Once it's broken down you can also put it back together again, in any order you like. By colour-coding the different segments you have the option of creating a new file, choosing just the elements of one or more particular colours. Very useful for paring a recording down to its key points, or for reorganising the talk thematically.
The screen layout is straightforward, seen as a table with room for notes, attached files, and then the coloured boxes of the recording. The controls are easy, most of which can be operated from the keyboard - great for both speed, and for those who might find a mouse difficult.
The only drawbacks I found were that I couldn't attach PowerPoint files on my PC because I don't have it installed, even though the files were identifiable as such (I'm a Staroffice user). That, and the way it had me analysing, dissecting, dissembling and transcribing recordings that didn't need that amount of work doing to them, just because I could. This is software that makes it easier to work harder. Even when you don't need to.
Ratings (out of 5)
Fitness for purpose 4 (would be 5 if it wasn't for the .ppt upload)
Ease of use 4.5 (nothings perfect)
Features 4 (would like to see it synch with video)
Quality 4.5 (see Ease of use)
Value for money 4 (I'm tight)
Audio Notetaker 2.0
Note-taking software (for Windows PCs) for working with/transcribing speech soundfiles (compatible with WMA, WAV or MP3 files). Aimed at students, teachers and researchers, £79.95 (+VAT).
Created by Sonocent Software (formerly Accessible audio) and distributed by iansyst through Dyslexic.com:
Iansyst Ltd , Fen House, Fen Road, Cambridge CB4 1UN
Tel: 01223 420 101
BETT 2010: Audio Notetaker 2.0 will be featured on the the iansyst stand at BETT 2010. Stand F119
You can find a downloadable trial version of Audio Notetaker 2.0 here.