Dragon Speak The #1 Rated Voice Recognition Software
Dragon Naturally Speaking provides a whole new experience for interacting with your computer with the use of voice recognition software. Dragon Speak 11.5 is faster and more accurate than Dragon Speaking 11 and has introduced many new enhancements which make it the best version to date. A free update from Dragon Speak 11 to Dragon Speak 11.5 is available from Nuance.
To start with, the previous versions required you to read aloud into your microphone for the most part of a hour for the software to get acquainted to your voice and accent, and still have limited recognition accuracy. Once you install Dragon Naturally Speaking 11.5 you will create a voice profile, which will allow the software to adapt to your voice and your accent, which takes about 5 minutes. After you set up your voice profile there is more voice training, in the form of modules, that will continue to improve the softwares recognition of what you are saying, even if you are using uncommon words. It is important to follow through all of the voice modules so the program will have a complete understanding of your voice which will cut down on errors. Dragon Speak 11.5 reduces recognition errors by up to 35% as compared to Dragon Speak 9.
Dragon Speak includes a high quality headset for dictation. Many people have complained about the software making too many errors, but most of the time the problem was related to a poor quality headset that was distorting their voice and causing the errors. Wireless headsets are also compatable with Dragon Naturally Speaking with the same great results without the wires. Another new enhancement is the ability to turn your i-phone into a wireless microphone. Apple has introduced a free Dragon Remote Microphone app that turns your i-phone, i-pad or i-pod touch into a wireless microphone that will give you more freedom while dictating. The dragon remote microphone app only works with the premium version of Dragon Speak.
There are many time saving commands implemented into Dragon Speak. One of the newest commands is for posting to Facebook and Twitter. All you have to do is say “post to facebook” or “post to twitter” and all the work is automatically done for you. Along with the usual formatting and editing commands version 11.5 has an undo all command. The spelling window allows users to spell a word that the software was unable to recognize. Dragon Speak give you the ability to access the start menu of your computer, open and close programs, change settings in a program and allows you to access web based programs such as a web browser or an e-mail program. There are many commands built into the software for performing common tasks, such as “launch internet explorer” will open your web browser. Once you learn the commands there is not much you can’t do with this software.
The dictation part of Dragon Naturally Speaking is the part most of us are interested in. Dictation is really quite simple. If you speak at a natural conversation speed the software has no problem with keeping up with you. It seems to perform better when speaking normally than if you slow down your speech. It will occasionally miss small words such as ‘the’ and ‘to’ so a little emphasis on the words will not hurt. Puncuation was also handled very nicely. You must say the command for ‘comma’, ‘period’ or ‘question mark’, but once you learn the commands you should have no problems. According to Nuance Dragon Naturally Speaking 11.5 is 3 times faster than typing and has a 99% accuracy rate. This is the reason for the voice training modules when you first open the program.
The Dragon Sidebar allows users to remember common commands and tips and adds a link to the Dragon Tutorial, so if you forget something you can easily access the tutorials for help. The Dragon Bar (toolbar) is more user friendly and contains all the icons and indicators and also adds a link to Tech Support so you can quickly get answers and address your technical questions. Recognition analytics monitors the audio quality and will quickly alert you to any issues to help achieve greater accuracy.
Nuance offer many tools to help you with your learning process. Their training tools offers many video’s and step by step instruction on how to get started. The free introductory video training course explains how to set up your user profile, the best dictation practices, controlling the microphone, editing and correcting text and customizing the Dragon Speak vocabulary. They also offer a complete Dragon Naturally Speaking Training Video for $29.99 that has all aspects of the software included in modules for fast and easy training. And last but not least the Dragon Remote Microphone from The Apple store.
In summing it all up Dragon Naturally Speaking 11.5 is the best voice recognition software on the market today. This hands free software will cut the time you spend writing papers and documents, and basically doing anything on your computer. This software is ideal for anyone who does a lot of typing. Dragon Speak 11.5 works with most versions of Windows and there is also a version for Mac’s, so if you have a Macintosh system, don’t feel left out. Here is a list of the system requirements for Dragon Naturally Speaking 11.5
Dragon Naturally Speaking is available in the following languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Dutch