Report from Jewel HQ

Greetings from Northern California where the air quality is currently the worst in the world. :::We’re Number 1! We’re Number 1!:::

Here’s a picture of what it’s been like here, 200 miles south of the Butte County fire. My heart goes out to everyone affected by the fires in northern and southern California.

Smoke filled air. Every is dirty smoky gray.
Smoke Filled Air

Writing Tools (Insert Frowny face)

Nuance, the create of Dragon Naturally dictation software is abandoning the Mac OS version. Dictation is a frustrating experience in MacOS and that is true of the native dictation or Dragon. I use both and sadly, the Mac dictation is actually worse than previous versions. Dragon, while incredibly frustrating, is functional. Mac dictation, in it’s current iteration, is completely useless.

I have watched Mac dictation perfectly render the words I said and then “update” those words to nonsense. So, there is a point in the dictation tool that works beautifully and accurately, and for some reason, Apple decided to add another layer of fixing. Apple. Please stop that. Then there’s the straight quotes business. OMG.

So, very soon, Mac users will be without a minimally functional dictation tool. This is terrible for too many reasons to enumerate.


RWA Board

The RWA (Romance Writers of America) national board meeting was last weekend in New York. I am just about over the jet lag. We got some great work done.

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2 Responses to “Report from Jewel HQ”

  1. Llaph says:

    I think it started a month or so back… i use dictate a lot with my iPhone as I can’t type well on it. I would dictate a message, check it once, check it one more time, and then post it. I come back to it later and see that it totally butchered what I said… I’m very tired of AutoCorrect for dictate that I can’t turn off. It might not be so bad if my screen reader updated when it changed the words when I dictated text, butt it will change the words seconds after you think it is done. I haven’t been able to find a way for it to not do that— it’s been driving the blind community crazy to.

    • I can only imagine how awful this must be for people who do not have the ability to see what’s happening or who aren’t able to use a keyboard. I contacted Apple support and was able to leave “feedback” without much hope that any good will come of it. I dictate to try to save my hands and wrists. If Dragon stops working on Macs, the only option is Mac diction which is currently completely useless.

      Apple says they care about accessibility. Here’s hoping that’s true and they fix this.

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