Foot Pedal Compatibility – Introducing the Olympus Foot Switch Configuration Tool
Since embracing digital technology in daily workflow, transcriptionists across the world have been grappling with dictation and transcription software and foot pedal compatibility. Traditionally transcriptionists working within legal, medical, accounting and insurance professions have used the same brand of software and hardware as the dictators’ dictation devices.
There have been a number of compelling reasons for this, the most critical being the opportunity to eliminate potential software and foot pedal compatibility issues. Other reasons have included improving workflow integration, brand loyalty, and possessing historic familiarity with the brand product.
Times have changed and attitudes have shifted. While manufacturers worked at finely honing proprietary components (consider the collaboration between Olympus, Philips and Grundig in developing the most widely used digital audio file format, the proprietary .DSS), end users, such as transcriptionists, clamoured to have their voices heard.
Transcriptionists wanted something simple, inexpensive, and effective; something which would work across multiple and disparate platforms, reflecting the changing nature of their work in today’s fast-paced and multi-faceted environment.
Introducing the Olympus Foot Switch Configuration Tool
Enter the Olympus Foot Switch Configuration Tool, probably one of the most useful apps in the transcriptionists’ professional typing arsenal. The Olympus Foot Switch Configuration Tool (FTSW Tool) enables an Olympus RS-28H
or Olympus RS-31H*** foot pedal to be compatible with most third-party applications. Foot pedal compatibility is now a thing of the past.
If your application supports control via keyboard commands, then you can use the RS-28H
or RS-31H foot pedal for hands-free control.
Foot pedal compatibility with transcription software is no longer an issue
Transcription software such as NCH’s Express Scribe Professional, Philips SpeechExec Pro and SpeechExec Standard, Winscribe, For The Record (FTR) and Karisma, can all be used with an Olympus RS-28H
or RS-31H foot pedal, in conjunction with the FTSW Tool.
The release of the new Olympus foot pedals and the free configuration tool has fundamentally reset the transcription software and foot pedal compatibility dynamic.
The question is no longer “which foot pedal is compatible with my transcription software”, but rather, “Which software application is NOT compatible with my Olympus foot pedal”.
The FTSW Tool is not just for transcription applications. The FTSW Tool can be used with most apps that support control via keyboard commands, enabling hands-free control.
These apps include:
- Multimedia apps (Windows Media Player, iTunes),
- Word Processing or Document Management apps (MS Office Suite including MS Excel and MS PowerPoint),
- Photo Capture, Editing or Manipulation apps (Olympus Capture, Adobe Photoshop), and
- many Computer Gaming apps (i.e. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare).
The Olympus RS-28H
and RS-31H foot switches, via the configuration tool, have two operating modes, “Olympus” mode and “Keyboard” mode.
For use with most non-Olympus applications, the configuration tool is simply set to “Keyboard” mode
If you want a foot pedal that is compatible with most third-party applications, is simple to use and configure, inexpensive and robust, then look no further than the Olympus RS-28H
or RS-31H foot switches. They will revolutionise, AND simplify your world!
*** While in theory, the Olympus RS-31H foot pedal should work with most third-party applications which support keyboard commands, such as Express Scribe Pro Transcription software, we’ve had mixed success in using the RS-31H with Express Scribe Pro. We’ve had no problems using the RS-28H foot pedal with Express Scribe Pro, but have had intermittent problems using the RS-31H. One solution we discovered was to ensure the 4th pedal on the RS-31H is disabled/locked. This has worked with some RS-31H foot pedals; but not every time, and not with every pedal, which is a real shame. In light of this, we recommend avoiding the RS-31H foot pedal and stick with the RS-28H foot pedal, when configuring for use with any third-party applications which support control by keyboard commands. C.B. 21.02.2018