DICTATION direct into Mac applications is now possible thanks to pioneering work by Claro Software and US partner Parallels, leaders in virtualization software.

Claro Software, has brought Dragon NaturalSpeaking – said to be the most popular piece of speech recognition software in the world – to the Mac alongside its best-selling ClaroRead for Mac – software designed help students who struggle with reading, writing and learning.

The speech recognition software, which for a long time has only been available on PC, will work alongside ClaroRead for Mac thanks to a new Claro bridging program SpeakIn which (in conjunction with Parallels) captures text from Dragon and loads it into Apple applications. Now Mac users can enjoy creating documents and emails just by speaking.

Dave Stevens, commercial director of Claro Software, said: “We believe this is a world first. Over the years, there have been many developments to promote the use of PCs in schools and colleges to make them more accessible to learners who need additional support.

“Our experience has shown that Apple Macs are becoming more popular in many educational sectors and we are delighted to be able to increase the accessibility of the Mac through Claro Software.”

Together ClaroRead for Mac (‘08) and Dragon NaturallySpeaking with SpeakIn will allow users to input text at 120 words per minute with no spelling errors.  The software includes a coloured overlay filters, so students can see the text in the colours, font and format which they find easiest to read.

A homophone checker will then alert users to tricky words which are easily confused while the dictionary tool gives them a chance to check up on definitions and make sure they are using the right word.

High quality voices can read back and highlight text from virtually anything on the screen, and users can save text as an audio file for iTunes.

Claro Software has a reputation for producing high quality, affordable solutions for learners who need extra support with reading and writing.

The Dragon for Mac and ClaroRead solution is available through dedicated Apple Solutions partners who are also Dragon partners. Hence full user training and support will be available.