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Naturally Speaking Preferred 5

by Dragon
Windows 95 / 98 / NT / 2000 / Me
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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  • Create text by speaking aloud
  • Intuitive command recognition
  • Revise text with the Select-and-Say feature
  • Launch software programs by voice
  • Send and manage e-mail by voice
  • Revise, edit & format text
  • Dictation shortcuts
  • Manage E-mail
  • Customise vocabulary
  • Play back dictation and hear text read aloud
  • Quick correct list
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System Requirements

  • Platform:   Windows 95 / 98 / NT / 2000 / Me
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1
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Product details

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  • ASIN: B00004ZBYH
  • Release Date: 2 Oct 2000
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,763 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

Amazon.co.uk Review

Voice recognition software often conjures up images of Star Trek or 2001: A Space Odyssey, where characters hold in-depth conversations and accomplish great tasks with their computers. Dragon NaturallySpeaking 5.0 takes talking to your computer out of those science fiction movies and into the world of everyday use. While recent versions of speech-to-text software have resulted in mistake-ridden documents and overpriced products, NaturallySpeaking 5.0 offers the ability to create well-written and edited documents, send e-mail and surf the web.

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

Manufacturer's Description

Award-winning, large vocabulary, general purpose, continuous speech dictation package for the PC. Works directly in Word 97/2000, Word Perfect 8/9, Outlook. Allows you to browse Internet Explorer by voice. Multi-user. Includes Text to Speech

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).


Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars
3.7 out of 5 stars
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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Your own personal typist 7 Nov 2000
By Mr. B. Trotter VINE VOICE
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What better way to write a review of the product than by using the product itself. I loaded the software on my machine a little more than one hour ago, and here I am now using the software to write this review. The installation is simple and painless the documentation supplied is excellent, and the hardware e.g. the headset is also more than adequate, although I think most people would probably not require the earpiece but only the microphone, and I tend to have the earpiece away from my ear. It is quite a few years since the first voice recognition software appeared on the market, and I was one of the first to buy, being a slow typist. Generally speaking most of the first generation of VR software was rather poor, that certainly can't be said of this particular product, it's quite amazing how quickly and easily it translates your speech into text. With training I believe it can achieve speeds of up to 40 words a minute, which is about 38 words a minute more than I can type, so that will do for me.
Dragon NaturallySpeaking Preferred makes it easy to edit and format text-even change fonts, colors, and sizes-by voice! Insert phrases and paragraphs with only a few words. Listen to text and e-mail read aloud by replaying your recorded speech. You can even browse the Web-hands-free. It comes with a 250,000 word total vocabulary and has the ability to learn new words of course, ypu can also launch programs by voice and switch between applications just by saying so
So, for any aspiring authors who can't type, or Web designers who would rather dictate their text into their pages rather than type, this package is just what you want. The ability to be able to review, edit and correct your work his also very, very good.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, but you'll need a powerful machine 20 Nov 2001
I tried installing this on a 450mhz PC and it was completely unusable. But I've now got a 1.5ghz machine, and Naturally Speaking runs like a dream. Its voice recognition is really good, though it needs a lot of training (which is only to be expected), and its ability to capture commands for formatting, menu control, etc, is first class. Definitely recommended, but make sure you've got a powerful machine!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I didn't get on with this at all. 27 Feb 2002
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I'm sorry the program is good and yes its fun to play with. But if someone hadn't bought this for me I really wouldn't have purchased it. I've read the voice recognition training section to it four times and it still doesn't write properly.
I'm dyslexic and I realise that when I get this programme to work properly, I may finally benefit from it.
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