Dragon Naturally Speaking —A Game Changer!

Posted by RichD | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 12-03-2012

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Yes, I know.  I am kind of hit and miss on my posting to this blog.  I have had a lot of internet issues and computer issues and just a general lack of motivation for posting.  But now I am seeing that not only are people reading the blog but I an FINALLY getting some comments on the posts.

I have posted before on using the Dragon Dictate app on my iPhone.  I still love it.  Now the apps for Dragon have gone even further.  Nuance is producing apps that working in conjunction with the latest version of their speech recognition software (v. 11.5).  Now you can use your iPhone as a microphone for dictating to your computer or even record on the go and have DNS transcribe everything later for you!

 

 

 

After reading about these amazing apps I took another look at the full computer software.  I own DNS v. 9.  I will it admit it is pretty good.  It doesn’t take nearly the training the previous versions did to recognize your voice.  It’s pretty easy to learn and it’s no hassle at all to set up.  And although it doesn’t support the previously mentioned iPhone apps, I can’t justify buying a new version of the software until I am well versed in the habit of using the one I have.

I recently installed version 9 on my laptop and have been making myself use it as often as possible.  I am writing blog posts, emails, and even using it in conjunction with Evernote to keep my diary for this year.

As I see it, utilizing DNS helps in several ways:

• It lets me be much more productive.  Dictating in DNS is about 3 times as fast as typing.
• It helps me to form thoughts better.  Speaking is a LOT different than typing.  It forces me to think more clearly.  Not so much editing.
• Its great practice for public speaking as well as training for maybe someday putting out my own podcast.
• It helps me “write like I speak”, because, let’s face it,  I am speaking not writing.
• Its also MUCH easier to lounge about in bed dictating than it is to type in the bed.  And to that end it will be a great boon when I get the latest version and I am no longer tethered to the laptop at all.  I can get my ideas down while taking a walk or folding the laundry.

So 2012 is the year I really focus on being prolific and I think that getting comfortable with Dragon Naturally speaking will be a big help in that goal.

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