So, you’re a Mac user and you just woke up one day and found out that Dragon Professional Individual 6.0.8 has been wiped off the planet. Sounds like a nightmare, right?
It is. But that’s what’s happening. Unfortunately, those of us who are dependent on the software didn’t have a whole lot to say in the decision. So, we are left to decide what to do.
What should you do?
I can’t make that decision for you. I’m just an end-user, I’m not a computer geek. Primarily, I write romance novels. What I can tell you is that I write nearly a million words a year using Dragon Professional Individual for Mac. I am profoundly sad to see it go.
Some industry professionals are suggesting that you should immediately return your Mac version and your money back if you recently purchased it. and make the transition to Windows.
I don’t necessarily ascribe to that theory. Yes, it is true you won’t have any technical support from Nuance.
My response to that is SO WHAT?
Technical support from Nuance surrounding Dragon products was abysmal at best.
Dragon Professional Individual 6.0.8 is relatively stable. It sometimes crashes – especially when using it with Word. But, for the most part, when Dragon Professional Individual for Mac crashes it doesn’t take anything else with it. You just restart and go on. It works fine with Mojave
As a diehard Mac fan, my advice is don’t panic. If you own Dragon Professional Individual 6.0.8, you can continue to use it. You can even upgrade to Mojave. It works fine. If you are still using Dragon Dictate 5.0 for Mac and you want to stay on the Mac platform, I would recommend that you purchase Dragon Professional Individual for Mac from another retailer such as Best Buy, TigerDirect, or Amazon.
It is possible to run a Windows program on a Mac computer with the proper software. Quite frankly, I don’t have the expertise to do that because I’ve never tried it. There may come a time when I need to do that. So far, I’ve not made that leap. In my opinion, the time has not yet come where you have to make that leap yet either – unless, of course, you want to.
Those are my two cents as someone who voice recognition software for thirty years.