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.

Using the Dragon Naturally Speaking App

Posted by RichD | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 11-05-2011

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Please Pardon the Typos

This is a post I’ve been meaning to do for quite some time as a matter of fact it was a little phone. I wanted to see how that is the Dragon NaturallySpeaking app was on my iPhone. So my plan was to simply speak a post. I have minimal training with Dragon NaturallySpeaking. I can in Decendents.

I can start a new paragraph.
I can make a list
like this
I want to

the point of this post is just to illustrate how accurate this app can be iPhone for getting your ideas out there. I do not contingent at it, touch, or fix anything in this post. I’m just going to speak it and posted. However any interest legibility I think I might have to type up the transcript of this and post it directly under it. That way you can see what I intended to say versus what dragon that. Actually recording. If this works. It’s a fabulous tool for getting your ideas out. I do most of my good thinking in the car and there’s really no way from you right all I’m driving. This way I can do rough drafts of posts, chapters and e-books, grocery list or anything else that pops into my head well I’m on a particularly dull stretch of road.

What I can tell the iPhone app gives me about 20 seconds of speaking which is actually pretty good after 22nd I simply can’t continue and do another 20 seconds and it depends the new text right to where I stopped speaking. 20 seconds is about all I can keep in my head up. When I write I can rearrange and put my thoughts out there added to

I just look at that last line and it didn’t record that very well.

Typing lets me edit on the go speaking doesn’t let me do that so I only use the 22nd four o’clock maybe a paragraph anyway that’s how it works I will post for my next post because driving and talking isn’t natural to me yet transcript will see you later

Sent from my phone.

That last bit was a totally unedited entry from my iPhone and the Dragon Naturally Speaking app.  I guess its not quite as polished as I would like it to be but still, its pretty amazing for a free app.  I used a set of ear buds with a microphone and it picked up the gist of what I was saying even if it didn’t transcribe it perfectly.  The app allows around 20 seconds of recording before it cuts you off and transcribes what you just said.  Never fear, though, when its finished its transcription you just hit the record button and it picks up right were you left off.  I haven’t found an upper limit to the amount of dictation it can take in this manner.

I love this app because I get most of my best ideas while I am driving in my car.  This way I can capture the idea and send it to an email to myself.  I also seem to think better when I am walking so I can totally see using this as I walk around my neighborhood, getting my blogs roughed out, and getting a head start on chapters in up coming books, or even reminiscing for my journal.  All of  this text can be emailed from my phone and stored in my inbox to be copied, pasted and edited.

As you can see the transcription is far from perfect, but it is great for a VERY rough draft.  It goes a long way to getting you started on any writing project.  Sometimes facing that blank page is the first, biggest hurdle to getting a project done.  This way you have something to start with.  Problem solved.  I’ve always heard that “writing is re-writing anyway.  I fully intend to get better with this app.  The opportunities seem enormous.  I think that they designed the app to learn as you use it so the I expect the transcriptions to get better over time.

Now, for the benefit of those that are interested, I will attempt to edit my dictation into what I originally said:

This is a post I’ve been meaning to do for quite some time. As a matter of fact it was a little fun.  I wanted to see how that is the Dragon NaturallySpeaking app was on my iPhone, so my plan was to simply speak a post. I have minimal training with Dragon NaturallySpeaking. I can end sentences.

I can start a new paragraph.
I can make a list
like this
if I want to

the point of this post is just to illustrate how accurate this app can be  for getting your ideas out there. I do not correct, edit, touch, or fix anything in this post. I’m just going to speak it and post it. However, in the interest of legibility I think I might have to type up the transcript of this and post it directly under it. That way you can see what I intended to say versus what dragon was actually recording. If this works. It’s a fabulous tool for getting your ideas out. I do most of my good thinking in the car and there’s really no way for me to write while  I’m driving. This way I can do rough drafts of posts, chapters and e-books, grocery list or anything else that pops into my head while I’m on a particularly dull stretch of road.

From what I can tell the iPhone app gives me about 20 seconds of speaking which is actually pretty good. After 20 seconds I simply can continue and do another 20 seconds and it appends the new text right from where I stopped speaking. 20 seconds is about all I can keep in my head. When I write I can rearrange and put my thoughts out there added to

I just look at that last line and it didn’t record very well.

Typing lets me edit on the go. Speaking doesn’t let me do that so I only use the 20 seconds  for maybe a paragraph. Anyway that’s how it works. I will post for my next post because driving and talking isn’t natural to me yet transcript will see you later.
Sent from my phone.

 

The bits marked in red are parts I can’t figure out. I cant remember what I was thinking.
Here are some tips:

  • Use earbuds with a mic.  That way you can see when you are out of time and push the record button again.  Besides if you are driving it makes it much easier all around.
  • Learn the dictation language.  “New Paragraph”  “New Line”  “Period” “Comma” etc.  These are code words that let DNS know how to format your text
  • Speak naturally.  If you slow down it actually confuses the app.  Some very smart people went to a lot of trouble to make it easy to use.  Stilted speech also leads to stilted thinking.
  • Edit you text as soon as you can.  While it is still HOT in your head.  The colder it gets the more difficult it will be to remember what you wanted to say.