Nuance Launches 'Dragon Express' in the Mac App Store

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Nuance Communications, which provides the speech recognition technology included in Siri on the iPhone 4S, has announced the Mac App Store launch of Dragon Express, a new application that offers some of the same speech recognition and system control features found in the company's more expensive Dragon Dictate software.

Dragon Express is an easy and fun speech recognition utility that introduces OS X Lion customers to voice recognition for the Mac. Put your words to work without the hassle of typing. Just speak and amazingly accurate results instantly appear in the Dragon Express window. You can dictate anything – even words that wouldn't be found in any dictionary – since Dragon Express is customized to recognize your voice and the words you use.

Dragon Express exists as a menu bar item, allowing users easy access to the dictation window. After speaking the desired input via integrated microphone or a USB headset, the transcribed text is then transmitted to the destination application.

Dragon Express is currently being offered at an introductory price of $49.99.

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117 months ago
We need a mac version of Siri.
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117 months ago
£34.99 on the UK store. Would need to try a demo before i pay that kind of money
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117 months ago

just keep telling yourself that. I already am seeing the Siri newness wear off on people and it not as useful any more.


Right, but what about Siri three years from now after the processor has quadrupled in speed and Siri's database of words and phrases is many times more sophisticated? If they are clever, they have some back office program working on everything that currently stumps Siri. So as Siri gets used, it is also getting smarter. Since every request goes through Siri's server, they should have a code looking for things that people had to ask twice because Siri didn't work. That should be leading them to real world solutions for real world questions. This should be crowd sourced beta testing, basically. So Siri should be getting smarter very quickly. In fact, I bet you will find Siri noticeably smarter on the iPhone 4S just six months from now.
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117 months ago

That's pretty expensive for something there's no demo for. I agree with ya.

The price will increase once the initial offer is up. Not sure how much it usually goes for but i definitely wont buy once that does happen. Going to try and look for a Youtube video of it running.

Found these 2 videos

//www.youtube.com/watch?v=al6ur-Ycfcw

//www.youtube.com/watch?v=0UHM528Ne6U

EDIT : these videos seem to be the Nuance Dragon Dictate and not Dragon Express

The differences between the versions can be seen below. Apparently it works without an internet connection. Probably why its over a GB in filesize

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117 months ago
Agreed on all the above...damn tempted though. Apple - will Siri come on the mac? If so I'll wait.
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117 months ago

£34.99 on the UK store. Would need to try a demo before i pay that kind of money


That's pretty expensive for something there's no demo for. I agree with ya.
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