Audio Notetaker: Top 5 benefits of using the note taking software


Sonocent Audio Notetaker is a popular software to support note taking for students in lectures and group meetings. It can also be helpful for employees to use whilst at work during meetings or brainstorming sessions. It is available on PC and Mac,with an accompanying iOS and Android app, Sonocent Recorder.

Put simply, Audio Notetaker breaks the note taking process into steps so that individuals with dyslexia can take accurate and comprehensive notes. Recorded or imported audio is uploaded to the software and displayed as coloured chunks for each phrase. Slides, images and text notes can also be added alongside the relevant parts of the recording to create handy resources.

There are many different types of note taking software for students and employees; however Audio Notetaker is always a popular choice because it works so well and has so many great features packed in. Here are my top 5 benefits of using Audio Notetaker to help you take notes…

This is a screenshot taken from Sonocent Audio Notetaker version 4

5 key benefits of using Audio Notetaker

1. Use colour highlighting to add meaning to your notes Using the coloured highlighter tool, you can add additional meaning to your notes by highlighting audio chunks that are important, audio that you didn’t quite understand, or audio that is a change of topic. Using this colour, you can extract your audio into new projects to create clear and concise notes.

2. Integrated with Dragon Naturally Speaking Using Dragon Naturally Speaking Premium or Professional (version 11 or above) voice recognition software, you can dictate summaries of your notes, write additional notes, or transcribe your recording straight into Audio Notetaker.

3. Import images, slides and PDF documents To create truly comprehensive notes, Audio Notetaker allows you to import audio, text, images, slides and PDF documents to your project. This is extremely helpful for students who are using the software to help them take notes within a lecture. Simply record audio using a digital recorder, use index marks when the slide changes and import the PowerPoint presentation from your lecture. When you upload your audio recording and PowerPoint presentation to your project, your audio and slides will match up together.

4. Record and annotate with your smartphone app Using the accompanying free app, Sonocent Recorder, you can take high-quality recordings using your smartphone or tablet. Just like the software, you can highlight key points in your audio using colour highlighting tools. You can also add images from your camera or photo library alongside your audio. Once you’ve finished recording, simply transfer your file to Audio Notetaker via Wi-Fi.

5. Use audio from different devices and locations Using Audio Notetaker version 4, there has been a huge jump in audio quality and you are now able to import audio from a variety of sources. Alongside your smartphone app, you can import audio from a digital recorder, videos, Skype, a podcast and much more. With the audio clean-up tool, you can instantly remove unwanted noises such as hisses or keyboard taps.It’s quite hard to narrow down the benefits of using Audio Notetaker software to just 5 as there are so many great features. To find out more, please follow this link where you can read more and purchase Audio Notetaker >>

Latest Assistive Technology


As the power of computers increases, so too does the range of features that assistivetechnology solutions can offer. Each new version of a product can include moreand more exciting solutions to everyday problems that disabled people face.Below are just a few examples of some of the new developments that areavailable to purchase from iansyst.

ClaroRead is a popular text to speechsoftware package that has recently been updated to its seventh edition. ClaroRead 7 includes a range of upgradedfeatures that make it easier and more helpful than ever before. As you wouldexpect, it is fully compatible with both Microsoft 10 and windows edge. TheClaro voice setup gives you access to 80 different voices to choose from. Italso comes with an exciting new feature called Claro cloud, allowing you toinstall your software across multiple devices, for instance you could have oneat home, one at work and one at university so the software is always there when youneed it.

latest Assistive Technology

There is also anew addition to the range of Dragonvoice recognition products. DragonProfessional Individual builds on all the great features that are found inthe previous edition by introducing some exciting new features. It includes anew proofreading feature that plays back the original recording alongsidehighlighting the spoken work in the transcribed text. Making it quick and easyto make sure that your transcription is 100% accurate. In addition to this, anycustom words or commands that you set whilst using Dragon Professional Individual are now saved to the cloud, meaningthat they will work on any dragon product that you are logged into withouthaving to set them up again for each device.

For those thatfind text on a screen too small to read easily Supernova is an excellent solution that many people find helpful.Fully compatible with windows 10, and with touch screen machines. It allows youto magnify any aria of the screen up to 64 times. It also includes a screenreader that can read onscreen text, or can read aloud what you type, making ita comprehensive assistive tool for those with visual impairments.

If you have anyquestions about the above products. Or other solutions that we have to offer,feel free to give us a call. Our experienced team are always at hand to helpyou find the perfect solution to your needs.

Dyslexia Awareness Week: Speech Recognition

Speech recognition is software which allows you to transform your spoken words into digital text on your computer. It also enables you to navigate around the computer, create and edit documents, surf the web or send an email, all through the power of your voice. A good quality noise-cancelling microphone is often used with speech recognition software to obtain the best results.

Often those with dyslexia can talk about what they want to write, but when it comes to typing out their sentence it takes much longer. Speech recognition helps with this issue as not typing or spelling skills are required, so all of the individual’s attention can be focused on thinking about the content. Speech recognition is up to 3 times faster than typing.

What software is available?

Nuance’s Dragon software is very popular amongst those with dyslexia. It comes in a number of different versions, all of which are available to purchase on

Dragon NaturallySpeaking Premium delivers fast speech recognition to boost productivity for the user. Upon installation, the user must read out a small paragraph in order to ‘train’ the software (this takes no longer than a few minutes to set up). They can then speak into their microphone or headset and see their spoken words transformed into typed text. They can launch applications, select menu items, execute key functions, switch windows, search the web, create and send emails, and much more, all through using their voice. It gives the individual the ability to work hands-free if desired and get more of their work done faster. Dragon Premium is available as a box copy and digital download for Windows. Follow this link to find out more >>

Dragon for Mac works in the same way as Dragon Premium; however it has just been upgraded to the latest version for Mac and is 15% more accurate than its previous version. Due to the leap in Apple Mac technology, Dragon for Mac can be used without a headset or external microphone if required, and can be used with the built-in Mac microphone. Dragon for Mac is available as a box copy and digital download for Mac. Follow this link to find out more >>

Dragon Professional Individual is much more advanced than other versions and delivers fast speech recognition at work to boost productivity. Users can transcribe voice notes from their smartphone or Nuance approved digital voice recorder and convert this to digital text quickly, easily and accurately. Create customisations and personalisation features to shortcut repetitive tasks, for example, saying ‘insert signature’ and Dragon will fill in your contact details. Dictate industry specific terminology and Dragon will type every word correctly with the ability to import custom vocabularies. Dragon Professional Individual is available as a box copy and digital download for Windows. Follow this link to find out more >>

Dragon Anywhere, which will be available this autumn on iOS and Android, is a new, cloud based mobile app that offers professional dictation to users. Create and edit documents, reports and more, using customised vocabulary, voice shortcuts and auto-text commands. The app automatically synchronises auto-text commands and custom words with Dragon for Mac or Dragon Professional Individual desktop editions for seamless productivity in the office or on the go. Dragon Anywhere will be available as a subscription based application from autumn 2015. Call us on +44 (0) 1223 420101 to find out more.

What hardware is available?

We recommend Andrea Electronics headsets and microphones to accompany your Speech Recognition software. Andrea headsets have the highest voice recognition industry rating and have noise-cancelling technology which means the accuracy of your software is greatly improved. If you would like to find out more about Andrea Electronics products, please follow this link >>

Nuance launch exciting new Dragon Products

This week, Nuance held a live webinar to announce the launch of an exciting portfolio of Dragon speech recognition solutions. Dragon has been helping people with their work for over 15 years and the latest additions to their range will not disappoint. These new products enable seamless synchronization of key Dragon features across PC, Mac, iOS, and Android through the cloud.

“The time-consuming nature of documentation and paperwork can place considerable productivity constraints on organisations and individual professionals alike,” said Peter Mahoney, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Dragon. “By expanding our Dragon portfolio, we are extending the benefits of robust speech recognition and transcription across the workforce. Now, organisations can better manage their speech deployments, professionals can increase their productivity in the office, and field workers can complete their documentation in a more timely and convenient manner.”

Dragon Anywhere, which will be available this autumn on iOS and Android, is a new, cloud based mobile app that offers professional dictation to users. Create and edit documents, reports and more, using customised vocabulary, voice shortcuts and auto-text commands. The app automatically synchronises auto-text commands and custom words with Dragon for Mac or Dragon Professional Individual desktop editions for seamless productivity in the office or on the go. Dragon Anywhere will be available as a subscription based application from autumn 2015.


Dragon Professional Individual is a brand new version of Dragon for PC and now includes advanced capabilities to customise words, automate repetitive tasks, and create auto-text to insert frequently used text. It makes it easy to dictate, edit and format documents, emails, forms and more, and reduces the physical strain of typing. With the integration of the new Dragon Anywhere app, professionals are able to work anywhere with seamless productivity. Dragon Professional Individual will be available from September. It will also be available as an upgrade for users with Dragon Premium or Professional, versions 12 and higher (call us on 01223 420101 to find out more).

Dragon Professional Group is the latest enterprise-ready solution and includes Dragon Professional Group speech recognition software, Dragon Anywhere for mobile employees and the Nuance User Management Centre. The Nuance User Management Centre allows administrators to monitor and manage licences, manage or share customised words, commands and auto-texts, across multiple users. It can be deployed and managed across organisations as part of a corporate licence. Dragon Professional will be available in autumn 2015.dragon-for-mac-5-boxshot-png-right-uk


Dragon for Mac is the final addition to the Dragon family and the latest version brings a huge leap in accuracy. It is 15% more accurate than its previous version and delivers much greater speed. A new user interface makes it easier to access key features, add custom words and add commands. Dragon for Mac will be available from early September. It will also be available as an upgrade for users of Dragon Dictate for Mac versions 3 and higher (call us on 01223 420101 to find out more).

​Brand New: ClaroRead Version 7

claroYesterday Claro Software announced the release of a brand new version of their popular literacy support software, ClaroRead Version 7. ClaroRead is a hugely popular text-to-speech program that helps users of all ages and abilities to read and write. Version 7 has bought lots of new and improved features to the assistive technology software, making this version the best yet. It has been developed in line with Windows 10 and Microsoft Edge and is fully compatible with the new operating system.

ClaroRead Version 7 includes new features to enhance reading and proofing for users. You are now able to adjust text widths and add in one or two narrow columns, which can make long pieces of text easier to read. There is also a new option to remove highlighting which helps users to proofread without distraction. By using the ‘change text width’ and ‘highlight none’ options, your word processor transforms into a scrolling text reader.

Version 7 includes a number of bundled programmes, including Claro Voice Setup. This allows you to download up to 80 high-quality voices. The voices available include different accents and genders of English, plus French, German, Spanish and many other voices. This is extremely helpful for users where English is a second language (ESL). Claro AudioNote is also bundled into ClaroRead Version 7. This software helps users who struggle with notetaking and enables them to record meeting and lecture audio notes directly into their Microsoft Word documents or PowerPoint presentations. Recordings can be sent to Dragon NaturallySpeaking to be converted into editable text. Claro AudioNote helps users with dyslexia, where information is often difficult to take in. Other small programs are bundled into ClaroRead Version 7: ClaroIdeas (mind mapping tool), ScreenRuler (reading ruler and screen colour tinting tool) and ClaroCapture (study tool).

ClaroRead Cloud is a new and exciting feature that allows you to install your copy of ClaroRead onto multiple machines. This is very handy for those who need to use ClaroRead in the office or at school and at home. ClaroRead Cloud also enables those who have purchased ClaroRead for Windows to download ClaroRead for Mac (and vice versa).

The new version of ClaroRead also includes numerous improvements such as an updated phonetic and dyslexic spelling list – there are now 50,000 custom spelling corrections! A full list of new features and technical changes can be viewed on Claro Software’s Technical Support page.

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