Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11 Home Edition (PC)
- Talk to your computer and watch your spoken words appear in documents, email and IM's
- Your voice is turned into text three times faster than most people type
- It learns to recognize your voice instantly, and continually improves the more you use it
- Most accurate version ever, delivering up to 99% accuracy with no spelling errors
- Easier than ever to use: Dragon NaturallySpeaking installs quickly and requires no special script reading
- Use your voice to dictate and edit in virtually any Windows application
- Browse the Internet: search the Internet, access information, navigate Web pages - all by voice
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- Platform: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 2003 Server / Server 2008
- Media: DVD-ROM
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Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11 Home speech recognition software lets you interact with your PC just by talking! From improved accuracy and faster performance, to an intuitive user interface with a rich Help system, powerful new voice commands, and an enhanced correction and adaptation process, Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11 has been redesigned to be FASTER, BETTER and SMARTER.
The Dragon user interface now offers better usability, and includes a new Sidebar showing tips as well as many commands. It’s now easier to discover, remember, and access important Dragon features and options. New Recognition Analytics continuously monitor audio quality and alert users when there is an audio issue, to help them achieve their best accuracy. More than ever, Dragon 11 enables users to focus on their thoughts and ideas rather than the mouse, keyboard or computer screen.
Dragon 11 is more accurate out of the box than version 10, and uses state-of-the-art technology. Thanks to improvements at various levels, corrections are faster to make, and quickly become less necessary. Version 11 “learns” better than any previous version, including from existing documents and dictations as well as from corrections made via the keyboard. Dragon 11 responds faster to voice commands and also introduces new time-saving commands that consolidate multiple mouse clicks and keystrokes. It’s faster and easier to open applications, get to a particular window, move within a window, send e-mail, create appointments, search the Web, and more – all by voice. So now users can get even more done faster on their computers.
It understands what you say and how you say it. Simply speak words and they appear on the screen — three times faster than typing — with no typos. Tell your PC what to do and it does it. Use Dragon Use your favorite applications to dictate reports, send email, surf the Web, download music, update Facebook, and more. For everything you do at home or school, there’s no easier or more enjoyable way to get more done faster. Once you start using Dragon, you’ll wonder how you managed without it.
STOP TYPING, START TALKING
Say words and watch them appear on your screen in Word, Word Perfect Outlook, and more — three times faster than typing — with up to 99% recognition accuracy right out of the box.
Transform ideas into text at the speed of thought; don’t let typing or spelling slow you down.
SAY IT, DO IT
Tell your PC what to do, such as “Search the Web for financial advisors in Boston, Massachusetts” and it does it. Dragon understands and obeys your voice commands. It even gets to know you better over time so recognition accuracy keeps increasing.
SIT BACK, RELAX, AND GET STUFF DONE –
Control your PC in a comfortable, hands-free mode without being tied to your keyboard.
USE YOUR FAVORITE APPLICATIONS
Dictate documents, send email and instant messages, surf the Web, and more -- using just your voice.
Dragon adapts to your voice and the words you use. You can even personalize Dragon with your own word lists of acronyms, proper names and other unique phrases.
HAVE FUN AT YOUR PC
Dragon is easy to install and fun to use. It changes the way you interact with your computer for the better so you can get more done faster and get on with your life.
Top customer reviews
First things first, get the CD out of the pack and install the software - this is a really simple task. Just set it up as "Typical/Complete" unless you have used Dragon before and want to change anything on a Custom setting. It took less than five minutes for me to get up and running.
The microphone headset is pretty good. In the past VRS's have been sold with quite poor headsets which meant that the software didn't perform as well as it should and I sourced better (Andrea) headset. This one however is decent quality so I stuck with it.
The software asks you a few basic questions - your age, where you come from etc just so it knows whether to expect an old American accent, a broad Australian one etc
You need to test your microphone to ensure it is the correct distance from your mouth and that it can hear you clearly (this can take a couple of attempts) . You then get to choose one from a number of texts to read out loud while the software gets to understand how you say all of these words. You can have the software check through your Word documents and e-mails to see the type of words you regularly use so that it can built up a dictionary of words for you.
You can then go into the Dragon Tutorial to try out Dragon's many features before embarking on writing your own masterpieces. The four overviews of "Getting Started", "Dictating", "Correcting and Editing" and "Using Applications" are all pretty basic but will get you used to using Dragon
It will then give you a few pointers as to the best way to site your microphone (which is a little late if you have not managed to get through the very first stage further back in this process!) It then tells you how to turn the microphone on and off and goes through what the "DragonBar" looks like and briefly tells you about all of its functions. Understanding the importance and usefulness of the DragonBar is essential to get the best use out of the software so it's worth spending a bit of time reading through this. There is then a short section on how to get help - and tips. Another useful thing to spend your time on.
Then once you're ready you can click on the microphone on the DragonBar, open up an application and start speaking! It's as easy as that! Just watch the words appear as you speak them. It will get some words wrong but it soon learns how you say specific words and gets even more accurate over time.
I have found Dragon version 11 extremely accurate. Unlike other older versions I do not keep having to go over my text to edit the mistakes that Dragon has made. I would say I found it 99% accurate so far.
Whilst writing this review I used Dragon version 11. I only had to go over three pieces of text in the whole piece. I would say it is the most accurate voice recognition software I have ever used and I recommend it wholeheartedly.
1. You are prepared to put in the (modest) amount of time required to learn how to use it correctly.
2. Your computer is sufficiently powerful (Dragon Naturally Speaking uses about 300MB of RAM when running, and up to 25% CPU on my Lenovo (IBM) X61 whilst it's actively capturing input.
3. You work alone in a reasonably quiet environment.
4. You are prepared to train it to recognise technical terms and unusual names.
The first piece of good news is that Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11 Home Edition is customisable. Depending on the version you choose, it is more or less so. The Home Edition is the least so, but it is still possible to train it to recognise new words, names and acronyms with minimal effort. The second good news is that it can be switched into three different modes of English; US, UK and Australian.
Installing it is relatively painless, although you do need to go through several minutes of 'training' which involves reading aloud one of 5 different tracts of text. I happened to choose President Kennedy's inaugural speech which, to be honest wasn't as enthralling as I was expecting, but seemed to do the job. After that, I went through the tutorials, which are structured reasonably well. They could be improved - I might suggest by adding some set 'training' tasks or games to get the user more involved rather than just reading text and watching video clips. However, what is present is well written.
Recognition of most words and names is very good. It will not add punctuation by itself, however. It requires the user to dictate every comma, bracket, quotation and question mark. I would have been very impressed if it had offered this feature. However, that said, the user may then need to spend a large amount of time correcting its mistakes.Most difficult for it to handle are technical terms. I had to train it to recognise the exact format of several technical phrases, and noted that it was much better at dealing with them in certain ways, e.g:
'14-24 f/2.8' can be added as a custom word by adding: 'fourteen to twenty four f two point eight' and then briefly training it by reading the phrase aloud.
However, it failed miserably to recognise this as a whole phrase, and would repeatedly mistake it for separate words, which it would add incorrectly, so I was forced to add a prefixing word:
'Nikon 14-24 f/2.8' which was added as 'Nikon fourteen to twenty four f two point eight'
Which it recognised very well indeed. I don't necessarily always want to use the phrase in that way, but I can live with it. If I want it without the prefix I can just say "delete Nikon" after it and the word 'Nikon' will be erased. Simple!
So there are limitations with very technical acronyms and phrases, but I guess this is to be expected. The vocab editor could use some improvement - rather than editing custom words, I could only delete and re-create then, which is a little irritating. Overall however, I think you're getting a very sophisticated piece of software for very little money, and if you really think you could benefit from it, I'd say it's worth a shot.
Not perfect, but for this price, and considering it includes a headset (admittedly a fairly cheap, if functional one), you can't go too far wrong. If it were more expensive, I'd expect more, but at this price level it's worth 4 stars.
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