Oct 25

dragon

Today Nuance released Dragon version 6.02.   I’d love to be able to review Dragon version 6.02 right now but because the major problem with Dragon is stability it is something that I can’t just review in 24 hours.  I will be giving Dragon 6.02 a good workout over the coming few days and I will give you a report as soon as I can.  Hopefully it’s the version that we have been waiting for. But in the meantime, I have been playing around with version 6.01 for about four weeks and I can give you some thoughts about it.

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Sep 28

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.  He was very generous with his time and chatted with me about some of the new features of Dragon 6 and how Dragon are working with various companies to bring even better integration to Dragon. He was very concerned about the bugs that are in Dragon 6 and pretty keen to get them sorted ASAP.  It sounds like the number of problems in the latest release caught them by surprise. He sounded concerned. But the proof will be in how well Nuance can get the bugs fixed and give us a stable working version.

I’ve installed 6.01.  It’s crashed twice which is disappointing but better than it was last week.  I’ll be giving it a good test drive over the next week  – stay tuned for an update.

Sep 03

Dragon has crashed again.

UPDATE 15/10/2016: I have now been using Dragon 6.0.1 for a couple of weeks, you can read my thoughts here.

UPDATE 28/9/2016:  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, Dragon 6.01, which was released today. I will try it out over the next few weeks and give you an update.

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.

A final note, be wary of reviews like this one that are overly positive – they are selling the software!

 

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Aug 31

Dragon 6

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 ⟩

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Aug 22

Dragon 6

It looks like Nuance are about to release a new version of Dragon for Mac. It’s called ‘Dragon Professional Individual for Mac.’ Let’s hope the ‘Professional’ in the name means a product that has finished beta testing.  Dragon for Mac version 5 looked promising but turned out to be a disaster. (You can read about it here.)  I suggested here that you not buy version 5 but instead wait for the release of version 6. Well here it is. I’ve pre-ordered a version of Dragon for Mac 6 and I’ll write a review as soon as it arrives.  It’s criminal that Nuance never fixed the bugs in version 5 yet they are charging $300 for version 6. If you live in Australia it’s $475.  (No that was not a typo – $475 for a product that, based on Nuance’s history, probably won’t work.)

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Mar 08

thumbdrive

We were on holidays in a unit and there was a TV where we were staying. I didn’t have any cables but thought it would be nice to play some music from my Macbook air through the TV. The TV had a USB port. Here’s how I got my iTunes songs onto a USB drive and then onto the TV. This should work for pictures and movies too.

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Nov 06

dragon

The first three weeks of Yosemite has been painful because Dragon Dictate has not been working properly.   It would not read  my old profiles and would not let me train a new one without crashing. I rely fairly heavily on Dragon Dictate to do most of my  writing/typing  so this was a bit of a dud. I was going to write a post on a workaround for this problem, but Nuance released an update today – version 4.0.6 –  which fixes the problems. Training is working again and Dragon Dictate has stopped crashing.

Nuance should have had this all worked out before Yosemite was released, but at least we are back in business now.

STOP PRESS: Click here for review of newer ‘Dragon for Mac’ (released Septmeber 2015.)

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Jun 14

dragon_dictate_4_8

I’ve been playing around with Dragon Dictate version 4 for a few weeks now so it’s probably time I did a review.  This review is for people who had never used Dragon Dictate before.

Click here for a Review of the newer ‘Dragon for Mac’ (released September 2015.)

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