Oogie McGuire - Mac, iPhone & Omnifocus
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Paonia, CO USA
I started this thread because I really liked the VocaNote app as a capture tool for Android Users.
Recently I became aware of a newer app when I contacted the developer (who is amazingly responsive BTW) about a potential bug in his VocaNote application. Apparently taking direction from a number of users of the VocaNote app led the developer to branch off with another similar app called One-touch Voice Note (OTVN) that takes a slightly different direction.
I now own the paid versions of both and find this newer one even better. As before, I have no relationship with the product or developer other than a satisfied, enthusiastic user.
The major difference in OTVN (One-touch Voice Note) compared to VN (VocaNote) is the method by which you choose the target recipient of your voice-to-text note. With VN you did this with a set of customizable first words spoken which VN recognized and sent to the appropriate recipient. While it worked most of the time, when the app didn't recognize the introductory word(s), it became pretty frustrating as you needed multiple attempts to accomplish the capture. I personally minimized this by trying to find specific words that were recognized most reliably. For example in send voice-to-text notes to ToodleDo, I found the first word "task" would sometimes be unrecognized (which results in the note going to the default email location instead of the intended recipient), whereas the first word "Action" was much more reliable.
User feedback apparently led the developer to branch off VN to OTVN which now uses 8 very large buttons on the home screen from which the user can select the recipient. Although this theoretically adds a step to the complete process, I think it's worth it for the added reliability.
In summary, this is a great app that can really enhance your productivity from a truly responsive developer!
I've moved from VocaNote to Evernote's new voice recognition app. Hit the widget, start speaking, and it's transcribed as you speak into Evernote. Saves the voice recording, too. I don't use Evernote for my list manager, but this makes capture quick and painless.
Oogie, thanks for a fond memory. That Borge routine absolutely slayed me as a kid, and it's till funny. I also liked his numbers riff, in which he increased by one any time a number appeared in his story. "Darling, you look twoderful threenight."
I have found that ToodleTask (free in the android market) to be the simplest way to capture tasks into my ToodleDo inbox (for later processing.) I can either type (Swype) or speak my task into the input box, select work or personal inbox (a context, same inbox), boom, done. It just doesn't get any easier...
It will be helpful for the new users who don't know how to use android,please also gives some good name to it.