Go Hands-Free on Your Mac with Dragon Dictate 2.5

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Nuance. All opinions are 100% mine.

I use the Dragon Dictation feature on my myTouch 4G phone almost daily and I’ve used Dragon NaturallySpeaking on Windows for years. Speaking to my computer gives my hands a break from typing the 10,000-20,000 words I normally tap out over the course of a day. Until recently, I hadn’t tried Dragon Dictate on my Mac, but like the other Dragon products I’ve come to rely on, Dragon Dictate 2.5 works great too.

Dragon DictateAfter going through the introductory process of training Dragon Dictate to my voice, which took about five or six minutes, I was converting speech to text on my Mac in a matter of minutes. One key addition to Dragon Dictate 2.5 is the ability to both talk and type in Microsoft Word 2011. There are also a bunch of Word specific voice commands.

The ability to navigate Mac OS X with voice commands gives the operating system a very Star Trek-like feel. I can almost imagine myself as Captain Picard saying, “Computer, open GarageBand.” Maybe Picard never said that, but if the Enterprise had been designed by Steve Jobs, I’m sure he would have.

For those of us who use social media daily, Dragon Dictate 2.5 added Facebook and Twitter voice commands. You can post to Facebook or post to Twitter by selecting dictated text and simply saying ‘Post to Facebook’ or ‘Post to Twitter’ which can definitely save time over switching windows and typing or copying and pasting.

One of the coolest features of Dragon Dictate 2.5 (and Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.5) is the Dragon Remote Microphone app for iPhone users. With a Wi-Fi connection and the Dragon software installed on your desktop computer, you can talk to your iPhone and have the voice transmission sent directly to your Mac. As I indicated earlier, I’m an Android user, so I’m out of luck for right now, but for the millions who do have an iPhone, this feature seems invaluable. Talking to my phone definitely feels more natural than using a microphone connected to my computer.

If you are looking for a way to type less and still be productive, Dragon Dictate will definitely get the job done on your Mac.