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on December 6, 2011
Saw this on Amazon for around $40 and I asked my daughter if I should buy this program. She hollered YES especially for that price. Well I am glad I listened to her as the purchase was an excellent one.

While there are quirks, and it takes training, Dragon is very easy to use in dictation mode. So far I have used the program for word processing only, but Dragon is supposed to be able to help navigate your computer through various functions online.

As to word processing: the program does very well. All you have to is connect the included headset with mike and start dictating. The commands are very simple such as "Cap Apple" or "New line". You can also specify opening parenthesis by stating "open paren" followed by "close paren". You then dictate your copy and Dragon happily types what what you say.

Sometimes you get some funny statements or words as Dragon is confused by similar sounding words such as to or two. You do have to check to make sure similar sounding words are what you wanted typed. This happens rarely but it does happen.

Overall, Dragon has sped up my typing speed and has made writing less tedious.

Highly recommend
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on October 23, 2010
Nuance's Dragon Naturally Speaking software is an excellent product. It has very good accuracy (though it sometimes confuses homonyms); however, one should be careful not to have too many loud noises in the room when dictating (the program will sometimes stall or write incorrect characters)and to speak at a good pace (actually speaking very slowly will cause the product to make more errors). One thing I don't like about Dragon is that there is no trial or demo version. As a result, in order to utilize the program, one has to buy it first. This does not seem like a very good move on Nuance's part. They could probably get more buyers if they offered, say, a 30 day trial or something like that. The best thing about the program, however, is the fact that is less than $100, which makes it very affordable. As a doctoral student, it saves me a lot of time working on draft papers---time that could be spent researching. Finally,the headset works very well with the software and one is probably better off using the ones that come with the software rather than buying another set of headphones. For individuals who need to write a lot, this software is a very useful tool.
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on April 10, 2011
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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!
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I first used Dragon many years ago when it came bundled with WordPerfect. If I'm not mistaken, it was about the time that Scansoft, Inc. bought Speechworks and became Nuance. I was then a Survey Mapper and had to create or copy Survey legal descriptions. They weren't to complicated, as documents go, just a lot of therefores, aforementioneds, cardinal calls (bearings and distances) and regular words. Anyway, it worked great for me in those days, but in my experince, it didn't like womens voices for some reason or noisy rooms, still, I had no complaints and being a one finger per hand typer, it sure did boost my prodoctivity.
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.

TIPS:
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.

SUMMARY:
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.
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on December 24, 2010
A couple of months ago I decided to give Dragon a try to make report writing easier. Overall, the software is adequate and does get 'smarter' the more one uses it as it learns your particular voice characteristics. Most of my reports include names of people. Dragon falls short on names that can also be adjectives and won't capitalize them unless the name is the first word in the sentence. A real irritant. The names do display correctly all the time if a possessive. The software has crashed twice and both times tech support was amateurish in its efforts to assist. The first crash resulted in an error having to do with a communications port. The second crash was after my 'profile' became 'corrupted'. Re-installing the software from scratch got all up and running, but I had to set up everything all over each time; a real pain. I'm using a new, very fast, computer, but Dragon's 'correct' commands execute very slowly; by my standards, anyhow. Dragon and Word disagree on the spelling of quite a few words.

Ideally, Dragon would work with zero effort on the part of the user and just display each word spoken correctly in the proper context, but that's far from the case. For the money, it's an ok value, but just.
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on July 22, 2015
I am the "hunt and peck" typist so this software saves lots of time when needing to take notes out of print material or when typing a letter. I don't use the fancier features, I use it for simple dictation, and for that, Dragon works well. It also learns your way of speaking and adjusts over time, given you create a profile and save the changes. It does make hilarious interpretations of what you say at times (for example the word "pornography" gets typed as "per knocker fee," which just sounds wrong and cracks me up every time). Sometimes if I sneeze or cough, it will type words (apparently Dragon thinks my sneezes sound like "him and him and him"). Also, at times it suffers from common internet typos like not using they're/ their at the appropriate moments. I still have to proofread just in case Dragon misheard my statements but most of the time it is because I talk fast and don't always pause in between words.

If there downsides to Dragon, I'd have to say this version does not work on anything later than Windows 7 (I tried uploading it to my Windows 8 tablet). Also, Nuance was aggressive for a while for trying to sell upgrades but they seem to have backed off now.
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on February 5, 2015
Dragon Naturally Speaking Home 11[Old Version] is a speech recognition software that allows you to interact with your computer just by talking to it. Speaking is faster than typing and this software shows your spoken word three times faster than typing and the accuracy is 99%. The software works with Windows vista/xp and 7. There is a great sidebar with common commands that you can use to increase convenience. This software is a handy tool especially when you need to type long documents. In addition, the installation process is very easy and requires no prior technical expertise. Just follow the instructions and you are good to go.

There are tutorials to walk one through should there be any difficulties interacting with the software. This speech recognition software costs $32. Typing isn’t the only thing that the software can do. You can utter commands to the computer and it will do it. Sending emails, interacting with friends in twitter and Facebook and anything else you do with your computer will be so much fun. This is the kind of application you get to use and wonder how you managed to cope without it. Multi-tasking is so much fun since all you have to do is utter the words and the computer obeys it. If you dread the squiggly red line then you need to get this software. It doesn’t make any grammatical errors. Keyboard interaction is so minimal since most of the interaction is verbal. Don’t forget to invoke the help command in case you are stuck. The software also comes with a headset microphone which is a cost saver. Windows comes with a speech recognition software that does most things if not everything wrong. It will fill in words when you take a breath and also tries to predict what one will say. I like the fact that this software can help people who can’t use their hands anymore. To get the most out of this software, it’s advisable to speak a few words simultaneously and then take breaks in between. For example, if you need the software to output the sentence, “It’s Monday and the Monday blues are intense.” You will utter the words like this: It’s Monday and (take a breath) the Monday blues are intense. Like with everything practice makes perfect and it’s only by getting the gist of how the software works will you be able to have an enjoyable user experience. But all in all this is a great speech recognition software.
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I have used Nuance voice recognition for years
I could not locate my disc for ver. 10 preferredso I decided to order a new one
I found version 11.5 on amazon.
I could not believe the reviews that complained about the hours spent trying to install the program and get started
Nor did I trust that customer service could be as bad as they reported
So I ordered it
Came promptly as promised and packed beautifully
Unfortunately the reviews were right
Impossible to install. Try restarting they advise "Even multiple times"
And so I did
Decided NOT to waste my time on customer service.
Two hours later I was no better off than when I started so I put it pack in the beautiful shipping carton and sent it back
In shopping for another brand of voice recognition I learned That Windows 7 has one pre installed and all you have to do is turn it on
Works great and is free
Good bye DRAGON Naturally Speaking
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on February 3, 2011
First, a little background, I'm a college student with previous training using voice recognition software. I bought this because it was advertised as having a high level of accuracy out of the box, and I was frustrated with the way that the Windows voice recognition was messing up.

I found that claim to be false.
I have not noticed a relevant difference in accuracy for this product compared to the Windows 7 pre-installed voice recognition software, even after going through extra training (thinking that surely I was just doing it wrong). Had I never used voice recognition software, I probably would give this a higher rating, but given that most versions of Windows include voice recognition software at about the same quality (and effectively for free), I regret purchasing this product.

The product was relatively simple to use, nothing out of the ordinary in set up. The pop-ups and task bar icon are annoying me enough that I will probably go back to using the Windows software.
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on April 23, 2012
I'm a PA working in medical clinic. We had been dictating all notes and sending to transcription company, but we just converted to EMR several mths ago and with it stopped our dictaphone usage. They recommeded Dragon medical but for $1500, seemed like robbery over the $40 price tag of Naturally speaking home ed. (especially considering the only difference is there is pre-loaded medical terminology and medications...thats not worth over $1,000 to me). Read a technical review that Windows speech recognition came a VERY close 2nd place vs Dragon naturally speaking (96% vs 98% accuracy respectively), given the fact that Windows speech recognition was already on my laptop I figured I'd give it a try. It wasn't horrible (although my Supervising physician gave up b/c of his middle eastern accent, and fellow PA gave up b/c of her southern accent) and was better than typing out everything, however it was not great. After a few months, I got fed up and gave Dragon Naturally speaking v.11 a try. Was not immediately impressed out of the box HOWEVER, the learning functions are what has quickly advanced Dragon to be VASTLY better in only days after using it. MUCH better than Windows speech recognition. Speech recognition had functions such as recording yourself saying a word which needed correction, but would continue with errors when that word was used again later. Also, no freedom to add or remove specific words like Dragon gives. The "vocabulary" tab in Dragon makes all the difference. I can add a word, but I don't have to verbally spell it, just type the correct spelling and in addition to Dragon recording myself saying that word, it also allows me to type the "spoken form" of that word...example (I use a lot of medical abreviations) so if I want Dragon to know the term L5-S1 (referring to the last disc space in the lumbar spine) I type L5-S1, then in the spoken form box I type "L five dash S one" and record myself saying it and Dragon uses all of that info...It is nearly flawless that everytime I say that term from then on, it is correct.
The one nusance is that Dragon seems to automatically select and delete/write over previously typed words/letters if I am adding dictation into the middle of something. As far as my EMR system is concerned they said this is an issue with Dragon. The only thing I have been able to do in order for this not to happen is after putting cursor between words where I want to add the new info, I simply hit the spacebar once and arrow back as I start to dictate and it never deletes anything accidentally.
All in all would definitely recommend Dragon.
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