Dragon NaturallySpeaking Review

October 14, 2008

Dragon Naturally Speaking

Dragon NaturallySpeaking is speech recognition software that allows you to dictate your content to your computer without having to type in everything by hand.

I am actually using Dragon NaturallySpeaking to write this review.  You may remember that I have had problems with repetitive stress pain in the past and used Dragon NaturallySpeaking for a while.

Repetitive Stress Strain

The amount of typing I did at my day job was reduced considerably about a year ago when I took on a new position and did more managing than coding.  Now that I have a new job I’m  spending a lot more time on the keyword and it is taking its toll on my wrists.

This had me worried since I spend a lot of time typing articles, and e-mails, and various things for Money Smart Life. It didn’t want to stop writing but my wrists really need a rest.

The good news is that Dragon NaturallySpeaking allows me to continue “writing” without adding to the problem of repetitive stress strain.

Here are some of the features that Dragon NaturallySpeaking offers:

  • High accuracy levels for speech recognition
  • Dictate and edit in most Windows application, including Microsoft Word, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and AOL
  • Create and edit documents and spreadsheets, compose emails and instant messages, or surf the Web just by speaking
  • Quick Voice Formatting commands allow users to issue a single voice command to make deleting and formatting text faster than ever
  • Use the included high-quality headset, work with a Bluetooth microphone, or even dictate into a digital recorder when away from the PC

One of the things they mention is using Dragon NaturallySpeaking to avoid repetitive strain injuries – “By using voice to control the PC and create documents, users reduce their risk of developing repetitive strain injuries, such as carpal tunnel syndrome.”

New Features

I am still using an old version of Dragon, version 7, but there are features in the latest version, version 10, that sound very useful so I may upgrade.  I particularly like the handheld dictation feature:

Dictate into a handheld recorder for later transcription
Be productive on the go. Users can dictate into any Nuance-certified digital recorder when they’re away from the office for automatic transcription when it is synched with a PC.

This would be great for my commute, I could record my thoughts on my drive and upload them when I get home, pretty slick.

Dragon Naturally Speaking Reccomendation

Anyhow, I would recommend Dragon NaturallySpeaking to anyone looking for speech recognition software or a dictation tool.  It is helping me keep writing despite repetitive stress issues so I can’t say enough good things about it.


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