Join Christopher Breen for an in-depth discussion in this video Voice dictation, part of iPad for Business.
If it weren't for the miracle of audio editing, some of the dialogue that accompanies these movies would be along the lines of, so yeah you, you know you type this thing into that box up there and then, hm. But it turns out that there are people in this world who can speak entire sentences even, paragraphs. Without stumbling or bumbling and, and by way of bonus making sense. If you're one of those people or aspire to be one, you should know about the iPads dictation feature.
Let's see how it works. First thing you have to go to Settings and then go in to General and then check Siri and make sure that Siri is turned on. If Siri's not turned on it doesn't work. So I just tap on the switch there and then tap enable. Next, be sure that your ipad is connected to a WiFi network. Dictation works by the ipad sending what you speak to Apple servers for analysis and then the text is sent back to you. This happens almost instantly, but it won't work if you're not connected to the internet. Now I'll launch pages, and I'll create a new document.
And we'll choose a blank one. And I'm ready to start dictating. Just to the left of the keyboard space bar you see this microphone icon. You tap this to start dictating. Lets give it a go. Four score and seven years ago, our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. New paragraph. Now we are engaged in a great Civil War comma, testing whether that nation comma or any nation so conceive and so dedicated comma can long endure period.
And here are the results. As you undoubtedly noticed I had to speak the punctuation. Tell the iPad where I wanted commas, periods, and a new paragraph. You can also tell it to add emoticons. For example, if you want a smiley face that's made up of a colon, dash, and a close paragraph, all you have to do is say, Smiley. I took some pains to speak clearly, but not to the point where I sounded like I was trying to communicate with the suite, but entirely vapid puppy. No, period. I am not going to give you a biscuit period.
And if it doesn't get everything right, you simply go in with the keyboard and make corrections. In this case it did get everything right, but it questions Civil War. It correctly capitalized, but if it hadn't I could've gone in with a keyboard and capitalized the C and the W. Dictation works with just about any app that supports text input. While it may be a bit cumbersome for writing a long business report It can be extremely helpful for dictating a short email response or a text message. Give it a go. I think you'll be pleased with the results.
This course was created and produced by Chris Breen. We are honored to host this content in our library.
- Typing and dictating on the iPad
- Setting up an Exchange account
- Organizing and syncing contacts, events, and email
- Using iCloud, Google Drive, and Dropbox
- Giving presentations with the iPad
- Backing up your data
- Locating and wiping a lost iPad