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Old 07-27-2006, 09:32 AM   #1 (permalink)
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So my bosses are looking to be able to create voice dications on their blackberries which are just coming into service where we are located. They will probably be getting the 7130g models later this year.

They need to be able to record a memo that is maybe 5 to 10 mins in length, then have this recording compressed, attached to an email and mailed through the BB to their secretaries. Is this in ary way possible? It seems the devices have the processing power and memory to be able to do this, yet there seems to be no software out there for this...

Any help would be much appreciated!
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This is no way to record memos that I am aware of. Even if there was, you would have a hard time getting a 5-10 minute file onto the 64MB of space a BlackBerry has available.
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This is no way to record memos that I am aware of. Even if there was, you would have a hard time getting a 5-10 minute file onto the 64MB of space a BlackBerry has available.
Nah, currenty we're using an Olympus digital dication device, and even on high quality mode only takes ~650Kb of space per minute. ~320K on low quality. Think of the mp3 players that used to be out that were only 128megs, yet could play an album or two's worth of music... It surely is possible!
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Nah, currenty we're using an Olympus digital dication device, and even on high quality mode only takes ~650Kb of space per minute. ~320K on low quality. Think of the mp3 players that used to be out that were only 128megs, yet could play an album or two's worth of music... It surely is possible!
Even that is crazy. I have the Sony ICD-CX50 which has the highest 5-star rating for use with Dragon Dictate, and it records 11.5 hours on 256 MB in highest quality stereo mode. But a key point is that the creation of tiny high quality files is hardware driven. The Blackberry hasn't been designed for that.
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Here's a workaround.

Subscribe to a voicemail-to-text service like Dictomail (see Mark Rejohn's email on the subject) which has an operator convert voicemail into text and email it to you. Once you have that service, simply call your own voicemail and dictate what you want in text. In 2 minutes, Dictomail will send the text back to you.

Admittedly, this is a $50-$80 per month solution, depending upon the plan you choose with Dictomail.

A little steep, but if it makes business sense.......

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