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TechLinks_logoBy Christine Phipps

iRecord is one of my favorite apps. I use it to record audio in short proceedings. In the past few months, I have become very fond of using my phone to make a .wav file of short proceedings where I don’t set up my realtime.

In Florida, court reporters are frequently asked to do motion calendar. These are hearing calendars where there can be 15 cases called within a 45-minute calendar, so imagine lawyers trying to present their motion and supporting case law within five minutes, it’s not a pretty picture.

I have an iPhone, so I use the app called iRecord. When the hearing starts, I press Record, and the sound file it creates all on its own is amazing — better than my CAT software and better than my writer. Emails and texts coming in do not interfere with the recording. When I am done, I stop recording. I then press the blue arrow to the right and tell it to email me the file. When I get the file, I save it to match my CAT file name, but add on an underscore _iPhone so I know where it came from and what it goes to. If I need to transcribe the file, I place the .wav file in ExpressScribe and transcribe away.

Christine Phipps, RPR, of West Palm Beach, Fla., is co-chair of NCRA’s Technology Committee. She can be reached at