Nuance Communications released version 2 of its speech recognition software for the Mac September 20, and I’ll be reviewing it on this blog soon. They’ve changed its name from MacSpeech to Dragon Dictate for Mac 2, and it’s the first major desktop product for Mac OS X from the Dragon line following Nuance’s acquisition of MacSpeech earlier this year. Dragon Dictate for Mac 2.0 uses the new Dragon 11 engine released over the summer in the Windows version. I can hardly wait to try out the new Mac version!
Nuance promises big things:
- Accuracy and performance boost over MacSpeech Dictate 1.5
- More streamlined set-up and revamped Mac user interface
- New voice commands for dictation, editing, navigation, and proofreading.
- Better “learning” than any previous version of Dictate
- Faster response to spoken commands
- Voice shortcuts for searching the web, email, and Mac desktop by voice
You’ll recall that I did a four-part review of the Dragon Dictation speech recognition iPhone/iPod app beginning with my post here. I tweaked the app for voice-to-text blogging from my iPod Touch when I injured my hand and had to minimize keyboarding. The iPhone app has allowed me to keep blogging when I might not have been able to otherwise, and for that I am very grateful. However, I find it a bit clunky to use and expressed my wishlist for an upgrade here. Let’s see if Nuance took any of my suggestions! rofl.
As Nuance explains on its blog and in its product announcement here, earlier this year, Nuance acquired MacSpeech, and Dictate became an official Dragon application, along with Dragon NaturallySpeaking for the PC and Dragon mobile apps. Since then, Nuance has worked to provide the same accuracy and features in the Mac version that the PC version has. And now they claim to have done it! Hooray for macophiles!
Dragon Dictate for Mac is the first major Mac product release from Nuance, and the first to use the new Dragon 11 engine introduced previously in the PC version. IMPORTANT NOTE: Dragon Dictate for Mac requires an Intel-based Mac, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard or greater, and a Nuance-approved USB headset.
Since the new Dragon Dictate for Mac is a desktop version, I’m expecting it will be much more robust, accurate, and easier to voice edit than the iPhone app — at least I’m hoping this is the case (and so is my hand!) I’ll let you know all about it real soon!
Until then, have a laugh at David Pogue’s spoof on “Dragon Mind Dictation” below.