Blogging by Voice: Part 4 – Edit by Touchscreen Keyboard on Your iPod Touch/iPhone in Dragon Dictation 2.0 mobile app
This is part of my series on Blogging by Voice, using the newly updated (July 23, 2010) Dragon Dictation 2.0 iPhone/iPod on a WordPress blog. This app has helped me keep blogging with an injured hand! I have dictated all posts in this series using Dragon Dictation, and edited them by voice (tidying up with a little hand editing to insert links, headlines, graphics, and the like).
Posts in this series:
This post explains how to use the iPhone/iPod built-in touchscreen-driven editing interface for Dragon Dictation 2.0. As explained in an earlier post here, there are two editing interfaces that can be used in Dragon. This post concerns only the built-in iPhone/iPad interface. This interface is keyboard-oriented, although you can dictate inserts by voice. However, the recorded inserts will not replace highlighyed text. For voice-driven replacement, you must use the Dragon interface, described in my post here.
How to use the touchscreen keyboard-driven editing interface:
- After you have dictated and your text has appeared on the iPod screen, click the keyboard icon in the lower left of the screen.
- You can now edit. Just click a word, and hold down your finger on the screen. A little magnifying glass will appear, allowing you to position the cursor exactly where you want it.
- Lift your finger, and a pop-up will give you the choices to Select, Select all, or Paste.
- Choosing Select will highlight the word you have chosen surrounded by two small blue dots.
- To extend your text selection beyond the word that you have chosen, touch and drag the blue dots to include more words, or even paragraphs.
- Once you have selected all the text that you want to edit, a pop-up will offer the choices to Cut, Copy, or Paste, and you can edit accordingly, using the touchscreen keyboard that pops up in the lower halk of the screen when you click the keyboard icon.
Note on voice edits from the keyboard interface: While is possible to dictate inserts by voice from this interface, that’s about all — no other voice editing. And even the voice inserts done from here are done by leaving the touchscreen keyboard interface and accessing Dragon’s voice-driven interface. Any selections you make in the keyboard interface will be ignored when you dictate your new text from the keyboard interface. Don’t make the mistake of assuming new text dictated here will replace highlighted text. It won’t. Not in this interface. Replacement by voice can be done only in the Dragon voice-driven interface. You can replace text in this interface only via the touchscreen keyboard.
If you do choose to dictate inserts from the touchscreen keyboard interface:
- Once you have completed recording your new text, press the Done bar at the bottom of the screen.
- Your new text will appear as an insert where the cursor was positioned.
- Your highlighted old text will remain, and you will need to delete it manually if you want the new text to replace it. Unlike the Dragon editing interface, you cannot replace text by voice here, only insert it.
That’s it for the touchscreen keyboard-driven editing interface. You can use both interfaces at different times to edit, or use just one. Keyboard editing may be a little slower, but it does allow for precision without the trial-and-error of the voice interface. For those who prefer to edit using a keyboard and are used to the iPhone/iPod touchscreen, this may be the interface for you. It all comes down to whether you prefer to edit by voice or keyboard.