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Dragon Dictate 2.5, Upgrade Edition (Mac)

by Nuance Communications, Inc.
Mac OS X
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
Price: 9.57 & FREE Delivery in the UK on orders over 10. Details
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Dragon Dictate 2.5 Upgrade Edition (Mac) is supplied in a plain envelope containing two DVDs and a pamphlet and does not come in box.

System Requirements

  • Platform:   Mac OS X
  • Media: DVD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

Product details

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  • ASIN: B0051O8F7K
  • Release Date: 12 Aug 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,686 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

With Dragon Dictate for Mac 2.5 speech recognition software, you can enter text just by speaking. Control your favourite Mac applications – including Microsoft Word 2011 -- using only your voice. With Dragon Dictate you can produce reports, email, articles, books, research notes, online content, and more — quickly, easily, and accurately. Use your iPhone or iPod as a wireless microphone at your Mac. You’ll get more done faster at home, at work, or wherever life takes you. Dragon Dictate provides amazing accuracy and requires just minutes of training to get started.

What’s New in Version 2.5

Enhanced Hardware and Software Support

Microsoft Word 2011 Support: Dictate 2.5 allows users to seamlessly combine dictation with manual input from the mouse and keyboard.

New Audio Input Options

Dictate comfortably and conveniently – via an iPhone without a traditional headset

Free Dragon Remote Microphone application (available in the Apple app store)

Converts a user’s iPhone 3G, 3GS and 4, iPad and iPad 2 or iPod Touch 4th gen running iOS 4.2 into a wireless microphone via WiFi

New Facebook and Twitter Commands

Update Facebook by saying, “Post to Facebook”, “Post to Facebook [text],” or “Post that to Facebook”

Capture tweets by saying, “Post that to Twitter.” Additional Twitter commands include “Tweet [text]" (English only) and "Post to Twitter [text]”

Improved Formatting Control

Formatting Enhancements: Individual preferences can be set for dates and time (e.g., June 18, 2011 vs. 6/18/11), numbers and units of measure (e.g., five vs. 5), addresses, abbreviations, and more. Users can also set a preference to insert two spaces after a period, if they choose.

Numbers Mode: Version 2.5 introduces Numbers Mode, which can be particularly helpful for users that frequently dictate many numbers in a row, such as inputting figures or product codes into a database.

Vocabulary Editor Improvements: Users can now delete words from the built-in Dragon vocabulary.

User Interface and Usability Enhancements

Auto Sleep Microphone: If the microphone is on but does not receive input after one minute, the microphone will automatically go into Sleep mode.

Key Benefits

TURN TALK INTO TEXT

Instead of a keyboard, use your voice to produce text.

UNLOCK YOUR CREATIVITY

Transform ideas into text at the speed of thought -- don’t let typing get in the way of your ideas or productivity.

WORK COMFORTABLY

Control your Mac in a relaxed, hands-free manner without being tied to your keyboard

MULTI-TASK LIKE NEVER BEFORE

Tell your Mac what to do, like “Reply To This Message” or “Open Microsoft Word” or “Jump To Google” to work faster and smarter. Create voice commands that automate complex workflows on your Mac.

WORK YOUR WAY

Customize Dragon Dictate for Mac with personal vocabulary and voice commands that reflect the kind of work you do.

BE PRODUCTIVE ON THE GO

Turn your iPhone or iPod into a wireless microphone for use with Dragon on your Mac.

BUILT FOR MAC

Dragon Dictate for Mac was built to give you the experience you expect from your favourite Macintosh applications -- an intuitive, easy-to-use interface that dramatically boosts productivity. What’s more, Dragon Dictate for Mac works with Microsoft Word 2011 and your favourite Apple applications, including Mail, iChat, iCal, TextEdit, Pages, Safari and many more.

Product Description

With Dragon Dictate for Mac 2.5 speech recognition software, you can enter text just by speaking. Control your favourite Mac applications - including Microsoft Word 2011 - using only your voice. With Dragon Dictate you can produce reports, email, articles, books, research notes, online content and more - quickly, easily and accurately. Use your iPhone or iPod touch as a wireless microphone at your PC with the free Dragon Remote Microphone app. You'll get more done faster at home, at work or wherever life ta...

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I have been using a variety of different speech recognition software for many, many years, and this is the best by far.

Why 4 stars not 5? Well the disk came with very vague instructions, and I really didn't know whether to enter my previous software code (this is an upgrade only), or a new one. I just followed my nose through the install, and it all worked out OK - you don't need to enter the old code at all. It would have been nice to have the procedure laid out more clearly in the accompanying leaflet.

I was pleased that the new software was able to upgrade and use my old voice file, although I did have to go through a brief training. A definite improvement in speech recognition accuracy, and I am getting close to 100%.

There are some interface changes that I am not enthusiastic about - for example, the recognised text list doesn't appear by default - and I like to have that available all the time. I haven't worked out if I can fix that. Very occasionally, apropos nothing in particular, Dictate decides to select all text, working from the end to the beginning. You can't stop this, and if you have 20+ pages, this can be very irritating. You also have to make sure you don't then speak, otherwise all your text will be overwritten. Easily fixed with an undo, but a bit unnecessarily time consuming and nerve wracking.

Anyway, off to write a report and earn some money using Dictate. I now no longer have any of my work typed, which saves me maybe 1500 per annum. So great value for money. In fact now I feel a bit mean docking that one star.

Let's call it 4 and a half!

David G

UPDATE.

Now used for a couple of weeks, and still mightily impressed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent 6 Jan 2012
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Works really well, better than previous versions ... and upgrading here was really cheap compared to from the Dragon website!
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