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MacSpeech Dictate 1.5.1
Speedy speech on your Intel Mac
By Ko Maruyama
I had previously used an earlier version of MacSpeech's software on my laptop with great success, and found many interesting features within software, including the ability to customize recognized libraries of words, and shortcuts in order to make the software run more smoothly on the existing hardware. On a Mac Pro, the new version runs more quickly than you can possibly imagine.

MacSpeech Dictate 1.5.1 is a maintenance release, but more than merely fixing bugs and some reported issues that some users were experiencing, the new build also expands on the Vocabulary Editor, English profiles, and the foundation of the speech recognition engine. It provides such a remarkable upgrade in performance, from the previous version I was using (1.0), that I would be remiss in my duties not to describe the new experience with the software, even though the utilization is, for the most part, the same.

While most of the writing I do use his words and phrases that are familiar to the software, and already included in the existing dictionaries and recognized words, the ability to add custom, technical, and even, in some instances, made-up words increases users' ability to cover more ground, more quickly when dictating their documents.

With the addition of the new Vocabulary Editor, introduced in version 1.5, the ability to change or create different words that you use frequently is a breeze.

 Although MacSpeech Dictate is designed for the Intel Mac, and requires Mac OS X. 10.5.6 or higher (this means Leopard), with the recent introduction of Snow Leopard, it would be a good time to upgrade your computer and OS in order to take advantage of this great speech to text software.

Personally, I am a little bit surprised to find that we haven't had a MacSpeech iPhone application yet. However, I'm sure that if anyone will do it well, it will be the team at MacSpeech. (It may be that the dictionary of recognized words is a little too large to comfortably sit on an iPhone with all the other applications you want to stuff into it)


You can check out the software, Dictate, as well as their latest offerings, Dictate legal (a version of their speech to text software that comes with more than 30,000 legal words and terms -- and MacSpeech Dictate Medical which fully understands over 54 medical and dental disciplines and specialties.  Find all of their software at  MacSpeech.com.

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Ko Maruyama is a freelance animator in Los Angeles.  In addition to working on film and broadcast animations, Ko teaches at Pasadena's Art Center College of Design - focusing on motion design.  When working, writing or testing software allows, you can find him lending a hand in the After Effects board and lurking among the Cinema4D, Visual Effects and Photoshop posts within the DMNForums.

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