Re: [BCAB] Macs and Dragons Roger Woolgrove 16 Sep 2011 14:12 BST

Hi,

An alternative to Dragon which comes installed on the Mac is apparently
quite good.  I've not tested it but got the following from Mac Access.  Hope
it helps.

To enable the speech recognition ability and use speech commands on your
Mac, the first thing you have to do is open the Speech menu from System
Preferences.

how to use mac speech

Then you need to choose the Speech Recognition tab.

Turn the function on by choosing On on the Speakable Items radio button.

The next step would be to choose the sound source - the default is Internal
Microphone.

Then you would want to calibrate it.

http://main.makeuseoflimited.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/03-microphone-calibration.jpg

You could change the Listening Key if you don't want to use the default Esc
key.

There are two options on how the computer should listen to you. If you don't
want to have "accidental" operation, choose Listen only while key is pressed
radio button. If you want to have the nearest working environment to the USS
Enterprise, choose Listen continuously with keyword and pick your favorite
keyword.

To make sure that your Mac acknowledges your command, put the checkmark into
Speak command acknowledgement option.

The Voice behind The Machine

We now come to the personal preferences part - which voice do you want to
speak to you? Personally, I like a girl's voice as I consider my Mac to be a
female.
But there are many choices that Mac users could choose from the Text to
Speech tab.

There are other options related to Speech that you can choose from this tab.
My favorite is Speak selected text when the key is pressed. This way I can
have my writing read to me as I can easily spot mistakes this way.

Just don't forget to choose the key combination.

But even without having this option checked, you still could have the text
read to you by selecting any text then right-click on it and choose
Speech -> Start Speaking. Please note that this right click option is not
available for all applications.

The quality of the speech is still very "machine" and far from a human
sound. But sometimes it is fun listening to your document instead of reading
it.

The List of Mac Speech Commands

So, how would you know what command to say to your Mac? Click on the down
arrow from the Speech Recognition Window and choose Open Speech Command
Window.
You'll have a window with a list of commands available.

Roger

----- Original Message -----
From: "Darren Harris" <darren_g_harris@btinternet.com>
To: "'BCAB Discussion List'" <bcab@lists.bcab.org.uk>
Sent: Friday, September 16, 2011 11:22 AM
Subject: Re: [BCAB] Macs and Dragons

> Hi,
>
> I know there's some form of voice recognition software on the app store
> for
> the iphone and other I devices, I've seen 1 called draggan but not sure
> apart from that. I would just type draggan into the app store and see what
> comes up.
>
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> Subject: [BCAB] Macs and Dragons
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> Hi All,
>
>
>
> I have a client that uses a Mac with magnification. He wishes to use a
> dictation package, such as Dragon. Is this possible with a Mac, and how
> effective is it?
>
>
>
> Also can it work with Voice Over in the way that JSay works giving some
> kind
> of speech feedback?
>
>
>
> Thanks for your help.
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>
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>
> Paul
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