Undeterred by the Dictation feature included in OS X Mountain Lion, Nuance has announced a new version of its own Mac software that makes Dragon Dictate faster, more accurate and more personal than ever.
We all know what Siri can do. Whether she’s found a place in our daily routine is another issue altogether, but it’s pretty clear that Apple’s humble personal assistant is unlike any other voice recognition app.
But Siri’s real expertise lies not in her encyclopedic knowledge or weather forecasting; what makes the technology so amazing and useful is its ability to actually understand what we’re saying--so much so that the iPhone’s speech recognition is just as useful useful when Siri isn’t summoned. (Though it might not be as much fun to show your friends.)
The last time I dared to dabble in dictation software was about 15
years ago, and even allowing for how that software only ran on a
Windows box, the whole experience was extraordinarily cumbersome. But
after using Dictate for only five minutes, the improvements in the
technology since then are starkly apparent. It’s not perfect, but the
dream of quickly turning spoken words into editable text has certainly