Nu Echo Announces General Availability of NuGram IDE Basic Edition

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A proven solution to the challenge of developing speech recognition grammars now available free of charge from Nu Echo

The lack of effective grammar development and testing tools has been one of the major challenges to the development of high-performance speech applications. Indeed, while several effective speech application service creation environments have been available to support dialog implementation, there has until now been nothing available to efficiently support grammar development. With the introduction of NuGram IDE Basic Edition, Nu Echo effectively fills this very important gap.

The result of years of research and development based on the input and feedback of some of the most demanding grammar developers, NuGram IDE is a fully-integrated, Eclipse-based, grammar development environment. Used to create, debug, optimize and maintain static and dynamic grammars, it is one of the two components of the NuGram Platform, first presented at SpeechTEK 2008 in New York City as the first complete solution for speech grammar development and deployment.

Following a 6-month beta program involving several hundred users worldwide, Nu Echo is now making NuGram IDE Basic Edition generally available free of charge to the developer community. Designed to support the rigorous grammar development processes required in order to efficiently produce solid grammars, NuGram IDE Basic Edition:

  •     Enables developers to author grammars using one single concise and legible format, regardless of the target speech recognition engine.
  •     Offers a grammar editor with several advanced features, including syntax coloring, content-assist - code completion, quick fixes, code templates, etc. - and sophisticated refactoring tools.
  •     Provides powerful grammar analysis, visualization, and debugging tools.
  •     Provides tools to test grammar coverage and semantic interpretation correctness.

Within the next few weeks, Nu Echo will introduce NuGram IDE Professional Edition, as well as NuGram Server, the other component of the NuGram Platform. NuGram IDE Professional Edition will include several advanced features that should be considered invaluable by serious speech application developers and professional services organizations. NuGram Server will add optional runtime capabilities to the platform. It will for instance make it possible to generate grammars on-the-fly based on application data or to semantically interpret text sentences, a feature that has been shown to be quite effective for text-based dialog applications such as chat or SMS.

For information about NuGram, please visit

About Nu Echo
Nu Echo develops high performance speech recognition applications and development tools. Building on two decades of expertise in speech recognition application development, Nu Echo is uniquely equipped to deliver applications and tools that simply work better. The company also provides a full range of professional services, including grammar development and tuning, speech application testing, and consulting. For more information, please visit


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