Dragon Dictation is a free application just released yesterday to the iTunes App store. This program does a remarkably fast job of accurately converting your speech into text. There’s no advanced registration required to use the application. After downloading from the iTunes App store you can quickly convert your spoken words into text. And this application is fast – less than a few seconds to convert a paragraph or two.
The interface for Dragon Dictation couldn’t be simpler. Using the red record button you’ll press once and start your dictation.
Here’s a quick paragraph (unedited) that I dictated this morning.
There are a few wrong words – but nowhere near as many as there should be given my rapid pace of speaking. During this dictation I spoke in a normal conversational tone. With some practice and steadier and more pronounced speech I’m certain the accuracy would approach 90-100%.
The application is sophisticated enough to allow you to append text to an already created dictation. To do this you just press the record button again at the place where you’d like to insert more text.
Dragon Dictation’s not perfect. As with any speech to text software this program works best when you pronounce your words clearly and slowly. Although the app can copy and paste all the dictated text to the clipboard I’d like to see it add native ability to transfer that information to several different types of Twitter client.
The description of Dragon Dictation in the iTunes Store also states that you can update your Twitter and Facebook status. I was unable to find a native way to do that within the program however you certainly could copy/paste whatever was on the clipboard into either of those service (or any other service for that matter).
For a free application Dragon Dictation has certainly raised the bar on voice to text applications. It’s probably put quite a few paid applications out of business as well. Although I can’t say for certain I’d imagine there may be a paid version shortly that adds links directly to popular Facebook, Twitter and other social media applications.