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MacSpeech, Inc.
Industry Speech recognition and voice dictation software
Successor Nuance Communications, Inc.
Founded March 7, 1997
Headquarters Salem, New Hampshire
  • iListen
  • MacSpeech Dictate
  • MacSpeech Scribe

MacSpeech, Inc. was a New Hampshire-based technology company dedicated to producing the finest software-based speech recognition and voice dictation solutions for the Apple ecosystem. The company's products included iListen, MacSpeech Dictate, MacSpeech Dictate Medical, MacSpeech Dictate Legal, MacSpeech Dictate International, and MacSpeech Scribe. On February 12, 2010, Nuance Communications, Inc. acquired MacSpeech.[1]


The first commercial voice dictation product for Mac OS X was IBM's ViaVoice, but ScanSoft, the company that had exclusive global distribution rights to ViaVoice, merged with Nuance and stopped developing ViaVoice for Macintosh. (The first dictation software for Mac OS 9 was Articulate System's PowerSecretary.)[2] Seeing a continued need in the market for a Mac-based speech-to-text solution, MacSpeech was founded in 1996 by Andrew Taylor, a former employee of Articulate Systems[3] and an expert in software-based speech recognition technologies.

MacSpeech iListen
MacSpeech iListen MacSpeech's wildly popular speech recognition software product first released in 2000.


MacSpeech's first and former flagship product, iListen, was developed in partnership with Philips Speech Processing using its "FreeSpeech 2000" speech engine. Wildly popular since its release in 2000, by 2006, iListen was the only third-party software product that allowed voice-to-text input on newer MacIntosh models. Its competitors at the time were Apple's own speech recognition software (built into Mac OS X); Dragon Naturally Speaking for PC by Nuance, running under a Windows virtualization software solution such as Parallels Desktop for Mac or VMware Fusion; and the discontinued speech recognition program ViaVoice by Nuance/IBM.

MacSpeech Dictate product line
MacSpeech Dictate replaced iListen in 2008

MacSpeech Dictate[edit]

In January 2008, iListen was discontinued by MacSpeech and replaced by a new flagship product, "MacSpeech Dictate" (released February 15, 2008). In order to build a modern speech recognition product, MacSpeech abandoned the Philips speech engine in favor of the same speech-recognition engine Nuance used in its Dragon NaturallySpeaking product for PC. At the 2008 MacWorld Expo, MacSpeech's newly released MacSpeech Dictate was a winner of the MacWorld 2008 Best of Show award.[4] In 2009, MacSpeech released several editions of its speech recognition products for the MacIntosh, including MacSpeech Dictate Medical, MacSpeech Dictate Legal and MacSpeech Dictate International.

MacSpeech Scribe
MacSpeech Scribe

MacSpeech Scribe[edit]

is speech recognition software for Mac OS X designed specifically for transcription of recorded voice dictation. It runs on Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard. The software transcribes dictation recorded by an individual speaker. Typically the speaker will record their dictation using a digital recording device such as a handheld digital recorder, mobile smartphone (e.g. iPhone), or desktop or laptop computer with a suitable microphone. MacSpeech Scribe supports specific audio file formats for recorded dictation: .aif, .aiff, .wav, .mp4, .m4a, and .m4v.

MacSpeech Shirt
Smart looking MacSpeech clothing.

Employees, Investors, and Friends[edit]

In addition to Mr. Taylor, those involved from the beginning of MacSpeech until its acquisition by Nuance include Chuck Rogers, Michael Schwing, Jeff Ganyard, Donald MacCormick and early hands-on investors Micah Solomon,[5] Mike Dell Orfano, Strategica Capital Corporation,[6] and Sector Capital Corporation.[7]

Board of Directors & Management[edit]

Andrew Taylor at Macworld 2010
Andrew Taylor, CEO of MacSpeech, is interviewed by MacVoicesTV at Macworld 2010.[8]
Directors & Management of MacSpeech, Inc. as of February 12, 2010[9]
Directors & Officers Managers
Lee Spiegelman, Chairman[9] Andrew Taylor, CEO
Andrew Taylor, Director & President[9] Stéphane Gauthier, CFO
Mark Dell'Orfano, Esq., Director & Secretary[9] Sheila Ganyard, EVP of Operations
Stéphane Gauthier, CGA, CPA, Treasurer[9] Michael Schwing, VP of Sales
Jeff Ganyard, VP of Engineering
Donald MacCormick, VP of Marketing
Nuance acquires MacSpeech
Announcement tombstone by Mirus Capital Advisors, MacSpeech's investment bankers[10]

MacSpeech Acquisition[edit]

On February 12, 2010, MacSpeech, Inc. was acquired by Nuance Communications, Inc., and MacSpeech's products were incorporated into Nuance's Dragon NaturalSpeaking product line.[1]

M&A Advisers to MacSpeech, Inc. during Nuance Acquisition
Attorneys Morse, Barnes-Brown & Pendleton, PC

Shannon Zollo, Esq.

Mark Tarallo, Esq.

Investment Bankers Mirus Capital Advisors

David Hoffer

Peter Alternative

Accountants Sullivan Bille, PC
Stockholder's Representative Sector Capital Group, LLC

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Nuance Acquires MacSpeech, Extending Dragon NaturallySpeaking Family to the Mac". Retrieved 2017-02-04. 
  2. ^ "TidBITS Apple Ups the AMTE". Retrieved 16 July 2016. 
  3. ^ "MacSpeech - MacSpeech People". 2008-11-13. Archived from the original on 2008-11-13. Retrieved 2017-02-04. 
  4. ^ "Macworld Expo Best of Show award winners". Retrieved 16 July 2016. 
  5. ^ ">> Oasis CD Manufacturing invites Indie Musicians into Apple iTunes Music Store -". Retrieved 16 July 2016. 
  6. ^ Calzadilla, Anthony. "Recent Actvities | STRATEGICA". Retrieved 2017-02-04. 
  7. ^ "Prospectus Supplement of Nuance Communications, Inc.". Feb 19, 2010. Retrieved 2017-02-04. 
  8. ^ "MacVoicesTV #1031: MacVoicesTV at Macworld - Andrew Taylor of MacSpeech on Scribe, Their Professional Vocabularies and More - MacVoices TV". MacVoices TV. 2010-02-23. Retrieved 2017-02-07. 
  9. ^ a b c d e "Massachusetts Foreign Corporation Certificate of Registration of MacSpeech, Inc.". Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Feb 1, 2010. Retrieved Feb 5, 2017. 
  10. ^ "Nuance acquires MacSpeech". Mirus Capital Advisors. Retrieved 2017-02-07. 

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