Dragon Dictate 2.5 (Mac)
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- Say words and watch them appear on your screen in your favourite Mac applications – including Microsoft Word 2011
- Transform ideas into text at the speed of thought
- Don’t let typing or spelling slow you down.
- Tell your Mac what to do, like “Reply To This Message” or “Open Microsoft Word” or “Jump To Google” to work faster and smarter.
- Turn your iPhone or iPod into a wireless microphone for use with Dragon on your Mac
- Create voice commands that automate complex workflows on your Mac.Dragon understands and obeys your voice commands.
- Dragon even gets to know you better over time so recognition accuracy keeps increasing
- Control your Mac in a comfortable, hands-free mode without being frustrated by your keyboard and mouse
- Dictate documents, send email and instant messages, search and surf the Web, -- using just your voice Dragon adapts to your voice and the words you use.
- Personalize Dragon with your own word lists of acronyms, proper names and other unique phrases.
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- Platform: Mac OS X
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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...
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.
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.
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.
Top Customer Reviews
Make no mistake - it recognises text brilliantly. But then ... er let's start it up, dictate a few lines of text and then leave it on overnight ... what happens? Every morning, my top-of-the-range uncrashable Mac behaves like it's swimming through slime, running at 10% of normal speed and has to be crashed to restart. The problem - Dragon! It just does not seem to buffer correctly. And in fact the same problem occurs in a far shorter time if you mix manual editing with voice editing (something most people will probably do naturally) - it slows your machine down to the point you lose documents in other programs and windows take 10 seconds to open.
Then there's the simple fact of the editing commands - it's been designed by someone who shouldn't be in the job, and who clearly doesn't edit for a living. And then ... can I add a new word to the dictionary or train it on a word? Er yes - but is it easy? Er no, it's been designed for weird people. Why not just have a little box you can open, you type the word in and press a dictate button and dictate it. Job done. Or do the same for specific word training.
In short, the main interface is so feature poor it feels like shareware. There is one way of doing things in this software, and that way is stupid.
All of the above said, it does recognise my speech very well (other programmers must have written that bit), so I'm giving it 2 stars.
Such a pity, as a decent design and coding team could fix all these issues in a week.
I was so full of hope but clearly we are a number of years away from being able to happily dictate without problem!
Despite training for hours and hours, Dragon still chooses to default to certain spellings or mishears me to the point of it being ludicrous. I would say I have to close it down at least twice a day when it starts to play up or slows down and I have to wait 10 seconds or so before it types out what I've said. Personally, manual typing is much faster but I'm obliged to use Dragon because I have RSI.
Good points: when working well, it's fast and it's great to be able to dictate and send e-mails without moving a muscle. It uses apostrophes correctly.
Bad points: it is sometimes almost starts typing backwards, deleting words. It needs rebooting regularly. It simply refuses to recognise words that I have put in the vocabulary and have trained. Despite the fact that I speak extremely clearly, it frequently uses words that I haven't dictated.
I'd love to know if there is a way to navigate round websites as once I got into a website, I then have to revert to using the mouse to go to the various windows in that website
I have persevered for the last four weeks hoping that using Dragon would enable me to use my keyboard and mouse much less and to help get some relief from the pain in my wrists and hands. Believe me, I would much rather be speaking to my computer now and dictating a positive review.
I worked hard to speak with decent diction, spent time training the software and diligently inputing corrections to its mistakes and made sure that I had a decent microphone and sound setting. I even moved my computer into another room which had much reduced noise levels from outside. These thing made some difference, but not a lot.
The problem I found was that the software would recognise a few paragraphs quite well, but then get stuck on a word or phrase and just not recognise what I was saying no matter how many times i tried to correct the software or say the phrase/word differently. The software started misunderstanding some of my statements as instructions rather than dictation and started deleting and copying my text. Before I'd noticed the mistake, several things had been changed or deleted and I basically had to shut off the dictation and try and unpick the mess that Dragon had made of my document.
Do not bother wasting your time and money on this software, if I could get my money back I would.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was a little doubtful at first about this product. I reviewed it many times on YouTube. It looked good but I was still a little doubtful. However, I went ahead and ordered it. Read morePublished on 18 Nov. 2013 by Mr. David Fernandez
It does slow down my Mac laptop and every now and then it stop responding however this is minor compared to the huge benefit of this package so there's no real complaints here. Read morePublished on 29 Jun. 2013 by SIM
Did not function as advertised Even after enough training did not work hence returned itPublished on 28 Jun. 2013 by Suren Raja
Having used DD on the PC for ages which had worked brilliantly, this did not work at all well on the Mac with Lion. Read morePublished on 3 Oct. 2012 by MJL
On the promise of a combined discount from £209.78 to £103.79, I ordered Dragon Dictate 2.5 together with Office for Mac, and it was delivered on 20th June. Read morePublished on 24 Sept. 2012 by Tim500
I received my Dragon dictate for Mac OS X and am very pleased with it. My son who is a computer buff supervised me putting it on my computer and within a time period of about 10... Read morePublished on 6 Sept. 2012 by Mr. J. Mann
I have been a user of Dragon since version 4. It has improved over the years to the stage now when it is an excellent product that works exceptionally well with Windows, especially... Read morePublished on 10 Aug. 2012 by James
Purchased Dragon Dictate 2.5 for Mac OS X . Inserted installation disk and the following appeared
"Dragon Dictate is not supported on Mac OS X10.8. Read more
I previously used Dragon Naturally Speaking (DNS version 9) on a PC and, having changed to a Mac, bought Dragon Dictate. Read morePublished on 1 Jun. 2012 by cjh