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Dragon Naturally Speaking Version 12
Yesterday, my husband tried to sneak a Christmas present pass me. Luckily, I was on to him, because I wouldn't want to have to wait another week to use this software. It is called Dragon Naturally Speaking Basics Version 12, and I have checked it out before but never bought it. Now that I have, I can see the benefits are HUGE!
I'm using Dragon Naturally Speaking right now to dictate the text on this hub. I want to see how many mistakes it makes and how many non-mistakes it makes, and so far it is doing very well.
My main concern is how I speak. Even with siri on the iPhone, I am often misunderstood. I'm not sure if I slur my words, but I often get words that do not resemble what I'm trying to say at all!
However, I've found that this software is recognizing my words quite well. Although, I am speaking very clearly as well. If I start to slur my words or tie them together to form one big long word, then that is when I start to see errors on my text.
Other Benefits of Dragon Natuarlly Speaking
So, I hope you watched the video above. (YouTube account since deleted, you will just have to trust me!) If you did, you will see that I doubled the amount of words written by using Dragon, and in most tests that I have done...I have had less spelling mistakes as well. That is obviously a huge benefit of this text to speech software. It means you can get twice as much done or even three times as much done if you can speak very clearly and quickly.
There are other benefits that I can see down the line though with a text to speech software like this.
1. It's going to save my wrists a lot of pain.
No matter what I use to rest my wrists on for typing, it is not enough. I do end up getting a lot of pain in my wrists because I type so much or because of how I type, I'm not really sure. By using the Dragon Naturally Speaking software, I can foresee that my wrist is going to get a big break.
Not only does my wrist gets sore from typing, but it also gets sore from using my fingers to backspace and correct my words (which I do a lot), and use my mouse. With Dragon Naturally Speaking, I don't need to do any of those things if I don't want to. You can control everything with your voice.
You can search the web with this software, you can choose which page to open, you can open up programs with this software, you can send an email with the software, you can send a Facebook message with this software, you can tweet, you can do pretty much anything on your computer with this software. It is just a matter of becoming efficient at what to say. And in just 24 hours I have learned a lot.
2. It's going to allow me to do other things while I am typing/speaking.
For instance, my dog always wants a pet right in the middle of writing my articles. Now, I can give him a pet and write at the same time. Talk about multi-tasking!
3. It's going to improve my speech.
As I said I have a tendency to slur my words or tie them in together, but with Dragon Naturally Speaking you can't really do that or you are going to spend a lot of time correcting things.
That is a good thing for me, because I hate repeating myself. Now people should understand me the first time I speak. ;-) (I even did that face through my software!)
Some Commands Available With Dragon Naturally Speaking
When you are in a word document, or whatever kind of document you prefer for writing in, you can say certain things to add punctuation.
For instance you can say 'DOT' and get '.'
You can say 'exclamation point' and get '!'
Other punctuation you can make is 's, (,",@, +,_,-, #, and ;-)
You can also correct spelling mistakes by saying "Select 'whatever words your choose' and then either picking the correct spelling from the list it gives you or spelling it out yourself.
You can search the web by saying "open top site for" or "search Google for," and once you are on the results page you can say the words that correspond to the link you want to open, and it will give you an option to open it by saying the number beside it. I know that sounds a little confusing, but it makes total sense when you use it.
You can say things like "move mouse up" and "move mouse right" or "move mouse down slower" to control your mouse. You can even say things like "click save" or "click okay" or "click cancel" to act like a mouse on a page you are on.
You can open browser windows and then close browser windows.
You can create a bullet section and you can also do all the formatting you normally do in word like bold or italicize.
You can search your computer, search your documents and search your email.
There is more that I haven't had time to fool around with yet...
So, with your voice, you can do anything that you can do with your hands or the mouse.
You may be quite efficient at doing everything with your hands or the mouse, but once you get used to the speech to text, I would personally think that is going to be a better tool than having to use your hands or your mouse.
Of course, if you are in a house where you need to be quiet and respect other people's privacy, then it may not work so well for you. Fortunately for me I only bother my dogs while I'm at home. And they bother me enough, so it's time for some payback. ;)
Where To Get Dragon
It sells on the site nuance.com, but it seems to be more expensive there than other places. However, it is a good place to compare products and decide what you want.
There is also a premium, professional, and legal version of the Dragon Naturally Speaking line, and you may want something more than just the 'basic' version of Dragon Naturally Speaking that I am talking about in this article.
I think if you are like me, and you just want to stop typing so darn much, then this is just fine. In fact, I don't see much of a difference between this one and the next one up. But that could just be me. So you make your own mind up.
I just recommend you get a speech to text software!
I do like to have the most premium version of anything, but I think this is going to be fine for me for a long time. If I do get an updated version, then I will do a review on it. However, for now this is all I need.
To be honest, I got my Dragon Naturally Speaking at Walmart. It was $50 there. But I have seen it on Amazon for less. So if you get free shipping from Amazon to your house, then you will pay less for the software. . That is the version I am talking about here. Check out Dragon Naturally Speaking on Amazon Here