Nuance has made Dragon Anywhere, the Android and iOS versions of its Dragon Dictate speech recognition software, available in New Zealand but it carries a hefty price tag: $240 per year.
Nuance claims the cloud-based software is the only mobile dictation solution that offers continuous dictation – no time or length limits – robust voice formatting and editing, and customisation features that can be synchronised across devices.
Once completed, Nuance says documents can be shared by email, via cloud-sharing tools like Dropbox, saved to note-taking apps like Evernote or shared with virtually any app via the clipboard.
“Dragon Anywhere offers a seamless cross-device experience with Windows and MacOS by integrating with the Dragon Professional Individual for PC and Dragon Professional Individual for Mac desktop products,” Nuance says.
“Key customisation features like auto-texts and custom words that are created with Dragon Anywhere can be automatically synchronised with Dragon Professional Individual for Windows or MacOS, and vice versa. This ensures professionals can maintain consistent workflows across their devices, share custom terminology - regardless of whether it is specialised words and phrases, or customer and product names - and remain productive.”
Nuance also unveiled Dragon Anywhere Group, billed as its secure, cloud-based, professional-grade, mobile dictation solution for enterprise.
With Dragon Anywhere Group, data is securely transmitted via the cloud through 256-bit encryption. It also comes with tools that enable central administration at a user, group, site or organisation-wide level.
Only from Dragon, not the app store
Dragon Anywhere is only available from the Dragon web site. You can get a week’s free trial but will have to give your credit card details. You can find download it from the Google or Apple app stores but it won’t work. If you read the full information – you’ll find it’s only available in the US and Canada.
However on Google Play you will find feedback provided by users, many of whom were very unhappy with the product, which has been available in the US since at least March this year. Its overall rating was 3+.
Several users complained about being locked out of their accounts, unable to access documents they had created, and unable to get support from Nuance.