Nuance Unveils Dragon Express in Mac OS App Store
Nuance Communications today released Dragon Express, an introductory voice recognition app for Apple computers with the Mac OS X Lion operating system exclusively for download from Apple’s Mac App Store.
Dragon Express is the latest member of the Dragon family of speech recognition software that lets people control a computer with their voices. It allows users to turn speech into text, whether sending email, surfing the Web, or posting updates to Facebook and Twitter.
"Dragon Express is a great app for those who are new to speech recognition or who are looking for an easy-to-use dictation tool that allows them to use their voice instead of typing," said Peter Mahoney, senior vice president and general manager of the Dragon product line at Nuance. "For those looking for a more full-featured speech recognition program, we recommend Dragon Dictate, which provides the full capabilities of advanced speech recognition technology."
Dragon Express can be accessed from the menu bar at any time and doesn't require a network connection. Users dictate directly into the Dragon Express window, using the internal Mac microphone or a USB headset microphone, and the text instantly appears in the Dragon Express window. When finished, Dragon Express places the transcribed text into the application of choice. The download comes with a short enrollment so the app can better recognize a user's unique voice.
Dragon Dictate was recently updated to version 2.5. Dragon Dictate 2.5 includes many features beyond those in Dragon Express. These features include the ability to dictate directly into applications, edit, format and correct recognition errors by voice, open and close applications by voice, control the mouse by voice, create custom voice commands, and support for the recently released Dragon Remote Mic app for iPhone.
Dragon Express is available at the introductory price of $49.99. It only supports Mac's OS X Lion operating system and currently works with U.S. and U.K. English.