Dragon Dictate 2.0 for Mac (Mac)
- TURN TALK INTO TEXT
- Instead of a keyboard, use your voice to produce text. Speak your thoughts
- Then watch your words appear on screen in your favourite Mac applications - and up to three times faster than typing - with an astounding recognition accuracy rate of up to 99% right out of the box.
- UNLOCK YOUR CREATIVITY
- Dragon Dictate for Mac keeps up with your brain. Transform ideas into text at the speed of thought
- Start being creative and productive with only your voice - dont let typing get in the way of your ideas or productivity.
- WORK COMFORTABLY
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Important Licensing Information about this Product
The purchase of 1 box of Dragon is a licence for 1 speaker. A licensed speaker is permitted to create and use multiple User Profiles under this Licence. User Profiles can be stored on one or more computers or on a server to allow the speaker to move from computer to computer and still maintain a consistent dictation experience across computers. A separate licence, however, must be purchased for each additional speaker whose User Profile or User Profiles is or are being used by the Software.
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- Platform: Mac OS X
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Dragon Dictate for Mac -- Simply Smarter Speech Recognition
With Dragon Dictate for Mac, accomplish more than you ever imagined possible. Input text just by speaking - up to three times faster than typing and interact with your favourite Mac applications using only your voice. With Dragon Dictate you can produce reports, e-mail, articles, books, research notes, online content, and more - quickly, easily, and accurately. Youll get more done faster with less stress and more success - at home, at work, or wherever life takes you. Dragon Dictate provides amazing accuracy and requires just minutes of training to get started - its Simply Smarter Speech Recognition.
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I dictated this review using Dragon Dictate and then edited by hand. Doing so was much much quicker than if I'd typed it by hand. Period.
As someone familiar with both the advantages and disadvantages of speech recognition software, I'd like to try and balance some of the negative reviews here. Let me make a few important points to begin with:
- Dragon Dictate 2.0 isn't perfect, but Nuance is the leading company in this field and this is the best system of its type presently available
- Don't buy this unless you have an Intel Mac with at least a Core2 Duo processor and running Leopard (OSX 10.5) or Snow Leopard (OSX 10.6).
- Ensure that you have at least 4 Gb of RAM
- Read the instructions before you starting to use it
- Invest the time required to train the system around your voice
- Don't use it with TV or music playing in the background
The important point underlying the above comments is that speech recognition software remains at the bleeding edge of computer technology. In short, it is as good as it can be at this time. Speech recognition is incredibly processor intensive because the software uses algorithms to make educated guesses about what you're saying. A very clever phonetics conversion system translates sounds into written words. It also matches spoken words with other words already converted to identify context and thus improve accuracy. To do these things it needs to perform an unbelievable number of calculations every second. To be perfect, speech recognition software requires immensely powerful systems. We're still two or three chip generations from ideal processors let alone perfect software. IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING ISSUES SUCH AS SLOW OR UNRESPONSIVE PERFORMANCE, IT IS ALMOST CERTAINLY BECAUSE YOUR SYSTEM PROCESSOR HAS INSUFFICIENT POWER OR INSUFFICIENT MEMORY (RAM).
As someone who bought Nuance's older version of Dragon for use on Windows, I have to say that this new Mac Version is a genuine leap forward in terms of functionality, interface, ease of use and productivity. However, Dragon Dictate 2.0 for Mac does contain a number of annoying issues that it should have addressed prior to launching the product. These include compatibility and stability when used with non-core mac software programs, such as Adobe Creative Suite. Worse still, some of the bug fixes have introduced further bugs making things worse not better. Nuance has also been unforgivably slow to fix these issues.
Some people have even said that previous versions of the product are better than this one. This is incorrect. Dragon Dictate 2.0 uses a new engine that delivers a fundamentally improved set of recognition capabilities. Most of the reported problems are basic programming/ compatibility issues to do with testing and elimination of routine software code bugs. In time, there should be no doubt that Nuance will fix Dragon Dictate 2.0 so that it performs not merely as well it should, but brilliantly. For these reasons, for the time being at least, I give it only three stars. Above all, my advice is to wait 6 months (i.e. until June/ July 2011). By then, the next generation of vastly more powerful Intel Nehalem (Sandy Bridge) processors will be available. More important, Nuance should be on top of all bugs by then.
Finally, using speech recognition software is different. You not only have to train the software, you also have to train yourself. Strong regional accents can confuse the system. (e,g. Cake and Coke, Air Fridge and Average, Lake and Like). A by-product of using Dragon Dictate regularly is that you tend to speak much more clearly in general conversation! Overall, once you have installed this software and trained it, neither of which are particularly onerous processes, you'll be inputting words verbally faster than you can type them.
I have tested the Program for a day anda half now, this does not happen all the time but way too often regardless and when it does it`s so severe that you have to turn dragon dictate off ( after which things immediately go back to normal).
Amongst the things you will experience ( there are posts about this on Dragon Dictates forum too) are : cursor will stop at and not move past a certain point, curser is dragging and all over the place, moving the cursor will cause for the whole screen content to move and shake...
Would be good if it worked I guess, like this it`s more of a nuisance than help and I will be returning it.
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