MacSpeech Releases Dictate 1.3

Posted by at 12:27 pm on February 24, 2009

MacSpeech today announced the immediate availability of MacSpeech Dictate 1.3, a significant update to their speech recognition solution for the Macintosh.

Now, people can use MacSpeech Dictate to work with any document, including those that were not created with MacSpeech Dictate. MacSpeech Dictate 1.3 features a new “Cache Document” command that allows MacSpeech Dictate to read a document’s contents, in order to navigate the document, and to enter and edit text.

MacSpeech Dictate 1.3 also introduces an extensive new Help Book system, two new visual microphone status indicators, and new commands for “Cache Selection,” “Press The Key,” “Press The Key Combo” and “Cancel Training.” MacSpeech Dictate 1.3 also fixes reported issues, adds several enhancements and is free of charge to all registered customers, using the “Check for Updates” feature.

“MacSpeech Dictate 1.3 now lets you use speech recognition with any document you already have,” explained Andrew Taylor, founder and CEO of MacSpeech, Inc. “We’re also thrilled with how the Help Book system turned out and are proud to provide this helpful resource to our customers.”

MacSpeech Dictate uses a cache to keep track of the text in the window and where the selection or insertion point is located within that text. The new “Cache Document” and “Cache Selection” commands both repopulate the cache from the document or selected content, respectively. Two new microphone status indicators, a Menu Bar status item and a MacSpeech Dictate Dock icon badge, provide a quick visual cue of whether the microphone is “on” or “off.”

MacSpeech Dictate is the only desktop speech recognition solution for the Macintosh. MacSpeech Dictate provides unprecedented speech recognition accuracy with minimal training and works with existing Mac applications. MacSpeech Dictate delivers a truly Mac user experience, and conforms to behaviors already familiar to Macintosh fans worldwide. Beyond dictation, MacSpeech Dictate lets people perform basic navigation of their Mac and control it with their voice to launch applications, open new windows, execute menu commands, etc.

Compatibility and Availability

MacSpeech Dictate requires Intel-based Macintosh hardware and requires Mac OS X 10.4.11 or Mac OS X 10.5.2 and higher. MacSpeech Dictate is currently available in English at http://www.macspeech.com/  in the U.S., at http://www.macspeech.co.uk in the U.K., and in other English-speaking countries through International resellers and distributors listed at http://www.macspeech.com/resellers.

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