Review of MacSpeech Dictate – Speech Recognition Program For Mac OS X

In traditional Apple fashion, MacSpeech Dictate was officially started in 1996 to compete with other software companies in the area of speech recognition. This Mac only product remained under the radar until the surge of Mac users increased in the mid-2000s thanks to popular products like the Apple iPod, MacBooks and Desktops. The engineers and sales team of Apple revamped the MacSpeech look and set forward to capitalize on the growing market of Mac users. The end result…the launch of MacSpeech Dictate in February of 2008.

To help with sales, Apple made great efforts to show off the redesigned, robust software at venues such as MacWorld, ATIA (the conference for Assistive Technology), and a slew of roadshows and appearances in Apple Store locations. Slated as the top (and only) voice recognition software available for Macs, MacSpeech is powered by the Dragon speech recognition engine – a longtime, established leader in the speech recognition field.

And does Dictate deliver on voice recognition? Let’s take a closer look.

Recognition Capabilities

Voice Recognition software is only good if you don’t have to do re-typing to correct its mistakes. Furthermore, all speech recognition software a bit of “training” is required in order for the voice to text conversion to be optimal. With the user-friendly interface available with MacSpeech, getting your recognition profile up to speed is a breeze. You will see a notable difference in the out of the box recognition and the trained recognition in only 15 minutes.

Multiple Profiles of Speech Recognition

One of it’s strong selling points is whether or not multiple people could use the recognition software successfully. And with MacSpeech the answer is YES. Each person that wants to use the system is allowed to save their own profile. Upon project launch, the speaker simply chooses their profile and are on their way. The easy to use interface means it takes less than 3 clicks to get started.

Another Great Feature – In Document Dictation

MacSpeech Dictate has the ability to not limit you to having your dictation appear only in the MacSpeech software. If you are looking to have your voice to text recognition show up in a Word document, then simply open up Word and click on the dictation destination. Are you interested in having dictation show up in an email? It’s equally as simple.

Spell Check Helps You Correct

The Spelling mode allows you to spell out weird words like Kerblowski instead of trying to have MacSpeech try over and over again to figure out what you’re trying to say. The switch from Dictation mode to Spelling mode is a simple button click.


In closing, the MacSpeech Dictate software represents the Apple line of products well. The software comes complete with a high-quality headset microphone and the software required to launch MacSpeech Dictate. It’s interface is intuitive and the software is robust. Highly recommend to anyone looking for speech recognition software that works when and where it’s supposed to.