75 of 81 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars
Nice but no cigar, 31 Dec 2008
I have struggled with voice recognition software for a number of years. You see I have Parkinson's disease and find keyboards quite difficult. I also have problems with voice recognition in that my voice is slurred and the volume not very consistent. I long for a computer that will understand me. And have struggled with IBM's excellent ViaVoice before making the transition to NaturallySpeaking starting with version 7. Version 9 came close but none have been anywhere near perfect. Version 10 (this version) gets that little bit closer but as yet no cigar. One problem is the cost of the software £100 plus is a lot to spend and before reaching deep into your wallet my advice is as follows:
1. You need a powerful pc. I would suggest nothing less than an Intel dual core processor with at the least 2gbs of memory.
2. Get a decent sound card and a top of the range USB microphone.
3. Be prepared to spend a great deal of time training the software, despite what it says this is not something that will work straight out of the box.
4. Be prepared to correct a lot of what it prints.
5. But most of all Be patient.
If you are prepared to do all that you may end up with a workable voice recognition system. Would I recommend the software? While bearing in mind the above and if like me you need it i.e. have a disability which makes the keyboard difficult yes, but don't expect any miracles. For example I have dictated this article which was easier than typing it but still require a lot of correction and was by no means a smooth process.