Dragon Dictate (formerly Mac Speech) is a professional dictation software that allows you interact with your Mac using only your voice.
Dragon Dictate has been designed specifically for Mac OS X and helps you create reports, emails, articles, books, research notes, online content - just about anything you'd normally use a keyboard for. The developer claims it has 99% accuracy, although you'll definitely find it doesn't quite measure up to that claim. However, the overall reproduction and accuracy is generally very good.
Dragon Dictate can even be used to command your Mac to carry out certain functions such as “Reply To This Message” when using email, or “Open Microsoft Word” or “Search Google for software” etc. You can also customize Dragon Dictate with personal vocabulary and voice commands for specific tasks related to your work.
A lot will depend on the kind of microphone you are using. Although it works with any microphone, the developer also provides its own when you purchase the full version. It does work with the Mac microphone very well, although it's subject to instability from time to time.
Dragon Dictate could increase your productivity significantly - its at least worth a try.
Recognises speech surprisingly well
Works with most microphones
Speeds up productivity
Doesn't recognise speech all the time
Prone to instability
"Dragon Dicate for Mac is CRAP!!!!!!!!!!"
Dragon Dictate for Mac is horrible!!!!!!! It's so inaccurate and slow that it actually takes me longer to dictate copy than to just type it myself. You constantly have to go back to what it's written to check not only spelling but that it used the correct words for that sentence (e.g., write vs. right).
And to add insult to injury, when you think you've removed the application from your computer, the plug-ins are still there, popping up every time you click on a webpage, asking if you want to allow Dictate to work transcribe on that site. A real annoyance.
The so-called User Manual of course has no information on how to correctly remove the app and its plug-ins, and Nuance's website has no support link to go to for help.
This app was horrible when it first came out and it still is. The manufacturer's claims are mostly hyperbole and they know it, ergo there's no way to contact them for help or to complain about this overpriced product.
Instructions on how to completely remove the app including all plug-ins.
Laws concerning the use of this software vary from country to country. We do not encourage or condone the use of this program if it is in violation of these laws.
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