Dragon Dictate 3.0 (Mac) (Old Version)
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- Mac OS 10.7, 10.8 and 10.9 ONLY (with latest 3.0.4 free update installed). 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.
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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
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.
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.
- 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|
|Turns your voice into text.||X||X||X||X|
|Up to 99% accurate.||X||X||X||X|
|Words appear on the screen three times faster than typing.||X||X||X||X|
|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|
|Support for OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion.||X|
|Support for Mac OS X 10.7 Lion.||X||X||X|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|Ability to set alternative written forms of words or phrases (e.g. "color" vs. "colour").||X|
|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|
|Ability to import / export custom word lists and user profiles.||X||X|
|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.
Top Customer Reviews
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. I'll stay on this path, even though I have to dictate a document, then copy and paste to the Mac app being used. This won't be practical for many purposes, such as routine emails, but the Mac app is totally impractical.
Note that I've been using Dragon for Windows since version 3.5 Mobile (included a hand-held digital recorder) which was purchased in April 2000, more than 12 years ago. It was used extensively to dictate lengthy reports in MS Word. The Mac Version 3 was found to be virtually unusable, and that's really sad coming more than a decade later from this same company.
I had a MacBook and bought Dragon 2 for Mac and the problems began. The problem was when I used Dragon and Word, XL and Photoshop were open.
Mac tech support (via tel and Genius Bar) tried to figure out the problem. Over more than a year trying to FIX the problem under AppleCare: Apple reloaded my operating system, Nuance reloaded Dragon, Apple told me to buy more RAM - bought 4 GB more on top of the 4 I had, Apple told me to buy a powered USB hub (I did; I need a 'natural' keyboard and mouse)... problem still not fixed after each of these attempted fixes.
NEXT Apple thought maybe my hard drive was failing and they replaced my hard drive. NEXT the speculation was that since my MacBook was older - maybe the processor was too slow. Nuance said that Dragon 3 was more efficient and buying DD3 would help. To use DD3, I needed to upgrade my operating system on the MacBook or buy a new Mac.
FINALLY a bought a new MacMini with Mountain Lion and bought DD3 from Amazon. Now, I have faster core processor, newer MAC OS, and newer DD3. At the advice of Apple - I did NOT move applications from the old computer to the new. All apps were installed on the Mini directly from original CDs. Photoshop 4 discs are hiding somewhere in my office so I bought mini-photo edit software SnapHeal, Pixelmator, etc.to replace PhotoShop. I was NEVER a power PS user... but this added MORE COST to solving my Dragon Dictate for Mac problem.
You guessed it - NEW COMPUTER - NEW OS - NEW DD3 - same problem with computer crashing and grinding to a halt.
Last night, I took the new computer to the Apple Store and the Genius Bar technician opened: Applications>Utilities>Activity Monitor and we watched Word, XL, Pixelmator all work properly. Then we opened Dragon Dictate - all still fine except Word went NUTS - using 104% of the CPU capacity - even when nothing was being dictated and on and on. The mini also ran HOT to the touch when Dragon was loaded - not good for the computer.
Having problems with Dragon Dictate 2 or 3 for MAC crashing and slowing your computer? GO TO Applications > UTILITIES > Activity Monitor... LOOK at Word's CPU usage when Dragon is Loaded. SEE the problem right before your eyes.
Nuance should refund the cost of Dragon2 for Mac and Dragon3 for Mac to anyone who has bought it and also uses MS Word for Mac. It is defective software.