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Good speech recognition but crashes often
on 8 September 2013
The speech recognition is really very good but it has a problem with "linking" words, such as "and, of" and other commonly used words such as "a, the, it", and "are, I" and you will find that these are often omitted if you actually use normally paced speech which the software claims you should be dictating in rather than staggered, painstakingly careful pronunciation (which actually helps resolve the above issues but is a real pain to do). That said, I have been using the software to dictate this review, and although some editing was required, it certainly got the majority of the dictated text right. As such, I think the speech recognition largely lives up to their advertised standards - what does not, however, is the software's stability. I find that it is very buggy and crashes are more frequent than you would expect. This is particularly true for a related application, Dragon Notes, which finds it particularly difficult to append larger notes at some place within the note. That being said, I need to qualify that I'm using all of these on a VMWare virtual machine running Windows 7 (Fusion desktop with my Mac), which may explain some of these. In any case, these stability issues are a real downer for me and almost a dealbreaker as it's really frustrating if the software crashes frequently while you're working and you have to restart it all; fortunately, you usually do not lose any work if you work in applications with an autosave mechanism such as Word or Dragon Notes. Hence the 3 star rating; I would give it just 2, but I think the high quality of the speech recognition bails it out there. I really hope Nuance improves the stability issues sooner rather than later.