Dragon Express, a pared down (and much less expensive) version of Dragon Dictate, has been released on the Mac App Store. The app features Nuance’s impressive voice recognition engine, which can be trained to recognize your voice. Dragon Express is pretty barebones, but it does have the benefit of not needing a network connection—so it can work completely offline. Once transcribed, text can be copied to the clipboard or sent to another application (Mail, TextEdit, Spotlight), and you can even configure it to post to Twitter and Facebook.
Dragon Express is an easy and fun speech recognition utility that introduces OS X Lion customers to voice recognition for the Mac. Put your words to work without the hassle of typing. Just speak and amazingly accurate results instantly appear in the Dragon Express window. You can dictate anything – even words that wouldn’t be found in any dictionary – since Dragon Express is customized to recognize your voice and the words you use.
Dragon Express has an introductory price of $49 (the full-fledged Dictate is $199), and it’s the best current option if you’re just looking for a lightweight speech-to-text application.