Last Updated on April 9, 2019

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Just as it is key in having a computer, a pair of headsets and good internet connection, it is vitally important to find the right transcription softwares to go with it. Many transcriptionists will agree with me that having an easy-to-use transcription software like Express Scribe increases productivity and reduces the amount of time spent on producing a client-ready transcript. Listed below are really great tools/softwares that you can download right now and start using as soon as today. Choose what you like, test them out and pick one that makes your work easier. 

Express Scribe

In my opinion Express Scribe is, by far, the best audio player software ever designed to assist in the transcription of audio/video recordings. Whether you are using Mac or PC you are good to go. It offers valuable features for typists including variable speed playback, multi-channel control, playing video, file management, and more! If you haven’t tried it out yet now is the time to do so. Click here to go to their website.  They have a 14-day trial for Express Scribe Pro which you can download for free. Alternatively, you can use this link to download the older version which is free to install and does not expire. Click here.


Transcription Software

A Research Ware tool that employs Apple Computer’s QuickTime technology to play MP3, AIFF, WAV, MPEG, AVI, MOV, and many other media file types. It can export your text to RTF or plain text for use in any other program, such as Microsoft Word or ResearchWare’s HyperRESEARCH software after transcribing. Click here to download.


subtitling software

This is a transcription software that will enable you to view a video and transcribe it using one window. You can insert time codes anywhere in your transcript, then click on a time code to jump to that point in the movie. You can quickly insert frequently used text with a single keystroke using custom snippets and you can freely type anywhere in the transcript, just like a word processor, do a word for word transcription, or just take notes. You also have the option of exporting subtitles just like you would with HyperTRANSCRIBE. The list goes on and on.


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If you are looking for a subtitling transcription software EureScribe is the way to go. Just as with Express Scribe, it has keyboard shortcuts and it also makes your work easier by breaking down media files into small chunks that you can easily memorize. It supports the following file formats SRT, TXT, RTF,WAV, .MP3, .WMA, .AVI, MPEG and DVD video. Clickhere to download

EnhilexMedical Transcription Software

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Enhilex Medical Transcription Software is a transcription tool that was specifically built for medical transcriptionists to increase productivity and easily manage patient names, doctor names, medications, medical abbreviations, lab tests and more! They have a free and a paid version. Click here to download.

 MacSpeech Scribe

transcription softwares
Macspeech Box

Originally owned by MacSpeech, Inc. MacSpeech Scribe is now a Nuance Communications transcription tool that transcribes dictation recorded by an individual speaker and it supports the following file formats: .aif, .aiff, .wav, .mp4, .m4a, and .m4v.

ListenN Write Software

Is a free transcription tool designed specifically to transcribe MP3 and WAV files. It has playback, text editing, key control and book marks features.Click here to download.

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  • Hi Virginia,thanks much for the detailed review of transcription software. Hope you don’t mind adding smth new to the list. Let me introduce Transcriber Pro. It was designed to aid manual audio and video transcription. This transcribing software offers worthwhile functions for typists such as variable speed playback, media file segmentation, file management, timestamps, automatic speakers’ names insert and edit, and tags for incomprehensible audio. With keyboard shortcuts for playback control, custom text replacement and automatic speaker’s names insert you boost your words per minute, leaving your fingers free of charge to type. Web site Compatible with latest versions of Windows.

  • Hi Virginia, If these software really complete the job faster then as suggested by you i will try Express Scribe. Thanks a lot for your help and guidance.

  • Hello Beth. Thank you for your comment. Yes. They do and they increase productivity, as well, especially Express Scribe. But, these are just tools to help you as a transcriptionist to work faster. At the end of the day, you as a transcriptionist, must have great listening skills to really bring out the message as it is or was intended by the speaker.

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