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Dragon Dictate 3.0 (Mac)

by Nuance Communications, Inc. See the Amazon Page for this brand
Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, Mac OS X
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (255 customer reviews) 57 answered questions

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Product Features

  • With up to a 15% improvement to out-of-the-box accuracy, Dragon Dictate 3 just gets you, and you get your words on the screen the way you intended
  • Improved Accuracy: Dragon Dictate for Mac 3 delivers a 15% improvement to out-of-the-box accuracy when compared to version 2.x.
  • Faster, More Advanced Correction: When it comes to making a correction, Dragon Dictate for Mac 3 makes it faster and easier than ever before
  • Control in More Applications with Express Editor: Dragon Dictate for Mac 3 gives you control in more applications, so that you can use your voice to get more done
  • Transcription of Recorded Speech: It?s easy to transcribe your own recorded speech into text with Dragon Dictate for Mac 3.

System Requirements

  • Platform:   Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, Mac OS X
  • Media: Software
  • Item Quantity: 1

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Dragon Dictate 3.0 (Mac) + Monaural USB Headset with Noise Cancelling Microphone and Volume/Mute Controls for Voice Recognition and VoIP Applications + Dragon NaturallySpeaking For Dummies
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1.5 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B009348X7Q
  • Item model number: S601A-G00-3.0
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 29, 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (255 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #280 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Control Your Digital World by Voice

Dragon Dictate speech recognition software lets you use your voice to do more on your Mac than you ever thought possible. More than just speech-to-text, Dragon Dictate lets you use your voice to command your Mac. Create and edit documents, manage e-mail, surf the web, update your Facebook or Twitter status, and more – all by voice. Open, close, and navigate between applications, or even create your own custom voice commands to execute multiple steps with a simple word or phrase.

Capture your notes using a digital voice recorder or your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with our free Dragon Recorder app, and Dragon Dictate will transcribe them for you when you are back at your Mac. Dragon Dictate lets you get more done – at home, school, work, or wherever life takes you – with the power of your voice.


Turn Your Talk Into Text

Dragon Dictate for Mac 3 lets you transform your ideas into text at the speed of thought. Simply speak and Dragon captures your thoughts – three times faster than typing, and with 99% accuracy – so you’ll never lose track of another great idea.

Dictate and edit documents, e-mails, instant messages, Facebook and Twitter posts, and more. Correcting or revising your dictated text is simple with a new, more powerful correction interface that lets you quickly edit words or phrases. And Dragon Dictate for Mac 3 adapts to your voice and the words you use to deliver better recognition results over time. You can even personalize Dragon with acronyms, proper names, and other unique phrases that you frequently use.

Use Your Favorite Applications

Dragon Dictate for Mac 3 goes beyond simple speech-to-text, and gives you control in more applications so that you can simply speak to do more than ever before. Use Dragon Dictate in Mac OS X Lion or Mountain Lion with virtually any Mac application. Create and edit documents in Microsoft Word, TextEdit, Notepad, and Pages, work with spreadsheets in Microsoft Excel and Numbers, create presentations in Microsoft PowerPoint and Keynote, manage e-mail in Mail, search the web or your Mac desktop, post to Facebook or Twitter, and more – all by voice.

Dragon Dictate’s Express Editor lets you dictate into a text field in any application on the Mac for which it does not have Full Text Control. After you finish dictating, simply transfer the text from the Express Editor to the desired application quickly and easily by voice.

Command Your Mac, Comfortably

Say "goodbye" to repetitive stress injuries. Use your Mac in a comfortable, ergonomic way without being tied to your keyboard and mouse. Open applications or folders, select menu items, click or move the mouse, press keys, switch from one application to another, or create custom voice commands to execute multiple steps by voice. Use your compatible iOS or Android device, or a Wideband Bluetooth headset as a wireless microphone for even more convenience.

Go Mobile

Capture thoughts while they’re still fresh in your mind to produce detailed, high-quality reports, papers, proposals, meeting minutes, and more. Record your voice using Nuance’s free Dragon Recorder app with a compatible iOS device, or, for more advanced recording functionality, a Nuance-approved digital voice recorder. Dragon will transcribe the audio files into text when you return to your Mac.

Get Started Right Away

Thanks to the new interactive tutorial’s simulations, you can learn and practice good dictation, correction, and editing habits so that you can create text efficiently within just a few minutes. Dragon Dictate’s help menu is within reach with a simple voice command, so assistance is always available when you need it.

Key New Features

  • 15% improvement in out-of-the-box accuracy.
  • Faster, more advanced correction.
  • Express Editor so you can dictate into a text field that does not have Full Text Control.
  • Transcribe your recorded voice quickly and easily. Supports .wav, .m4a, .m4v, .mp4, .aif, and .aiff audio file formats.
  • Dragon Recorder app to record your thoughts using an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch (4th gen). Dragon Dictate will transcribe the recorded audio files when you are back at your Mac.
  • Smart Format Rules allow Dragon to adapt upon detecting your format corrections to abbreviations, numbers, and more.
  • Vocabulary Editor lets you set alternative written forms of words or phrases (e.g. color vs. colour).
  • Interactive Tutorial offers short progressive simulations to help you practice good dictation, correction, and editing habits.
  • Built-in commands for the new Notes and Reminders applications.

System Requirements

  • Intel-based Mac computer (2.2 Ghz Intel Core2 Duo processor or greater recommended)
  • OS X Lion (10.7) or OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)
  • 4 GB free hard disk space
  • 2 GB RAM recommended
  • DVD-ROM drive for installation
  • Nuance-approved noise-canceling headset microphone for Mac (included in purchase)

Note: An Internet connection is required for automatic product activation.




Dragon Dictate for Mac 3 Features

Dragon Dictate 3 Dragon Dictate 2.x Dragon Dictate 1.x Dragon Express
Speech Recognition
Turns your voice into text. X X X X
Up to 99% accurate. X X X X
Speed
Words appear on the screen three times faster than typing. X X X X
Local Processing
Recognition of dictations happens locally, and does not require a network connection. Recognition happens in near real-time and results can be seen immediately. X X X X
OS Support
Support for OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. X
Support for Mac OS X 10.7 Lion. X X X
Installation
Simple installation process with a single DVD. X
Centralized speech data saves valuable hard drive space for customers with multiple users on a single machine. X
Correction
Correct text by voice. X X X
Correct individual words or phrases through a single, easy-to-understand window. X
Richer list of more likely alternative word choices. X
Accuracy Tuning
Acoustic and Language Model Optimizer; ability to analyze selected documents and email. X X X
"Nothing But Speech" filter to automatically eliminate um/ah utterances. X X X
Vocabulary Editor
Ability to set alternative written forms of words or phrases (e.g. "color" vs. "colour"). X
Express Editor
Express Editor supports dictation into text fields that do not have Full Text Control; Text can be transferred from the Express Editor to the desired application by voice. X
Help System and Tutorials
Comprehensive help system includes tutorial, additional product resources, and information. X X X X
Interactive Tutorial introduces you to Dragon, with exercises that demonstrate best practices for dictating, editing, and formatting. X
Editing and Formatting Text
Format text by voice; Quick Voice Formatting (commands to delete / bold / underline / italicize / capitalize / copy / cut text). X X X
Smart Format Rules allow Dragon to adapt upon detecting formatting changes to abbreviations, numbers, and more. X
Command and Control
Click / move / drag / position the mouse by voice; press keys or key combinations by voice. X X
Application Support: Mac OS Utilities
Command sets for Mac OS applications including: Dragon Dictate, Finder, TextEdit, and iChat / Messages; includes commands for menus and most frequent actions. X X X
Application Support: OS X Mountain Lion Applications
Command sets for Mac OS X Mountain Lion applications including: Notes, Reminders, Notifications, and Messages; Enhanced support for Mission Control with commands for most common functions (e.g. "swipe left" or "swipe right"). X
Application Support: Social Networking
Ability to update Facebook or Twitter by voice, regardless of which application is active. X X
Application Support: Web Browsers
Command set for Safari browser; includes commands for application, file, edit, view, history, bookmark, window, help, links, and navigation menus. "Web 100" commands enable quick navigation to any of a hundred commonly used web sites, whether Safari is active or not. X X X
Application Support: Local E-mail
Command set for Mail; includes commands for application, file, edit, view, mailbox, message, format, and window menus. X X X
Application Support: Word Processing
Full Text Control and built-in commands for Word 2011. X X
Full Text Control and built-in commands for TextEdit. X X X
Dragon Voice Shortcuts for Web
Dragon Voice Shortcuts collapse common multi-step tasks into direct voice commands. Search the web for information, products, news, and more. X X
Dragon Voice Shortcuts for E-mail and Desktop Search
Send e-mails, schedule appointments, or create tasks; Search in Spotlight or a Finder window’s search field on the Mac; Open Mail and search e-mails. X X
Text to Speech
Synthesized voice reads out loud editable text you designate. X X
Multiple Sources per Profile
Ability to create multiple dictation sources (more than one type of audio input device) within the same profile sharing a vocabulary. X X
Mobile Dictation - Recorder Transcription
Allows transcription of recordings spoken by one person. X
Allows transcription of recordings spoken by up to six people, if each person has a trained profile.
Wireless Dictation - Bluetooth
Specific Bluetooth wireless acoustic model. X X
Support for wideband Bluetooth wireless headset microphones; When USB dongle of a certified microphone is plugged into the Mac, offers "Enhanced Bluetooth" as an audio source and does not require a script reading to get started. X
Wireless Dictation - Dragon Remote Mic App
Ability to dictate wirelessly with a mobile device. Free Dragon Remote Mic app works with iPhone, iPod Touch (4th gen), iPad, or compatible Android device. X X
Personal Administration
Ability to import / export custom word lists and user profiles. X X
Text Macros
Easily create commands to insert frequently-used text by voice. X X X
Advanced Custom Commands
Create or import powerful voice commands to automate routine tasks. X X X

*** Full Text Control allows you to use voice to perform direct dictation, selection, correction, and cursor movement within text.

Product Description

With Dragon Dictate for Mac 3 speech recognition software, you can use your voice to create and edit text or interact with your favorite Mac applications. Far more than just speech-to-text, Dragon Dictate lets you create and edit documents, manage email, surf the Web, update social networks, and more – quickly, easily and accurately, all by voice. Open and close or navigate between applications, or even create your own custom voice commands to execute multiple steps with a simple word or phrase. Use your iPhone or iPod as a wireless microphone, or capture your notes on-the-go using a digital voice recorder and Dragon Dictate 3 will transcribe them for you


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
281 of 291 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars DragonDictate V3 for Mac is Mistake. Save your money! October 11, 2012
I bought and downloaded Ver. 3 on 9/13/12, the day it became available. It was terrible from the start with slow, unstable and erratic performance. The hardware and software was up to the task as this was on a new MacBook Pro Retina with Mountain Lion.

I tried to contact support online and didn't receive a response for a week. This consisted of only telling me to delete the"plist" file. That resulted in no change, other than requiring even more time spent recalibrating the mic and retraining the Dragon to recreate the deleted file. I responded to support again after deleting the file as suggested, but didn't get an response in a reasonable period of time.

During this period, I called support and described the strange behavior I was experiencing with "select" and "correct" commands as it was occurring on my screen. I believe that the technician hung up on me as he didn't have a solution. I called back and wound up on extensive hold. Finally, after more than an hour, I hung up.

After trying to troubleshoot my system for several more hours I saw no option and contacted customer service for a refund, which was granted. It was a product they were apparently depending on the user to be a beta tester.

I then installed Dragon Naturally Speaking Ver. 11 in a Parallels virtual machine running Windows 7 on this Mac and couldn't believe that these two dictation apps came from Nuance, the same company. The differences in the interface, performance, and speech recognition was astounding. It was as if competing companies had developed the two apps as they were that different. The Windows version is very sound and pleasant to work with; and this is before an update to the current Version 12.
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152 of 159 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Frustration October 2, 2012
Bought Dragon Dictate for Mac 3 with great expectation. The selling deal was similar to that described by Dead Climber and seemed to be a good deal. However, although the program overall works, it is fraught with apparent bugs. For example, it crashes most of the time that I try to use Vocabulary to teach it new words. Furthermore, it does not seem to learn the new words; it will not recognize them. later This failure is in contrast to Dragon Naturally Speaking (for Windows) that performs quite well and will learn new words. I fear that the Nuance folks have released a product that needs better preparation.
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236 of 256 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love using Dragon Dictate 3 for Mac October 5, 2012
This review is coming to you directly from the app. Why type, when you can dictate. I've been using Dragon Dictate for Mac for several years, my first experience was the product MacSpeech quite a few years ago, when I was in college. I didn't get a lot of mileage with that app because the speech recognition wasn't that great. A couple of years ago I tried it again, in the form of Dragon Dictate 2 for Mac. This app was much better, and was very usable. Unfortunately, Dragon Dictate 2 for Mac didn't work with Mountain Lion. Now I was without my dictation software, again.

Last month, Nuance released Dragon Dictate 3 for Mac. I ordered a physical copy which included a USB microphone, and upon arrival, but it straight to work. Not a problem I've had thus far is updating profiles that were created in earlier versions. After discussing it with tech support, I just deleted my previous profiles, and started fresh with a new version. Thus far I've spent quite a few hours dictating using this app. The accuracy of this version is much better than previous versions. It is nearly 100% accurate, common errors can be addressed using the vocabulary tools raising the accuracy even further. His work exceedingly well for me, and I'm very happy to recommend it.

When you get the hang of dictating, it is much faster to dictate that it is to type. I'm getting pretty good at it, and have very little cleanup to do after dictating my content. I'm not even typing this review, thus far the entire review has been quickly, and efficiently, dictated to Dragon Dictate 3 for Mac, the results is been spectacular. I was not in a hurry to do this review, because I wanted to make sure that I had some time with the app before registering an opinion.
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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful
By fader
12/4/2012

I contacted Nuance technical support to report the severe compatibility problem between Dragon Dictate 3.0 for Mac OS X and Microsoft Word 2008/2011. The problem, in a nutshell, is that when dictating, Dragon drops the insertion cursor at random locations in the document. The result is a scrambled document. Other users contacted technical support and got the same answer as I did, which is to dictate into the Notepad window and then copy paste into Microsoft Word. Of course this is unacceptable, the latest version of Dictate should work with the most popular word processor on the planet.

I am using Dragon Dictate 3.0.1(12645), Mac OS X 10.8.2, MS Word 2008 and 2011.

The letter to Nuance follows:

Hello,

I am writing on behalf of of users of Dragon Dictate 3.0 for Mac OS X. I and other users have been experiencing a severe compatibility problem between Dragon Dictate 3.0 for Mac OS X and Microsoft Word 2011 (2008 as well). The problem, in a nutshell, is that when dictating, Dragon drops the insertion cursor at random locations in the document. The result is a scrambled document. Dragon is totally unusable in Microsoft Word.

Some customers contacted customer support to alert Nuance of the severe Word compatibility problem. Customer support advised that instead of dictating directly into Microsoft Word, users should dictate into Dragons "Notepad" and then copy/paste the text. This is unacceptable. Dragon Dictate for the Mac should work smoothly with Microsoft Word, the most popular word processing program in the world. Please have your engineers address this problem immediately and release a product update.

Thank you.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Should Be Better By Now
I bought Dragon Dictate for my Mac a few years ago and because of the multitude of problems and very bad customer support, I wrote the CEO of the company and sent it FedEx to... Read more
Published 6 days ago by S.M.
4.0 out of 5 stars few similarities
I have had, and am having a tough time converting from "Cap that" after saying the word--to--"That". Nothing in the After the word is said??
Published 7 days ago by Charles Kohler
2.0 out of 5 stars Check it will work!
Finally decided to purchase this well advertised product and upon receipt it was not compatible with my mac . Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I purchased this for my wife and she says that its is excellent. She highly recommends it and purchasing this product.
Published 10 days ago by Gregory A. Brown
1.0 out of 5 stars Does not work
I would not recommend purchasing this product. We paid $99 for it December 2013. We just got around to installing it. Should have listened to the reviews. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Victoria Vacala
5.0 out of 5 stars Obedient Dragon
It's great. My Dragon was trained in a really short time and understands even really difficult, technical words. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Cynthia Kros
2.0 out of 5 stars No good for interview transcription
I bought this software for transcription purposes. It works well if you're transcribing your own voice, but it's unable to recognize voices that the software hasn't learned. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Jamie Price
2.0 out of 5 stars Not great
I tried this thing and did get a Master's level essay completed but it was a pain to wear this headset and get the right words in. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Richard Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Great software. it works great!
I have used Dragon for many years. This is the best version yet. The accuracy is outstanding. It does a better job than I do when it comes to spelling and errors. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Alan Swank
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
There's a learning curve, but it worked pretty dang good straight from the start, and I use it for writing psych/social work papers from school. Read more
Published 25 days ago by MReinecke
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