I would like to find out more about the program and how it may be installed
Speechlogger is much simpler than the programs you are familiar with - since there is no install, setup or even login needed. Simply open: Speechlogger using Chrome (it only works on Chrome browsers) and that's it. For your convenience, we made this half a minute YouTube tutorial for your first step using Speechlogger: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlCT8fhMJO8
Do I need to worry about licensing, using on multiple devices or stuff like that?
I clicked allow to access the microphone and when I click on the large microphone icon, it flashed red as if it is working but it doesn’t type anything. Any ideas for what I can try to make this work?
2 things we can thing of:
1) Make sure the mic itself is connected, enabled and works (try to record yourself with a different program)
2) When using speechlogger, (after clicking the large mic icon to start the dictation) there should be a small camera icon in the browser's address bar (next to the star icon). Click it and make sure that it refers to the mic that you are using.
Here are all the steps:
1) Connect a mic and make sure it works.
2) Open Chrome. Go to :speechlogger.appspot.com
3) Choose language to dictate
4) [Optional:] Click "Auto-punctuation" and set it up
5) Click the large middle mic icon in the app.
6) [For the first time only:] Once you click on the mic, the browser will ask for your permission to listen to your mic. Chrome will show you the question in a line underneath the addressbar. Click "Allow". If the line did not pop look for a small camera-icon in the address bar itself. This is done to protect your security.
7) Start talking. The transcribed text will show on the screen.
Does Speechlogger work on mobile?
Only if you are using Chrome.
How to transcribe audio files?
a) Play it with an external device into your computer using a line-in cable.
b) Better solution: Install a "virtual line-in cable" as described in this youtube.
The software we use (not affiliated with us) is VoiceMeeter: http://vb-audio.pagesperso-orange.fr/Voicemeeter/index.htm
Downloadable from: http://vbaudio.jcedeveloppement.com/Download_CABLE/VoicemeeterSetup_v1025.zip
1) After you've installed it, go to your computer's playback devices (how?) and choose "VoiceMeeter Input" to be your default playback device.
2) Open VoiceMeeter and play some audio file or youtube just to make sure you hear it well.
3) Refresh Speechlogger (by pressing F5) and click on the app's mic to start it.
4) As it is running, go to Chrome's address bar. There, click on the small camera icon.
5) Choose "VoiceMeeter Output" as your mic (and make sure speechlogger is always allowed).
6) Refresh the page (press F5)
7) Click the app's mic to start it and play your audio file. The results will show on the screen.
8) Optional: export to captions with timestamps (.srt format).
Does Speechlogger work on iOS, iPhones?
Sometimes, but either way only on Chrome. Anyhow, it's not made to support iOS.
I need an Automatic Speech Recognition for Mac, what can I use?
We recommend Dragon: Nuance's Dragon: Get Dragon NaturallySpeaking 13 Premium- Surf the web & create email, documents and spreadsheets – simply by speaking . You could also purchase a much cheaper version (a slightly older one) on amazon.
So far, I have found it very difficult to edit what I have dictated (correct, delete, insert, etc.)
For this purpose exactly we have made a designated version, that let's you edit very easily, just as a text editor would: https://speechnotes.co
I have not found any way to format the document (i.e., change from a "center" format to a "left justified" format).
True. We don't have this option, as we thought that speechlogger should focus on the speech to text and export to Word for styling.
How I can save what I have dictated as either a Doc or Word document?
You have the "export to .txt" button a few buttons right to the central "mic" button.
How can I copy and paste?
You have a "select all" button on the top-left corner of the text area. After you select the text, you can simply copy it (Ctrl+C, or mouse right click)
How can I print a document I create with your software (if I simply want to create a quick series of notes to myself)?
It's an interesting use-case we didn't think of before, so we don't have a special function for it, but there are 2 possibilities: 1) Ctrl+P and simply print the first page (not optimal since it will also print the other stuff, and if the note is long, then it might get clipped). 2) Export, or copy to Word and print from there. We do like your idea though, and will consider adding a direct "print" feature for next versions.
Is there a speech to text app or extension that would allow to use commands to control the screen?
We have our simple version Speechnotes that gives some of that functionality. Other than that you could probably use Nuance's Dragon: Get Dragon NaturallySpeaking 13 Premium- Surf the web & create email, documents and spreadsheets – simply by speaking . Tip: you could usually get a better deal (cheaper & downloadable) on amazon (links to the product page).