MacSpeech Preparing iListen 1.1, Looking For Beta Testers

MacSpeeh is preparing their first major revision of the Macintosh dictation software, iListen. Version 1.1 of iListen promises a slew of new features, including the ability to add words to the iListen dictionary, and to allow users to alter their voice profile for improved accuracy. According to MacSpeech:

Macintosh Speech authority MacSpeech, Inc. today issued a call for beta testers for its popular iListen speech recognition program. The company is preparing to issue its first external beta release of version 1.1 of iListen. This version allows users to adapt their voice model through Correction, as well as the ability to add new words to the useris vocabulary from a text file, and several other enhancements and bug fixes.

Beta testers need to meet the following criteria:

  • MUST have one of the following machines:
    • PowerMacintosh G3 or G4 (Beige, Blue & White, or Graphite)
    • PowerBook G3/G4 (but not the PB G3/250, the first one released)
    • Cube
    • iMac
    • no processor upgrade cards accepted! (ZIF upgrades are acceptable)
  • MUST be running Mac OS 9.0 or 9.0.4. Not Mac OS 9.1, and not Mac OS X (not even the Classic Environment).
  • MUST have at least 128 MB of physical RAM.
  • MUST have a High quality headset.
  • Finally, beta testers MUST have a fast Internet connection and at least 4 hours this week to dedicate to installing, testing and reporting.

If you are interested in beta testing, and meet the criteria, please send a note to There are a limited number of slots available for beta testers. Those who meet the criteria will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. All beta testers will receive a complimentary copy of the final version of iListen 1.1 via electronic download.

You can find more information about iListen at the MacSpeech Web site.