Interview with the creators of Notebloc, the only Spanish app on Google Play Pass

Notebloc is an application to scan and share documents, it is also the only Spanish app in Google Play Pass. We interview their creators.

Notebloc is a highly successful application in the Google Play Store that has been developed in Barcelona and is currently the only Spanish app that is selected for Play Pass , Google’s application and game subscription service. The developers contacted us to tell us about their application and how was the selection process for Google Play Pass; So we arranged an interview to talk about development, Android and whatever came up.

This application to capture documents thanks to the camera, and convert it into a digital medium suitable for sharing and editing, was created by two members, Maria Trullàs and Bente Malmberg , to cover a need: to ensure that university students could easily transfer their written notes to the mobile and computer Notebloc began as a physical notebook that students were given at selected universities in Barcelona for free and with advertising. Given the success of the notebook, they developed a compatible app; which ended up being the current Notebloc that millions of Android and iOS users have freely downloaded to their phones.

Entrevista a las creadoras de Notebloc, única app española en Google Play Pass

Developers of Notebloc. Left, Bente Malmberg; right, Maria Trullàs

We meet Maria Trullàs for the interview. It is a Tuesday afternoon in Barcelona, ​​with a gray sky and a fresh atmosphere due to the torrential rains of only a few hours ago. Around some coffees, Maria answers our questions about Notebloc .

How did you come up with the idea of ​​combining mobile software with a physical format like the notebook?

We came up with our desire to always put the users of our products at the center of all our decisions.

From Notebloc we started our activity being an advertising medium, also called Notebloc, for students. This was (and is) a notebook that more than 150,000 university students receive at the beginning of the course, free of charge since inside there is advertising from different companies and brands with interest in this target. In each of these notebooks we include a survey and ask directly to those who receive it how to improve the notebook. After receiving thousands and thousands of responses from students, as well as analyzing the way they take notes and study, we decided to create the Notebloc app: a scanning and document organization app made in “image and likeness” of what that students need, an app that connects the analog world (paper) with digital, and based 100% on all this feedback we receive year after year.

Did you look at any precedent? (A similar concept comes to mind, LiveScribe)

The truth is, no. While we obviously know of other initiatives and products available in the market that also connect paper or handwriting and technology, we would not have opted for it without this in-depth analysis of the answers we get through these surveys we do.

What I liked the first time we used the Notebloc application is that you left the door open for anyone to scan their documents, not just those that have one of your notebooks. Was it a difficult decision to make or did you think from the beginning make a universal application?

The decision also came from our users and their needs. As I told you in the first question, we started our activity by giving notebooks to students. Each student receives a notebook per academic year. In 2015, when we launched the Notebloc app, it was linked to some markers on each sheet. These markers were detected by the app, and then the image was processed.

What happened was that this notebook comes a day that ends and the student has to continue taking notes with other papers or notebooks, other brands. Many of these students got used to using the Notebloc app to digitize, organize and share their notes, and they started asking us for two things: first, more notebooks; and secondly, to be able to digitize other media other than Notebloc since, for example, a student receives photocopies from the teacher during a class, or wants to take a photo of the board and attach it in their notes, etc.

At that time we made two decisions:

  • The first, we decided to “unlock” the app and thus not leave any student “lying”, without being able to continue using the Notebloc; By the way with that unlocking, everyone could scan blackboards, or books, or photocopies, or whatever it was necessary to digitize.
  • The second decision was to produce Notebloc notebooks without advertising and open an online store ( www.notebloc-shop.com ) so that everyone who wanted them could buy them.

They are innovative notebooks, not only because of the app, but because they come printed with a special grid, which we call “inverted grid”. This grid, in which the lines are white on a very faint gray background, makes when you scan these sheets with the Notebloc app the grid disappears. The same happens if you make a photocopy of a Notebloc paper: the grid is not in the photocopy. You will only see what you have written or drawn on the paper, on a completely white background.

Ah! This grid printed upside down also saw the light thanks to student feedback. (Maria smiles)

The Notebloc app is free. Does the freemium model compensate you as developers?

As I mentioned in the previous question, Notebloc notebooks with advertising are also free. We were born as a free product, with advertising, so we don’t know anything else. We can not compare, the truth, between being a 100% paid app or a free app with advertising. So I guess it does compensate us.

What approximate percentage of users of the application also buys the books?

It is a higher percentage than we expected but less than we aspire (smile) . By company policy, I cannot provide data on the percentage of conversion of app users to notebook sales.

Google publishers have highlighted the Notebloc app. Have you had a boost in downloads and positive ratings?

Yes, any recognition of a job well done impacts positively, and much more when it comes from Google itself. That said, at the same time, such recognition implies an extra responsibility for our users. If an app that is not Google Editors’ Choice already expects it to work and do what it has to do, they still expect it more than one that is.

Entrevista a las creadoras de Notebloc, única app española en Google Play Pass

Scanning documents using the Notebloc app and notebook

How is the process for Google to highlight an app? Or simply woke up one morning with that distinction?

We woke up one morning with this distinction. We have never done anything, either with the app or with Notebloc notebooks, thinking about the recognition of anyone other than our present and future users. So we did nothing, directly, to get this distinction. Indirectly I suppose so: this almost obsession in doing the best for those who use your products I suppose that, in part, it is what will have made Google discover our app and include it in its selection of publishers.

(Maria highlights the fact that her company does not carry out promotions or any action in order to win users. She is a constant in the interview: she is grateful for the impact of Notebloc, also surprised by it)

Your ratio of positive comments is very high, an average of 4.7 stars. Do you spend a lot of time supporting the application?

Continuing with the idea of ​​putting the user at the center of everything and being consistent with it, we always try to give an effective response (I mean, not simply answer by answering) to everyone who writes us with ideas, suggestions, doubts, criticisms constructive, etc. I do not know if it is a long or short time, I would say that it is necessary to achieve this goal.

What comments have surprised you the most?

I think that more than surprise us, there are comments that excite us a lot (like when someone tells you that you have the best app of all Google Play and that if I could give you 10 stars instead of 5), others that make you put the batteries to develop new features (in plan: I put you 4 stars and when you develop xoy, I will give you the fifth), others that worry you (like when someone experiences an error in the app that you did not know so far and you have no idea if you can fix it fast way), etc.

Notebloc is the only Spanish application that is included in the Google Play Pass subscription service. How was that selection process?

The selection process by Google really do not know how it was. That is, we do not know with what criteria Google decided to invite and include certain apps in Google Play Pass.

We received an email, will do 4 or 5 months, in which Google told us that they were developing a new project, which today we all know as the app subscription service called Google Play Pass, in which they wanted to invite our Notebloc app.

We trust Google a lot and it was a great honor for us to receive this email with this invitation. So we do not hesitate to move forward with the proposal.

(Conversing with Maria about Play Pass, we are surprised by the limited information that the developers included in this service have. Maria emphasizes that they have no record of how many downloads Notebloc has achieved through the subscription service, nor do they have any statistics on the developers console or have received data on how much each download monetizes. And a curiosity: the developers of Notebloc can not even see how their application is displayed on Google Play Pass since they lack access to the subscription service because they are in Spain)

Do you rent as developers leave the freemium model in exchange for receiving the percentage of Google Play Pass?

The freemium model has not changed, at least for Notebloc. The app follows its previous model, with the only difference that there is now a new way, apart from buying the Pro version, to enjoy it without advertising, which is precisely through this new Google service.

Subscription services exist in many other industries, with audiovisual content probably being the most consolidated. Let’s take the example of a movie: one can decide to watch a movie on a free consumer television channel like La Sexta or whatever channel and, therefore, watch the movie with cuts for advertising; or you may decide to pay X money for acquiring a copy of this movie; Or you can pay a monthly subscription and watch this same movie or others while the subscription fees are paid monthly.

In the app industry, the introduction of this model is really recent, so we don’t know very well what will happen. Honestly, I cannot make estimates of how many users will decide to become customers of this type of services, nor what they will mean at the level of revenue for developers. For now it is difficult to venture to say that one model or another will be more profitable or not.

Do you consider developing any other application? What would you like to include apart from what Notebloc already has?

At the moment we are totally focused on Notebloc: to continue developing functionalities (right now we are working on the automatic synchronization of documents with Google Drive, which we will launch shortly) and to continue making it always the best for present and future users who want to scan , organize and share your documents in an easy, agile, reliable and secure way.

What we would like to include in the app is always linked to what our users want us to include. They decide.

Interview with the creators of Notebloc, the only Spanish app on Google Play Pass

Notebloc is an application to scan and share documents, it is also the only Spanish app in Google Play Pass. We interview their creators.

Notebloc is a highly successful application in the Google Play Store that has been developed in Barcelona and is currently the only Spanish app that is selected for Play Pass , Google’s application and game subscription service. The developers contacted us to tell us about their application and how was the selection process for Google Play Pass; So we arranged an interview to talk about development, Android and whatever came up.

This application to capture documents thanks to the camera, and convert it into a digital medium suitable for sharing and editing, was created by two members, Maria Trullàs and Bente Malmberg , to cover a need: to ensure that university students could easily transfer their written notes to the mobile and computer Notebloc began as a physical notebook that students were given at selected universities in Barcelona for free and with advertising. Given the success of the notebook, they developed a compatible app; which ended up being the current Notebloc that millions of Android and iOS users have freely downloaded to their phones.

Entrevista a las creadoras de Notebloc, única app española en Google Play Pass

Developers of Notebloc. Left, Bente Malmberg; right, Maria Trullàs

We meet Maria Trullàs for the interview. It is a Tuesday afternoon in Barcelona, ​​with a gray sky and a fresh atmosphere due to the torrential rains of only a few hours ago. Around some coffees, Maria answers our questions about Notebloc .

How did you come up with the idea of ​​combining mobile software with a physical format like the notebook?

We came up with our desire to always put the users of our products at the center of all our decisions.

From Notebloc we started our activity being an advertising medium, also called Notebloc, for students. This was (and is) a notebook that more than 150,000 university students receive at the beginning of the course, free of charge since inside there is advertising from different companies and brands with interest in this target. In each of these notebooks we include a survey and ask directly to those who receive it how to improve the notebook. After receiving thousands and thousands of responses from students, as well as analyzing the way they take notes and study, we decided to create the Notebloc app: a scanning and document organization app made in “image and likeness” of what that students need, an app that connects the analog world (paper) with digital, and based 100% on all this feedback we receive year after year.

Did you look at any precedent? (A similar concept comes to mind, LiveScribe)

The truth is, no. While we obviously know of other initiatives and products available in the market that also connect paper or handwriting and technology, we would not have opted for it without this in-depth analysis of the answers we get through these surveys we do.

What I liked the first time we used the Notebloc application is that you left the door open for anyone to scan their documents, not just those that have one of your notebooks. Was it a difficult decision to make or did you think from the beginning make a universal application?

The decision also came from our users and their needs. As I told you in the first question, we started our activity by giving notebooks to students. Each student receives a notebook per academic year. In 2015, when we launched the Notebloc app, it was linked to some markers on each sheet. These markers were detected by the app, and then the image was processed.

What happened was that this notebook comes a day that ends and the student has to continue taking notes with other papers or notebooks, other brands. Many of these students got used to using the Notebloc app to digitize, organize and share their notes, and they started asking us for two things: first, more notebooks; and secondly, to be able to digitize other media other than Notebloc since, for example, a student receives photocopies from the teacher during a class, or wants to take a photo of the board and attach it in their notes, etc.

At that time we made two decisions:

  • The first, we decided to “unlock” the app and thus not leave any student “lying”, without being able to continue using the Notebloc; By the way with that unlocking, everyone could scan blackboards, or books, or photocopies, or whatever it was necessary to digitize.
  • The second decision was to produce Notebloc notebooks without advertising and open an online store ( www.notebloc-shop.com ) so that everyone who wanted them could buy them.

They are innovative notebooks, not only because of the app, but because they come printed with a special grid, which we call “inverted grid”. This grid, in which the lines are white on a very faint gray background, makes when you scan these sheets with the Notebloc app the grid disappears. The same happens if you make a photocopy of a Notebloc paper: the grid is not in the photocopy. You will only see what you have written or drawn on the paper, on a completely white background.

Ah! This grid printed upside down also saw the light thanks to student feedback. (Maria smiles)

The Notebloc app is free. Does the freemium model compensate you as developers?

As I mentioned in the previous question, Notebloc notebooks with advertising are also free. We were born as a free product, with advertising, so we don’t know anything else. We can not compare, the truth, between being a 100% paid app or a free app with advertising. So I guess it does compensate us.

What approximate percentage of users of the application also buys the books?

It is a higher percentage than we expected but less than we aspire (smile) . By company policy, I cannot provide data on the percentage of conversion of app users to notebook sales.

Google publishers have highlighted the Notebloc app. Have you had a boost in downloads and positive ratings?

Yes, any recognition of a job well done impacts positively, and much more when it comes from Google itself. That said, at the same time, such recognition implies an extra responsibility for our users. If an app that is not Google Editors’ Choice already expects it to work and do what it has to do, they still expect it more than one that is.

Entrevista a las creadoras de Notebloc, única app española en Google Play Pass

Scanning documents using the Notebloc app and notebook

How is the process for Google to highlight an app? Or simply woke up one morning with that distinction?

We woke up one morning with this distinction. We have never done anything, either with the app or with Notebloc notebooks, thinking about the recognition of anyone other than our present and future users. So we did nothing, directly, to get this distinction. Indirectly I suppose so: this almost obsession in doing the best for those who use your products I suppose that, in part, it is what will have made Google discover our app and include it in its selection of publishers.

(Maria highlights the fact that her company does not carry out promotions or any action in order to win users. She is a constant in the interview: she is grateful for the impact of Notebloc, also surprised by it)

Your ratio of positive comments is very high, an average of 4.7 stars. Do you spend a lot of time supporting the application?

Continuing with the idea of ​​putting the user at the center of everything and being consistent with it, we always try to give an effective response (I mean, not simply answer by answering) to everyone who writes us with ideas, suggestions, doubts, criticisms constructive, etc. I do not know if it is a long or short time, I would say that it is necessary to achieve this goal.

What comments have surprised you the most?

I think that more than surprise us, there are comments that excite us a lot (like when someone tells you that you have the best app of all Google Play and that if I could give you 10 stars instead of 5), others that make you put the batteries to develop new features (in plan: I put you 4 stars and when you develop xoy, I will give you the fifth), others that worry you (like when someone experiences an error in the app that you did not know so far and you have no idea if you can fix it fast way), etc.

Notebloc is the only Spanish application that is included in the Google Play Pass subscription service. How was that selection process?

The selection process by Google really do not know how it was. That is, we do not know with what criteria Google decided to invite and include certain apps in Google Play Pass.

We received an email, will do 4 or 5 months, in which Google told us that they were developing a new project, which today we all know as the app subscription service called Google Play Pass, in which they wanted to invite our Notebloc app.

We trust Google a lot and it was a great honor for us to receive this email with this invitation. So we do not hesitate to move forward with the proposal.

(Conversing with Maria about Play Pass, we are surprised by the limited information that the developers included in this service have. Maria emphasizes that they have no record of how many downloads Notebloc has achieved through the subscription service, nor do they have any statistics on the developers console or have received data on how much each download monetizes. And a curiosity: the developers of Notebloc can not even see how their application is displayed on Google Play Pass since they lack access to the subscription service because they are in Spain)

Do you rent as developers leave the freemium model in exchange for receiving the percentage of Google Play Pass?

The freemium model has not changed, at least for Notebloc. The app follows its previous model, with the only difference that there is now a new way, apart from buying the Pro version, to enjoy it without advertising, which is precisely through this new Google service.

Subscription services exist in many other industries, with audiovisual content probably being the most consolidated. Let’s take the example of a movie: one can decide to watch a movie on a free consumer television channel like La Sexta or whatever channel and, therefore, watch the movie with cuts for advertising; or you may decide to pay X money for acquiring a copy of this movie; Or you can pay a monthly subscription and watch this same movie or others while the subscription fees are paid monthly.

In the app industry, the introduction of this model is really recent, so we don’t know very well what will happen. Honestly, I cannot make estimates of how many users will decide to become customers of this type of services, nor what they will mean at the level of revenue for developers. For now it is difficult to venture to say that one model or another will be more profitable or not.

Do you consider developing any other application? What would you like to include apart from what Notebloc already has?

At the moment we are totally focused on Notebloc: to continue developing functionalities (right now we are working on the automatic synchronization of documents with Google Drive, which we will launch shortly) and to continue making it always the best for present and future users who want to scan , organize and share your documents in an easy, agile, reliable and secure way.

What we would like to include in the app is always linked to what our users want us to include. They decide.

The definitive notes application is called Idea Note and it is amazing

If you are looking for a notes application for your Android mobile, stop searching. Idea NOte is probably the most versatile and is also free.

Surely many of you use your cell phone to take notes when you are doing a task or to organize a project. Managers and productivity applications have been with us almost since the creation of Android.

There are many applications that have managed to gain a foothold in our phones, such as Evernote or OneNote , but today we want to talk about another one that we have found in the Google Play Store and that, honestly, we loved it.

It is called Idea Note and is very designed to point ideas on the go.

An application of notes that works with voice, photos, text …

The great advantage of this application is that it allows us to take notes very quickly using different elements. Obviously, we can quickly write an idea, but we can also dictate in a note and it will be written automatically. For this we have to configure the application with the voice recognition of the system, since if we choose another it may not work in Spanish.

La aplicación de notas definitiva se llama Idea Note y es increíble

Always present

Another of the star functions is the possibility of opening it at any time, on top of any application, simply by moving from a shaded area to the upper right of the screen.

It is a gray, translucent area that does not bother the normal use of the phone, but that allows us to launch the app without closing what we are seeing.

La aplicación de notas definitiva se llama Idea Note y es increíble

In this way we will have the latest notes in sight, as well as the microphone to dictate a quick note at any time. In addition, these transcriptions allow us to save the audio file, in case we want to listen to it again.

Five labels available

To organize the tasks and notes, we have five colors to choose from, to assign to the notes we make.

  • Blue: for normal notes.
  • Red: for important notes.
  • Yellow: for task lists.
  • Purple: for taking ideas.
  • Green: for sensitive data that requires security.

La aplicación de notas definitiva se llama Idea Note y es increíble

This last category will ask us for the device lock pin or the use of our fingerprint to open it again.

Free with option to expand payment options

La aplicación de notas definitiva se llama Idea Note y es increíble

The application is free and has no advertising, but purchases integrated into the application to unlock some elements, such as advanced voice data collection, dark mode and similar functions.

Gmail’s dark mode begins to reach many more mobiles

After a closed test where a few received the dark mode of Gmail, Google has finally activated the expansion of the interface to more phones.

Few applications are as essential on Android as a good email client . And since Gmail comes standard on most phones, it is logical that it is the most used: it is one of the most powerful and versatile clients, also customizable. Because, did you expect the new dark mode?

As is often the case with Google applications , Gmail’s dark mode came to the application in tests for a very select group of users. Google itself announced the novelty on its website , so it was a matter of time it reached all phones. And that process has already begun.

Google adds the dark mode to Gmail: the theme selector is now available

El modo oscuro de Gmail comienza a llegar a muchos más móviles

The new dark Gmail theme follows the trend in Material Design design from other Google applications. The backgrounds are not completely black , but very dark gray; maintaining said hue throughout the interface base. Gmail highlights light gray texts without reaching white, which often hinders reading. And the application is consistent with the darkening without seeing sections that escape this consistency. At least on a generic level because, depending on the email we open, we will appreciate unpleasant contrasts .

How to receive the dark mode of Gmail ? The bad news is that there is nothing to do to activate it in case you do not have it available: you will only have it if your Google account is suitable for it. There are also limitations around the Android version: by our tests, all Android 10 already have dark Gmail; in the case of Android 9 Pie only some Samsung.

El modo oscuro de Gmail comienza a llegar a muchos más móviles

In case you have received it, you can activate the dark mode from the general Gmail settings: just locate the theme option in the main menu. Choose the dark or the default depending on whether you want it to always be active or that the interface darkens according to what you select in the system.

How to spread the word to text: the best apps to transcribe audio

Do you need to convert your voice into text? Discover the best applications to transcribe audio that you have available on Android.

Voice to text transcription is an essential task for millions of people. For example, journalists and students can take full advantage of applications of this type on their Android phone. Luckily, over time the number of apps that allow you to transfer voice to text recordings has increased.

Then we leave you with a selection of these applications for Android with which to convert the audio into written words in the most comfortable way possible. There are many to choose from, but some of them stand out for their high quality. We leave you with our selection.

Instant Transcription (Google Live Transcribe)

Transcribe conversations, noise included, with Google Live Transcribe

The Google application is one of the most recent in this field, which we have already talked about , but it has been known to do with a gap between users thanks to its proper functioning. One of the great advantages it offers us is that it works perfectly even if there is background noise . It can also be used in many situations, even as a safety tool thanks to its ability to differentiate background noises.

The use of artificial intelligence allows the application to improve continuously ; offering an increasingly accurate transcript. In addition, functions are introduced that make the use of it more comfortable for users, such as being able to save these transcripts up to three whole days on the phone.

Google Instant Transcription is a good application to transcribe any type of lecture or reading , it is also ideal for use in class when taking notes. Although it is important to know that for the application to work you need to have an Internet connection at all times. The application can be downloaded for free on Android and as usual in Google apps, there are no purchases or ads inside.

Speechnotes

This application is another good option in this field, well known to most, which is very helpful when we have to dictate something because we don’t feel like writing it. And it is very easy to use: there is a large text box where everything we dictate to the phone will be written ; or another person dictates at that time.

In addition to voice to text transcription, this application gives some additional functions that make it especially interesting. For example, it allows you to export the text we have created in PDF format to send it to another person or if we want to print it. We can also save all the notes that we have created in the phone or in the microSD that we have inserted in it. Very comfortable to use.

The download of this application on Android is free . Inside it there are ads, in addition to purchases, to remove those ads, but we can use it without paying money. You can download it in this link below:

ListenAll

This third application is one of the best known in the field of transcribing voice to text on Android . Its operation is not far from the rest of the options in this list: everything you hear through the microphone of the phone will be transcribed to a text that we will see on the screen at all times. No surprises

The notes that are created can be greatly customized . We can change the size of the text, the color of the background or the font. Once the transcription is finished, ListenAll allows you to save the notes as audio, save them as a document or export them in other applications as well. For the application to work, you need to have an Internet connection at all times.

This application can be downloaded for free on Android . In addition, there are no advertisements or purchases of any kind inside, which allows a particularly comfortable use without distractions.

Otter

Otter

Otter is presented as the most complete voice to text transcription application for professionals . It is an option that many journalists use for its proper functioning and support to a wide variety of languages. In addition, it is suitable for various situations because it can be used in dictation and also with audio notes that have been previously recorded and stored on the phone or computer.

Another aspect that stands out is because it offers many additional functions. It can be used as a team, has a web version, synchronizes with the calendar, gives unlimited access to the cloud … The application is entirely in English, but the use of it does not present problems.

Otter has a free version that enables its use for 600 minutes of transcription per month. There is a paid version of the application, which for many professionals is a good investment to consider, which gives access to 6,000 minutes of transcription every month. In this case, you have to pay $ 8.33 a month for it.

Samsung updates old Galaxy Note with an advantage of Note 10

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 released a very useful feature in its app notes: text transcription. They will not be the only ones: now it reaches previous Note.

Although the Note range was disengaging from its exclusivity as the screens of the other smartphones grew, these specialized Samsung mobiles did maintain a key weapon: the S Pen and its applications . Thanks to the stylus, not only can you draw on the screen or draw clippings, it is also possible to create handwritten notes. With an exclusive look in the latest Samsung Galaxy Note 10 : character recognition.

The Note 10 has a button at the bottom of the app that allows you to recognize handwritten characters to transcribe them to text that can be edited. This facilitates the transcription of notes and all kinds of notes; completing the slope of productivity to which the Note points so well. And the best part is that this recognition reaches previous mobile phones of the brand.

Write what you want with the pencil: your Samsung Galaxy Note will convert it to text that can be edited

Samsung actualiza antiguos Galaxy Note con una ventaja del Note 10

Samsung Notes , this is the name of the application that has this useful function for those of us who take notes thanks to the S Pen . If it is already easy to write on the screen, being able to easily write down any idea, having a tool capable of recognizing the characters avoids wasting time when transcribing the writings .

As SamMobile notes , the Samsung Notes application of the Galaxy Note 10 will reach previous Note phones, such as the Galaxy Note 8 and Note 9 . This implies that they will also have access to the recognition of handwritten characters , a function that should come standard on all phones in the range. It is tremendously useful as it saves a lot of time, at least for those who dispense with the paper notebook opting for the touch screen.

The Samsung Notes update should arrive shortly, but you can skip the wait by installing the Apk that SamMobile puts at your disposal . You can update Samsung Notes on other Samsung phones outside of the Note, but the recognition option should not appear .