Nuance Communication has unveiled Dragon Dictate for Mac 2.0, the newest addition to the Dragon family of speech recognition products that includes Dragon NaturallySpeaking for the PC and Dragon Mobile Apps. 

Dragon Dictate for Mac — the first major desktop product for Mac OS X from the Dragon family following Nuance’s acquisition of MacSpeech earlier this year — makes it easier than ever to create documents and emails, search the web, navigate the Mac desktop, and interact with popular Mac applications — all by voice, says Peter Mahoney, senior vice president and general manager for Dragon at Nuance.

Dragon Dictate for Mac, version 2.0, improves on the accuracy and performance of MacSpeech Dictate 1.5, leveraging the new Dragon 11 engine, which also powers the recently-announced Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11 for the PC, he says. Dictate 2.0 offers a more streamlined set-up, revamped Mac user interface, and new voice commands for dictation, editing, navigation and proofreading. Mahoney says Dragon Dictate for Mac also “learns” better than any previous version of Dictate, responds faster to spoken commands and supports Dragon Voice Shortcuts for searching the web, email and Mac desktop by voice.

In addition to the voice commands that MacSpeech Dictate 1.5 already offers for controlling popular Mac applications such as Safari, Mail, iCal and iChat, the new Dragon Dictate for Mac 2.0 adds more ways to interact with the Mac by voice. Dragon Voice Shortcuts for Search. It offers a way to search for information, files and content anywhere on your Mac or on the Web by using single voice commands.

Dragon Dictate for Mac is available immediately starting at US$199.99 through Nuance’s web site as well as its global network of reseller partners, software retailers and professional sales organizations. Existing MacSpeech Dictate customers and Dragon NaturallySpeaking customers can purchase Dragon Dictate for Mac starting at $49.99 and $99.99 respectively for a limited time. For additional information on features, editions, pricing and volume licensing programs, go to .

Dragon Dictate for Mac requires an Intel-based Mac, Mac OS X 10.6 (“Snow Leopard”) or greater, 3GB of available hard drive space, 2GB of RAM recommended and an Internet connection for product registration. Dragon Dictate for Mac comes complete with a Nuance-approved USB microphone headset.