[Athen] DNS and the Mac

Jayme Johnson jjohnson at htctu.net
Wed Jun 6 15:04:22 PDT 2007

Hello Dave,

You can not run Dragon Naturally Speaking on a Mac using the native Mac OS,
however you can run DNS on an Intel-based Mac if you use the Parallels
Desktop software to create a virtual PC running Windows XP (For more info on
Parallels, visit www.parallels.com/). In this way you can run DNS and it
works very well. Unfortunately, this does nothing for you in terms of being
able to control or use any applications outside of the virtual machine.

So in essence, you can run DNS on the Mac, but you can't use DNS to interact
with or control the Mac and the Mac-based software. If you have an
Intel-based Mac and just need to be able to use speech recognition once in a
while to create documents, the Parallels approach works nicely. However, if
you are looking for a complete solution for using speech recognition with
the Mac and Mac OS based software, I don't know of any perfect solution to
date. So far the best speech recognition software I know of for the Mac OS
is iListen. iListen is not as robust as DNS, and it doesn't allow you to
fully interact or control every aspect of the Mac OS, but it is the best
speech recognition solution I am currently aware of for the Mac OS. You can
get more information on iListen at: http://www.macspeech.com/.

I hope this helps, and please feel free to contact me if you have any other
questions or concerns.

Good luck!

Jayme Johnson
Assistive Computer Technology Instructor
High Tech Center Training Unit
DeAnza College, Cupertino, CA

-----Original Message-----
From: athen-bounces at athenpro.org [mailto:athen-bounces at athenpro.org] On
Behalf Of Dave M. Thomas
Sent: Wednesday, June 06, 2007 1:55 PM
To: athen at athenpro.org
Subject: [Athen] DNS and the Mac

Good afternoon!

Does anyone know whether Dragon Naturally Speaking works well (or at
all) on a Mac? If not, which are the better voice recognition software
packages for working on a Mac?

Thanks for your insights!

Dave Thomas

Dave Thomas, Assistive Technology Specialist Disability Services Program,
UDS University of Denver 2050 E. Evans Ave., Suite #30 Denver, CO 80208
Phone: 303-871-2269
E-mail: dave.m.thomas at du.edu

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