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  • InqScribe 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

  • 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
    • Yes if you’re running any version of macOS and want to check out the new features.

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

    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 emailing, 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 version history page.

    UPDATE 7/20/2020: A new update to our 2.5 beta is now available! Download version here.

    InqScribe 2.5 UI

  • Mac Users: InqScribe Catalina Support Coming Soon…

    Posted on October 10th, 2019 Alex No comments

    Apple has released macOS Catalina which has broken many applications, including InqScribe.

    Here’s what you need to know:

    1. Don’t upgrade just yet!  As with any major OS update, we recommend waiting at least a release or two for Apple to fix the inevitable issues before upgrading.  This is doubly true if you have any critical applications that are not yet compatible with the OS, e.g. InqScribe.  So if you absolutely need to use InqScribe, please don’t upgrade yet.
    2. Catalina beta coming this month!  We are actively working on an update and expect to release a free Catalina-friendly beta later this month.
    3. Sign up for the beta: To be notified as soon as the Catalina beta is available, sign up for our mailing list here (if you already subscribed to our announcement list, you don’t need to re-sign up)

    If you are already on Catalina, one possible workaround is to run a virtual machine of a past version of macOS, or Windows 10 (your InqScribe license will work on both Mac and Windows environments). You can then run InqScribe off of that virtual machine. Disclaimer: this option is fairly involved. More information on the virtual machine workaround here.

    We are close! Here is a screenshot of the new UI:

    InqScribe 2.5 UI

  • Announcement: InqScribe 2.5 Coming Soon!

    Posted on August 27th, 2019 Alex No comments

    If you’re on a Mac, you’re probably wondering how InqScribe will handle the release of Catalina (macOS 10.15). After all, InqScribe 2.2.4 is a 32-bit app, and Catalina phases out support for 32-bit apps.

    We’ve got you covered!

    Yes, we are currently preparing a new release, InqScribe v2.5, due out next month as a free update. This 64-bit version is focused mainly on Catalina compatibility and bug fixes.

    A robust v3 release, which will be packed with a host of new features, is still in the works. But since v3 is not ready yet, we’re putting out v2.5 to bridge the gap. With that said, v2.5 is not without some significant refinements of its own.

    We’ll announce the release on this blog and in our newsletter once it lands. To sign up for our newsletter, simply fill out the form here. Interested in joining our beta-testing group? Send a note to

  • Guest Blog: Giving Voice to Nepali Women

    Posted on July 11th, 2019 Alex No comments

    If you live in a small community and speak a regional language, it’s difficult for your story to get out. Aliana uses InqScribe to translate the experiences of Nepali burn victims to a wider audience.

    By: Aliana Monodee, a documentary filmmaker with Tribhuvan University

    In Nepal, many women suffer discrimination based on caste and gender. This discrimination can be expressed with social practices like dowry, or with physical violence like burn punishment. For our documentary, we’ve filmed over half a dozen burn survivors, some of whom are struggling to come to terms with what happened to them, and some who have rebuilt their lives with newfound dignity.

    Aliana's team uses InqScribe to transcribe translations for the film.

    Aliana’s team uses InqScribe to transcribe translations for the film.

    Nepal has over 100 different ethnic and regional languages, some of which are already endangered. This makes our filmmaking a challenge. It was important to give our characters the freedom to speak in the language in which they are most comfortable. But, because we’re filming intimate domestic conversations, family gatherings and ritualistic ceremonies, hiring extra field translators would have been intrusive.

    To solve this problem, my small team of translators and I have been using InqScribe to transcribe our testimonies into English after filming. Prior to finding InqScribe, we tried using Premiere Pro to note down timecodes on a Word document, and had to repeatedly press play and pause. Now, thanks to InqScribe’s shortcuts, it’s easier to mark the beginning timecode, translate, and then mark the end timecode. Our team can translate each sentence without losing track of what is being said. InqScribe also saves me a lot of time during the footage review process, since we don’t have to break down long paragraphs of a separate translation.

    Aliana Monodee is a filmmaker with 10+ years experience working with nonprofits in the UK and internationally. Her areas of interest include women’s rights, gender, and identity. She is currently producing documentary films in collaboration with the Department of Anthropology at Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu, Nepal.

    Thanks Aliana! If you have questions about how InqScribe can fit into your filmmaking workflow, send us at email at

  • MacOS Mojave Support

    Posted on September 27th, 2018 Alex No comments

    With the recent release of macOS 10.14 Mojave, you may wonder, will InqScribe still work if I update? The answer is yes. InqScribe offers the same functionality on Mojave as it has with previous versions of macOS.

    There is no need to download a new version of InqScribe. The current release, version 2.2.4 is the most up-to-date, and we recommend it for users on any supported operating system. If you’re on an older version of InqScribe, or if you don’t have InqScribe installed, you can download version 2.2.4 free from our website here.

    As with the previous macOS High Sierra, you may see a message pop up when you first launch InqScribe about 32-bit apps becoming obsolete in the near future. In short, Apple has plans to drop support of 32-bit apps with the next major macOS release. While InqScribe remains 32-bit for now, the next version of InqScribe, being developed now, is a 64-bit version.

    If you have any questions or issues about InqScribe, you can contact us at

  • Using InqScribe Labs for Additional File Formats

    Posted on July 25th, 2018 Alex No comments

    Did you know InqScribe offers access to more export formats than what’s in the app? Our InqScribe Labs website allows you to convert your InqScribe transcript into a few extra formats.

    InqScribe Labs


    What is InqScribe Labs? InqScribe Labs is website that gives users access to experimental new features. Currently, the site houses a few commonly requested exported formats that we’re working on adding into the InqScribe app.

    How do I use the extra formats? Prepare your transcript, upload the .inqscr file to one of the exporter pages, select your options (if applicable), and then click “download” to receive the converted file.

    The full list of exporters is available here. They include:
    You’ll find more detailed instructions on how to convert in the export format pages above. Please note that our converter is still experimental in nature and subject to change. If you have questions, feel free to email us at

  • InqScribe 2.2.4 Released

    Posted on February 15th, 2018 Alex No comments

    We’ve just released InqScribe version 2.2.4, a minor update that addresses a few bugs. Here’s the full list of changes:

    • The export submenu now includes a link to, which offers some export formats beyond what the app provides.
    • Exported file names are now based on the document name instead of defaulting to “export”.
    • Preserve the state of the Anti-Alias checkbox when iterating on a subtitled movie export.
    • Minor documentation updates.
    • Better support for licenses whose owner names include accents and other non-ASCII characters.
    • Updated to support evaluation licenses that expire in 2018 and beyond.

    You can download the free update at  Note that evaluation licenses will require version 2.2.4 from here on out. For help with installation, head over to our article “How do I install InqScribe?

    For those of you eager for a more substantial release, rest assured we have bigger changes in store this year. If you have any questions about version 2.2.4, send an email to us at