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#1 2013-11-04 17:29:38

jelockwood
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Registered: 2009-11-11

DeployStudio to install/activate 'Enhanced Dictation' in Mavericks?

Mavericks has a new version of the Dictation feature previously available in Mountain Lion. In Mountain Lion it only worked by (like the iPhone) sending speech to Apple's servers to be processed and therefore required a live Internet connection. Mavericks supports this same mode still, but also now offers an 'Enhanced Dictation' mode where the processing is done locally on the Mac itself and therefore does not require a live Internet connection.

The normal way to enable this Enhanced Dictation mode is to open System Preferences, click on Dictation & Speech and tick the options to turn on Dictation and Use Enhanced Dictation. This will trigger a download and installation of the required software. However as should be obvious this requires manually intervention to do this. If one is wanting to build a number of Macs with this feature enabled this rapidly becomes tedious in the extreme.

Is there anyway to manually download an installer which can be run on Macs to do this? If not is there a way to write a preference e.g. defaults write which would trigger this automtically? Either approach could then be incorporated in an imaging process like DeployStudio.

Note: If Enhanced Dictation was turned on (and downloaded) via System Preferences and then the disk imaged then of course DeployStudio would restore this as part of the image. However I am using a 'never used' image created via InstaDMG so that it correctly configures itself for any model Mac. This avoids the problem of network interfaces getting mis-named amongst other things. Therefore as the image has never been logged in to I cannot open System Preferences on it to turn on Enhanced Dictation.

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#2 2013-11-12 21:50:11

jelockwood
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Re: DeployStudio to install/activate 'Enhanced Dictation' in Mavericks?

I tried spotting whatever temporary download was triggered by System Preferences but could not find it, I was however able to use a network packet capture tool (WireShark) to capture network traffic when I triggered the download of enhanced dictation. It turns out that Enhanced Dictation is downloaded using the following URL for UK English at least, other countries will have their own URLs.

http://swcdn.apple.com/content/downloads/54/11/091-8424/ztfbfkf3k3hdwuqq7sd6i0lr 0b6rexi6tm/SpeechRecognitionCoreLanguage_en_GB.pkg

I was then able to download and save the installer which I will be able to deploy as part of imaging new computers. All I now need to do is set the correct preferences via "defaults write" to turn it on.

Last edited by jelockwood (2013-11-12 21:53:56)

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#3 2013-11-12 22:47:00

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Re: DeployStudio to install/activate 'Enhanced Dictation' in Mavericks?

Thanks for sharing.

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