Does anyone else find Siri dictation on Mac to be not too useful?

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by NeedMoreVideo, Sep 2, 2012.

  1. NeedMoreVideo macrumors member

    Feb 25, 2011
    So I frequently "type" up technical design documents using voice dictation as part of my job.

    Recently I tried typing up one of these document using Mountain Lion's built-in dictation instead of Dragon, which is what I have been using. I've found the feature to be less then stellar.

    I did appreciate that I did not have to go through 45 minutes of training before I could start using it, and also that it did not demand a very expensive microphone (which I have for Dragon), but I was dismayed by very poor recognition even when using the expensive mic.

    I was also dismayed with a general lack of controls in the built-in dictation. If I need to use a field-specific word (say RESTful), in Dragon there is a "vocabulary editor" dialog box where I can define how I would like to pronounce the word and how it should be typed. In the built in dictation I can find no way to define new words.

    I also seem to be unable to find any analogue to the movement commands in Dragon such as "go to end of line" or "select sometext". I also find the correction box that requires the mouse to be both not-very-good guesses of what I was saying, and cumbersome to use.

    I was hoping to not have to pay a bunch of money to stay on the upgrade path for Dragon with the built in dictation, but I guess it isn't there yet.

    Has anyone else been successful in doing serious voice dictation tasks with the built-in dictation in Mountain Lion?

    tl;dr; Built-in Siri dictation does not complete with expensive add-on software for voice dictation. What say you?
  2. NewbieCanada macrumors 68030

    Oct 9, 2007
    I don't have any experience with dedicated voice dictation, so I can't comment on how it compares, but putting that aside, I'd say the dictation is only useful in extremely limited circumstances.

    I occasionally use it on the iPhone to reply to an email, when it will be difficult to type and I figure it will be quicker even if I have to retype some words manually. And i use it for reminders where it won't really matter if it gets the words wrong as long as the time is right.

    "But I'd rather die for something's" = its interpretation of "But I'd rather die than have to use it for something like this post here in MacRumors."

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