Thursday, June 25, 2009

How to Add Voice Text as an Input Method

Voice Text can now be used from any Android app. (You can probably figure most of this out by clicking around, but be sure to read this first section.)

How to allow Voice Text as an input method (like the soft keyboard):


  1. Make sure you have at least version 2.0. Go to Voice Text -> Settings -> About

  2. Go to your phone settings. Hit Home -> Menu -> Settings

  3. Touch "Locale & text" ("Language and Keyboard" on the Droid) in the main phone settings

  4. Check "Voice Text." A warning will come up about possibly enabling a key logger this way (Voice Text is not a key logger). You won't need to uncheck this every time you want to switch input methods. See the next section.



How to change the current input method:


  1. Go into any Android app that has text input (Browser, Gmail, Messaging, ChompSMS, Astrid, Ak Notepad etc).

  2. Long press (that is, touch and hold) on a text box. A popup should come up that says, "Input Method." Click on it.

  3. Choose Voice Text from the menu. Set it back to "Android Keyboard" anytime to use the soft keyboard again.



Taking a dictation from another app (These steps have changed in the newest version. If you do not have version 2.2 or greater, please go to the market and upgrade.):


  1. Go into the app where you want the text to appear (Gmail, Messaging, etc.)

  2. Touch any text box.

  3. Push "Start" in the menu that pops up at the bottom (if it doesn't, check that you've followed the instructions above correctly).

  4. Speak when the prompt says, "Speak now."

  5. Push the text box again. The Start button will now have your dictation on it. Push the dictation if it's correct, or the revert button to the left to clear it.

  6. That's it! You can continue to use the other app as you normally would, stopping to dictate as you like.



If you have any questions, please email me using the link in the application: Settings -> "E-mail the Developer."

45 comments:

  1. When enabling this I get the following warning:

    "Attention: This input method may be able to collect all the text you type, including personal data .. etc etc"
    Is that just because we're enabling a 3rd party input method?

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