Dragon NaturallySpeaking Speech Recognition Software Review
Spend a lot of time typing on the computer? This software is something you will want to check out. Dragon NaturallySpeaking Speech Recognition Software will type what you speak. That is the basis of the program. There is a lot more it can do for you too, here are just a few :
- Search The Web
- Post To Facebook
- Get Recipes
- Check E-mail
The software comes with your program CD and a Headset. Installation and Integration was very easy. Though the process is simple, have a good 30 minutes to play with this when you begin. The set up includes a 4 minute training where you will need to read sentences provided by the software, in order for it to familiarize itself with your speaking habits and patterns.
The program will basically do any edit and addition that you would do when typing. The trick is to learn that you have to speak it. It can take some getting use to, but after you do it will be a huge convenience. After installation and going through the Training Text the program will open up with a sidebar on the right. This is your options and help. You just click the microphone icon to turn on the speech recognition/ Once the mic is on , all you have to do is say “microphone off” to shut it off. This command will be your best friend, that way you don’t end up telling your daughter to fold the laundry then coming back and find that sentence is included into your work on the computer.
The software training will walk you through the basic commands for editing, such as how to delete something you said or adding capitalization, punctuation and how to correct the spelling of a mis-spelled word/name. For example: If you say “Search the web” , your browser window will open to whatever your default browser is. You want to find Ericka’s phone number in the white pages, Dragon may spell Ericka like Erica. Your tutorial will show you how to change that name spelling all by speaking!
You can even ask Dragon to post to Facebook for you ! Simply say “Post to Facebook” , a page will open asking you to log in to your Facebook account, which you an also speak. Or, if you stay logged in you will be directed to your Facebook page. A status box will be open , you say what you want Dragon to type. It is pretty amazing. I have had this for a month and have barely scratched the service.
I am very thankful to have the software, I write a lot online and sometimes my fingers just hurt. I have mild carpel tunnel in my wrists and tend to get aches and pains in my thumb. It hurts more some days than others, so that is when I just open the Dragon software. If you have a disability that prevents you from typing easy or comfortably , this is perfect.
I could write about this program all day, but you will not truly appreciate it and all it can do until you try it ! The software is VERY reasonably priced starting at $74. You can find more information here at Dragon NaturallySpeaking Software .