I spend lots of time out in my car running errands, dropping kids off at practices, picking them up, waiting for the bus… if you are a Mom- you know the drill! And when I am driving around- it’s not like I can write things down when they pop into my head…. things like: ideas for a blog post, a specific sentence I want to include in a post, a reminder to order something from Amazon, or a note to tell Steve about something funny that the kids said… honestly- the list of things that float around my brain when I have a few moments to think is rather random and endless.
I tried using Siri on my iPhone to capture these thoughts- to send myself reminders, to even take dictation for a blog post….. but she fails miserably. First of all- I don’t even think she likes me that much. When I tell her to send me a reminder- the “Siri wheel” just scrolls and scrolls and scrolls (can I get a picture of this?)- and by the time she answers me- I’ve already forgotten what I wanted to tell her (yes, these random thoughts are THAT fleeting). Secondly- when Siri is ready to hear me out…. I can’t pause for a breath or anything because she then decides that I am done. And again- by the time I get her to listen to my instruction to add further information- I’ve once again forgotten what I wanted to say (clearly this is a thing with me)…..
Am I the only one frustrated with Miss Siri?
So I did a little app hunting… and stumbled upon Dragon Dictation- my new best buddy.
This free app available for both the iPad and the iPhone will take dictation at the mere press of a button.
I searched around for a few hints on how to get the app to understand endings of sentences, capitalization of proper nouns, etc, and I found this great “cheat sheet” over at iSource.com that gives you the low-down on how to do all of this.
So far I have used the app to dictate reviews for Trekaroo, entire blog posts, list of things to buy at the grocery store (although that one came out as a bunch of goobly-gook). It does take some practice in learning how to speak dictation-style…. as an example- to get it to type” Lili Ann is at diving class this afternoon.” I have to say “Cap Lili Cap Ann is at diving class this afternoon period”. But once you get the hang of it- it’s almost like having a personal assistant right with in your car. Except that she can’t help you break up arguments amongst your kids, or walk the dog at rest stops or anything…..
What do you think? Could Dragon Dictation help you to be more productive?