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Mastering Dragon NaturallySpeaking [Kindle Edition]

Bret Williams
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Book Description


Easy to follow guide on the correct setup, training and usage of Dragon
Naturally Speaking voice recognition software. Immediately increase your accuracy and productivity by following the simple steps outlined in this guide. Written by Mr. Bret Williams, founder of American Dictation Corp., a national leader in dictation, transcription and voice recognition solutions. Mr. Williams spent hundreds of hours training end users to use Dragon NaturallySpeaking to save time and money by using the world's premier voice to text technology, often seeing accuracy rates in excess of 99%! This book is an extension of his first hand knowledge and a must have for anyone using Dragon Software.

***Reformatted 3/28/2011 with clickable links.****

Product Details

  • File Size: 9406 KB
  • Print Length: 305 pages
  • Publisher: American Dictation Technology Labs; 2 edition (February 1, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00315681Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #876,673 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Finally Getting My Money's Worth From Dragon September 11, 2010
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As an infrequent user of Dragon's older versions (v8,v9, v9.5) I was frequently frustrated and disappointed. There was a big gap between my expectations and actual results. I was inclined to blame the program itself and give up after an hour or two of using it. I'm realizing now the problem wasn't with the program, but with me.

I didn't get a really good microphone or external USB soundcard. The headsets supplied with the program are adequite but that is the best I'll say for them. From online forums of users I learned the quality of the microphone matters. Having an external USB sound card instead of depending on the on-board chips most PCs depend on for audio can also make a difference. I added a Plantronics DSP-500 headset that comes with the USB soundcard inline. The headset also places the microphone in the proper position and keeps it there consistently. I instantly saw a big increase in accuracy.

I did not spend the time practicing and training the program to accept my own voice. There is a feature to correct mistakes the program makes interpreting the words spoken but I wasn't using it. Rather than take the time, I would just retype the words manually, never giving the program a chance to learn from its own errors. Big mistake.

I was not willing to adjust the way I spoke to make it easier for Dragon to interpret what I said. There is an art to dictation. Observing how network newscasters speak is a good example of what Dragon likes to hear. Take the time to enunciate each word clearly and speak in complete sentences, rather than segments. Someone very experienced with Dragon frequently says success with speech recognition is 30% hardware and 70% the person speaking.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Try on PC to see how awful the formatting is. February 26, 2011
By David
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On the PC version there were pages with a single sentence at the top or bottom. Tried it on my Kindle 3. No difference! Hope they fix this, but book purchased 2/26/2011 just did not work!
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