Posted by Darrell Hyatt on October 15, 2008
Here is the transcript for my latest podcast. Enjoy!
Hello and welcome to the Enabling Abilities to Appear podcast. Today I wanted to talk about a piece of software that I’ve used for several years and have had the opportunity to work with three different versions now. I’m talking about Dragon Naturally Speaking from nuance
I originally started using the software at version four the software is designed for voice recognition which means that a person can speak to their computer and have their speech translated into text, in the earlier versions the software took a great deal of training over an extended period of time to get it to work well.
Recently I had the opportunity to purchase version 10 of this software the preferred edition and in doing some research prior to purchasing it the website which is www.nuance.com said that the recognition was approximately 99% with absolutely no training and of course having used the software before I was somewhat skeptical.
When I purchased the software I thought well before I do any training I’ll go ahead and install the software and see how it works before I do anything additional and to see what the results are. I have been very impressed I have done no training at all and I would estimate that I’m getting between 90 and 95% recognition.
I do notice however that the minimum system requirements for version 10 have gone up significantly from earlier versions, they recommend a dual core machine with a 1.6 GHz processor and a minimum of 1 GB of RAM. Ram. The system I’m using Dragon on the use dual core 2.2 GHz processor with 3.4 GB of RAM and as I say it works exceptionally well with no training.
I’ve been impressed I’ve worked within my e-mail program which is Outlook and I can certainly dictate my e-mails I have been able to dictate documents in Word which with earlier versions had been a problem with the recognition factor I ended up using the Dragon pad which is part of Dragon Naturally Speaking to do the dictation and then copy and paste that text into Word. so now I don’t have to do that which is a very nice improvement.
I also found that with the new version I can now fill out forms on web pages much easier, so overall I have to say that I’m impressed and like very much what nuance has done with this particular product. I look forward to working with it more and doing some training to see how I can improve the recognition even more.
I think I’ll be able to do much more in the way of navigating web pages and so on with the Dragon to make my life much easier. I would think for anyone who has trouble typing because of carpal tunnel or other severe hand and wrist injuries this would be a very good option to look at and the price has remained basically the same for the product depending on the version that you buy is approximately $200 which is quite reasonable for the value of this product
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