MacMost Now 82: MacSpeech Dictate Review

Gary Rosenzweig reviews the speech recognition software MacSpeech Dictate.

Comments: 11 Responses to “MacMost Now 82: MacSpeech Dictate Review”

    Sam
    12 years ago

    Well done. An unbiased review with a peek at some of the positives and a few of the limitations. Sadly, MacSpeech sells Dictate at full list knowing it has issues and down right flaws that limit its usefulness. You did not cover some of the bugs and flaws such as the infamous, random regurgitation of previously deleted text. Apparently, MacSpeech was aware of problems but chose to ship the product without full disclosure. This flaw is documented in one of our YouTube Dictate tutorials filed under inetsynch.

    Those with disabilities will be frustrated by this incarnation and should, as you recommend, wait until it is ready for prime time.

    Sam
    Windows2Apples

    12 years ago

    Yes great demo and review. The missing spelling functionality is rumoured to be coming in the next release of MacSpeech Dictate. We have already had one bug fix release, 1.0 .1 and the next release should have bug fixes as well as additional functionality.

    The random regurgitation referred to by Sam I have seen in action in his video, Sam has produced some very good videos on MacSpeech Dictate. However, I’m not sure that somebody who uses voice recognition software would cut and paste paragraphs as often as Sam did in his demo. So yes it may be a bug but I’m not sure how often you would hit it, it has never happened to me.

    This software is really great for writing e-mails, instant messaging and if you have large documents that you need to write.

    Lookout were more functionality in the near future.

    This response was written using MacSpeech Dictate :-)

    Sam
    12 years ago

    Dave :

    Thanks for the kind review of our videos. Actually, the cut and paste in my videos was a side effect of trying to illustrate features. I have see this bug when using minimal edits. It has been verified by others and becomes more than a simple nuisance when trying to meet a dead line.

    Lets hope MacSpeech comes through soon with the fixed.

    Sam
    Windows2Apples

    12 years ago

    Great video Gary! That was pretty creative with the intro/closing. :D

    If you’re using it for IM, why not just start an audio chat?

    MacTipper
    My Mac-Tipping Blog

    Jeff
    11 years ago

    Great review Gary! Have you had a chance to look over the latest update (1.21), and does it adequately adress the issues you brought up (lack of editing control, custom spelling/phrases, etc)?

    Are you using the sw regularly at this point?

    11 years ago

    Jeff: Yes, since this review posted, they have made it a lot better. I don’t really use it too much because I’m a pretty fast typist anyway.

    ForrestGump
    10 years ago

    can you take a wav file and have it transcribed with this software?

      10 years ago

      No. It doesn’t work that way. You need to train it to your voice and then work with it word by word.

    Anthony
    8 years ago

    Gary: Are you planning to do an updated review on latest version of Dragon Dictate for Mac? Blogs seem to show people still having trouble with this speech recognition software shutting down. Thanks.

      8 years ago

      Probably not. I don’t use it (type too fast) and I asked for a new review copy a while ago but haven’t heard back.

    Anthony
    8 years ago

    Ok. Thanks. Maybe Siri will lead to good voice recognition software for Macs so we can just dictate.

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