Mountain Lion Dictation versus Dragon Dictate
Posted 26 November 2012 - 04:13 AM
Mountain Lion Dictation has another great benefit: it manages many languages at no extra cost. I'm currently switching form English to Spanish and French, with the same output quality.
Now, the clear winner for long texts with technical terms is Dragon Dictate.
But the specification sheet mentions " Supported Operating Systems: OS X Lion (10.7) or OS X Mountain Lion (10.8) ". No mention of " or higher " as for the Windows version " Supported Operating Systems: Microsoft Windows 7 and higher, 32-bit and 64-bit "
Is Nuance going to ask the same expensive update for the coming OS X 10.9 ?
Posted 26 November 2012 - 06:12 AM
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Posted 26 November 2012 - 10:22 AM
The company is clearly amazing in producing this speech recognition program! But their failure to correct bugs and respond for technical support is almost a deal-breaker. And then there is the cost of each upgrade version!! ($99 or more from 2.5 to 3.0)
Still the only useful thing out there for extended dictation. I think they are stretching to enter legal and medical and other languages and neglecting fixing glitches that a hacker could probably help them repair in a short amount of time.
Posted 26 November 2012 - 10:35 AM
I'm not surprised by this at all, given the "difficult birth" of Nuance, seemingly a minimal-required services company hired by the current patent owners to bleed as much value out of the language recognition systems developed by Janet & Jim Baker, oh-so-long-ago (1990). The way they were victimized by the barons of Wall Street, ending with the loss of their own technology, is a tragic tale. As fine as their invention is, the prospect of paying the wolves to use it just grates against me. Those interested can read a fine article on the NY Times website:
Posted 26 November 2012 - 01:46 PM
1) I can use the keyboard (hotkeys & shortcuts) and dictate only when I need to. I found that using Dragon Dictate and using the keyboard together caused Dragon confusion. I tried using the built in command language but I had a hard time remembering all the commands required to make Dragon do what I wanted it to do, so I ended up quitting in frustration.
2) ML seems to be surprisingly accurate. I am surprised at how accurate Dictation is using the built in microphone on my MacBook Air even when the lid is closed as I work on a secondary monitor. Granted, I do have a quiet workspace and people do tell me I have a "made for radio voice" (and a face to match I might add).
3) Can't beat the built in price of ML Dictation. I have bought 2 editions of Dragon Dictate and am currently saddled with last years model. I do appreciate the freebie apps on the iPhone and iPad and I do understand that Dragon must charge to survive, but, I have a hard time justifying the upgrade cost when a free alternative is available.
Posted 26 November 2012 - 03:57 PM
Another advantage is that Dragon from time to time corrupts the dictation file, rendering it useless. This is not a problem I've had with Mountain Lion.
On the other hand I do acknowledge that from time to time Apple's servers simply fail to respond, making this a hit or miss solution, but the success rate is greatly improved of late (coinciding, perhaps not coincidently, with the release of the iPhone 5 and iOS 6).
Of greatest irritation is an odd bug that Mountain lion dictation has with Apple's mail app. When dictating into every other application if Mountain lion has a question about a dictation item it produces a result with a dotted blue underline. Click immediately to the right of the underlined word and Mountain lion will present you with alternatives, one of which is generally the correct one. In the message box of Apple's Mail application, however, although the blue dotted underlined words appear, clicking to the right of the word brings forth no alternative. I've tried every possible way of trying to elicit the alternatives – right-click, left click, all function keys – but nothing seems to work. I even spent some time with the Apple genius at my nearby Apple retail store and all of us were stymied by the bug. If anyone has a solution to this problem I will be eternally grateful to hear it.
Posted 26 November 2012 - 09:12 PM
This is because it wants to use your contacts' names so that when you use their names in dictation, they're spelled correctly. Siri on iOS (and, rumor has it, on the Mac next year) also uses your contacts to that you can "send an email to Deepak Viswanathan" or "give me directions to Bob Kennedy's home."