The Chrome extension for SpeechPad is designed for entering text in forms on web sites, and for text input in a variety of applications. In the second case it works in conjunction with the voice notebook by providing an access to the system clipboard. Starting with version 6.6, the extension can send text directly to windows applications with the help of the additional module for Windows OS integration.
To install the extension follow the link in the Chrome store and install it. It’s free.
How to use
After installing the extension, an item called SpeechPad should appear in the context menu of Chrome (the menu displayed when you right-click inside the Chrome window).
What happens when you select this item depends on the position of the mouse cursor as follows:
Mouse cursor is inside a text field
If the cursor is inside an editable field on a web site, voice input will be input as text directly to that field. At first, you will be prompted about microphone access for the site. This will happen the first time the function is called for websites running on the https protocol, and every time the function is called for a website running on the http protocol. Once you allow the microphone access, the selected field becomes pink and text input will continue until voice input stops.
Starting with version 6.4, continuous input for web entry fields has been introduced. To stop input to the field while in continuous input mode, click on the Speechpad item in the Chrome context menu again.
Mouse cursor is not inside a text field
If the cursor not is inside an editable field, then selecting the Speechpad menu item loads the SpeechPad.pw site. Voice recognition will then begin automatically. Depending on whether the transfer to clipboard and OS Integration checkboxes are checked, Speechpad.pw will start with the corresponding settings.
Starting with version 5.9 of the extension, keyboard shortcuts have been introduced. The following key combinations are used by default:
Ctrl+Shift+Z (Command+Shift+Z for Mac) start the direct voice input into the text field which has focus.
Ctrl+Shift+X (Command+Shift+X for Mac) start the voice input to clipboard.
Ctrl+Shift+A (Command+Shift+A for Mac) starts and stops speech recognition in SpeechPad (it is like pressing the Start/Stop recording button).
To change the keyboard shortcuts go the chrome://extensions/ page and follow the keyboard shortcuts link.
The shortcut control dialog looks like this:
The extension has an options panel where you can select the voice input language, and enable or disable continuous input.
If your language is not in the drop-down list, you can input your language code directly to the text box bellow the list (for example pl-PL for Polski). Language codes are case sensitive.
The Extension and the Windows integration module
The extension provides conduit between Speechpad.pw site and the Windows integration module. Add a space … radio button in the extension settings panel gives you the option of adding an extra space to the end or beginning of each spoken sentence when using the integration modules.
If the Stay SpeechPad on Top of Windows checkbox is checked, then the Speech Pad window will be shown on top of other windows. This setting will work even if you do not have paid integration in your account.