Dictate App - Speech to Text

Speech to Text Dictation App

Features

Press Start to begin dictation
Press Start to begin dictation
Send text to other apps
Send text to other apps
Edit text for correction
Edit text for corrections

Dictation made easy

Dictate allows to dictate text messages into your device instead of typing. Never type any text, just dictate it using your speech! 

No dictation time limit

With Dictate you don't have any dictation time limits anymore like in the iOS dictation function which stop usually between 30-60 seconds.

More Than 40 Languages

Dictate offers more than 40 languges, including: English, Deutsch, Nederlands, Dansk, Español, Français, Hrvatski, Italiano, Pусский, Magyar, Norsk bokmål, Polski, Português, Bahasa Melayu, Indonesia, Tiếng Việt, Türkçe, Català, Română, Slovenčina, Suomi, Svenska, čeština, 中文, 粵語, ไทย, 日本語, 한국어, עברית, العربية, Ελληνικά, українська

Sync across devices

You can synchronize your text across your devices with our new iCloud-Sync feature. Text that is dictated into one device magically appears on other iOS devices where you are logged in with the same AppleID.

Interoperability

Using the clipboard technology, nearly every app that can send and receive text messages can be configured to operate with Dictate.

3 Text Zones

Dictate offers 3 text zones which you can use for different projects. Easily switch between text zones with one klick. Text zone A can sync to iCloud, zones B and C store locally.

Keyboard Edit

In addition to dictation you can edit your text manually in case you want do some formatting of just correct small errors.

Business Model

We offer a free 3 day testing period where you can test Dictate without any fees. 

Applications of Dictate

  • Authors, Lawyers, Medical doctors typically have to write large amounts of text in short time. They benefit in particular from the text zones where they can handle different projects simultaneously.
  • Blind people are a huge user group of Dictate. They use it to produce written text for others. Dictate has Voiceover support !
  • Deaf people are also a huge user group of Dictate. They can use it to read what other people say.
  • Journalists, blogger and any social media user use Dictate to speed up their posts. Since Dictate can send to any other text app there many more possibilities in social media posting.

Get Dictate now !

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Frequently Asked Questions

User Manual

Functions on the Main Screen

Edit button

Edit Button

Push the Edit button whenever you want to manually correct your text. The Edit button can only be pressend when dictation is stopped. In Edit mode you can position the cursor (Insert point) and edit your text to your needs. If you leave Edit mode by pressing the Edit button again the next dictation will insert at the text position of the cursor. This allows to insert text by dictation in the middle of your text.

Delete Text Button

Press the delete button to erase your current text field. A security requester will ask if you are sure. If you say "Yes" there is no way to recover your previous text.

Setup Button

Press Setup to open the app configuration screen. There you can select the dictation language, the font size and en-/disable the iCloud synchronization feature. For further details please refer to setup screen description below.

Help Button

Help Button

Help button offers links to: dictation commands, this manual and our frequently asked questions.

Upgrade Button

Upgrade Button

This button opens the upgrade screen. You will be asked to log with your AppleID. This is only to renew previously made purchases. No purchases are made by entering your password on setup screen opening ! Here you perform in app purchases, recover you previously made purchases and renew your subscriptions. For further details please refer to update screen description below.

Text zone switch

Switch Text Zones/Languages

Using this selector you can switch your text zones. There are 3 text zones which can be used to work on different projects at the same time. Each text zone will store and recover its text when you switch it. You can think of each text zone as a separate 'file'.

Each text zone can be assigned a different language, so that you can switch the dictation language with one click. For details please see the 'Setup Screen' section below.

Text zone A is a special syncronisation text zone. If it shows an "A" it does not synchronize to iCloud, if it shows a recycle icon it stores your text in a private container in your iCloud. To use this feature you need to be logged in into your iCloud account and you need to have given permission for Dictate to access it. Otherwise it will throw errors each time you try to dictate new text.

If you don't have more than one device you can safely switch iCloud Sync off. Please refer to Setup section below.

Text zones B and C always store your text locally on your device. Please note that when you delete Dictate from your device your texts are also lost.

Copy Button

The Copy button copies the complete current text field into the global clipboard. You can use this to transfer text to other allocations that can not be configured with the Send button.

Start/Stop Button

Start/Stop Button

Press this button to start and stop dictation.

Dictate has no time limits, but it will terminated dictation when it does not recognize speech for more than a minute. This is a safety feature to avoid draining your battery completely because you just forgot to stop dictation.

Please note further that under certain conditions this button might be disabled. Please refer to our FAQ for solving these problems.

Send Button

Send Button

The Send button transfers your text to other (configured) apps where you can further process it or just send it as a message. Most of the social media apps like Twitter, Facebook, Message, Email and more can be configured to receive your dictated text.

Functions on the Setup Screen

Selecting Languages for Text Zones

In the upper area you can setup the speech to text transcription languages for each text zone. There are more than 40 languages available.

You can select a different language for each of the 3 text zones or select the same language for all text zones in case you don't want to dictate in several languages.

1. Select the text zone (pressing one of the flags) for which you want to change the language.

2. Select the language using the language selector.

The selected language is immediately assigned to the selected text zone. For easy visualization the 3 text zones are shown with flags representing the selected language. The same applies for the main screen, where you can switch easily between your configured languages.

Text Size Setting

Here you can set the text size of the text field in the main screen. This is especially helpful for disabled persons which can select very large font sizes to improve the readability.

Enable Sync Button

Here you define whether text zone A synchronizes its text into your iCloud container. Switch it off if you don't need this feature. To use it ensure that your iCloud account is configured for usage with Dictate and that you are logged in. Otherwise error messages will occur complaining about the inability to save your text to the iCloud.

Disable Silence Timeout

Normale Dictate aborts dictation when it detects silence from the microphone for more than 60 seconds. You can disable this silence timeout with this setting.

That can be useful for deaf people who want to 'read' what others say. They need a kind of permanent recording mode, which can be established using this feature.

Attention ! This feature can drain your batterie in case you forget that it is sill recording and leave the device alone. Since both the recording timeout and the device idle mode are disabled be aware of that possibility. 

Functions on the Upgrade Screen

On opening of the upgrade screen you will always be asked to log with your AppleID if you are not already. This is used only to renew previously made purchases. No purchases are made by entering your password on setup screen opening ! 

Abonnement Section

In the upper area you can can select from various subscription models. From time to time we offer life long "Pro-Version"s which are not subscriptions, but a one time purchases. Press the wanted product and you will be guided through the purchasing process.

Subscription End Information

In the lower part you will find information about the time period of you current subscription. If you own a life long Pro Version it will also be written here instead of a expiration date.

Restore Purchases Button

Press this button if you want to restore previously made purchases. Normaly expired subscription are renewed automatically on opening the upgrade screen, but life long Pro Versions are not. If you own these and did a reinstall of Dictate or got a new device you have to restore by pressing this button.

All restore actions are for free, because you already have payed for them.

Miscellaneous

Dictation Commands

iTunes Sharing of your Text

You can access your text also via iTunes File Sharing, when you connect your device to your Mac.

1. Connect your device with your Mac

2. Open iTunes (or Finder for macOS 10.15 upwards) and select your device

3. Look for "Files" and find your text files under "Dictate".

For each text zone there is a file named "Textzone_A.txt", "Textzone_B.txt" and "Textzone_C.txt" respectively. 

Attention ! These files are copies of your text. It is not possible to transfer text to Dictate by copying files into the "Files" section of iTunes.

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