Nuance releases Dragon Dictate for Mac

In late September, Nuance Communications announced the release of Dragon Dictate for Mac 2.0, a voice recognition system for MacOS X users running the latest version of the operating system, Snow Leopard.

The product is the successor to MacSpeech Dictate 1.5, software acquired by Nuance in February 2010. At the time of the acquisition, Nuance announced that any subsequent versions of the product would be released under the Dragon moniker, bringing the product into alignment with Nuance’s voice recognition software for Microsoft Windows.

In addition to the name change, the release incorporates the voice recognition engine used in Dragon Naturally Speaking 11 for Windows, features an improved user interface, includes proofreading functionality, and supports a wider range of voice activated shortcuts. Nuance also claim Dragon Dictate for Mac is better able to adapt to the user’s voice than the product line it replaces.

In a statement, Peter Mahoney, senior vice president and general manager for Dragon at Nuance said, “We’ve maintained the elements of Dictate that are most important to our Mac customers, such as the native Mac interface, and integrated many features of Dragon Naturally Speaking 11 to bring improved accuracy as well as smarter command and control capabilities to this discerning audience of new Dragon customers.”

Dragon Dictate for Mac is available starting at $219.95 for the software only, $249.95 for the software and a bundled USB headset, or $349.95 for the software bundled with a wireless Bluetooth headset. Upgrades are available to current users of MacSpeech Dictate 1.5, which start at $69.

Nuance also produces a version of Dragon for iOS devices including the iPhone, however they do not currently support Australian dialects at this time.

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