Nuance just released an update to Dragon for Mac yesterday. What’s more, I received a personal phone call from Jeff Lieman, the manager of Engineering at Nuance, encouraging me to try out and review the new version. It sounds like the number of problems in the latest release caught them by surprise.
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If you have been unfortunate enough to upgrade to the latest version of Dragon for Mac 6, here are some tips on how to get it working with the least amount of spinning beachballs.
UPDATE 28/9/2016: Dragon 6.01 released.
I’m so disappointed with the latest version of Dragon for Mac 6 released yesterday that I’m not even going to write a review. I will make some comments though for those who might be thinking of upgrading.
Dragon for Mac 6 (renamed Dragon Professional Individual for Mac, v6) crashes every few minutes. It does crazy mistakes like “againn”, “consistsnt” and “won’tt”. There have been a couple of times it has taken complete control of my computer and spat out endless garbage like ÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ
I cannot even force quit it because it is an invisible application. I cannot go into activity monitor to quit because I have lost control of my keyboard. I’ve installed it on my Macbook Air but it’s too unstable to put on my main Mac.
Here are some comments from actual users:
“profound disappointment.” Kevin
“this version of Dragon is so much garbage that I thought I might be able to warn others” Zach
“Upgrading to dragon 6 is the worse decision I have made in a long time.” Max
“shouldn’t Nuance be beta-testing new releases with users so these bugs get squashed before a general release?” Jon
“I find it surprising that this version has been released when it clearly contains so many errors.” Peter
“I am also frustrated with version 6, and like Zach, I’ve been a user since the MacSpeech iListen days.” Stephen
“Now instead of just messing up and quitting, the 6.0 version just stops working and gives you a spinning beach ball.” Mary
“getting a little tiresome” adsub
“very disappointed that Nuance would put out such an unstable version.” Mark
“it is not a positive experience.” David
“Getting Dragon version 6 for the Macintosh to work for me was a huge pain.” Fletch
“What good is improved UI when the guts don’t work.” Andrew
“Big promises for Dragon 6, but a complete failure on delivery. Don’t buy it!” Tersh
“It has crashed more than 10 times in 6 days in the course of doing very ordinary dictation tasks.” Steve
“by far the worst release I’ve seen as far as bugs and erratic behavior in a program version that’s virtually useless” Mark
“I feel like Charlie Brown, each time they come out with a new version I think that it will be different but then they pull the football away.”
And my favourite:
“The only “Deep Learning” taking place here is that I must not allow myself to be ripped off yet again!” Arnold
We know we are desperate if people are suggesting solutions like this:
“why don’t you try Dragon for Windows (using a Windows bootcamp partition or a virtual machine)?” Marius
I am very disappointed because previously this was one of my favourite pieces of software.
You can read more on the Nuance customer forums here.
The upgraded version of Dragon Dictate (Dragon Professional) version 6 is due to be released any time soon. There are still many bugs in version 5 that the various upgrades have not fixed ye yet. Indeed many of them are a hang-over from version 4. What are the main bugs we need to test the new version for? Here is my list. Feel free to add any more. I will test it as soon as my pre-order is available! Continue reading 〉