Nuance Dragon NaturallySpeaking Home 11.0 - K409A-G00-11.0

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I thought I had ordered the version 10 of this software, but I got version 11. It was easy to install and the learning process was pretty easy. They include a cheesy wireless ear piece, but I found my Skype headphones worked better.

-Mike quote

Sorry for the lack of paragraphs. Buy.com doesn't accept lines between paras apparently I have been following voice recognition for at least 10 and possibly 15 years. It has always been fun and interesting but eventually I always put it down because correcting misrecognitions was always more trouble than it was worth for an average to a little bit better than average typist. To paraphrase the professor in "My Fair Lady", "by Jove, I think they've got it". With this iteration of Dragon NaturallySpeaking – version 11 home – I have been able to dictate entire paragraphs with no misrecognitions. It's pretty cool to talk at your most rapid speaking pace and see your words flowing onto the page perfectly. A couple of caveats here – I have a very fast computer and I speak with very little regional accent – a bit like a radio announcer. Consequently, "your results may differ". With all that being said, there is still a possibility that at some point in time I may lay this software down and use it infrequently – when writing a report or something like that. The reason is that in order to gain full utilization of the program you have to invest a fair amount of resources and there is somewhat of a learning curve before you are able to comfortably navigate the user interface. It's a great deal more complicated than just talking into a microphone and seeing your words on the screen. As an example of one of the numerous complications – I started to write this review on the website page from buy.com. Unfortunately, that page will not accept input from the Dragon program. There is an easy workaround for that – open up a text editor or an e-mail and dictate into that then cut-and-paste. Fairly simple but possibly confusing to a neophyte user. I am an advanced computer user – I'm not saying that you have to be an advanced computer user to obtain benefit from this program but I am telling you that if you are like the vast majority of customers who bring their computers to me for repair and the first words out of their mouth is "I'm computer illiterate", you probably won't do very well with this software. Strangely, the microphone that was included with the software package did not pass the quality test that the software goes through when it first pairs up with the input. All of my other microphones did fine. I'm dictating this review with an inexpensive microphone on a boom that allows me to speak into the microphone without the necessity of having an obtrusive headset or holding a microphone in my hand. I'm in the process of reorganizing my workcenter and I have intentions of hanging a quality microphone from the ceiling, perhaps on a retractable reel so that I can pull it down when being used and have it at an appropriate distance from my mouth and then raise it out of my way when not being used. Some reasons to buy this software – you are a fairly good computer user but have physical challenges limiting your use of the mouse or keyboard; you're not a great typist and you enjoy gadgets and are willing to spend some time to learn; you're a decent typist but you like to try new things because they're fun. If you're a fairly inept computer user and you think that this software will make you a good computer user – don't bother. Like I said, I have typed this review using the software into an e-mail – I'm about to cut and paste it into the review form and I suspect that there might be one or two misrecognitions that I have overlooked but I'm quite sure that the general meaning is there. I hope this was useful to you.

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Accurate and hasn't crashed

by A customer on 9/25/2010

Accurate and hasn't crashed yet. Takes a while to load and seems to require a lot of resources (seems to slow down my quad computer). But very easy to use and very useful. I am running Vista operating system and it seems they have worked out any problems that previous versions had with Vista. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is not a good typist or wants to control their computer through a microphone headset. It does what it says. Read More

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Money Well Spent

by A customer on 10/4/2010

I'm a poor typist, so this software is a lifesaver. I was skeptical before I took the plunge, but I think it's the best money I've spent all year, especially at Buy.com prices. This software is not perfect and does not translate profanity well, but there is a training function for this. Home Edition is a good start. I'll probably pick up the Pro Edition next year so I can use my digital recorders with Dragon. Read More

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Product Overview

Dragon NaturallySpeaking Home speech recognition software lets you interact with your PC just by talking! It understands what you say and how you say it. Speak words and they appear on the screen — three times faster than typing. Tell your PC what to do and it does it. Use your favorite applications to create documents and email, surf the Web, update Facebook, and more. Dragon Home is so fast, easy and fun; you’ll wonder how you managed without it!

Specifications

Manufacturer Nuance Communications
Mfg Part# K409A-G00-11.0
SKU 216679593
UPC 780420122185
UPC 14 00780420122185
Features
Up to 99% speech recognition accuracy right out of the box
Creation of documents, reports, or messages just by speaking
Nuance Text-to-Speech technology that reads on-screen text in human-sounding synthesized speech
Dragon Voice Shortcuts that let you create email, schedule appointments, and search the Web or your desktop using simple voice commands
Support for Microsoft Word, Open Office Writer, Microsoft Outlook, Internet Explorer, Firefox
Tech Specs
The install process checks that your system meets the minimum requirements; if they are not met, Dragon NaturallySpeaking will not be installed.
CPU: minimum 1 GHz Intel® Pentium® or equivalent AMD processor or 1.66 GHz Intel® Atom® processor. We recommend 1.8 GHz Intel Dual Core or equivalent AMD processor. (IMPORTANT: SSE2 instruction set required)
Processor Cache: minimum 512 KB We reccommend 2MB
Free hard disk space: 2.5 GB (2.8 GB for localized non-English versions)
Supported Operating Systems:
Microsoft Windows 7, 32-bit and 64-bit
Microsoft Windows Vista SP1 and SP2, 32-bit and 64-bit
Microsoft Windows XP SP2 and SP3, 32-bit only
Windows Server 2003 and 2008, SP1, SP2 and R2, 32-bit and 64-bit
RAM: minimum 1 GB for Windows XP and Windows Vista, and 2 GB for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2003/2008. We recommend 2 GB RAM for Windows XP and Windows Vista, and 4 GB for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2003/2008 64-bit
Microsoft® Internet Explorer® 6 or higher (free download available at www.microsoft.com)
Creative® Labs Sound Blaster® 16 or equivalent sound card supporting 16-bit recording
DVD-ROM drive required for installation
Nuance-approved headset microphone (included in purchase). See details at support.nuance.com/compatibility/(includes Bluetooth microphones, recorders, and Tablet PCs).
Note: An internet connection is required for product activation (a quick anonymous process).
* This edition of Dragon does not support dictation directly into Electronic Medical Record (EMR) Systems. For EMR support, please use Dragon Medical Edition.
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