Two of the biggest requests since [msd] has been released have been the ability to dictate with a Bluetooth headset, and to have voice control of the mouse. Today I'm pleased to bring you news of both!
The MacSpeech team have now authorised - and are selling - the [msdcalisto] for use with all versions of Dictate. This headset comes with its own Bluetooth dongle, pre-paired so you can use it immediately. I am unsure if this means you can't use your Mac's internal Bluetooth with the Calisto headset and have asked MacSpeech to clarify this; I'll update the post when I have the information.
The [msdcalisto] can be purchased as part of a Dictate bundle, or separately for US$149.
Speech-Controlled Mouse Movements
Voice control for the mouse has been a big issue for MacSpeech Dictate users from the start, especially those users with disabilities. Today I've got a comment from Philip that seems to offer promise. Philip wrote:
What features would you like to see in voice mouse control?
I have successfully created a prototype of MSD commands in applescript for incremental positioning of the mouse: mouse up 100, mouse left 100, etc. I can see expanding the commands to a full screen of 2000x1500 in 1000, 500, 100 increments and a set of close in adjustments of perhaps 10, 20, 50. That would require about 200 commands in the set including the standard mouse button actions. Once created they could be easily imported.
Would such a set be worthwhile?
That sounds like fantastic work Philip, and I think it would definitely be worthwhile. Readers, please feel free to leave a reply to Philip in the comments here - I'll make sure he reads them, and will add my own comments also. This could be a huge help to tiding us over until MacSpeech incorporate their own native mouse movement into Dictate.
Coupons and Discounts
Last but not least, MacSpeech are offering 20% Off MacSpeech Dictate on USA Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday on MacSpeech.com orders! For international customers, this is the November 26-30th, 2009. When you're checking out, use the coupon code MS2009 to get your discount. Users of MacSpeech.co.uk can save 10% on MacSpeech Dictate with Microphone when you use the coupon code MACSPEECHUK.
Don't forget to leave your comments for Philip about his voice control mouse scripts.
- Ricky Buchanan