- Getting started
- General settings
- Dictation mode
- Editing mode
- Work offline
The application allows you to take voice notes and save them locally or send them to cloud services. It can use custom punctuation and word replacement list, capitalization control, undo command and other useful tools for editing notes.
Go to the page of the voice notebook on Google play and install it.
The voice notebook uses Google's speech recognition, so you need to activate Google's voice input on your device.
To start working, you need to select the language of voice input (click on the language code in the top panel), click on the button with the microphone and start dictating the text.
The main elements of the application
Basic settings are opened through the "General settings" section of the navigation drawer.
The "Use replacements" setting allows you to replace words during dictation with substitutions (replace words) that are defined in the replacement list.
Setting "Google's control of capital letters" enables or disables the Google's capitalization algorithm in words (Google still does it with errors). If it disabled then the management of capital letters is carried out only with the voice notebook.
The list of substitutions is opened through the "Replacements" menu of the navigation drawer.
List of substitution during dictation
A list of substitution is defined for each language of voice input. Although Google does self-punctuation automatically for many languages, adding punctuation marks to this list adds reliability to these replacements. P.s. An invisible carriage return character in replacements is entered by pressing the "Return" key (the "Enter" key).
There are some prepared replacements for punctuation fo the language codes: en-US, en-GB, fr-FR, de-DE, it-IT, ru-RU, es-ES, so you can study them, and make you own by the same principles.
In addition to punctuation, any substitutions can be added to the substitution list. Do not make this list too long, so it may reduce performance.
To edit the substitutions, a short press on the list item is used, to delete - a long one.
In the dictation mode you need to clearly pronounce the words. In this mode, the "Undo" button is active, which undo the last spoken phrase. In addition, a sound level meter can be displayed.
Using dictation mode
In editing mode, the keyboard can be opened.
Using editing mode
То change the case of the first letter of a word, it is convenient to use the "Change letter case" button. To do this, place the cursor on the desired word (or immediately after it) and press the button.
If there is no network, then you can work in offline mode by setting the pre-required language in the voice input settings in offline speech recognition section. It is better to disable the transfer of data at all in this case.
When we set punctuation by voice in offline mode the space will appear before dot, comma and other punctuation chars. You can add some replacements to eliminate this behaviour: [ ,] -> [,], [ \.] -> [.], [ !] -> [!], [ \?] -> [?], [ :] -> [:], [ ;] -> [;] (this means: space + comma to comma, space + escaped dot to dot, etc). But take in mind that too many replaces can reduce the productivity.
In Android 5 (Lollipop) Voice input services must be set to "Basic Google recognition", else speech input will not work.