Sep 21

This month Macspeech have released a major upgrade of Macspeech Dictate and they have also renamed it to include the Dragon branding – Dragon Dictate. It’s the equivalent of Dragon Naturally Speaking version 11 on Windows.

I’ve only been using it for a couple of hours, but I can say it’s definitely an improvement on MacSpeech Dictate. Dragon have put their name on the product, which I assume means they’ve put out something that they’re finally happy with.
I was happy with the last version, but this one is even better.

Dragon Dictate’s remarkable accuracy is powered by the latest version of the Dragon speech recognition engine. This is the same state-of-the-art technology used by Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11 for the PC.

All the previous upgrades to MacSpeech Dictate  have just been an upgrade to the application, but this upgrade includes new speech files as well.  That makes it a hefty download, over 1 GB,  and also means that you have to totally retrain your voice from scratch.  That’s not a problem though, because after no more than 5 or 6 minutes of training my version of Dragon Dictate is already more accurate than the last MacSpeech Dictate,  which I had done the full training on.

Dragon Dictate, the latest version, also has voice controls, like ou can move the cursor around on your screen, and you can even say a phrase like ‘search google  for Italian restaurants in Dubbo’  and  it will open google and do the search.  I’m not sure that I’ll use this feature a lot, but it certainly will be good for people who  want to use DragonDictate to control their computer rather than just to dictate documents.

Click here to go to the Dragon site where you can purchase and download it.

Note that Dragon Dictate only runs on Snow Leopard.

Here is a short video I put together  of me trying out the latest version of Dragon Dictate…

Here is me dictating the start of a talk so you can see how it works in real life…

Here’s a video of what it looks like to do the basic training…  (for some reason the audio doesn’t work for the first 30 seconds of the video.)

As good as speech recognition is, sometimes it drives you bonkers.  Here it struggles to correctly recognise the word Australian – a shame since it is the Australian accent version!

Here’s a good little demo I found of an American guy doing a similar demo.

You can buy it here:
Dragon Dictate for Mac 2.0

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41 Responses to “Macspeech dictate is renamed ‘Dragon Dictate’”

  1. Candice says:

    How would you go about using Dragon Dictate (for Mac) for the PC? Can it be “shared” with Parallels?

  2. Mark S says:

    thanks for this really funny video. I am currently using a PC and Dragon NaturallySpeaking to type out this comment. I’ve spent ages trying to train my profile and is now working really nicely, however I’m about to upgrade my PC to a iMac.

    So I am wondering, would you suggest that I run Dragon NaturallySpeaking version 11 via parallels 6.0, or should I buy Dragon dictate to run natively on the Mac?

    I would be really appreciated of your advice here guys.


  3. Maurice Wade says:

    Can I purchase one copy and install it on both my wife’s laptop and my laptop or must I buy a separate copy for each machine?

  4. Lily says:

    Thank you for the demo videos, Wayne. I came across your site while I was searching for dictaphones and the Dragon software…I’m so glad I did. The third video absolutely cracked me up laughing. It’s hilarious! “Obvious trolley annexing version.”

    What the…?

    Your videos were very informative.

  5. Steve Rogers says:

    Will Dragon work by replaying interviews recorded on a separate digital voice reorder and replayed into the software mic?

  6. Liz says:

    Can you transfer speechfiles created on Windows XP, using V11, to the Mac version of Dragon?

  7. Humberto Sotomayor says:

    Is there a Dragon Dictate for Mac in spanish?

  8. Todd says:

    I am an American living in Australia and have an American accent. Will it matter much if I use Dragon Dictate verson for the Australian accent? It is not easy to get the American accent version and it is more expensive here.

    • Wayne says:

      You can choose American, UK, Australian accent etc when you set it up, it has them all. Well at least mine does. I got it from and that was the cheapest place to buy it.

  9. MaX says:

    Any news about Dragon Dictate for Mac as hybrid for English and Spanish? That is a must! Thanks.

  10. Roberto De Leon Gonzalez says:

    I am afraid Dragon in Spanish for Mac will never get made. My particular opinion is that the company believes the Spanish-speaking market to be comprised mostly of low-income users, who do not prefer the Macintosh platform. It is either that, or the company is being paid HUGE bribes by Microsoft not to develop such a product.

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