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Dragon SpeechPack for Designers (PC)

by Nuance Communications, Inc.
Windows 2000 Server / 2003 Server / 2000 / XP / Vista / 7
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
Price: 30.72
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  • Control Your Design Software by Voice
  • Add your voice as an extension to mouse and keyboard actions making it faster and easier to execute design tasks
  • Let your mouse select the design and selection functions while your voice selects the tools, filters and commands
  • Use your voice to execute changes to filters, control design tools, and more
  • Further enhance the power of your voice by controlling your favourite lifestyle applications including SkypeTM, iTunes, Windows LiveTM Messenger and Notepad
  • Dragon SpeechPack for Designers will allow you to activate speech commands for four design applications from the supported list
  • Create documents, manage email and control your design tools – all by voice
  • Bring out the best in your design software with a more intuitive user interface
  • Concentrate on your design and improve design efficiency with voice commands
Important Licensing Information about this Product
The purchase of 1 box of Dragon is a licence for 1 speaker. A licensed speaker is permitted to create and use multiple User Profiles under this Licence. User Profiles can be stored on one or more computers or on a server to allow the speaker to move from computer to computer and still maintain a consistent dictation experience across computers. A separate licence, however, must be purchased for each additional speaker whose User Profile or User Profiles is or are being used by the Software.

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System Requirements

  • Platform:   Windows 2000 Server / 2003 Server / 2000 / XP / Vista / 7
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1
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  • ASIN: B003IT6PAY
  • Release Date: 15 Jun 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,886 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

Dragon SpeechPack for Designers

Control Your Design Software by Voice

You rely on industry-leading design technology to create and deliver compelling designs, powerful page layouts and engaging interactive experiences. So why let the limitations of your mouse and keyboard distract your design focus or interrupt your workflow?

With Dragon SpeechPack for Designers, you can now control your computer, including all of your favourite design software, by voice. Create documents, manage email, fine-tune design elements and more – just by speaking. Any computer task executed by mouse clicks and/or key strokes can be replaced with a simple voice command that quickly and accurately executes the task for you. This frees you to focus more on design rather than manually typing text or navigating complex menu structures.

Create documents, manage email and control your design tools – all by voice

Bring out the best in your design software with a more intuitive user interface

Concentrate on your design and improve design efficiency with voice commands

PROVEN SPEECH RECOGNITION ACCURACY

Speak to your computer and watch the words appear on the screen. Launch applications, open files, create documents, manage email and work on the web – all by voice. As soon as you turn on your microphone (included), Dragon delivers proven accuracy that continues to improve the more you use the software.

Improve Design Efficiency: Talking is three times faster than typing. Add your voice as an extension to traditional mouse and keyboard actions to make it faster and easier to execute design tasks.

Simplify Design Control: Let your mouse select the design and selection functions while your voice selects the tools, filters and commands.

Concentrate on the Design: Use your voice to execute changes to filters, control design tools, and more, freeing you to concentrate more on the impact of the changes you make in real time.

Includes bonus downloadable speech commands: Further enhance the power of your voice by controlling your favourite lifestyle applications including SkypeTM, iTunes, Windows LiveTM Messenger and Notepad.

WORKS WITH MOST WINDOWS-BASED APPLICATIONS, INCLUDING POPULAR DESIGN TOOLS

Dragon SpeechPack for Designers works with most Windows-based applications, such as Microsoft Word, Outlook, Internet Explorer, and more. It also enables you to command and control most industry-standard design packages, including Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Flash, Adobe Dreamweaver,QuarkXPressTM, CorelDRAW, Corel PHOTO-PAINTTM, Google SketchUpTM, Serif PhotoPlusTM, Serif DrawPlusTM and more.

The Dragon SpeechPack for Designers voucher will allow you to activate speech commands for four design applications from the supported list. Additional applications are added regularly. See www.nuance.com/designpack for details.

Product Description

With Dragon SpeechPack for Designers, you can now control your computer, including all of your favorite design software, by voice. Create documents, manage email, fine-tune design elements and more - just by speaking. Any computer task executed by mouse clicks and/or key strokes can be replaced with a simple voice command that quickly and accurately executes the task for you. This frees you to focus more on design rather than manually typing text or navigating complex menu structures....

Customer Reviews

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing & Poor Value 20 Jun 2010
By Biff VINE VOICE
This package basically contains a rather middling headphone/microphone set and the Dragon Naturallyspeaking Standard 10 software. Thats it - nothing in the box will get you using the software for design programmes. The software is available substantially cheaper in other Dragon packages.

To use this package with the various design packages you need to download & install an additional program from the Nuance website - VoxEnable.

In addition you have to chose up to 4 design software packages that you want to use it with, enter the voucher codes provided in the box and wait for Nuance to email activation codes for each software package to you.

How difficult do they need to make it ? Surely support for the various packages can be included on the disc.

And you only get to use it with 4 software packages - it doesnt appear that you can have more than that - that wont even cover all of the packages in Adobe Creative Suite. You might also want to check that the software you want support for is actually covered - Corel Painter does not appear to be offered at the time of this review.

In use the software is fairly stable and recognition is quite accurate but in all honesty you will probably be faster simply typing written content as corrections do take time.

And with design software (largely visually based programs) I found it rather pointless - it can save files and the like but when working in Photoshop I found it unintuitive - when working with images there is only so much oral instructions can do.

Overall Im not convinced it is an improvement over using a mouse &/or graphics tablet. With practice it may prove to be an added help with some tasks but you will certainly need some time to get used to it before seeing any improvement in your productivity.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Why not just buy Dragon NaturallySpeaking? 9 July 2010
By Peter TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
Dragon Speechpack for Designers appears to be intended for designers in the sense of graphic designers. The supported applications are mainly visual ones (including drawing, layout and mind-mapping software). But I don't really see what the benefit is over Dragon NaturallySpeaking on its own.

What's in the box? There's a copy of Dragon NaturallySpeaking Standard 10, a stereo communication headset with flexible boom microphone, and a card with four voucher codes to let you download an install something called VoxEnable (it's a 5Mb download) and four VoxEnable command sets to go with your favourite design application. The selection of applications is fairly short (and idiosyncratic) at present, and ranges from Acrobat Pro 9 to QuarkXpress 8.

How is VoxEnable any different from Dragon itself? After all, Dragon lets you control applications, as well as dictate text: say "Start Notepad", and that is exactly what will happen. Say "Click File Exit" and Notepad will close down again.

As far as I can tell, the difference is that the speechpacks add special commands that make it quicker to perform some tasks that are specific to these applications. A simple example from Notepad is that you can select Word Wrap by just saying "Word Wrap". With Naturally Speaking on its own, you would have to say "Click Format ... Word Wrap". It doesn't sound much, but over hundreds of repetitions, it could save quite a bit of time. I would have loved to try it, but (rather astonishingly, as I have loads of graphic design software) I don't have a single one of the supported applications. I have some of those listed on the back of the box, but the back of the box is misleading (see the notes at the end of this review).
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2.0 out of 5 stars Far too limited for the price... 28 Jun 2010
By Tellboy TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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I have used and am very familiar with this software having used it since Version 8 and it was always a fairly laborious procedure doing voice activated corrections but this Version 10 Standard is almost faultless even with my poor dictation. It is compatible with Windows 7.
(Note it is not the version 10 Naturally Speaking Preferred edition)
The single earpiece headset and microphone that comes with the programme package is truly awful. Nobody has a head shaped like this headset, I thought it perhaps clipped around your neck at first. It is important that you position the microphone in exactly the same position relative to your lips every time. I maintain the width of a finger away from the lips but the awful design of the headset does allow itself to move which then increases the error rate.
This is nowhere near the 99% claimed even on a very good day and when someone disturbs you and you respond without mouse clicking the microphone off it does seem quicker to type.
You do need to spend many hours training and improving the accuracy of your own voice profile file and this in conjunction with automatic scanning of your documents and email folders builds up a useful start with few errors.
There is a basic speech recognition in Vista but having used both I can confirm this is so much better.
A confusing error message may occur saying you have no multimedia option on your PC check your soundcard etc....this actually means you have not plugged the microphone into the PC that is all.
The Speech part of the package is an excellent and enjoyable piece of software if you persist with it and train it well.

I part company with the praise when it comes to the addition of the extra application the SpeechPack for Designers.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Invest the time in training re your voice
A great piece of voice recognition kit useful to more than designers...

Easy to install, and use - but it's well worth investing the time in training it to recognise... Read more
Published on 18 Jun 2012 by George Rodger
2.0 out of 5 stars Back to the drawing board.
I recently tried this again, having found it too frustrating to use the first time around. Nothing has changed unfortunately. Read more
Published on 25 April 2012 by Flickering Ember
3.0 out of 5 stars reduced price
I've used the premium edition of Dragon Naturally speaking and have found it useful and i'm so glad the price has dropped for this as it isn't worth the full rrp cost. Read more
Published on 24 Nov 2010 by Silverfrog
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice package!
Good interface, reponsive, great addition of microphone / headphone set in the box, really well thought out design. Great.
Published on 6 Nov 2010 by P. Keeling
3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite useful enough...
..to make it a required purchase. What we have here is basically Dragon NaturallySpeaking Standard 10, plus software extensions for various other applications such as the Adobe... Read more
Published on 27 Oct 2010 by M. Smith
3.0 out of 5 stars Good software poor microphone
This software has amazing voice recognition ability and you can train it up to recognise your voice profile and recognise how you talk. Read more
Published on 19 Oct 2010 by Get Real
1.0 out of 5 stars Oh dear
Although I am writing this review I gave this programme to my 20 year old son to try out and asked him to give me his opinion and well err, he said 'rubbish' he couldn't get the... Read more
Published on 18 Oct 2010 by Shaya
3.0 out of 5 stars A good idea
A very nice idea but unfortunatly the control sets at present do not cover the design packages I use, Microsoft Expresion Studio.
Published on 19 Aug 2010 by John Nunn
3.0 out of 5 stars Repackaged Goods
I think I saw this in another review too but is exactly the same experience I have had also, what your getting is the bog standard Dragon software and you then via the means of a... Read more
Published on 18 Aug 2010 by M. Price
4.0 out of 5 stars Train your Dragon (and yourself) before speaking to it
In general usage for dictation of document this product is excellent, however you do need to spend the time training it to your voice in order to get the best out of it. Read more
Published on 9 Aug 2010 by D. Clarke
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