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Realtime Reporting Steno Writing Equipment Checklist

Below you will find the minimum requirements for your Steno Writing classes at HJC. For some items, we have included information where your equipment can be purchased. This is for your convenience only. HJC does not recommend or require that your equipment be purchased from any particular supplier. 
  • Steno Machine - Stentura 400SRT Protege, e’lan Cybra or comparable realtime capable writing machine (programmed with the Smartwriter-Stentura software protocol) For more information contact the Stenograph Corporation at 800-323-4247, ext 6263.
  • Case CATalyst4 student version 9 or higher. (This can also be purchased through the Stenograph Corporation at 800-323-4247, ext 6263.)
  • Power strip with a surge protector
  • Microsoft Office Software
    • Microsoft Word
    • Database processing software such as Microsoft Access
    • Spreadsheet capable software such as Microsoft Excel
  • Computer or laptop (minimum requirements listed below)
    • High-speed internet access 
    • A USB port for the writing machine to write realtime, update the writing machine dictionary, and update the writing machine software.
    • A 9-pin Serial port to connect the writing machine to write realtime.  If your computer does not have a 9-pin Serial port you will need a USB to Serial port compatible adapter.  Depending on your writing machine, a 9-pin Serial port may be optional.
    • Processor:  Processor speed of 2GHz or higher.  An Intel i3, i5, i7, or AMD equivalent is strongly recommended.
    • RAM: 4.0 GB RAM or greater 
    • Operating system: Windows 10 / Windows 8.1 / Windows 7
    • Sound Card & Speakers - A Windows compatible sound card for auio recording at 8 KHz, 16-bit.
    • CD-ROM/RW drive (Please note: a DVD burner is preferred because DVD’s hold more information for backing up speech files.)
    • Hard Drive Capacity of 80 GB or higher 
    • A DirectX 9 compatible video card with a minimum of 256 MB Video RAM.
    • SVGA monitor capable with a 1024x768 or higher resolution.