Today Dragon Dictate Version 5 (renamed “Dragon for Mac”) was released. It’s a major upgrade from Nuance who are the creators of Dragon Naturally Speaking. They have flagged the importance of this release with the name change from ‘Dragon Dictate’ to simply ‘Dragon for Mac’. It looks different and it feels different, My overall my initial response is… it’s got a lot of bugs, but I love the improvements!
Regular readers of Macintoshhowto.com will know that one of my favourite pieces of software is Dragon Dictate for Macintosh. Well the latest version, ‘Dragon for Mac’, appeared today at nuance.com. Check out my review of here.
I just purchased it but there are a few different prices around!
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.)
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.)
The built-in Mavericks OS X speech recognition is a good piece of Voice recognition software to give you a taste of what speech recognition is like, but not as good as Dragon Dictate. This is mainly due to the complete lack of any correction capability. Here’s how it compares to Dragon Naturally Speaking, and how to enable the ‘Enhanced Dictation’ Mode which makes it a lot faster.
I have written a review of Dragon Dictate version 4 here. For those of you who already have Dragon Dictate version 3, the big question is ‘Should I pay for the upgrade?’
I don’t think it’s worth the upgrade and here’s why.
STOP PRESS: Time to upgrade! Version 5 was released today (15 months later). Read more about it here.
I have just received a free version of Dragon Dictate version 4 to review. I installed it yesterday and first impressions are that it is slightly better than version 3 in recognition. This is surprising because I thought version 3 was so good that it would be hard to improve on. I’m putting it through it’s paces. Stay tuned because after I’ve used it for a week I’ll put out a review.