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Products manufactured by Nuance Communications, Inc. (formerly ScanSoft, Inc.) (listed alphabetically)
DRAGON DICTATE FOR MAC
Dragon Dictate for Mac is a voice input and voice output program designed for use by individuals with spinal cord injury or upper extremity, vision, or learning disabilities. This voice recognition software allows hand-free operation of Apple Macintosh personal computers. The system allows users to speak at their normal pace and control applications by using voice commands to initiate any program or action within a program, to move the mouse cursor and click anywhere on the screen, or to place the cursor at a specfic place on the screen using the MouseGrid system. Dragon Dictate for Mac offers Recognition Training that enables the software to learn how each user speaks while using the software, and it has a Vocabulary Editor that allows the user to add specialized words, such as the names of people, places and other proper nouns to augment the software’s built-in vocabulary. This software facilitates writing, editing and proofreading of documents, and the placement of surrounding punctuation with a single voice command. A USB headset microphone is included with purchase (not upgrades), and the user can also use Bluetooth wireless microphones approved by Nuance. COMPATIBILITY: The system works with most applications that run on the Macintosh. SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: Intel-based Macintosh computer with Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard or later; 2 GB of RAM recommended; 3 GB available hard drive space; Internet connection (required for product registration); and Nuance-certified microphone for Mac.
Dragon Dictation is a voice input, voice output and voice input text editor program designed for use by individuals with spinal cord injury or upper extremity, vision, or learning disabilities. This voice recognition application allows hands-free operation of an Apple iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad. The program allows the user to speak and instantly see the text of what is said appear in the document, email message, or other input area. The user launches Dragon Dictation, taps the red recording button in the middle of the screen, and starts speaking the content to be typed. When the user finishes speaking the text to be added, he/she taps the “Done” button (for iPhone and iPod Touch) or anywhere on the screen (for iPad). Dragon Dictation also offers the option of typing the message by tapping the keyboard icon instead of speaking. The user can edit transcribed text by tapping the word he/she would like to correct and a drop-down list of alternative suggestions will appear for from which the user can choose. Dictated text is automatically saved in Dragon Dictation Notes; and the user can review, edit and delete existing notes as well as create new notes. Composed messages can be sent as emails or text messages, copied to the device’s clipboard or submitted as updates to Twitter and Facebook applications. Dragon Dictation also allows the user to switch from English to another language. Available languages include English, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean and Spanish. COMPATIBILITY: For use with the Apple iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad. SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: Apple iOS 4.0 or later.
Dragon Go! is a voice input program and web browser designed for use by individuals with spinal cord injury or upper extremity, vision, or learning disabilities. The user launches Dragon Go!, taps the red "Record" button on the screen to start recording a search phrase, and taps the “Done” button when he or she is done speaking. The program also allows the user to type the search text in the search box instead of speaking. The search phrase will be displayed in the top text box with results displayed in the result pane. Search results come from various websites and content sources including: Spotify, Wolfram|Alpha, Yelp, AccuWeather, Ask.com, Dictionary.com, ESPN, Facebook, Fandango, Last.fm, LiveNation, Milo.com, OpenTable, Pandora internet radio, Rotten Tomatoes, Twitter, Wikipedia, Bing, and Yahoo!. The program’s Dragon Carousel feature also delivers complimentary results that enable the user to slide the carousel side-to-side to compare information across the most relevant websites for his or her Dragon Go! request. The user can share his or her Dragon Go! results via a pop-up toolbar featuring link share options across email, text messages, Facebook, Twitter, and Skype. COMPATIBILITY: For use with an Apple iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, or Android phone. SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: Apple iOS 4.0 or later, Android 2.1 or later.
Dragon NaturallySpeaking is a voice input and voice output program designed for use by individuals with spinal cord injury or upper extremity, vision, or learning disabilities. This voice recognition system enables hands-free operation of personal computers and permits users to speak at their normal pace. The program also permits hands-free mouse operation using MouseGrid technology. Users can create, move, edit, and format text by voice command in virtually all Windows applications, including word processors, spreadsheets, web browsers, and more. The program integrates with Microsoft Word, Microsoft Outlook, and most other Windows applications, allowing spoken text to appear immediately in a document. Select-and-Say editing permits editing by voice. Corrections can be made by voice or by keyboard, and corrections can be made immediately or delayed to a later time. The program also offers dictation playback, enabling the user to hear what he or she has written before editing. Text-to-speech capability also enables users to have their own documents or other files such as e-mail read aloud. The program supports multiple users and each user "trains" the system as it is being used; the system learns accents, dialects, and individual pronunciations automatically. The program has a 230,000-word vocabulary, with a 30,000-word plus active vocabulary. The vocabulary includes spelling, pronunciation, punctuation, usage, and context recognition information. This program also allows new words, specialized terms, and names to be automatically added in a few steps. The Vocabulary Builder searches text files, locates words used by the user, and enters spelling, pronunciation, and context recognition information. A high-quality headset microphone is included. Available editions include Home, Professional, Legal, and Medical. COMPATIBILITY: For use on IBM and compatible computers. SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: Microsoft Windows XP (SP2 or SP3), Server 2003, Server 2008, Vista or 7; 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster Pentium processor; 2.5 gigabytes (GB) of available hard disk space; 1 GB RAM (Windows XP or Vista) or 2 GB RAM (Windows 7 and Windows Server 2003/2008); Sound Blaster 16 or compatible sound card; a DVD-ROM drive; and Internet Explorer 6 or higher.
Dragon Search is a voice input program and voice input text editor program designed for use by individuals with spinal cord injury or upper extremity, vision, or learning disabilities. The user launches Dragon Search, taps the red button in the middle of the screen to start recording a search phrase, and taps the “Done” button when he/she is done speaking. The program also allows the user to type the search text in the search box instead of speaking. The search phrase will be displayed in the top text box with results displayed in the result pane. Search results come from various websites and content sources including: Google or Yahoo (depending on default settings), YouTube, Twitter Search, iTunes and Wikipedia. Dragon Search features automated speech recognition and localization updates. A horizontal toolbar enables access to alternative search sites, and search queries can be modified and corrected using a list of alternative suggestions. Available languages include English, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean and Spanish. COMPATIBILITY: For use with the Apple iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: Apple iOS 4.0 or later.
ETI-Eloquence is a speech synthesizer program designed for use by product designers to provide speech output for individuals who are blind or have low vision or learning disabilities. This program supports speaking rate modifications with no loss in speech quality. It has a fast execution speed and low memory requirements. Memory size is independent of the number of voices used, so the software can be used to create a multi-voice speech application without additional memory resources. The program is available in 13 languages: US English, UK English, Castilian Spanish, Mexican Spanish, Canadian French, French, German, Italian, Finnish, Brazilian Portuguese, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.
Nuance TALKS is voice output software for cell phones and PDAs (personal digital assistants), designed for use by individuals who are blind or have low vision. The software runs on mobile phones from Nokia and other manufacturers that use the Symbian operating system, and provides speech output for cell phone settings, contact directories, caller ID, text messages, help files, the Nokia Web browser, and other functions. It also supports external braille input/output devices (not included) and many third-party applications, such as IM+ (Instant Messenger), the Wayfinder GPS application, and the SolvoEd dictionary.
Nuance ZOOMS is a cell phone display magnifier program designed for use by individuals with low vision. This program magnifies the displays of Symbian Series 60 handsets. It can magnify the full screen area from 1.5 up to 4 times. In Distributed Views mode, the screen is divided into several areas to display various elements simultaneously, magnified to double their original size. As the user scrolls through a menu or list, the program magnifies each item along with some of the surrounding area. Key commands allow the user to magnify specific elements such as the window title, soft keys, or battery level indicator. When the magnifier is on an object that does not fit the screen in its entirety, after a brief delay the program begins to scroll automatically through the text so the user can view the complete contents. The display can be converted into black and white, grayscale, or color inverted. Auto-Zoom mode resizes text as defined by the user, independent of the text's original size. This magnifier program can operate with the Nuance TALKS screen reader, with shared key commands and magnification focus synchronized with reading of items on the screen.
OMNIPAGE PRO 14
OmniPage Pro 14 is a voice output optical character recognition program designed for use by individuals who are blind or have low vision. The program converts scanned paper documents into text files in a variety of electronic formats, including Word, XML, HTML, Open e-Book, and PDF (Portable Document Format). Files can be read aloud, and words can be corrected by voice or by typing. The program also converts PDF documents into Microsoft Office documents that preserve formatting. Paper and electronic documents can be converted into audio files for playback or burning to CD. COMPATIBILITY: For use on IBM and compatible computers. SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: Intel Pentium III processor or equivalent; Microsoft Windows 98 SE, 2000 with Service Pack 2 or higher, Me, XP, Windows NT 4.0 with Service Pack 6 or above, or Windows Server 2003 operating system; Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.01 Service Pack 2 or later; a minimum of 128 megabytes (MB) of random access memory (RAM), 256 MB recommended; 135 MB of free hard disk space for application files and sample images, plus 40 to 45 MB working space during installation; 20 to 67 MB per RealSpeak speech module (343 MB in total for nine languages); 5 MB for Microsoft Installer (MSI) if not present; 800 x 600 pixel color monitor with 16-bit color or greater video card; CD-ROM drive for installation; compatible scanner with its own scanner driver software.
RealSpeak Solo is a speech synthesizer program designed for use by product developers to provide voice output for individuals who are blind or have low vision or learning disabilities. This text-to-speech program is scalable from 8 to 20 megabytes (MB) for embedded applications and up to 100 MB for desktop applications. The program can be used by device makers, telematics suppliers, banks, kiosk developers, and electronic game creators. Custom voices are available. COMPATIBILITY: For use on IBM and compatible or Pocket PC computers or devices running Windows CE. SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: For desktop applications, Windows 98, Me, NT 4.0, 2000, or XP operating system; Intel Pentium 266 megaHertz (MHz) or higher processor; 64 megabytes (MB) RAM; SoundBlaster 16-compatible audio device. For Pocket PC or WinCE devices, Pocket PC 2003 or Windows CE version 3.0 or later; Microsoft Embedded Visual C++ 3.0 or later; Arm compatible processor (Strong Arm, Xscale, S3C2410). The full speechbase versions are not included in WinCE. Average required disk space is 8 to 60 MB. Average required RAM is 4 to 8 MB.
RealSpeak Word is a speech synthesizer and voice output dictionary program designed to provide voice output for electronic talking dictionaries. The dictionary developer can embed this text-to-speech program in a dictionary product to provide voice output via a coding-by-synthesis architecture that requires no recordings, and uses just 3 megabytes (MB) of read-only memory (ROM) to cover as many as 60,000 words. The manufacturer offers professional integration services to port this program to customer platforms. The program delivers crisp, clear sound and high intelligibility. The program comes with RealSpeak Word Studio, a PC tool that enables talking dictionary developers to add as many as 150,000 words with accurate pronunciations. The program runs on a 1 or 2 MIPS HOST processor when combined with the manufacturer's SSFT6040 chip, or as software only, requiring no more than 12 MIPS.
TEXTBRIDGE PRO MILLENIUM
TextBridge Pro Millennium is an optical character recognition (OCR) program designed for use by individuals who are blind or have low vision. This OCR program turns scanned documents into Word files with a high degree of accuracy to reduce or eliminate the need for retyping. Files can be edited after scanning. Documents can also be converted automatically into Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) for posting on web sites. This Windows 2000 Certified Program works seamlessly with Microsoft Office 2000 and other Windows applications. The OCR engine can render documents with multiple columns and color photos, and AccuMorph technology improves accuracy on poor quality documents like faxes and photocopies.
Products distributed by Nuance Communications, Inc. (formerly ScanSoft, Inc.) (listed alphabetically)
VIAVOICE FOR MAC OS X
ViaVoice for Mac OS X is a voice input program designed for use by individuals with upper extremity and vision disabilities. This software enables continuous speech voice dictation for all aspects of Apple's Mac OS X operating system, including the Command Center and Voice Center, using the Aqua OS X look and feel. Users can dictate, correct, edit, and format text with their natural voice in the IBM ViaVoice speech-enabled word processor, SpeakPad. They can also dictate directly into text-fields of Mac applications, with correction and editing in SpeakPad. Customized voice commands can be created in Mac applications, and support is available for specialized vocabularies such as legal and medical. The software also provides voice command and control of the Internet. It comes with a noise-cancelling USB headset microphone. COMPATIBILITY: For use on Macintosh computers. SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: OS X or higher operating system, USB port, CD-ROM drive.
VIAVOICE PRO USB EDITION
ViaVoice Pro USB Edition is a voice input program designed for use by individuals with upper extremity and vision disabilities. This continuous speech dictation software allows users to dictate, edit, and correct text in SpeakPad, the resident speech-enabled word processor, or in Word, Excel, or other applications within the Microsoft Office product suites, including Office XP, or directly into a variety of other PC applications. Users can create macros that will run across multiple applications, and can control the speed at which their macros run. This software supports the use of select digital handheld recorders. Other features include IBM ViaVoice Documents, which provides Microsoft Word-based customized templates for letters, reports, faxes, and e-mails, and VoiceMarks, which can read the name of a customized navigation macro to the user as an audio confirmation that the macro is being run correctly. The software comes with a noise-cancelling USB headset microphone. COMPATIBILITY: For use on IBM and compatible computers. SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: Windows XP Professional and Home, Windows 98SE, Me and 2000 operating systems; sound card; USB port; CD-ROM drive.
ViaVoice Standard is a voice input program designed for use by individuals with upper extremity and vision disabilities. This voice recognition software enables users to dictate, edit, correct, and format text in the IBM ViaVoice speech-enabled word processor, SpeakPad. Commands such as File, Open, Save can be spoken, and text dictated into SpeakPad can be exported to other text-based Windows applications through use of a single voice command, or through the Windows Copy and Paste features. Users can also dictate directly into Microsoft Word 2002, Word 2000, and Word 97 to create letters, reports, and other documents. This product comes with a 300,000 word vocabulary that can be customized to add new words, addresses, acronyms, and other personal phrases and expressions. Users can initiate basic commands to navigate Internet Explorer. The software comes with a noise-cancelling headset microphone. COMPATIBILITY: For use on IBM and compatible computers. SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: Windows XP Home, Windows 98 SE, or Windows Me operating system; sound card; CD-ROM drive.