- File Size: 9406 KB
- Print Length: 305 pages
- Publisher: American Dictation Technology Labs; 2 edition (February 1, 2009)
- Publication Date: February 1, 2009
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00315681Q
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,272,338 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Mastering Dragon NaturallySpeaking Kindle Edition
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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.
Finally, I wasn't using any of the available documentation until reading the Kindle version of Mastering Dragon Naturally Speaking, after upgrading to version 10 Preferred. Wow! This opened up its real power and potential, as well as teachng me tricks for using it in ways I never thought I would, such as browsing the internet and controlling the desktop in Windows. The price is higher than the average $9.99 for Kindle editions but worth it. This book added a lot of value to the price already paid for Dragon, itself. I feel like I'm getting my money's worth and more.
The only reason for rating it four stars instead of five was the formatting flaws in the digital edition. Graphics and insets tended to screw things up and stretch across several pages. No huge problem but I was expecting more considering the higher price on the Kindle.
I recommend the book to anyone ready to really explore Dragon Naturally Speaking and spend time using it more completely. This edition covers 10 Professional but applies to the Preferred verson, too. I don't know how different the new release, Version 11 is, but would expect you'll still find a lot of things here you won't see anywhere else.