MacSpeech, the Mac only speech recognition company, has at long last announced a version of iListen that works on both Mac OS X and Mac OS 9, as well as a new dictation-only product for Mac OS X called iDictate. Both products were previewed at this week’s Macworld Conference & Expo in New York City and will be available as soon as final testing is complete.
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The iListen speech recognition software has “TalkAnywhere” technology, which lets you dictate into virtually any Mac application. It translates speech to typed text and characters anywhere you would normally type. iListen is speaker dependent, meaning you have to spend some time “training” iListen to the unique cadence and timbre of your voice. However, it can handle multiple users, each with their own speech files.
The new iListen 1.3 has all the features of previous versions, plus improved accuracy and works on both Mac OS X and Mac OS 9 without requiring the user to create two profiles or purchase two different products, according to MacSpeech Chief Evangelist Chuck Rogers.
iDictate 1.0 is an entry-level program for people who just want a dictation-only solution. With iDictate, you can still dictate into just about any application, but won’t have voice commands or Learn My Writing Style, and you must perform corrections manually. iDictate will sell for US$69 and will be initially available exclusively from the MacSpeech Web site. All registered users for iDictate will be able to upgrade to iListen at a discount. Profiles created in iDictate will transfer automatically to iListen.