Dragon Dictate - Speech Recognition for Mac

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Are you a Mac user that wants to be more productive? Then Dragon Dictate 2.5 is right for you. With valuable new features, such as improved document creation flexibility in Microsoft Word and all-new auto formatting capabilities, Dragon Dictate 2.5 lets you accomplish more on your Mac than you ever imagined possible. Ideal for writers and bloggers, creative professionals, high school and college students, journalists, business people, home users, educators, and many others - Dragon Dictate gives you complete command of your Mac using only your voice.

With Dragon Dictate for Mac 2.5 speech recognition software, you can enter text just by speaking. Control your favorite Mac applications – including Microsoft Word 2011 -- using only your voice. With Dragon Dictate you can produce reports, email, articles, books, research notes, online content, and more — quickly, easily, and accurately. And great new features mean you’ll get even more done, faster. With the introduction of the free Dragon Remote Microphone application (available in the Apple app store), you can achieve the same great accurate transcription using a device you already may have: your iPhone! And new social media commands make posting to Facebook or Twitter a breeze.  Dragon Dictate provides amazing accuracy and requires just minutes of training to get started. Built upon the renowned Dragon 11 speech recognition engine, Dragon Dictate for Mac is Simply Smarter Speech Recognition.

Microphone Options

BYO - Bring Your Own Mic

Perfect if you plan to use your iPhone as a wireless mic using the free Dragon Remote Microphone app [click here for the app]. If you already own a microphone you plan to use it needs to be noise cancelling and connected via USB. It is not recommended to use the built-in mic in your iMac or MacBook.

Plantronics DSP-610

Plantronics are very well known in the headset/mic world so anything from them is going to be good. The DSP-610, also known as the .Audio 610 is the headset which is included in the “standard” Dragon Dictate package. This is what would be your entry level headset and mic, it is Nuance certified and is very good. The mic is noise cancelling, which is what you need for voice recognition and the mic is on an adjustable boom for easy adjustment. Don’t be put off that this is the cheapest headset, it is still excellent


A very cool addition to any Mac users desk is the FlexMic. No headset here, just a high quality mic on the end of a flexible boom which can be easily positioned wherever you want it. Perfect for those that do not need a headset.

Plantronics Calisto Bluetooth Headset

A very popular option is this bluetooth headset from Plantronics called the Calisto. Preferred by many as it fits comfortably over your ear and frees your desk from the cables you get with most other mics and headsets. This is not your usual off the shelf Calisto, it comes with a special noise cancelling USB dongle, essential for high quality voice input to the speech recognition software. Please don’t be tempted to import a Calisto or grab one off eBay as the off the shelves do not have the dongle

Parrott VXI TalkPro

The Parrott VXI noise cancelling mic and headset is a step up from the entry level Plantronics DSP610. It is a physically tougher headset and mic so will withstand the test of time longer than a well used DSP610. This is the headset that we use in the Dictate Australia office.

RevoLabs xTag Wireless Mic

This is the creme de la creme of wireless mics, the RevoLabs xTag. As the RevoLabs tag line says, “hear every word” which is exactly what Dragon Dictate will do if you go for this, the most pricey mic option for your Dragon Dictate. USB chargeable, this little wireless mic is for the serious user with plenty of cash.

Turn Talk into Text
Instead of a keyboard, use your voice to produce text. Speak your thoughts, then watch your words appear on screen in your favorite Mac applications with amazing recognition accuracy.

Unlock Your Creativity
Dragon Dictate for Mac keeps up with your brain. Transform ideas into text at the speed of thought. Start being creative and productive with only your voice -- don’t let typing get in the way of your ideas or productivity.

Work Comfortably
Control your Mac in a relaxed, hands-free manner without being tied to your keyboard. Instead of using your mouse, just speak commands to launch and control applications. Move the cursor or click anywhere on screen simply by voice.

Multi-task Like Never Before
Tell your Mac what to do, like “Reply To This Message” or “Open Microsoft® Word” or “Jump To Google” to work faster and smarter. Create voice commands that automate complex workflows on your Mac.

Work Your Way

Create a digital world, powered by your own voice. Customize Dragon Dictate for Mac with personal vocabulary and voice commands that reflect the kind of work you do. 

Comfortable and Convenient Wireless Solution
Turn your iPhone or iPod into a wireless microphone for use with Dragon on your Mac. The free Dragon Remote Microphone app can be used with Dragon Dictate to generate the same great transcription accuracy – without the traditional headset wires. 

Robust Recognition
Dragon Dictate offers Recognition Training which enables it to learn how you speak while you use the software. A powerful Vocabulary Editor lets you add specialized words, such as the names of people, places and other proper nouns.

Create new voice commands for controlling Mac applications, or set up voice-triggered workflows using AppleScript or Automator.

Built for Mac
Dragon Dictate for Mac was built to give you the experience you expect from your favorite Macintosh applications -- an intuitive, easy-to-use interface that dramatically boosts productivity. What’s more, Dragon Dictate for Mac works with Microsoft Word 2011 and your favorite Apple applications, including Mail, iChat, iCal, TextEdit, Pages, Safari and many more.

Exceptional Online Help
For those times when you need a little assistance, Dragon Dictate offers complete, searchable online help. It’s always available, convenient to use, and easy to understand so you can get the answers you need without delay.

What's New In Dragon Dictate Version 2.5+

Enhanced Hardware and Software Support

  • Microsoft Word 2011 Support: Dictate 2.5 allows users to seamlessly combine dictation with manual input from the mouse and keyboard. This ability to “mix talking and typing” within Microsoft Word was the most requested product enhancement request. In addition, Dictate 2.5 offers built-in voice commands for controlling Microsoft Word 2011. These voice commands allow users to format text, insert tables and graphics, and control most menu items by voice.

New Audio Input Options

  •  iPhone as Wireless Microphone: Most customers use Dragon by speaking directly to their Mac using the microphone included with their Dragon software purchase. But some users can be frustrated by wearing a headset that tethers them to their Mac. With the introduction of the free Dragon Remote Microphone application (available in the Apple app store), users can achieve the same great accurate transcription using a device many already have: their iPhone! The Dragon Remote Microphone app converts a user’s iPhone 3G, 3GS and 4, iPad and iPad 2 or iPod Touch 4th gen running iOS 4.2, or later into a wireless microphone via WiFi.

Time-Saving Voice Commands

  • New Facebook and Twitter Commands: Users can easily update Facebook by saying “Post to Facebook”, “Post to Facebook [text],” or  “Post that to Facebook.” Tweets are quickly captured by voice: a user selects dictated or typed text (via mouse or voice command), and says “Post that to Twitter.” Additional Twitter commands include “Tweet [text]" (English only) and "Post to Twitter [text].”

Improved Formatting Control

  • Formatting Enhancements: With the new Auto Formatting dialog, users have greater control over the way certain data is formatted. Individual preferences can be set for dates and time (e.g., June 18, 2011 vs. 6/18/11), numbers and units of measure (e.g., five vs. 5), addresses, abbreviations, and more. Users can also set a preference to insert two spaces after a period, if they choose.
  • Numbers Mode: Version 2.5 introduces Numbers Mode, which can be particularly helpful for users that frequently dictate many numbers in a row, such as inputting figures or product codes into a database. When in Numbers Mode, Dragon recognizes everything it hears as a number or as a command.
  • Vocabulary Editor Improvements: Users can now delete words from the built-in Dragon vocabulary. This is helpful if a vocabulary entry you don’t need “competes” with something you regularly dictate (such as competing spellings like Schaeffer and Schafer).

Getting Started with Dragon is Faster and Easier

  • Faster and Easier to Create a User Profile: Version 2.5 updates the Voice Training component of user profile creation, introducing new additional training text.

User Interface and Usability Enhancements

  • Auto Sleep Microphone: If the microphone is on but does not receive input after one minute, the microphone will automatically go into Sleep mode. This Auto Sleep functionality is helpful as it forces users to follow effective microphone control even when you forget to turn the microphone off. With version 2.5, users can set personal preference for the time allotted for the Auto Sleep microphone functionality (any range from 30 seconds to five minutes). Users also have the option to turn off the Auto Sleep functionality entirely.

Minimum System Requirements To Run Dragon Dictate

Minimum System Requirements

  • Intel-based Macintosh running Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard or Mac OS X 10.7 Lion.
  • Internet connection required for registration.
  • Nuance-approved USB microphone for Mac (included with new purchase).
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