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Speech Recognition Bug in Snow Leopard?

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SephirothDHG Calculating status...
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Sep 10, 2009 12:42 PM
Hi all! I just today upgraded to Snow Leopard and I seem to be having trouble with Speech Recognition, which I use heavily. When Snow Leopard booted, it was working fine, but now I find that the audio doesn't seem to be reaching Speech Recognition. I tried calibrating my internal mic, and read down the list of commands, and it understood me, but when I go to give a command, the speech feedback window does not animate with the sound of my voice, suggesting that the audio isn't reaching Speech Recognition. I haven't made any changes to the settings from leopard, nor am I using any new hardware. I'm kinda perplexed by this. I've heard about issues about I/O switching and audio problems, could my speech recog be anther victim of these bugs? Any help would be greatly appreciated, as I am disabled and rely heavily on my speech recog. Thanks!!
iMac 24" (early 2009) 3.06 Ghz 4GB, Mac OS X (10.6)
  • sixpantsmaloney Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 22, 2009 6:11 PM (in response to SephirothDHG)
    I remember being blown-away by speech recognition using 10.4. I never used it with 10.5.

    Now I have students with disabilities and I'm playing with it under 10.6 and it doesn't work a majority of the time. Very disappointing. I went from being impressed as heck to feeling like I'm using Windows software.
    MacBook Pro 13", Mac OS X (10.6.1)
  • d60pmp Calculating status...
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    Sep 23, 2009 9:28 AM (in response to SephirothDHG)
    Hi!
    I've also noticed a bug with speech recognition since I upgraded, it's behaving very strangely now.
    I have an applescript which calls the speech recognition server to listen for an answer. This works fine. However, the next time it's called it does nothing, the prompt doesn't show, it doesn't listen, nothing. The weird thing is the third time it's called it works again, it works consistently on every other attempt, but only on every other attempt. Odd.
    MacBook, Mac OS X (10.6.1)
  • Bram D Calculating status...
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    Oct 9, 2009 8:11 AM (in response to d60pmp)
    Same here. Apple, any news about when this will be fixed?

    Bram
    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.1)
  • Archie Robertson Calculating status...
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    Oct 12, 2009 11:43 PM (in response to SephirothDHG)
    A general question to everybody having trouble with speech recognition:

    Did you do an upgrade or a clean install when you went to Snow Leopard (unless your machine came with Snow already installed)?

    I've come across various issues with Snow Leopard, a large fraction of which have been fixed by doing a clean install from the SL DVD.

    Remember that the Installer no longer offers the choice of erasing your internal HD; after backing up your data and restarting from the DVD, you have to use Disc Utility to wipe your drive before continuing with the installation process. Subsequently you can reload everything from a Time Machine, Carbon Copy or other backup.

    Is it worth a try?

    Keep us posted!

    Archie
    MacBook Pro 17", PBook G4 17", MacBook 2.16 GHz, PBook G4 12", Mac Mini 1.83 GHz, Mac OS X (10.6)
  • JDueltgen Calculating status...
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    Oct 20, 2009 9:57 PM (in response to SephirothDHG)
    Brand new MacBook Pro 17" with Snow Leopard pre-installed. Speech Recognition does not work. Can't even "Switch to Finder" much less make it through a Knock Knock joke. Very sad.
    All of 'em, Mac OS X (10.6.1)
  • Jolly Giant Level 7 Level 7 (25,430 points)
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    Oct 21, 2009 11:27 AM (in response to Bram D)
    +Apple, any news about when this will be fixed?+

    user-to-user forum here !

    http://www.apple.com/feedback/
    15"MBP SR C2D 2,4 GHz, 4 GB RAM / 17"PB G4 1,67 GHz 1 GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.6.1), TC dual 500 GB, AEBS (n), 2x AE (b/g), ATV 40 GB, iPod Touch 2nd gen (OS 3.1)
  • the fruit of knowledge Calculating status...
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    Nov 20, 2009 9:23 PM (in response to SephirothDHG)
    So I've got 10.6.2 and it still hasn't been corrected. Try this simple script and let me know what you think:

    set a to listen for {"New Finder Window", "New Folder"}
    tell application "SpeechRecognitionServer"
    if a is "New Finder Window" then
    tell application "Finder"
    make new Finder window
    end tell
    else if a is "New Folder" then
    tell application "Finder"
    make new folder
    end tell
    end if
    end tell

    It doesn't recognize the "listen" command anymore. Is anyone else experiencing this problem? Or does anyone know when this is going to be fix?

    I have a Mac so I don't have to deal with these problems. Don't tell me Mac is turning into the new windows.
    iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • the fruit of knowledge Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 21, 2009 10:43 AM (in response to SephirothDHG)
    So i got the "listen for" command to recognize it, by scripting this:

    tell application "SpeechRecognitionServer"
    listen for {"New Finder Window", "New Folder"}
    if "New Finder Window" then
    tell application "Finder"
    make new Finder window
    end tell
    else if "New Folder" then
    tell application "Finder"
    make new folder
    end tell
    end if
    end tell

    I haven't tested it to see if it works though. I'll post again when I'm able to test it.
    iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • pming Calculating status...
    This seems to be a major unresolved issue that Apple must fix. is there any more news. I've just got a new 27" iMac and the Universal Access features was one of the major reasons for the purchase.
    Imac, Mac OS X (10.6.2), 27 inch
  • cjrtools Calculating status...
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    Dec 22, 2009 7:14 AM (in response to pming)
    Speech recognition is definitely not working in Mac OS X 10.6.2. I just sent feedback to Apple. Others should do the same so Apple can fix this bug in 10.6.3.
    Mac Mini Intel, PPC; iBook G4, Mac OS X (10.5.7), 3 external hard drives, 2 displays, much more
  • avfx@me.com Calculating status...
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    Mar 2, 2010 2:28 PM (in response to SephirothDHG)
    Yeah speech recognition is not working for me either, and Im glad I'm not handicap apple.!
    Apple fix this pronto!
    the weird thing that speech recognition it works ok form in CHESS.app
    imac 27
  • im3ngs Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    Mar 16, 2010 7:37 PM (in response to SephirothDHG)
    With Applescript, this solution helped me.
    http://macscripter.net/viewtopic.php?pid=125475
    3.0 GHz Intel Core Due iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.2), 4Gb DDR2 SDRAM, TimeMachine, iPodTouch 1Gen
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