Dictation Buddy and Transcription Buddy Support
for Bookmarks and Imbedded Text

The programs support imbedded bookmarks, associated text notes and file notes. Using the Bookmark Window, users can place bookmarks within an audio file. Any amount of descriptive text may be associated with the bookmark. The bookmark and text are then saved, within the audio file. All of the bookmarks, their associated text and the file notes information, may be reviewed at any time, by opening the Bookmark Window or the file notes Window. Files saved with bookmarks and imbedded text will remain valid audio files and may be played by an external audio player.


  • RIFF-WAV files. Bookmarks and file notes are fully supported.
  • MP3 files. Bookmarks and file notes are not supported for MP3 files. For MP3 files you can supply descriptive information only in the form of ID3 tag.
  • WMA files. Bookmarks are fully supported. File notes are not supported, to add text as file notes WMA tag should be used.

This page describes how to access and use the imbedded bookmarks and text features. Topics include:

File Notes

The programs support imbedding file notes within an audio file. The notes may be accessed by clicking on the File Notes icon , on the Main Window toolbar. When accessed, the text notes may be added, updated or deleted using the text edit window that becomes active.

Opening the Bookmark Interface Window

The programs support imbedded bookmarks and associated text notes. This support is provided through an additional Window, used to enter, update and delete the bookmark entries. The Bookmark Window can be opened by clicking on the bookmark icon , on the primary toolbar. The Bookmark Window can also be opened by using the Alt+F2 keys on the keyboard. Once opened, the Bookmark Window may be resized, according to user requirements.

Bookmark Window Interface

The Bookmark Window feature supports the insertion of bookmarks "on-the-fly" as the recording is being made as well as after the recording has been completed. The top portion of the Bookmark Window displays all of the bookmarks within the file. The first line of the bookmark's associated text notes is displayed as well as the bookmark's position within the file. The complete text for the "selected" bookmark is displayed in the lower portion of the window. According to the scroll parameter setting, bookmarks can automatically scroll through the entries or alternatively, the user may choose to remain at one bookmark entry, throughout audio playback.


Entering a Positional Bookmark

A Positional Bookmark is associated with a specific point within the sound file. To create a positional bookmark, the user clicks on the Create Bookmark icon , found on the Bookmark Window toolbar. The user can also create a positional bookmark by using the F2 function key. 

Positional bookmarks can be created during the recording process or subsequent to the completion of recording.

When the bookmark is created, the user can enter the text to be associated with the bookmark. The first line of the text will become the bookmark's title and will appear in the upper portion of the bookmark window. The remainder of the text will appear in the lower portion of the window, when the specified bookmark is selected.

Entering an Interval Bookmark

An Interval Bookmark is one that pertains to an interval or fragment of the wav file. To define an Interval Bookmark, the user must first mark the beginning and the end of the interval. Use the Markers icons on the Primary Window to mark both the beginning and the end of the Interval Bookmark. Once the interval is marked, create an Interval Bookmark by using the interval bookmark icon .

A double check in the bookmarks display of the Bookmark Window distinguishes an interval bookmark from a positional bookmark.


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