Ten tips for successful iOS and OS X voice dictation

“It’s important to understand what speech recognition software can and can’t do — we aren’t yet at the point where you can speak normally and have your words magically converted into text,” Kirk McElhearn writes for TidBITS.

“I’ve been dictating into dictaphones and using speech recognition software for more than 15 years, and while dictating isn’t any faster than typing for me, I often find it more relaxing than typing,” McElhearn writes. “For those who can’t type quickly, dictation might be faster, and it’s an essential technology for those with certain physical impairments or injuries.”

McElhearn writes, “With the release of the iPhone 4S and the third-generation iPad, Apple brought simple voice dictation to millions of iOS users, and now with the launch of OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, Mac users can join the voice dictation party without buying Dragon Dictate. Whether you can be satisfied with Apple’s built-in voice dictation or whether you need the full capabilities of Dragon Dictate depends on how you plan to use the software.”

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Much more, including McElhearn’s tips, in the full article here.


  1. I want to try this too.

    It worked.

    Two corrections required. Number one the extra two on two.
    Number two the ED on work.

    It also chose the wrong to/two/too in the line above. Done on my MBP.

  2. Sending what you say over the Net and waiting for the words to appear on screen after a break when you click done is totally idiotic as it doesn’t permit you to keep track of the text as you say it. Another dick move by Apple. Google’s implementation of dictation where text appears on screen in real time is a hundred times better than Apple’s failed attempt.

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