Color me a bit paranoid, but I’ve been around long enough to know that people say what they don’t mean, forget what they said, and don’t particularly like being reminded when they’re wrong and it’s brought to their attention.
A few years ago I stopped signing non-disclosure statements. Then I added a recording app to my Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Watch– just to make sure my own memory could be refreshed after an important conversation. The app I use everywhere is called Just Press Record, but there are others you may prefer including a free Simple Recorder.
Record Your Life
We’re not to the point in technology where we have a device which could record and archive every moment; video, audio, and cloud storage– but I’m sure someone is working on it. Simple Recorder for the Mac works much like other audio recorders. Click the button and begin recording. There’s an iPhone and iPad version called Recorder Pro which works much the same way.
What you get with both, including the in-app purchase upgrade for the Mac version so it records for more than a minute, is simple, elegant audio recording. What you don’t get is the ease of use found in Just Press Record or a Watch version which is remarkably useful.
Simple Recorder for the Mac has the basic choices you need to grab a good audio recording, including options for M4A or MP3 audio, various sample rates, and multiple storage options, including iCloud Drive.
The iPhone and iPad version is called Recorder Pro and it’s actually a bit more complex to use, even though the screens are smaller than the Mac. Options are similar and the app gets plenty of four and five star reviews.
What I miss is the smooth integration of Just Press Record, especially the Watch app which has a one-touch Watch complication. One touch and it begins recording audio. No, the Watch mic doesn’t have Neumann studio quality but it is surprisingly good. If you’re looking for higher quality recordings you’ll definitely need a different mic than what comes with Mac, iPhone, or iPad.
Just Press Record is faster to setup, easier to use, and saves audio automatically to iCloud. I haven’t tested it beyond an hour of audio recording, but the whole shebang just smacks of elegance and thoughtfulness.
iPhone and iPad users will appreciate the option to transcribe spoken words into text. Just select the transcription language and remember to dictate punctation commands. It’s just sweet.
One trick to determine whether to spend money on an app is to check the upgrade or update list to see how frequently an app is updated, or when it was last updated. If it’s beyond six months, move along; nothing to see here. Fortunately, both Recorder and Just Press Record are popular and have plenty of customers for a reason.