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In addition to better accuracy, other improvements include the "training period" and vocabularies for teen, adult and advanced users. After choosing the applicable vocabulary, this training period gives the computer time to get to know your voice patterns. Instead of running through a 45-minute training session (found in the 4.0 version of this product), 5.0 thankfully only requires up to 10 minutes of preparation. The program even offers dictation pointers for those of us with poor enunciation.
One obvious advantage to voice recognition technology is that your hands are free to hold the telephone or twirl your hair while you dictate. For example, this review was actually written with the program and not with the keyboard--a feat previously impossible. The only problem was found when loud noises occurred during use (make sure to keep your kids or noisy officemates out of the room).
While NaturallySpeaking 5.0 is not perfect, it is a vast improvement over earlier versions as well as its competitors. So while you can't tell your computer to take out the trash, you can have it write your documents hands-free. Now if they would only invent the transporter. --Madeleine J. Miller
Write business letters, e-mail and reports by voice: Dragon Naturally Speaking Preferred 5 is a full-featured, highly accurate, easy-to-use speech recognition product focused on creating and editing text documents, reports and e-mails for small office and home office users.
Dictate with improved accuracy: Version 5 continues to improve accuracy. From a company already recognised for its high recognition accuracy. Make corrections faster and easier with the new, convenient
Quick Correct Box: Learn with a hands-on tutorial that leads through basic dictation techniques.
Manage your e-mail: Dictate into popular e-mail programs, use voice commands to send and manage your mail.
Use Dragon Naturally Speaking commands with your favourite programs: whenever you see the DragonBar, dictate into any application and use many Dragon Naturally Speaking commands. Add terminology quickly with the new "Add Words from Document" feature
Get started promptly: All machines that meet the minimum system requirements of the software now learn your voice in under five minutes. Advanced Features:Listen to your work. Hear any text, such as incoming e-mail, read aloud with text-to-speech. Proof-read with dictation playback. Play back what you say, to help your editing. Enter commonly used text. Create dictation shortcuts to insert multiple lines of text, such as a letter closing, with only a few words. Work with portable recording devices. Transcribe your words directly into documents from approved recorders (sold separately).