Dragon NaturallySpeaking Home 11 [Old Version]
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- Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11 Home speech recognition software lets you interact with your PC just by talking
- Spoken words appear on the screen three times faster than typing, with up to 99-percent accuracy right out of the box
- Works with nearly any Windows-based applications--Microsoft Word, Word Perfect, Microsoft Outlook and more
- Dragon Sidebar puts important voice commands and tips in one desktop location for at-a-glance convenience
- Simple installation takes just a few minutes; learn the software quickly with on-screen help and tutorials
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Dragon NaturallySpeaking Home speech recognition software lets you interact with your PC just by talking! It understands what you say and how you say it. Speak words and they appear on the screen - three times faster than typing. Tell your PC what to do and it does it. Use your favorite applications to create documents and email, surf the Web, update Facebook, and more. Dragon Home is so fast, easy and fun; you'll wonder how you managed without it!
Use your voice to:
- Dictate and format documents
- Surf and search the Web
- Send email and instant messages to family, friends, and colleagues
- Update Facebook, MySpace, or Twitter
- ... and so much more!
Stop Typing, Start Talking
Just say words and watch them appear on the computer screen--three times faster than typing--with up to 99-percent accuracy right out of the box. Dragon can learn the words you say every day, including acronyms and proper names. It even gets to know you better over time for increased recognition accuracy.
Speak and the PC Obeys
Dragon eliminates the need to navigate menu options or type in keywords so users get more done faster. Just tell Dragon what to do, and it does it. Control applications or edit and format text using simple voice commands like "Open Microsoft Word," "Show my photos," "Bold that," or "Center the row."
Multi-task Like Never Before
Dragon Voice Shortcuts make it faster and easier than ever to create email or search the Web or desktop for specific information or resources.
- Send an email to multiple friends by saying, "Send email to Jon Smith and Raphael Sanchez." Dragon automatically opens Microsoft Outlook, creates a new email, and enters the correct email addresses for you.
- Say commands like "Search the Web for low-fat lasagna recipe" or "Search maps for Union College in Schenectady, New York," and Dragon returns the results.
Transform Ideas into Text at the Speed of Thought
With Dragon, typing, spelling, or fear of the blank page won't slow you down. Dragon keeps up with your brain, instantly transforming ideas into text--with no spelling mistakes! Just say what you mean instead of struggling with the keyboard or worrying about spelling. Now you can focus more on the content of your writing and less on the mechanics of typing.
Easy to Use
- Simple installation gets users up and running in minutes.
- New! The Dragon Sidebar puts important voice commands and tips in one desktop location for at-a-glance convenience.
- Improved! On-screen help and tutorials make it faster and easier to complete tasks by voice.
- Works with nearly any Windows-based application.
- Comfortable hands-free interaction lets you control your PC without being constrained by the keyboard.
Faster, Better, Simply Smarter
From improved accuracy and faster performance, to an intuitive user interface with a rich Help system, powerful new voice commands, and an enhanced correction and adaptation process, Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11 has been redesigned to be Faster, Better, and Simply Smarter.
The Dragon user interface now offers better usability, and includes a new Sidebar showing tips as well as many commands. It's now easier to discover, remember, and access important Dragon features and options. New Recognition Analytics continuously monitor audio quality and alert users when there is an audio issue, to help them achieve their best accuracy. More than ever, Dragon 11 enables users to focus on their thoughts and ideas rather than the mouse, keyboard or computer screen.
Dragon 11 is more accurate out of the box than version 10, and uses state-of-the-art technology. Thanks to improvements at various levels, corrections are faster to make, and quickly become less necessary. Version 11 "learns" better than any previous version, including from existing documents and dictations as well as from corrections made via the keyboard. Dragon 11 responds faster to voice commands and also introduces new time-saving commands that consolidate multiple mouse clicks and keystrokes. It's faster and easier to open applications, get to a particular window, move within a window, send e-mail, create appointments, search the Web, and more--all by voice. So now users can get even more done faster on their computers.
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The first problem is the claim that this product is 99% accurate right out-of-the-box. That suggests that there is almost no room for improvement, and even after spending a few hours with this product, the user will see that there needs to be a LOT of improvement. The good news is that after about 12 hours of training/corrections, this becomes a pretty decent dictation product. And it's not terrible for browsing the web.
However, it's not really excellent for anything but dictation. One of the reasons is that whereas you can correct its errors in ordinary dictation, you can't correct it when it misinterprets one of your commands like "switch to next window" or "press delete".
Another serious weakness is the documentation. It's shoddy and has holes. For instance there is a table listing descriptions and spoken commands for type used just today, and in one row there is a description but no spoken command for it. Earlier, I was trying to find information on "roaming profiles" in the help documentation, and the only information provided was a single sentence instructing me to "see master roaming profiles", but of course there was no documentation on that term. In fact the only place a description of roaming profiles is given is on the website, and they don't even offer instructions how to do it; they just say that "your IT department will be able to manage it". Worst of all, the documentation lists commands which I think the software can't interpret. For example "list Windows" never produces any results, always gets interpreted as something like "click Windows"; meanwhile, I found that "list programs" does what I would expect "list Windows" to do.
All my complaints notwithstanding, I have found that some of the complaints I read on here are in error (user error). For example, it does work in Microsoft Word (quite well) or any other text input program.
I was excited to get this product but was soon disappointed. Dragon had a hard time understanding. I have 3 different microphones (1 headset came with the software, 1 an expensive headset, and 1 desktop microphone. Dragon would miss identify words so I added them manually but it still didn't get the word. Then, after a while it didn't do anything, even when I would say a command; nothing, kaput. There have been several emails to the help area but that wasn't helpful at all. After a few suggestions, the responses went back to the beginning and started suggesting the aids from the beginning. I gave up and uninstalled the software. That left a conflict behind that made my laptop make a loud noise from the speakers. I had to uninstall a sound mixer.
If you by it, beware. They give 30 days to return. I would suggest returning it early because they won't take it after 30 days; even-though I spent all that time trying to make it work. I checked my computer and it came with a speech to text program and it is so much better than Dragon!
FAST FORWARD to today.. As mentioned, the older versions I tried didn't like higher pitched voices, i.e., my wife, but I took a chance and got it for her as a Christmas gift. But this version (11.5 Home) took right to her and she was really surprised at how well it picked up on her voice and accent. She was initially skeptical of this software, because she had tried to use various older versions with not so good results. This software is more than just a toy to her as she has had Rheumatiod Arthritis for many years and also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia 5 years ago. Quite simply, this software allows her to carry on and do quite a bit more with the computer. It isn't perfect, but I don't know to many typists that are.
At first, you will be preoccupied with watching the text, but try and just speak like you would type.
The software will want to look through your documents, emails and contacts, but you don't have to allow that. It will work fine.
You will be asked to pick an accent. Be honest with the software and don't try to over enunciate or you will be disapointed when you start talking in your normal way of speaking.
We are both very pleased with the price and performance of this software. I won't guarantee that this will work for you, but I will recomend that you try it.