Nuance Discontinues Dragon Speech Recognition Software for Mac

Nuance has announced that the company has discontinued Dragon Professional Individual for Mac. This was the most recent name of the company’s speech recognition software for macOS.

Following the acquisition of MacSpeech in 2010, Nuance created Dragon Dictate, a Mac version of their popular Windows speech recognition software. As a long-time user of this type of software, I’ve followed its progress over the years, as it improved greatly, then was ignored since last year’s update for macOS Yosemite. The software was very good, but the company was always plagued by poor support, expensive upgrades, and a general disdain for the Mac platform.

This is a shame, because I had contact with a number of passionate people who worked on this product, and they created software that is essential for many disabled people, and highly useful for people with a desired to be more productive.

The only solution for Mac users in the future is to buy the Windows version of Dragon and use it in a virtual machine (with VMware Fusion or Parallels), which is not ideal.

0 thoughts on “Nuance Discontinues Dragon Speech Recognition Software for Mac

  1. Depending what the need is, I like the “Just Press Record” app for iOS, for transcribing audio to text. Not at all the same as Dragon, but useful for certain needs.

  2. Didn’t an earlier name/incarnation of Nuance buy up an earlier Mac speech recognition software company, then neglect it and finally, kill it? I think we lived through this same problem back in the 90s.

  3. We had the IBM version for an early OSX back in 2001, complete with matching colored headset to go with the iMacs in the university lab. It was a good tool for students. The development of speech recognition (speech to text) has been painfully slow compared with other technologies. It is indeed a pity Nuance has given up. So many people would use speech recognition and speech to text if only the software was more reliable. A kind of holy grail of computing.

    • Yes, ViaVoice. It was limited to single-word recognition. I bought it too. I was working as a translator back then, and hoped it would save me time. I’ve been using speech recognition since then. While I don’t use it much on my Mac any more, I do use it on my iOS devices all the time, and I’ve recently started using a digital voice recorder and having Dragon transcribe it.

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