A rtf-text editor optimized for fast manual transcription of audio- or video material on the Mac.

View the Project on GitHub soleil-alpin/Transcriptions


A text editor optimized for fast manual transcription of audio- or video material on the Mac.

Used around the world in research, education and journalism since 2008.

Requirements: MacOS or Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan or later

For Mac OSX 10.9 Mavericks and below, use version 0.8 that can be found here.

Look at the app overview to get started.


Load media in the player, use the controls to adjust speed and volume, set keyboard shortcuts for media control in the preferences pane and type away. Transcriptions also supports text-substitutions by inserting “@” followed by a text-token.

Transcriptions is Free/Libre Open Source Software

The source code of Transcriptions is released under the BSD License and can be checked out on GitHub. Please support development by buying Transcriptions in the Mac AppStore or by donating via PayPal.

Thanks to all supporters!

MBW Pick of the week: March 30, 2010

Transcriptions source code is used in the application F5(Mac).



Version History

Version 1.2

Version 1.0

Version 0.8

Sparkle is used up to Version 0.8. Please download the binary from the Mac App Store to get updates starting from Version 1.0.


Find support here.



If you wish to build Transcriptions yourself, you will need the following components/tools:

Environment Setup

After cloning the repository, run the following commands inside the repository root (directory containing this file):

git submodule update --init --recursive

You can then open the Xcode project file and build.

Soleil Alpin Legal Information

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