Nuance Communications has released Dragon Express, an introductory voice recognition app for Mac OS X 10.7 (“Lion”). It’s available at an introductory price of US$4.99 exclusively at the Mac App Store.

Dragon Express offers a hands-free way to turn speech into text, whether sending email, surfing the Web or posting an update to Facebook and Twitter. It’s the latest in Nuance’s line of speech recognition software titles.

“Dragon Express is a great app for those who are new to speech recognition or who are looking for an easy-to-use dictation tool that allows them to use their voice instead of typing,” says Peter Mahoney, senior vice president and general manager, Dragon, Nuance. “For those looking for a more full-featured speech recognition program, we recommend Dragon Dictate, which provides the full capabilities of advanced speech recognition technology.”
Dragon Express can be accessed from the menu bar at any time and doesn’t require a network connection. Users dictate directly into the Dragon Express window, using the internal Mac microphone or a USB headset microphone (which can be purchased at, and the text instantly appears in the Dragon Express window.

When finished, Dragon Express places the transcribed text into the application of choice. The download comes with a short enrollment so that the app can better recognize a user’s unique voice.