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Dragon NaturallySpeaking Professional 12 (Old Version)

by Nuance Communications, Inc. See the Amazon Page for this brand
Windows 7 / Vista / 2000 / XP
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews) 21 answered questions

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Product Features

  • Dragon 12 delivers up to a 20% improvement in out-of-box accuracy compared to Dragon 11.
  • If you use Dragon on a computer with multi-core processors and more than 4 GB of RAM, Dragon 12 automatically selects the BestMatch V speech model for you when you create your user profile in order to deliver faster performance
  • Dragon 12 boosts performance by delivering easier correction and editing options, and giving you more control over your command preferences, letting you get things done faster than ever before.
  • Dragon now reaches out to you to adapt upon detecting your format corrections - abbreviations, numbers, and more - so your dictated text looks the way you want it to every time
  • Dragon 12's natural-sounding Text-To-Speech reads editable text-with fast-forward, rewind and speed and volume control-for easy proofing and multi-tasking.

System Requirements

  • Platform:   Windows 7 / Vista / 2000 / XP
  • Media: DVD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1.5 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B008NP76AQ
  • Item model number: A209A-G00-12.0
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: July 30, 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,571 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

Product Description

Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12 Professional is enterprise-ready speech recognition software that ignites new levels of productivity and profitability by enabling busy professionals to interact with their PCs entirely by voice. Dictate documents, reports and presentations, send email, search the Web, and navigate and command the PC - three times faster than typing - with up to 99% accuracy. Customize the vocabulary to reflect your organization's unique terminology and workflow. Create custom voice commands to automate or simplify compliance with organization-specific processes and standards. Even dictate into a digital voice recorder or a compatible iOS device and Dragon will automatically transcribe the audio files into text. With security features, extensive configuration options and network administration [and monitoring] tools, Dragon 12 Professional is the ideal solution for businesses looking to drive corporate efficiency and cost savings.

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Dragon Sidebar puts important voice commands and tips in one convenient desktop location
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Use a Bluetooth wireless headset for
superior comfort and mobility



Use your compatible iOS or Android device as a wireless microphone
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Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12 Professional is enterprise-ready speech recognition software that ignites new levels of productivity and profitability by enabling busy professionals to interact with their PCs entirely by voice. Dictate documents, reports and presentations, send e-mail, search the web, and navigate and command the PC — three times faster than typing — with up to 99% accuracy. Customize the vocabulary to reflect your organization’s unique terminology and workflow. Create custom voice commands to automate or simplify compliance with organization-specific processes and standards. Even dictate into a digital voice recorder or a compatible iOS or Android device and Dragon will automatically transcribe the audio files into text. With security features, extensive configuration options and network administration [and monitoring] tools, Dragon 12 Professional is the ideal solution for businesses looking to drive corporate efficiency and cost savings.

Key New Features

  • Improved Accuracy: Dragon 12 delivers up to a 20% improvement in out-of-box accuracy compared to Dragon 11. This means that Dragon gets you, and you get things done, faster than ever. And when you do need to make a correction, Dragon learns, making it more accurate the more that you use it.
  • Faster Processors Yield Faster Performance: If you use Dragon on a computer with multi-core processors and more than 4 GB of RAM, Dragon 12 automatically selects the BestMatch V speech model for you when you create your user profile in order to deliver faster performance.
  • Better performance: Dragon 12 boosts performance by delivering easier correction and editing options, and giving you more control over your command preferences, letting you get things done faster than ever before.
  • Enhanced Experience with Gmail and Hotmail: Dragon 12 enhances the experience of using your voice with two of the most popular web-based email applications — Gmail and Hotmail — offering Full Text Control and commands for the most frequent actions in Internet Explorer 9, Mozilla Firefox 12 or higher, and Google Chrome 16 or higher.
  • Interactive Tutorial: Proposed at the end of profile creation and available any time from the Help menu, the Interactive Tutorial in Dragon 12 offers short progressive simulations to help you practice good dictation, correction and editing habits so that you can create text efficiently within just a few minutes.
  • Smart Format Rules: Dragon now reaches out to you to adapt upon detecting your format corrections – abbreviations, numbers, and more — so your dictated text looks the way you want it to every time.
  • Faster Correction: When it comes to correcting a word or phrase, Dragon now includes more choices to make it quicker and easier to make a change.
  • Enhanced Bluetooth Support: Dragon 12 adds support for wideband Bluetooth wireless headset microphones, and you can get up and running quickly. When it detects that the USB dongle of a certified microphone is plugged into the PC, Dragon 12 offers "Enhanced Bluetooth" as an audio source type and does not require a script reading to get started.
  • More Natural Text-to-Speech Voice: Dragon 12’s natural-sounding Text-To-Speech reads editable text—with fast-forward, rewind and speed and volume control—for easy proofing and multi-tasking.
  • Dragon Remote Microphone App for iOS and now Android: Dragon 12 lets you go wireless with an iOS or Android device and the free Dragon Remote Microphone App. Turn your compatible iPhone, iPod touch (4th gen), iPad, or Android device into a wireless microphone for use with Dragon over a Wi-Fi network. And it’s easier than ever to get started – simply use the camera on your device to scan the barcode that Dragon 12 provides on-screen.

Ignite Productivity with Fast, Accurate Dictation

Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12 Professional is the ideal solution for busy corporate professionals who want to work faster and smarter. Dictate naturally to create documents, spreadsheets, presentations, e-mail and more — three times faster than typing — with up to 99% recognition accuracy. Import and share custom word lists with unique names, acronyms, and terminology tailored to your business or industry. Intelligent reminders prompt you to initiate analysis of documents and e-mails so Dragon adapts to the words and phrases you are likely to use. Correcting or revising dictated text is fast and simple, too. Natural-sounding Text-to-Speech reads editable text—with fast-forward, rewind and speed and volume control—for easy proofing and multi-tasking. Dragon can even adapt its format rules by detecting your format corrections – abbreviations, numbers, and more — so your dictated text looks the way you want it to every time. Plus, the software automatically updates your voice profile based on your dictation sessions and corrections to deliver continuous accuracy improvements. The more you use Dragon 12, the better it transcribes your speech. Dragon even takes advantage of the latest PC multi-core processors to further boost speech recognition performance.

Ignite Proficiency and Ease of Use

The interactive tutorial in Dragon 12 Professional presents simulations to help users learn and practice good dictation, correction and editing habits so that you can create text efficiently within just a few minutes. The Dragon Help system contains a Tip of the Day window and other easy ways for you to quickly learn more. The Dragon Sidebar puts important voice commands and tips in one convenient desktop location. And on-screen help means information is always available when you need it.

Ignite Convenience by Using Business-Critical Applications

You can use Dragon 12 Professional with many of the Windows applications you use every day. Dictate, edit and format text in Microsoft Word, OpenOffice Writer, or Corel WordPerfect, work with spreadsheets in Microsoft Excel, create presentations in Microsoft PowerPoint, create e-mail, tasks, and meetings in Microsoft Outlook, search the web using Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome, post to Facebook or Twitter, and more — all by voice. Dragon 12 even enhances the experience of using your voice with two of the most popular web-based email applications — Gmail and Hotmail — offering Full Text Control and commands for the most frequent actions in Internet Explorer 9, Mozilla Firefox 10 or higher, and Google Chrome 16 or higher. Dragon 12 also works with industry-specific programs like case management, incident reporting, and claims management systems.

Ignite Control with Voice Shortcuts and Custom Commands

Use simple voice commands to create files, send e-mail, schedule tasks and meetings, open and close applications, save and convert documents, and search the web or your computer with remarkable speed and ease. Dragon Voice Shortcuts let you obtain the equivalent of multiple keystrokes and mouse clicks with a single voice command that can be spoken at any time—no matter what is active on your screen. For example, say: "Send email to John Smith and Raphael Sanchez" or "Search maps for financial advisors in Boston, Massachusetts" and Dragon makes it happen. You can also say "open top site for Nuance Communications" and Dragon automatically opens the top-ranked page for these keywords. In addition, you can easily create or import custom voice commands that let you fill out forms, insert frequently used text and graphics, control application elements like menus and toolbars, or automate business processes.

Ignite Mobility and Flexibility

For advanced recording functionality, dictate into a Nuance-approved digital voice recorder, from anywhere, at any time, and Dragon will automatically transcribe the text. Or use the free Dragon Recorder app to record high-quality audio files using your existing Apple iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad (4th gen). Use a wireless headset for superior comfort and mobility; wideband Bluetooth support delivers optimal recognition performance. You can even use a compatible iOS or Android device as a wireless microphone to provide ultimate convenience.

Ignite Better Business with an Enterprise-Ready Solution

Dragon 12 Professional provides security features, configuration options and administrative tools that make it easy to manage voice profiles, custom vocabularies and commands, feature access, and multiple installations over a network. Dragon 12 Professional can even let administrators obtain a recognition log file for each end-user, to easily and quickly gather rich, objective usage information which can be used to give users targeted advice and measure return on investment.

Ignite Accessibility for All Employees

Dragon 12 Professional is Section 508 certified, enabling you to meet government-mandated accessibility requirements for workers with disabilities. It also helps prevent fatigue and repetitive stress injuries and keeps more employees on the job by offering a comfortable, ergonomic option to the keyboard and mouse.

System Requirements

CPU
  • Recommended: 2.2 GHz Intel dual core or equivalent AMD processor
  • Minimum: 1 GHz Intel Pentium or equivalent AMD processor or 1.66 GHz Intel Atom processor

NOTE: Faster processors yield faster performance. SSE2 instruction set is required.

Processor Cache
  • Recommended: 2 MB L2 cache
  • Minimum: 512 KB L2 cache
Free Hard Disk Space
  • 3.2 GB
  • 4 GB for localized non-English versions
Supported Operating Systems
  • Microsoft Windows 7 and higher, 32-bit and 64-bit
  • Microsoft Windows Vista SP2, 32-bit and 64-bit
  • Microsoft Windows XP SP3, 32-bit only
  • Windows Server 2008 SP2 and R2, 32-bit and 64-bit
RAM
  • Recommended: 2 GB for Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008 32-bit; 4 GB for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 64-bit
  • Minimum:1 GB for Windows XP and Windows Vista; 2 GB for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008
Other
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 or higher for online help
  • Sound card supporting 16-bit recording
  • DVD-ROM drive for installation
  • Nuance-approved noise-canceling headset microphone (included in purchase)

NOTE: An Internet connection is required for automatic product activation (a quick, anonymous process). This edition of Dragon does not support dictation directly into Electronic Medical Record (EMR) systems. For EMR support, please use Dragon Medical Edition.





Use Dragon with Gmail and Hotmail with Full Text Control and commands for the most frequent actions (view larger).


Customer Reviews

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56 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars this is a very good product December 16, 2012
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I had a minor stroke. And I can't type the way I used to. So Dragon has come in very handy. It's very easy to use. The learning curve is quite easy. I have one complaint and that's Dragon's Support. They have outsourced it to Milan, and it's really terrible. The tech support can't solve any problems, and I'm left to find workarounds myself. But as for the application, it's very good. I highly recommend it. I bought the expensive version, professional 12, because I'm a medical editor and the application must be able to produce some highly technical terms--for example, it has no trouble coming up with the term, cytomegalovirus. Pretty good, huh? Really. It's a very good application.
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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
(This whole review is done with Dragon I will not edit it at all)

As a quadriplegic standup comedian (okay I'm the cant stand up comic) I spent a lot of time doing voice dictation. I have been using Dragon naturally speaking since 1995 and I must say it is truly an amazing product and Dragon Dictate for Mac/Dragon NaturallySpeaking for PC are only getting better. I want to give a basic overview on voice dictation and being successful.

To see my comedy set just google: AskACapper or I'm The Can't Stand Up Comic

One other thing to note I do not use Dragon for mouse movements and commands as I had the ability to use a touchpad mouse so I will not delve into those features in my review. This will merely focus on how you can use voice dictation effectively to receive near 100% accuracy. And how Dragon does it almost perfectly every time.

One thing you need to think about when you get into voice dictation is speaking in word clumps. You have to think about what you want to have Dragon type for you then you have to say those sentences in chunks (I hope that makes sense) most people who complain about voice dictation don't take the time to realize this.

In the following example I did edit the text when errors were made for continuity of thought.

[Example]
if I wanted to say "Is that the wheelchair that goes upstairs?" "No it is not but it goes downstairs one time really fast!
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53 of 60 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Love/hate relationship January 25, 2013
I have been using a couple of different Dragon products for probably three years or so. I am currently using one of the legal products. I have found its accuracy to be considerably less than advertised although for someone like me, who is not a good typist, it is a useful tool. I have not noticed a significant difference in accuracy between the much more expensive legal version and the basic, off-the-shelf version I use at home. I also was advised to buy and did buy an expensive microphone/headset, which helps some but which of course adds to the cost.

The training function does not always work as advertised. On a small issue, but an annoying one, it must have taken two years or so for the program to understand when I was saying Allen and when I was saying Alan. Ellen and Alan. Note, I dictated the previous sentence and phrase using Dragon and saying the following, which I will now type: "Alan when I was saying Ellen. Alan and Ellen." So it still does not get it. and it keeps unknowingly (I said "annoyingly") adding small words in between words I type when I clearly have not said those words.

The bottom line is that if you are an accurate, fast typist and do not mind typing, don't waste your time with this or probably any other voice recognition software program. If you are not a particularly quick and/or accurate typist, go ahead and use this but start with the cheaper versions first. If you can deal with the inevitable frustrations of typing something, sending it out, and then realizing the program heard something completely different than what you said, you might then want to try and upgrade to the more expensive version.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Software that Gives and Gives Some More February 8, 2013
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I purchased this product because Olympus had recommended it for their DS 7000 recorder, which I love despite the fact my recorder isn't rated above some of the Sony recorders and one Phillips model .. problem is you don't know which recorder to purchase until after you have purchased Dragon Pro 12. Olympus also recommended another transcriber software by IBM but I couldn't find it within the few seconds it took to find Dragon. I'm also deliriously happy with my Olympus recorder and can't imagine a better one; no kidding - check them out.

Before I was able to test my recorder and actually transcribe something I had recorded, I was somewhat forced to learn how to use Dragon as a stand-alone program which was harder than one might think not because the actual lessons are difficult but because it wasn't easy to find them. You are pretty much on your own as you install it; the good news is we can go back and change the settings once it's comprehended what this software is capable of and this concludes any negative review on my part.

Again, I would purchase this software before I decided on a recorder and if you already have a quality set of headphones/cans, I would concentrate on replacing the mic that comes as part of the headset packaged within the box and with the software. If you don't have a good headset (studio earphones and mic combo), while Sennheiser is one of the best, I have also read some excellent reviews for the Andreas for a small fraction of the cost. Again, you will find ratings charts for a variety of recorders, headsets, etc. once you have purchased the software. I have a good set of studio cans so really only IMHO needed a desktop mic which I'll explain below. So in summary, you may want to purchase this software first.
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