Dragon Dictate 2.0 for Mac - S601A-G00-2.0

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I think I've used Dragon Naturally Speaking and other Nuance products for almost 15 years. They have lots of good stuff for PC. Then they acquired Mac Speech about the time I switched to a Mac. When they came out with Dragon Dictate v2 (the Dragon engine with Mac Speech) for Mac, I thought it was time to make the switch. Oh, was I mistaken!!!! The product hardly functions and has no transcription function (transcribing from a MP3 or similar format from a digital recorder). ARGH! They insist that you purchase another full-price product at another (discounted ?!?!?!?) $149 [MacSpeech Transcribe] to do that function. So, not only does the base program fail to learn your voice, fail to train from spelling, fail to improve with time, fail with simple commands [e.g. "go to end of line"], and MORE FAILINGS -- compared to the PC product, BUT THEY WANT TO SOCK YOU FOR MORE MONEY. It installs OK. It starts up with the intro process just like you would think from using the PC product for many years. That's where the similarity ends. And that's where the functionality takes a nosedive, too. The pop-up dictation window and the "recognition window" are where you get most of the work done (or NOT, as is the case). When you want to make a correction, typically you would say, "choose 'example words'" and the program would highlight those words in order for you to make a change or correction. It doesn't consistently choose the right words (which, for example, it should have interpreted and input correctly the first time, anyway! - ARGH!). So you speak the correct word, or try to spell it ---- who knows where it will put it. The program does NOT follow your spelling; it tries to substitute whole words for each letter. You say, "T"; Dictate types, "tea". You say, "I"; Dictate types, "aye". ... or some such fickle whatever-comes-to-the-fore-at-the-time word/s. Then, the only way to correct type is to go in manually to fix it. OOPS! -- that is a mistake. Because Dictate does not play nice with manual interference in any window while the microphone is "on". Oh, so I have to turn the microphone to "off" for any little correction or space or "Enter" or punctuation addition or correction. Did I say, "ARGH?" If you want frustration, go ahead and spend $149 on the discounted version! But it would be better if you waited until they get their act together --- and merge the Dictate and Scribe program functionality (as with Naturally Speaking for PC). Sorry, Nuance, but this stinks! Terrible! They definitely messed up and went to market way too early on this. Stay away from Dragon Dictate for Mac! Back to the keyboard again -- David

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ARGH! - stay away from Dragon Dictate for Mac v2

by dmeade on 3/16/2011

I think I've used Dragon Naturally Speaking and other Nuance products for almost 15 years. They have lots of good stuff for PC. Then they acquired Mac Speech about the time I switched to a Mac. When they came out with Dragon Dictate v2 (the Dragon engine with Mac Speech) for Mac, I thought it was time to make the switch. Oh, was I mistaken!!!! The product hardly functions and has no transcription function (transcribing from a MP3 or similar format from a digital recorder). ARGH! They insist that you purchase another full-price product at another (discounted ?!?!?!?) $149 [MacSpeech Transcribe] to do that function. So, not only does the base program fail to learn your voice, fail to train from spelling, fail to improve with time, fail with simple commands [e.g. "go to end of line"], and MORE FAILINGS -- compared to the PC product, BUT THEY WANT TO SOCK YOU FOR MORE MONEY. It installs OK. It starts up with the intro process just like you would think from using the PC product for many years. That's where the similarity ends. And that's where the functionality takes a nosedive, too. The pop-up dictation window and the "recognition window" are where you get most of the work done (or NOT, as is the case). When you want to make a correction, typically you would say, "choose 'example words'" and the program would highlight those words in order for you to make a change or correction. It doesn't consistently choose the right words (which, for example, it should have interpreted and input correctly the first time, anyway! - ARGH!). So you speak the correct word, or try to spell it ---- who knows where it will put it. The program does NOT follow your spelling; it tries to substitute whole words for each letter. You say, "T"; Dictate types, "tea". You say, "I"; Dictate types, "aye". ... or some such fickle whatever-comes-to-the-fore-at-the-time word/s. Then, the only way to correct type is to go in manually to fix it. OOPS! -- that is a mistake. Because Dictate does not play nice with manual interference in any window while the microphone is "on". Oh, so I have to turn the microphone to "off" for any little correction or space or "Enter" or punctuation addition or correction. Did I say, "ARGH?" If you want frustration, go ahead and spend $149 on the discounted version! But it would be better if you waited until they get their act together --- and merge the Dictate and Scribe program functionality (as with Naturally Speaking for PC). Sorry, Nuance, but this stinks! Terrible! They definitely messed up and went to market way too early on this. Stay away from Dragon Dictate for Mac! Back to the keyboard again -- David Read More

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Product Overview

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, e-mail, 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.

Specifications

Manufacturer Nuance Communications
Mfg Part# S601A-G00-2.0
SKU 217457878
UPC 780420123007
UPC 14 00780420123007
Features
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
Tech Specs
Intel-based Macintosh running Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard or later
Internet connection required for registration
Nuance-approved USB microphone
The bundled Bluetooth headset microphone requires the included Bluetooth USB Adapter for use with Dragon Dictate for Mac
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