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Dragon Dictate for Mac 4.0 Supports Pre-Recorded Audio File Transcription

Nuance Communications has released Dragon Dictate for Mac 4.0. The latest update adds transcription capabilities, allowing for speech-to-text conversion from pre-recorded audio files.

Dragon Dictate lets is a tool for converting speech to text on the fly. It also allows users to control various software programs with spoken commands. The new release is a "pure" 64-bit version with improved performance and memory management compared with previous releases, according to Nuance.

With the new support for pre-recorded audio files, the software can "transcribe from any pre-recorded single-speaker audio file," according to Nuance. "This new transcription capability is fast, accurate and easy. And perfect for writers, creative professionals, students, educators, field workers, business executives — any user — who needs to access content from various audio files, such as podcasts, and other distinct formats of single speakers. For instance, teaching assistants and students can record lectures at close range and turn them into text, and field workers can now transcribe recordings of their interviews directly from their digital recorder or smartphone."

The transcription feature supports AIFF, WAV, MP3 and other common audio file formats.

Dragon Dictate for Mac 4.0 is available now for OS X 10.8 or later. It retails for $199.99 for a single license, but volume licensing terms are also available. Further details can be found at

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