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.dss File Extension

Developer: International Voice Association
File type: Digital Speech Standard File
You're here because you have a file that has a file extension ending in .dss. Files with the file extension .dss can only be launched by certain applications. It's possible that .dss files are data files rather than documents or media, which means they're not meant to be viewed at all.

what is a .dss file?

The digital speech standard file format is used by speech recognition applications and digital voice recording programs, and these data files contain recorded voice data of the user. These digital speech standard files are then saved in the DSS format, and some speech recognition applications associate or link each DSP file to the corresponding voice profile created by the user. Extensive compression specifications are implemented into these DSS files, which are affixed with the .dss extension. The "Overwrite" mode and the "Insert" mode are options available in some speech recognition applications, and any of these options can be selected by the user to edit the data stored in a DSS file associated to his or her voice profile. The DSS file format and supported applications are mostly used for legal and medical transcription purposes. The content of these DSS files, aside from the recorded voice data of a user, may also include details like date and time stamps of the voice recording session, along with the length (in minutes) and size (in Kb or Mb) of the DSS file. The IBM ViaVoice software is a speech recognition program that can allow users to access the functionalities of a Microsoft Windows system, Mac platforms and other applications installed in these operating systems with their voice, and this program is implemented with support for these DSS files.

how to open a .dss file?

Launch a .dss file, or any other file on your PC, by double-clicking it. If your file associations are set up correctly, the application that's meant to open your .dss file will open it. It's possible you may need to download or purchase the correct application. It's also possible that you have the correct application on your PC, but .dss files aren't yet associated with it. In this case, when you try to open a .dss file, you can tell Windows which application is the correct one for that file. From then on, opening a  .dss file will open the correct application. Click here to fix .dss file association errors

applications that open a .dss file

IBM ViaVoice for Mac

IBM ViaVoice for Mac

IBM sold ViaVoice in 2003 to ScanSoft for its distributions. ScanSoft is now known as Nuance. IBM ViaVoice is a suite of products for language-specific continuous voice recognition software. The current version is designed mainly for embedded devices. The latest stable edition is 9.0 that can directly scan text into Word. After installation, the user should read the texts provided for the program to recognize the user’s voice. Recognition is 95% accurate, although word can also be repaired by typing the word correctly. It is useful when typing large amounts of text. Language editions may have different specifications, features, microphone support and technical support. Some of the editions include Standard Edition, Advanced Edition, Personal Edition, Pro USB Edition, ViaVoice for Mac OS X Edition and Simply Dictation for Mac. Before the development of ViaVoice, IBM developed VoiceType. In 2003, IBM granted ScanSoft who developed the competitor Dragon NaturallySpeaking exclusive distribution rights for ViaVoice Desktop for Mac and Windows. ScanSoft merged with Nuance two years later.
IBM ViaVoice for Microsoft Windows

IBM ViaVoice for Microsoft Windows

ViaVoice for Windows Pro USB 10.0 offers about 96% accuracy as speech recognition software that allows fast dictation and with voice macros that work with any Windows application. It requires more than 500MB of disk space. It is easy to install with provided USB microphone [noise-cancelling Plantronics DSP 300] and a 15-minute training session for you to be acquainted with its functions. VoiceCenter is ViaVoice’s user interface. You can set it in “floating” mode so that you can drag it into any position on your desktop screen instead of being docked on the screen edge. The thin toolbar features only one menu for you to access the options and commands, and a button to turn the microphone on or off. Its complement tools include voice dictation, voice-enabled applications control and text-to-speech engine. You can create voice macros [voice-activated shortcuts] that can work with any Windows program. SpeechPad is the basic writing utility of ViaVoice. You can navigate the Web through speech commands. ViaVoice supports Internet Explorer, AOL 7.0 and Netscape browsers. You can click links by calling out the first few words of that link. It can read documents aloud in robotic voice with its text-to-speech skills for you to play back what you have dictated or written. It supports digital recorders from Sanyo and Olympus. You can upload your audio files from these devices to your computer, and ViaVoice will convert them into typed text. It also has good dictation speed which means that the lag between dictating a word and seeing it appear on your screen is short. Slower operating systems may get slower speed results though. You can also train ViaVoice for word recognition by using its support wizards and tools to improve the program’s skills.
Olympus DSS Player Lite

Olympus DSS Player Lite

The Olympus DSS Player Lite software is categorized as a playback-only audio file player used to open DSS files which are actually voices that were recorded using the Digital Voice Recorder Series IC recorder from Olympus. This software can also be used to archive notes as well as it can also open other audio file formats like WAV, WMA and VAL files. This DSS player Lite software from Olympus features top quality playback for audio fifes because even if the DSS audio files are archived and made smaller than WAVE files, the quality of the playback is not affected. The audio files will still sound perfect. This software was developed by Olympus Imaging, Corp. and because of its ability to open and playback DSS files as well as other audio file formats, users are assured that the recipient of the audio files they sent can open the files and play them back.
Olympus DSS Player

Olympus DSS Player

The Olympus DSS Player is software that is used to retrieve as well as play the Olympus dictation device audio files. This is the application mainly associated with DS2 files as these files refer to the recorded and saved files in a recording device like Olympus’ dictation devices. In order to play these files on the computer, the DSS Player is needed either for Windows or MAC operating systems. DSS player actually stands for Digital Speech Standard player and it comes with a variety of versions already such as the Pro and the Lite version. This software was developed by Olympus Imaging, Corp. and it is complete with features such as net based architecture, customizable scenarios, ergonomic user interface, and IT system integration features. The Lite version of this player allows users to play ".wav" , Windows Media Audio and other audio files and contain features such as a very friendly user interface and a built-in help component, so users will experience a convenient and effective DSS playback.

a word of warning

Be careful not to rename the extension on .dss files, or any other files. This will not change the file type. Only special conversion software can change a file from one file type to another.

what is a file extension?

A file extension is the set of three or four characters at the end of a filename; in this case, .dss. File extensions tell you what type of file it is, and tell Windows what programs can open it. Windows often associates a default program to each file extension, so that when you double-click the file, the program launches automatically. When that program is no longer on your PC, you can sometimes get an error when you try to open the associated file.

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