Scribie Revisited: My Experience With Scribie’s New Website Features

Updated on: by Amy Kennedy

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A while back I wrote a review of Scribie,  a transcription website that you don’t have to have any experience to sign up with.  Since I wrote that review, there have been some changes made at Scribie, so I thought I would revisit the Scribie website and see if these changes made any difference.

What changes has Scribie made?

When I first started working transcription for Scribie, you had to download the files to a player like Expresscribe.  Now Scribie has its own integrated player, so you don’t have to download the files if you don’t have Expresscribe on your computer.   You can use the key combination Control + P to play and pause the audio, or you can use your mouse to click the buttons in the player.

What if I want to use a foot pedal?

If you want to use a foot pedal with Scribie’s integrated player, you’ll have to see if you can program your foot pedal to work with keyboard shortcuts – if you can’t, you can download the free program Pedable from NCH Software, the same company that made Expresscribe.  You’ll then want to program the middle pedal with the Control + P key combination, which plays and pauses the audio, and the left or right pedal (depending on your preference) with the Control + O key combination, which backs up the audio a few seconds.  I tried using Pedable and found it to be difficult to work with – sometimes when I pressed my pedal, it would pull up the print page dialog, which was not what I wanted it to do of course.  Luckily however, you do still have the option to download the audio and play it in a program like Expresscribe, and that’s what I find still works best for me.

What is the new transcription area like?

The new transcription window is also difficult to work with in a lot of ways.  For one thing, you can’t type when you’re listening to audio – you have to pause the audio before you can type.  And if you still can’t type even after you let off on the foot pedal, then you  need to click in the window – then you should be able to type.  The new transcription window does have some useful features however – for example, it has buttons that you can click on to add certain things, like a blank line for times when you can’t understand what’s being said, or timestamps if you’re editing a transcript.  There is also a button that will bring up a window with frequently used terms that you might hear in the transcription – this is helpful when you’re not sure of how to spell a word that you might hear when you’re transcribing the audio.

What else do I need to know about the new Scribie website?

Scribie previously worked in Internet Explorer, but with the new changes Scribie has made, you may have a hard time using Internet Explorer to transcribe your files.   If that’s the case, try opening the site  in Firefox or Google Chrome (I find Chrome works best for me).   Also, it may take a while for any files you work on to be rated – I transcribed a few files on 3/16/13, and though the history section said my files would be rated by 3/26/13, some of them had already been rated the next day.

Also, remember that sound quality of the files is going to vary – some files will have excellent sound quality, while others will have poor sound quality.  However, you do get to listen to the first minute of the file before you choose to transcribe it.  Also remember that some of the speakers in the files will have accents, so if you’re not good at transcribing accents, don’t choose those file.  If you do choose to do a file and find after you start transcribing it that you’re having a hard time understanding what’s being said, you always have the option to either return the file or request an extension.

Having said all this, Scribie is still a great website for beginners, or for people who want to do some transcription to make extra money, but if you want to make a full-time income from transcription, then I wouldn’t use Scribie as your only source of transcription income. You can try other platforms such as:

  1. RevRev is a popular transcription service known for its accuracy and quick turnaround times. They offer transcription services for a wide range of industries, including academic, legal, business, and more. Rev also provides captioning, translation, and audio/video editing services.
  2. TranscribeMeTranscribeMe is a transcription platform that utilizes a large pool of transcribers to provide fast and accurate transcription services. They offer various transcription options, such as verbatim, clean read, and custom formatting. TranscribeMe also supports multiple languages and provides transcription solutions for businesses, researchers, and individuals.
  3. GoTranscriptGoTranscript is a transcription service that delivers high-quality transcripts for a wide range of content, including interviews, meetings, lectures, podcasts, and more. They have a user-friendly platform, offer competitive pricing, and provide options for timestamping, verbatim transcriptions, and custom formatting.
  4. TemiTemi is an automated transcription service that uses advanced speech recognition technology to transcribe audio and video files. It offers a quick turnaround time and affordable pricing per minute. While not as accurate as human transcription services, Temi can be a cost-effective option for certain transcription needs.
  5. CastingWordsCastingWords is a transcription service that combines human transcribers with automated speech recognition technology. They provide accurate transcripts with quick turnaround times. CastingWords offers various transcription options, including verbatim, clean read, and specialized formatting.

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March 20, 2013 at 7:53 am

Hi, Can you give me an idea of how much money you can make per hour doing this? Or is it listed in the other review? I wasn’t sure if you were working with them in the other review.

Erica Martin

March 21, 2013 at 9:26 am

It really depends on how fast you type…

Konnie Ellis

April 28, 2013 at 4:16 pm

Could you please explain how to download the audio files? I have Express Scribe, and would much prefer to use this, than the online editor, but I couldn’t find a download link. Thanks much.

Erica Martin

April 29, 2013 at 4:45 pm

When you open the transcription editor, the button at the far right allows you to download the audio so you can play it in Express Scribe.

Jackelyn Wicklund

July 2, 2013 at 11:24 pm

I am looking to supplement my bartending income by working from home during the day, and I type rather quickly so I thought I’d give this a shot. I attempted to join the website today, and it said the estimated waiting period to even take the test was 218 days! Don’t get your hopes up about this one if you need money any time soon.


August 23, 2015 at 10:30 pm

I just signed up and it has me down as waiting 4 days.


July 25, 2013 at 8:00 pm

I was told that it would be 276 days, but it only took about 2 months for them to contact me. I think it’s just a poorly created estimation tool on their website. I thought I would take it on to earn a little extra money on the side, but I find it hard to get to files to transcribe. They come in at different times and usually are gone as fast as they come in.


July 8, 2014 at 7:48 pm

I was interested in doing this (transcriptions) as full-time as possible, are there online sites that you would recommend?


July 18, 2014 at 1:34 pm

I signed up for Scribie at least 9 months ago, I JUST received the email for submitting a test file today. Haven’t done it yet, still waking up.

Precious Claire F. Formarejo

November 1, 2014 at 3:25 am

Hi. Is it really assured that scribie pays you for whatever work you’ve finished? thanks

Erica Martin

November 2, 2014 at 5:16 am

As long as you do it according to Scribie’s guidelines you’ll get paid for it.

Yukti Yatish

January 19, 2016 at 8:55 am


I am Yukti from If you have any questions I would be glad to answer them. You can apply for freelance transcription here,

Patsy S

July 22, 2016 at 10:44 am

Hi Yukti. As you know, you must have a PayPal account to even apply for employment with Scribie. I have 2 PayPal accounts, one goes back 10 years or so and the other I created new for applying to Scribie. They have both been verified with support at PayPal, however, I am unable to log on using either one of them to apply at Scribie, receiving a message that they are not verified and to call PayPal, which I have done. I have heard good things about Scribie, but cannot get past this hitch with PayPal. Any assistance you can give would be greatly appreciated.

Patsy S

July 22, 2016 at 10:45 am

correction on my email address, ooops


July 30, 2019 at 5:21 am

How can I download the audio file from scribie to expressscribe