If there is one thing the smartphone revolution has brought to humankind, it’s accountability. Uh huh. Accountability. With 3-billion smartphone cameras on planet earth, where are the Martians and Bigfoot?
Politicians still have trouble shooting off their mouths in an age when everything they say or do in public or private seems to have been recorded for posterity, transcription, YouTuBe, or political opponents. That brings me to a growing trend among Mac and iPhone users.
Reporters have long used the audio recorder to get the details of an interview, and even television news operations today utilize the high quality video and audio capability in an iPhone. What about students? In the Chicagoland private school where my husband and I work we see students, faculty, and staff using their PCs and smartphones to record anything and everything (within reason; but sometimes not as much as you might think).
The classroom is where its at and an application that can record audio while the user takes notes has become a good way for smart students to get ahead and stay there. Here’s one such app. It’s called Speech Recorder and what it does is rather simple and straightforward and far more useful. Speech Recorder records audio while the student or meeting attendee types notes.
The app’s name– Speech Recorder– seems to indicate that it’s made for speeches. You won’t go wrong, but you can easily see the advantage in a classroom or meeting where notes are often as critical as the actual audio, if anything, just to keep perspective alive and context intact.
Speech Recorder lets you add Speech Title, Speech Person, Category, Date and Time to each recording. The recording track is instantly available for playback and reviewing the notes. Files are saved with notes and audio intact, backed up on iCloud, and even secured using the Mac’s built-in Keychain app. Notes can be shared by PDF and email.
As to the notes portion of the app, you can customize the font size with a simple slider bar, choose from multiple fonts, and even adjust alignment (left, right, justified). Recording and playback is simple, too. Click to Record. Click the recording to play it back.
The developer says an iOS version is coming soon and not a minute too soon, either. Speech Recorder competes against a growing list of audio recording and notes taking apps, including a favorite, Notability, which has iPhone and iPad companion versions, lets you draw on the screen, type, and record audio notes. It also syncs via iCloud, and backs up files to Dropbox, Google Drive, and Microsoft’s OneDrive.
There appear to be basic axioms in product marketing. Differentiation is key, but for a new product to compete in a crowded field of products with similar features, the new one must have similar features at a lower price point, or better features and improved usability at the same price point. Otherwise, why switch?