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MacSpeech releases iListen 1.8 for Leopard

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.

by MacNN Staff





  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Download is Broken

    The Mac Speech website download link for iListen 1.8 is not functional, so you might have to wait abit to try it out. bummer, been waiting for this along time to use with Leopard.

  1. MiMiC

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Why can't Macs do this??

    I was hoping speech was the big secret deal with Leopard, but now i'm thinking Leopard but down the foundation to build this tech off of.

    Question? Why is there no VPU (Voice Processing Unit)? If it takes so much processing to produce real vocals and to interpret speech input, then why is there not a separate card to do this like there are video cards? To have the ability to talk to and get feedback from my Mac in a very clear and fluid manner, then i would pay $200 for an add on card.

    Or is this not the issue?


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