MacSpeech Dictate offers new phrase training

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MacSpeech on Monday announced the release of Dictate 1.2, an update to their speech recognition software for Mac OS X. A free update for registered users, Dictate costs $199.

Dictate includes everything you need to start using speech recognition on the Mac, including a headphone/microphone unit. It uses Dragon speech recognition from Nuance, and can be configured to respond to voice commands instead of using mouse clicks, menu commands or keyboard shortcuts. It works with a variety of commonly used Mac applications.

New to the 1.2 release is the ability for you to dictate any specific word, by spelling it letter-by-letter using a new Spelling mode. The Spelling mode can also be used to spell out acronyms, names and unusual words. Phrase Training is also new to 1.2. Various bugs have been fixed, and a new “Move” command makes verbal editing of a document easier. Interface improvements have also been made.

You can download the update by using Dictate’s Check for Update feature.

Dictate requires Mac OS X 10.4.11 or 10.5.2 or later and an Intel-based Mac.

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