The Multiple Benefits of Handwriting Transcription

The Multiple Benefits of Handwriting Transcription
Beth Worthy

Beth Worthy


Although computers and smartphones dominate our lives, some people still prefer the old way of taking notes using pen and paper. 

Taking notes by hand makes it easier for you to retain information. Moreover, you can easily express your thoughts using handwritten words and characters. 

Unfortunately, writing by hand also has its drawbacks. For instance, handwritten text is harder to search compared to typed text.

Moreover, the text can’t be synced between different devices. 

With this said, what if we told you that there is a note-taking way that has the benefits of both handwritten and digital text? We are talking about handwriting transcription.

What is Handwriting Transcription?

Handwriting transcription is a transcription service where handwritten text is converted to digital text.

This text-to-text transcription service involves transcribing the handwritten text to readable that is accessible and stored digitally.

How to Capture Your Handwritten Notes?

As much as you love your handwritten notes, sometimes you may wish they were in digital form so that you can access them through your phone or computer.

There are a few ways that you can make this happen:

  • Use Your Smartphone

Most smartphones come with apps that can convert handwritten text into digital notes.

Examples of such apps include OneNote, GoodNote, and Evernote. To use the apps, you have to take an image of your handwritten notes using your camera.

After that, the apps will try to recognize your handwriting and convert it to digital text. 

  • Use a Document Scanner

There are small portable scanners that you can use to scan your handwritten documents anywhere.

The scanners are rechargeable and have in-built memory that stores your scanned document until you can view it on a computer. 

  • Use a Smart Pen

Some people prefer to use a smartpen that records their hand movements as they write on a special dotted paper.

The pen has in-built memory, where a digital copy of the handwritten text is stored. You can later transfer the digital text to a computer or smartphone for easy access.

  • Hire a Professional Transcription Service Provider

A professional handwriting transcriptionist can do the handwritten text transcription job for you accurately.

A handwriting transcriber will also proofread the work and correct any mistakes, unlike apps or smartpens. Trained and experienced transcriptionists provide excellent service. 

Benefits of Using Handwriting Transcription Services

What are the benefits of handwritten text Transcription services?

Maintain the Integrity of Your Text

You need paper and a pen to handwrite notes or minutes. With time, the written material may get lost or be destroyed. 

A professional handwriting transcriber can transcribe the text accurately and store it in softcopy form and on different digital devices. This form of storage is not possible with handwritten text.

Easy Access

Carrying your books and other note-taking materials everywhere is tedious. Sometimes, you’ll forget books with crucial text at home or in the office. 

If you don’t want to lose or forget your vital notes again, hire a handwriting transcriber. The professional will transcribe and store the notes in digital format.

After transcription, you can access the notes whenever you want.

Easier to Search for Important Information

Even if you are usually an organized person, it’s annoying to search through piles of papers on your desk for some notes you wrote during a seminar a while ago. 

Additionally, with transcribed handwritten text, you can look up important information within seconds by searching for one or two keywords.

Using a handwriting hranscription service can help you easily search your notes for important keywords, preserve your notes for a long time, and make your notes accessible at any time.

Also Read: 11 Questions for Authors Doing Book Translations

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Beth Worthy

Beth Worthy

Beth Worthy is the Cofounder & President of GMR Transcription Services, Inc., a California-based company that has been providing accurate and fast transcription services since 2004. She has enjoyed nearly ten years of success at GMR, playing a pivotal role in the company's growth. Under Beth's leadership, GMR Transcription doubled its sales within two years, earning recognition as one of the OC Business Journal's fastest-growing private companies. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two kids.