Blogging by Voice: Part 2: Edit by Voice on Your iPod Touch/iPhone in Dragon Dictation 2.0 mobile app

This is part of my series on Blogging by Voice, using the newly updated (July 23, 2010) Dragon Dictation 2.0 iPhone/iPod on  a WordPress blog. This app has helped me keep blogging with an injured hand! I have dictated all posts in this series using Dragon Dictation, and edited them by voice (tidied up with a little hand editing to insert links, headlines, graphics, and the like).

Posts in this series:

Part 1 -Voice-to-Text Blogging on Your iPod! (via Dragon Dictation 2.0) – overview

Part 2 -Edit by Voice on Your iPod Touch/iPhone in Dragon Dictation 2.0 mobile app

Part 3-Tell Your Blog What to Do! (Syntax  commands for Dragon Dictation 2.0 mobile app for iPod/iPhone)

Part 4-Edit by Touchscreen Keyboard on Your iPod Touch/iPhone in Dragon Dictation 2.0 mobile app

This post will explain how to use the app’s fabled “voice-driven correction interface.” With a hand injury, I was tantalized with the promise of voice-driven editing, but nowhere could I find it explained. After much experimentation, I finally figured it out, so I thought I would pass some tips along.

The first step is to recognize that here are two editing interfaces: Dragon Dictation’s voice-driven interface, and the built-in iPhone/iPod touch keyboard editing interface. Both are useful, but they do different things.

To use the voice-driven correction interface, you must use the Dragon Dictation editing screen. This is the screen where your text first appears after you have dictated. You might be tempted, like me, to click the little keyboard icon in the bottom left corner of the screen to edit. Don’t do it!

At least not at first. Doing so will open the touchscreen keyboard-driven iPhone/iPod editing screen. It does not support voice-driven editing — only keyboard and touch-driven edits. And right now, we’re exploring the magic of Dragon’s voice-driven editing.

Although groundbreaking in a mobile app, Dragon’s voice-driven editing function is minimal compared to other voice-driven desktop applications. It only allows you to replace text by selecting it manually first. You cannot order it by voice as in the desktop version, saying, for example: “Delete X,” or “Underline Y.”  However, Nuance’s Scott Taylor said in a blog post here that the company recognizes the need for an “eyes-free” voice-to-text interface for the mobile app and is “researching optimal use of voice correction.”

Here’s how to use the voice-driven editing interface as it stands now:

To Delete

  • In the initial text screen presented after you record, click a word or phrase that you want to change.
  • It will become highlighted, and the word Delete will appear underneath it.
  • Leaving the word highlighted, click the record button.
  • What you record will replace the current highlighted text.
  • If Dragon didn’t get it right, click the incorrect word(s), and a drop-down list of alternatives will appear.
  • Click your choice of words. If the correct one is not there, repeat the editing process till Dragon gets it right.

To Insert

  • Place the cursor in the text screen where you want your insertion to appear.
  • Then, record what you want to insert, and press the Done bar.
  • The newly recorded text will appear at exactly that point in your text.
  • If Dragon didn’t get it right, click the incorrect word(s), and a drop-down list of alternatives will appear.
  • Click your choice of words. If the correct one is not there, repeat the editing process till Dragon gets it right.

Note: Often the drop-down list of alternative text appears even for dictated text that you did not edit. This makes it easy to pick the correct text without re-dictating.

That’s it, chickadees! Easy as pie.

P. S. You’ll find my post on another feature of Dragon’s  voice-driven editing  interface — syntax commands — here.



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