Mindjet and Nuance Communications are announcing the release of the productivity application VoxEnable, which delivers hands-free mind-mapping to the desktop. In an innovative collaboration, Mindjet's MindManager 8, a mind-mapping tool, has been combined with Nuance's Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10, a speech recognition software, to bring a new voice-activated dimension to mind-mapping, thereby helping users to save time and be more effective.
Ian Bourne, of Citnexus, the partner that developed VoxEnable, says: "Mindjet and Nuance are recognised software innovators in their respective markets, so by bringing the two technologies together with our VoxEnable application, we have created a powerful productivity tool that is now completely voice-enabled. MindManager is used by more than 1.5million people today including professionals, educators and home users for brainstorming, developing plans, creating presentations and accomplishing a limitless number of other tasks. By enabling all your commands through Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10, users can capture, organise and communicate information without having to type it using a PC keyboard."
The Dragon voice-enablement engine is claimed to deliver 99 per cent levels of accuracy at three times the speed of most typists and excellent ease of use. To begin building a mind-map, a user issues the instruction "new topic" or "start brainstorm." Then, the software tool starts building the map, based on the voice commands. Over 150 voice-enabled functions have been incorporated into this release and users can transcribe and create MindManager 8 visualisations that can be manipulated, scrolled, scaled, zoomed, printed and exported by voice. Text can be dictated directly into topics with formatting, editing and search capabilities.
Rob Furnivall of Mindjet UK says: "Speech technology with mind-mapping is going to be a potent productivity combination. Imagine never having to scribe your thoughts and ideas down again but instead 'energise' the way 'brainstorms' or planning meetings are conducted! Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10's near-perfect accuracy and easy-to-use interface feeds into the Mindjet's feature-rich MindManager 8 visualisation tool to deliver a unique experience that helps you manage ideas and information more smartly."
MindManager 8 is a new version of the award-winning productivity tool that enables users to map ideas and information visually, starting with a central topic surrounded by subtopics arranged on lines or 'branches.' The map is a diagram that imitates the creator's thoughts, with the interactive benefits of embedded data, live hyperlinks, collaboration capabilities, etc. MindManager can be seen as a fifth productivity application, along with the word processor, spreadsheet, presentation, and email. MindManager 8 integrates and augments with all of these applications, so that the user can capture, organise and act upon ideas, data and knowledge without ever leaving the mind map.
Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10 Preferred is said to help businesses and advanced PC users, through voice commands, to create documents, reports and emails three times faster than most people type. Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10 enables users to surf the web or dictate and edit in Microsoft Word and Excel, Corel WordPerfect and numerous other Windows-based applications. Commands can be dictated into a handheld device when away from a PC or using a Bluetooth microphone. A high-quality headset is included.
Prices start at £129. More information on the various versions of both MindManager and Dragon software as well as special pricing for education and charity can be found on the Citnexus website www.citnexus.co.uk.