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Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12 Premium

by Nuance
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)

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Platform: PC
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  • Install DVD or contact Dragon for product key installation
  • Turn talk into text, send email, search the Web and more
  • Improved Accuracy: 20% Improvement compared to Dragon 11
  • Wideband Bluetooth Support: Dragon 12 adds support for wideband Bluetooth wireless headset microphones
  • Easier correction and editing options
  • More Natural Text-to-Speech: reads editable text - With fast-forward, rewind, speed and volume control
  • Dragon Remote Microphone App for iOS and now Android: go wireless!
  • Smart format rules and faster correction

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Dragon NaturallySpeaking Premium 12.0 (PC) + Plantronics 37852-11 Audio 310 Mono PC Headset + Dragon Naturally Speaking For Dummies
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Game Information

  • Platform:   Windows 7 / Vista / XP / Server 2008 / 8
  • Media: DVD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1
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Product details

Platform: PC
  • Item Weight: 191 g
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  • ASIN: B008KVDT1I
  • Release Date: 17 Aug 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 132 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

Platform: PC

Manufacturer's Description

IGNITE MORE FUN AT YOUR PC Dragon 12 Home lets you say words and watch them appear on your computer screen. It’s easy to install and fun to use, making even mundane PC tasks a lot more enjoyable. It changes the way you interact with your PC for the better so you can get through your “to-do” list faster than ever before.

IGNITE CREATIVITY BY CAPTURING YOUR SPOKEN THOUGHTS Transform your ideas into text at the speed of thought; don’t let typing, spelling or fear of the blank page slow you down. Simply speak and Dragon captures your thoughts so you’ll never lose track of another great idea. Capture your thoughts quickly and completely, without having to keep your eyes fixed on the screen or keyboard. When it’s time to edit and revise your documents, use Dragon’s commands to breeze through the process. Dragon can even adapt its format rules by detecting your format corrections – abbreviations, numbers and more — so your dictated text looks the way you want it to every time.

IGNITE PRODUCTIVITY BY TURNING TALK INTO TEXT Turn talk into text - three times faster than typing - with up to 99% recognition accuracy. Dictate and edit documents, email and instant messages, Facebook and Twitter posts and more. You can even personalise Dragon with acronyms, proper names and other unique phrases that you frequently use.

IGNITE CONVENIENCE BY USING YOUR FAVOURITE APPLICATIONS In addition to DragonPad, the built-in text editor, you can use Dragon 12 Home with many of your favourite Windows applications. Dictate documents in Microsoft® Word, Corel® WordPerfect® or OpenOffice™ Writer send email in Microsoft Outlook® or Windows LiveMail, search the Web using Internet Explorer® or Mozilla® Firefox® or Google Chrome™, post to Facebook or Twitter and more - all by voice. Dragon 12 Home even enhances the experience of using your voice with two of the most popular web-based email applications - Gmail and Hotmail - offering Full Text Control and commands for the most frequent actions in Internet Explorer 9, Mozilla Firefox 10 or higher and Google Chrome 16 or higher.

IGNITE SPEED WITH POWERFUL INTUITIVE VOICE COMMANDS Dragon Voice Shortcuts™ collapse common multi-step tasks into direct voice commands you can use at any time, no matter which applications are currently active. For example, say: “Search the Web for licenced electricians in London” or “search Google for 87 divided by 12” and Dragon makes it happen. You can also say “open top site for Girl Scouts” and Dragon automatically opens the top-ranked page for these keywords. You can even use voice commands to create emails, schedule tasks and appointments and search your computer faster than ever before.

IGNITE COMFORT AND FREEDOM With Dragon 12 Home, you can use your PC in a comfortable, ergonomic way without being tied to your keyboard and mouse. Launch applications, select menu items, “press” keys and switch from one window to another using simple voice commands. You can even use your compatible iOS or Android device as a wireless microphone for optimal convenience.

IGNITE EASE OF USE RIGHT OUT OF THE BOX Thanks to the new interactive tutorial’s simulations, you can learn and practice good dictation, correction and editing habits so that you can create text efficiently within just a few minutes. The Dragon Help system contains a Tip of the Day window and other easy ways for you to quickly learn what interests you. The Dragon Sidebar puts important voice commands and tips in one convenient desktop location. And on-screen help means information is always available when you need it.

Product Description

Nuance K609X-W00-12.0 - Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12 Premium (DVD/Download)

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56 of 56 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Big Improvement on Dragon v11 19 Nov 2012
Platform for Display:PC
I have been using Dragon NaturallySpeaking for a few years now and this latest version 12 is a definite improvement on previous editions.

For a start, I notice that its accuracy is significantly better.

Second - and this is very important to me - I no longer find when dictating in Microsoft Word that Word freezes (crashes), which is something that happened at least once a session every time I used versions 10 & 11.

If you are wondering whether it's worth upgrading to v12, I would say definitely yes, for the two reasons I've given above. It isn't perfect, it still makes mistakes (but that's often because I have spoken too quickly or indistinctly), but it's a fantastic productivity aid and the fact that it has stopped crashing has taken away my old frustration with it.

I do recommend it. However, make sure your computer can cope with the processing power demanded by Dragon 12. I'd also suggest you invest in a really good quality noise-cancelling microphone to get the most benefit from it.
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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Compatibility issues with Realtek 17 Dec 2012
Platform for Display:PC
I really struggled with this when I first bought it; it was deathly slow, woefully inaccurate and wasted hours of my time. I eventually spoke to a Nuance representative who went over my system with me and we identified (a) that I use the supplied headset with two mini jack plugs and (b) that my Acer laptop has a Realtek sound card. He admitted that 'in around 50% of cases' Dragon NS conflicts with Realtek sound cards. The answer is to use a headset with a USB connector rather than one with two mini-jacks. Apparently this bypasses the sound card. Those with a 2-mini-jack headset don't have to buy a replacement headset; just get a cheap jacks-to-USB adaptor. I'm only now starting to use the software but even if turns out to be brilliant it's only getting three stars from me because of the hassle it's caused. Oh, and it still freezes my Hotmail, but maybe that's something that will eventually be sorted too. Incidentally, I don't know whether this conflict with Realtek arises with all versions of Dragon NS or just this one.
UPDATE - I've used it for some time now and it's really very good. If I hadn't had all that trouble at the start I'd have given it four or five stars.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dragon Nuance is gold for me 12 Oct 2012
By Kimbojo
Platform for Display:PC|Verified Purchase
I bought Dragon v12 a couple of months ago having used Dragon v11.5 intermittently for two months before that and whilst I cant really testify to the "superiority" of the newer version, it is nevertheless simply brilliant. For me there were no installation issues, nor any start-up issues although I quickly decided to buy a decent microphone which certainly made a huge difference. I am a School Administrator and I am now able to assess all of my students' work "verbally" and seamlessly in Word, Excel or Powerpoint, speak answers to endless emails in a much more timely fashion, speak speeches, Assembly notes and so forth, as well as do almost all of my own letters to stakeholders within the School and Community of which I am a part - any time and anywhere. Students seem to be immensely appreciative of the comprehensive comments I now give on their work and parents and others are surprised and enthusiastic about the speed of my replies and the comprehensive nature of my responses to them.
All this has been possible thanks to Nuance Dragon software which simply saves me every day! Out of the box, the software was about 95% accurate but its rate of "learning" is amazing - it sorted through my emails and documents looking for names and writing idiosyncrasies which it could, in future, recognise, and it has since appropriated these into its own dictionaries thereby making even fewer errors. I have to "try" quite hard to fool it now - it is gold for me and my work.
It is NOT perfect but it is SO good that any complaints are, in my view, churlish - it's a business lifesaver - buy it! I did and I am delighted!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Instant Download 20 Aug 2013
By SydAK
Platform for Display:PC Download|Verified Purchase
Opted for this instead of the physical shipment both for the instant download option as well as the reasonable price tag. Had some worries about compatibility with Microsoft Surface Pro machine especially as the product comes with a no returns policy - it is the customer's responsibility to determine compatibility issues before purchasing, says the website (Nuance offer the 30-day money back guarantee if you buy it from them!). However, it was a smooth experience from downloading to installation and the application is working as expected. Of course, I had to spend another 30 to buy a decent headset (which is included if you buy the physical shipment for 100+).
The option of being able to download from your online software library in the future is an added bonus (Nuance charge you an extra 5 for this option).
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars 5* for recognition, 2* for robustness 27 Feb 2013
By Angus Jenkinson TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Platform for Display:PC
I have been a user of Dragon since Dragon 6. I use it extensively and it has made a big difference to my fluency, speed and in interesting ways to my style of writing. Over the years the basic quality of identification and recognition has improved, but only marginally each time. Remember that back then it already claimed 98-99% accuracy. All improvements are therefore based against the decreasingly small inaccuracies - that still remain despite training. At a certain point, other than new words, I think it makes sense to switch off training as it takes more time to correct the system (train) than it does to correct the words.

The biggest problem with Dragon - and one they really need to get to grips with - is not recognition accuracy (yes, it will matter for voice based interaction with intelligent devices, like Watson) but NOT CRASHING APPLICATIONS. I am prompted to write this when Dragon has again crashed my Word doc losing what I have done, and crashed Outlook at the same time. If I get by two hours without a crash I think I am VERY LUCKY! And it is still dodgy with Powerpoint.

That's why I would give it 5* for speech and 2* for robustness with the apps it wants to integrate with.
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Published 1 month ago by SAWFORD KEVIN WILLIAM
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm not great at typing
Used a version of this years ago. Much accurate now if you put the time in and teach it your voice. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mark Twain International
1.0 out of 5 stars Chose the digital download option. Took an hour before ...
Chose the digital download option. Took an hour before Amazon would let me download it, then the installer failed immediately with a "gateway error".
Published 1 month ago by Mathmo
4.0 out of 5 stars Taming the Dragon slowly.
I might love it once I have got used to it and it to me. Having to buy an adapter to plug in the headphones was annoying and should be unnecessary. Haven't they heard of USB?
Published 1 month ago by G. Ian Goodson
4.0 out of 5 stars Good if you're prepared to work at it
It really does work and saves a lot of time, eventually, but don't expect perfect results instantly. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sleepyhead
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
I had an earlier version which did not work when I got a computer with Windows 8 (big mistake), It was easy to load and you just have to have a bit of patience when you are going... Read more
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