updated 12:25 pm EST, Mon November 27, 2000
MacSpeech today released iListen 1.0, its long-anticipated $130 speech recognition software. The software utilizes Philips Speech Processing's FreeSpeech 2000 engine, and features TalkAnywhere technology, allowing users to dictate anywhere typing would normally be used while the application remains in the background. The software requires a G3 or G4 with 128 MB of RAM and is available now for download (a $30 rebate is available to owners of IBM's ViaVoice). The boxed version will begin shipping in the coming weeks. A $30 introductory discount is being offered on packages without a headset (which can also be purchased at a discount) through the end of the year.