updated 01:30 pm EST, Fri November 30, 2007
iListen 1.8 for Leopard
MacSpeech on Fiday released iListen 1.8, an update to the speech recognition solution that brings Mac OS X 10.5 "Leopard." iListen 1.8 includes new commands to support the new TextEdit and Finder in Mac OS X 10.5, and Safari 3. In addition, the company said that version 1.8 brings significant enhancements to the Voice Launcher -- some of which are Leopard-only features -- and to the Web Favorites command sets. The update is also a maintenance release that fixes reported issues and adds other refinements to the Mac speech recognition solution. iListen 1.8 is available free of charge to all registered of iListen 1.7 (and higher) from the Website.
iListen provides voice recognition for the Mac and according to MacSpeedh, it requires minimal training to allow customers to speak in their normal, conversational voice for dictating, editing and formatting text. Beyond dictation, iListen also lets people navigate their Mac and control it with their voice using familiar commands like print, cut, copy, paste, etc.
Upgrades from earlier versions are available for $40. New iListen 1.8 solutions are available, with a choice of headsets, starting at $150. iListen 1.8 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later.