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Nuance Dragon Dragon NaturallySpeaking Home 13 (Old Version)
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- The fastest and most accurate way to interact with your computer; Dragon dramatically boosts your personal productivity and helps you realize your full potential
- A personalized, voice driven experience; Dragon gets even more accurate as it learns the words and phrases you use the most, spelling even difficult words and proper names correctly
- An intuitive design and helpful tutorials make it easy to get started and easy to master
- The ability to create, format and edit documents by voice allows you to think out loud and break through barriers to creativity
- Dictation of text anywhere where you normally type within popular applications enables greater productivity and efficient multi tasking
- Supports Microsoft Office 2010 and 2013. Does not support dictation into Electronic Medical Record (EMR) systems. For EMR support, use Dragon Medical Practice Edition
- Refer to the product description section for system requirements and compatibility details
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Dragon NaturallySpeaking 13 Home is the world’s best selling speech recognition software that lets you use your voice to get more done every day on your computer — quickly and accurately — at home, school or for hobbies. You simply talk and text appears on the screen up to three time faster than typing. You speak commands and Dragon understands and executes them. Dictate and edit documents, send email, search the Web and use social media with unparalleled speed, ease and comfort. Have fun on your computer and realize your potential at home or school by getting more done faster than you ever thought possible. Stop typing, start speaking — and doing. We recommend minimum 2 GB for 32 bit Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10; 4 GB for 64 bit Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, and Windows 10. Supports Microsoft Office 2010 & 2013. Does not support dictation into Electronic Medical Record (EMR) systems. For EMR support, please use Dragon Medical Practice Edition.
Product detailsPlatform:PC Disc | Edition:Disc w/ Headset
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5 x 2.5 inches; 4.8 Ounces
- Item model number : K409A-G00-13.0
- Date First Available : July 12, 2014
- Manufacturer : Nuance Communications
- ASIN : B00LX4BZAQ
- Best Sellers Rank: #241 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
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I'm not new to "Dragon," as I had version 9 before this. When I got a chance to upgrade, I thought, why not? And there have been some improvements. That's a good thing, because there were some issues with the previous version. I had that caused me not to use it after a while. [Begin parentheses]
Okay, so that's the kind of thing I'm talking about. I wanted to put something in parentheses, and you see what the program did. Also, in that last sentence, I did not ask for a "." In the middle! That was all Dragon. Then, somehow, the program click something that submitted my review after the above paragraph, and I've had to wait 24 hours in order to pick this up again and corrected. (There's another example. I said, "correct it" and Dragon put in "corrected").
I write books, and because speaking is so much faster than typing, I'd like to be able to dictate them. I've been a professional writer for many decades. My mother, who was an executive secretary back in the day, taught me how to tie (should have been "type") when I was in my T's. Begin bracket [insert parentheses]. There we go again: I'm trying to put something in brackets and you see what the program is doing. Instead of T's above, I said, "teens." At any rate, I can type about 100 words a minute. So, for a program like Dragon to be useful to me, I have to be able to dictate and not have all these issues with the wrong thing written down, and then a really difficult time correcting it.
Pros and cons: on the pro side, Dragon does an amazing job of figuring out most of the things I'm saying! That's a beautiful thing. I think I could get used to dictating books at a good clip! However, on the con side - and it's a significant con - when the program does here and put in the wrong thing, it is a difficult thing to select the mistake and corrected. There, in that last sentence, "hear" is clearly the wrong spelling, and again, "corrected" should be "correct it." In fact, I have to type "correct it" because if I say it, Dragon interprets that as a command to find a mistake and fix it. Another con, in my opinion, is that when I'm surfing the web and open a new page, and Dragon is on, it interrupts what I'm doing with the question asking whether I want to allow Dragon to run the page! I have to click it off before I can do anything on that page. Now, if it did it once and I said 'no,' and it never did it again, that might be okay. However, every time you return to the page, or even refresh it, it stops everything to ask the same question again! Maybe there's a way in the program to turn that off that I just haven't found yet, but it is a pain in the butt.
There is a different version of Dragon specifically for dictation. Maybe that would be a better thing as a professional writer trying to create books! It does cost about $200. I'll have to consider that.
These days, when people are typing a mile-a-minute in a chat program or on Facebook, etc. many times they don't care if there are mistakes in what they write or say. Dragon would be perfect for them! But if you're living depends on getting things right in your written words, Dragon-created mistakes are an issue. (See the problem with "you're"? I'm not going to bother to fix it here).
The problem with mistakes and how to correct them in Dragon is why I gave up my old version of the program. After a while, I found it was just easier for me to type and avoid most of the errors that Dragon makes. That said, Dragon does improve as it goes, they say, and it can learn from your other written material, including documents and email. I meant to keep with Dragon 13 for a period of time (I said "I'm going to keep with" in the last sentence -- you see what Dragon wrote). Anyway, I'm going to keep trying the program, because it does do some amazing things, and I sure would like to be able to just speak what I want to write down. I can see how this would be of particular benefit to anyone with a disability that keeps him from being able to type.
However, the downside is still the mistakes that Dragon does make. I intend to come back after a couple more months and let you know how my learning curve, and dragons learning curve, are going. Again, in that last sentence, you would think that the Dragon program would know that when I say "dragons learning curve", it would recognize that the word Dragon is not plural, but should have an 's at the end to signify ownership of its own learning curve!
I'd give Dragon a five for how well it does understand what you're saying. However, I knock that down to a three because of the issue of mistakes and the time and trouble it takes to correct them.
A qualified recommendation on this one.
UPDATE 9 month later: I've given up on Dragon (again) this time around. It just takes too long to find and correct the mistakes! I'm faster and better just typing what I want to say to begin with. However, as I point out, for some people, Dragon may be what they're looking for, warts and all. In addition, I fully believe in the Company's mission, and I expect (and hope) that subsequent versions will improve "listening" ability, and grammatical and spelling errors, some of which must be based on the product's ability to spell certain things based on context of a word in the sentence being dictated.
UPDATE September 2016. I quit using Dragon long ago. Bottom line, it's faster for me to write and edit the "old way" than it is to correct Dragon's mistakes. However, there are now new versions available for significantly more money. See Dragon Professional Individual 15.0, English for a price (at this writing) of $310. There's also an "academic version" for $250 Nuance K809A-F00-15.0 Dragon Professional Individual Academic Version 15 Speech Recognition Software . AND you can upgrade from Dragon 13 to 15 for $109: Dragon Professional Individual 15.0, Upgrade from Dragon Professional 12 or 13 or DPI 14.0 -- but be careful! At this time, there are no reviews of the much more expensive programs. Even the upgrade costs more than double the price for Dragon 13! And then, the one review posted on the upgrade gave it 2 stars, claiming the installation wiped out all their voice records. That is a serious defect. If you try one of these versions and review it, please leave a comment with the link below and I'll check it out. I'm going to wait to see a substantial number of reviews before I cough up the money.
Adding an update a few weeks later: I purchased 12.5 (again) and installed it. It works fantastically, right out of the box. Fast, incredibly accurate, a joy to use. What on earth happened with 13? I see that the price has now been reduced to half the original price. Save your $$ and go with 12.5. THIS is the Dragon I know and have loved!
P.S. If the Nuance representative who has commented on other negative posts is reading, I sure wouldn't mind a refund of the $100 I spent on 13, which went straight down the drain.
I'm pointing that out because that has improved a lot, and this is the biggest improvement I personally see in Dragon NaturallySpeaking 13. I am much more consistently able to just speak and have it transcribe directly into a form on a website itself, without having the cursor occasionally seem to just run off and be in the wrong spot for reasons that weren't always completely apparent. For my personal pattern of use, this is a vast improvement. If your intention was to mostly use the software within a Microsoft Word window, of course, this won't be such a big deal to you.
I also like the interface a little better, because it does a better job of folding itself up into a tiny space in one spot rather than taking a bar across the top of your screen the whole time. I'm a fan of holding onto all of the vertical space I can get. I sometimes even move my task bar over and make it horizontal along the side of a window. I wasn't really a fan of Dragon sticking a bar across the top of my window.
The transcription accuracy does seem to be slightly improved, but it's nothing revolutionary for me personally. That said, I have a relatively neutral U.S. English accent (by this I mean I speak a lot like news anchors and such), so I don't think I'm the most challenging person when it comes to doing voice recognition anyway. For people who have a stronger regional accent, I wouldn't be surprised if the change is a little more pronounced.
If you're curious about the difference between home and premium, that's mostly just things like being able to work on an Excel spreadsheet, or to do recordings on your phone when you're out and have the software transcribe them later. Not a big deal to most people, but something to keep in mind if you're a big spreadsheet fan or you were hoping to dictate letters in your car during your commute and have them converted into text later.
On the whole, I'm reasonably happy with the software. I'm a little hesitant to recommend it wholeheartedly, because every report I've ever heard from anyone about dealing with the company's customer support has been negative, and that means it can be a big headache if you do run into trouble. On the other hand, I have never personally had to go looking for support and you can always hope that you'll have the same experience.
It's also worth noting that Nuance is one of those companies that periodically offers rebates and sales on its products. When I first bought Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12, I think it was actually an Amazon GoldBox deal. Anyway, my point is that you can get a pretty decent price reduction if you have the luxury of waiting.
I'd also like to point out that, for me personally, writing through Dragon is SLOWER than typing. I see people talk about getting it so that they can go faster, but this isn't true of everyone. I spend a lot of time on computers and I'm a fairly fast typist, so it's not really faster for me to talk. Also, I've done a lot of writing on keyboards and so I more naturally frame my thoughts as I go with a keyboard. When I speak, I have to stop and work out how I want to organize things a lot more.
I'm not saying that to try to make it sound like the software is useless. I did choose to buy it anyway, after all! (Well, originally. My copy of 13 was given to me so that I could try it out and review it). For someone who doesn't type very quickly or comfortably, the software will make you faster. If you do type quickly and comfortably, it'll let you do things hands-free. This means I can pet the dog, move different papers around (like if I'm looking at different sources that I want to reference for information), or just generally give my hands and wrists a rest for a little while.
For me personally, I have to use computers for so many things that having voice-recognition software that I can use is also an emergency backup plan. I view it as something that would help me keep my life from turning into an absolute train wreck if I were to sprain a wrist or something.
Anyway, the software genuinely works pretty well, so long as you're willing to go through an adjustment period where you work out how to speak your papers and letters and whatever instead of typing them. I don't actually know of any particularly viable competitors to Nuance in this field, so if you want voice recognition software this is pretty much what you're stuck with (though you might be able to get a copy of a previous version very very cheaply if you prefer to go that route rather than getting version 13).
So if you want voice recognition, this gets the job done, and it's really the only viable choice I know of. You might try the built in voice recognition on Microsoft Windows or something, for basic tasks, but that's not good enough for anything elaborate. Within the voice recognition field, as far as I know, this is the best product that's available to consumers.
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I found the new version to work a lot smoother than the earlier version 7. The software interface is vastly superior and user-friendly with excellent help files. Once set, without much training the dictation works nearly flawlessly; indeed I am using the software to dictate this! Very few errors, on some difficult words, capitalization at the beginning of sentences particularly when there is a pause in the dictation.overall I'm very happy with the performance of this extremely helpful software.
One problem that I experienced, although it may have nothing to do with Dragon system software was noticed in the Virtual machine (XP) that I use on my XP Pro OS. It Would not shut down normally. I had to figure out with the help of Microsoft online help files, but once done, XP has been working nicely.I suspect that this XP mishap was independent of Dragon software.