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5.0 out of 5 stars Preferred Dictation?, 4 Mar. 2009
This review is from: Dragon NaturallySpeaking Preferred 10.0 (PC DVD) (DVD-ROM)
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Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10 comes with small manual, a CD-ROM, and a dinky headset. Once you've installed it, you give it a bit of training, and let it scan your documents, so that it can analyse your writing style. You then take the tutorial and you're up and running.

From the point of view of dictation, it's actually surprisingly good. I ain't played with this technology 10 years ago and had had a good laugh, but now it picks up on your voice and syntax remarkably well. Certainly for its core job of dictation, you can be very rapidly up to speed creating documents with the ease. To give you an idea, this review is being written, using the software straight after playing with it for an hour without doing any corrections. So you can make up your own mind about how well it works.

It takes a bit more effort to use it in a web browser, as it can be difficult to get the commands right. But even then it makes a pretty fair fist of it. I haven't tried it in Excel yet, so that's still open. One thing to note, is that the version I'm using, called preferred, does not natively support Microsoft Outlook although it does support Excel and Word. So if Outlook support was important to you you might want to go to the professional version.

One other thing to note is that some of the mistakes in this document, are actually due to me, where I don't remember to say the word ",". Also, as I'm new to this, you have to concentrate quite hard dictating, although it is very good at it. If you were trying to edit documents I can see it getting fiddly using the commands. One other nice thing is that you can use the keyboard and mouse while you're dictating.

Bottom line, it's much better than I thought it would be. Given that it's still learning my voice, this implies that the results should be even better in a fairly short period of time. I can see that it's real forte will be in document creation. And it understands apostrophes better than many humans!

P S apologies if the review is a bit jerky, dictating is quite hard when you're not used to it.
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