Two days ago, I discovered an AI app called AudioPen. After spending less than a day using it, I couldn’t help but upgrade to the premium subscription. Due to its impressive AI capabilities, AudioPen (affiliate link) might become my favorite app of the year. I will use it daily for journaling, note-taking, and drafting this blog post.

How AudioPen Works

AudioPen doesn’t just transcribe what you say; it creates coherent writing from your spoken words, even if you ramble or change subjects frequently. Unlike voice-to-text applications such as Dragon Dictate and Apple’s Siri dictation, with AudioPen, you can freely speak without carefully dictating each sentence and punctuation to get your words and thoughts transcribed.

As I voice-dictated the text for this blog post, I talked and jumped around about the app’s various features. For example, it figured out where to put the last paragraph of this article, even though it was not the last point I spoke.

AudioPen user interface

It’s also great to see how AudioPen automatically titles notes. The results for dictated notes usually take less than 45 seconds.

I’m not sure what language model the voice-to-text uses, but it’s brilliant technology in that it can make sense of your thoughts and ideas.

Favorite Features

Here are some features I especially like…

AudioPen custom styles
  • Save special words: You can also input special words, like difficult-to-spell names or specific titles, ensuring accurate recognition in your notes.
  • Zapier and webhook integration: It integrates with Zapier. I connected AudioPen and Mem, my favorite notebook app, so tagged notes are automatically sent without manual copying.
  • Write in different styles: After dictating your note or document, you can have AudioPen style the transcribed results as a list, a casual memo, a technical document, a Twitter thread, action items, or your own writing style. You can also change the style of existing notes.
  • Publish notes to the web: The app lets you publish notes on a personal page for seven days or indefinitely. Here are my sample published notes.
  • Edit results: You can manually edit notes like in any text editor.
  • Pause and resume: Though the premium version of AudioPen allows for 15 minutes of recording, you can still pause the recording and return to it.
  • Add tags and folders: though I think tags and folders serve the same function, it’s great that users have a choice in which to use.
  • Create SuperSummaries: You can select two or more notes, and AudioPen will add the contents to a new note. However, the AI doesn’t merge and revise the selected notes into a new note.
  • Chrome extension: A Chrome extension opens the AudioPen editor from within any webpage.

Long Form Writing

AudioPen drafted 305 words of this article based on about 6 minutes of dictation. I revised the content, including the list in the previous paragraph, and expanded serval sentences. I’m unsure if any AI writing app can produce the final draft of an article like this.

Verbal expression is not the same as manual writing. The latter allows for generating thoughts and context in ways that AI generative writing can’t do. With enough practice, though, I could learn to dictate longer pieces of writing, and the app could produce more extended output. For example, I could have carefully spoken the list of features in the previous paragraph, and the app might have outputted content as a list.

AudioPen's prime settings
Notice how
AudioPen allows you to change the output length and style of writing it produces.

So, my writing workflow now consists of drafting with AudioPen and revising and editing with Grammarly.

Free vs. Premium

The free version of AudioPen allows three minutes of audio dictation and offers ten summaries. The premium version expands this to 15 minutes of recording with unlimited notes and summaries, plus over a dozen other features. The app is beautifully designed and accessible through any website using its Google extension, making it convenient to record directly from my web browser.

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Although there are still features I haven’t explored (e.g., uploading text notes, downloading voice notes, and dynamically selecting styles), I highly recommend AudioPen. It helps you verbally articulate thoughts, a skill we rarely practice.

I read that the developer, Louis Pereira, is working on an iOS version of his app. But in the meantime, it’s easy to open AudioPen on your phone and save it to your homepage. While riding my bike, I used it in heavy traffic and windy conditions, and it still produced good results.

This blog post is my first using the web-based app, so let me know what you think. I’d love to hear about your experiences with it. If you have any questions, leave them in the comments below.

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