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Cross-platform and portable software for interview transcriptions

  • FreeOpen Source
  • Mac
  • Windows
  • Linux
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What is pmTrans?

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.

Main Features

  • Support for mp3 and wav files.
  • It will rewind the audio two seconds every time you pause and resume the audio. The rewind length is configurable.
  • Configurable short rewind with ctrl+7 (5 segs default)
  • Configurable long rewind with ctrl+8 (10 segs default)
  • Audio loops: rewind 3 seconds every 10 seconds. The frequency and rewind length of the audio loops is configurable.
  • Insert timestamps anywhere in the transcription text
  • Configurable shortcuts for: Pause/play Short rewind Long rewind Activate/deactivate audio loops Insert timestamps Speed up playback Slow down playback.
  • Mini-mode: control the audio playback from other text editors like MS Word or Libreoffice Writer
  • Speed up or slow down the audio playback rate.
  • Works on Linux, Mac, and Windows machines.
  • Requires no installation. Just download and use!
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pmTrans Screenshots

Main Screen
Adding Timestamps
Mini Mode
Mini Mode
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pmTrans Features

  1.  PortablepmTrans can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.

pmTrans information

  • LicensingOpen Source and Free product.
  • Alternatives33 alternatives listed

Supported Languages

  • English

Our users have written 1 comments and reviews about pmTrans, and it has gotten 3 likes

pmTrans was added to AlternativeTo by juanerasmoe on and this page was last updated . pmTrans is sometimes referred to as The Poor's Man Transcriber, Poor's Man Transcriber, Poor Man Transcriber.

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It looked like a great alternative to Transcriva. I wanted to try it, but got an error message on my 2011 Mac that runs High Sierra when I tried to open it. Unfortunately,, I was unable to use it.

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pmTrans platform details


Requires Java Runtime Environment

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