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Dragon Naturally Speaking 9: a better alternative to Vista’s speech recognition?

Dns_box_professionalBob Russell is on a mobile kick as of late. Since we’re all about that topic, I’ve been following his last several posts that coincide nicely with our central theme. The latest one to catch my eye is Bob’s overview of Dragon Naturally Speaking 9 in comparison with Vista’s speech recognition. Bob says:

Bottom line, I find Dragon Naturally Speaking (DNS) 9 to be wonderful, and Vista speech recognition to be “almost useful”. Let me explain.

And explain he does! Most compelling to me was Bob pointing out that DNS 9 allows you to record speech in any one of several supported mobile devices and then have the software transcribe the audio file back on the host PC later. It’s not all peaches-and-cream, but DNS 9 does seem a compelling alternative to the include speech tools in Vista. You’ll pay to add it, but this venerable application seems to have come a long way from it’s ViaVoice past. Give Bob’s article a read and see if you agree.

7 Responses to “Dragon Naturally Speaking 9: a better alternative to Vista’s speech recognition?”

  1. Well I just called the company and it sounds like I won’t be able to use it because it will only recognize 1 voice. It will not recognize multiple speakers as in a conversation. bummer. I got excited for a minute there. If there is another way, i would love to hear about it.

  2. I have been using the high end versions of Dragon NaturallySpeaking for many years (since version 2, version 9 is the best yet). I have found it to be an excellent productivity booster because I can speak much more quickly that I can type. It has saved me many thousands of dollars in avoided transcription costs, and my transcriptions are immediately available. In addition to the documents I used to dictate, it allowed me to use voice recognition for memos, brief notes, and e-mail. To use it effectively one must have adequate hardware (excellent microphone, upgraded sound system, plenty of RAM, and an appropriate hardware setup). One must be sufficiently interested in using it to do so properly (you must train it while it trains you.). For mobile use one must be willing to dictate in public, and find a sufficiently quiet environment. I imagine that not everyone would be interested in dictating personal and business e-mails at Starbucks for everyone to overhear. The errors made by the software are sometimes difficult to discover during proofreading, so I will typically include a disclaimer at the end of even a short dictation. – This document has been prepared with voice recognition software. Please excuse unusual errors. –

  3. I never thought of this option before. Sometimes I record conference calls so I can build Statement of Work documents later on. I use OneNote to record the meeting and then manually go through the recording and type out the parts I need. Could I record a meeting with Naturally Speaking and have that meeting transscribed into text on my TPC? that would be huge for me!!! Please let me know if this is a good use of this tool.
    Thanks!!

  4. bluespapa

    I use Dragon NaturallySpeaking all the time, simply to have another input into my computer in addition to the stylus and keyboard. The improvement over version 8 is significant, and I appreciate the incredible work that’s gone into voice-recognition as much as handwriting recognition.

    I tried dictating on a separate device with the earlier version, I should say versions, but noise affects accuracy, and the only time I really have to use a recording device is commuting. I may try this again, but I am sold on having one more way to input text and control my computer. I found the controls more versatile and the program more accurate than the XP voice recognition, so I was happy to upgrade to version 9 and find it even more so. The array mic built into the Samsung Q1 is even more accurate than a microphone that came with the preferred version of Dragon.

    But do keep a glass of water for longer periods of dictation.