Write Anything In Chrome By Just Speaking: Dictation

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Out of the myriad array of tasks we use our computers for, quite a few involve writing (or typing) text. Composing emails, editing documents, the list goes on. And although effortless typing is almost second nature to any regular computer user, what if you could do it even more effortlessly?

Say hello to Dictation.io, an amazing browser centric web service that lets you write as much as you want, by simply speaking. Utilizing Google Chrome’s Web Speech API, Dictation requires nothing more than a microphone. It recognizes commands like “New Paragraph,” and even lets you add punctuation marks. The transcribed text is saved automatically in Google Chrome’s local storage, but you can also save it to disk, or export it to cloud storage services like Dropbox and Google Drive. Can’t wait to know more? Head past the break to find out how you can write anything in Chrome by just speaking.

dictation in action

How To Use Dictation To Write Anything In Chrome By Just Speaking?

Given the fact that it’s entirely a browser based web service, Dictation requires absolutely zero initial configuration, and is ready to use from the get go. All you need is Google Chrome, and of course, a microphone. Let’s take a look at how it’s done:

Step 1: Open up Google Chrome, and navigate to Dictation’s homepage. Now, simply hit the Start Dictation button, and start speaking whatever you want to write, and see as Dictation transcribes it with (fairly) good accuracy. You can speak as much as you want, and as mentioned before, add punctuation marks too.

dictation in action

Step 2: Once done, hit the Stop Listening button, and click Export. You can now save the transcribed text (of course, as a TXT file) to your computer, send it via email, and even directly save it to your Dropbox or Google Drive account. How cool is that?

save transcribed text

Also See: Free Text To Speech Extension For Google Chrome: Select and Speak

Conclusion

Dictation.io is an incredible web/browser based service that uses speech recognition to take the hassle out of writing. It’s extremely easy to use, and works great for what it is. Take it for a spin, you’ll love it.

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Works With: Google Chrome
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