Nifty Product: Your Own Private Stenographer


Hey bloggers! Hey writers! Did you ever wish you could type faster, or better, or that you didn’t have to write out your entire address every time? Well, a friend of mine, Linda Rigel, has come up with a very nifty new product that basically acts like your private stenographer. You can customize its “dictionary” so your most often-used words and phrases can be typed with just a couple of keystrokes.

Personally, I am always spelling “Berkeley” wrong. And “San Francisco.” Linda came to my house recently and did an eye-popping demo that had me longing for Stenogger. (stenographer for bloggers, get it? ha! except it isn’t just for bloggers) The cool thing is you can WRITE in that superfast IM-speak (btw, gtg!) and the program will automatically expand it into, you know, real English. (by the way, got to go!) This could be a great boon for teenagers who actually can’t write complete words anymore, but really need to in order to function in the world.

The only “bad” thing about the amazing Stenogger is that (booo! booo!) it only works for Windows computers right now. We poor Mac users are out in the cold, our noses pressed to the glass. But soon, I hope, soon…!

Special Discount for readers of ReadingWritingLiving! If you purchase a copy of Stenogger, you will receive a 20% discount. Just type “snito” into the box for “Discount Code” and you get a big fat discount. Then come back here and tell us all how you like it.

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Photo credit: the Early Office Museum website.

9 thoughts on “Nifty Product: Your Own Private Stenographer

  1. One of the few nice features that Microsoft’s gawdawful Word program has is Autocorrect, which essentially does the same thing. Thus you can have it correct ‘thier’ to ‘their’ but you can also have it “correct” ‘sth’ to ‘something’, for example.

  2. metaphorical – the thing that makes it different (and better) than Autocorrect, is that Stenogger works in ALL applications, not just word processing – ie., it would work while writing blog posts, etc. But until Stenogger is available for the Mac, I will fool around with Autocorrect and see what I can do.

    Michellev – tell us how you like it! I hope you “accidentally” got your discount too!

  3. I always found “autocorrect” in Windows to be a major pain, largely because it all-too-frequently had no hesitation about changing words into something that bore no resemblance to whatever I meant to type.

    The more extensive your vocabulary, the greater the problem. Writers, beware.

    Constant vigilance was necessary (but vigilance also solved the typo problem!).

    You can set up macros in Word to do exactly what Stennogger does, but it’s a pain to do, and it would take forever to load the 7,000 “briefs” Stenogger comes with. Or even a small portion of them.

    Stenogger sounds like a better tool. The interface looks very user-friendly, and I love the cross-application feature. As a Linux user, though, I’m out of luck, along with you Mac types. Sniff!

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