MacSpeech Dictate 1.5 Improves Speech Recognition

MacSpeech Dictate 1.5 Improves Speech Recognition

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MacSpeech today announced the immediate availability of MacSpeech Dictate 1.5, the exciting first upgrade to the premier speech recognition solution for the Macintosh, now introducing a new Vocabulary Editor, new English profile options, enhanced accuracy and much more. MacSpeech Dictate 1.5 requires Mac OS X 10.5.6 or higher and is available today 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 v1.5 provides greater accuracy than ever before. The underlying technology enhancements provide up to 20% 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%. MacSpeech Dictate v1.5 also introduces new profile options for Inland North American, Southern North American, and Latino North American accents.
MacSpeech Dictate 1.5 Improves Speech Recognition

"Since its introduction, MacSpeech Dictate provided Mac users with unprecedented accuracy, and we improved accuracy even further with version 1.5," explained Andrew Taylor, founder and CEO of MacSpeech, Inc. "MacSpeech Dictate 1.5 advances the state of the technology on the Mac with several important 'under the hood' changes, plus feature additions such as the vocabulary editor, improvements in compatibility with applications, and enhancements to the interface and documentation. We're extremely excited with the across-the-board progress made and thrilled to offer it as our first upgrade."

"In version 1.5, MacSpeech Dictate has gone to a new level," explained George Silverman, president and founder, Market Navigation, Inc. "The new vocabulary editor allows me to train esoteric and unusual words easily. I can even train abbreviations now for some technical writing. It has achieved a level of accuracy that I never would have believed possible."

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 for a more efficient, intuitive experience.

"MacSpeech Dictate 1.5 is not only easy to set up and intuitive to use, but just plain fun," proclaimed Michael Wolf, professor, Berlin University of the Arts. "On the rare occasions when recognized text needs to be corrected, the training process is simple and painless. Even those with advanced typing skills will find the program indispensable. Hats off to MacSpeech!"

MacSpeech Dictate is the only desktop speech recognition solution for the Macintosh. MacSpeech Dictate provides unprecedented speech recognition accuracy with minimal training and works with existing Mac applications. MacSpeech Dictate delivers a truly Mac user experience, and conforms to behaviors already familiar to Macintosh fans worldwide. Beyond dictation, MacSpeech Dictate lets people perform basic navigation of their Mac and control it with their voice to launch applications, open new windows, execute menu commands, etc.

Compatibility and Availability
MacSpeech Dictate requires Intel-based Macintosh hardware and requires Mac OS X 10.5.6 (Leopard) and higher.

New MacSpeech Dictate solutions, with a choice of headsets, are available today starting at US$199. Registered customers of MacSpeech Dictate are eligible to purchase MacSpeech Dictate 1.5 at special upgrade price of US$54.95.

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