Dragon Dictate for Mac

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This blog post is different from any other blog post I have ever completed. Why? Well, because instead of typing this post, I am dictating it! My hands are off the keyboard, as I pick up a warm cup of coffee and tell you all about this not-so-new technology that I finally had a chance to try out for myself.

The first time I heard about Dragon Naturally Speaking, I was a teenager. My mom purchased a computer with a software bundle and this software was included. Out of the box the computer had major issues and was sent back immediately, so I never got to try out the Naturally Speaking Software. I heard great things and I heard not so great things, so when I found out they made a Mac version, I had to try it out for myself. I was anticipating a program that didn’t understand me correctly, and didn’t work as great as the company stated.

I received the box, complete with a headset and disk. Since I have a MacBook Air, I don’t actually have a CD drive. I should have realized this sooner! Luckily my dad had an external drive I was able to borrow and I was able to be set up in no time. It took about 5-10 minutes to train the program to understand me.

I was blown away by the accuracy and convenience of Dragon Dictate for Mac. I can’t say it’s PERFECT, but I know exactly what the issue is when it misinterprets things I say. I have a tendency to speak quick and swallow my words. When I slow down and speak clearly, my good friend Dragon picks up on everything I say. I’m still working on command words, but I’m sure with practice over time I will get into a good rhythm with this program.

I should also mention that I don’t use the headset that came with the program. I use whatever microphone software my Mac came with, so I don’t have anything attached to me. I believe this could be the issue with some discrepancies as well, since the mic is not close to my mouth and the program can mis-hear some words or phrases.

Another thing- I have two kids under 4. They are noisy, and they both call out “mom” any time they hear me conversing with someone (or something) else. You cannot use Dragon Dictate in this type of setting. The program is THAT good, that it will pick up everything it hears, so it is best to use it in a room where there will be no interference.

I keep in mind all the positives and negatives I have read about this program. I feel that the positives outweigh the negatives, and you really have to keep in mind that it is just a program and does not really understand your grammar, proper spelling, and possible accents. Personally, I’m very happy with the program and will continue using it as my “little helper.” It makes blog posts a breeze, even if I have to go back and manually correct some things. In my own experience I would give it about an 85-90% accuracy rate, probably even higher.

There are a few versions of Nuance Dragon Naturally Speaking, depending on your needs and type of computer. My daughter’s ENT even uses it in his office! I was surprised to see there was a professional version for doctors! He dictated his entire work-up and even printed a copy for us to take to her pediatrician. It was so quick and effortless on his part. As he was telling me the diagnosis, he was also dictating to his computer. It’s great to see doctors using Dragon programs to increase their productivity. For the student, blogger, or business person, Dragon Dictate is a great tool to speed up the typing process!

You can find out more about which program is right for you by visiting Nuance, and by connecting with Dragon on Facebook and Twitter. You can get your own copy at office supply stores or Amazon!


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  1. I have dragon dictate and have never used it. So have to start now.

  2. Sounds like a great program. Too bad I don’t have a Mac.

  3. That sounds like an awesome program!

  4. I am not a very fast typist. I should look into this for PC.

  5. I’ve been looking for good reviews about this. I do a lot of interviews and having to transcribe them all from my iPhone takes forever! So glad to hear you like it. I’m going to have to look into getting it! Thank you!

  6. I almost bought this but honestly my biggest problem is I blog in the living room with my husband watching TV so it would be tough. Do you feel like you got the post done a lot faster using the Dragon dictate?

  7. I used to have this program long ago when I was slow at typing. It worked well.

  8. Sounds like a really great song.

  9. I have Dragon Dictate for Mac and for some reason it doesn’t work for me no matter what I do.

  10. That would be fun to try out!

  11. I have always wanted to try Dragon Dictate.

  12. I love the Dictation that came on the update of Mac. I reallyneed to use it more LOL

  13. I dictate on my iPhone, and find Mac products to do a GREAT job with dictation…it’s so freeing, makes life so much easier!

  14. I’ve always wanted to try this but afraid it won’t work with my Texas accent 😉

  15. I have a Mac and have heard about Dragon Dictate, but have never looked into it. My husband would love it. He’s always using that microphone feature on his iphone for dictating text messages.

  16. I need to get this!

  17. one day I hope I can afford a mac this sounds like a great program

  18. Maryann says:

    I love this

  19. It’s both good and bad that it picks up the random “moms” thrown around. At least it’s sensitive!

  20. That is neat! I have dreamed of writing a book and getting one of those to “help” me.

  21. Very cool. I have it on my iphone. Might try it for the Mac. I would love to be able to draft posts in the car. 🙂

  22. I wonder if it would be able to dictate my southern twang? 🙂

  23. I’m wondering how much time it would save me. I have a Mac on order and am just waiting for delivery. I wouldn’t get to use it a lot though, we have all of our computers in one office, and I’m rarely in there alone and when I am it’s usually night and everyone’s in bed, and then I have to stay quiet!

  24. I’ll have to try this out.