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Platform: Windows Vista / 7 / Server 2008 / XP / 2003 Server
I've tried many speech recognition apps over the last 15 years, starting with IBM's ViaVoice (I worked for IBM then). The technology has improved beyond recognition and, overall, Dragon 11 impressed me a great deal. It was certainly a lot of fun to "play" with.
It installed and ran fine on my fairly high-spec Windows 7 PC, although the activation process was tedious and the app slow to launch.
The supplied headset worked fine but I tried other input methods too. Best results were with the USB headset I use for Skype.
Recognition wasn't far off 100%. Key to recognition seems to be distinct pronunciation of the first and last syllable of each word - a lot of Brits are very sloppy in this regard; it seems to count for more than vowel sounds or other aspects of accent. If it struggles anywhere in particular, it's with short words, perhaps because there's no clear first/last syllable.
Auto punctuation was less successful, for me, and I found it much easier just to dictate it.
This product does a lot more than simple dictation into documents. It can enable you to operate your PC with voice control. It's even smart enough to know which app does what, so if you ask it to search for something, it will use your default browser and search engine to do so. For most people, using a mouse and keyboard makes more sense; for anyone who can't do so, Dragon will prove a godsend.
It's even smart enough to scan documents on your PC for words it doesn't recognise and "learn" them. That's brilliant for the buzzwords and jargon of your particular industry, potentially saving you a great deal of time.
You can also program "shortcuts" for frequently use phrases or longer pieces of text.... For example, you might want it to convert "emea" to "Europe, Middle East and Africa", or "office" to your office address.
I'm surprised to find myself saying this but, for the first time, I think it likely that I will continue using Dragon on a daily basis.Read more ›
I am dictating this review using Dragon NaturallySpeaking, and after only 15 minutes training, it has made hardly any mistakes. What is also impressive is that correcting mistakes - whether your own or those caused by faulty speech recognition - is pretty easy. For example, if you want to correct a word you just say "correct" and then the word you want to change. Dragon selects the word, and you either repeat the word you wanted, or choose from the list of suggestions.
I have tried voice recognition on a number of occasions over the last who knows how many years. Each time it is a little better than before, but this is the first system that I am actually tempted to use on a regular basis. It certainly seems miles better than the speech recognition built into Windows 7, even though that is not too bad if you're patient. Document dictation is my main interest, but Dragon also covers voice control of the entire operating system. It does work best in software that it knows about, so if you use mainstream applications like Microsoft Office you will get the best results. This version also supports OpenOffice, for commands as well as dictation.
This premium version comes with a wireless Plantronics Bluetooth headset. Since having the right kind of microphone is critical, it makes sense to get the whole package despite the higher price. The headset fits comfortably, unlike many other headsets I have tried.
If you are a Dragon veteran you may be wondering what is new in version 11. I am not familiar with version 10, but Nuance seems to have put a lot of effort into usability, with a sidebar showing commands and tips, restructured menus, and fine-tuning of what is displayed as you dictate a document. The recognition engine is also saidto be faster and more accurate....
Anything not to like? Well, perhaps the most important thing is to be realistic. Speech recognition can be frustrating, and I experienced some of this when trying to persuade Dragon to type a word normally used as a command, such as "select", as a literal word. Results will also vary from individual to individual, depending on how you speak, the quietness of your surroundings, and no doubt other factors. My PC is a relatively fast quad-core machine running Windows 7 64-bit. The spec recommends at least a 1.8Ghz Dual Core or equivalent with 2MB processor cache, and since smart speech recognition depends on intensive fast processing I'd suggest caution before getting this for an older PC.
That said, with the latest Dragon I find I can get real work done without wasting too much time. Given how complex this stuff is, I'm impressed.Read more ›
I have now bought two of these Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11 Premium editions. The first was the wireless bluetooth version. I was unable to install this on my Dell computer. The bluetooth worked but the sound card used in Dell computers doesn't work with Dragon! I spent about 5 hours on the 'phone with Nuance support over a couple of days for them to tell me to return the item to Amazon. I also spent many hours over the two days trying to install/uninstalll and re-install but to no avail. I then purchased a newer faster computer from Dell and thought that if I purchased another version of Dragon then it would work. This new computer has an i7 processor and 12Gb of RAM. I decided to buy the Premium 11 version with the supplied headset rather than the bluetooth. Again it didn't work! I was informed by the Nuance technical support lady that I should purchase a USB headset rather than use the supplied standard headset! I spent £40 on a Logitech H360 headset (which is a quality headset which works perfectly well with Skype and Windows Live Messenger) and it still doesn't work. I spent hours on the phone and wasted another 2 days trying to get it to work with the help of Nuance technical support but again to no avail. If Nuance know that there is a problem with the sound card in Dell computers and that both their Bluetooth and standard headsets will not work properly then they should not be selling this product without a warning. How many computers worldwide does Dell sell? I am sure that they have a very high percentage. The problem is known to Nuance! Why do they not sort it out? Why do they still sell the product to Dell users? How many other people have had to go through what I have had to go through with Nuance technical support?...
I hope that this review assists you in your choice of software provider.