Scrivener iOS and Dragon Anywhere

Anyone managed ro use Dragon Anywhere dictation with Scrivener iOS?

I don’t know about Dragon, but voice typing on an iPad is very easy to use – and surprisingly accurate. Apparently no internet required, also.

And, a bit smart. I teased with a sentence about a new line, and said new line after it. Just getting punctuation is often tricky with voice typing anywhere, and I’m sure this could make a mistake, but in fact it wrote the sentence out with a break, and then backed up and put the words ‘new line’ in the appropriate place when I paused after. It kept the proper new line…

Setting for this works the same for on-screen keyboard. Either one, you get a mic icon, on bottom of screen, or bottom of keyboard, as appropriate, to turn it on.

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@rodhacking , I found more…

I think Dragon has not only voice entry, but the ability to edit. I didn’t think this existed on the iPad, but in fact it does – and trying it, once again found something I feel is quite powerful to use, which also helps you use it.

Here’s a link to a video from Apple, which is a good introduction: How to use dictation and edit text with Voice Control on your iPhone — Apple Support - YouTube

You’ll get an idea there well enough. But when I tried it on my iPad, I found out there’s more. At the top of the screen, Voice Control will often make comments that help you attune to what you need, suggesting commands to say, to get an action, or to choose a selection when there could be several, which the video does show.

It’s really pretty clever, and I found myself catching on. I began with turning Voice Control on by looking it up in the search of Settings – above your name in Settings, when you pull down.

Once turned on, I said ’ Open Scrivener’, and there it was. It needed to sync, so I said ‘tap Synchronize Now’ or whatever that button says. When it finished, I said ‘tap Correspons’, a project name, and that projec opened normally.

Now, it does need some thought to get it to work as you’d want.

  • within Scrivener, it can tap labels you’d tap yourself, as long as they are real words and not complex. If it fails, tap for yourself.

  • it is very capable with Select. This will get you a word or phrase. And this it seem sto me is where the power lies. Especicially if you make a mess by saying things it interprets as dictation, rather than aa command – this will happen…

  • right away after such a dictation mistake, you can say ‘delete that’ – and it will.

  • ‘that’ is very powerful, you’ll find. And also numbers of items: ‘delete two words’, ‘go back three words’ ,

  • two and three word etc. commands are the thing. One word commands aren’t understood.

  • And you’ll have to learn its terms; there’s probably a list out there on the web

  • Or you can learn them by the increasingly useful tips at the top. I counted five offerings with ‘Try this’ heading after it didn’t understand me the last time, and knew it didn’t.

  • patience is no doubt a virtue…as with any voice system I think.

  • here’s quick fix for any big mess, that I rapidly found. First, ‘select aword’ - some evident word at mess beginning. Then ‘newline’, or two, to make the mess a paragraph, Then ‘delete paragraph’, since you’re at the beginning of it. Gone, and clean slater!

  • but I’m increasingly impressed as to how well it feels this can work, so that messes will become rapidly fewer.

Best fortune, then, and if you learn good tips, maybe put some here for others to find, sound good?