This is the first Breezeblog post to be dictated instead of being typed! For some time I have Dragonrious as to how voice recognition software works but never found anything that worked well with the Mac. I recently got my hands on the new MacSpeech Dictate, which I’m using now, and it’s made writing … well, a bit of a breeze. It is powered by the well-known Dragon voice recognition engine and I was amazed at how easy it was to set up and start working. It took about five minutes of listening to my voice to train it and now I can pretty well say anything, insert grammatical marks, and so on. It still stumbles over unfamiliar words — like breezeblock for Breezeblog — but with a little work you can correct those. Not only that, but it writes a lot faster than I can type! MacSpeech also allows you to control pretty much every application on your desktop although I’m still getting the hang of that. The software isn’t cheap — about US$199, including headphones — but I think that’s a small price to pay for improved writing productivity. It might not be as sexy as a secretary — but it’s a cool and clever piece of software.