Seventh String Software

Download Transcribe! for Mac

First, check what macOS version you are running

Select "About This Mac" on the Apple menu at the top left of the screen. The window that pops up has a line saying "macOS" followed by the name and number of the macOS version you are running.

This window also has a line saying "Processor" or "Chip" and will say either "Intel" or "Apple M1/M2/M3". You may need this information too.

Installation Instructions

  1. Select (below on this page) the appropriate version of Transcribe! for your macOS version. It will download the file transcribe.dmg to your Downloads folder.
  2. Double-click the dmg file. It will open a window showing the Transcribe! application with an arrow pointing to the Applications folder.
  3. Drag the Transcribe! application from the dmg file to the Applications folder. This creates a copy of the application.
    Note: a very small number of people find that this creates a link (an "alias") rather than a copy. You can tell because the icon for an alias has a little arrow on it. If this happens to you then delete the alias and drag again, this time holding down the alt (option) key. This tells the Mac to make a copy.
  4. Launch Transcribe! by double-clicking it in the Applications folder, or you can drag it from the Applications folder to the Dock which will create a link (not a copy) in the Dock.
  5. Once you have done this, you don't need to keep the downloaded dmg file any more, though you can if you want to, for backup purposes.

Remember that dragging an application to the dock does not create a copy of it, it just creates a link. If you drag the application from the dmg to the dock and then trash the downloaded dmg file, then Transcribe! will disappear from the dock the next time the trash is emptied.

If you are updating from an earlier version of Transcribe! then you can delete the old version by dragging it from the Applications folder to the trash.

If you try to run Transcribe! from within the dmg then it will produce a warning message describing the problem. The best thing to do is to delete all copies of the dmg file and empty the trash. If the left column in Finder is showing "transcribe" then that is the dmg and you should eject it by clicking the little eject triangle alongside the name, before deleting it.

macOS 13 (Ventura) and 14 (Sonoma)

Click here to download Transcribe! version 9.30.2 for macOS 13 & 14 on an Intel computer

Click here to download Transcribe! version 9.30.2 for macOS 13 & 14 on an M1/M2/M3 computer

Note: we have made some changes (for the better!) to the way keyboard shortcuts work. If you have created keyboard shortcuts of your own in a pre-9.25 Transcribe! version then you may need to update some of them by hand to get them working again. This is not difficult, please see the 9.25 release notes for details.

The version of Transcribe! for macOS 11 & 12 (below) mostly works on Ventura but videos don't, which is why we need this new version. It is only for Ventura & Sonoma, it won't run on earlier macOS versions.

macOS 11 (Big Sur) and 12 (Monterey)

Click here to download Transcribe! version 9.21 for macOS 11 & 12 on an Intel computer

Click here to download Transcribe! version 9.21 for macOS 11 & 12 on an M1/M2/M3 computer

If you have an old version of GStreamer that was installed separately for use with a previous version of Transcribe! then Transcribe! will warn you about it when it launches. This can sometimes cause problems so it's best to delete it. On Finder's "Go" menu select "Go to Folder..." and type "/Library/Frameworks" (without the quotes) and press <enter>. You will see the old GStreamer.framework there in the Frameworks folder. Drag it to the Trash. This will require you to enter your password - any change to system folders requires your password.

A very small number of people are finding that the Intel version won't launch (I have a total of four reports so far!). If this happens to you then please see the FAQ query here.

WARNING about foot pedals with OS 12 Monterey : If you find that a context menu pops up when you press the pedal then please see the FAQ query here

macOS 10.10 (Yosemite), 10.11 (El Capitan), 10.12 (Sierra), 10.13 (High Sierra), 10.14 (Mojave), and 10.15 (Catalina)

Click here to download Transcribe! version 8.75.2 for macOS 10.10 - 10.15

With this version of Transcribe! you may also want to download GStreamer, mainly if you want to handle video. Note that if you have already installed GStreamer then you don't need to install it again when you update Transcribe!
Click here for information about GStreamer.

macOS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard), 10.7 (Lion), 10.8 (Mountain Lion), and 10.9 (Mavericks)

Click here to download Transcribe! version 8.41 for macOS 10.6 - 10.9