Software company BigHand has released the latest version of its digital dictation application, adding a number of new features and making the productivity tool available on Android devices.
Key additions to BigHand 4 include enhanced security, and an integrated Advanced Multistep Workflow tool.
The workflow tool allows users to send dictations and documents to multiple destinations from one easy-to-use dashboard, the firm said.
A typical enterprise user could dictate a letter, for example, and send it directly to a secretary for transcription. The author can assign a level of priority to the dictated file, ensuring that any urgent material is completed quickly, BigHand said.
Once the document has been transcribed, it can be submitted for approval by the original author. If approved, a document can then be sent to a production or despatch resource, while rejected documents are sent back for correction.
The workflow tool is designed to let users make the best use of internal resources as it allows them to send dictations and tasks to secretaries, and helps centralise documents, explained Asif Ali, products director at BigHand.
“The aim of BigHand is to allow businesses to continue using working practices and make them as efficient as possible. This could mean replacing the use of cassettes at a law firm, for example,” he said.
The Send Anywhere feature allows authors to choose the recipient of a voice file without the need for an administrator to create a new workflow.
Security is maintained as the Confidential Dictations feature allows users to mark a dictation as classified simply by checking a tick box. This ensures that files can be read only by the author and the intended recipients.
BigHand 4 also lets users convert speech to text, and a speech recognition utility can create a profile to ensure a high level of transcription accuracy, the firm said.
Other features include the ability to send and synchronise dictations to the desktop tool using an HTC Desire, Motorola Milestone 2 or Samsung Galaxy S Android device, giving the option of remote working.
Applications for BlackBerry and iPhone are also available, with the Apple application allowing users to transcribe without needing to connect to the desktop version. An application for Windows Phone 7 may also be forthcoming, but it will depend on the uptake of the operating system, Ali added.
Exact pricing details are not available as BigHand infrastructure needs to be installed on-premise and depends on individual business requirements.
It remains to be seen whether BigHand can challenge the popular Nuance Dragon Dictation applications for the desktop and smartphones.
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