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  • InqScribe Version 2.5 for Mac Released!

    Posted on September 2nd, 2022 ben No comments

    InqScribe Version 2.5 for macOS is now available! This new Mac version is a free upgrade for all currently licensed users. Just download and install the new version and it should automatically use your current license.

    Download the release here.

    Version 2.5 has a host of new features, including:

    Modernization

    InqScribe 2.5 is a native 64-bit application and supports macOS 10.15+ (Catalina, Big Sur, Monterey and newer) and Apple Silicon Chips (M1 and M2).

    In addition, InqScribe sports an updated user interface, with retina support, new interactive media timeline and time code displays, and updated controllers for media playback, volume, and play rate.

    InqScribe UI

    Spell Check, Grammar, Autocorrect

    With our modernization comes support for Apple’s built-in spell checker, grammar checker, and autocorrect tools. InqScribe now shares the same spell checking, grammar checking, and autocorrect dictionaries and features as all macOS applications.

    New Default Snippets and Shortcuts

    Shortcuts and snippets can vastly improve your workflow. We now include a few new default shortcut settings to make your life easier:

    • Set Play Rate
      • Increase: cmd 9
      • Decrease: cmd 0
    • Frame Stepping
      • Advance One Frame: cmd ]
      • Rewind One Frame: cmd [
    • Fast Forwarding
      • Cue: cmd shift ]
      • Review: cmd shift [
    • Toggle Pause and Play: tab
    • Skip back: ctrl tab
    Shortcuts panel

    You can of course remap these to anything you like. For example, instead of setting cmd ] and cmd [ to move only one frame, you can set it to skip forward or back by 5 seconds.

    For a complete list of changes, please refer to the Version History page.

    USB Devices

    It’s now easier than ever to manage your USB devices using InqScribe’s new USB Management panel. Quickly identify which USB devices are available for use with InqScribe shortcuts. You can also deactivate any devices you want InqScribe to ignore. And officially supported devices now appear with better names.

    Manage USB Window

    Updated Media Support

    InqScribe 2.5 for Mac uses AVFoundation as its native media engine. InqScribe detects timecode tracks via AVFoundation and you can now enable and disable tracks via the Display Tracks dialog.

    With AVFoundation, InqScribe supports a host of media formats, including .m4v video files.

    Windows Users

    Not to worry, we are actively working on an updated Windows version. We expect to release a beta version soon with features that match the macOS version.

  • InqScribe 2.2.5 Out Now!

    Posted on January 15th, 2022 Alex No comments

    An update to InqScribe is now available for Windows and macOS versions 10.14 and earlier. This is a very small update that adds two things:

    • Enhanced support for future evaluation license requests
    • Updates to various support URLs.

    That means if you recently requested a trial license and are currently running InqScribe version 2.2.4 or earlier, you will need to update. You can update by opening the app and selecting “InqScribe > Check For Updates…” (macOS) or “Help > Check For Updates” (Windows). You can also download directly from our website at inqscribe.com/download.

    Why the small update? We want to continue offering trials of version 2.2 while our more substantial 2.5 update is still in beta. Note that the 2.2.5 update will not run on macOS 10.15 and later, which includes Catalina, Big Sur, and Monterey. If you’re using any of these more recent versions of macOS, please download the InqScribe 2.5 Beta:
    inqscribe.com/download.html#versions

    If you were previously running the InqScribe 2.5 Beta, there is no need to update. More information about the 2.5 Beta can be found in our 2.5 Beta release announcement.

    If you have any questions about InqScribe, or if you experience any issues with the new release, please contact us at inqscribe.com/support.

  • InqScribe 2.5.0.304 Beta Update

    Posted on April 8th, 2021 Alex No comments

    Another update to our ongoing InqScribe 2.5 Beta is now available. The version 2.5.0.304 update includes some behind-the-scenes changes to the way InqScribe handles USB devices.

    Most notably, InqScribe 2.5 now supports the VEC Infinity USB-3 foot pedal.

    Download the update from our website here. Or, update your existing 2.5 Beta by opening the app and selecting “InqScribe > Check for Updates.”

    New to the InqScribe 2.5 Beta? Check out our initial InqScribe 2.5 release announcement for more information on what to expect. InqScribe 2.5 is currently only available for macOS (but Windows support is coming soon). For further questions or comments, contact us at inqscribe.com/support.

  • Guest Blog: Translating Russian Cinema with InqScribe

    Posted on February 4th, 2021 Alex No comments

    Kino Klassika uses InqScribe to bring Russian film culture to new audiences.

    By: Olga Doletskaya, Season Manager at Kino Klassika

    Founded in 2015, Kino Klassika Foundation is the only independent organisation in the world dedicated to cinema from Russia, the Caucasus, and Central Asia. We create programs of restorations, publications, art commissions, and events to spotlight filmmakers from the region, to create memorable experiences for audiences, and to advance the cultural demand for cinema from the region. We use film and film materials as the lens through which to examine the development of artistic and cultural norms and socio-political policy and design.

    Kino Klassika restores and screens classic Russian films.

    This year, we are launching a streaming platform devoted to highlighting films from Russia, the Caucasus, and Central Asia. We plan on offering various educational materials like director interviews and critical essays, alongside the films to give a well-rounded unique experience for our viewers. However, preparing interviews for screening has not been easy since we have to transcribe in Russian, translate to English, and create subtitles. InqScribe really has cut the time we need to do this process in half. Before using InqScribe, our team struggled to get transcripts ready on time, using a Word document and video open in another window to transcribe. The most wonderful feature of InqScribe for us is being able to view the video in the small window alongside transcribing. It makes subtitling so much easier. InqScribe has improved our communication and speed since everyone is using the same program.

    InqScribe has been invaluable for transcribing various audio and video educational content. It has greatly sped up our process allowing us to add more content and additional materials to our platform thus creating a more diverse experience for our audiences.

    About the Author

    Olga works with venues as a season manager at Kino Klassika. She is also part of the curation team, selecting titles and translating educational content for the platform. Learn more about Russian film, and Kino Klassika’s programming, at kinoklassikafoundation.org.


    Thanks Olga! We’re happy InqScribe can speed up the translation work necessary to discover these Russian film classics. If you’re curious how InqScribe can fit into your translation workflow, request a free 14-day trial at inqscribe.com, or send us an email at inqscribe.com/support.

  • InqScribe macOS Big Sur Support

    Posted on November 18th, 2020 Alex No comments

    Those of you thinking of updating to macOS Big Sur (11.0), fear not. The InqScribe 2.5 beta works great on macOS Big Sur. It will of course also continue running on macOS Catalina (10.15) and most older versions of macOS going back to 10.8.

    While the 2.5 beta runs on Catalina and Big Sur, our current official release, version 2.2, will not. In other words, you will need to use the 2.5 beta if you want to run InqScribe on macOS Catalina or Big Sur.

    For anyone new to the beta, version 2.5 is free to download and works with your existing InqScribe license. In addition to being compatible with Catalina and Big Sur, it brings a number of new features and improvements, including:

    • Native spell check
    • Sleek new design, in Retina-compatible high definition
    • New, more versatile media engine
    • More responsive, fully native text field
    • Emojis
    • Improved USB device management
    • Option to restore a previous session’s document windows
    • New “Mute” and “Skip Forward” shortcut commands
    • Various bug fixes

    What’s not included in this beta:

    • Windows support. Currently, the 2.5 beta is limited to macOS, but we are working on a Windows version.
    • The “Save Subtitled QuickTime Movie” feature. InqScribe 2.5 moves away from QuickTime as its media player in favor of a more modern counterpart. While this change brings a host of performance benefits, it means that saving custom subtitled QuickTime movies is no longer an option. Instead, you can use a variety of alternative methods to create subtitled movies, explained in further detail here.

    Download the InqScribe 2.5 beta from our website here.

    2022 Update: Since releasing our initial 2.5 Beta, we’ve added more improvements. These include:

    • InqScribe is now a macOS Universal build with native support for Apple Silicon
    • Support for the VEC Infinity 3 USB foot pedal
    • Better support for multiple-monitor configurations
    • More detailed error messages
    • Various bug fixes and UI refinements

    For a full list of features, please see the Public Beta Version History page.

    If you have any questions about the 2.5 beta, feel free to email us at inqscribe.com/support.

  • InqScribe 2.5.0.299 Beta Update

    Posted on October 16th, 2020 Alex No comments

    We’ve just released another update to our ongoing 2.5 Beta for macOS! This release includes further refinements and bug fixes. Here’s what’s new:

    • Use of emoji no longer causes inaccurate Find/Replace results, timecode coloring, or timecode selection.
    • XML exports do a better job filtering out invalid XML characters.
    • Better auto-deactivation of USB devices that aren’t really input devices.
    • Better window placement in certain multiple-monitor configurations.
    • Rapid play rate changes no longer lead to actual and reported play rate getting out of sync.
    • Minor UI improvements and bug fixes.

    Download the update from our website here. Or, update your existing 2.5 Beta by opening the app and selecting “InqScribe > Check for Updates.”

    New to the InqScribe 2.5 Beta? Check out our initial InqScribe 2.5 release announcement for more information on what to expect. For further questions or comments, send an email to us at inqscribe.com/support.

  • Freelancing With InqScribe In The Age of Corona

    Posted on May 22nd, 2020 Alex No comments

    By Angelique Stone, freelance transcriber from Cape Point, South Africa

    View of Cape Town, South Africa

    Cape Town, South Africa. Picture: Henk Kruger/African News Agency (ANA)

    Here in South Africa, as elsewhere in the world, many have suffered a severe loss from the Coronavirus crisis. Aside from hardships to health and family life, businesses have had to close and the unemployment rate has increased to historic levels. Unfortunately, like many others, I’ve lost my account administration job. With our country still mostly under lock down, many are struggling to find work and provide for their family. In these challenging times I have turned to freelance transcription as a way to earn money.

    Transcription is not always as easy as it sounds. I’ve transcribed meetings, interviews and focus group discussions, to name a few. No matter what the assignment is, there are always unexpected difficulties to overcome, be it audio quality, accents, audio formats, or simply staying focused. Without the right software, these challenges can be daunting. Reliable software not only alleviates these issues, but it also speeds up your workflow, enabling you to take on more assignments. I’m thankful to have found InqScribe, which is so straightforward and easy to use.

    I particularly like the Shortcuts feature, which allows me to control the file without moving my hands away from the keyboard. InqScribe supports a wider range of both audio and video formats than what I’ve used before. It loads the files very quickly, which altogether makes it easy to get going right away with an assignment. I must also mention that the support staff are amazing and have prompt responses to queries which really puts your mind at ease should you ever need assistance.


    Thanks Angelique! We’re happy InqScribe is able to help during a difficult time. If you’re interested in transcription, feel free to take InqScribe for a spin with a free 14-day trial. Otherwise, if you have any questions, you can contact us at inqscribe.com/support.

  • InqScribe 2.5.0.292 Beta Update

    Posted on April 23rd, 2020 ben No comments

    A new version of our InqScribe 2.5 beta is now available for macOS. As you may already know, version 2.5 is an upcoming update that brings a new HD interface, an improved media engine, and full macOS Catalina/Big Sur support. Both this public beta and the soon-to-come official release will be free to current InqScribe license holders.

    This new 2.5.0.292 beta update is mostly concerned with bug fixes and small tweaks and extends the expiration date to 7/21/2020. Here’s what’s new:

    • Better management of keyboard shortcuts across keyboard layouts.
    • Unmuting now more reliably restores the prior volume.
    • InqScribe once again warns you if you try to assign the same key combination to multiple shortcuts.
    • Minor UI improvements and bug fixes.

    You can get the new update by downloading it directly from https://www.inqscribe.com/download.html#versions. Windows users, hold tight! The 2.5 Windows build is coming soon.

    For more information about the 2.5 beta, read our initial release post here. If you encounter any issues with the beta, or if you have any questions, contact us at inqscribe.com/support.

  • InqScribe 2.5.0.289 Beta Update Available Now for macOS!

    Posted on January 28th, 2020 Alex No comments

    A new version of our InqScribe 2.5 beta is now available for macOS. As you may already know, version 2.5 is an upcoming update that brings a new HD interface, an improved media engine, and full Catalina/Big Sur support. Both this public beta and the soon-to-come official release will be free to current InqScribe license holders (more detailed information about the 2.5 beta here).

    This new 2.5.0.289 beta update is mostly concerned with bug fixes and small tweaks. Here’s what’s new:

    • Fixed a bug where InqScribe wasn’t saving to external hard drives
    • You can now click the volume “speaker” icon to mute and unmute audio
    • “Mute” has been added as a shortcut command
    • “Skip Forward” is another new shortcut command– it lets you move the current play position ahead by a specified number of seconds

    If you’re already using the 2.5 beta, you can get the new update by selecting “InqScribe > Check for Updates” within the app. If you’re new to the 2.5 beta, download it beta fresh from inqscribe.com/download#versions. Windows users, hold tight! The 2.5 Windows build is coming soon.

    For more information about the 2.5 beta, read our initial release post here. If you encounter any issues with the beta, or if you have any questions, contact us at inqscribe.com/support.

  • InqScribe 2.5 Beta Now Available for macOS

    Posted on October 31st, 2019 Alex No comments

    We’re pleased to announce InqScribe version 2.5 is now ready for public beta testing!

    This update brings some long requested new features along with full Catalina and Big Sur support:

    • Native spell check
    • Sleek new design, in Retina-compatible high definition
    • New, more versatile media engine
    • More responsive, fully native text field
    • Emojis
    • Improved USB device management
    • Option to restore a previous session’s document windows

    Should you install the beta?

    • No if you’re a Windows user. But don’t worry, Windows version coming soon!
    • No if you want the most stable experience (i.e. you are working on a big, important project).
    • Yes if you’re running macOS Catalina or Big Sur.
    • Yes if you’re running any version of macOS and want to check out the new features.

    If you’re running macOS Catalina or Big Sur, you will need to use the new InqScribe 2.5. Older versions of InqScribe will not work in Catalina or Big Sur.

    If you are running an older macOS version, you are welcome to try the beta— but know that the current official release of InqScribe, version 2.2, will continue working on older macOS versions. Also, older versions of macOS will allow you to have both InqScribe 2.5 and the more stable 2.2 installed.

    We plan to release updates to the beta en route to our official release. The launch date is tbd, but rest assured the full 2.5 release will be available free to all current InqScribe users.

    As a beta, please be aware that you may encounter some rough edges. We’ve done our best to smooth things out, but if you do encounter an issue, please draw our attention by contacting us at inqscribe.com/support, or by using InqScribe’s “Help > Report a bug…” feature.

    Note: InqScribe is moving away from QuickTime as its media engine in favor of the more modern and versatile AVFoundation. While this change offers a host of benefits, the QuickTime-specific feature “Save Subtitled QuickTime Movie” is no longer available. Other methods of creating subtitled videos can be found here.

    The 2.5 beta is available free to all InqScribe users.  Your 2.x license will work just fine.

    Download the beta here.

    For a full list of features, please see the Public Beta Version History page.

    InqScribe 2.5 UI