Mountain Lion Dictation versus Dragon Dictate

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Mountain Lion with internal microphone on Thunderbolt display: You know, simply diabetes, is a group of metabolic diseases in which a person has high blood sugar, either because the body does not produce enough insulin, or because sales did not respond to the insulin that is produced. This high blood Sugar produces the classical symptoms of polyurea (frequent urination), polydipsia (increased thirst) at polyphagia (increased hunger).

(Note that, several times Mountain Lions dictation tool just plain failed. When that happens, the dictation icon moves from side to side as if shaking its head, then goes away. I had to re-read a couple of these sentences several times.)

Mountain Lion with Plantronics Savi 400 microphone: Diabetes mellitus, or simply diabetes, is a group of metabolic diseases in which a person has high blood sugar, either because the body does not produce enough insulin, or because sales do not respond to the insulin that is produced. This high blood Sugar produces a classical symptoms of polyurea (frequent urination), polydipsia (increased thirst) and polyphagia (increased hunger).

Dragon Dictate with Plantronics Savi 400 microphone: Diabetes mellitus, or simply diabetes, is a group of metabolic diseases in which a person has high blood sugar, either because the body does not produce enough insulin, or because cells do not respond to the insulin that is produced. This high blood sugar produces the classical symptoms of polyuria (frequent urination), polydipsia (increased thirst), and Polly Fangio (increased hunger).

Youll note that, while both do a pretty a good job, that last Dragon Dictate sample has fewer errors than the two before it. Its worth pointing out that the single mistake Dragon Dictate made wouldnt (in theory) recur, because I would correct it, and Dragon Dictate would observe and learn from that correction.

The last word

Mountain Lions dictation feature can be very useful if you to dictate occasionally. Its great for dictating emails, instant messages, tweets, Facebook posts and the like. If you dont mind editing your texts frequently, you can do a lot with this feature, and save time. However, a good microphone will deliver far more accurate results.

If, however, you want to dictate regularly, for more than short, occasional texts, Dragon Dictate is the way to go. The program learns from what you say and from your corrections, improving its accuracy over time, and also allows you to edit text using your voice, to control applications and much more.

Nevertheless, using Mountain Lions dictation feature may give you a first taste of speech recognition and show you what the future could be like. Once youre convinced that dictating could be better than typing, then you could move up to Dragon Dictate.

This story, "Mountain Lion Dictation versus Dragon Dictate" was originally published by Macworld.

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