Dragon Dictate 2.0 For Mac, Is It Much Better Than MacSpeech Dictate?

Nuance have recently released Dragon Dictate 2.0 for Mac, which aims to replace the popular MacSpeech Dictate software – a favourite of Mac users for many years.

MacSpeech Dictate made it easy for Mac users to dictate notes and commands into their computers using voice recognition technology. This allowed ‘hands-free’ operation of their Mac and an easy way of inputting notes without using a keyboard.

Nuance had decided early on that they weren’t going to manufacture a Mac version of their popular PC software title – Dragon Naturally Speaking. In order to serve this market Nuance decided to license their voice recognition technology to MacSpeech, who used it in their MacSpeech Dictate software.

Over the years MacSpeech had built a substantial base of users and with the Mac platform increasing in market share, Nuance made the decision to acquire the MacSpeech company earlier this year. This began a process which aimed at bringing the best features of MacSpeech Dictate to the Dragon family. So with the final product Dragon Dictate 2.0 now ready, did they manage to pull it off?

The new Dragon Dictate 2.0 product uses the latest Dragon 11 speech recognition engine released in July, which has resulted in a massive accuracy and performance boost over the previous MacSpeech Dictate 1.5 software. Nuance have worked hard on the Mac user interface making it a lot easier to set-up and use. Specifically, they have added brand new voice commands for navigation, proofreading, editing and dictation. The new Dragon Dictate engine also learns a user’s voice better than any previous version and reacts quicker to spoken voice commands, which now include vocal shortcuts for email and searching the web on your Mac.

So far it looks as if Nuance have done a good job at improving voice recognition on the Mac. However, sales of Dragon Dictate 2.0 to Mac users will ultimately be the measure of whether Nuance have got it right.