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  1. Capturing Ideas Your Way
  2. Listening to Your Notes / Finding Your Audio Clip / Transcription, Anyone?
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Listening to Your Notes

Listening to Your Notes

No matter which device you use to record the note, you can listen to the note easily from any computer or mobile device you typically use to access your Evernote notebook. Suppose, for example, that you recorded some ideas from the staff meeting you attended this morning and now you want to use those ideas to create a to-do list you plan to circulate among the staff.

You can return to your desk, open Evernote, and, after your notebook synchronizes with the web (you'll see the notification in the lower-right corner of your screen), you'll be able to open the note and play the audio recording by clicking Play (see Figure 3).

Figure 3 You can open your Evernote notebook on any device and play the audio clip you've captured.

Finding Your Audio Clip

If your notebook is crammed with notes and you're having trouble finding the one with the audio clip you want, you can use the Evernote attributes to search for it. Click Attributes in the left panel of the Evernote window and click Contains to display the list of file attributes you can use in a search. Click Audio, and Evernote displays in the center column all notes in the current notebook that include audio files.

Transcription, Anyone?

One of the challenges you might find if you use audio to record many of your notes in Evernote is that at some point in the process, you need to turn your audio into text if you want the content to be usable in other documents you create.

At this point, Evernote doesn't automatically transcribe your content for you, but there are a few tools available from third-party companies that help with the transcription ends of things. Voice2Note from Dial2Go is a tool available in the Evernote Trunk that transcribes your audio notes and sends them directly to your Evernote account. Available in free and premium versions, you can transcribe five audio notes per month if you opt for the no-cost version. If you decide to go the subscription route, you can pay $2.99 per month or $29.99 per year for unlimited transcription of your audio notes.

One of the great things about Voice2Note is that it even enables you to add tags to your voice notes so you can find them easily in a search later. Simply say "Tag with tagname" at the end of your audio note, and Voice2Note—and Evernote—will know what to do with that information.

If you're a fan of hands-free or if you simply have some of your best ideas when you're in the car or on the train, you can use Evernote's audio note-taking features to capture those creative vibes and turn them into something useful. Give it a try and see how easy it is to speak your mind and make creating easier.

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