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I tried to use version 6 a long time ago and it could never get anything right, even after I spent a ton of time teaching it my voice. I initially bought Vista because I’d heard its speech recognition was good – but was disappointed. I waited several weeks before taking the plunge and buying Dragon – I’m really glad I did, it’s far superior to the Vista system, as far as writing is concerned.
Dictation technology converts spoken words into digital text on a screen. With dictation, kids can write words by speaking them aloud.
You’ve obviously tried Vista’s speech recognition, so my question is how much better do you think Dragon is? I ask because I decided to give speech recognition TweetDeck a whirl a little while ago, but wanted to try it before plopping down the cash. After doing all of the practice tutorials , I started trying to write with it, and got frustrated and gave up quickly. If your work involves image manipulation or other ‘mouse intensive’ operations, then I don’t see how Dragon can help you with this.
The recording is 28 seconds long, and the wav file is 900KB large. As for the results, they are a bit mixed for me as I’m currently writing some technical astrophysics document and Google speech recognition is struggling with the jargon that you don’t typically read. Also forget about it figuring out punctuation or proper capitalization. Right now I’m experimenting with using KDE connect in combination with Google speech recognition on my android smartphone. I am also aware of this attempt at tracking states of the arts and recent results on speech recognition. as well as this benchmark of existing speech recognition APIs.
But as it allowed me to work in spite of RSI, it was worth the investment. The really stellar word processing performance seems to be limited to DragonPad – Dragon’s own version of WordPad. When using other software, it doesn’t seem to run as smoothly and not all the functionality is available.
Kids can use dictation not only to write, but also to edit and revise their writing—all by using their voice. I haven’t tried this but you might be able to use or adapt the Python Bluetooth Chat program with dragon on your tablet/phone. There may also be remote-keyboard apps for mobile devices that may support dictation input. The sound quality is not great, with a lot of microphone hissing noise due to the technology of the time.
That’s not a criticism of Dragon, but more a limitation of speech recognition per se. You may not like it, but I’d suggest it’s at least worth experimenting with speech recognition. In my next article I’m going to describe how I believe it has made me a better writer. Windows is streets ahead of the Mac as far as speech recognition is concerned. Even Windows Vista’s built-in speech recognition is better than Mac O/S . So after two years as an enthusiastic Mac convert, I had to grit my teeth, partition my hard drive and install Vista on my MacBook Pro. Which involved forking out for a Leopard upgrade (£80) and Windows Vista (£140) on top of Dragon itself (£160).
I don’t find this a big problem – I tend to write articles in DragonPad and copy and paste them elsewhere. Plus Dragon’s pop-up Dictation Box can be used within other applications and does a pretty good job. For dictation technology to work properly, kids have to speak clearly and use various commands. Dictation technology is a powerful tool, but using it properly is a skill. And some aspects of dictation can be difficult for kids with certain learning and thinking differences.
"Allows employees to create documentation three times faster, and with up to 99 percent recognition accuracy." For more information on Dragon and other speech recognition programs, visit JAN’s list of vendors and products. However, if the manufacturer does not have resources to help with using its product then it may be best to turn your attention to websites whose primary focus is providing forms of training and education. For instance, the website Lynda.com has a course on the use of Dragon Naturally Speaking. Finally, if you are more of a book person, there are a variety of books out there that can help people get the most benefit out of speech recognition. For instance, this one by Scott Baker is designed to help authors use speech recognition more effectively.
- I really like the part about how emicrophone and knowbrainer web sites can improve the way dragon behaves.
- I heard so many bad things that it didn’t work, that I didn’t even bother with it.
- Now, which software would you recommend for video editing?
- I thought you did a wonderful job showing how much more dragon naturally speaking can offer others.
Whereas the Windows version allows you do speak and type interchangeably, which makes tweaking text as you go much easier. Kim — thanks for sharing your experience of the transition. I had a similar experience years ago when I taught myself to touch type — I had a couple of weeks of being frustratingly slow, but once it ‘clicked’ I was much faster than before. For some reason I found the transition to speech recognition much smoother.