When I first started writing this blog, I intended to use MacSpeech Dictate as my method of getting my thoughts down on paper–so to speak!

I found MacSpeech Dictate quite difficult to use, and although I persevered it became easier to actually type what I thought rather than use a voice recognition programme. I was very disappointed. As a dyslexic, I was thrilled with the idea of just being able to speak into my laptop. It was not as easy as that. And I gave up.

I have heard that Nuance – Dragon Dictate were buying MacSpeech Dictate, so although I was looking forward to trying it, I was already put off with the programme I had been using. I was also not impressed with the price that I have had to pay for both iListen and MacSpeech Dictate – a commercial price for beta software. Coupled with expensive upgrades, I was very fed up.

I long for the day, that I am easily able to put my thoughts into a format that people can take in easily, gets something out of and enjoy the process!

So, it was with utter delight, that I discovered Dragon Dictate for the iPhone. And, wonder upon wonder, it was free! Of course I downloaded it immediately. And it worked immediately. I did not need to train it, speak extensively into it, to read to it in any way. It just worked! I now had an easy way to transcribe my words to text.

It was of course, no surprise that an e-mail came from Dragon Dictate saying that they had taken over MacSpeech Dictate. Dragon Dictate has integrated their technology into the now new Dragon dictate for the Mac. And, guess what, another hefty price even from an upgrade–£39.99.

I wrote to the sales director who had written the correspondence to me (a mass e-mailing). And to date I have had no response. Even though I cheekily corresponded with him over Facebook as well!

It was with great reluctance but some excitement as I decided to bite the bullet once again and pay the price of yet another upgrade. I paid my money and started to download the new product. It was 1.2 gigs! And my time counter informed me that it would take 15 days to download! (I admit I am on a slow connection, but even so!)

The download actually only took 23 hours. I have never downloaded anything so big. And I was extremely worried that my connection would go down in the middle. However, when I woke this morning then it was ready to install in my applications folder.

What do I think? You tell me!

It will be fun finding out what else DD can do.

PS. I used DD to enter the text into this post too. I had to redo a few typos and wrongly understood words, but overall it worked well. 85% happy so far!!

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