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Open Source Express Scribe Alternatives

The best open source alternative to Express Scribe is oTranscribe. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 25 alternatives to Express Scribe and six of them is open source so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source alternatives to Express Scribe are parlatype, pmTrans, Scripto and TranscriberAG.

This page was last updated Mar 21, 2022
  • FreemiumProprietary
  • Mac
  • Windows

Express Scribe transcription software and audio player specifically designed for typists. Featuring foot pedal control,...

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  1. No more switching between Quicktime and Word. Pause, rewind and fast-forward without taking your hands off the keyboard. Interactive timestamps to navigate through your transcript with. Automatically saved to your browser's storage every second

  2. parlatype

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    Parlatype is a minimal audio player for manual speech transcription, written for the GNOME desktop environment. It plays audio sources to transcribe them in your favourite text application.



  3. pmTrans

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    pmTrans (The Poor's Man Transcriber) is an open source tool for manual interview transcriptions and provides a multitude of ways to control the playback of audio files.

  4. Scripto

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Online
    • Omeka

    Scripto is a free, open source tool for enabling community transcriptions of document and multimedia files.

  5. TranscriberAG

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    TranscriberAG is designed for assisting the manual annotation of speech signals. It provides a user-friendly graphical user interface (GUI) for segmenting long duration speech recordings, transcribing them, labeling speech turns, topic changes and acoustic conditions.

    Discontinued

    Development ceased in 2014, the software can still be downloaded from the official website.



  6. Transkripshun

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    Transkripshun is an open source transcription software for Linux, Windows, and Mac.

    Transkripshun vs Express Scribe opinions
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    gdwaynewarner

    When I use Express Scribe, I use it with a foot pedal, so I can concentrate on typing what's being said in the dictation I'm transcribing. Transkripshun not only doesn't appear to support pedals, but has little to none in the way of a UI.

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    ki4jgt

    The software allows you to press macro keys to pause, rewind, and play audio -- just like Express Scribe. There is no pedal integration though but everything else works out of the box. The author also clearly states that they're not adding a UI unless asked to do so.

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