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With Dragon Dictate speech recognition software, you can use your voice to create and edit text or interact with your favorite Mac applications. Far more than just speech-to-text, Dragon Dictate lets you create and edit documents, manage email, surf the Web, update social networks, and more - quickly, easily and accurately, all by voice. Open and close or navigate between applications, or even create your own custom voice commands to execute multiple steps with a simple word or phrase. Use your iPhone or iPod as a wireless microphone, or capture your notes on-the-go using a digital voice recorder and Dragon Dictate 3 more...

What's New

Version 4.0:
  • Better accuracy
  • Improved speech recognition technology
  • Reduced latency due to better memory management capabilities
  • Includes Nuance MacSpeech Scribe features, offering users the ability to transcribe text from a pre-recorded audio file, combining both voice recognition and transcription


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from Whitebuck

Nuance is absolutely rapacious with their updates. I use Apple Dictation and if I must use my Nuance app, I am fortunately, able to use MacSpeech Dictate 1.5.9 (7849) in Snow Leopard and Mavericks, when it becomes unusable or incompatible with OSX. more...

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Shotgun21 Member IconReview+1

Expensive, updates to make everything work that should work, and you get the added bonus of paying for the updates.

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Version 4.0
Lev Member IconReview+453

I'm typing this. That sort of says it all.

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Version 4.0
Thaiwest Member IconReview+11

One of the most "Evil of the Evils" of software companies. I started out with this software when it was version 1.0. To start with it was great. Then began the problems and the problem just grew greater as the company charged more and more for upgrades and provided less and less support... at the point of version 4.0 and Mavericks, nothing works and trying to get any resolution of any type is like dealing with the door post! There should be a class action law suite. The company ought to be force out of business at best.

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Version 4.0

Whether or not a company or its directors have complied with the law, public perception is paramount and can have reputational, business and personal repercussions that are as severe as any legal prosecution.

Apple could apply pressure to this brotherhood of Nuance brigands to behave like decent corporate citizens - but they won't. So Apple is tarnished as well.

Jimw Member IconComment+452

After much discussion with Nuance I have negotiated a mutual settlement for Dictate for the Mac running on Mavericks for myself. They have also agreed to consider alternate upgrade policies for other users that have been impacted by the inability to run Dictate 3.x under Mavericks on a case by case basis. Here is what needs to be met as I understand it:
- You must have installed Mavericks near the date of official release.
- Mavericks must be your primary OS that you do most of your work on.
- You must have purchased or updated Dictate to 3.X before you installed Mavericks or purchased it with the indication it would run normally under Mavericks.
- Your current version of Dictate must be freezing when running under Mavericks to the point of being unusable.
- You must have filed or proceed to file by phone or e-mail a Nuance tech support incident documenting the above and run any tests and/or provide logs of the issues you are having with Dictate.
- You must then contact Nuance customer service and request that your issue be examined for special consideration.

Since this is done on a case by case basis, I cannot guarantee that the outcome will meet your expectations but I speak from experience that if these procedures are followed with some kind of documentation or evidence of the above you may be considered for an alternate upgrade other than the standard upgrade pricing.

Hope this helps.

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Version 4.0

One other thing I forgot to mention:
When speaking to customer service you will need to ask that the call be escalated to a supervisor or manager. It is my understanding that at this time, level 1 agents are not empowered to consider alternative pricing for this issue.


No. That is just unfair and ethically bereft.

I purchased the app last October. It simply should run properly on Mavericks. No 'ifs', 'buts' , or 'maybes'. This is a nothing update - pretty much designed to run on Mavericks. It really should be v 3.0.5. To call it version 4 is further deception. If they had told me last October it would fall over on Mavericks then I would not have purchased it - plain and simple. They hid that. Kept it from everyone.

As I said earlier. Dealing with Nuance is pain, pain, pain.

I have now relegated the damn thing to abandon-ware.

I am a Psychologist and also involved with several Universities and a national Writer's Guild. Every one I have spoken to has now seen the light and gone elsewhere for a solution. Particularly with the advent of Mavericks. So hopefully their mean spirits have created such bad karma that it will come back to bite them in thousands of dollars worth of lost sales.

Purchases made in the last six months or so should be free or at a small nominal fee. I would pay $20 for it - after already having paid for it at 3.0.2 in late October 2013.

Finally why do Macupdate and Apple even support this rubbish app?


Forgot to mention that Mavericks OSX 10.9 was revealed at Apple WWDC in June 2013.

So we have to assume that Nuance had done considerable work on Dictate and knew that they were going to make it compatible with Mavericks. So why did they not tell me that in October when they took my money - Approximately four months AFTER Mavericks was offered to Developers?

I hope Apple step in here and demand a remedy for those who purchased this app after WWDC.


This is the only review you really need to read.

Although, "I'm typing this. That sort of says it all." from Lev *does* sort of say it all.

Mmueck Member IconComment+179

Just so you know what you're dealing with here:


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Version 4.0

Thanks. Stunning information. I had no idea. Even though Nuance seem to have the project now I have had nothing but grief with them. You are trying to nail jelly to a tree to get any sense out of them.

Just don't go near Nuance or the Dragon disaster. It will break your heart.

For example, I upgraded one step to 3.0.4 (which worked automatically) then it would not recognise my serial and previous version registration. Pain. Pain. Pain.

These guys were all conceived behind the woodshed. Total retards.


Worth wrapping up the story if you're going to link to it: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/24/business/goldman-sachs-cleared-in-collapse-of-dragon-systems-sale.html

Lord-Lightning Member IconReview+300


An application I just purchased recently and now I have to pay a shirtload of money just for an update. Actually, more than I paid for the app, brand new, only a couple of months ago.

If you are contemplating using this company for any apps just don't do it. They are EVIL.

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Version 4.0
Whitebuck Member IconReview+177

Nuance is absolutely rapacious with their updates. I use Apple Dictation and if I must use my Nuance app, I am fortunately, able to use MacSpeech Dictate 1.5.9 (7849) in Snow Leopard and Mavericks, when it becomes unusable or incompatible with OSX. I will uninstall it and bid adieu to Nuance/Dragon Dictate and their skulduggery.

There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest. -Elie Wiesel, writer, Nobel laureate (b. 1928)

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Version 4.0
JasonE Member IconComment+112

Another $150 update. I am sorry, but I do not see these updates as $150 each time.

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Version 4.0

Supposedly the update is $99 for a month, and rises to $150 after that. However, I can't find anything on the Nuance pages that lets me order this for $99. I skipped the last update because $150 is more than I originally paid for the software!

Anyone find how to order this online for $99?


To answer my own question, this link takes you to a $99 upgrade:



Chuck, thank you for looking into this. Unfortunately, I keep getting a server error once I get to the shopping cart.

Your data was not saved. Please try again. We apologize for this inconvenience.
Error Number: SYS_000006


Thanks, Chuckb84! Last time I had to call to get the $99 price.



Go to the link and click the "update" button near the bottom of the page. This looks like you're adding another product to the cart but you can delete it. Then DELETE the microphone from the cart. Make sure your total is only $99. I had the same problem at first.


I'll type faster, thank you.
MacSpeech dumped because of greediness of the developer. Now Dictate goes TO THE BIN TOO!

Monkeyjunkey Member IconComment+1404

Dragon 4 is out.

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Version 3.0.4
Bluestar Member IconReview+207

Ironically, I'm writing this with Dragon Dictate. Mostly accurate but one of the most annoying things is that it seems to jump the cursor up into a previous paragraph or line while I'm dictating and start writing stuff in the middle of another sentence above. This is totally ridiculous. Furthermore it seems to go to sleep after a while when running with other applications and completely stopped working. I have to quit and restart for it to work again. Considering the slow application load this is supremely annoying again.

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Version 3.0.4

The going to sleep thing can be fixed easily by going to Preferences > Recognition > Auto Sleep and adjusting the slider.

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