Dragon Remote Microphone
By Nuance Communications
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The Dragon Remote Microphone app turns your iOS device into a wireless microphone, making it easier and more comfortable for individuals to use their Dragon Desktop software. Users can now opt to use the remote microphone app as an alternative to a supported headset.
This app can be used with Dragon NaturallySpeaking for the PC (Home Edition and higher for Versions 11.5 and higher) and Dragon Dictate for the Mac (Versions 2.5 and higher).
Dragon NaturallySpeaking: hhttp://www.nuance.com/for-business/by-product/dragon/index.htm
Dragon Dictate: http://www.nuance.com/for-individuals/by-product/dragon-for-mac
The app requires a WiFi connection to the PC running the appropriate version of Dragon software.
What's New in Version 1.4
Now supports Spanish and Italian.
Can't connect to computer with iOS6
I cannot get this software to connect to my Mac (OS10.7.5). The app description says that "the app requires a Wi-Fi connection to the PC running the appropriate version of Dragon software." Sounds simple. But setting it up is not. The Dragon website says, "To make it easy to prepare your device to find your computer, the Dragon Remote Microphone application supports Bonjour, a network protocol for Windows that allows your device to automatically find your computer." Well, it does not automatically find it, even though I'm sure that the Mac and my iPhone are on the same network. The website also says, "If Bonjour isn’t available or functioning, you can manually enter information about your computer into the Dragon Remote Microphone application following the steps provided." Well, I cannot find the "steps provided" other than fields to fill in. It asks for the IP address, the computer port, and gives a "use a barcode" option. Entering the IP address alone does not help. And I have no clue what the other two options are about. In sum, I agree with another reviewer who simply said, "won't work with iOS 6." At least I gave it a shot. Minimally, more setup instructions are needed from Nuance on this.
Just shockingly bad
In a world where it seems that almost every Apple product has a supernatural ability to connect and work right out of the box, there is no excuse for something this astoundingly poor. I could not get the program to take dictation at all on my laptop, even when using a microphone. So, I was happy that they offered this external application. However, after spending two hours trying everything, including what many other suggested in comments on websites, I could not get this to work. It repeatedly told me to press a certain button, but that button did nothing. I tried many different IP addresses. It would not recognize my computer at all. This is really all just very basic stuff, and the same problems have been reported to the company for at least two years. It is completely unacceptable that they continue to offer such a shocking the shotty piece of software without the slightest attempt to upgrade it or provide suitable information to people who want to use it. Incidentally, I dictated this entire review using my iPhone, and it seems to work better than this quite expensive product that is designed to do exactly that.
OK, I am a bit surprised….
I have been using MacSpeech and then eventually Dragon Dictate, now up to 3.0.2; previously I had used the included microphone, and for a long time the Plantronics Calisto Bluetooth (with which I have had MANY problems). I had downloaded this app previously, but other than just playing with it hadn't bothered to learn and use it until recently. I was surprised to find out that once I configured and connected the app, it turns out that it seems work better with DD 3.0 than the Calisto, which had been my (somewhat lame) workhorse. So, I am finding it very good, but with the usual complaints:
-Yes, you need to have the app automatically turn off Auto Lock !!
-The microphone setup seems more accurate, but there is a slight lag of dictation showing up after speaking, which I have not seen with the Calisto or other mics
-If I stop dictating and close the app, you have to go back and manually reconnect to the computer (in this case a MacBook Pro Retina); the old instances of connected profiles are still there and you have to delete them, starting a new connection.
Overall, I am surprised to see this otherwise working well. As usual, it would be nice if Nuance would get off their duffs and REALLY support the Mac version of their software, instead of treating it like an ugly stepchild. Certainly if there were a viable alternative to Nuance/Dragon I wouldn't hesitate to switch.
- Category: Productivity
- Updated: Nov 09, 2012
- Version: 1.4
- Size: 3.5 MB
- Languages: English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish
- Seller: Nuance Communications
- © 2013 Nuance Communications, Inc.
Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.2 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.