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  • Amazing Accuracy
  • Dictate anywhere you can type
  • Minimal Training Required
  • Works With The Apps You Already Have
  • Comes With Everything You Need, Including Headphones

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Product Description:

You'll feel like you have your very own typist with MacSpeech Dictate. It's extremely accurate and it adapts to your voice. It only takes five minutes or less of training, so you can get started fast. You can dictate text into any application that supports text entry from the keyboard, even Windows apps running in a virtual environment such as Parallels or Fusion, and also applications like Microsoft Word, Adobe Photoshop, QuarkXPress, iChat, Mail, iPhoto, Keynote, etc. You can even use it to surf the web, or use it for basic menu commands like print, cut, copy, paste, etc.

Internet Ready - Surf the web with your voice Built especially for the Mac Uses the renowned Dragon NaturallySpeaking speech recognition engine Requires Mac OS X 10.4.11 or higher, including Mac OS X 10.5, and requires Intel-based Macintosh hardware

Customer Reviews:

Rating: One-Star Rating for MacSpeech Dictate
Date: 2008-06-29
Mac Speech
I was using "Dragon Naturally Speaking" on my Windows programs and loved it. After a short training period I was dictating with at least 95% accuracy.
I recently switched to a Mac computer and choose Mac Speech because it was by "Nuance" which I thought was the same company that produced "Dragon". I have found out that this is not the same company and the program does not work nearly as well as Dragon. I have spent lots of time with training it and still get loads of errors. I would prefer Dragon over Mac Speech

Rating: Five-Star Rating for MacSpeech Dictate
Date: 2008-06-23
Pay No Attention to the Negative Reviews
Pay no attention to the negative reviews that have been posted regarding MacSpeech. While no voice recognition software will function perfectly, MacSpeech is the closest I have seen to voice recognition perfection in over ten years -- beginning with IBM's pioneering VIA Voice in the mid 90's. Regarding MacSpeech's customer support shortcomings, again, pay no attention to the negative comments regarding it. My call was answered immediately, and a solution to my problem (dragging the wrong icon during the initial installation process) was immediately solved. Being a horrendous typist, MacSpeech is a godsend, and a peak into the future of human-computer interaction, when we will all communicate with our computers by voice, just like Dave did with HAL in 2001: A Space Odyssey. Until then, go with MacSpeech. It's the best software I've come across in years.



Rating: One-Star Rating for MacSpeech Dictate
Date: 2008-06-22
Bad install disk problems persist
I read the caveats about bad install disks for this allegedly excellent rendition of Dragon Dictate Naturally Speaking. Because of the elapsed time since initial introduction in January, I assumed that the bad disks had been replaced or pulled.

Not so. The program would not work with the speech disk. All the website resources failed to help. I spent 30 minutes on hold before I finally spoke to a tech support human, who offered me the "tech version" of the on-line repair program. It proved to be the same on-line repair program and did nothing.

I did extract a promise that he would send me a new speech disk (via USPS), which has yet to arrive one month later. I loved Naturally Speaking on the PC but am afraid this production mess may well have sunk this program's chances on the Mac. I am very disappointed - and out $189 for 2 worthless disks.

Berkeley Powell

MacSpeech Dictate

Rating: Four-Star Rating for MacSpeech Dictate
Date: 2008-06-18
The Best Mac Voice Recognition Yet
MacSpeech Dictate, while not perfect, is by far the best Mac voice recognition software that has ever been available. It is far superior to IBM's ViaVoice and MacSpeech's earlier software, iListen.

After a comparatively brief training session, and a review of the manual, MacSpeech Dictate gives me 99.9% accuracy speaking at a normal rate, without any requirements of exaggerated pronunciation, and without having to pause to wait for the software to catch up. It supports a wide variety of punctuation symbols, cursor navigation and capitalization variations. There is a substantial group of available commands as well. You talk; the words appear on screen with impressive speed and accuracy. It's that simple.

What this version doesn't have is a "learning mode" or a "spelling mode." Technically, you can spell using the phonetic alphabet, but as often as not "whiskey" comes out as "whiskey" instead of "w." Those two features are promised as free upgrades to a later version.

MacSpeech Dictate works nicely with macro programs, including Rainmaker Software's Spellcatcher, allowing you to develop shortcuts and workarounds. There is some support for AppleScript, although the library appears to be somewhat limited and extensive AppleScript options seem to bog the program down, at least on my comparatively old iMac.

Still, MacSpeech Dictate is faster and more accurate than my typing. There are features I would like and the product really needs, but as shipped, and with a little patience, this is the first voice recognition software for Macintosh computer reliable enough for professional use.

I think some of the early reviews are really criticism of MacSpeech's technical support, and possibly some early problems with the reliability of CDs on which the product shipped. Those problems have been resolved; reviews focused on the problem should not be the basis for decision whether to buy this product. In particular, there is a very helpful frequently asked questions section at MacSpeech's website.

Very highly recommended.

Rating: Five-Star Rating for MacSpeech Dictate
Date: 2008-06-13
A MUST HAVE PRODUCT!!
I got this software for my dad who is a psychologist and has lots of reports he needs typed. He has tried dictating with other software in the past, but they never worked well enough. My dad knows nothing about computer and he was able to use this device and has been very successful with it. He no longer has to hire a person to type his reports, be is able to dictate and have them typed up all in one step. He has called me many times and talked about how much he loves this product. This is the best product for dictation and if you have a mac, you need this!

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