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Dragon NaturallySpeaking For Dummies [Paperback]

by Stephanie Diamond
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October 4, 2011 1118083806 978-1118083802 2
Speak up and master the latest version of Nuance's Dragon NaturallySpeaking!

Dragon NaturallySpeaking is a speech recognition program that lets users dictate into any Windows application, allowing you to access documents, write e-mails, and even update Facebook using only your voice. This new edition covers all the newest updates to Dragon NaturallySpeaking Version 11, including usability enhancements, the user interface, the digital voice recorder, time-saving voice commands, and much more.

Aimed at new and inexperienced users who want to get up to date on all that Dragon NaturallySpeaking is capable of, this beginner guide also explains how Dragon NaturallySpeaking can be used in mobile application development to add voice-recognition and productivity tools to your app.

  • Explains the basics of Dragon NaturallySpeaking as a speech recognition program that offers a wealth of possibilities
  • Walks you through formatting your documents, texts, and e-mails
  • Looks at the option of using Dragon NaturallySpeaking for application development
  • Addresses how to dictate into other applications and control your desktop and Windows by voice
  • Offers tutorial for creating your own commands and improving audio input
  • Shares time-saving tips, mistakes to avoid, and the most common issues you may encounter when getting started with Dragon NaturallySpeaking

Arm yourself with a copy of this helpful guide and be prepared to breathe fire!

From the Book: Excitingt Dragon NaturallySpeaking Features

Editing your documents is easy using Dragon NaturallySpeaking software. Simply speak the number of the word you’d like to swap in or say “Spell That” to correct on your own.

Dragon NaturallySpeaking has gone mobile with apps for your iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, BlackBerry, and Android devices. You can now use your voice for more than chatting on the phone – update your Facebook status, post a tweet, or even send a text message with the Dragon apps.

Think you might have missed something important and want to check your transcriptions without having to stop and read through your document? No problem! Select “Play That Back” and have your dictation read back to you.

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Arm yourself with Dragon NaturallySpeaking and use the power of your voice

Dragons are mythical, magical creatures. Dragon NaturallySpeaking, however, is truly magical but totally real! Here's how to tame the dragon and put it to work for you. Train NaturallySpeaking to recognize your voice so you can create Word documents and spreadsheets, control your desktop, browse the web, send e-mails, and more, just by speaking.

  • Dragon training 101 — install NaturallySpeaking, create a user profile, and "teach" it to recognize your voice, vocabulary, and writing style

  • Hang out at the DragonBar — it offers easy access to tools and settings, while the DragonPad streamlines word processing

  • Dictate to your desktop — and run various Windows® applications with your voice

  • It reads your mail — compose, send, and receive e-mail, and manage messages on your mobile devices

  • Wander the web — use special web shortcuts and give orders to Internet Explorer

  • That social stuff — tell the software what to post on Facebook or Twitter

  • It's a family thing — learn to set up NaturallySpeaking to accommodate different users

  • Take control — personalize your vocabulary and create your own commands

Open the book and find:

  • Why you don't have to spend a lot of time training the software

  • Dictating tips

  • Advice on making edits in your transcriptions

  • How to talk your way through a spreadsheet

  • Why recording your dictation can be an advantage

  • Tips for improving audio input

  • Resources for information and help

  • A glossary of DragonSpeak

Learn to:

  • Save time and be more productive with powerful Dragon software

  • Use Dragon software online or with a digital voice recorder or mobile device

  • Take notes, send e-mail, or create documents using just your voice

  • Customize, proofread, and quickly edit your transcriptions

About the Author

Stephanie Diamond is a former marketing director for AOL and founder of Digital Media Works, Inc. With more than 20 years of marketing know-how, she is a skilled profit-builder and has developed several successful multimedia products. Stephanie is also the author of Prezi For Dummies.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 2 edition (October 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118083806
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118083802
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #287,369 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Saved me a lot of learning time November 24, 2011
By Scott
First, I was shocked that I was able to find a book on this because I don't think it's a very popular product, even though NaturallySpeaking is a great technology. Some of the info in the book is unnecessary, like how to install NaturallySpeaking, which is pretty obvious if you've ever installed any software before. Beyond that, it's really helpful. It certainly saved me a lot of time and saved me from a lot of frustration.

In general, the language is simple and as interesting as literature on a computer program could be.
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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful
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I bought the DVD that Dragon NaturallySpeaking sells and watched the video on nuances website. They both are very good. However, this book goes into far more detail than either of those will ever do. And when you run out of your warranty of 90 days you will find this to be very helpful. In fact it suggests that you use the military alphabets when you say" spell that". There is a military alphabets under help it is called spelling. Things of this sort are not covered in the video or DVD. This book is a must if you are serious about mastering this software. If you are one of the unfortunate ones that has never learned to type then Dragon NaturallySpeaking is for you. This book will answer questions and tech-support will always be available for $20 per time you need help them.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellently Done January 28, 2012
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This book really explains how to run Dragon effectively. It is clear, concise, to the point, and honest about what the program can and cannot do. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to use the program, and especially to those who hope to control their computers by voice.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
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If you want to learn Dragon NaturallySpeaking, look elsewhere; this book is not designed to teach anything. There are very few structured practices and then only for more advanced topics; it primarily just provides explanations of how to do everything in Dragon. You don't learn by reading explanations. Using Dragon is a skill like riding a bicycle -- you learn by doing. None of that here. You can find all of the explanations you find in this book on the DNS Web site and in the user's guide you can download from there. Admittedly, the explanations are a little clearer in this book, but if you need a reference, then you need to look for something laid out in a more concise manner. This book doesn't do a good job of being a tutorial or a reference. I'm not sure what the author/publisher set out to with. (It doesn't appear that they had any clear purpose in mind.) Whatever it was that they set out to do, they didn't accomplish it.

In contrast, Using Speech Recognition Software: Dragon NaturallySpeaking and Windows Speech Recognition, Second Edition by Calais Ingel teaches you to "swim" with Dragon by throwing you in the water (figuratively) right away. Every step of the way, it challenges you to do what you're learning, and that's the only way you can learn.

It's not that this book is worthless; the information provided is accurate, and it is pleasantly provided. However, it just won't help you develop the skills you need to use Dragon. and it doesn't add much in the way of reference material.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life Saver May 5, 2012
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This book was easy to understand and covers just about every question/issue I had with my Dragon.
Highly recommend it
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a winner! January 11, 2013
By Gail
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Dragon was Christmas gift. I couldn't believe how quickly it recognized my voice and how comprehensive is its vocabulary. Dragon allows me to write more extensively than I could with my hands, so that I may stay in touch with friends and associates. There is a great deal of Dragon that I still must learn, but I am already hooked.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I am a "Dummy"! March 7, 2013
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I was a systems analyst for 20 years so I think I will instantly understand any technology. Fortunately a friend loaned me a "Dummy" book years ago and it was written the way that I wanted to write documentation (but it was frowned upon).
I like the simple format with the icons showing things that are important to know and things to avoid. I even had a "Dummy" book on breeding dogs.
The book gets you started and then adds to your knowledge after it has you started doing the basics.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars waste of money March 12, 2013
By w3fjd
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Use the tutorials that came with the software. Was hoping for a little extra info not found on line. Save your money.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I did not know that it was not up to date.
The used one I got wasnt up to date. I would have bought the new one if It was the upgrade in it.
Published 2 months ago by Bernie
3.0 out of 5 stars Gift for grandson
This was purchased as a gift for Grandsons 15th Birthday, have do used the book and no longer have access to it
Published 4 months ago by Lynn Ramey
2.0 out of 5 stars Still not helping.
The book still requires some knowledge of Dragon prior to using the book for dummies. Took three of us to get the program working.
Published 5 months ago by Barbara Pixton
5.0 out of 5 stars book
I was a dummy to buy it, the actual product gave me the same information, it just wasn't as redundant. It is not the books fault I wasted money on it.
Published 6 months ago by Debra A Snyder
4.0 out of 5 stars Big Help
I had pretty much no idea what I was doing, even after the tutorial. It seemed like my mic was acting up every time I tried to use the program. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Ryan Heath
3.0 out of 5 stars Hello.
It's a good book I like it did take me a long time to read it but I like it. Joe
Published 8 months ago by JOSEPH PATANOVICH
3.0 out of 5 stars Well written
I have yet to have the time to try to figure out dragon naturally speaking on my computer. The book has been helpful in showing me it will take more time than I currently have to... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Sara T.
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This item was exactly what I expected it to be and I am pleased with my purchase. I would recommend this item to others.
Published 8 months ago by T. Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book to Improve Utilization
If you want to get the most out of your product, this is the best book that I have discovered so far an like most of the books in this series it assumes that you don't know alot... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great addition to NaturallySpeaking Program
I purchased this book when I purchased the NaturallySpeaking software. This book is a great help in understanding what is going on and several tips on how to make things easier to... Read more
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