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Dragon NaturallySpeaking Preferred 10.0, Education Version (PC DVD)

by Nuance Communications, Inc.
Windows XP / Vista / 7
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
Price: 82.68 & FREE Delivery in the UK. Details
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  • Strictly for academic purposes only, by valid students, faculty and staff of recognised educational institutions
  • Create documents, reports and emails three times faster than most people type
  • Most accurate version ever, delivering up to 99% accuracy with no spelling errors
  • Control menus and dialog boxes by voice, play back your dictation for easier correction/proofing
  • New Dragon Voice Shortcuts collapse common tasks into simple voice commands
  • Create custom commands to insert blocks of texts or bitmaps-with a single voice command
  • Dictate into handheld devices when you're away from your PC, automatically transcribe documents later
  • It learns to recognize your voice instantly, and continually improves the more you use it
  • Easier than ever to use: Dragon NaturallySpeaking installs quickly and requires no special script reading
  • Use your voice to dictate and edit in virtually any Windows application
  • Browse the Internet: search the Internet, access information, navigate Web pages - all by voice
  • Surf the Web just by speaking within Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and AOL and more
  • New on-screen help and tutorials will make you an expert user in no timeworks the way you work: add names, addresses and other words to your custom vocabulary
  • New Quick Voice Formatting allows formatting and editing your dictated text in record time
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System Requirements

  • Platform:   Windows XP / Vista / 7
  • Media: DVD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1
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  • ASIN: B001C0LR68
  • Release Date: 9 Sep 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,166 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

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  • This software is for purchase and use by students meeting the eligibility criteria - click here for details
  • This box does not contain a serial number. The software cannot be installed immediately
  • Installation disc(s)
  • Noise-cancelling headset
  • User Guide
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Product Description

    Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10 Preferred gives small business and advanced PC users the power to create documents, reports and emails three times faster than most people type - with up to 99% accuracy. Surf the Web by voice or dictate and edit in Microsoft Word and Excel, Corel WordPerfect, and most other Windows-based applications. Create voice commands to quickly insert blocks of texts or images - such as your name, title, and signature. Dictate into a handheld device when you're away from your PC, or use a

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    29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good 23 Feb 2009
    By Victor Meldrew Mk2 TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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    Arrived within 48 hours from Amazon (no delivery on a Sunday or it would have been here quicker).

    I write a lot of policy documents as part of my job and I must admit that this software when I am producing large documents is really useful. It worked straight out of the box and once I had perfected my pronunciation, I reckon that I get around 98% accuracy, which for this type of software is about the average I believe.

    The software itself is simple to set up and configure, although it is time consuming if you wish to customise the formatting settings: but worth it in the long run if you are working to templates in any way. I would advise anyone considering installing this software the THEY MUST HAVE ADMINISTRATOR RIGHTS on the computer you are installing it on or it will not work.

    I found the training programme good and it does improve the recognition accuracy quite considerably, particularly as the intuative software can be trained to adapt to you speaking style.

    So how good is it and why have I not given it tars (well I am dictating this now and as you car see the S was missing out of stars). It works well with Outlook, Word and I believe Excel, but I like to use my hands and type in Excel. I haven't used it in the other supported softward, but it does work fine in the two main products that I work with.

    I must admit that when I first trialled similar software 10 years ago if was nowhere near as good as this, but the same challenges remain as then, that of recognition.

    Is it worth the cash? I would suggest yes, particularly if you want to copy large amounts of text from a text book or similar and it would have been really useful for me when I was producing the various reports, studies and dissertainon for my degree.
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    9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE
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    I've never used voice recognition software before, but it has always been something I've wanted to try. I approached this software as a tool to help boost my creativity when it comes to writing articles and short fiction. You can use this software to surf the net too, but that's not what I'm interested in. I want something that can record my writing in a different way from typing or writing long-hand. Anything that can get my mind working in new and interesting ways has to boost my creativity. This software helped me achieve that goal.

    Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10 is most successful when used for dictation. It's a strange experience speaking aloud and having the words appear on the screen, but it's something I can see myself using a lot in the future. I had no problems setting up and configuring the software, although I imagine it will take more time and effort if you want to get the most out of the package. Recommended.
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    12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars It gets better and better!! 18 Mar 2009
    By Mr. G. Bridgeman-clarke TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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    I have been using Dragon NaturallySpeaking since the early editions and to be frank they were awful. However I bought version 9 and was impressed enough it use it at work when my secretary was away. I have had version 10 for 4 weeks and its the best version yet.

    I have been using the programme with Microsoft Office and after a bit of training it about 95% there. Ok it does take a while to get used to instructions but once you have master the controls, then this programme flys. You do need to work at the programme and to begin with there were a few problems with pronounciation and spelling, especially "e" but once resolved, I would say that I now have to think twice before dictating letters into my digital recorder rather then this software.

    If I had to advise on one aspect of the software I don't like and that its for PC's only. I use both Pcs and Macs and since I use my MacBook for work occassionally it means I need to limit use of that computer if I do need to write emails or letters.

    All in all however, this is the best version on the market and the price is realistic.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    The Education version is identical to the normal version. However you have to supplyemail evidence of student status, passport scan,student card before they send you a code to use the software. The weakness in the product is its sensitivity to the position of the mike on the supplied headphone; each time you use it, it is bound to be in a slightly different position and Dragon does not like change. Dictating faster is better than slow dictation. I think it is a pity that no instructions are printed and you have to print off your own from the disk. You need infinite patience. It took me 12 hours to dictate two pages at the start. When it works, it is great.Corrections are a pain. The product has not improved substantially since it was launched many years ago, in my opinion.
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    9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A very useful tool. 26 Feb 2009
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    Wow, I'm totally amazed I'm actually talking into a microphone reading this review rather than typing.

    Installation was not as easy as I had hoped it took me a while to setup the microphone volume once that was done everything was easy to install.

    I use Windows Vista business edition and Dragon is fully compatible.

    It is not 100% accurate if you speak reasonably slowly it is about 90% accurate, you can always override with the keyboard if you wish.

    It appears to be compatible with just about everything, it works with my windows mail, Microsoft works, and what did amaze me it also worked with eBay respond to question and Turbo Lister.

    I was asked to transcribe some work for a charity which was over 5000 words, I used this, it saved loads of time, I suffer a little from RSI so no pain either.

    A bit of a grumble the headset is not the most comfortable but could always be replaced with a more suitable headset if it was to be used for a prolonged length of time.

    Do I recommend, absolutely! It works a treat, is fun to use and also a great tool.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    3.0 out of 5 stars Grows on you...literally!
    My disappointment is at how long it takes to set up dictation (aka "Training") - this is certainly not a straight out of the box, plug-and-play tool. Read more
    Published 12 months ago by Longshanks
    5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
    Purchased for my Son after we saw it at the Gadget Show Live. He took to it like a duck to water and actually demonstrated it on the stand for a while. Read more
    Published 14 months ago by Steve Morris
    5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing piece of software
    This is the first piece of speech recognition software that I have used and I really didn't know what to expect. Read more
    Published 19 months ago by J. Page
    1.0 out of 5 stars waste of time and money
    I have spent hours trying to get this to work properly. It is not fit for purpose. Too often the type is unrecognisable in comparison to my dictation. Read more
    Published on 14 Jan 2011 by tim
    3.0 out of 5 stars Where is the serial?
    I opened the product hopping to use it straight from the box. It is still in the box as it doesn't come with a licence to use it I have to submit annoying student info that I have... Read more
    Published on 27 Dec 2010 by Jerusalem
    4.0 out of 5 stars Great customer service
    Spot on service from the sellers - well done, and THANKS. Really easy to use and it beats typing with two fingers. Read more
    Published on 18 Dec 2010 by Mac
    4.0 out of 5 stars Impressed
    It's not perfect but then I do have quite poor diction. However, I am extremely impressed. I hardly expected it to work at all. If you cant touch type this is the solution...
    Published on 19 Nov 2010 by Bignose
    3.0 out of 5 stars Good software, terrible hardware.
    Where to begin really, speech recognition has come a very long way recently and the software is a testament to that, it surprised me with its healthy chemical library which I... Read more
    Published on 28 April 2010 by D. Watson
    4.0 out of 5 stars Dragon Education version
    This was simpler than I thought it would be to set up. I have never used voice recognition software before and was surprised as I expected it to be more complicated. Read more
    Published on 26 April 2010 by Mis J. L. Wilson
    4.0 out of 5 stars Best version yet
    I have been using DragonDictate since version 7 and undoubtedly this is the best version yet.
    I've noticed in some people's reviews that they have been less than impressed... Read more
    Published on 21 Feb 2010 by Mr. S. P. Watson
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