“Dragon Dictate for Mac, the only viable option for Mac speech recognition, turns 2.5 today. The new version, a free upgrade for Dictate 2.0 users, addresses one of the most common complaints about the program: you can’t use the mouse or keyboard while entering text with your voice,” Nate Anderson reports for Ars Technica. “Or rather, you can, but your document will probably suffer.”
“The problem was bad enough that Nuance, the developer behind Dictate, laid out a “Golden Rule” against ever using the mouse or keyboard while speaking to the program,” Anderson reports. “If you’ve ever used voice recognition, you know that on plenty of occasions it is simpler just to lean forward and tap out a complex name than to spell it letter by letter; Dictate made this a dicey proposition.”
Anderson reports, “With version 2.5, Dictate finally ditches the Golden Rule, at least in compatible apps like Microsoft Word 2011. While the feature may sound trivial to non-users, Nuance notes that it ‘was the most requested product enhancement from Dragon Dictate customers.’ Mixing keyboard, mouse, and voice no longer disrupts the program’s internal document map.”
Much more in the full article here.