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Digital dictation without costly infrastructure or dedicated hardware
Yodal is a digital dictation platform which makes recordings easy to produce, easy to transcribe and easy to manage, wherever you are. Yodal comes in three parts: a recorder app for BlackBerry, a player for the desktop, and our cloud servers which takes care of everything in between.
Yodal for BlackBerry combines the quality, reliability and features you’d expect from a top-end voice recorder with the ability to send a recording securely from wherever you’re standing. It’s as easy as sending an email.
Yodal Player builds on our years of experience in transcription software, and provides an intuitive, productive interface which allows you to pause, rewind or adjust the playback speed without breaking the flow of your work.
Our hosted cloud provides blazingly fast data transfer from BlackBerry to desktop. Your recording will usually be ready to transcribe within seconds of pressing Send, and you won’t have maintain your own infastructure. That said, if you prefer keeping things in-house, you can deploy our .NET server.
Yodal adds professional-quality digital dictation to BlackBerry® smartphones! Yodal’s unique data streaming technology puts the file in the PA’s inbox faster than any other product available. Yodal has all the functionality of a dedicated recorder, and has a superbly designed user interface for easy use.
Simple from start to finish
Yodal is designed to let you do the talking. It has powerful features for when you want them, but it won’t get in your way when you just want to record and send.
Send to your PA
Yodal recordings go straight to your PA’s email inbox. You can provide a reference and comments, and if you mark the recording as urgent, the email will be flagged as high priority.
Keep things secure
Yodal uses a secure connection to the Yodal server cloud. If you set a password for your recording, the audio is AES-256 encrypted to prevent unauthorised playback.
Streaming sets Yodal apart
If your smartphone has a good signal, your recording will be sent in seconds, no matter how large it is. If you’re in an area with limited coverage, it still takes less time to send a recording than it took to record it.
Editing is a breeze
Yodal makes it easy to edit what you’ve recorded. You can select a section while you’re listening to it; you can delete, insert, append, and skip back through a recording in review mode if you need to find something.
Robust file transfer
Once you press Send you can be sure that your recording will make it through to its destination, no matter what your signal's like. An indicator let's you know when your recording has been sent
Organise your workload
Yodal allows you to see and hear all your old recordings, until you delete them. It's easy to keep track of what you've done.
Superb sound quality
Your BlackBerry’s microphone is excellent, but that’s not good enough for us. We reduce the background noise in every Yodal recording, and our users really notice the difference.
What devices will Yodal work on? Yodal is compatible with all modern BlackBerry Smartphones. Yodal requires BlackBerry® operating system version 4.2.0 or later. To check which OS you have, key Alt+Shift+H from your BlackBerry home screen. Check that 'App Version' is at least 4.2.0. Yodal requires a media card.
We’ll be releasing Yodal for other platforms shortly. Please contact us if you would like more details.
How much does Yodal cost? Yodal for BlackBerry is a service that costs £50 a year per user, net of VAT at the current rate. Yodal Player is free of charge.
How do I get Yodal onto my handset? We’ll send you a download link once we have your details. On your handset, click on the link and Yodal will download and install. The software will then register itself by sending a single SMS (network charges apply, and this will be an overseas message if you are outside the UK or USA).
What about battery life? Recording with Yodal consumes roughly the same amount of power as making a phone call. So check the 'talk time' in the specification of your handset. Yodal can be used while your handset is charging.
How much mobile data does Yodal use? Yodal will automatically use Wi-Fi if it’s available, in which case it won’t use any mobile data. If no Wi-Fi connection is available, Yodal will transfer around 1.2Mb of mobile data for every 10 minutes recorded.
How are Yodal recordings transcribed? Your recording is sent to the email address you enter. It can then be transcribed with our free Yodal Player software. A link to the Yodal Player download is included in each Yodal email. You can find out more about Yodal Player here
Can I add a password to Yodal recordings? Yes, you can. Once you set a password from within Yodal, you can then tick a box to apply it to individual recordings. Before being able to listen to your recording, your PA will have to enter your password.
How are Yodal files sent from my handset?
With Yodal’s VoiStream protocol, your recording is transferred while you’re speaking. Whatever changes you make to the recording are synchronised with the server, whether you’re adding, inserting or deleting. As soon as you press Send, the recording is packaged up with any information you’ve added and sent as an email from our cloud servers.
What happens if the Yodal server goes down? Another server will automatically pick up the workload. Our secure server cloud spans several locations, and is designed for maximum resilience and reliability.
What happens if my organisation uses a BES? Yodal will route HTTPS traffic via your organisation’s BES. Some IT policies might prevent you from using Yodal, in which case you’ll need to speak to your IT department. We can provide packages to enable Enterprise Deployment.
Can I use media card encryption on my BlackBerry? Yes, we encourage you to enable media card encryption to further enhance security. However, on an older BlackBerry this might cause Yodal to run slightly slower than expected.
What happens if I record when there is no network connection? Your recordings will stay in the Outbox until they can be sent. Once you've pressed Send you can be sure your recording will reach its destination, but you can always check on its progress in the Outbox. So you can safely use Yodal on trains, on the underground, or up a mountain.
Can I amend recordings that have already been sent? Yes, you can. Like e-mail, your previous recordings are available in the Sent Items folder. Just open the recording, amend it, and resend it.
I’m recording on Yodal and I receive a phone call. What happens? Your Yodal recording will be paused and the handset will show the incoming call. Once you’ve finished the call, Yodal will reappear so you can continue where you left off. If you can’t remember where you got to, you can skip back with the ‘Review’ button.
Is there a developer API available? Whilst we currently don’t have a publicly accessible API available, we are always interested in talking to other developers about integration ideas. Please contact us.
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