DropVox: a Different Kind of Notetaker

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In this podcast, Scott Davert gives us a walk-through and demonstration of DropVox, a voice memo recording app for iOS.

DropVox is streamlined to record and upload voice memos to Dropbox; there’s no need to name files or choose where to send them. If you need more control, DropVox might not be right for you.

DropVox - Record Voice Memos to Dropbox is a US$1.99 download from the iTunes App Store

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#1 Excellent Overview

App Developer

What an excellent overview of DropVox. Thank you for doing that.

As the developer of DropVox, I appreciate the opportunity to view DropVox from another perspective and see where it's lacking. I also wanted to clarify a few points.

1) DropVox puts a badge on the icon to indicate how many files are uploading. This is why DropVox asks for permission to send Notifications on first launch.

2) It sounds like the "Choose Upload Folder" process needs to be refined by putting the new folder and choose folder above the folder list.

Any other feedback is welcome.

Steve
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#2 suggestions

Member of the AppleVis Editorial Team

Hello Steve.
First, I would like to congratulate you on developing a very useful app! That said, here are a couple of things which may be worth considering. When the recording has been uploaded, would it be possible to also have the phone vibrate to alert the user to this fact? Also, instead of the pause gesture being what it is, how about double tapping with 2 fingers in VoiceOver? My reason for the first suggestion is that the beap is easy to miss when not recording in a very quiet environment. My reason for the second is that a 2 finger double tap is easier to do while moving than doing a split double tap. Finally, would it be possible to have some kind of confirmation that the recording you have made has saved? Again, nice work, and thank you for taking the time to consider my feedback!

#3 Hey Scott,

App Developer

Hey Scott,

would it be possible to also have the phone vibrate to alert the user to this fact.

Yes, this should be easy enough, but if DropVox is in the background, you most likely won't receive the audio or vibration. This behavior changed in iOS 8 I believe.

Also, instead of the pause gesture being what it is, how about double tapping with 2 fingers in VoiceOver?

This is a common request and I plan on making this change. I believe this is called the "magic tap," correct?

would it be possible to have some kind of confirmation that the recording you have made has saved?

How do you mean? Just that the recording is finished, but maybe hasn't uploaded yet? How should this confirmation happen?

DropVox goes to extraordinary lengths to make sure your recordings are safely stored and uploaded to Dropbox correctly. For example, your phone could crash or even run out of battery while recording, but your audio will be safe with DropVox. I was able to cause data loss in every other recorder I tested and made sure that type of loss wasn't possible with DropVox.

Steve

#4 Another Suggestion

The DropVox app is very nice for its simplicity, clean interface, and ease of use.

My only wish is that it would be possible to at least listen to recordings one made even if they haven't been uploaded to DropBox yet. There are times when one doesn't have access to a data connection or Wi-Fi and may make a recording. There is no way to verify that the recording has actually been made or to preview the quality. Not only would it be handy to have this ability, but sometimes it could be crucial since one might have thought one captured the audio one wanted but for some reason did not. In that case, one will only know for certain some time after making the recording that one didn't capture what was intended.

Overall a nice app though.

--pete

#5 exactly

Member of the AppleVis Editorial Team

Hi again Steve.
Yes, just so that the user knows their recording did save before they move on to another recording. I've never had one fail either, but it's something clients I've worked with have expressed as a concern when they are recording important audio.

#6 Any suggestions on what kind

App Developer

Any suggestions on what kind of indicator would be helpful?

#7 Hey Pete,

App Developer

Hey Pete,

Thank you very much for saying so, I appreciate hearing it.

I've been struggling to add more features, such as listening to the recording, without sacrificing the ease of use and Accessibility of DropVox.

My current idea is to add a new gesture to the stop recording button, such as a long press, to present the user with a menu of options such as "listen," "delete without uploading," "choose folder," rename," etc. It's not very elegant, but it would get the job done. Any thoughts?

Steve