What's missing on the Mac?
Guest post by David Niemeijer of AssistiveWare.
A few years ago, many people complained about the lack of a screen reader on the Mac as the biggest missing assistive technology feature. Apple introduced VoiceOver in 2005 in Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) putting these complaints to an instant stop.
Following the introduction of VoiceOver a new item surfaced at the top of the wish lists: speech recognition. True, English voice commands had been part of Mac OS for a long time already and third-party developer MacSpeech had a product called iListen, which provided voice dictation. However, neither the built-in speech recognition nor iListen came close to Dragon NaturallySpeaking running on Windows only. After the Intel Macs were introduced and Parallels came up with a way to run Windows inside Mac OS X some people even started running Dragon on Windows in Parallels to dictate and then copied the results over to the Mac-side. That's how desperate some Mac users were. Earlier this year MacSpeech brought powerful speech recognition to the Mac with its introduction of [msd], which is powered by the Dragon engine. Case closed.
Now that a built-in screen reader and a powerful speech recognition solution are available, what is the next biggest assistive technology feature missing on Mac OS X? Please share your thoughts on this. Yes, do not hesitate, key Apple people read this blog too, so now is your time to be heard :-)
- David Niemeijer