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Topic Title: What are the options for Mac users after Dragon discontinues DragonDictate?
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Created On: 04/25/2019 03:44 PM
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 04/25/2019 03:44 PM
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I heard that Nuance is discontinuing DragonDictate. I don't use a Mac myself, but I know some other people who do, and I was wondering what their options were. I don't know if any other strong candidates. I'm especially thinking of things that have similar learning curves (or better) to Dragon.

 04/25/2019 07:21 PM
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DragonDictate was discontinued in 1997. DPI6, for the Mac, was discontinued 6 months ago. Nuance is not planning on bringing this back because after after spending a fortune on Mac development (not to mention purchasing Dragon rights from another company), they were simply unable to show a proft.

There are no other competitive products, because of the development costs and the fact that Nuance owns most of the patents. About the only current way to create a competitive product is to be so large that you could eliminate the patent issue by purchasing Nuance. That basically limits this option to companies like Apple, Microsoft, Google and Amazon. Dragon 
currently has no competition but your Mac users have the option of installing Windows 10 onto their Mac computers via Bootcamp or Parallels. If your Mac friends plan on using Parallels, they will need at least 16 GB of RAM so they can assign 8 GB of RAM to the Windows side. Of course it would make more sense to just switch to a Windows PC because the world basically runs on Windows; not Macs.


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 04/26/2019 07:33 PM
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Looks like Dragon 6, which I believe is equivalent to DPI 15,is still available from third-party sellers on Amazon. As for commands on Mac, I would go with Talon.


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 04/26/2019 10:51 PM
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The Dragonfly framework is becoming multiplatform and integrating open source speech recognition engines. Alternative engines such as CMU Pocket Sphinx (implemented), Kaldi (very close), Silvius(In progress), w2l++(Creating Models) in order of expected implementation.

Currently for Mac and Linux these are not ready for prime time but it's something to keep your eye as an alternative in the future. DNS is still the best Speech recognition engine but as you beginning to see for other platforms besides Windows there are very few options.

 04/27/2019 03:46 AM
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Hi LexiconCode, do you also have information about the "natural" languages the different speech engines run on?

I am using Dragon, because it is the only "engine" that has a Dutch version, as far as I know. Dragon supports English (several "accents"), Dutch, German, French, Italian and Spanish. Of course the English speaking community is large, especially those who (try to) program by voice.

For Windows Speech Recognition there are a few languages, but not Dutch. And this provides no alternative for different Operating systems, like Mac and Linux.

Thanks, Quintijn
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