Digital dictations systems are used across the world in many different professions, therefore it is unsurprising to see that V7 Technology Ltd are currently developing an application for BlackBerry smartphones, this application is called Yodal.
At the moment lawyers, medical clinicians and surveyors etc use digital recorders on a daily basis, Yodal will allow you to use your BlackBerry smartphone as a digital recorder, which means you do not have to spend hard-earned money on a digital voice recorder.
By installing Yodal you are making your BlackBerry smartphone a digital recorder, therefore if you are a surveyor etc you do not have to take a smartphone and a digital voice recorder to work, which also means you only have to charge one device.
Recently I tried out Yodal on my BlackBerry Bold 9700, once installed you will see a very simple to use interface where you can record audio, you can then review the recorded audio and play, rewind, fast-forward, go to end and go to beginning of the file.
Pretty much all of the above mentioned functionality is what you would expect from a digital dictations application, however Yodal differs from other competitors as it allows you to instantly email the audio file (even with password protection), instead of having to connect your BlackBerry to your PC/Mac.
This email will not take a long time to arrive as any audio file you are working on is streamed directly to Yodal’s servers, therefore by the time you have full amended an audio file it will be ready to email.
When I recently tested Yodal I was very impressed, I record 60 seconds of audio and sent it to my email address, 8 seconds it has arrived in my inbox, the file was just 103kb in size, however was very clear when I listened to it with their Yodal Player.
V7’s plan is to do away with dedicated digital dictation devices in the same way these devices did away with tapes, from what I have seen from Yodal so far, this seems like a possibility.
BlackBerry users in the U.S. can purchase Yodal for $12.95 a month based on a 6 month package, or if you prefer you can pay $9.99 per month as part of a 12 month deal. UK-based BlackBerry owners will have to pay just £50 per annum, which is a lot cheaper than buying a digital recorder and a years worth of batteries.