Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5
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Public speaking is often quite a nerve wracking event, even for those who have to do it often. While PromptSmart won't quell those nerves exactly, it will ensure that you feel more confident about what you're doing. It's a mobile teleprompter, offering you the same benefits that more expensive tools can provide. It works surprisingly well, too.
Its core feature is its voice recognition tool called VoiceTrack. This allows you to load up a speech, start speaking, and PromptSmart will follow your every word. If you deviate from the speech for any reason, the app will pause where it is and wait for you to return to where you left it. It works well too, picking up words easily enough. For those who want to practice (and can suffer it), you can record your speech as well, listening back to check you got the pauses in the right place and got the right idea across. That feature's particularly handy when you've got an important presentation ahead.
Elsewhere, it's possible to set up notecards for brief consultation rather than a full blown speech. It's possible to change around text sizes, fonts, and colors too, to ensure you don't have any trouble seeing your text as you speak. Timing can also be adjusted via a pre-set scrolling option, meaning the app can keep you speaking at a steady speed. Finally, it's easy enough to import documents from the cloud or via email so PromptSmart remains distinctly hassle free.
For those used to more inexpensive app purchases PromptSmart might seem initially a little pricey, but it soon pays for itself in confidence boosts and general convenience. For once, an app that uses voice recognition works just as well as it promises to.