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Using eScribe

Using eScribe
   Recording
   Respeaking
   Transcribing and annotating
Using eScribe

Below, we give a brief description of eScribe's functions. It is currently still in development, but we will eventually make it downloadable through the Google play store. At that point, we will make ful documentation available on this site. If you'd like to try it out on your own Android phone in the meantime, please email Annie Gagliardi for more information.



eScribe is designed to be user friendly and non anglocentric. Therefore, none of the operations depend on reading knowledge (English or otherwise). The app has three basic functions, all outlined below: recording, respeaking, and text transcription.


Recording

To make a new recording, tap on the picture of the microphone.



This will lead you to a screen with two buttons: a circle to start and pause recording and a square to stop and save. Tap the circle to start a new recording.



Once recording, the circle becomes two lines, for pausing. Tap the pause button if you want to stop and subsequently restart recording. Tap the stop button to stop and save what you have recorded.



Once you tap the square stop button, you will be prompted to save the recording.



The file name autofills with the date and time, but you can name it anything you want. The extension will be filled in automatically. Hitting 'save' will save this file, hitting 'cancel' will delete this recording and take you back to start again. All files (recordings, respeakings and text transcriptions) save to the phone's sd card, and can be found in the app folder in the filings menu to be exported to other devices.


Respeaking

To begin respeaking a recording, tap on the picture of the speaking face.



This will take you to a screen where you can see all of your new recordings under the green tab. Under the yellow tab are recordings that you have begun to respeak but not finished, and under the red tab are the completed respoken recordings



Tapping on one of the new files takes you to a screen where you can listen to a slowed down version of this file (triangular play button on the top row), pause it (pause button on the top row), and subsequently record the respoken version (round record button on the bottom row). The slider allows you to back up and relisten to any part of the original recording. Either of the stop buttons will save the completed respoken file. If you navigate out of the file while it is paused, you can return and finish your work later.






Transcribing and annotating

To begin a written transcription (or to take notes on a file), tap on the picture of the writing pencil.



Select the file you want to transcribe (files under the green tab are new, those under the yellow are in progress).



Play the recording using the triangular play button, and pause it whenever you want to transcribe or make a note in the file.



Once paused, a timestamp marking the beginning of the most recently played segment will show up in the transcription box. Tap on the cursor next to the time stamp, and a keyboard will pop up, where you can type in a transcription or make a note about the file.



When done, tap the back button on your phone to return to the recording. Repeat this process, pausing and exiting to take a break or hitting stop to save your finished work.