I still believe that speech recognition on PCs is the wave of the future as the technology is improving continually. It is nothing short of magic to watch your spoken words of wisdom appear on the screen as soon as you say them. I have been a big fan of both the Tablet Edition’s version of speech recognition and also Dragon NaturallySpeaking, (DNS) which adds a lot of additional features over the Tablet version. I have been using DNS 8 even though version 9 has been out for a few months, mainly because I haven’t had time to upgrade and give the new version a shot. Ars Technica has evaluated DNS 9 and written one of their typically thorough reviews and they seem to like what they see:
And how does the program do with dictation? Exceptionally, astonishingly well. If you have never seen voice recognition in action before, be prepared for the silly smile bound to play across your face when you witness it in action.
The greatest compliment that we can pay to the software is to say that it simply works. After using it for a few days, it becomes second nature to expect that you can say a sentence and the program will transcribe it. And this isn’t saying a sentence in robot speak, one… word… at… a… time. The program’s called "NaturallySpeaking" for a reason—you need to speak clearly, but can do so at normal speed. Even for slow talkers, this means that voice recognition can input text far faster than a keyboard.
It sounds like I better get upgraded to version 9. I so like silly smiles.