Have any of you noticed the huge gap in the date of my blog posts? Before my previous post, I have not posted anything since last May. So why am I suddenly posting to articles in a row? Well, the answer is simple. I don’t have to type them anymore. Thanks to the magic of the MacSpeech Dictate, all I have to do is say my posts and they appear. (While it’s not that easy, it might as well be.)
It all started with the review on geek Paris.tv. I didn’t really think that I needed dictation software. I wasn’t physically challenged, nor was I a two fingered typist. However, when I saw the really good review, I began to think about how I might actually use dictation software to write more. I realized that I was getting tired of typing and that made me post last on my blogs.
Like many others, I have not had much success with the speech recognition that came with the Mac OS. Repeating something five times each word did not seem to help improve the efficiency. However, I took a chance on MacSpeech Dictate because it seems to be much more accurate. I read about how MacSpeech licensed the Dragon naturally speaking engine that was very popular in the Windows environment and brought it over to the Mac OS. Now I’m a believer.
For those of you who are interested, I’ll attach an unedited transcript produced solely by MacSpeech Dictate, so you can compare the accuracy for yourself.
One of the other great things about MacSpeech Dictate is that it does works with existing programs that you run. I used texts made to type my blog posts, and Thunderbird for my e-mail. I have used MacSpeech Dictate to type, or rather dictate, in both of those programs so far. (Did I mention that I only have this program for one day?)
Some have complained about the lack of spelling feature. In the latest updates they have added that the only future as well. In only one day, I’ve definitely not exercise all the features of the application. There are many reviews out there with more detail. However, I want to get out there my opinion and my feedback about how wonderful this program is and how much it’s already changed my computing experience.
It’s not the cheapest thing on the market, but it works. Also, it comes with/to have two by a headset mic in order for it to work. It doesn’t seem to work with the built-in mic on my iMac (not that I’ve tried).
If you are at all into writing and don’t like the labor of typing I definitely encourage you to look into MacSpeech Dictate. It has made things so much better for me and I’m sure it will help you as well.