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Dragon NaturallySpeaking Standard Editor's Review

No matter what type of computer you use, it becomes necessary to use keyboard for typing. This is the case with average home users as well as network administrators working in professional setups. Would not it be nice if you could give your hands and fingers some relief and use your voice to type sentences and paragraphs? That is precisely the reason why voice recognition software has come in to being. While Windows ships with its inbuilt voice recognition feature that does not fulfill needs of advanced PC users. If you are looking for a feature rich and more capable voice recognition software and price is not an issue, Dragon NaturallySpeaking by Nuance can fit your needs. It is not perfect but does better than many contenders and serious users will like its flexibility. It comes in 3 flavors- standard, home and premium.

If you are fond of using software that gets installed within a few seconds, Dragon NaturallySpeaking can test your patience! The software comes in a single disc but that is not all. The installation time will actually depend on hardware spec of your PC. Once the software is installed you will have to create a user profile. This can be quite time consuming. On an average, it could be around 45 minutes.

As it is, a PC with company mentioned minimum spec- 1GB RAM and a 1 GHz CPU will struggle with this app. Ensure you have a beefy PC with a multi core CPU and 4GB of RAM to run this app smoothly. The app will gobble a lot of space in your hard disk too. The supported OS versions are Windows XP SP3 and upwards. It is important that the CPU is SSE2 enabled.

Apart from using a powerful PC, you will also need to use a headset with microphone for using this software. The surrounding should not be noisy. The company offers a headset unit with the software disc but this lacks a volume control. In real world test, the software tends to pick up a lot of ambient noise. This can sometimes interfere with dictation process.

After user profile creation and completion of post installation training with the software, you will have to go through a quick demonstration session. The process can be tedious for some users but the rewards are worth the labor. The learning curve is steep but the company offers excellent documentation and on screen tips that help first time users. To let the app pick up your accent and language better, you need to specify your region or country. Dragon can scan your emails and documents to pick up your speaking style.
While using the application, you can use either the accurate or fast mode. The accurate mode works a tad slowly but it will reduce your pain. Dragon sports a sleek and intuitive interface. It offers you lots of screen space. One drawback of the software is that it can deal with one language in a profile though it supports several languages. Initially, the software can make a few mistakes in understanding words and phrases but with regular practice, it shows improvement in taking dictation and rendering it on screen.

The users can add their favorite jargons and words to vocabulary of the software for ease of use. While Dragon NaturallySpeaking is meant primarily for taking user dictations, it can easily be used for other needs. For example, you can make use of it to browse web without using hands. The app is compatible with web mails. It comes with third party browser extensions and you can use it with Hotmail and Gmail. When you use these email programs, a small Dragon icon can be seen on supported commands.

Overall, Dragon outperforms Windows integrated speech recognition engine and the fact that it offers correction alternatives for mistakes gives it a competitive edge. It comes with a mobile companion app but its efficacy varies from time to time.

Positive Points:
•    Picks user inputs very well.
•    Users can add new phrases and jargons.
•    Very detailed help and tutorials.
•    Enhanced support for webmail services.

Negative Points:
•    Setup can be lengthy.
•    Not suitable for older computers.
•    Training and accuracy improvement can be tedious.
•    One user profile supports only one language.

Conclusion:
Dragon NaturallySpeaking is costly voice recognition software but offers enough features and functionalities to justify the steep price tag.  The software is meant for advanced users who need to use dictation for writing mails and long paragraphs of text frequently. It does offer better performance than Windows own voice recognition utility and packs in some additional bells and whistles. It may not be absolutely accurate but when you are through with training and keep on practicing the speech recognition accuracy goes up gradually. You can add your favorite phrases for improving accuracy too. The main glitch of the impressive dictation software is its hardware requirements. People with entry level PCs have no luck and a really powerful PC with oodles of RAM, and multi core CPU will be needed. You also need to have access to a relatively noise free zone to use the application.  

Rating: 3.5/5








Dragon NaturallySpeaking Standard Publisher's Description

Introducing Dragon version 13 with greater accuracy, blazing speed and even more flexibility.

Free download from Shareware Connection - Introducing Dragon version 13 with greater accuracy, blazing speed and even more flexibility.

Publisher: Nuance Communications, Inc. | License: Shareware
Version: 13 | Platform:
Released Date: 25-04-2015 | Rating: 5 | Title: Dragon NaturallySpeaking Standard

Author Url: http://www.nuance.com/
Program Info Url: http://www.nuance.com/dragon/index.htm
Download Url: http://www.nuance.com/dragon/index.htm

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