Dragon Naturally Speaking

This is a review of Dragon Naturally Speaking, version 11.  I launched the application and logged in with my particular profile for the setup I have.  I’ve opened the DragonPad document editor from the Tools menu.  Now, everything you will see appear in the window in DragonPad is done by voice dictation alone; there is no typing.  Let me turn the microphone on, and begin.

I am using Dragon Naturally Speaking to create the text file you see appearing on the screen in front of you.  I’m voice dictating, not typing.  I do have to voice dictate punctuation.  After a while of doing that, it becomes second nature, so it’s not really a problem.  However, I have to say that when I first started using this software, it took a little bit of getting used to.

The package runs on Windows – there is a Mac version available too.  You need a good Windows machine to get the best out of Dragon Naturally Speaking.  An old, slower machine is unlikely to be sufficient.  You also need a good microphone.  A headset is included in some versions of the package, but you won’t get the best results from it.  Using a higher-quality microphone, although at an expense, makes this package work the way you would expect it to.

As far as accuracy is concerned, it’s correctly recognizing what I am saying.  If you do make a mistake, it’s possible to correct it by voice, or by keyboard.  The process of correction actually updates your personal profile, so that accuracy is better in the future.  In other words, the more you use it, the better it gets!

It’s also possible to use Dragon to control some of your applications, surf the Web, and run voice macros – voice macros give you the ability to predefine blocks of text and/or images, such as your home address, or a scanned signature, or your company logo.  For anyone working with documents that require fairly standard blocks of text, it would be possible to build a library of voice macros that let you create an entire letter in just a few commands.  I’ll show you an example right now.

I’ve set up some example voice commands, to show you how you can build up your own voice macros.  Now, in the sidebar, I’m using the “My Commands” tab to remind me of the particular voice macros I’ve already created.  I can format these entries so that the voice macro would, for example, make this bold every time it goes in.  In the “Tools” menu, choose the command “Browser,” pick the command that you want to choose – in my case the “Comp. Close” – and then view and edit the script.

We can also add graphics if we wish – if we had a company logo, for example – and as you can see, with this kind of facility, you can build up complex documents very quickly as long as you’re using standardized phrasing.

What’s the verdict on Dragon?  Well for me, it’s a success.  While I’m concentration on the actual typing, I’m not concentrating on what I’m thinking.  When I can leave the typing to take care of itself, I can put all my effort into the thinking.  As I’m getting older, my fingers can certainly feel the difference after a day of typing – at least, they can after a day when I don’t have to do any typing!

There were a couple of mistakes in this text, and I corrected them with a combination of keyboard and voice correction.  Those corrections will go into my user profile, and in the future, those particular problems are less likely to occur.  You can speak more quickly than I have been doing, and Dragon Naturally Speaking will keep up with you.  What you will see is that the text takes a few seconds to appear, and generally waits until you have finished speaking.  Highly recommended!

You can use Dragon Naturally Speaking to dictate into other text boxes, as I am doing here.  I have now selected Notepad.  I can dictate into Notepad as easily as I can do in the Dragon special version, which is called DragonPad.  I can even use this to dictate my emails, in most applications.  Here is an example of an email, and the dictation works perfectly in this window as well.  I can switch from one window to another, and the dictation manages to keep up with me.  All I have to do is select the text box by clicking with the mouse, and then the window with the focus is where my dictated text will go.

Tim Chaten, The Possibilities Podcast: Today’s show is about RSI.  What is that? That is repetitive strain injury, and a possible cure for this, a possible way that people can avoid coming down with this injury. The thing I’m going to be talking about is voice; how voice really changed it all, and how voice has changed things for me personally.

RSI can happen when you do a LOT of typing. You’re just typing all day, you’re doing the same thing over and over again, so in this case we’re going to talk about how to cure RSI for typing.  With voice, with tools like Dragon Nuance’s Naturally Speaking, on the Windows side, or Mac Speech Dictate on the Mac side, you no longer need a keyboard to run your day.  You really don’t need a keyboard anymore to enter text, to open applications, to really do anything.  You can just talk to your computer, and that is how you get work done.

In the past, you really needed to type out everything, you needed to do all of these repetitive tasks over and over and over.  That is just not the case anymore.  We have tools now, where you can simply talk to your Mac, talk to your Windows machine, and it will open the things that need to be opened, it will dictate the things that need to be dictated, it will do all of your typing for you without you lifting a finger.  You can simply navigate the mouse, click on what you need to click, have your thoughts ready and start talking to your machine and have it accomplish what you need to accomplish.

What I have found in my own usage of it, is that I am typing less; I am just talking to my Mac, and it’s extremely accurate as far as what it can do.  It can do very complex things, it can dictate amazingly well, so you can write your letters now by just talking to your machine.  You can answer emails that way, you can work with Excel documents that way; you can do whatever you need to do to get your work done by simply talking to your machine.  And for those that are skeptics, saying, “Hey, this is going to take a lot more time,” it really doesn’t; it actually speeds up your workflow, because you are working in a more natural state. Talking is much more natural than typing; you are able to get your thoughts out much more quickly.

You don’t have to worry about spelling anymore!  And that’s the cool thing – you don’t have to worry about that.  Spelling is a non-issue because of this.  Spelling does not matter, because you’re just talking.  And when you’re talking, it’s got a dictionary that it’s using; it knows the different words that are possible, and it will use the correct spelling.  That’s exciting because for me, I’m not the best speller in the world; I can use spellcheck and figure it out, but I sometimes hesitate when typing because I’m not sure what the spelling I should is.  With speaking, it’s not an issue; I know what words I want to use, I just don’t know how to spell it in some cases, so why not dictate it? It’s quicker, much quicker, and in many people’s cases – even though I’m a fast typer, I can get 60, 70 words out a minute, sometimes 80 words a minute depending on how fast I’m going that day – it’s still faster.  It’s still less stressful, and that’s a big thing; if you’re working, you want to have a stress-free environment; if you’re able to just talk and speak to your computer, you’ll be much more relaxed, much more at ease as you’re working, as you’re composing your emails, as you’re going through your day.  So, much less stressful of an environment.

It frees up your mind to think about the things that need to be thought about; you don’t have to think about what your hands need to do.  Those are free, you can use your mouse and just have your hands devoted to finding what you need to click on the screen, while you just talk.  You’re able to free up your mind, and just dictate what you need to dictate.  You’re able to say “Open Safari,” and it will open Safari.  You’re able to say “Close Safari”, and it closes.  You’re able to say “Hide all other applications,” and it will hide all of the applications that aren’t in use at the time.  Those are Mac commands; I’m sure they have those on Windows.  You’re able to just talk to your Mac, and it understands what you need by those words, and that’s an exciting thing.

I really do believe the future is in voice; we’re just going to be talking as our form of entry.  In most cases, that will be the future.  In circumstances when we are able to talk, we will talk; we may come to a point in time where there’s microphones by our mouths, just tiny little microphones that you’re able to talk to your phone, talk to your computer in a whisper, or some sort of quiet way; you’re able to say “Open machine, open, open, close.”  You’ll be able to dictate “Text Joe Schmo.”  You’re able to just dictate very quietly because the mic is right by your mouth.  I think that will be the future; we’ll have mics.  We’ll be in a state where we’re able to get things done by just talking; by speech.  And this is sort of going back where we came from; the age where we did use telephones more, we did voice communication more.  That just doesn’t happen as much anymore; people are texting, people are using that way to communicate.  We’ll be going back on ourselves a little bit by talking, to send the same information to people.  The same information that, you’ll be talking, and it will be sent via text message to people.  And perhaps it’ll even be read back to them, in an earpiece, what was sent to them.  So we may enter this environment where everything is done by voice.  We’re hearing our stuff back by voice, we’re entering the data by voice, and I think that is what we’ll have in the future.  That’s exciting to me, and I think it may be a downer for a lot of people, but I think that’s soemthing that will come about, and I think this may be a possible cure for RSI.  People are typing more and more, and I think that just doesn’t need to happen.  RSI can be cured by voice entry, and utilizing that on a daily basis, and in combination with keyboard stuff.  You may still need to use a keyboard, but with voice, you’ll cut down on usage of your keyboard, and that could save you a lot of stress and a lot of injuries.

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Dragon Naturally Speaking — 159 Comments

  1. [..YouTube..] @blahyourhamster yes, you can use Dragon NaturallySpeaking the dictate into other text boxes, as I am doing here. I am recording a video while I am doing this and I will upload the video in a few moments so that you can see this in use. Let me now switch to notepad so that you can see that being used.

    I hope the new video is useful for you and I will put a link to that as soon as I have uploaded it!

  2. @blahyourhamster yes, you can use this software in notepad, wordpad,
    microsoft word, and even in visual studio. 😉

  3. [..YouTube..] @webmaster12345678910 I would recommend one of the Logitech products, which I’ve had good success with. I use a condenser microphone now, because I have one for other things and the quality is superb. But something like the Logitech ClearChat Comfort USB gives very good results, if you make sure you position the mouthpiece carefully. See the link in the description.

  4. [..YouTube..] @Salisbury2015 Thank you for your kind comments and I’m glad you found it useful. A good microphone is a must and once you get it all trained up and you’re used to it, it can look like magic to see it work!

  5. [..YouTube..] @webmaster12345678910 I would recommend one of the Logitech products, which I’ve had good success with. I use a condenser microphone now, because I have one for other things and the quality is superb. But something like the Logitech ClearChat Comfort USB gives very good results, if you make sure you position the mouthpiece carefully. See the link in the description.

  6. @Salisbury2015 Thank you for your kind comments and I’m glad you found it
    useful. A good microphone is a must and once you get it all trained up and
    you’re used to it, it can look like magic to see it work!

  7. [..YouTube..] @misslaurie948 Personally, these days, I now use a good quality condenser microphone running through an external audio interface, but that’s overkill for most people. I do other audio work so for me it’s worth having such equipment. I use the SE X1 condenser microphone (superb sound quality) and a Saffire audio interface. The SE X1 is about $200, so it’s definitely a considered investment, but if you want extreme accuracy, it’s a good model to go for.

  8. [..YouTube..] @misslaurie948 Personally, these days, I now use a good quality condenser microphone running through an external audio interface, but that’s overkill for most people. I do other audio work so for me it’s worth having such equipment. I use the SE X1 condenser microphone (superb sound quality) and a Saffire audio interface. The SE X1 is about £100 ($160), so it’s definitely a considered investment, but if you want extreme accuracy, it’s a good model to go for.

  9. @misslaurie948 Personally, these days, I now use a good quality condenser
    microphone running through an external audio interface, but that’s overkill
    for most people. I do other audio work so for me it’s worth having such
    equipment. I use the SE X1 condenser microphone (superb sound quality) and
    a Saffire audio interface. The SE X1 is about £100 ($160), so it’s
    definitely a considered investment, but if you want extreme accuracy, it’s
    a good model to go for.

  10. [..YouTube..] @trey0189 You can set Dragon to add commas and periods to your dictation, but it can’t handle more complex punctuation. Personally, I don’t like the way it adds that punctuation automatically anyway, so I never use that myself. If you want to try it, it’s on the TOOLS menu, under AUTO-FORMATTING OPTIONS. Unless you’re exceptionally bad at punctuation, I think Dragon is likely to d a worse job than you are.

  11. [..YouTube..] So you’re saying this program doesn’t put in the punctuations for you? and it doesn’t tell you why you need it there too??? wow that this program sucks….wasn’t what I was looking for good thing I haven’t bought it yet

  12. So you’re saying this program doesn’t put in the punctuations for you? and
    it doesn’t tell you why you need it there too??? wow that this program
    sucks….wasn’t what I was looking for good thing I haven’t bought it yet

  13. [..YouTube..] @xoxluckycharmsx It can do basic punctuation automatically, although I never use that. I think it’s going to be a long time before they can get something that can do punctuation really well. It’s much harder to do than you think. If you have trouble with punctuation, a machine is going to have even more trouble.

    It’s not a grammar tutor. It’s a live transcription software, in reality.

  14. [..YouTube..] Dragon tells me that the microphone quality is not good. I have seen references to laptops requiring a sound card. Can someone tell me if this would enhance performance of Dragon or will an upgraded microphone be sufficient?

  15. Dragon tells me that the microphone quality is not good. I have seen
    references to laptops requiring a sound card. Can someone tell me if this
    would enhance performance of Dragon or will an upgraded microphone be
    sufficient?

  16. [..YouTube..] @carolinewentzel1 If your laptop has a good sound card built in, a better microphone might give you better results, but quite often a better sound card (audio interface) will give significantly better results even with the same microphone. In particular, if you can use one of the new USB microphones you can avoid some of the digital noise that basic built in sound cards tend to generate.

    The Logitech Clearchat range of headset mics is one that I know from personal experience works well.

  17. [..YouTube..] Thank you for your helpful advice on the benefits of an upgraded sound card and a USB microphome which I will investigate. I saw you promised to issue a tutorial on updating the User Profile. Have you done this and if so can you prvide a link to it as I have not been able to find it. I found your video very useful and clear and would like more guidance!

  18. [..YouTube..] Will this program be able to reconize what I am saying on a recorded tape during an interview with a client? The audio is good quality, but there is some background noise.

  19. Thank you for your helpful advice on the benefits of an upgraded sound card
    and a USB microphome which I will investigate. I saw you promised to issue
    a tutorial on updating the User Profile. Have you done this and if so can
    you prvide a link to it as I have not been able to find it. I found your
    video very useful and clear and would like more guidance!

  20. [..YouTube..] it works perfect for me because i speak english as my first language but my friends cant use it that well because english is their second language. I use it for essays and i can do them soooooo much quicker. Also you need a good heaphone. 10/10.

  21. [..YouTube..] @101cokecan I think they do a German language version, but I guess covering all the popular languages of the world would be an incredibly huge undertaking. And you’re right, it’s really not suitable for someone who doesn’t speak English fluently.

  22. [..YouTube..] I think they do a German language version, but I guess covering all the popular languages of the world would be an incredibly huge undertaking. And you’re right, it’s really not suitable for someone who doesn’t speak English fluently.

  23. @101cokecan I think they do a German language version, but I guess covering
    all the popular languages of the world would be an incredibly huge
    undertaking. And you’re right, it’s really not suitable for someone who
    doesn’t speak English fluently.

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  25. Good Video. My question is this. Can I use the software on two different
    computers with two different people who work for the same business?

  26. [..YouTube..] @ckobesko I’ve never tried, but you have to activate it so I think it’s tied to one machine. You can, however, set up multiple user profiles on one machine, so you could have several people who could work on one machine, but I don’t think it will let you install on more than one computer.

  27. [..YouTube..] I’ve never tried, but you have to activate it so I think it’s tied to one machine. You can, however, set up multiple user profiles on one machine, so you could have several people who could work on one machine, but I don’t think it will let you install on more than one computer.

  28. [..YouTube..] I’ve never tried, but you have to activate it so I think it’s tied to one machine. You can, however, set up multiple user profiles on one machine, so you could have several people who could work on one machine, but I don’t think it will let you install on more than one computer.

  29. @ckobesko I’ve never tried, but you have to activate it so I think it’s
    tied to one machine. You can, however, set up multiple user profiles on one
    machine, so you could have several people who could work on one machine,
    but I don’t think it will let you install on more than one computer.

  30. [..YouTube..] @mygoodstuffreviewed I suppose if I thought it doesn’t work at all and it works extremely poorly then it would be true that it works better than I think. What if I think it works perfectly?

  31. [..YouTube..] I suppose if I thought it doesn’t work at all and it works extremely poorly then it would be true that it works better than I think. What if I think it works perfectly?

  32. @mygoodstuffreviewed I suppose if I thought it doesn’t work at all and it
    works extremely poorly then it would be true that it works better than I
    think. What if I think it works perfectly?

  33. Got this program for a dump load of money when they still had the red box,
    lost the disc, uninstalled and said, “Money well spent…”

  34. [..YouTube..] I must admit I don’t use it as much as I could, because I still like to use the keyboard when I can. I have to do a fair amount of typing so Dragon is very useful for me personally, but I guess if you don’t do that and mainly just surf, the need isn’t so critical. Thanks for commenting!

  35. I must admit I don’t use it as much as I could, because I still like to use the keyboard when I can. I have to do a fair amount of typing so Dragon is very useful for me personally, but I guess if you don’t do that and mainly just surf, the need isn’t so critical. Thanks for commenting!

  36. [..YouTube..] I write short stories and novels (and the like). Does this software function okay when it comes to writing dialogue or would you pretty much be saying “quote (blah blah blah) exclamation mark end quote space he exclaimed end quote” with every line (or something like that?)

    Also, I’ve heard one of the major benefits of this software is that it greatly increases the average person’s speed when it comes to writing. Is that based on the average typist? I type 114wpm. Would it still be faster?

  37. I write short stories and novels (and the like). Does this software function okay when it comes to writing dialogue or would you pretty much be saying “quote (blah blah blah) exclamation mark end quote space he exclaimed end quote” with every line (or something like that?)

    Also, I’ve heard one of the major benefits of this software is that it greatly increases the average person’s speed when it comes to writing. Is that based on the average typist? I type 114wpm. Would it still be faster?

  38. [..YouTube..] I made an example video for Stephan (srbellem), showing how it works with dialogue. It works, but honestly I think it would drive me crazy because you have to speak the “quotes” every time, as well as other punctuation. I don’t mind doing that for “normal” dictation work -- it doesn’t seem to break the creative flow, but when writing novels I imagine you need to protect your mindset. It may not be faster than your typing, but it would relieve strain on your wrists. That’s one big plus for me.

  39. I made an example video for Stephan (srbellem), showing how it works with dialogue. It works, but honestly I think it would drive me crazy because you have to speak the “quotes” every time, as well as other punctuation. I don’t mind doing that for “normal” dictation work -- it doesn’t seem to break the creative flow, but when writing novels I imagine you need to protect your mindset. It may not be faster than your typing, but it would relieve strain on your wrists. That’s one big plus for me.

  40. [..YouTube..] Sometimes I get pain in my fingers which makes it hard to type (old age I guess) and at those times Dragon is an absolute boon.

    If you do 114 wpm you may not see any speed advantage using Dragon, but you’d certainly be taking the heat of your wrists and fingers. Over a period of years that could help avoid things like carpal tunnel syndrome -- or even boredom!

    From what you describe, my guess is that it wouldn’t necessarily be a good fit for your specific needs.

  41. Sometimes I get pain in my fingers which makes it hard to type (old age I guess) and at those times Dragon is an absolute boon.

    If you do 114 wpm you may not see any speed advantage using Dragon, but you’d certainly be taking the heat of your wrists and fingers. Over a period of years that could help avoid things like carpal tunnel syndrome -- or even boredom!

    From what you describe, my guess is that it wouldn’t necessarily be a good fit for your specific needs.

  42. Well comma personally comma I find it pretty easy to use comma full stop new paragraph How about you question mark space hyphen space smiley face full stop

  43. How do I change the hotkey? I am blind and just got this on my laptop. It says the hotkey is the + but that isn’t the case on a laptop. thanks for any help

  44. [..YouTube..] Hi. On the Premium version, you select the TOOLS menu and then at the bottom of the sub-menu, you choose OPTIONS. That brings up a dialog box. There’s a tab for HOT KEYS and the top one is for turning the microphone on and off.

    You can specify the hotkey you prefer to use. You probably need to choose a key combination that you won’t miss. I don’t use CTRL+P very often, so that would work for me personally. You may prefer a different combination.

  45. Hi. On the Premium version, you select the TOOLS menu and then at the bottom of the sub-menu, you choose OPTIONS. That brings up a dialog box. There’s a tab for HOT KEYS and the top one is for turning the microphone on and off.

    You can specify the hotkey you prefer to use. You probably need to choose a key combination that you won’t miss. I don’t use CTRL+P very often, so that would work for me personally. You may prefer a different combination.

  46. [..YouTube..] Then I guess you’d be in for a bit of a disappointment.

    But if your own typing is perfect and fast, you wouldn’t need this software. For those of us who will take all the help we can get, I think it’s still pretty cool. 🙂

  47. Then I guess you’d be in for a bit of a disappointment.

    But if your own typing is perfect and fast, you wouldn’t need this software. For those of us who will take all the help we can get, I think it’s still pretty cool. 🙂

  48. [..YouTube..] That’s a very good question. I never play any games so I really don’t know, but generally speaking, if there’s a text input window, it works. Whether it would work with a specific game you’d have to check.

    What kind of games are you thinking of? If I can test it for you to see if it works I’ll be happy to try, if there’s a trial version of the games you’re thinking of.

  49. That’s a very good question. I never play any games so I really don’t know, but generally speaking, if there’s a text input window, it works. Whether it would work with a specific game you’d have to check.

    What kind of games are you thinking of? If I can test it for you to see if it works I’ll be happy to try, if there’s a trial version of the games you’re thinking of.

  50. [..YouTube..] I just checked your channel and saw some of the game videos you have. Now that I think about it, I guess most games will rely on the sound/music/effects to create the atmosphere.

    That would be just too noisy for Dragon to work.

  51. I just checked your channel and saw some of the game videos you have. Now that I think about it, I guess most games will rely on the sound/music/effects to create the atmosphere.

    That would be just too noisy for Dragon to work.

  52. [..YouTube..] this review is lacking because you are using the DragonPad. 99% of the time you are either in Outlook or you are online using Gmail or Hotmail..etc. when writing a letter.

    the DragonPad is no different than the text pad and the accuracy is very good when running these programs. When you’re running other programs it’s not as good. Also you do not recommend getting a better sound card which is very important if you really want to improve accuracy.

  53. this review is lacking because you are using the DragonPad. 99% of the time you are either in Outlook or you are online using Gmail or Hotmail..etc. when writing a letter.

    the DragonPad is no different than the text pad and the accuracy is very good when running these programs. When you’re running other programs it’s not as good. Also you do not recommend getting a better sound card which is very important if you really want to improve accuracy.

  54. [..YouTube..] I use Dragon in Word as well and I’ve never noticed a significant difference in accuracy. There does appear to be a slight difference in speed, which I assume has something to do with the way the input is captured and pasted to the application.

    Do you find significant differences when you use Dragon in other applications? Which version of Dragon do you use?

  55. I use Dragon in Word as well and I’ve never noticed a significant difference in accuracy. There does appear to be a slight difference in speed, which I assume has something to do with the way the input is captured and pasted to the application.

    Do you find significant differences when you use Dragon in other applications? Which version of Dragon do you use?

  56. [..YouTube..] I should have mentioned that you can see me using Dragon in other applications, such as Yahoo Messenger and WordPress in my other videos. There’s also one showing dictation into Word.

  57. I should have mentioned that you can see me using Dragon in other applications, such as Yahoo Messenger and WordPress in my other videos. There’s also one showing dictation into Word.

  58. [..YouTube..] I work for a very large organization and do not use Microsoft Office products in every scenario. I’m not sure if it’s how the programs are written, but Dragon does not work properly in all applications.I’ve been using Dragon for approximately 4 years and I just realized that the sound card is probably one of the major obstacles. When you are recording in word, outlook or text files the program works quite well.

  59. I work for a very large organization and do not use Microsoft Office products in every scenario. I’m not sure if it’s how the programs are written, but Dragon does not work properly in all applications.I’ve been using Dragon for approximately 4 years and I just realized that the sound card is probably one of the major obstacles. When you are recording in word, outlook or text files the program works quite well.

  60. [..YouTube..] I guess that’s really the acid test. Does Dragon work for how YOU will use it. For me, Dragon does everything I need and then some. I normally only use Dragon in Word, web browser text entry boxes and Yahoo Messenger so it does all that I need.

    Which version of Dragon do you use?

  61. I guess that’s really the acid test. Does Dragon work for how YOU will use it. For me, Dragon does everything I need and then some. I normally only use Dragon in Word, web browser text entry boxes and Yahoo Messenger so it does all that I need.

    Which version of Dragon do you use?

  62. Is is possible to have dragon ignore phrases that might sound like Twitter That or Post That to Facebook?

  63. [..YouTube..] You can certainly train Dragon to recognize phrases like that and treat them as macro commands, expanding into whatever you want.

    Or are you wanting it to do something specific when you say those phrases? If you tell me what you want it to do, I’ll take a look to see if I can make it do it.

  64. You can certainly train Dragon to recognize phrases like that and treat them as macro commands, expanding into whatever you want.

    Or are you wanting it to do something specific when you say those phrases? If you tell me what you want it to do, I’ll take a look to see if I can make it do it.

  65. [..YouTube..] I’m just wondering if there is a way universally disable any social networking commands, as a number of times Dragon has mistaken me saying ‘Delete That’ as a command to post to Twitter or Facebook. If there’s a way to tell Dragon that I don’t use those social networking features, so it can ignore commands that sound like them. I’ve been looking at the help but no luck, just wondering if you had any ideas about it.

  66. I’m just wondering if there is a way universally disable any social networking commands, as a number of times Dragon has mistaken me saying ‘Delete That’ as a command to post to Twitter or Facebook. If there’s a way to tell Dragon that I don’t use those social networking features, so it can ignore commands that sound like them. I’ve been looking at the help but no luck, just wondering if you had any ideas about it.

  67. [..YouTube..] a couple laptops come with speech recognition systems already built into it, only sucks that my microphone on my laptop is a little, well, broke, but it actually did show me instructions on how to specifically use the program for an amazing amount of different commands, would this still be good for the laptop already having a system like that?

  68. a couple laptops come with speech recognition systems already built into it, only sucks that my microphone on my laptop is a little, well, broke, but it actually did show me instructions on how to specifically use the program for an amazing amount of different commands, would this still be good for the laptop already having a system like that?

  69. [..YouTube..] I don’t really know whether it will interfere with embedded systems, but I guess there must be some setting where you can turn those off, before using Dragon.

    If your laptop has decent processing power then it should work quite well, but in my experience Dragon does need some good power to make it ‘smooth’. I use it on an i5 processor desktop machine.

    Of course if your microphone doesn’t work well, you might hit problems. A good, clear mic is essential for Dragon.

  70. I don’t really know whether it will interfere with embedded systems, but I guess there must be some setting where you can turn those off, before using Dragon.

    If your laptop has decent processing power then it should work quite well, but in my experience Dragon does need some good power to make it ‘smooth’. I use it on an i5 processor desktop machine.

    Of course if your microphone doesn’t work well, you might hit problems. A good, clear mic is essential for Dragon.

  71. [..YouTube..] Thank you! I can’t remember which microphone I used for this video, but I think it’s probably the SE-X1, which is a really, really high quality microphone.

    I’ve also used the Logitech Clearchat headsets, which work pretty well too, and they’re available pretty cheaply.

    If you have an iPhone or an iPod Touch, you can use them as a wireless microphone and they work surprisingly well. I have another video that shows that in use.

  72. Thank you! I can’t remember which microphone I used for this video, but I think it’s probably the SE-X1, which is a really, really high quality microphone.

    I’ve also used the Logitech Clearchat headsets, which work pretty well too, and they’re available pretty cheaply.

    If you have an iPhone or an iPod Touch, you can use them as a wireless microphone and they work surprisingly well. I have another video that shows that in use.

  73. can you pay it in pay ments and does it make it’s own punctuation i have trouble with that as well

  74. [..YouTube..] I’ve never really liked the automatic punctuation in Dragon, because it doesn’t seem to work all that well in my opinion.

    I think it can add commas and full stops/periods, but I dont believe it does any complex punctuation automatically.

    Also, I’m pretty sure that nobody offers a payment plan to buy it, unfortunately, but that’s the same with pretty much all software.

  75. I’ve never really liked the automatic punctuation in Dragon, because it doesn’t seem to work all that well in my opinion.

    I think it can add commas and full stops/periods, but I dont believe it does any complex punctuation automatically.

    Also, I’m pretty sure that nobody offers a payment plan to buy it, unfortunately, but that’s the same with pretty much all software.

  76. That was an excellent review! Thank you.

    Have you tested your words per hour speaking versus words per hours typing? I’m wondering if speaking is actually faster than typing. Naturally, the reviews that are trying to sell Naturally Speaking say it’s faster.

  77. To answer your question, I also have a computer with speech recognition already built in and yes Dragon NaturallySpeaking also works with those types of laptops

  78. i am very interested in buying this software any advice on what should i buy ? what is the best version to write stories & short stories ?

  79. Im Actually going to receive Dragon NaturallySpeaking v12 for Free, So I’m Doing My Research on it so when I get it I am familiar with it.

  80. I think they have Spanish and German versions as well, but you have to get the version for the language you want. There isn’t a universal version, as far as I know.

  81. You should probably get urgent medical attention for your condition then. It’s not good to avoid doing what you need to. You might be spending too long at your computer.

  82. I don’t know, but it’s one of the very early ones so I think it’s a 2.2.

    The machine is an HP 6320p and it’s about 3 years old now. It feels pretty slow when booting up, or launching applications.

    I tend to close everything that’s non-essential when I’m doing voice recognition, just to give DNS a fighting chanced.

  83. Do you mean the Home and Premium editions? They just have different features with the Premium version being more configurable of course. There’s a very good comparison listing on the Nuance website showing the differences.

  84. I’m surprised you don’t like version 11. I found it a bit benefit over version 10.

    What is it that you miss about version 10?

  85. I don’t use Outlook so I can’t test that on my machine, but v11 was definitely better recognition for me. The commands worked fine too.

    V12.5, which I now use, is even better still.

  86. Thanks for the review. My eleven years old daughter want this so she can just concentrate on telling her stories, rather than worry about typing, which she has not master. I’m wondering if this would be a good tool for kids.

  87. What a good idea! I’m not totally sure how well it copes with young voices, but if she trains it to her voice I would imagine it would work quite well.

    She’d probably have to retrain it as she gets older, as her voice will change, but what a lovely idea for enabling a younger person to get their creativity “down on paper”, so to speak.

    If you get it for her, do let me know how she gets on.

  88. I have a genealogy software package that I use. Can Dragon be used and
    understand commands such as “Add individual”, “Birth Date” (followed by
    date I then say), etc. Or does it understand commands within a program
    such as ALT+A, ALT+CONTROL+B?

  89. I have a genealogy software package that I use. Can Dragon be used and
    understand commands such as “Add individual”, “Birth Date” (followed by
    date I then say), etc. Or does it understand commands within a program
    such as ALT+A, ALT+CONTROL+B?

  90. do they get faster ones now that you speaking into it and it scans it- on
    word pad Microsoft word is their easier options out there i never scene
    them but one day i mite in future- making all word count on word pad and
    same with storage saver and organizer. but doing this in audio saves time
    out of your life to do other things with it but not recording audio books
    like some do? download the audio book-or scan it- with an OCR pen then
    reading it the old fashion way which takes hours away to do other things
    time saver and space saver.

  91. some you can read along with the book with audio on the word pad where it
    speaks it out to you you say it back to it so it records your message and
    adds it to word command where it edits your voice settings and become apart
    or the narrator and where it says where you can edit to the computers
    default voice where you can type and let the sound do the talking to you.
    but you need to say enough words in dictionary, if you don’t say that word
    you type that word you want to come out will go to some other voice.

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