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.
These are some temporary measures to keep your sanity until an update arrives to fix the bugs.
1. Use a new profile.
The recognition is so good in the new version that you won’t really need your old profile anyway.
2. Completely delete the old version of Dragon.
See this post on how to do this: http://nuance.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/6851/kw/uninstall
3. Do not dictate into Apple Pages, Microsoft Word or Text Edit.
Dragon seems to be at it’s worst with Apps that are supported with ‘Dragon Integration’. This includes Pages, Word and Text Edit. Stay away from them. For some reason Scrivener seems to be OK, Unsupported apps work better.
4. Try not to do too much clicking with the mouse. In previous versions I found it OK to mix a combination of speaking and typing, but this version seems to not cope with that.
5. Try not to do too many corrections when you are dictating.
In Pages the app crashed almost every time I tried to do something other than straight dictation.