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  • Look Mom, No Hands! Dragon Dictation's Text-to-Speech App Rolls Out


    There's a lot of talk this week about a new app that serves as the iPhone edition of the popular Dragon NaturallySpeaking software. With a lot of iPhone/iTouch users in agreement that Dragon is a top-shelf provider of text-to-speech technology, it's no wonder that Dragon Dictation has become such a hot commodity only hours after its release.

    If the name sounds familiar, it should be. Dragon Naturally Speaking also powers MacSpeech, an impressive and invaluable text-to-speech tool that can prove a magnificent convenience and aid to many, but especially those with special physical needs.

    From 9to5Mac:

    Dragon Dictation for iPhone allows you to easily speak and instantly see your text or email messages, with the company claiming this is up to 5 times faster than typing on the keyboard.
    Dragon Dictation, which is both free and now readily available for download from the ModMyi app store, is particularly popular in light of its ability to enable users to update their Facebook status and Twitter account using only their voice to do so. Whether it's a text or a full-blown email, Dragon Dictation lets you do it hands-free.

    On a personal note, I think what's most cool about the app is how well it works even in a somewhat noisy environment. Granted, if you're attending a symphony or a Lady Gaga concert Dragon Dictation can't be expected to work with incredible accuracy, but even the errors logged are simple to correct.

    Announcing the App, Michael Thompson, Senior Vice President & General Manager, Nuance Mobile said: I'm thrilled to announce the availability of Dragon Dictation on the iPhone. What a cool application! In fact, I'm dictating this entire blog directly into my iPhone.


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    This article was originally published in forum thread: Look Mom, No Hands! Dragon Dictation's Text-to-Speech App Rolls Out started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 51 Comments
    1. orly910's Avatar
      orly910 -
      its awesome,i just downloaded it into my iphone and its an awesome app!!!!

      [FIRST]
    1. zinjen's Avatar
      zinjen -
      Its pretty legit, hopefully someone finds a way to use it with QuickSMS or biteSMS. Seems like its defaults to the iPhone SMS App regardless if you've selected QuickSMS or BiteSMS to be your default.

      Other than that, flawless.
    1. kwickone's Avatar
      kwickone -
      This looks really slick. Downloading now to check it out.
    1. Jake1's Avatar
      Jake1 -
      Not available in the UK iTunes store, anyone got a clue when it's arriving this side of the pond?
    1. cpotoso's Avatar
      cpotoso -
      This application, according to the EULA, sends ALL YOUR CONTACTS to their servers. This is a SERIOUS PRIVACY ISSUE. Please DO NOT LOAD THIS APP IN YOUR IPHONE IF I AM IN YOUR CONTACTS...
    1. relkorama's Avatar
      relkorama -
      *ARGH*

      Not available in Canada either. Booo!!!!
    1. billchase2's Avatar
      billchase2 -
      ...and it requires the 3.1 firmware. Dang it.

      Maybe it's about time to finally suck it up and update. I just really don't feel like spending hours on re-syncing/re-jailbreaking/re-customizing tonight.
    1. Jake1's Avatar
      Jake1 -
      Cpotoso, wow if that's right then that is a bit of a worry!
    1. hollow0's Avatar
      hollow0 -
      Downloaded this app a few hours ago. It's ok and does an ok job but it had a hard time understanding what i was saying :/ i guess it's my voice that's not clear enough or something. I definitely like the voice to text. Comes in useful!
    1. metaserph's Avatar
      metaserph -
      What about the comment that it reads your contact list and sends to the developer's servers? Anybody has info. or confirmation on this?

      Quote Originally Posted by billchase2 View Post
      ...and it requires the 3.1 firmware. Dang it.

      Maybe it's about time to finally suck it up and update. I just really don't feel like spending hours on re-syncing/re-jailbreaking/re-customizing tonight.
      If you use blackra1n and PkgBackup from Cydia it won't take hours. Rock also has a backup function that helps in reinstalling your existing apps. Hope this helps.
    1. sphangman's Avatar
      sphangman -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jake1 View Post
      Not available in the UK iTunes store, anyone got a clue when it's arriving this side of the pond?
      fired off an email this morning about UK availability ... this would be sooooo handy to have .. gutted it's only US at the moment ..

      "Thank you for your feedback. Currently Dragon Dictation is only available in the U.S. for now, but we're developing regional roll out plans. We will keep you posted once it becomes available outside US."
    1. NetMage's Avatar
      NetMage -
      Does anyone know if it converts locally or sends to a server?
    1. sphangman's Avatar
      sphangman -
      Quote Originally Posted by NetMage View Post
      Does anyone know if it converts locally or sends to a server?
      sends it to the server
    1. southfrisco's Avatar
      southfrisco -
      Looks really goood. Damnit though, needs 3.1.x firmware....



      Might have to get my lazy azz to upgrade my firmware now....nooooooooooo
    1. cranie's Avatar
      cranie -
      I used to use the PC version and it worked great period. The only drawback was changing how you speak period. New Paragraph
      Otherwise it's great period.
    1. Jake1's Avatar
      Jake1 -
      Sphangman, cheers for the update mate.
    1. sendertimes's Avatar
      sendertimes -
      I just tried it, its awsome, although for long speeches, it doesnt seem to work well enough, (ie) 1 paragraph
    1. Melech518's Avatar
      Melech518 -
      Quote Originally Posted by cpotoso View Post
      This application, according to the EULA, sends ALL YOUR CONTACTS to their servers. This is a SERIOUS PRIVACY ISSUE. Please DO NOT LOAD THIS APP IN YOUR IPHONE IF I AM IN YOUR CONTACTS...
      Quote Originally Posted by NetMage View Post
      Does anyone know if it converts locally or sends to a server?
      Quote Originally Posted by sphangman View Post
      sends it to the server
      Do we have a source for this information?? If this is legit it needs to be documented in the OP
    1. billchase2's Avatar
      billchase2 -
      I just emailed them and requested 3.0 compatibility. It worked with Dropbox, so maybe it'll work here too...
    1. howlett15's Avatar
      howlett15 -
      This is awesome but I hope in future iPhones you can hold home button "unlock", "open SMS", "open Jon Doe" , then say what you want all while driving in the car! Lol