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Third-Party Voice-Recognition Software

Although there is voice-recognition software built into Mac OS X to control basic computer functions, there are also widely used packages for sale that offer excellent accuracy for dictation and even complete "hands-free" use. For example, Nuance's Dragon Dictate (formerly MacSpeech Dictate; for information, see the software producer's Dragon Dictate webpage) and, formerly, IBM's ViaVoice (no longer supported).

These, and similar software packages, can be very powerful options for people who are not able to use a physical keyboard or mouse, or who just want to speed up their text input. The systems take time to "train" to recognise the speaker, but with practice it is possible to input text faster than the fastest typist.

Note: Older versions of some voice-recognition software packages will not work on newer (Intel chip-based) Mac computers or with newer versions of Mac OS X. Likewise, newer versions of the software may not work on older machines or operating systems.

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