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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.

Foot Pedal Compatibility

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.

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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.

What’s more, the RS28H and RS31H, in conjunction with the FTSW Tool, can be used with third party applications in both Windows and Mac environments.

Olympus Foot Switch Configuration Tool

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”.

Olyjmpus Foot Switch Configuration Tool Icon

The FTSW Tool is not just for transcription applications.  The FTSW Tool can be used with most apps which 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 which 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! 

About Catherine Byrne

Catherine's work with Pacific Transcription spans many areas, including writing and design, business development, training, and of course, keeping abreast of emerging trends and new products which enhance transcription and dictation experiences for clients.
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4 Comments

  1. laurakclarke@gmail.com' Laura says
    21 Mar at 10:26 am

    Hi Catherine,
    Thanks so much for this post, it is really helpful and the RS-28H sounds like a promising solution for me…
    Do you know if you can set the pedal to control iTunes in the background, and still type in MS Word? I hope that question makes sense… I have a macbook pro and am looking at buying the RS-28H. I want to know if it will control my audio in iTunes whilst allowing me to type in Word.
    If you can offer any insight/reassurance that would be great.
    Thanks!
    Laura

    • Catherine Byrne says
      04 Apr at 2:06 pm

      Hi Laura, thank you for your query. I’ve not personally tried the foot pedal with iTunes; however if iTunes permits the use of hotkeys/keyboard shortcut keys, then in theory the RS-28H foot pedal would be able to carry out the function you require, used in conjunction with the Olympus Footswitch Configuration Tool. I’ve tried the RS-28H foot pedal with Windows Media Player, by first configuring the foot pedal with the Footswitch Configuration Tool, and the foot pedal is able to easily apply the following functions: play/pause, next track and previous track. I was able to listen to the music in Windows Media Player, control the music with the foot pedal, and at the same time type into a Word document or Excel spreadsheet. Give it a try and do let us know how you go.

  2. kathleen.burt@gmail.com' Kathleen Burt says
    11 Jan at 5:47 pm

    Hi,
    My name is kathleen and I am a Medical Transcriptionist. I am not sure wherher yiu can help me on this. If not, will you be able to advise me who would be the best people to contact?

    i have been using an Olympus RS 28 foot switch and have never had any problems. Recently I bought a PC (HP 411 slimline). I set my new computer on with all i needed i.e. Microsoft Office 365, internet etc and all working according to plan.

    I have one problem though, my foot pedal is not working. I have to admit that I am not very good when things dont go according to plan on a computer and the slightest thing can make me feel anxious.

    I’m sure I have to download some sort of software am i wrong? I found on the internet a Olympust RS 28 foot pedal driver download link. Wiuld this be the missing link? Because I am not comfortable with this side of things I am not sure what to do…. I fear I mighg run into more problems.

    Can you advise?

    Thank you.
    Kathleen

    • Catherine Byrne says
      13 Jan at 1:33 pm

      Hi Kathleen, thank you for your query. It sounds like you may not have installed any transcription software on your computer? Can you remember what transcription software you were using previously?

      If you were using an older Olympus RS-28 foot pedal on the old computer, you may have also been using older Olympus transcription software, such as DSS Player Pro Release 5. If this is the case, you can purchase the latest version of Olympus transcription software, which is called ODMS Release 6 transcription module (Olympus Dictation Management System – AS-7002) from our online shop.

      If you were using other transcription software, and you have an RS-28H foot pedal (the RS-28H and RS-31H foot pedals were released in December 2015), you can use the configuration tool to enable the foot pedal to work with the transcription software you have installed on your new computer.

      In most transcription software you need to also run the foot pedal controller wizard, which enables you to customise the foot pedal to your desired settings, and also lets the software know which foot pedal is to be recognised.

      Keep in mind also that from time to time USB ports have a little difficulty recognising USB devices – switching USB ports often solves this issue. However as you are using a new computer, this is most likely not the case. I hope this information helps. Good luck in the troubleshooting process.

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