    Pros

    would probably work if you wanted to use it

    Cons

    comes with extra software that adds a toolbar and tries to change your homepage and searching settings.

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  • 4 stars

    "A little hard to setup/use, but suprisingly accurate."

    March 07, 2012   |   By skaizun

    Version: Speak-A-Message 7.6.4

    Pros

    I was very surprised at the transcribed results from my rinky-dink tabletop microphone. It was amazingly accurate, messing up only about 5 words out of 100: One was "oop" which was transcribed as "up" (admittedly, it did sound like "up"!), and the rest were advanced technical/medical words that I purposely threw in to see what would happen.

    Cons

    Set up wasn't easy, nor was figuring out how to use it, but, once I did so (about 15 mins), it worked well.

    Files are too easy to accidentally delete (i.e., it does not put the deleted files into the desktop recycle/wastebasket; when I accidentally deleted 3 files that had nothing to do with this program, I had to run a third-party, file-recovery, program to restore them). So, I recommend using a separate folder for everything (i.e., source and result).

    The resulting transcriptions can be copy-pasted to word (the "professional" or "business" versions allegedly can do this automatically), but it will include the timing for each line. For example, if I transcribe just the word "hello", it will create the following in the text area:
    {0 sec}hello
    which means that the braced area ("{0 sec}") will be included when I copy paste (yes, I can avoid it for this one line, but, imagine if I had many lines).

    It can't transcribe non-S-A-M, pre-existing files, such as songs, etc.

    Summary

    Once I got everything set up (which included Windows microphone settings as well as Speak-A-Message's settings), my plain, table-top, PC microphone, was able to record into S-A-M, which then transcribed those words with surprisingly accurate results. No voice/input "training" was necessary!

    The braced-time issue (see "Cons") can be eliminated using Word's "Macro" (under "Tools"), but most people aren't comfortable using that, and it might erase any manually entered braced text. A programmer could probably write a simple program to remove them, manually, but, again, most people can't do that. I can do both, but I'm wondering why the option wasn't in S-A-M to remove them, at least temporarily.

    After having tried a dozen free programs from the web and Cnet, this one has them all beat! Quirky, perhaps, but I highly recommend it, especially since it's free (n.b., it claims to have "professional" settings which will be disabled after 30 days; obviously, I didn't wait that long, so I can't say what will happen, but their website (speak-a-message.com) indicates that the disabled functions are trivial, at least for the casual user.

    Updated on Mar 14, 2012

    Original:

    "How to obtain help and support for this security update
    For home users, no-charge support is available by calling 1-866-PCSAFETY in the United States and Canada or by contacting your local Microsoft subsidiary. For more information about how to contact your local Microsoft subsidiary for support issues with security updates, visit the Microsoft International Support website:
    http://support.microsoft.com/common"

    ===================================

    Copy-pasted result:

    "{0sec}how to obtain help and support for the security update
    {8.9sec} for home users no charge support is available by calling one eight six six PC safety
    {16.6sec} in the United States and canada or by contacting your local microsoft city are
    {21.6sec} for more information about how to contact your local microsoft subsidiary for support issues that security updates
    {32.4sec} visit the microsoft international support web site at http: slice slash support job microsoft up, slashed,"

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  • 4 stars

    "Getting better"

    January 26, 2011   |   By beyondtoday

    Version: Speak-A-Message 6.0.2

    Pros

    each new version has bought better funcutionality of this programs and can only improve as the program ages. I look forward to the day when a program like this can replace the keyboard and offer real freedom.

    Cons

    to early to say if there is any major flaws still testing

    Summary

    it's a nice program that offers practical uses and fun to play around with worth trying out

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  • 5 stars

    "Great to use!"

    February 27, 2010   |   By jlfujs

    Version: Speak-A-Message 5.1.0

    Pros

    Everything.

    Cons

    Nothing special.

    Summary

    Great utility, easy to use.

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  • 2 stars

    "I don't like it"

    January 13, 2010   |   By John at Wagga

    Version: Speak-A-Message 5.0.1

    Pros

    I can't find any

    Cons

    I couldn't make it work

    Summary

    SPENT HOURS TRYING, AND EVENTUALLY GAVE UP IN DISGUST

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  • 3 stars

    ".....confusing"

    December 27, 2009   |   By biganthony2

    Version: Speak-A-Message 5.0.1

    Pros

    Shinable has some kind of photo gallery for some reason...

    Cons

    Had to run as admin to get it to start
    i tested the speech to text, i said "test" and it translated it to iraq who have

    Summary

    works only in quiet environment decent program could be better

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  • 4 stars

    "Very good and effortless usage"

    July 10, 2009   |   By robertomarti12

    Version: Speak-A-Message 4.0.4

    Pros

    It is very friendly

    Cons

    Sometimes audio is saturated

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  • 4 stars

    "Nice handy tool to communicate."

    June 20, 2009   |   By jmbhatt

    Version: Speak-A-Message 4.0.1

    Pros

    Easy interface.

    Cons

    Volume needs work.

    Summary

    Useful tool to communicate. Amateur usage great.

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  • 3 stars

    "Good/useful but volume lacking at even highest settings"

    June 18, 2009   |   By darciea

    Version: Speak-A-Message 4.0.1

    Pros

    Good/easy to use

    Cons

    Low volume

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  • 4 stars

    "Works great"

    June 17, 2009   |   By glenindy

    Version: Speak-A-Message 4.0.1

    Pros

    Speak-A-Message works as advertised. I find it particularly useful on my mini netbook where typing e-mail is not always handy. Everyone that has received my messages says it is loud and clear. File size attachments are minimal so no problem there.

    Cons

    Adding sound effect background is not too great. I get a popping, static sound but not a big deal because I don't need to send music or sound effects anyway.

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