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What is a gearplayer license?

Posted By: Hey fellow MT's on 2007-07-24
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Been using Gearplayer
I have been using Gearplayer for what seems like forever and am soooo disappointed that it won't work with this new system.  Something about being able to have the company's software open the files through the player which Gearplayer won't allow.  I have tried Express Scribe in the past and hate that it reformats every audio file I have into an Express Scribe file.  On another note, with Bytescribe, powerplay, and Start stop.... they all work with a USB pedal if I have been informed correctly.... is that right?
I use Gearplayer, GearXport and FTPtoday - It's Great!
While I do agree with the above poster's frustration about having to call transcription gear if your computer crashes (had that happen a few times myself -- well crashed once and got new computer a couple of times); had to get a new unlock code each time, but I was able to get mine right away, that is no longer true.  It is true they aren't available for you nights/weekends, which of course can be quite frustrating because if your computer is going to crash you can't ask it to please wait until a weekday; however, they now have an upgrade that you receive a HASP key with; once you install this upgrade you never have to ask for another unlock code.  I recently upgraded gearplayer and also installed a new hard drive on my existing computer so all I had to do was install gearplayer (go into their website and download their trial version) and then plug in your HASP key and, voila, there you have it.  No more calls, faxes to transcription gear.  It's about time they got with these "modern" times.  Now having said all that, of course, if one prefers Express Scribe over gearplayer, then that's your personal preference.  I've used Express Scribe and personally didn't like it.....but, to each his own, right?  Have a great evening!
I have used both, and others.  Gearplayer by far was the most frustrating, expensive, and inconvenient with their limited service hours/unlock codes, limited loads for backup computers, etc.  With many of us, it seemed that it was not 'friendly' with some other software on our computers and often would freeze up either the GP or our computers.  Just my 2 cents. 

I also have Gearplayer - The dictations are on a CD and open up with Media Player. How do I transfer over to my Gearplayer so that I may use my footpedal??? I have tranferred them over to my Gearplayer, but unable to open files!

Thanks for your help.  

GearPlayer - anyone use it
Is it worth the money?  Are there any free players that work better - I have a USB port foot pedal.
GearPlayer - anyone use it
I love GearPlayer. I've been using it the past 2 1/2 years. I've tried express scribe and bytescribe before, but neither of those programs have a good tech support department. They have always taken forever to get back to me regarding problems, and sometimes never resolved my problems. I've experienced programs with my GearPlayer crashing before, and even losing of dictation files, but GearPlayer's tech support has always come through to help me and in one case, point me in the right direction so that I can even recover dictation I accidentally deleted! They are so friendly and very knowledgeable. I won't use those other programs again just because of great support I get with GearPlayer.
I've used GearPlayer for about 5 years now - love it.

My latest company requires Express Scribe. It works, but I don't hear nearly as well as I do with GearPlayer.

I've gotten my money's worth out of it, but to me the contrast is a matter of getting what you pay for.
If anyone has a GearPlayer system they want to sell, I would be interested in it.
Does anyone out there have any experience using FTP sites?  I recently accepted a job that utilizes CoreLite and thus far I just can't get it to work for me.  I have always worked for large companies that don't use this method...so I really don't have a clue what I'm going wrong.  Also, I recently purchased a GearPlayer4 and I am having trouble with loading the voice files on that too.  I have called their Help Desk and thus far they haven't gotten back to me.  This is driving me crazy...I know I am "software/hardware challenged," and this is totally my fault, but hoping maybe someone here could point me in the right direction on where to seek help.  Thanks and Merry Christmas to all!
I need help with GearPlayer please!

This is the first work I've been sent.  I was not able to figure out GearPlayer in time to take the test, so I had to manually play the sound, type, etc. 

I was told (here) that I could drag the sound file over the GearPlayer window and it would load.  I tried that tonight, but there was an error.  So I read some instructions from GearPlayer and it mentioned files have to be in HTML format, so you could save the file to your computer and then drag and drop it.  I tried that and I'm not getting an error message; it looks like it loaded fine, but when I use the footpedal all I hear is STATIC.  What is wrong?

RE: Gearplayer
I have it. When you take the test, it says you can open something on the right side, not keys on the left. You click on right side of mouse, save page as or link as, something like that. Window opens and it saves. Go to Gearplayer and check if it is there. Then highlight it and try to play with foot pedal. That is what I do. I have to download all mine to test. In process of all that right now, job hunting.

Gearplayer can be downloaded for a 5-day trial.  After that, you have to order it from Transcriptiongear.com.  If you have a foot pedal (Infinity or any USB port foot pedal or 9-pin foot pedal),  you can just order the software itself.  I just ordered it and it took 4 days to get to me regular mail and it was $109.00 including tax.  If you don't have a foot pedal, then it is about $150. with the foot pedal and software.

I really like the gearplayer as it cleans up the audio quality on most hard-to-hear or scratchy audio files you may receive and you can slow it down much slower than with Express Scribe.  However, if you can make due with Express Scribe and save yourself some money, I would continue to use that.  The company I just started with, unfortunately, not all of their audio files are very clear and I found I needed the gearplayer for that reason.

I use GearPlayer and when I click (sm)
"start," "programs" and find "GearPlayer", when I highlight Gearplayer I'm given the option of "tools" and then I can test my footpedal. Just wondering if perhaps your footpedal will be controlled by whatever program you are using to run it? Try checking under your programs listed and see if there are any options there. Or try rebooting your computer, maybe and see if that resets something??? I hope these suggestions help you!!
Expresscribe vs. GearPlayer

They are both similar although I do find Expresscribe easier to work with.  Expresscribe is free - GearPlayer is not.  Also, you can only install GearPlayer once with the same install code.  If you need to reload it for some reason, you have to get written permission from customer service.  In my case, I had been nursing a 'sick' computer that finally crashed just as my new computer arrived late on a Friday.  After setting the new computer up, I called customer service to get a new install code - they don't work nights or weekends.  So I called them on Monday and they had to fax me a paper to sign stating I was requesting a new install code because my old computer had died and I was having to reinstall on a new computer (if you want to put it on 2 computers, you have to pay extra).  I faxed that piece of paper back and it was another 24 hours before they provided me with a new install code.  If I had known about ExpressScribe then, I would have just used that.  So don't waste your money on GearPlayer.

Where can I find GearPlayer?

Can you please tell me where you found gearplayer?  Do you have a link where you got it and the patch for vista?  I really am glad that you responded to me post.

Thanks so much


GearPlayer info..

You have to pay for it .  Their Customer Service is Great!  


Call their number under "Contact Us" and get their advice.  GP was recommended to me by a client I transcribe notes for and it's compatible with the dictating systems the doctors/nurses use.  Check all of this out.  You may have to contact the dictating machines' websites too that you transcribe for..   mary

Gearplayer worked for me. sm
I think you emailed me, but in case not, Gearplayer is what finally worked for me. I tried for a week and never got my other foot pedals to work (I had 2 different Infinity ones). You can get it at transcriptiongear.com and foot pedal comes with it. Worked right away without any glitches like you describe.

Of course, doesn't change the fact that the platform is slow and cumbersome, but at least the pedal will work! LOL

Good luck
StartStop and GearPlayer both cost a bit...
...but I believe they have free evaluation/trial packages downloadable from the Internet.

Of the 2, I prefer GearPlayer. It is much clearer. I find the StartStop a bit scratchy.
GearPlayer works w/Vista
My puter died 2 weeks ago and I had to get a Vista.  I called GearPlayer the other day and they walked me through the patch they have and I have been working fine since.  I had to take myself off as Administrator though and hope that isn't a problem in the future.  Good luck; installing everything back on including my Virus software was a pain.  I don't know why Microsoft does this to us! 
GearPlayer comes with the foot pedal...
Express Scribe is just the software program
Is gearplayer a free program?

I have never used gear player before and was told that I would need to use the gearplayer software and a comparable footpedal to type files.  I am used to express scribe which is free and using my infinity foot pedal. Is gear player a free program like scribe or am I going to have to pay for it?

GearPlayer 4 with hasp for sale!

Barely used GearPlayer 4 for sale.  Ordered it in January, but don't use it as contract has since changed back to ES.

Disk and hasp key in perfect condition.  Will sell for $50.00 via paypal.  Item will ship out with tracking number via USPS.

I love gearplayer.....use it in conjucntion with an ftp site...
Does Express Scribe work like GearPlayer?.....thanks :)
If a service wants you to use GearPlayer, though, you can't substitute with ExpressScribe. nm
Bytescribe is good and more versitile than Gearplayer-sm
I tried that one first, all it did was make my computer crash/lock up constantly, never would work right. Now that about about 6 years ago; returned it for a refund and bought Bytescribe which I love. It works with all 3 of the different voice files I transcribe. The free player mentioned below works well too; and FREE so you have nothing to lose by trying it. There is another one, very similar name that is not free.
I shouldn't have said insurance, that is always the misleading on my part and I'm trying to work on that. If it's not insurance, then why would I need to be licensed? And again, as far as the providers, check the website to see if there are any providers next to you. I always check before I sign up a new member to make sure they will be able to use the benefits.

Have been doing this for 15+ years and when I first called the City of Portland, they said no, but they have since changed their lawa and now I need one.   Pay a percentage of what I make per year on the net.  But each city could be different but if you want all the advantages of being a business with write-off's etc. you gotta pay.  I have absolutely no traffice to my house,. my subs work in their own home but still need a City of Portland busoiness license.   Sorry if I made typo's as I am typing without my reading glasses -- kind of like being blind.  


PS check with your state about registering your name of business also.


Getting an IC license?
How do you go about getting your IC license?  I'm in Montana.  Thanks!
I don't know, I don't need a license where I live at all. I checked with an accountant who deals with MTs and I just get listed as a sole proprieter and that's it. If I hire subs I just file 1099s but I don't need any kind of incorporation or license or anything. You should check with someone locally. Sometimes the library has help for small business people but you'll probably save yourself some frustration by asking around to find someone who knows something about MT.
IC license
In my state, you have to have an independent contractor's license, which you obtain through your state's Dept. of Labor & Industry (or whatever it is called in your state). The doctors' offices I have contracted through also wanted me to show that I have liability insurance. If you work for an MTSO, I don't know that they would require the liability insurance and you should probably ask them.
Foot pedal. Gearplayer costs, but it is worth it! nm
Business license...sm

You'll probably need an Occupational License if you'll be filing as self employed on your 1040.  Check with your local state or city tax department.  I live in Florida and I'm required to have an OL from both my county and my city and both must be renewed yearly.

My dog has a driver's license. sm
He loves to chase cars, but the high gas prices have forced him to get a job so he can continue.
Business license
My attorney says it does not make a difference if you are working out of your own home or not. If you have an income-generating business, you need a business license. The best thing to do is to call your local Department of Business Registration in your own city and ask.
I live in VA too and have to have a license
Not sure why the person above says she doesn't have to have one. I checked with my local office for the Commissioner of Revenue and they stated that I DO need one if I am working out of my home. Both of the local companies that I work for insisted that I have a business license also before they would send me any work. Just make sure you check with the appropriate people so you don't get into trouble later down the line. My license is only $40 a year, so it's not bad at all.
Business License
As you see, there is a lot of controversy with this business license issue. Do I or don't I? Many factors are involved. I live in Ohio and I also have many friends who have their own businesses and they advertise in the yellow pages. One friend has had a chimney sweep business and still does for the last 15+ years. He was not required to obtain a business license... his social security number is his license number used for reporting all income to the IRS. He also occasionally has a few friends who help him with chimney inserts and he pays them by check with his business name printed on those checks. He simply reports and pays all taxes, even city taxes due to the fact he works for many residents throughout several cities in this state. He deducts just about everything and anything you could possibly think of also. I would think after doing this for 15+ years, he would have been in trouble if it were not legal, especially since he is a fire fighter still working for the city he lives in. In working for MQ, you can also deduct any office supplies you purchase in order to do your job, i.e., even when they used to charge rental fees for you to use their computers when you or if you were statuatory or PT. Moving forward, I also know a friend of my family who is close to 65 years old, also living in this state, and he has been an IC for over 30 years. He is a journalist for a few outdoor magazines, charges his fees, advertises, and also works for a major company here as an IC.......all without a business license. Again, just a formality of making sure you report any and all income. After 30 years, he would have had an audit by now. I agree with everyone that it depends on what state you live in and/or city. Good luck and I hope you find the answers you are looking for.
Unfortunately, the license is required sm
I have never had to have one, but the clinic I am going to work for requires it. It is a lot of hassle, and I can't wait until it's over and done with :)
Problem with PDM License key ??
I have been offered to work for a transcription company from a friend (she knows the boss) and have already installed Gear Player on my computer.  The boss sent me a Philips Digital Pocket Memo disc to help me hear the sound and during installation it asks me for the "License Key."  I don't have it or the book or anything with a number in it.  I called this boss and she said the book was lost and for me to contact the Philips company.  I did via email and I left a voicemail and hope they call me tomorrow (Monday, 10/2).  Shouldn't she have handled this since she bought it?  grrrr   I'll see how far I get with the Philips people and if I can't then I'll ask her to please call.  I'm near to Gear Player but if I can't install this disc and do some work (I need the $$ badly!) I'll have to look on the job board for any that require this.  Signed_ Frustrated but Ready MT of 23 years experience!
Business license

You need to check with your city and state to see what you need.  Portland, OR tried to crack down on some IC's especially if you declare yoursef as a small business.  16 years ago they said no, now they say yes.  I just did it this year to be safe and legal.  I also registered the name of my company with the state.   Good luck. 



business license in GA
I live in GA and I have been told by my city hall that I have to purchase a business license, (which I've been doing for a few years now).  Now they want to tax all my office equipment on a yearly basis as well as want me to pay for the yearly business license.  I tried explaining to them that I do not run a business from home, that I just work for someone (as an IC).  They told me it does not matter.  Okay, I can see having to purchase a business license (whatever), to be compliant with the law, but the fact that they now want to tax my equipment every year; that's going over the line, in my opinion. 
License transfers

When you buy software you buy the license to use it. You can use Instant Text  on more than one computer if you are the only user.

You can transfer your Instant Text license to another person (sell the software) by notifying Textware Solutions - once you sold IT - that you are no longer using the software and that you transfer your software license (which includes tech support) to the new user providing name and email of the new user.

The new user should make sure she/he gets the media, the book, and the registration number which is necessary to receive tech support and Upgrade prices on later versions.

Version 1.11 came out in 1996. Nobody is using Windows 3.5 anymore. Why would you buy an obsolete version?

As for Version III Pro, you also will be buying a software that is 10 years old. I know, many Instant Text users are still very happy with it, but they have received the tech support when they needed it, and don't mind that it is not available anymore.

When you look for an expander, consider the quality/price and compatibility equation. You may have to pay more, but you get advanced technology, and compatibility won't be an issue.

I hope this information helps.

Textware Solutions

Anyone required to have bus. license...sm
to work as IC?  Was going to work for company, but require I have a business name and license.  Also pay per page and not per line.  Never ran across this before.
IC need business license?
No one responded to previous post.  Maybe I worded it wrong.  Company wants me to get a business license to work for them.  Has anyone had to do this or required to have this?
Yes, must have business license

This can be obtained at City Hall for a minimal fee, and then renewed each year according to either city fee or based on gross earnings. Different states and cities have different rules. For example, I am not allowed any foot or car traffic and cannot even post my business name outside on the mailbox. I also had to get my landlord's authorization.

Yes, I require this from transcriptionists. It shows me they are working at a professional level and not just someone setting up shop in their living room, and then recklessly turn in low-quality work, or worse yet pad their invoices repeatedly. It is also required by law. You have to claim your income to the IRS.

If you use your name as your business, then you do not have to file a DBA, but you need a separate bank account for work. I would still file my name if used. Hope this helps.

You would only need a business license if
Your particular city/town/village required one for you to work from home, but then again, why would your town need to know? You wouldn't be bringing clients home most likely, haha!

You can be a sole proprietor or you can incorporate. Either way works for the IRS. All the IRS cares about is that you pay social security/Medicare taxes (15.3%) and income taxes on the profit. You will have to file Schedule SE to pay the social security taxes and Schedule C to deduct the expenses. Your taxable income from the business would be the bottom line on the Schedule C (gross receipts minus expenses).

It's really not that difficult - if you can read the IRS 1040 long form instruction booklet, you can file your own taxes. If you can't, there's a whole industry of accountants just waiting to help you out....

Good luck!
GearPlayer customer service stinks - if you need to reload onto another computer (i.e. you get a new
You have to call them to get a new install code,but first they have to fax you a request sheet to be completed and faxed back,then they have to okay the reinstall and give you a new code. They are NOT available after hours or on weekends, so if you have an emergency such a computer crash,you are out of luck.
GearPlayer 4 plays .sri files. That the latest version, and it is great! nm
Just became IC myself. Do I need a small business license?
My license is valid again. Yay! I called the

numbers on the suspended license notice this morning and was told to go to the courthouse, which I did. I told them I was contesting the ticket because it was not me who got it but I know who did get it. I explained what my sister did and the lady told me to go to DMV and file identity fraud charges where I fill out a form saying someone is using my name and give their name if I know who. That's done! She also cleared my name in the computer and gave me a copy of the ticket which says issued in error. The ticket was issued at 3 in the morning so she's lucky she didn't get a DUI on my name. The ticket shows her car and her license plate number. Gee, wonder how that happened? I now have a court hearing middle of September where I explain my case and the officer who wrote the ticket will be there. You can bet I'll be bringing life size photos of her to show that it wasn't me. Now I can breathe again, at least until September.