January 3, 2013 3:35 PM Subscribe
Possible Dragon Naturally Speaking/Dictate purchase. I recently entered the world of OSX by buying my wife a Macbook Air. Specifically, I bought it so she could dictate some of her thoughts for a book. Now I'm thinking of buying the Dragon software, but have some questions...
posted by kuanes to computers & internet (10 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
Everything that I have read online thus far completely craps on the Dragon Dictate for OSX, yet trumpets the value of the PC version (Naturally Speaking). I haven't quite figured out why yet, other than the Naturally Speaking was from another company that Dragon bought because they were scared of the competition.
I'm trying to figure out a few things:
1. Why is the OSX version so bad? What are the problems? Online reviews don't seem to be very specific (as far as I've read). Will it work for someone who is doing simple dictation of "thoughts," not letters, formatting, etc.?
2. Is the latest version for OSX that much of a step up from the previous version?
3. Her Macbook Air is only 128GB. Is it worth it for me to learn about/install Parallels so I can run the PC version? She isn't all that computer-savvy in the first place, and I'm trying to avoid the unnecessary step of running Parallels/VMware/etc.
4. Will Dragon software transcribe from an audio file, or only "live?"
Thanks to those who are in the know.