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Christoph *** Level 2 Level 2 (255 points)
Hello,

I am curious to learn of Speech Recognition. I am assuming it is a program that will recognize my voice say certain commands that I tell my computer?
I am wondering how good it is at recognizing commands and applying them? Also, I am not sure how to set it up. Could someone please explain?
Thank you so much.

~Christoph

iMac Intel Based, Mac OS X (10.5.2), iMac Intel Based -- Apple Bluetooth Keyboard and Mouse -- iPod nano
  • 1. Re: Speech Recognition: Where and How
    Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (226,815 points)
    The built-in speech recognition is somewhat limited. It is not usable for text entry and the command set is limited. It is expandable if you know how to write AppleScripts. Select Mac Help from the Finder's Help menu and search for "speech recognition" without quotes. All you need will be listed in the results.

    It all starts in the Speech preference pane of System Preferences.

    If you want true speech recognition including text entry then the only viable product is MacSpeech's Dictate..
  • 2. Re: Speech Recognition: Where and How
    Keith Parobek Level 4 Level 4 (3,065 points)
    There is a new program coming out this month called MacSpeech Dictate which will do much more than entering basic Finder commands. The program won Best of Show at this year's MacWorld Expo and has been given pretty good reviews.

    Please visit this site for more information:

    http://www.macspeech.com/pages.php?pID=53

    Keith
  • 3. Re: Speech Recognition: Where and How
    Christoph *** Level 2 Level 2 (255 points)
    OK. I got the basic commands to work. I have tried quitting/opening Safari, making a new Finder window etc... and they all work. Excellent.

    My next question is how can I make new commands. Such as opening and closing Firefox, which I use. It doesn't work right off the bat.

    Thanks again,

    ~Christoph
  • 4. Re: Speech Recognition: Where and How
    Keith Parobek Level 4 Level 4 (3,065 points)
    To my knowledge, you cannot train the built-in speech recognition software.
  • 5. Re: Speech Recognition: Where and How
    Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (226,815 points)
    You have to write new commands using AppleScript. Commands are stored in /Home/Library/Speech/SpeakableItems/ folder.

    However, any of the Application commands work in all applications including Firefox. If you click on the tiny triangle below the speech control it will open a window in which all available commands can be seen.
  • 6. Re: Speech Recognition: Where and How
    Christoph *** Level 2 Level 2 (255 points)
    Alright, Firefox and others are now responding with spoken commands. I am yet to get it to work with 3rd Party Software, though. I have been trying with Final Cut Express with no luck. Do you know how I could get that to work?

    Let me reiterate: everything is now responding to my voice, as long as I open it first, and tell it to *hide this application*. Then, it works. Is this the key?

    ~Christoph

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  • 7. Re: Speech Recognition: Where and How
    Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (226,815 points)
    Commands for most Mac software are included. As I said most all applications use similar commands, so they should work in all software. However, specialized commands unique to a particular program may not be included.

    I don't use Speech Recognition so I can't really help you with all the ins and outs. Select Mac Help from the Finder's Help menu and search for "speech recognition" without the quotes. There will be a list of articles you can peruse that may assist you.
  • 8. Re: Speech Recognition: Where and How
    Christoph *** Level 2 Level 2 (255 points)
    OK Kappy. Thank you. You've helped me again!

    ~Christoph
  • 9. Re: Speech Recognition: Where and How
    Vicky Silbert Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Using Macspeech Dictate, and although there are a lot of features yet to come, this program is EXCELLENT at recognition....
    recommended!!
  • 10. Re: Speech Recognition: Where and How
    James Craig Level 1 Level 1 (130 points)
    Keith Parobek wrote:
    To my knowledge, you cannot train the built-in speech recognition software.


    This is incorrect. You can, and should, calibrate the voice recognition each time your computer changes to a new physical location with different ambient noise. To calibrate it, say "Open Speech Preferences" or go to System Preferences > Speech > Settings > Calibrate.
  • 11. Re: Speech Recognition: Where and How
    James Craig Level 1 Level 1 (130 points)
    Kappy wrote:
    You have to write new commands using AppleScript. Commands are stored in /Home/Library/Speech/SpeakableItems/ folder.


    You don't have to write new commands with AppleScript.

    Once you've calibrated the voice (in Speech Preferences), you can use various commands to set up speakable items, such as "Define a keyboard command" or "Make this speakable." Options include whether or not the command applies to all applications or just a single application.

    Open the Speech Commands panel by saying, "Show me what to say." This opens a contextual panel that shows what phrases the computer is listening for at any given time. You can set it up to listen for more, such as Menu items or Front Window, by changing the settings in the Commands tab of the Speech Preferences.
  • 12. Re: Speech Recognition: Where and How
    Marc Jensen Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    I bought MacSpeech Dictate with high hopes but the program crashes and will not run. I have been thru all the support and MacSpeech say's that they have escalated the support request but after two months I am out $200 and still no working program.
  • 13. Re: Speech Recognition: Where and How
    James Craig Level 1 Level 1 (130 points)
    Because MacSpeech is a third-party product, you're not going to get much help on this forum. I suggest being persistent with the MacSpeech support staff or a MacSpeech-specific forum.
  • 14. Re: Speech Recognition: Where and How
    Marcelo Lannes Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    Hi,

    Just on the topic of speakable items.
    How can I create a little folder inside the speakable items folder, where all the voice commands for Firefox are stored (like the one for Safari). I used the suggestions from another site that had the folder already prepared, but although I placed it in the speakable items folder, it does not appear on the command window when I open Firefox (differently from Safari).
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