Nuance Communications today announced the release of Dragon Dictate for Mac 2.0, a paid and rebranded upgrade for MacSpeech Dictate.
This is a major upgrade, bringing Dictate much closer to the Windows based Dragon NaturallySpeaking product. Major features include:
- Uses the same speech recognition engine as the new Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11
- Mouse movement with voice commands using a 3 by 3 grid system is now built in.
- Mouse clicking with voice commands including clicks with modifiers, double clicking, etc., is now built in.
- Proofreading documents with the Mac's built in text-to-speech commands is now also included.
- More than one microphone can now be attached to a single profile.
- New editing commands have been added so they match the commands that will be familiar to Windows Naturally Speaking users.
This sounds like it could now function as a complete keyboard replacement for disabled Mac users, which is great news!
Unfortunately my computer is still off being fixed (the first fix only worked for a few days), so I haven't had the chance to try this new version. As soon as is humanly possible, I will be getting myself a copy and testing it out. Meanwhile, Dan Cohen at GearDiary has reviewed Dragon Dictate and declares it 'awesome' - not a bad start!
Dragon Dictate for Mac costs US$199 including a basic microphone. The upgrade costs US$49 for a downloadable version, more if you need the upgrade on CD or want to purchase a new microphone at the same time.
If you use this banner to purchase your upgrade online I will get a small portion of your upgrade price, which will help support me and ATMac:
Have you upgraded yet? Are you planning to upgrade soon, or later, or not at all? And what new feature are you most excited about?
- Ricky Buchanan