A new version of Dragon speech recognition roars onto the Mac

Nuance Communications has announced its new suite of Dragon professional productivity solutions for Mac OS X and Windows that leverage Nuance Deep Learning technology to deliver upwards of 24% greater accuracy.

The new Dragon releases include Dragon Professional Individual, version 15; Dragon Legal Individual, version 15; and, Dragon Professional Individual for Mac, version 6, and feature powerful dictation, transcription and customization capabilities. All these solutions also sync vocabulary customizations and auto-texts with Nuance Dragon Anywhere (available separately) to extend the benefits of professional-grade speech recognition to mobile devices running iOS or Android, according to Vlad Sejnoha, chief technology officer, Nuance Communications.  

With Deep Learning technology at the core of its speech engine, Dragon delivers increased accuracy for even more users, with an enhanced ability to learn individuals’ voice patterns and accents, and deftly adapt to acoustics in open office or mobile environments, he adds. This latest Dragon release marks the first time Deep Learning capabilities can run embedded on a personal computer leveraging a user’s own speech data to improve their own language and acoustic model. The new Dragon also boasts advanced transcription, customization, and an improved ability to work with portable touchscreen PCs.

Dragon Professional Individual will be available for download in the U.S., UK and Australia for $300 on Sept. 1. Physical product shipments will be available by mid-September. Dragon Professional Individual is available for $150 for users upgrading from Dragon Professional Individual, version 14, and Dragon Professional, versions 12 and higher, and for $200 for users upgrading from Dragon Premium, versions 12 and higher. 

Dragon Professional Individual for Mac will be available for download in English in the US, UK and Australia for $300 on Sept. 1 with special upgrade pricing of $150 for registered users of Dragon Dictate for Mac, versions 4 and higher. Dragon Legal Individual will be available in U.S. English from the Nuance Online store in the U.S. for $500.