Express Scribe
Express Scribe
8.20

2.3

Express Scribe free download for Mac

Express Scribe

8.20
30 August 2019

Assists transcription of audio recordings.

Overview

Express Scribe Transcription Software is a professional audio player software for Mac OS X designed to assist with the transcription of audio recordings. Install Express Scribe for OS X and control audio playback using a transcription foot pedal or keyboard with "hot keys". This transcripton software also includes important features for typists including variable speed playback, multi-channel control, playing video, file management, and much more.

Express Scribe Features
  • Variable speed playback (constant pitch)
  • Supports audio and video* playback (*Pro)
  • Plays most formats including encrypted dictation files.
  • Supports professional USB foot pedals to control playback.
  • Uses 'hotkeys' to control playback when transcribing into other software (e.g., Word)
  • Dock both analog and digital portable voice recorders to load recordings
  • Works with all major word-processors
  • Automatically receives and loads files by internet (FTP), email or over a local computer network
  • Automatically sends typing to those who dictated the work

What's new in Express Scribe

Version 8.20:
  • Added support for DSS files
  • Minor bug fixes

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6 Express Scribe Reviews

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Lev
16 September 2008

Most helpful

Looks good, but severely crippled by its inability to read .wma files. In other words, if you're using an Olympus voice recorder, forget it. A shame, but there it is. (Transcriva, on the other hand, deals with WMA seamlessly and IMO has a cleaner interface. Express Scribe seems more geared to the typing-pool sort of user. If ES read .wma files, of course it would be brilliant value for (no) money...
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Version 4.05
anonymous-deer-2515
19 October 2015
Hey MacUpdate ... why was the MacUpdate "Add/Update App" link removed?? On 2015-05-27, NCH Software released verion 5.77 for Express Scribe software: --> http://www.nch.com.au/scribe/versions.html BTW: free version 5.77 downloads from the NCH site (http://www.nch.com.au/scribe/scribemaci.zip). pro versio is in the App Store (https://itunes.apple.com/app/id982625081)
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Version 5.70
Randy-Crawford
25 August 2013
Could be the best except... I see some here claim this is free. It definitely is not. It is $29 per machine, and yes, it DOES lock to your machine. If you are a single user with multiple machines you have to but it repeatedly, which is what I did. This used to be one of the few choices and its feature set is outstanding so I went with it. As I used it more and more I discovered a very significant hidden cost. It converts source audio files to wav and in the process the file size grows at least 15-fold!!! A one hour interview ends up being about 1GB!! I am at a point where I am doing a lot of interviews and I have had to buy a new hard drive just to be able to keep using this. I've decided to abandon this and go with F5 which is free and uses mp3 files in their native state. I haven't accumulated experience with F5 at this point and if it isn't sufficient I will find something else, but it won't be Express Scribe.
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Version 5.50
4 answer(s)
Jess-MacUpdate
Jess-MacUpdate
26 August 2013
Randy-Crawford, you're absolutely right: the link we had used was for the professional version of ExpressScribe. I've moved that link into the 'Related Links' and have added the URL for the free version to the 'Download' link. If you liked the software, please try downloading it and trying it again to see if you're actually getting a free version. And thanks for pointing out that we had the wrong version in our listing!
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Ozron
Ozron
28 May 2014
Note that F5 is no longer free...
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Randy-Crawford
Randy-Crawford
28 May 2014
Right. F5 is no longer free. Not only that it is rather heavily protected from multiple installations, even if you are the only user. It used to be that they depended on a shareware scenario where users would pay if they used it. It turns out that no one pays. I will say that I still use this software often and it truly outstanding. I still heartily recommend it and it is worth paying for.
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Jess-MacUpdate
Jess-MacUpdate
28 May 2014
@Ozron... According to the NCH Web site--and the application itself--Express Scribe can be used in its free mode, but doesn't have all the features of Express Scribe Pro. @all... I wrote to NCH to get their input on the situation. We'll see what they have to say.
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Nimai-pandit
03 January 2013
This is the best. It has a lot of features and it always works. The shortcuts make it to really the best because the shortcuts work globally even while you're working in other applications And it's free! I've been using it for over five years and it's really great! Is never been a need for me to upgrade to the full paid version but if I ever need a full pro version I will definitely get this immediately.
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Version 5.50
Hamishmacdonald
31 July 2012
I bought this, thinking that the constant crashing I was experiencing was due to the foot-pedal limitation (the free version works with only one brand). I sincerely regret making the purchase, as the crashing persists even after unlocking the full version. My foot-pedal had nothing to do with the issue. I've contacted the developer, but have yet to hear back from them. Caveat emptor!
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Version 5.50
Lev
16 September 2008
Looks good, but severely crippled by its inability to read .wma files. In other words, if you're using an Olympus voice recorder, forget it. A shame, but there it is. (Transcriva, on the other hand, deals with WMA seamlessly and IMO has a cleaner interface. Express Scribe seems more geared to the typing-pool sort of user. If ES read .wma files, of course it would be brilliant value for (no) money...
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Version 4.05
Gshenaut
09 June 2006
I tried the free Express Scribe program, and it basically did what it aims to do. However, in the recording I used to test it, the volume was so low it was hard to hear (it was recorded using the built-in mic on an mp3 player). However, there is no "amplify" function in Express Scribe that I could find, so I had to resort to an external program to amplify the waveform before I was able to transcribe it. Still, I liked the program, and of course the price is right. Greg Shenaut
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Version 1.0
$49.99

2.3

App requirements: 
  • Intel 64
  • Mac OS X 10.7.0 or later
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