Dragon NaturallySpeaking 9 (Preferred Edition)
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- Unprecedented Speech Recognition Accuracy: Dragon NaturallySpeaking 9's improved speech engine is nearly 15% more accurate than Version 8.
- No Training Required: Get started with Dragon NaturallySpeaking 9 without having to read any scripts or training text.
- Expanded Support for New Applications. Dragon NaturallySpeaking 9 supports Firefox and Thunderbird from Mozilla.
- New Tutorials simplify the training process, so you can be an expert Dragon NaturallySpeaking user right away.
- Support for Non-standard Edit Controls means you get full Dragon functionally, such as select and say in more applications than ever before. New supported edit controls include Borland's Tmemo, Tedit & TRichEdit controls, as well as TE Edit from SubSystems and TX Text from TX Text Control.
- Select-And-Say Indicator. Dragon NaturallySpeaking 9 includes a new indicator that lets you know when you have Select and Say functionality available.
- The Dragon NaturallySpeaking Command Browser is faster and easier to use than ever before.
- Bluetooth Wireless Microphone Support. With Dragon NaturallySpeaking 9, you can use a Nuance-approved Bluetooth microphone as an input device, meaning you are no longer tethered to your PC.
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Of course it is not perfect, when you say "sine" it might well stick up "sign", but, incredible, after a number of corrections,even this kind of thing reduces to very low levels becuase as you correct an error (which can be done verbally and entirely withou the keyboard) the software learns; it learns your personal vocabulary. It is sometimes almost spooky the way the thing gets it right at times.
So I recommend this software for the simple reason that it works, but I will also tell you its limitiations. First, ignore what it says on the box, you need a gig of RAM minimum and a recent (last three years)processor. Second, the command function, whucgh allows you to open and shut programmes, is far more trouble than it is worth. If you leave it on you will be happilly dictating away in a newsgroup or something only to find that it has dumped you and opened another programme entirely. If you lose the work, and I have, it can very irritating, so I say turn the function off completely. Another thing is you will find that, once in a while, it throws a wobbler. It suddenly cannot recognise your words at all and it either sticks or it types out pure rubbish. This is an infrequent problem and I do not understand it, but it is real, a mate of mine uses this same software, in fact it was him who convinced me it worked, and he has the same problem. But, I repeat, it is rare and can be overcome by simply restarting the software. My last little gripe is that if you dictate over a certain amount (in my case 4 pages) in Word it will call proceedings to a halt, so you have to save and repoen Word and go from there. This may be a setup issue, I am not sure, anyway four pages is a lot and an you will rarely hit that buffer.
Folks, speech recognition has finally come of age - it has also become very affordable. Buy it and be impressed.
Below in the brackets was done using the software, and because Essex is a fast language and we take short cuts when we speak, i think the software handled it very well.
"or what a fantastic piece of kit. This is one of the best bits of software as I come across it only took about 30 minutes to set up, and once up and running. I was able to type or dictate very quickly it is well worth the money and I would recommend it to anyone is to a lot of typing or report writing I would say it's about 80% correct at the moment. But in saying that it will am able to use edit the software quite quickly and it is capable of learning new words. When I first started using it I had a cold, and it took some time getting used to is saying that it was still able to learn my words fairly quickly, and it can even interpret Essex I would recommend this software to anyone and it's well worth every penny will stop.
seek and see how accurate it actually is considering I've only had it a one-day will it does put a few words in that you don't want that overtime shall learn to speak my language."
Nuance Dragon NaturallySpeaking 9 (Preferred Edition) (PC)
I finally had it working but it would freeze and stop recognising commands. I tried every option given to me by support but it was laughable as was there reply time. They claimed my software wasn't registered, they had never heard of me etc etc. I just gave in and went back to typing after some surgery.
I recently decided to try DNS again....Vista was now the stumbling block. I spent ages downloading an update to discover it would not work on 64 bit systems. Let's face it, 64 bit OS is getting more popular and they've been around for a while...not in Nuance's world. They simply send out a sterile reply that says 64 bit OS forms only a small part of the OS market and as such they have no date planned for it's support.
If you want pain beyond belief then buy this product...perhaps you will be lucky and it will work - I wasn't!
If Zero stars was an option then I would have awarded that!
The other thing to beware of is that many laptops do not have adequate sound 'cards' to work with the supplied headset - the generic multi-media chips are simply not up to the job. The solution is simple - get a USB headset. Plantronics make excellent ones at around £35. Most desktop sound cards work fine.