Almost every discussion of reasons to buy an iPad includes at the top of the list the abundance of resourceful applications. There are more than 250,000 applications for the iPad currently available in Apple’s App Store, resulting in an almost endless list of reasons for using one in your practice. Below are just a few of the apps I think will make your workday easier and more efficient.
Dragon Dictation (Nuance Communications; free). Nuance created this voice-recognition application to run on the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. This is a cloud-based application, so you will need to be connected to the Internet either through WiFi or via a 3G or 4G connection. If you install the application and start it up without a connection, you will find everything grayed out, except for a pop-up message that reads, “No Internet Connection.” Once you have a connection established, the application opens up to a minimalist black screen with a silver-and-red button in the center and the words “Tap and dictate.” Tapping the screen starts the recording process. Normally with Dragon software you would spend some time after installation training the application to recognize your speech. Dragon Dictation does not require any initial training. It is surprisingly accurate from the moment it is installed. If a word is transcribed incorrectly, simply double tap the word on the screen and Dragon will ask if you wish to delete that word. You can double tap and drag your finger over a series of words if you wish to delete whole sentences.