My wife, Phillipa, is doing a PhD and interviewed numerous people. I was roped in to help transcribe those recordings. She had some software that worked with a dictation recorder and used a foot pedal to control pause/play and rewind but it was old and dreadful.
I've also been transcribing interviews of past winners of GovHack, so this was an application I needed. Searching the app store turned up nothing.
- ] is play pause
- [ backs up 5 seconds
- \ plays at half speed without changing the pitch
The keys, and the number of seconds and slowness are all configurable.
In the main window you see how far though you are, the number of words typed (one of my transcriptions was 10,000 words from a very fast speaker), and how far to go.
While writing software in Swift is a joy, compared to developing for iOS, the macOS AppKit framework is very dated and overcomplicated. Some tasks, like making the help bundle, are poorly documented and it was only some small clues in StackOverflow that helped me get through it.
I wrote this utility for myself, but I've had valuable feedback from Terry and Jill Brett.
While it's a simple utility, I've decided to ask for a small amount of money, AU$10, as I think it brings great value to those who need it. My thinking is that this is cheap enough to avoid purchase hesitation and just enough to encourage me to continue working on it.
The app is now available in the App Store here.