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Topic Title: Dragon on Mac is clearly dead. Is there a worthwhile hands-free alternative?
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Created On: 05/27/2020 05:08 PM
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 05/27/2020 05:08 PM
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I work with people who have ALS that often try to use speech recognition as an interim acess solution.  DPI is great in the Windows o/s.  Some are MAC users, and I wonder if hands-free control is a viable option at all.


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 09/08/2020 10:31 PM
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Yes, although I'll sing the praises of Dragon's, it's definitely not a beginner's program. The free options (i.e. iOS dictation, Siri, Cortana, and Google Docs) will still allow you to do whatever you want, but you will just have to switch between them a little more. ??

 09/09/2020 10:24 AM
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If your Mac users need to be hands-free, they will simply not be able to do this on a Mac. They will need to adjust to Windows and work with Dragon and KnowBrainer (which is free to those with permanent physical disabilities). Attempting to achieve these results on a Mac will simply be an act of frustration.   


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I think the Talon implementation runs on Macs using the Kaldi speech engine. There's a YouTube video from a conference (a couple of years ago) where a woman shows how she codes with that system. Sorry, I don't have the link handy. That might be an alternative for your users. It's freeware, of course. The full-time Talon developer seemed like a very knowledgeable guy to me.


The conference lady said that she and her Mac friends scoured Ebay to find old copies of Mac Dragon. As long as you don't want to write scripts, you can dicate with it more or less ok. I had a copy of it for a while on my Mac, but it was so far behind my Windows Dragon experience that I returned it.


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