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Are you a writer? Using Windows 7? Get this. Astonishing accuracy, right out of the box.
on November 4, 2015
For at least five years -- possibly longer -- I've been using the speech recognition software that's built into almost every Windows operating system. Before that, I'd used Via Voice (from IBM) from its earliest days.
I wouldn't have considered Dragon (since its Windows counterpart is free), but I saw Dragon demonstrated as part of some training I watched, online. The instructor's results with Dragon were far better than what I'm accustomed to with Windows' speech recognition, even when it's been "trained" for years.
I researched Dragon options. I'm using Windows 7, so I was looking for great reviews from people using the same OS.
To me, it looked like Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11 was the best for my purposes. (I'm a writer. I dictate my articles and books in my home office.) Not 11.5 or anything higher, but specifically version 11.
So, I bought this. As I installed it on my computer, I panicked. I have 2GB of RAM and the software advised me that was half of the 4GB they recommend.
I hoped my Blue Yeti microphone would offset any issues, during use.
I needn't have worried. I did use my Yeti microphone, and I did "train" the software with the four-minute reading from Alice in Wonderland.
Then, I tested Dragon in my Scrivener software.
Results: 100% accuracy, from the start.
I'm impressed and recommend this to anyone who wants genuinely smart speech recognition software. Free is good (Windows' alternative), but superb accuracy -- and the time it saves -- is what Dragon delivers. Totally worth it!