MacSpeech (http://www.macspeech.com) has released MacSpeech Dictate
1.5, the first major upgrade to the speech recognition solution for
the Mac. The upgrade introduces a new Vocabulary Editor, new English
profile options, enhanced accuracy and more.
MacSpeech Dictate 1.5 requires Mac OS X 10.5.6 or higher and is
available for US$199 as a new purchase, or US$54.95 for current
owners of MacSpeech Dictate. Now for the first time, MacSpeech
Dictate customers can add, delete, manage and train words in their
profile’s vocabulary using a new Vocabulary Editor. The new
Vocabulary Editor also lets people customize behaviors related to the
included words, such as capitalization, pronunciation or the use of
spacing surrounding the word.
The new MacSpeech Dictate 1.5 provides greater accuracy than ever
before, according to MacSpeech CEO Andrew Taylor. He says the
underlying technology enhancements provide up to 20 percent more
accurate recognition than previous versions. From the initial profile
accuracy rate, customers can continue to increase the accuracy rate
of their MacSpeech Dictate profile up to 99 percent. MacSpeech
Dictate1.5 also introduces new profile options for Inland North
American, Southern North American, and Latino North American accents.
New compatibility enhancements in version 1.5 for working with
Microsoft Word include an automatic execution of the “Cache Document”
command any time a Word document is opened while MacSpeech Dictate is
launched. Also available on demand, the “Cache Document” command
allows MacSpeech Dictate to read a document’s contents, in order to
navigate the document, and to enter and edit text.
Other enhancements include the addition of top 100 web sites to the
“Jump To” command options, a new Save Profile menu item for capturing
Phrase Training information prior to Quitting, a new User Manual, and
other enhancements and refinements to the user interface.