OK, I know that this app sends my contact information to their servers. The EULA is up-front about this, as is the Nuance web site. I could care less. I've got contact info on Google, Facebook, Linked-In, MySpace, Wordpress, and the mail services I use. My name and address are also in the phone book for everyone to look up! Anyone who believes there is a modicum of privacy left on the web is fooling themselves. This focus on the uploading of contact names is too bad, because this program is terrific IMO. It has increased my appreciation of the iPhone ten-fold. Although I've managed a truce with with touchscreen keyboard, it's a huge relief to be able to dictate emails and notes, and to have them appear flawlessly rendered in only a couple of seconds. Best of all, Dragon can usually spell the names of my contacts because -- shazam! -- I've allowed Nuance Communications to upload these contacts for spelling and verification when I use their program. If Nuance wants to grab a list of names from iPhone that they could just as easily access via the phonebook or any online search engine, I'll consider it a bargain indeed. My only hope is that the price is not exorbitant when they start charging for Dragon Dictation. I'd hate to give up this terrific app now that Nuance has me thoroughly hooked. (All the usual disclaimers -- no affiliation with the company, its products, Apple, etc.)
Okay. Starting now. This whole review is written with the dragon software. Everyone who reads this software poorly doesn't understand how to dictate. You cannot just speak to this program like you would a normal person for human bean. This software needs to I just every word and recognize every letter that you speak. If you cannot write or dictate in this program very well you need to learn how to dictate first and become professional at it. I personally love this software and I would gladly pay lots of money to have this software on my iPhone. Between the time I downloaded this application in this review I have already used this program at least 25 times. I have to stop writing a report to dictate this review. I was writing a five-page nearest this instead of typing I was just dictating it I was on page 3 when I decided that this was enough to write a review. This software is not for everyone. Some people have strong accents and if you have a strong accent I don't think that this mobile application is suitable for you. Please do not rate this software a one star program that is just an embarrassment to you the user because you really don't know how to f*cking use this program. I find this review and I wrote this review is under three minutes using this software. This is a raw dictation, no changes have beenade to the text post dictation.
This is close to a "killer" ap for the iPhone, as it nicely solves the problem of attempting to respond in any meaningful way to emails by typing (which although I'm pretty good at is never very fast or easy for me). The quality of the voice-to-text translation is surprisingly good. I usually get close to 100% accuracy. The biggest issue for me is that sentences don't have periods and are not first word capitalized, so one must go back in and do some editing. I have discovered that saying "new paragraph" seems to start a new paragraph with initial cap, but "new sentence" has not worked for me (yet). This ap has me pretty amazed at its capability (and it is FREE!!!) Don't know what the folks are whining about re: the ULA and sending Contact names to the company's server. It is clearly stated that no phone numbers, addresses, or email info is collected. Only the names (which are not not common English words, per se) so that the voice recognition algorithms can match against those spellings to get it right, if a name is spoken. These whiners seem to forget that the whole premise of the iPhone is web/server centric so almost all aps reach out to a server and have the capability to grab your iPhone content if they wanted to. This ap is a must have, as far as I'm concerned!
It bears mentioning that ANYTHING you input in this app is uploaded to Nuance... it's their servers that process what you said into speech (which is why it stops after a certain number of seconds, and cannot be used if you're in a spot that lacks internet access). So, not only are your contacts uploaded, but all of your speech is too. But do I mind? Not at all! I trust Nuance and Dragon, as I've used their products on the PC and Mac for years. As the EULA states, this info is only used to *make the entire system better.* In speech recognition software such as this, the system is only improved by getting more and more inputs. This is, in fact, a brilliant use of the Dragon technology to not only provide an excellent service to users for free, but to also constantly refine its own mechanisms for translating speech to text. You just have to keep in mind this trade-off, and if you work for the Department of Defense, you might not want to use this app to transmit state secrets. But then, you wouldn't use e-mail or sms for that anyway. But for ordinary schmoes like myself, it's like I just got an early Christmas present - the portable dictation machine I've been waiting about 15 years for. Oh, and it was free. Thanks Nuance! Great app!
I was excited to come across this app and it has quickly earned a place on my iPhone's 'first' page. It works surprisingly well, and though the instructions for dictating punctuation could have been explained earlier and better (I found them on a blog), it's hard to fault this first iteration. One hopes in future updates will come the ability to text, email, etc. from directly within the application, though the step now is simple and most probably has to do with Apple's multitasking policies than the kung fu of the developers. As for the privacy concerns seen in these reviews, they're much less daunting than having Google (or anyone) have all your contact information, emails, etc. on their servers. I was fortunate to find it while was free, I have no idea what the price will be, but I would spend $4.99 happily, and $9.99 not very happily (while still buying it). There looks to be a pretty good number of 1 star ratings, but I have to think they're related to early and beta versions - I'm extremely pleased with 1.0.0.
tested it out, and it wrote 99.9% of what I said. The only mistakes were transposed to very similar sounding words....This should have been included in the iPhone apps from the begining! I then read the privacy concerns and got worried - I went to their site and right on the first page is this information (which makes me feel OK about the upload): Dragon Dictation application does upload a user's contact names only (no phone numbers, email addresses, etc.) The data is used to optimize recognition when a user speaks a name while dictating text messages and emails. Search queries and dictation requests are transcribed by fully automated speech recognition software, without the use of humans. We ensure data integrity and security. All speech recognition requests and associated data are processed in data centers in the U.S. that adhere to stringent security and privacy standards; these are the same standards that we use for processing sensitive information in other areas of our business.
This amazing app does everything it says it will!!! I have been using it for days and it has saved me so much time and made it safer to do things while driving (no comments, please). For those who click that they read the terms of service and then are upset for the fact that the names of your contacts are uploaded, you are either liars or illeterate (which I guess means you won't be able to read this anyways). It is specifically stated that nothing more than your contacts' names will be uploaded for voice recognition purposes only and they put in writing that they will never get more than their name nor will they contact those individuals (which means if they tried they could have their pants sued off). Please read what you actually agree to before writing bad reviews. You only make yourself look stupid otherwise. Again, great product and thanks for making it free. A $100 app for $0...what more could you ask for?
I'm writing this review using dragon dictation software. It is very good and very accurate! It is probably the best iPhone app i have found at this point! I am definitely going to check out the software on the computer because if the software on the phone is this good then the PC must be even better! I really just can't believe that I did this entire review without having to hunt and peck and type a single letter on the iPhone keyboard that in itself and the fact that it's free is just unbelievable! His a tip for people having problems with the accuracy. Try using actual English and not slang or bad English! And the program will work great for you ! It really is that good. Wish list: if I'm in the middle of dictating a paragraph and a text or call comes in all the text is lost. Please make it go to clipboard to be returned on open or available to be restarted!
This is quickly becoming among the most useful apps I have on my iPhone. I fail to see the the problem with the contact info people are up in arms about. The actual tangible value and utility of this app is outstanding. The ability to dictate e-mails or text is extremely handy especially given the difficulty of typing on the iphone. While I've gotten used to it and I'm not saying it's horrible, typing on the iphone is still slow. In one day, I was using this with Documents to go and dictating documents away from my computer without my laptop. I just took what I dictated it, synced with my computer, and merged it with a larger document I had been working on. As a professional writer, this app really really adds real tangible value to the iPhone for me. I wouldn't be surprised if Apple eventually bought this to be a standard feature on the iPhone.