MacSpeech has achieved a revolutionary new speech recognising dictation solution for the Mac, claiming the software takes just minutes to train.

If the company's claims are borne out, this constitutes a significant forward step for speech recognition on the Mac platform, which has long lagged behind Windows on this.

The new product - MacSpeech Dictate - allows Mac users to dictate directly into their applications after just five minutes of voice training of the app. The developer promises 99 per cent accuracy, and explains that user-spoken commands are recognised separately from any dictation.

"MacSpeech Dictate empowers Mac users to create documents with their voice instead of typing," explained Andrew Taylor, president and CEO of MacSpeech. "MacSpeech Dictate delivers fast set-up, quick command recognition, high accuracy and increased productivity, even for those using MacSpeech Dictate simply to make their life easier."

"Apple's commitment to accessibility is evident throughout Mac OS X, including
such ground-breaking features as VoiceOver, our built-in screen reader," said
Ron Okamoto, Apple's vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations. "We're
delighted that Mac OS X users now have access to advanced speech-to-text
dictation technology from MacSpeech, which nicely complements VoiceOver."

MacSpeech Dictate also lets people perform basic navigation of their Mac and control it with their voice using familiar commands like print, cut, copy, paste, and so on. The underlying speech recognition and dictation technology is powered by dictation technology from Nuance Communications.

MacSpeech Dictate requires Mac OS X 10.4.11 or higher, and requires an Intel-based Mac. New MacSpeech Dictate solutions with a choice of headsets, will be priced starting at $199 and is expected to ship by 15 February 15, 2008. Registered iListen users will be eligible to purchase MacSpeech Dictate a special crossgrade price of $99.

When MacSpeech Dictate ships iListen will be discontinued.