More often than not, people do not talk slow. They do not slow down at the precise moment you need them to so you can copy their speech word-for-word, and they do not stop mid-sentence so you can catch up on your note taking. So, like most journalists (or even students attending a lecture, for that matter), you grab your notepad, a voice recorder, and you attempt to jot down the important things while you record the talk in case you need fact clarification late.
But, as a journalist myself, this note taking business has never been a piece of cake, especially considering how exact one has to be when quoting someone. (Thank you, libel.) Then came along TCoder – Professional Logs by iZinkit, the first professional logging software for the iPhone and iPod Touch designed specifically for radio and television journalists (or any other type of journalist, in my opinion).
Referred to as “your electronic pocket logbook,” TCoder was created specifically to assist activities such as taking notes during a press conference, presentations or speeches, and perfectly synchronizes with the time code of your recorder, minidisc, TV camera – whatever your ideal recording device may be! Simply synchronize the counter of Tcoder with your recording device at the beginning of the recording and you will have the proper time code consistently.
To begin, tap the ‘+’ icon in the top right of the main screen to start a new log. You may set your mode at the top, choosing between the Time Code and Clock Mode. (Time Mode counts upward from the first second until you stop logging, while Clock Mode marks the actual time of day.) You must start the counter before you can log. Start the counter at the exact moment you start your recording device so the two will match up accordingly, making it extremely easy for you to double-check your notes with what you’ve recorded.
Then, as you log, you will see each piece of information you jot down will also be time-stamped with the exact second you began the note written in the margin. This way, when you return to your recording, you will know exactly when each thing was written, eliminating the guesswork and fruitless search for that quote you want to clarify. Plus, as fellow journalists and professors always say, it is best to keep a written log even if you plan to use a recording device. Who knows when the device will malfunction and, with TCoder, you will have your notes safely tucked away.
To edit your log information, use the icon in the bottom left of the logging screen to adjust the event’s name, speaker, subject, date, time and location, as well as include any extra notes you may have to add. When you’ve completed your task, you may even email your notes to yourself or someone else by using the convenient button on the bottom right corner of the screen. The icon in the middle, which resembles a pencil and paper, will bring up the keypad once you start the timer. To delete old or unwanted logs, simply swipe and tap ‘delete’ on the main screen to remove.
Available in English, French and Spanish, TCoder pulls you in immediately. The adorable notebook-like template makes those who frown upon the decline in the use of paper and pen (like me) feel a little more at home by feeling a connection with one’s old school roots. (Yes, I may be 22-years-old, but I still referred to paper and pen as an “old school” method. If that doesn’t say something about the rapidly expanding world of technology, I don’t know what does.) Plus, it’s easy-to-use interface makes old coots like me all the more excited because overabundant instructions are the enemy. TCoder shall certainly remain high on my list of app recommendations for writers, plain and simple.
TCoder requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.