In this issue

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Oct. 22, 2010 / 9 Mar-Cheshvan, 5771

Program transcribes audio quickly, accurately

By Mark Kellner

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | MacSpeech Scribe is a deceptively good piece of software, well worth the $149.99 you'd pay at full retail (though Amazon.com has it for $20 less). If you ever work with recorded speech, this is a program to consider.

Here's why: MacSpeech Scribe will, with training, take a recording and transcribe, accurately, up to six different "voice profiles" in a given recording. It'll produce a transcript faster than a human typist, and with stunning accuracy.

And here's what one might call an "off label" use, if MacSpeech Scribe were a prescription medicine: it doesn't do half bad when you haven't trained the software, either. (The www.macspeech.com Web site cautions, "transcribed audio must be of a single speaker's dictation," but I've done tapes with more than one speaker on them.)

But let's start with an orthodox approach: install the program on any Intel-based Mac, load a recording of your voice (or the one you need transcribed) and play a clip. Go over the transcription (an audio playback feature is included in the program window) and edit the words to match what you're hearing. That's it: the program is now "trained."

The applications for this seem limitless: transcribing public speeches, class lectures, business meetings, and what-have-you. Me? I've used it for a few interviews, and it offers great performance and good advantages over doing it all yourself or outsourcing it to another person. It may not be perfect when used to convert the voices of multiple speakers into text, but you'll have a transcript that is far easier to edit, I believe, than trying to type the whole thing yourself.

And even if you restrict MacSpeech Scribe to its "authorized" use, transcribing the words of a single speaker, it would represent a tremendous advancement in the world of speech-to-text transcribing. Hours and hours would easily be saved, and from what I've seen, overall accuracy is stunning.

The program is very much plug-and-play, in the sense that a simple "quick start" sheet will get you installed, trained and running with the software. Help files and online assistance are available, but I've found little need for either in the course of using this software.

Where to get the audio files for transcription? You can start, of course, with those micro-sized digital recorders that are available for around $100 or so, but if you have an Apple iPhone, the "voice memo" feature works just fine. (Just the other day, for example, I used my iPhone as a "backup" to a cassette recording. The tape failed - don't ask me why - but the iPhone worked like a charm.)

I would imagine that audio tracks from recorded lectures or podcasts, if converted to the proper formats - the program supports .wav, .aif, .aiff, .m4v, .mp4, or .m4a audio files - would be equally suitable.

So much of history today is verbal, and so many things can be conducted verbally such as oral histories and memoirs, that having this program will be of invaluable use to many. I can only hope the makers will expand its capabilities to officially transcribing multiple speakers: at that point, this could become breakout software for the nation's law firms, perhaps even for Congress and their (seemingly) innumerable hearings.

Although I'm still waiting for the telephone-call-to-computer speech transcriber, MacSpeech Scribe is just about the next best thing.

I'm very impressed by MacSpeech Scribe, and its performance will make me want to test some of Nuance Communications' other software products, such as the Dragon Naturally Speaking line, which specializes in (Windows) computer control and typing by voice commands. You'll find my results here, whether or not I type them on a keyboard.

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JWR contributor Mark Kellner has reported on technology for industry newspapers and magazines since 1983, and has been the computer columnist for The Washington Times since 1991.Comment by clicking here.


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