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- Dragon Dictate 3 for Mac
Dragon Dictate 3 has finally brought its Mac speech recognition to almost the same set of features as the PC version of Dragon Despite some feature differences, the two Dragons use basically the same improved speech recognition engine. I chose to test the Apple Mac version because it can finally do some things formerly limited to Windows, such as selecting a single word by voice for correction or deletion or formatting. However, this is advanced software. By that I mean requires some effort and time to learn how to use effectively.
It will also take some time to remember the specific wording of each of the many voice commands. Dragon Dictate 3 uses a small window to show its status and often displays two larger windows, one with available commands and one with alternate spellings. The Dragon Dictate software has many functions the user manual is lengthy , but you can reduce to two: voice dictation and controlling your Mac.
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The Mac version of Dragon still has smaller sets of application-specific commands than its Windows version. Also, the Windows version allows you to navigate from link to link on a Web page; while the Mac version lacks this feature. Dragon comes with an over-the-head microphone but you will need a better quality headset microphone than the cheap one Nuance supply in the box for long-term usage — such as an Andrea NCVMUSB.
I was also able to get good results using a Dragon Microphone app on my iPhone. Dragon Dictate 3 for Mac is now able to transcribe audio files recorded on a digital voice recorder or an iPhone voice-recording app. I am using a very high quality professional digital voice recorder from Olympus though — not an eBay el-cheapo recorder. For best accuracy, you need to train Dragon Dictate 3 before using it.
Wideband Bluetooth support delivers outstanding wireless performance with no training required. Dragon Dictate will transcribe the recorded audio files when you connect to your Mac. Multiple transcription sources allowed within a profile so one user can easily manage different recordings. In Safari and Firefox, use voice commands to control your Gmail inbox, giving you even more voice capability within popular applications.
Simply establish a user profile for a digital voice recorder, and have Dragon Dictate transcribe your recorded voice quickly and easily. I am now back to using Dragon 5. There is no point in adding new sales features, when basic functionality gets lost in the process.
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Dragon 6 worked fine with Word on my Mac — up until now. Now I get garbage everywhere — split words, the cursor popping up in strange places, garbled sentences.
Have tried closing and reloading Dragon, closing and reloading Word, rebooting my computer — nothing works. Might as well throw the programme in the garbage, like the garbage it is generating. I decided to try Dragon v6 6. The training period is much shorter than my version 4.
It is accurate, faster and the cursor does not jump around as in prior versions. After 2 weeks the program is stable no crashes and a pleasure to use.
Review: Dragon Dictate 3 sharpens speech recognition, learns transcription | Macworld
Big Kudos to Nuance for finally getting it right. I bought this product back in April and it has never worked properly and over the last two months it has been impossible to use. I cannot even get started. I have had some technical support from a company call Hands Free Computing.
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They have been trying hard to help, but it is a faulty product. They are completely unnaccountable. This is a extraordinary that they get away with it.
Dragon Dictate 3 for Mac
I wasted my money and now they have announced that they are discontinuing Dragon for Mac leaving everyone in the lurch. They say they will give 3 months technical support but the product has not worked and it is not likely to work. Name required. Mail will not be published required.