ATLANTA, Jan. 11, 2007 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Enact Technology announced a major expansion of its speak4(tm) voice recognition software for graphic applications that include: AutoCAD, Inventor, SolidWorks, SketchUp, Photoshop, and InDesign. The company introduced its Speak4CAD voice recognition software in 2005. speak4CAD(tm) dramatically improves the productivity of AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT.
The hallmark of Enact Technology's software is its unique command grammar that generates an instant response. The technology is dramatically faster and more accurate than dictation software, which has to search an entire language to find matching words. Enact Technology has also developed a numbers recognition grammar that eliminates the need for users to type in complicated numerical expressions.
Increased speed, greater accuracy, less stress
Tests have proven that computer based designers can significantly increase their drawing speed using voice commands. When productivity is measured comparing drawings done manually with similar drawings completed by speaking the commands and dimensions, the results are astonishing. Not only is there a dramatic savings in time, keyboard strokes and mouse clicks are cut up to 70%, which considerably lessens stress on a designer's wrists. "We're one part of the speech recognition trend that Microsoft Vista will promote," says Bruce Swan, Senior Development Partner for Enact Technology. "In fact, speak4 literally breaks the sound barrier."
Using speech to automate graphic design
Computer graphic applications are particularly difficult because of the natural conflict that occurs when using the mouse and keyboard at the same time -- one hand is needed to type, the other manages mouse functions. Even the best typists look down at the keyboard when typing one handed. speak4 technology recognizes spoken commands and mouse moves simultaneously, which leaves the user free to concentrate on design. CAD Manager, Patrick Manganiello says: "This is the first real improvement for the way I work -- not some paste-on feature."
Fast and accurate
Unlike speech applications that must search an entire language to find matching words, speak4 command grammars generate an instant response to spoken commands -- and the numbers recognition grammar eliminates the need for users to type in complicated numerical expressions. Mechanical Designer, Cindy Berend says, "speak4 command grammars and numbers recognition grammar have entirely changed the way I work. I can now focus on drawing instead of the keyboard. It's a much more natural and focused way to work."
Availability and pricing
speak4 software for AutoCAD, Inventor, SolidWorks, SketchUp, Photoshop, and InDesign can be purchased now at the speak4CAD.com website. It can also be tried without charge for 30 days. The software is Windows NET based and does not alter the main application installation. A digital (USB) headset is required. A Windows Vista version will be available soon. Software ranges in price from $149.95-$199.95.
Enact Technology develops software applications that enable other applications to be operated using speech recognition. The company also offers consulting services for product managers and IT professionals who want to speech enable their applications. For information and artwork visit: www.speak4CAD.com
Enact Technology Public Relations Judith Patterson (800) 650-4913