Dragon Dictate
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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
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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Lev reviewed on 06 Apr 2014
I'm typing this. That sort of says it all.
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Thaiwest reviewed on 15 Mar 2014
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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Lord-Lightning replied on 20 Mar 2014
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.
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Jimw commented on 05 Mar 2014
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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Jimw replied on 05 Mar 2014
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.
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Lord-Lightning replied on 06 Mar 2014
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?
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Lord-Lightning replied on 06 Mar 2014
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.
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Mmueck commented on 05 Mar 2014
Just so you know what you're dealing with here:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/15/business/goldman-sachs-and-a-sale-gone-horribly-awry.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
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Lord-Lightning replied on 05 Mar 2014
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.
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Misha replied on 23 Mar 2014
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
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Lord-Lightning reviewed on 04 Mar 2014
What?

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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Whitebuck reviewed on 04 Mar 2014
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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JasonE commented on 04 Mar 2014
Another $150 update. I am sorry, but I do not see these updates as $150 each time.
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Chuckb84 replied on 04 Mar 2014
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?
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Chuckb84 replied on 04 Mar 2014
To answer my own question, this link takes you to a $99 upgrade:

http://dr.bluehornet.com/ct/5241119:7800421738:m:N:180644947:F05596EA9054EEA53B821972EC5DACD3
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JasonE replied on 04 Mar 2014
Chuck, thank you for looking into this. Unfortunately, I keep getting a server error once I get to the shopping cart.

Error:
Your data was not saved. Please try again. We apologize for this inconvenience.
Error Number: SYS_000006
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Thepfef replied on 04 Mar 2014
Thanks, Chuckb84! Last time I had to call to get the $99 price.
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Chuckb84 replied on 04 Mar 2014
Jason,

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.
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Beto-Boton replied on 04 Mar 2014
I'll type faster, thank you.
MacSpeech dumped because of greediness of the developer. Now Dictate goes TO THE BIN TOO!
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Monkeyjunkey commented on 04 Mar 2014
Dragon 4 is out.
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Bluestar reviewed on 25 Feb 2014
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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Lord-Lightning replied on 06 Mar 2014
The going to sleep thing can be fixed easily by going to Preferences > Recognition > Auto Sleep and adjusting the slider.
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Jimw commented on 17 Feb 2014
Latest inquiry to and response from Dragon Dictate Support:

Customer By Web Form 02/17/2014 05:24 PM
This is an update and reminder that you have not as yet offered a fix or workaround for this issue and that this issue remains active and therefore Dragon Dictate for the Mac is virtually unusable. I am also formally requesting an estimated time for a patch or update to be issued that addresses this issue.

Thank you for contacting Nuance Technical Support. This email is regarding the "Application freeze when giving any command" that you were encountering with Dragon Dictate.

There will be an update within the next two weeks.

Regards,

Brian
Nuance Technical Support
www.nuance.com
[Version 3.0.4]


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Patoche had trouble on 19 Sep 2012
I can't even install the upgrade on my MacPro under ML...the Dragon installer crashes all the time.
any idea ?
Thanks
[Version 3.0]


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Gantzerc had trouble on 20 Sep 2010
I was using "Speed Download" to download my update tonight and the download stopped with the following message:

Sorry, Too many download attempts: 9. You were allowed to download only 5 times., If you have any questions, please contact Digital River Customer Service at CustomerServices@digitalriver.com.

Not a very good system. What a bother . . .
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Chas_m replied on 21 Sep 2010
"Speed Download" is junk that causes numerous conflicts and problems (see any good Mac forum). Dump it and live a happy life.
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MacintoshSauce replied on 21 Sep 2010
I had the same problem, but I disabled it with the website address and all worked well. Ask Nuance to reset your download count too. They did that for me after I called them. All is well now...
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Star-Affinity replied on 21 Sep 2010
@CHAS_M

One can start by looking at the reviews for Speed Download here at MacUpdate where it gets 4.5 stars out of 5 (from 172 reviewers).

http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/4710/speed-download
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Mat0li replied on 21 Sep 2010
I ran in the same, to many download attempts, problem purchasing Stufit delux. They used the digital river store for the transaction. I also use the Speed Download program.
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Yazsoft replied on 21 Sep 2010
Hey Guys,

The problem isn't with Speed Download but you're uncovering it with Speed Download.

Some merchants (very few) limit the amount of times you can download software from their servers. Why they do this is beyond me because most of the time, you've actually purchased it. Maybe they're saving on bandwidth..who knows.

By default, Speed Download is a turbo-charged download manager that will always try to give you the fastest possible download speed based on your ISP's bandwidth. It does this by using segmented downloading. What that means is that is opens up several connections to the same server in order get that file at the fastest speed. This is no secret. It's the way Speed Download has always functioned; it's the way it was DESIGNED to function, and one of the main reasons tons of people use it everyday.

The affected merchants' server are seeing multiple connections coming from your IP address when you're downloading using SD. In fact, what they're actually seeing is segmented downloading in action. You're not actually downloading the file many times; but their servers sees it as such.

Many years back, we've taken that into consideration and accounted for it. All you have to do, is right click on the file's entry in SD (if you've already tried to download it), and from the CMM, choose 'Add to Sensitive Servers'. What this does, is tell SD to only use ONE connection when downloading from that server. In this case, it's no different from your browser.

If you know that a specific server is going to limit you in that sense, you can also prepare SD for it. Simply go into the SD preferences, and into the SENSITIVE SERVERS section, and add that server's domain in there. Nothing more to it.

Of course, all this stuff is in the documentation, but hey, who reads that stuff, right? ;-)

If you have any questions, I'm happy to assist you. Email me at info at yazsoft dot com

I apologize for any inconvenience your experience with this file may have caused, and I hope the above explanation makes sense.

Speed Download is an extremely efficient and reliable download manager. I test it every single day to make sure it stays that way.

Kind regards,

Johnny
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drewx0r had trouble on 27 Apr 2008
I didn't think the lack of support documentation would be a problem. Well, it is, as the program beachballs every time I try to set up a profile. So I'm out of commission until Support gets back to me. I'm worried, because I've heard that MacSpeech's support is mediocre at best. We'll see...
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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 will transcribe them for you.

Ignite Productivity with Fast, Accurate Dictation

Say words and watch them appear on your computer screen -- three times faster than typing -- with up to 99% recognition accuracy right out of the box. Correcting or revising your dictated text is simple with a new, more powerful correction interface that lets you quickly edit words or phrases. Dragon Dictate adapts to your voice and the words you use to deliver better recognition results over time. You can personalize Dragon Dictate with your own custom vocabulary of acronyms, proper names and other unique phrases that you frequently use. Dragon Dictate can even adapt its format rules by detecting your format corrections - abbreviations, numbers, and more -- so your dictated text looks the way you want it to every time. Review your work with Dragon Dictates Text-to-Speech feature, which reads back editable text for easy proofing or multi-tasking.

Ignite Convenience Using Your Favorite Mac Applications

Dragon Dictate for Mac 3 goes beyond simple speech-to-text, and gives you control in more applications so that you can simply speak to do more than ever before. Use Dragon Dictate in Mac OS X Lion or Mountain Lion with virtually any Mac application. Create and edit documents in Microsoft Word, TextEdit, Notepad and Pages, work with spreadsheets in Microsoft Excel and Numbers, create presentations in Microsoft PowerPoint and Keynote, manage email in Mail, search the Web or your Mac desktop, post to Facebook or Twitter, and more - all by voice. Dragon Dictates new Express Editor lets you dictate into a text field in any application on the Mac for which it does not have Full Text Control. After you finish dictating, simply transfer the text from the Express Editor to the desired application quickly and easily by voice.

Ignite Proficiency & Ease of Use Right Out of the Box

Thanks to the new interactive tutorials simulations, you can learn and practice good dictation, correction and editing habits so that you can create text efficiently within just a few minutes. Dragon Dictates help menu is within reach with a simple voice command, so assistance is always available when you need it.

Ignite Freedom and Comfort at Your Mac

Say goodbye to repetitive stress injuries. Use your Mac in a comfortable, ergonomic way without being tied to your keyboard and mouse. Open applications or folders, select menu items, click or move the mouse, press keys, switch from one application to another or create custom voice commands to execute multiple steps by voice. With our free Dragon Remote Microphone app, use your Apple(R) iPhone(R), iPad(R) or iPod(R) touch (4th gen) or your compatible Android device as a wireless microphone over Wi-Fi for optimal convenience. Wideband Bluetooth support delivers outstanding wireless performance with no training required.

Ignite Mobility for Productivity on the Go

Dictate into a Nuance-approved digital voice recorder or use the free Dragon Recorder app to capture high-quality audio files using your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch (4th gen). Dragon Dictate will transcribe the recorded audio files when you connect to your Mac. These mobile recording capabilities enable you to capture thoughts from anywhere, at any time while theyre still fresh in your mind to produce detailed, high-quality reports, papers, proposals, meeting minutes, and more.


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