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Using Dragon Naturally Speaking

Updated on March 18, 2013

The Pro's and Con's of Speech Recognition Software

A dozen generations after the first version, Dragon Naturally Speaking has evolved into the nr.1 speech recognition software. Internet marketeers, businesses and creative authors all use DNS, but that does not make the program perfect.

As with all speech recognition (even between humans) most of the words need to be understood to put it into context and assemble complete sentences. If most of the words are recognizable and arranged in a correct grammatical order, it is easy to complete a sentence based on grammar principles and a general idea of the topic. The software works much the same way.

The Dragon software needs to understand the majority of the words you are saying or it loose the sentence grammar. This can really flip things out as it tries to create sentences based on its own guesses. What you are saying and how you speak it will make a big difference on the performance of the software. It will never become perfect, but for every session that you use and train it, the output will become more and more readable.

If you give it some time, the Dragon naturally Speaking may be taking dictations that only lack smaller punctuation adjustments. This requires patience and dedicated training though.

Image credit Guilane

Demo of a Un-trained Dragon

I had a bit of a sore throat when doing this but it will give you an idea of how the software works. I think it rocks, specially since English is not my native language and my pronunciation is not that good sometimes.

When you have this software trained, it works very well though and you can get it to understand even the broadest accent.

Do you dictate?

Have you tried a dictation software like DNS?

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Dragon Naturally Speaking Software for PC and Mac

Dragon NaturallySpeaking Home 12.0, English (Old Version)
Dragon NaturallySpeaking Home 12.0, English (Old Version)

Basic version of this award winning speech recognition software. Well worth the small investment if you speak quicker than you type.

Dragon NaturallySpeaking Premium 12, English (Old Version)
Dragon NaturallySpeaking Premium 12, English (Old Version)

The big difference between the home edition and DNS premium is that this can write the text into any text editor and that you can import your own new word text list. Just this feature makes it worth the extra cost and will save you loads of time instead of having to teach the program word by word.

Dragon NaturallySpeaking Premium 12 Bluetooth (Wireless), English (Old Version)
Dragon NaturallySpeaking Premium 12 Bluetooth (Wireless), English (Old Version)

This is the DNS version I am upgrading to. Being able to walk around and dictate stories with a bluetooth earbud is going to be awesome. Plantronics earphone is included in this kit.

Dragon Dictate for Mac 3.0 Wireless (with Bluetooth Headset) (Old Version)
Dragon Dictate for Mac 3.0 Wireless (with Bluetooth Headset) (Old Version)

Same as above, the Dragon bluetooth software for Mac includes a Plantronics earpiece.


The best microphone for speech recognition software?

headset for dragon voice recognition software
headset for dragon voice recognition software

This is the Koss headset I used for the demo video and it is a common one to use with voice recognition software. This is a cheap headset with a basic microphone and even more basic earphones and I honestly don't like much about it. The recorded sound lacks bass and midrange - all you are getting is treble but the program seems to like it ok.

The best microphone to use with Dragon naturally Speaking is one with decent noise cancelling which will enhance the program's performance significantly. The cheap Koss is not noise cancelling and my next microphone will either be the bluetooth earbud that comes with the kit, or a quality wireless headset.

Dual Channel UHF Wireless Microphone System

Bestselling Yeti USB Microphone

Sennheiser ME 3-EW headset

Dragon Naturally Speaking Adnroid App
Dragon Naturally Speaking Adnroid App

The Dragon Android App

There is an app! The Dragon app for Android gear converts your device into a remote wifi microphone.

If you have a smartphone with a bluetooth headset then you have a nice hands-free setup.

If you have a Android tab, it probably has a built-in microphone and you can use that to dictate straight into Dragon Naturally Speaking.

The app is free. Click the image for more info.

Go on, speak!

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