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Platform : Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, Mac OS X 10.7 Lion
2.9 out of 5 stars 214 customer reviews

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  • Speech-recognition software designed exclusively for the Mac
  • Input text just by speaking--up to 3 times faster than typing
  • Interact with your favorite Mac applications using only your voice
  • Produce reports, email, articles, books, research notes, online content, and more
  • Amazingly accurate; requires just minutes of training to get started
  • A smarter way to interact with your Mac,more accurate
  • Enables you to focus on dictating your thoughts and ideas rather than dealing with the mouse and keyboard. More accurate
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Dragon Dictate 2.0 Mac


Introducing Dragon Dictate for Mac 2.0

The name has changed from MacSpeech Dictate...but that's just the beginning of what's new in Dragon Dictate 2.0. From improved accuracy and faster performance, to streamlined set-up and a revamped Mac user interface, plus new editing commands, Dragon Voice Shortcuts for Search, and MouseGrid, Dragon Dictate 2.0 has been redesigned to deliver Simply Smarter Speech Recognition for the Macintosh.

Powered by the state-of-the-art Dragon v11 speech-recognition engine from Nuance, Dragon Dictate 2.0's recognition of your speech is much more accurate out of the box. Dictate 2.0 "learns" better than any previous version via training in the Recognition window, as well as through the Vocabulary Training feature. Dictate 2.0 responds faster to spoken commands, streamlines the editing process, and supports Dragon Voice Shortcuts that give you more power and flexibility in controlling your Mac by voice.

Powered by Dragon
Powered by the state-of-the-art Dragon speech-recognition engine from Nuance.In addition to under-the-hood changes, the Dragon Dictate 2.0 application includes a number of interface changes to accelerate set-up, improve training, streamline customization of vocabulary and voice commands, and simply make you more productive on your Mac. Improvements in Dictate 2.0 as a Mac OS X application help commands execute more rapidly, allow user profiles to load faster, and enable interaction with other Mac applications to be smoother than ever.

In the latest version of Dragon Dictate, users have the ability to more finely control how Dragon formats text such as dates, times, numbers and addresses, ensuring that Dragon works the way that you work. New voice commands, such as the ability to post to Facebook and Twitter, and a deeper integration with Microsoft Word help you get more done faster on your Mac. Plus iPhone users can take advantage of the new Dragon Remote Microphone application. This free app allows you to turn your iPhone (or iPod touch) into a wireless microphone for use with Dragon on your Mac.

Above all, Dictate 2.0 enables you to focus on dictating your thoughts and ideas rather than dealing with the mouse and keyboard. That's simply a smarter way to interact with your Mac. It's Simply Smarter Speech Recognition.

Dragon Dictate for Mac -- Simply Smarter Speech Recognition

With Dragon Dictate for Mac, accomplish more than you ever imagined possible. Input text just by speaking--up to three times faster than typing--and interact with your favorite Mac applications using only your voice. With Dragon Dictate you can produce reports, email, articles, books, research notes, online content, and more--quickly, easily, and accurately. You'll get more done faster with less stress and more success--at home, at work, or wherever life takes you. Dragon Dictate provides amazing accuracy and requires just minutes of training to get started--it's Simply Smarter Speech Recognition.

USB microphone included
USB microphone included.

Key Benefits

Turn Talk into Text

Instead of a keyboard, use your voice to produce text. Speak your thoughts; then watch your words appear on screen in your favorite Mac applications--and up to three times faster than typing--with an astounding recognition-accuracy rate of up to 99% right out of the box.

Unlock Your Creativity

Dragon Dictate for Mac keeps up with your brain. Transform ideas into text at the speed of thought; start being creative and productive with only your voice--don't let typing get in the way of your ideas or productivity.

Work Comfortably

Control your Mac in a relaxed, hands-free manner without being tied to your keyboard. Instead of using your mouse, just speak commands to launch and control applications. Move the cursor or click anywhere on screen simply by voice.

Multi-Task Like Never Before

Tell your Mac what to do, like "Reply To This Message" or "Open Microsoft Word" or "Jump To Google" to work faster and smarter. Create voice commands that automate complex workflows on your Mac.

Work Your Way

Create a digital world, powered by your own voice. Customize Dragon Dictate for Mac with personal vocabulary and voice commands that reflect the kind of work you do.

Built for Mac

Dragon Dictate for Mac was built to give users the experience they expect from their favorite Macintosh applications--an intuitive, easy-to-use interface that dramatically boosts productivity. What's more, Dragon Dictate for Mac works with your favorite Apple applications, including Mail, iChat, iCal, TextEdit, Pages, Safari, and many more.


Simply Smarter--Improved Accuracy & Faster Recognition
  • Powered By Dragon: Dragon Dictate for Mac 2.0 recognizes speech faster and more accurately right out of the box. Dictate 2.0's remarkable accuracy is powered by the latest version of the award-winning Dragon speech recognition engine. This is the same state-of-the-art technology used by Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11 for the PC.
  • Optimized For Mac: Improvements to Dictate 2.0 as a Mac OS X application enable the software to load data faster, respond faster with recognized text, execute commands faster and produce text more rapidly in your favorite Mac applications.
Smarter Control--Powerful Commands

In addition to the powerful voice commands that Dragon Dictate already offers for controlling popular Mac applications like Mail, iChat, TextEdit and Safari, the new Dragon Dictate 2.0 adds more ways than ever to interact with your Mac by voice:

  • New Editing Commands: Most editing commands in Dragon Dictate 2.0 now allow for the syntax supported by Dragon NaturallySpeaking for PC. These commands are easy to say, easy to remember, and designed to simplify and speed up editing by voice. The new Dictate 2.0 commands include:
    • "Select (text)", "Select Next/Previous"
    • "Delete (text)", "Delete Next/Previous"
    • "Train (text)" or "Correct (text)"
    • "Insert Before/After (text)"
    • "Capitalize (text)" , "Capitalize Next/Previous"
    • "Lowercase (text)", "Lowercase Next/Previous"
    • "Uppercase (text)", "Uppercase Next/Previous"

    Commands carried over from MacSpeech Dictate 1.5 will continue to work, as well. For example, "Select The Word(s)" or "Delete The Word(s)", et. al.

  • Proofreading: The new Proofreading commands in Dragon Dictate 2.0 take advantage of the powerful Text-to-Speech capabilities built into Mac OS X. Use these commands to have dictated text read back to you:
    • "Read/Proofread (text)"
    • "Read/Proofread The Selection"
    • "Read/Proofread Document"
  • Surrounding Punctuation: These commands allow you to put punctuation around certain words or words, using a single command. Some examples are:
    • "Put Quotes Around (text)"
    • "Put Parentheses Around (text)"
    • "Put Brackets Around (text)"
    • And more!
  • Dragon Voice Shortcuts for Search: Dragon Voice Shortcuts offer an easy way to search for information, files and content from anywhere on your Mac, using a single voice command:

    Search the Web for information, products, news and more:

    • "Search Google for 'Italian restaurants in Boston'"
    • "Search Bing for "wedding dress photos"
    • "Search Yahoo for "tuxedo rentals"

    Search Mail for messages:

    • "Search Mail for "RSVP"

    Search menu items in the active application:

    • "Search Menus for "Page Setup"

    Search your Mac for documents and content:

    • "Search Mac for 'history term paper'"
    • "Search Spotlight for "business brochure layout"

Smart From The Start--Productivity is Faster & Easier

  • Flexible Microphones: Switching between microphones is easier to manage with Dragon Dictate 2.0. A new "Audio Sources" setting lets you specify which microphones to use with a given Profile. You can even designate multiple microphones for a single Profile -- for example, if you use both a wired headset microphone and a wireless microphone. The free Dragon Remote Microphone app turns your iPhone or iPod touch into a wireless microphone so you can dictate and control your Mac by voice, without the traditional headset wires.
  • Easy Upgrade: Moving from MacSpeech Dictate 1.5 to Dragon Dictate 2.0 is a breeze:
    • Dragon Dictate 2.0 detects existing user data from Dictate v1.5, including custom vocabulary, and sets up a new and improved Profile. Additional Voice Training is available to further optimize your voice profiles.
    • Custom Voice Commands created with Dictate v1.x are compatible with Dragon Dictate 2.0.
  • Training Tools: Microphone Setup and Voice Training are easier to manage via an updated user interface for various set-up tools.
  • Expanded User Manual & Help Guide: The Dragon Dictate 2.0 User Manual and built-in Help Guide offer in-depth information about both new and existing features in Dictate 2.0.

Point By Voice with MouseGrid

Dragon Dictate 2.0 lets you control your Mac's cursor and mouse actions by voice, giving you a new option for interacting with your desktop, and giving you precise handling of mouse pointer-based tasks.

  • MouseGrid: Placement of the cursor can be accomplished with MouseGrid commands. Using numbered 3x3 grid sections onscreen, you can narrow down the placement of the mouse pointer, and then use a Mouse Click command. Some of the MouseGrid commands are:
    • "Open MouseGrid" or "MouseGrid"
    • "Small MouseGrid" (directly around mouse pointer)
    • "1" through "9", to narrow down placement
    • "Close MouseGrid", or "Cancel"
  • Mouse Click: To click the mouse, you simply speak a command, with optional that designate one or more keys such as Command, Option, Shift or Caps Lock. Choose from these new commands:
    • "(modifiers) Mouse Click"
    • "(modifiers) Mouse Double Click"
    • "(modifiers) Mouse Triple Click"
    • "(modifiers) Press Mouse, or Hold Mouse"
    • "Release Mouse"
  • Mouse Movement: New commands let you move the mouse pointer, just by using your voice. You designate the direction (left, right, up, down, or any combination), and optionally the distance (points, centimeters or inches). These new commands are available in Dragon Dictate 2.0:
    • "Move Mouse (direction)"
    • "Stop, or Slower, or Faster"
    • "Move Mouse (direction) 1-100 Points/Centimeters/Inches"

Smart & Easy Upgrades -- from MacSpeech Dictate 1.x

  • Runs on Intel-based Macs: Dragon Dictate for Mac requires Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, which runs on almost any Intel-based Macintosh.
  • Easy to Upgrade: Dragon Dictate 2.0 makes it easy to move up from using MacSpeech Dictate 1.5. Launching the new version detects your user data from the previous version, including custom vocabulary. Additional Voice Training is available to further optimize your voice profiles. What's more, you can use your existing wired or wireless USB microphone that came with the older version of Dictate to input your speech.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.1 x 2.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • Item model number: S601A-G00-2.0
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 16, 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars 214 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,862 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
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  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
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By SanjeevP VINE VOICE on October 27, 2010
I come to the Mac version of speech recognition after having used speech recognition software in Windows for 15 years. 1995 was when I first started using IBM Via Voice and you had to speak each word distinctly. Then Dragon came out with Windows 95 product, also called Dragon Dictate, and then they changed it to Dragon Naturally Speaking in 1997 and I have been using it ever since, faithfully upgrading to each new version. At that time when you called technical support you could even talk to Dr. Janet Baker, the inventor of the speech recognition and founder of Dragon. Each version of the Windows Dragon Naturally Speaking has improved the accuracy and it is almost 97% in Dragon 11.

Simplicity of using a Mac made me migrate from Windows to Mac side a few years ago. But I missed the speech recognition software on Mac and keep on using Dragon Naturally Speaking on Windows under Boot Camp. Mac has lacked a usable speech recognition software. MacSpeech Dictate was terrible and unusable. Now the owners of Dragon Naturally Speaking, Nuance have bought MacSpeech product and they have given it the original name Dragon Dictate. Thinking that now Dragon Dictate has the speech engine of Dragon Naturally Speaking and must be better, I purchased the product Dragon Dictate at special introductory price from Nuance. But I regret spending that money, total waste.

Dragon Dictate comes in two discs, Application Disc and Data and includes wired Plantronics headset but I set it up to use with PLANTRONIC Calisto Headset with USB Dongle.
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Review for Dragon Dictate 2.0.
All of this review will be written using DragonDictate 2.0:

I've been using Dragon Dictate 2.0 for little over two weeks, I never used MacSpeech Dictate, however, I did use Dragon Naturally Speaking nine, for Windows.

I am using a Plantronics 400 USB headset: I bought the program because I've had some pain in my wrists, and because I do a lot of writing, and need a hands-free way of typing. I write fiction, blogs, e-mails, nonfiction, and school assignments with this program, I even use it for Skype.

So far, the program has worked exceptionally well. There was one issue that I wasn't really pleased with, however, an update came out a few days ago, which mostly fixed the issue. The issue was, I wanted to be able to train the program to learn new words. I noticed, some words it could learn, but other words it refused to learn. With the update, I've been able to train the program to learn all the words I've been trying to train it prior to the update, however, I have still found a few words it has had trouble learning. But overall, I'm pleased.

Also, the program has unexpectedly quit on me a few times, not so much that I'm losing writing, but enough to irritate me. I think with the update, they have fixed the crashing issue. I hope so.

The program has this wonderful recognition window; whenever you say anything, the program writes down 10 different outcomes the program thinks she may have said. Usually, one of the 10 is correct, so it is as easy as saying pick five, or pick eight... But usually, the first one is the correct one, meaning you don't have to say anything more than what you are speaking.
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(This whole review is done with Dragon 2.0 I will not edit it at all)

As a quadriplegic standup comedian (okay I'm the cant stand up comic) I spent a lot of time doing voice dictation. I have been using Dragon naturally speaking since 1995 and I must say it is truly an amazing product and Dragon dictate 2.0 for Mac is the same. I will be adding to this review as I dig down into Dragon 2.0 and some of the editing and correction features. But first I want to give a basic overview on voice dictation and being successful.

Another thing to note I do not use Dragon for mouse movements and commands as I had the ability to use a touchpad mouse so I will not delve into those features in my review. This will merely focus on how you can use voice dictation effectively to receive near 100% accuracy. And how Dragon dictate 2.0 does it almost perfectly every time.

One thing you need to think about when you get into voice dictation is speaking in word clumps. You have to think about what you want to have Dragon type for you then you have to say those sentences in chunks (I hope that makes sense) most people who complain about voice dictation don't take the time to realize this.

In the following example I did edit the text when errors were made for continuity of thought.

if I wanted to say "Is that the wheelchair that goes upstairs?" "No it is not but it goes downstairs one time really fast!"
The way I attacked this sentence was "Is that the wheelchair -pause- that goes upstairs question mark -pause- no it is not -pause- but it goes downstairs -pause- one time really fast exclamation point

Here is another one "what is the worst thing that a handicapped person can hear? Is it a doctor telling you you'll never walk again?
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