MacSpeech Dictate Global Commands List & Cheat Sheet for 1.2.1
[msd] is a great program but learning so many commands at once can be intimidating. I've put together two documents to help you learn and remember all the global commands found in Dictate version 1.2.1.
Dictate has two types of commands - global commands and application specific commands. The global commands work in all programs and the application-specific commands work only in a single application, for example Mail or iChat. These documents are only concerned with the global commands, which you'll need to know best and are likely to do most often. If there's a demand for similar lists for application specific commands I'll create these in the future.
These documents aren't in any way meant to replace the Dictate User's Manual - every Dictate user really should read the manual, even if you're not the "manual reading type". Trust me, you'll get far better use of Dictate if you have read the manual! But nobody's memory is perfect, especially for a program with so many commands, so I've made these
First there's a "Global Commands List" which has all of the global commands, arranged according to their functions rather than alphabetically. It also has short explanatory text for the commands whose purpose isn't obvious, to remind you of their function. The list is 3 pages long - it's a complicated program! Here are versions in both Pages and PDF format, sized for US and A4 paper:
- MacSpeech Dictate 1.2.1 Globals Command List (A4, PDF)
- MacSpeech Dictate 1.2.1 Globals Command List (A4, Pages)
- MacSpeech Dictate 1.2.1 Globals Command List (US, PDF)
- MacSpeech Dictate 1.2.1 Globals Command List (US, Pages)
Second we have a "Globals Cheat Sheet". This has most of the global commands but not all of them, again grouped by function but with no explanatory text. It's formatted to fit on a single sheet of paper so you can print it out and use it as a memory aid when you can't remember the specific words for a command. Here are versions in both Pages and PDF format, sized for US and A4 paper:
- MacSpeech Dictate 1.2.1 Globals Cheat Sheet (A4, PDF)
- MacSpeech Dictate 1.2.1 Globals Cheat Sheet (A4, Pages)
- MacSpeech Dictate 1.2.1 Globals Cheat Sheet (US, PDF)
- MacSpeech Dictate 1.2.1 Globals Cheat Sheet (US, Pages)
I hope people find these useful. I have mine printed out and stuck up beside my computer screen and it's been a great help. Would you use a version with commands for the separate applications too? Let me know in the comments.
- Ricky Buchanan