Nuance Dragon Dictate 2.0 Software - 8066352

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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 davidm 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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Input text just by speaking – up to three times faster than typing – and interact with your favorite Mac applications using only your voice. With Nuance Dragon Dictate 2.0 Software 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. Nuance Dragon Dictate 2.0 Software provides amazing accuracy and requires just minutes of training to get started.

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Manufacturer Nuance Communications
Mfg Part# 8066352
SKU 218678450
UPC 780420123021
UPC 14 00780420123021
Features
Operating Systems: MAC OS X
OS Compatibility: Mac
Productivity: Business Software
Productivity: Voice Recognition
Security & Utilities: Voice Recognition
Software Type: Voice Recognition
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ARGH! - stay away from Dragon Dictate for Mac v2 by davidm on Mar 16, 2011

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