Dragon Dictate 3 Speech Recognition Software for Mac or PC

by Heather Smith on December 3, 2012 · 40 comments

Dragon Dictate 3 Speech Recognition Software


Dragon Dictate for Mac 3 is the most powerful, accurate and personalized voice recognition software for the Mac available on the market today. With increased accuracy and significant feature updates, Dragon Dictate lets people quickly and easily create and edit content, and command and control their favorite Mac applications by voice – anytime, anywhere.

Dragon Dictate harnesses the power of the renowned Dragon NaturallySpeaking voice recognition technology to let Mac users simply speak to see their words instantly captured in real time on their screen. Dragon Dictate for Mac 3 is the most robust version of Dictate yet, with a 15 percent increase in accuracy, new Smart Format Rules and new correction capabilities for a personalized experience, wideband Bluetooth support, the ability to transcribe recorded audio files from a single speaker, and much more.

“Dragon Dictate delivers an incredibly powerful voice experience for the Mac community, with the ability to not only speak text for documents, emails and more, but also command and control the Mac applications and features people use the most,” said Peter Mahoney, Chief Marketing Officer for Nuance and Senior Vice President, General Manager, Dragon. “We’ve been incredibly focused on bringing new features and increased accuracy to this latest version of Dragon Dictate so Mac users can experience the accuracy, speed and productivity that results from speaking instead of typing.”

Faster, More Accurate and Easier Right from the Start

Dragon Dictate for Mac 3 delivers a 15 percent improvement to out-of-the-box accuracy when compared to Version 2.5, making it faster and easier for people to freely speak their words and let ideas flow right onto the screen. Simply put, Mac users can get more done in less time, letting creativity and productivity take charge.

More Personal than Ever – Dragon Dictate Gets You

Dragon Dictate now further adapts to the way people speak with Smart Format Rules, which customize and personalize every user’s Dragon Dictate experience. Dragon Dictate now detects formatting changes such as abbreviations, numbers and more, so dictated text appears the way you prefer – every time. With its revamped correction process, Dragon Dictate now allows you to use speech to correct individual words or phrases through a single, easy to understand window that lets you select alternate word choices, or spell and train new words. Additionally, Dragon Dictate includes a richer list of alternative word choices, so when making a correction, it’s more likely that the word or phrase intended will be presented as an option. When a correction is made, Dragon remembers and learns your preferences, making it more accurate each time. And with the Vocabulary Editor, you have the ability to set alternative written forms of words or phrases (e.g. grey vs. gray).


Control in More Applications

Dragon Dictate for Mac 3 gives you control in more applications, so that you can use your voice to get more done. First, Dragon Dictate delivers an Express Editor so that you can dictate into a text field for which it does not have Full Text Control. After you finish dictating, you can transfer the text from the Express Editor to the desired application quickly and easily by voice. In addition to general support for Mac OS X Mountain Lion, Dragon Dictate for Mac 3 offers built-in commands for the new Notes and Reminders applications in this latest OS release.


The Perfect Dictation Assistant, Transcribing Recorded Audio Files in a Snap

Dragon Dictate lets you transcribe recorded audio files so you can capture your thoughts while they’re still fresh in your mind using a digital voice recorder, or your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. Simply establish a user profile for a digital voice recorder, and Dragon Dictate quickly and easily transcribes the recorded audio files. Dragon Dictate for Mac supports .wav, .m4a, .m4v, .mp4, .aif, and .aiff audio file formats, as well as any recorded notes using the free Dragon Recorder app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch (4th gen).


Hands- and Wire-Free with Enhanced Wideband Bluetooth Support

Dragon Dictate now features support for 16kHz wideband Bluetooth wireless headset microphones, allowing for even further increased accuracy for Bluetooth headset users through a higher-quality audio signal. When Dragon detects that a certified microphone is paired with the Mac, Dragon offers “Enhanced Bluetooth” as an audio source type. The improved audio quality eliminates the requirement for Bluetooth users to do initial voice training, allowing them to get started faster than ever before.

Available Anytime, Anywhere

Dragon Dictate gives you power to dictate text at any length whenever and wherever you like to get more done faster, and without a network connection.

Watch Dragon Dictate 3 in action!



You can purchase Dragon Dictate 3 for Mac at Amazon.com

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1 Claire December 3, 2012 at 2:08 AM

I’d like the Dragon for Email


2 Mary Shearer December 3, 2012 at 8:06 AM

I like the many uses of Dragon Dictate. My hands are not so good any more since the operations on them and this is a perfect way to maintain computer independence.


3 Susan Heim December 3, 2012 at 8:13 AM

I love this line from their website, which sums up perfectly why I would love this product: “Replacing manual data entry with speech recognition allows you to keep up with your brain and capture your thoughts and ideas as they come to you.” Great product for writers!


4 Maggie C December 3, 2012 at 8:24 AM

I like that it can transcribe audio notes from your iPhone.


5 Lisa Brown December 3, 2012 at 8:26 AM

I learned that: Use your iPhone or iPod as a wireless microphone.


6 Annette Abrahamson December 3, 2012 at 8:42 AM

It is a great time saver!


7 Debra Hall
December 3, 2012 at 8:43 AM

free Dragon Recroder app


8 Theresa G. December 3, 2012 at 9:21 AM

I Love that you can record on the go then plug into your computer when you return and the text is uploaded.


9 Sarah December 3, 2012 at 9:40 AM

They have an app for iPhones and iPads.


10 mell December 3, 2012 at 10:09 AM

record on the go then plug into your computer when you return and the text is uploaded


11 Karen Henschke December 3, 2012 at 10:42 AM

I would love this to help me write my 10-20 page papers for my MSW program!


12 Fawn H December 3, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Dragon Dictate 3 lets you set alternative written forms of words or phrases


13 Maureen December 3, 2012 at 11:23 AM

After a stroke my father and his dexterity are not so great. This would enable the dragon to know his voice and he would be able to work at the computer faster.


14 Sarah C December 3, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Dragon dictation is a great tool for students, and for people with disabilities.


15 Adrienne gordon December 3, 2012 at 1:47 PM

I like it is 99% accurate


16 carol roberts December 3, 2012 at 3:25 PM

iwant this PaperPort 14


17 rachelle jones December 3, 2012 at 4:27 PM

I love that they have Dragon for healthcare!


18 Ken Ohl December 3, 2012 at 5:28 PM

looks like it can save me time


19 Peggy December 3, 2012 at 8:47 PM

it automatically learns your preferences


20 Raquel S December 3, 2012 at 9:28 PM

Dragon is a great tool for me as a student and as a soon-to-be mom. I would be able to dictate my papers while having baby in my arms, or maybe even breastfeeding him.


21 Thomas Murphy December 4, 2012 at 4:47 AM

I learned More than 6,000 people work at Nuance


22 Karen Gonyea December 4, 2012 at 6:25 AM

I love this for all the emails that I send :)


23 Tara Liebing December 4, 2012 at 11:06 AM

I would also like the PaperPort Professional 14 software


24 Kimberly Schotz December 4, 2012 at 2:49 PM

I like that you can make corrections faster than ever


25 lina December 4, 2012 at 6:46 PM

I like how they have an interactive tutorial to learn how to use it


26 Cheryl Abdelnour December 5, 2012 at 9:06 AM



27 Susan H. December 5, 2012 at 8:21 PM

I can use this software with my ipod touch, iphone or ipad (when I get them)!


28 Shelly Macaluso December 6, 2012 at 7:07 AM

I like that the longer you use it, the better it gets at understanding your speech patterns.



29 Angela Cash December 6, 2012 at 12:42 PM

I learned that Dragon Dictate 3 lets you set alternative written forms of words or phrases, and even automatically learns your preferences when you make a change to how words, phrases or numbers are formatted.


30 Pamela Halligan December 6, 2012 at 7:09 PM

I learned that Dragon is 99% accurate.


31 Mary Calabrese December 7, 2012 at 10:24 AM

I love that it will recognize my voice patterns.


32 Toby Ward December 9, 2012 at 10:18 PM

I would like to have Dragon 12!


33 Barbara Brooke-Reese December 12, 2012 at 9:15 AM

I would love to get dragon dictate. I suffer from dyslexia and I have used dragon in the past, but I upgraded to a MAC a while ago for my graphics adventures and I would love to have dragon on my mac for emails and so many other things.


34 Darlene Ysaguirre December 12, 2012 at 11:06 AM

i like that it can pick up accents also and learns your voice over a period of time


35 LeeAnn December 12, 2012 at 11:38 AM

I learned that you can speak your corrections.


36 Jim L December 15, 2012 at 8:02 AM

I’m surprised they are able to keep improving this!


37 Sherrie C. December 15, 2012 at 3:39 PM

I learned More than 6,000 people work at Nuance.



38 Gianna December 16, 2012 at 1:16 PM

They cater to individuals, heathcare and education.


39 Sandy V. December 17, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Dragon is 99% more accurate.


40 Miz Vickik December 17, 2012 at 6:53 PM

I love that it begins to recognize your voice!


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