Nuance Dragon Dictate Medical for Mac - 1 License Retail Box with No Maintenance
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I originally purchased the non-medical version for Mac. I have a MacBook Pro with retina display and it is a pretty speedy machine. I'm also American born and have a Midwest accent.
I used the non-medical version for about 6 months with great frustration. I read all of the speeches, added words, had Dragon search my documents/email and I taught it words. Although the accuracy improved over the 6 months, it was still much quicker and easier to just type my notes as I had to go back and correct the Dragon documents line by line. However, my old hands were sore and tired.
There are not many Mac options for dictation software. I know there is some built into the Mac, but it requires an Internet connection and you can't teach it. Despite my better judgment I purchased Dictate Medical for Mac (desperate people do desperate things). Tech support told me that it is completely different software from the non-medical version and so I couldn't transfer over my user profile. However, it looks and behaves exactly like the regular version.
The cursor will suddenly jump to a different part of a paragraph for no apparent reason. Dragon can interpret the same word numerous ways in the same paragraph. One time I'll say PRN and Dragon will type "PRN" the next time I say PRN it may write "to take as needed." Correct, but not what I said. At times the software will do completely bizarre things. For instance I might say: "He was the one." and Dragon will type, "He was the 1." Medications like Invega are constantly typed In Vega no matter how many times I try to voice train the word. With that said, it generally does do a better job with medical terms, compared to the non-medical version.
At a second work site I use a provided Windows machine and I bought a copy of Dragon for Windows (non-medical) for that computer. It was just installed today and it works surprisingly better than the Mac version. I still had to make corrections, but the errors were more realistic (sometimes the Mac version screws things up so much that I can't even figure out what the original sentence was).
I'll continue to work with Dragon for Mac; I really have no other choice. However, $1000 for the addition of a medical terminology word list? I feel ripped off.
I really love my Mac, but if the cheap Windows version continues to outperform the Mac version I may have to consider either using Windows at my primary site or booting my Mac into Windows OS (I would hate to do that).
The bad news: Dragon Dictate Medical for Mac is as bad as previously mentioned. The cursor moves all over the place especially when trying to insert text in the middle of a document. The application locks up all the time requiring frequent restarts. I was so frustrated I was ready to send it back for a refund (bought directly from Nuance).
The good news: When it's working, the accuracy is much improved from Macspeech dictate. I rarely have to make corrections.
Unfortunately, the accuracy is not worth putting up with all of the application bugs. Again, I was ready to send it back, however, I discovered a fix for the application bugs. Fortunately, I did not uninstall Macspeech Dictate for Mac after installing Dragon Dictate Medical for Mac. I started both applications simultaneously and amazingly the bugs with Dragon Dictate Medical mostly disappeared. (It still has problems placing text without skipping the cursor around, but I fix this by using Macspeech Dictate in these instances, and Dragon Dictate for all other dictations).
So, if you have Macspeech Dictate, you can run it at the same time as Dragon Dictate Medical and avoid most of the application issues. You can also get it at a discount ($499 from Nuance). If you do not have Macspeech Dictate medical, avoid Dragon Dictate Medical until Nuance fixes the bugs. Hope this helps