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Speech Recognition Software?

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Re: Speech Recognition Software?

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Re: Speech Recognition Software?

Postby gesler0811 » Tue Dec 04, 2012 7:44 am

I definitely AM NOT an "edit as I go" kind of writer, unless I write something down that really sucks, then I will change it before I move on or else it will keep calling out to me like the telltale heart.

Having said that, however, I seem to have a better command of my train of thought when I am typing than when I am speaking, so I don't know if such software would work for me. But in my career as an IT professional, I have installed Dragon for end users before, and got a chance to play with it a little bit, and it was surprisingly accurate and effective. But you're right, I don't see how you would edit as you go, since you would have to keep jumping back and forth and I am not sure how that would work. You would probably have to train yourself to spill the whole scene out and then go back and edit all at once, which, as has already been pointed out, you would probably do anyway.

I would imagine there is a free trial period for the software? Maybe you could download it and give it a shot.




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Postby James A. Ritchie » Tue Dec 04, 2012 10:17 am

The latest version of Dragon, which is 12, works extremely well. Infinitely better than the Windows version. Even far better than Dragon 11. It requires little or no training for most users, and is, well, almost intuitive. It just flat works. I do strongly suggest getting the premium package, even though it can cost twice as much.

My problem with Dragon is that I simply can't dictate writing. My mind goes blank. What I can do with Dragon, however, is dictate handwritten work that is already finished. Saves a ton of typing time. I can also dictate e-mails, and essentially run everything on my computer by voice. I like this. Dragon also has text to speech, and can read e-mails and documents. I like this, too.

But actually writing with Dragon depends on the user. Some write perfectly well by dictating. Others, including me, do not.

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Re: Speech Recognition Software?

Postby Basie » Wed Dec 05, 2012 3:12 pm

Thanks, everyone, for your input. Yeah, kind of what I expected. A good tool but not for my style.
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