Thank you. I was in the same boat with knowing about it, but not really looking into it. Hi Thanks a lot for this article, I am a new content writer from reading this my production has just gone from 5 words a minute to 80 words a minute, I am stoked. Many thanks for your comments useful as moving from Windows P.
In passed have used Dragon are there great differences between the Dragon, have been used to and the Dragon Mac version? Great question! First, you could get the Mac version and then mainly dictate into TextEdit.
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This seems to be the most stable form of dictation and supposedly barely ever crashes. Alternatively, you could run the Windows version of Dragon in virtualisation software such as Parallels or VMware Fusion. These essentially run a version of Windows on your Mac which can be used to run Dragon and other programs. The trouble with doing that is that you need a pretty recent Mac device roughly within the last 3 years , 8Gb of RAM, and a Windows license which can cost a pretty penny in of themselves.
I used Dragon on Windows for over 10 years and it is an extremely good product with extensive abilities with custom commands. However when I moved over to Mac OS Macbook Pro at the start of this year and started using Dragon for Mac, I discovered it is a totally different product and very inferior to the Windows version. It does Support creating custom commands, but with much less functionality than the Windows version.
For example it does not support parameterized commands. The speech recognition accuracy is quite good if you can get the product to work without crashing. If you have any further questions feel free to reach out.
Many thanks in actual fact I have been very impressed with the Mac dictation tool, which very nearly has as good a results as I used to get from Dragon even on the Windows version of Dragon! Ben: A thorough, useful survey of dictation options. Several years ago I used the PC version, found it worth the money for good and growing accuracy and production..
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One comment about Dragon for Mac is that it can be frustratingly variable. This is particularly true when using it with Gmail and Google Docs. The program sometimes inserts miscellaneous letters refuses to start new lines and misunderstands some commands. It seems Dragon have not invested as much in the Mac version of their product. Having said all that I still use it a lot and find it to be both time-saving and less physically arduous.
Once again thank you for a very helpful post. How many of these apps are trainable to a specific person? My daughter has some speech impediments and the off-the-shelf software does not do well with her. I would hope that if it were trained for her voice we could get reasonable accuracy. I never thought of that issue. Thanks a lot for sharing such an informative and useful article. All the reviews for dictation software are best.
I just tried my best to cover everything that might help someone who was in the same position I was. I have used Dragon many years ago on a Windows laptop.
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I decided to get it today for my Mac. After I downloaded and tried to install did it go to my Windows partition still on my Mac. I closed out and looked at my order again. Nowhere does it say that this is for Windows only!
What a total ripoff! I am hugely disappointed. Apparently there is no other quality dictation software for the Mac. Buying an external USB microphone. Hope it improves performance. Thanks for the exhaustive overview. It does seem odd though, that the several Google ops should be so different in their accuracy. One should expect them to use the same engine. It does quite well as long as no commands are involved. I thought it was odd too Hendrik — surely products from the same company with similar uses should have similar technology behind them, after all.
Except, well, that would make a little too much sense apparently. Heck, if they could all focus their efforts on different elements of dictation and them pool their findings into a single project they might well be able to create something better and less confusing than Dragon. Sadly, as it stands, this is what we have.
Thank you and will read the above again,lots to digest. Also find myself thinking in one language whilst speaking in another, not a problem but can slow the writing. My editing quality is good and there will be others in the task. The mechanics can be an issue more so than other aspects.
I also used to have a problem with editing as I wrote rather than at the end of my work, and dictation was one of the things that helped with that. Talking is far more fluid than writing, letting you flow from one sentence to the next without necessarily worrying about the sentence structure, spelling or punctuation. How very helpful of you to produce such a comprehensive review and great advice.
It was more trouble that it was worth. The percentage accuracy you report is very good for something that is free! Wishing you well, Phil. Thanks for the warning! Great write up!
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Note: Lilyspeech has stopped their operations, to be removed. It was a difficult decision, but ultimately what needs to happen. This little piece of software was something of an experiment for us and while somewhat successful, our focus needs to be placed elsewhere at this time. Thanks for catching that!
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Great Article! I am an extensive user of dragon Naturally Speaking but I am looking for an alternative because I am planning to leave Windows platform. I was wondering if it is possible to make Google Docs voice type functionality working without an internet connection as it seems to be possible for Macintosh for instance… Due to my work sometimes I have confidential matters in my papers and writings and I wish not to show them with Google or anyone else… If you see my point….
Do you know if it is possible to translate happy command from English into Italian with a sort of developer option in Google Docs? Thank you for a thoughtful, well written piece.
It is so refreshing to find something of value on the interwebs instead of the usual click-bait nonsense. I have been using native iOS dictation for many years and it is actually quite good, all things considered i. Thanks again.