From High Criteria:
Transcription Buddy provides a complete range of playback controls for transcribing audio on a PC. When transcribing, the program allows a text editor, such as MS Word, to remain active. This allows the user to type, at the same time that the recording is played back. The main features of Transcription Buddy include: - Playback of sound files in various compressed and uncompressed formats. - Improve the quality of your recording using speech enhancements. - Accelerated playback for easy searching. - OLE support that allows you to imbed your sound files in other ones such as Microsoft Word documents. - Direct sending of your sound files via E-mail. - Global hot keys to allow quick access to common functions. - Ability to create bookmarks in sound files and use them for quick navigation. - Controlling playback using a foot pedal control. - Playback with automatic pauses. - Playback of non-standard files, including Olympus DSS, Dialogic VOX, and BCB TrueSpeech. The program is an ideal choice for: - Transcribing sound data to a text document. - Publishing speeches and other sound data to a Web site. - Sending voice messages through E-mail.
Has a wide variety of custom functions. Works very well. I like the custom pause features, backup feature, playback option, and audio speed option.
I had to convert some of my files in order for it to work, so that meant downloading another piece of software, but I found something online that was free. It's just a nuisance to not have this program have a convert feature.
Also, with each file I am transcribing, I have to reset the Automatic preferences button in the Audio tab. I would prefer that this remains the same unless i change it.
Essentially, this is an excellent program. I have several recorded interviews that needed to be transcribed. I was looking initially for voice recognition software, but can't find any right now to suit my needs that are free and accurate. So, this is the second best option. I just installed it today and used it three times. There might be more features I haven't discovered, but so far, so good! Thank you for this.