Well, we are almost there folks. The promised land of Star Trek-like speaking tour computers is rather closer than you think. With Apple’s Latest OSX called Mountain Lion, dictation is now a built-in idea. After the break my take on Dictation.
With Siri and now Dictation, Apple apparently is trying to be the Star Trek’s computer. All we need now is Majel Barret’s voice as one of the built-in voices and things will be complete. This little thing does not take us there. It is pretty good at what it does, but it is new and there are some limitations to it.
The dictation can only last for so long. It uses Apple’s server to do the hard work of conversion to text. It does not do on the fly dictation like some third party solutions. It does not need training, which is a rather interesting thing itself.
I have a sneaking suspicion that this is actually Apple’s intent to get voice samples to help their algorithm down the road. Maybe it is Apple’s goal to have a Siri-style agent down the road.
Right now I cannot recommend the Dictation for serious work. You are going to spend more time pressing buttons and learning a new way to speak than actually doing any work. For light duty applications like email and tweeting it seems to work, but if you want to dictate your next novel, it is not ready for that.
The link below contains a pdf of some short cuts and what they do in Dictation. Have fun!