How many times have you heard that the best way to make sure you have read an entire document is to transcribe it? Probably like, a lot of times. I know I have. I’m fortunate because I have room on my desk for two rather large monitors side-by-side. Not everyone is that lucky. For you, there is an easy (and free) solution!
It’s called Transcript. It is the brain child of Jacob Boerema, a Dutch genealogist who was frustrated – probably like most of us – with having to flip back and forth between image and text to transcribe a document. So he created this solution.
Just so there are no misconceptions, it does NOT perform text recognition on your documents (which, in my opinion, defeats the purpose of transcribing them in the first place). It is also not available for Mac. It’s Windows only, sorry guys. The most recent update was in 2012. But that’s okay – because it works!
The way it works is that your images opens in the top panel and your text goes in the bottom panel. As you transcribe your document, every time you hit ‘enter’ the image adjusts and moves down a line, which makes it easier to keep track of your place on the image. The software also remembers your position in the image and text if you have to save and close your work.
It has a very simple text editor, though there are the basic formatting options (bold, italics, underline, strikethrough), and you really shouldn’t need more than that. You can use bullets, numbered lists, superscript/subscript (though it does not support footnotes or endnotes), and you can change the text and background colors.
I use it often, and I highly recommend it – especially if you don’t have multiple monitors. I like to use it to transcribe documents, then copy/paste into my genealogy database program … or into a blog post. It makes quick work of it!
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