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Dragon Dictation

By Nuance Communications

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Dragon Dictation is an easy-to-use voice recognition application powered by Dragon® NaturallySpeaking® that allows you to easily speak and instantly see your text or email messages. In fact, it’s up to five (5) times faster than typing on the keyboard.

With Dragon Dictation you can also dictate status updates directly to your Social Networking applications (Facebook and Twitter) or send notes and reminders to yourself….all using your voice.  So when you’re on-the-go, stop typing and start speaking – from short text messages to longer email messages, and anything in between.

Dragon Dictation supports a multitude of global languages. For a full list of currently supported languages visit


Press Reviews:

David Pogue - The New York Times : “I’m finding Dragon to be a much faster, more efficient way to spit out e-mail messages, notes, text messages and Twitter updates. It’s really, really cool.”

Mel Martin - “Put this into the ‘I didn’t think they could ever get this to work on an iPhone’ category. I’m talking about Dragon Dictation from Nuance, the developers of the very popular Dragon Naturally Speaking for the PC.”

Arik Hesseldahl – BusinessWeek: “For the last few days I’ve been trying two Nuance iPhone apps, Dragon Dictation and Dragon Search on my iPhone. And while they’re not the first voice search or dictation apps for the iPhone, I certainly like the results I’ve been getting.”

iTunes Reviews:

Miker55 – “It’s understood everything I’ve said. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been driving and wanted to text someone but couldn’t. This app is great!!!”

Twebs – “For me Dragon dictation is a game changing application. The accuracy is outstanding and it’s very easy to use. I immediately notified everyone I know with an iPhone to pick up this application while it’s still free.”

Redman042 – “I can’t believe my iPhone can do this. Accuracy is amazingly good and transcription is very fast. You can’t even tell that transcription is being done online. I’m very very impressed.”


• Voice-to-text transcriptions that may be sent as SMS, Email, or pasted into any application using the clipboard
• Submit text to Social Networking applications – Twitter and Facebook
• Convenient editing feature that provides a list of suggested words
• Voice driven correction interface


   1. Dragon Dictation requires network connectivity (WiFi or 3G/EDGE).
   2. Dragon Dictation works on iPad, iPhone, and on second and third generation iPod Touch (external microphone required).


In order to improve recognition accuracy, Dragon Dictation will only upload names from your address book when permission is provided... no emails, addresses, phone numbers, or other personal information are uploaded. This information is not used for any purpose other than improving the usability of the application. Dragon Dictation will also utilize the data in spoken messages collected over time to continuously improve and provide high speech recognition accuracy. All data is stored in secure data centers according to stringent privacy and security standards.  For more information, please view our end user license agreement

Now supporting Catalan!

What's New in Version 2.0.28

Bug fixes


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Customer Reviews

Ipad 2- I hated Dragon D a couple years ago

This was an app I was anxious to use when I first bought my iPad.

(my I-Pad 2 did not come with a built-in mic on the keypad)

I was surprised and really disappointed that Dragon Dictation was not really ready to come out of the development stage.

It was not worth using if I could type faster than deal with the app's multiple problems.

I never tried it again... I left it and never looked back .....until today!


I am concerned about other users who say they loved the app when suddenly it stopped functioning properly. I will hope for the best though and cross my fingers.

I will cautiously use it for now and report back with an update

I am thinking maybe it only works well on certain devices, and not others right now?

It doesn't work

It will miss a lot of your words, yes. But that's not the worst part. Worst problems are:

1. It automatically stops recording after a certain point, without telling you via a beep. There's no rhyme or reason to how long it records, so you can't even plan your recordings to go for a certain amount of time. You just look down and realize a lot of your words weren't captured.

2. A majority of the time, after you click "done," it says there was an error and you need to restart.

I wanted to use this program to overcome writer's block, by speaking naturally as if to another person instead of starting at the screen writing and rewriting every sentence. But I can't let the words flow if it only records in short periods of a few seconds, stops recording without indicating it, and then most of the time fails to save what it even gets.

I would consider purchasing Dragon's desktop software, but now I'm wary of it. How can they put their name on this kind of crappy product that doesn't do what it is supposed to do?

Limitations but very useful

Limitations have been noted by other users: short blocks of speech, and you need to copy it out someplace else after a few paragraphs. Once you get used to working within the abilities of the app, however, it's extremely useful. I particularly like being able to dictate texts while driving & sending from the app.

The biggest problem to me is that the app will not save anything. You have to be careful to copy-paste right after you leave the app because it won't be there when you go back.

I would pay $ for an upgraded app that saved files, and allowed for longer documents.

I also would like a manual. I've figured out periods, commas and quotes but not how to start a new paragraph with voice!

Dragon Dictation
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • Free
  • Category: Business
  • Updated: Feb 15, 2013
  • Version: 2.0.28
  • Size: 9.6 MB
  • Languages: English, Arabic, Catalan, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese
  • Seller: Nuance Communications

Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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