Dragon for Mac is Dead – Nuance Discontinues Software Immediately with No Future Updates

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Looks like this dude’s been busy lately; first NaturallySpeaking 13, now Dragon for Mac. (Photo by Yomex Owo on Unsplash)

In a move that is likely to anger and dismay Mac users, Nuance has dropped a bombshell. Dragon Professional Individual 6 has been discontinued with immediate effect; there will be no updates to the existing software and no further versions produced.

In other words, Dragon for Mac is dead.

Via a press release, Nuance stated: “Dragon Professional Individual for Mac is being discontinued effective 10/22/2018 and will no longer be available for purchase…Customers who have purchased Dragon Professional Individual for Mac version 6 (“Software”) benefit from a perpetual license to the Software and may continue using the Software.  Nuance will no longer provide updates for the Software after 10/22/2018”.

While Dragon on the Mac platform has never been at the same level as the Windows software, things did seem to be improving. The release of version 6 was disastrous at launch – buggy, unstable and borderline unusable. But things improved dramatically and, with the last 6.0.8 update, it seemed like Mac users finally had a version of Dragon nearer in stability and features than ever to the PC equivalent. Despite this, Nuance has pulled the plug.

For anyone who has bought the software within the last 30 days, it might be worth exercising your right to a refund. While you can continue to use Dragon, it’s anyone’s guess as to when or if it will stop working as Nuance does not guarantee compatibility with the latest version of macOS, Mojave. Wyvern Business Systems are reporting the following:

“During testing we have experienced a few glitches but it seems manageable currently, however future updates may cause further issues, or cause the software to stop all together.”

All traces of the software have been removed from Nuance’s web site and it is no longer offered for sale. You can still buy it from the likes of Amazon and eBay but, with a very real prospect of it being disabled by an OS update and no hope of a fix, it wouldn’t be a wise way to spend your money.

Obviously, this news brings huge ramifications for Mac users from both an accessibility and workflow standpoint. While the Windows software undoubtedly has a larger installed user base, the majority of writers I come across are using Macs. With no viable native solution (and no realistic competition), Mac users should consider using the Windows software via a virtual machine – something I have long advocated.

I will be posting guidelines for next steps for anyone affected by this in the coming days.

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12 thoughts on “Dragon for Mac is Dead – Nuance Discontinues Software Immediately with No Future Updates”

  1. Scott, whichh of the virtualization programs best Immitate pc for using dragon?

    Also, which is the best version for ovelists of windows dragon? John Blair

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    1. Boot Camp is free with your Mac but requires you to restart the computer into Windows and back into macOS. Parallels Desktop and VMWare Fusion allow you to run Windows right on your Mac desktop. In my experience, Parallels provides the most seamless experience.

      The only version for Windows you should buy is Dragon Professional Individual 15. All other prior versions are now discontinued and Home 15 does not allow transcription or custom vocabulary training.

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      1. Thanks, Scott
        Do you know if Nuance is going to give a discount or anything to help Mac customers?
        I saw that Amazon is selling IP 15 at about 30% discount.
        John Blair

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    1. Not to anywhere near the same level as on the desktop software. There’s no profile saved locally in Dragon Anywhere. You can add custom words and phrases but it’s a much more limited product and doesn’t work offline. No transcription either.

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  2. Some may say no big deal that software sucks. Well, for someone like myself who uses the software daily to control his Mac completely by voice it’s a big deal. I have no use of my arms and since Dragon Dictate 2.0 I’ve been able to use my Mac completely hands-free by voice complements of Dragon Dictate for Mac. Being able to use a computer completely hands-free is very enabling for a high-level quadriplegic. I was looking forward to upgrading to macOS Mojave but now it looks like I’m screwed.

    I know Apple has built-in voice recognition. It’s pretty good but it lacks all the features needed to run the computer hands-free by voice. I know Apple has the resources and expertise to add these missing features. How do I get them interested in enhancing macOS built-in speech recognition to allow complete operation of the Mac by voice? If you want to do me and others with physical limitations that need to control their computer by voice a favor go and create a macOS enhancement request as I describe here:

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/5iu9xsjgw6rka7u/Dragon%20for%20Mac%20Favor%20Request.pdf?dl=0

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