With Mountain Lion, Global Voice Recognition Comes to OS X and It Is Awesome

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If you read the site you know how much I like, use and rely upon voice recognition. I use Siri on my iPhone more for voice recognition than for the actual “power” of Siri. I use global voice recognition on my iPad ALL THE TIME. And on my Mac I use Dragon Dictation and Dragon Express all the time.

With Mountain Lion Apple is bringing global voice recognition to the Mac. Sure, it has some of the same limitation as iOS voice recognition in that is requires a data connection and there is a limitation on how long you can dictate before it processes the data. (You can, of course, then add additional “dictation sessions”.)

To use dictation you first need to go into the settings menu and activate this function. From there you simply need to press the function button twice and a small dictation window with a microphone will appear. Speak for up to a minute, it seems, and then press the function button again. The computer will quickly process the voice and insert the text into the currently active window. It’s how I dictated this post and, perhaps most impressive, like the iOS versions of voice recognition, it doesn’t require advanced training. Simply press the function button twice and start speaking.

It is a great addition to the OS and one that I will be using… often.

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About the Author

Dan Cohen
Having a father who was heavily involved in early laser and fiber-optical research, Dan grew up surrounded by technology and gadgets. Dan’s father brought home one of the very first video games when he was young and Dan remembers seeing a “pre-release” touchtone phone. (When he asked his father what the “#” and “*” buttons were his dad said, “Some day, far in the future, we’ll have some use for them.”) Technology seemed to be in Dan’s blood but at some point he took a different path and ended up in the clergy. His passion for technology and gadgets never left him. Dan is married to Raina Goldberg who is also an avid user of Apple products. They live in New Jersey with their golden doodle Nava.