Product Added : January 24th, 2013
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"This Best Selling Dragon NaturallySpeaking Home 11 [Old Version] Tends to SELL OUT VERY FAST! If this is a MUST HAVE product, be sure to Order Now to avoid disappointment!"
Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11 Home provides a whole new way to interact with a PC–using speech instead of a keyboard and mouse. Just say words and they appear on the computer screen–three times faster than typing–with no typos! Tell your PC what to do and it obeys your commands. Dragon understands what users say and how they say it.
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Use your voice to: Dictate and format documents Surf and search the Web Send email and instant messages to family, friends, and colleagues Update Facebook, MySpace, or Twitter … and so much more! Dragon 11 Home provides everything you need to get started, including a high-quality headset. There's no faster, easier, or more enjoyable way to get things done on a PC for home, school, or leisure activities. Once you discover the Dragon difference, you'll wonder how you ever managed without it!
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Stop Typing, Start Talking
Just say words and watch them appear on the computer screen–three times faster than typing–with up to 99-percent accuracy right out of the box. Dragon can learn the words you say every day, including acronyms and proper names. It even gets to know you better over time for increased recognition accuracy.
Speak and the PC Obeys
Dragon eliminates the need to navigate menu options or type in keywords so users get more done faster. Just tell Dragon what to do, and it does it. Control applications or edit and format text using simple voice commands like "Open Microsoft Word," "Show my photos," "Bold that," or "Center the row."
Multi-task Like Never Before
Dragon Voice Shortcuts make it faster and easier than ever to create email or search the Web or desktop for specific information or resources. Send an email to multiple friends by saying, "Send email to Jon Smith and Raphael Sanchez." Dragon automatically opens Microsoft Outlook, creates a new email, and enters the correct email addresses for you. Say commands like "Search the Web for low-fat lasagna recipe" or "Search maps for Union College in Schenectady, New York," and Dragon returns the results.
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Transform Ideas into Text at the Speed of Thought
With Dragon, typing, spelling, or fear of the blank page won't slow you down. Dragon keeps up with your brain, instantly transforming ideas into text–with no spelling mistakes! Just say what you mean instead of struggling with the keyboard or worrying about spelling. Now you can focus more on the content of your writing and less on the mechanics of typing.
Easy to Use Simple installation gets users up and running in minutes. New! The Dragon Sidebar puts important voice commands and tips in one desktop location for at-a-glance convenience. Improved! On-screen help and tutorials make it faster and easier to complete tasks by voice. Works with nearly any Windows-based application. Comfortable hands-free interaction lets you control your PC without being constrained by the keyboard.
Faster, Better, Simply Smarter
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From improved accuracy and faster performance, to an intuitive user interface with a rich Help system, powerful new voice commands, and an enhanced correction and adaptation process, Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11 has been redesigned to be Faster, Better, and Simply Smarter.
The Dragon user interface now offers better usability, and includes a new Sidebar showing tips as well as many commands. It's now easier to discover, remember, and access important Dragon features and options. New Recognition Analytics continuously monitor audio quality and alert users when there is an audio issue, to help them achieve their best accuracy. More than ever, Dragon 11 enables users to focus on their thoughts and ideas rather than the mouse, keyboard or computer screen.
Dragon 11 is more accurate out of the box than version 10, and uses state-of-the-art technology. Thanks to improvements at various levels, corrections are faster to make, and quickly become less necessary. Version 11 "learns" better than any previous version, including from existing documents and dictations as well as from corrections made via the keyboard. Dragon 11 responds faster to voice commands and also introduces new time-saving commands that consolidate multiple mouse clicks and keystrokes. It's faster and easier to open applications, get to a particular window, move within a window, send e-mail, create appointments, search the Web, and more–all by voice. So now users can get even more done faster on their computers.
So what I’m going to do in this test is simply say a few phrases and words that are well-known and you can judge for yourself accuracy.
Mary had a Little Lamb whose fleece was white as snow and everywhere that Mary went the lamb was sure to go.
I’m mad as hell when I couldn’t take it anymore.
Here’s looking at you kid.
Four score and seven years ago our forefathers brought forth upon this continent a new nation dedicated to the proposition that all men are rated equal yada yada yada.
How many licks does it take to get to the center of the tootsie pop? The world may never know.
Should a taken a left at Albuquerque.
Once upon a time there through the pigs each one had a house. One pig had a house of straw, another had a house made of sticks, and the third had a house made of bricks.
As suggested, words with same sound different meaning:
(Typed by hand) To, too, and two.
I want to go to the store.
Are you going to the store to?
Are the two of you going Russian Mark?( program took ? As Russian Mark)
(Typed by hand) There, Their
their houses over there.
There’s no business like show business.
Their car, their house, there you are.
(Typed by hand) Write, right.
I’m going to write a letter details of your 150 are right or wrong.
Go three blocks down then turn right.
I’m looking for the right words to write.
looks like the programs pretty good getting it right when it writes.
I write about the left.
How do you know when you’re right, we come from the left to right about the book he read.( catch you on that one)
Thing seems a pretty good about context. I’ve tried pretty hard trip it up. I’m sure there are those were more clever than me could do a better job though.
(Typed by hand) Hour, our
He spent hours in our house.
We spent hours on our house.( should have been our)
looking for hours at our photos.
Yours mine and ours.
The biggest words I can think of:
here he Winkle – Perry Winkle -. Winkle
spontaneous human combustion
In general, the program does seem to do pretty good job. The hardest part that I had is learning to speak rather than type. Learning to say the punctuation rather than press it with my fingers. And you really need to look at what’s being written in a field proofread closer than normal. That should say proofread closer than normal. For me what seems to be the bind is that I’m talking and then watching it type in reading what types and then talking the next sentence. So I’m not hundred percent just speaking it proofreading as I speak. So the difficult transition to go from typing with my fingers to diving with the program.
But I have to say the number one advantage is that I don’t have to think about words like to say but taking consideration can I spell that correctly and simply to say him. So from my perspective of being a very good speller I can express myself much broader and much more in depth than I would have naturally by simply typing them pretty much sticking with the words I knew how to type or spell.
So in general I feel that Dragon NaturallySpeaking Home 11 is a very good product and was a very good decision to buy and would recommend
after using the program for about a week or more, I and the program seem to be working together much better now. I’m not sure if it’s that the program has learned my speech or that my speech is learned program. But after looking and reading over what I wrote at first, I can see a significant improvement in my words and with the program’s writing. All in all I have to say this program pretty much does what it says it is ( does). I would only think that over time I’ll get more use to using the program and the program will get more use to how I speak.
As a quadriplegic standup comedian (okay I’m the cant stand up comic) I spent a lot of time doing voice dictation and I have been using Dragon naturally speaking since 1995 and I must say it is truly an amazing product. One thing you need to think about when you get into voice dictation is speaking in word clumps. You have to think about what you want to have Dragon type for you then you have to say those sentences in chunks (I hope that makes sense) most people who complain about voice dictation don’t take the time to realize this.
in the following example I did edit the text when errors were made for continuity of thought.
if I wanted to say “Is that the wheelchair that goes upstairs?” “No it is not but it goes downstairs one time really fast!”
The way I attacked this sentence was “Is that the wheelchair -pause- that goes upstairs question mark -pause- no it is not -pause- but it goes downstairs -pause- one time really fast exclamation point
Here is another one “what is the worst thing that a handicapped person can hear? Is it a doctor telling you you’ll never walk again? Or someone saying you can’t go with us because you are disabled? No the worst thing we can hear is someone in a crowd yell “run for your lives” at that point I know I am boned.
Here is how I approached saying that joke out loud I will put in a – where I pause
what is the worst thing-that a handicapped person-can hear question mark – is it a doctor-telling you-you’ll never walk again question mark – or someone saying-you can’t go with us-because you are disabled-question mark – no-the worst thing that we can hear-is someone in a crowd-yell-open quote- run for your lives-end quote- at that point-I know I’m boned period
I hope that helps you again understanding how to speak in clumps of words remember to keep your word count between pauses at about 7 to 10. If you do this you will be successful in using voice dictation. If you put a microphone near your mouth and learned to speak in word clumps I say you will have 99% accuracy every time.
DO ALL THE TRAINING Is all I have to say! Sorry for yelling out better now. But really one thing I found super helpful in doing voice dictation is doing all of the training that you can. While you might not feel like reading a bunch of chapters from random books it really helps and should be done. I make a rule to do all the training the program provides so that it gets used my voice.
Now the microphone that comes with Dragon is decent and will get you almost 99% accuracy. Right now I’m using a tabletop microphone I’m sitting about 6 inches away from the microphone and still getting perfect accuracy! Truly amazing how far it’s come in 15 years.
what I appreciate also about Dragon is its low resource usage. I mean as I use Dragon through the years it would talk a lot of resources i.e. CPU power and RAM space but now on even a low-cost computer will be fully capable of running this powerful program. I would happily recommend at least 2 GB of RAM though.
Till I Collapse by Eminem lyrics,this is unedited straight dictation. First line is dictation – (Second is the true verse to compare.)
As soon as the verse starts I eat it at MC’s heart – (Soon as a verse starts I eat it at MC’s heart) * ERROR
what’s he thinking? How not to go against me? Smart. – (what is he thinking? How not to go against me? Smart.) * PERFECT
And it’s absurd how people hang on every word – (And its absurd how people hang on every word.) * PERFECT
I’ll probably never get the props I feel I ever deserve – (I’ll probably never get the props I feel I ever deserve) * PERFECT
but I’ll never be served my spot is forever reserved – (But I’ll never be served my spot is forever reserved) * PERFECT
if I ever leave Earth that would be the death of me first. – (If I ever leave earth that would be the death of me first.) * PERFECT
Visit my heart of hearts I know nothing could ever be worse. – (Cause in my heart of hearts I know nothing could ever be worse.) * ERROR
That’s why I’m clever when I put together every verse – (That’s why I’m clever when I put together every verse) * PERFECT
my thoughts are sporadic, I act like I’m inadequate – (My thoughts are sporadic, I act like I’m an addict) * ERROR
I rap like I’m addicted to smack like I’m Kim Mathers. – (I rap like I’m addicted to smack like I’m Kim Mathers.) * ERROR
the fact is I would rather sit back and bomb some rappers. – (The fact is I would rather sit back and bomb some rappers.) * PERFECT
So this is like a full-blown attack I’m launching Them – (So this is like a full blown attack I’m launching at them) * ERROR
the track is on some battling raps who wants some static – (The track is on some battling raps who want some static) * PERFECT
because I don’t really think that the fact that I’m slim matters – (Cause I don’t really think that the fact that I’m Slim matters) * ERROR
a plaque of platinum status is wack if I’m not the baddest. – (A plaque of platinum status is whack if I’m not the baddest.) * ERROR
I would say that there were a few errors in that resuscitation of that rap but not bad, and good enough that it would save me about 30 minutes to type that okay maybe 15 but I do type one key at a time.
ONE BONUS OF VOICE DICTATION TO NOTE:
Is that voice dictation sometimes makes mistakes but those mistakes can really be great. So sometimes voice dictation will misunderstand what you say what the end result is better than or uses different words then you are going to ever use. For example the other day I went to use “definitely demonstrates” and Dragon burped out “deftly demonstrates” and in the context it’s error was a better fit is so bonus when that happens! Keep that in mind voice dictation for the win!
So all in all I recommend Dragon NaturallySpeaking to anyone with a disability for sure even if you are dyslexic Dragon NaturallySpeaking can really help you I think you’ll find that this program will free you from the keyboard when it comes to entering tax into e-mails or documents web forums and the like.
I am Chuck Bittner of AskACapper dot com and I approve this message LOL!
Upon receiving the new software, I took it out of the box, I installed it on my computer, and I decided to give it a sample run. What I discovered was absolutely astonishing …
Directly out-of-the-box, with absolutely no training whatsoever, Dragon 11 immediately proved that it was capable of recognizing approximately 95% plus of my speech patterns. Because the nature of my business requires that I use many technical terms that are not included in the Dragon dictionary, several of the words I continually use were not recognized. Nonetheless, after expending a few simple seconds to train Dragon to accurately recognize those words, the issues were entirely resolved.
Now, I feel I may comfortably state that Dragon has approached a near 100% rate of accuracy. I will also add that I am using nothing other than the headphones that were included with my purchase of Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11. Although several users have commented that the headphones appear to be cheap, I’m quite happy with them.
In closing… I can only say that I am entirely satisfied with my purchase of the new version of Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11. This entire review was written using Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11, and I made absolutely no corrections.
The software performs very well as it is, with a connected mic and headphones. And I will say that it took far less time to get the version 11 to learn my vocabulary. It make far fewer mistakes when determining what words I have used and the punctuation and grammar appear to be tuned up, preforming much better than past upgrade. This is definitely an improvement and I would say it works very well.
If your are expecting this product to flawlessly convert your voice to word right out of the box, you will be disappointed. Their is a learning curve on both the user and the software side, that is even after you’ve trained the word in the tutorials and read the necessary samples into the software. But if you have the patience to keep teaching the software you will have it completely trained after 25,000 to 30,000 words.
The Windows Vista install worked perfectly and there have been no glitches or bugs so far.
I probably trained for an additional three hours total since writing that review so I’m not going to replace the review. The accuracy is now far greater, and I’ve noticed that pain in my hands is being reduced quite a lot now that I only have to use the mouse once in a while and the keyboard only rarely.
Yes, is pretty tedious in the beginning, having to read a bunch of preloaded texts, and having to say “correct that”. But, it is definitely worth it. You must also get used to saying your punctuation marks out loud.
The headset that came with the program works better than a microphone that I tried to purchase at Walmart, so I would definitely suggest using the headset comes with the program before you buy another microphone or headset.
One last important thing to remember: no matter how long you train the Dragon software, you will see improvement until you actually launching the “accuracy tuning”. When you do that, the software reconciles all the corrections you made with your own personal speech profile.
To summarize this review, I would simply say that this product is well worth the cost and the time you need to invest to get it to work properly. Whether you type a lot for your job or at home, this product can save you time and possibly even the physical pain of RSI (repetitive strain injury/carpal tunnel/etc.).
Using the program is relatively easy and intuitive. So far, the program has recognized nearly every spoken word and command thrown at it. There are occasional mistakes (Like once, I said “You see” and the program typed the letters “UC”). However, the program gets high marks for accuracy. Most essential commands are simple and direct (space, period, comma, undo, minimize, maximize). I was able to complete an entire document (including launch, save, and closing), without any tutorials or help guides. Navigating the web with voice control was a little trickier, like when I found out after many failed attempts that you must say “Click go” or “Go there” instead of “Go to” or “enter”. Fortunately, the program does allow you to create custom commands, which can be added to an available sidebar “cheat sheet”. Although the program can launch any program on your PC (I’ve launched everything from media players to video editing software), it works best with productivity software and web browsers. I tried using it to play MP3 files, but so far, it hasn’t worked out too well. It seemed to only recognize play and stop. Song names were useless. I plan to explore this more in-depth because it would be nice to simply say “play
I created profiles for other family members. Dragon worked well for all but my youngest daughter. For some reason Dragon did not initially respond well to her voice, despite completing the initial training. It frequently inserted the wrong words, even if she spoke them perfectly clear. Although she’s relatively young, she’s very articulate and people usually have no problem comprehending her. However, she does have a slightly raspy voice and I wonder if this somehow makes it harder for the program to interpret her speech. We eventually corrected the missed words through more focused training under her profile. Apparently, accuracy does vary a bit based on inflection and tone of voice.
Dragon has a lot of potential if you take the time to properly train it to your voice and learn all of the commands (or create your own custom commands), necessary to effectively utilize the speech control features. I hate typing long letters and it’s so much easier to speak out the body of the text and make fine corrections later. The program does take some acclimation and can seem counter-intuitive at times (Just remember, you can always turn off the program and grab your mouse). However, if you’re patient, it can turn out to be a real time saver.
I had a problem at first because my computer wasn’t picking up my voice on the microphone headset. I used the “help” menu in Dragon NaturallySpeaking and found out that a couple of my controls were set to “mute” for some unknown reason. Once I corrected that all systems were go. The software had me reading a few paragraphs in order to learn my speech patterns (It learned that really fast!) and we were off and running.
Another nice feature is that you can set a key on your keyboard to make the microphone stop or start listening. When I first started using the software I was dictating an e-mail and the phone rang. I forgot that the software was still listening and started speaking to the person on the phone without paying attention to my e-mail program. Imagine my surprise when I realized the whole phone conversation was added to my e-mail! I’ve since learned to use the off/on key and the sleep key when I don’t want the program to write out what I’m saying. Another thing I like is that you can say “scratch this” when you want to correct something you just said. I use that feature quite a bit.
The thing I like the best about the software is that it saves me a lot of time. I’m a pretty fast typist but I can still speak a lot more quickly than I type. And I really like ordering my computer around all day – Do this and do that and then do this and this and this. It never gets tired of listening to me or talks back which is very cool. You know those endless business e-mails that you have to reply to that seemed to take forever? This software not only lets you dictate the replies and attach copies of documents, but you can just say: “click send” or “send e-mail”and voilà! Off it goes! Oh, and surfing the web? I love ordering Firefox around, telling it to go here, go there, find this or find that. It’s like my wish is its command. And it doesn’t back-talk at the end of the day, it only wants to do more. Yeah, I really love this software. It not only saves me time but it’s big fun to play around with.