MacSpeech has released iListen 1.0, its speech recognition program.

iListen was developed in partnership with Philips Speech Processing, and was built on Philip's FreeSpeech 2000 speech engine.

MacSpeech chief evangelist, Chuck Rogers, said: "iListen is designed to be the speech recognition software for the rest of us.

"Its ability to stay in the background and allow the user to dictate into virtually any Macintosh application will set a new standard for the industry."

The program makes use of a technology called TalkAnywhere, which converts spoken words into typewritten text and characters anywhere a Macintosh user would usually type.

The application is available for download now and costs $99 (without a headset). No UK distributor or price has been announced yet.