Going forward, it would be nice to increase our years of avoiding carpal tunnel syndrome by typing less, using a dictatation app.
Can we get anything to have voice to text directly into InCopy or InDesign? Is this available? A plug in? Could a script be written for this? I would prefer to type directly into InCopy, using a voice dictation program. I really don't want to use Apple Dictation, just to convert it to a Word.doc to Place, as it seems as anything in a Word.doc leaves me open to formatting problems later on in InDesign.
Or, can folks give me their experience with the following procedure? If I end up with a Word.doc, just with basic text, not even subtitles, or italics, or anything, only 12 pt. New Times Roman regular, for example, and I use the Place function in InDesign or InCopy with Remove all Formatting, will that leave me with reliable text to use in InDesign? And not have formatting glitches?
It's best to clean up your Word document a bit before placing it in InDesign. You can use the Word Import Option feature to keep formatting.
InDesign new feature suggestions should be posted at: https://indesign.uservoice.com/forums/601021-adobe-indesign-feature-requests
You can use Apple Dictation directly into an Indesign document, it doesn't need to go to Word. Insert your cursor into a text frame with paragraph style applied, press your fn key twice, speak, and text is entered and applied the style. This is not going to format a subhead mingled within.
Thank for letting us know. I'll try it. That is excellent news! Yes, we must still go back and format subheads, etc, but being able to avoid all that typing is great, and avoid even worrying about Word glitches. Creating text right in InDesign is great. (I still added a feature request as Mr. Cross suggested.)
Here is more than you wanted to know:
"When you dictate text, what you say is sent to Apple to be converted to text. To help your Mac recognize what you're saying, other information is sent as well, such as the names of your contacts." Yikes.