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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Nuance software should be ashamed of itself.March 10 2013
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When I first received this software, I thought it was great. Here was a way for me to speak to my Mac and have the words show up on the screen. It did a pretty decent job. And I was extremely pleased until I went to the company's website and saw video tutorials of Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12. I couldn't believe my eyes. It was so far superior to the Mac software that I couldn't believe they were made by the same company. I was horrified. How could a corporation justify turning loose such an inferior piece of *&@T on to Mac users while producing such an amazing piece of software for Windows users. Let me start by saying that for the past five years I have been a Mac user. I love my Mac. Sadly, due to a bicycling accident, I find it extremely difficult to type and use a mouse or touchpad. Before becoming a Mac user, I was a longtime Windows user and constantly dealt with viruses, malware, and the general B S that Windows users are subjected to. Now, having fallen in love with voice to text in the form of this elegant Dragon NaturallySpeaking software what was I to do? There was only one answer, I had to buy a Windows computer for the sole purpose of running Dragon NaturallySpeaking. I did that, and Acer V5, bought Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12 and am now relatively happy. I WOULD HAVE BEEN ALL WHOLE LOT HAPPIER HAD THE INCONSIDERATE PEOPLE AT NUANCE CREATED AN EQUALLY BRILLIANT PRODUCT FOR THE MAC. Perhaps there's a reason for this, perhaps Dragon requires a ridiculously designed and bloated operating system to function. No matter what, I have no choice given my shoulder injury than to live with my $800 extra cost for running the software. I can't get over just how much better Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12 is compared to DragonDictate POS. Thankfully, Amazon has agreed to take my Mac version back and I am now happily dictating this to you using Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12, a truly remarkable piece of software. As soon as Nuance chooses to bless Mac users with this marvel of technology I will go back to my Mac as Microsoft has once again screwed the pooch, as far as I'm concerned, with this Windows 8 that it calls an operating system.
For more details on Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12 see my review of that product.
30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Dragon Dictate 3.0 is finally catching up to DragonNaturallySpeaking - I like it!Nov. 21 2012
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This is my review of Dragon Dictate 3.0 this review will be unedited and transcribed exactly as Dragon Dictate 3.0 sees fit to decide what I have been saying. For the record I am not a Nuance employee I'm just a disabled person who uses Dragon on a daily basis. ***I WILL NOT BE REVIEWING THE BLUETOOTH HEADSET AS I DON'T HAVE IT & IN GENERAL FEEL ANY HEADSET WILL IMPROVE ACCURACY. PLUS ANY BLUETOOTH HEADSET SHOULD WORK WITH DRAGON.***
In the second part of this review will focus on how to get the most out of Dragon Dictate and voice dictation in general.
I want to say that we (with) Dragon Dictate 3.0 I have found that it is highly accurate (I think 98%+). A new features that I appreciate is the intro tutorial that I think is a great addition to helping new people get used to some of Dragon Dictate 3.0's new features. And just in general get used to using voice dictation. This is an awesome new feature in this product.
If you abuse (have used) Dragon Dictate in the past a.k.a. Dragon Dictate 2.5 or below I say just do the training all over again. To me just make sense when you do a new install of the software to take the hour to do all the training over again. It helps their new engine get used to you right off the start.
One other thing I want to say that I like about Dragon Dictate 3.0 is the new correct that feature. Now I only use Dragon Dictate for dictation but when I use Dragon NaturallySpeaking on PC I was loved the correct that feature. Basically when Dragon Dictate makes a mistake you just tell it to correct the word that was mistaken and you can train it to learn new words that way. Now I'm sure if older versions of Dragon dictate had this feature (I believe they did not) because I would often say "correct that" and nothing would pop up on the screen. But now the feature is in full effect in Dragon Dictate 3.0 and it works just as I desired it would. Now training words that I use often and are recognized by the program is 1000% easier.
I want to give you a few examples of how the correct that feature helps you if you use a lot of words that Dragon probably will not understand. Things like company names and terms that are specific to certain professions.
Now I work a lot with the videogame industry and when I say - "borderlands to" this is what Dragon Dictate scribes forming (scribes for me) but what I wanted to write is "Borderlands 2" a videogame title. So when I say borderlands to, I then say borderlands to "correct that" a window pops up I say edit number two I go in and change the spelling to capital B and the number 2 so it reads Borderlands 2 and then I say choose two. Now I'm on my way to training Dragon Dictate to understand that when I say Borderlands 2 I mean the game and not borderlands to. Borderlands 2 is a great game and now Dragon Dictate 3.0 understands when I say Borderlands 2 I mean the title of the game and not borderlands to. (Now I do want to say that in writing this paragraph Dragon Dictate 3.0 is still having some issues with the title of this game but in all fairness I've only been training it to understand this games name for about 20 minutes)
This feature alone makes this upgrade worth it in my opinion. Leave a comment down below if you're an a user of an older version of Dragon Dictate and up trying touch base with you if you have a questions.
Thank you for reading this I hope this helps! Below is my guide to getting the most out of voice dictation it's from reviews I've done on Dragon Dictate and Dragon NaturallySpeaking in the past.
TIPS ON USING VOICE DICTATION
(This whole review is done with Dragon I will not edit it at all)
As a quadriplegic standup comedian (okay I'm the cant stand up comic) I spent a lot of time doing voice dictation. I have been using Dragon naturally speaking since 1995 and I must say it is truly an amazing product and Dragon Dictate for Mac/Dragon NaturallySpeaking are only getting better. I want to give a basic overview on voice dictation and being successful.
To see my comedy set just google: AskACapper
One other thing to note I do not use Dragon for mouse movements and commands as I had the ability to use a touchpad mouse so I will not delve into those features in my review. This will merely focus on how you can use voice dictation effectively to receive near 100% accuracy. And how Dragon does it almost perfectly every time.
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.
[Example] 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 [End example]
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.
Without speaking a word clumps and thinking about what you want to say is when voice dictation has problems, here is an example of a long sentence I will speak this without stopping and pausing at certain points.
What I said: I am not disabled I am just very lazy and really I'm only in this thing for the parking. What Dictate heard: I am not disabled I am just very lazy and really I'm only in this thing for the parking.
There you go it got a perfect 19 word sentence correct but most of the time keeping your clumps lower helps the program not make mistakes that is just what I have found.
How to train your Dragon: 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 6-8 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 to anyone with a disability for sure, and if you are dyslexic Dragon can really help you also. 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 and I approve this message LOL!
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Good and BadMarch 30 2013
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I used Dragon 11 and switched to a MAC and bought Version3.0. Setup was fine training was easy and I was able to hook up the bluetooth microphone and BT300 easily. Even was able to hook up my legend which is not listed as being supported.
Now for the issue. I figured it was my issue. Not doing good training, but finally called Dragon. They verified they are working on a fix, but beware. When dictating in a program it will sometimes add a single character after you dictate. You can delete but it comes back. When you ask it to select text, it sometimes goes to a random spot in the document. I have tried this in Word and Pages. The only work around is to dictate into the Dictate notepad and copy and paste in your document. Doesn't happen all the time but more times than not. Either it works or doesn't. They didn't have a date for when this will be fixed. It is more annoying than anything else. For the money I am disappointed.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Keeps getting betterMarch 20 2013
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It's working really well for me with Apple Works and Word. I really wanted that nice bluetooth headset, and I used it for a while, found it either felt like it was ready to fall off my ear at any moment or that it hurt. Then my dog ate the headset and before I bought a new one, I used DD one day with the built-in microphone on my Macbook Pro. DD was every bit as accurate with the built-in mike as it was with the bluetooth headset, plus it's one less thing to keep up with a no discomfort to my ear.
Accuracy really goes up when you use the Recognition Box. Always use that. If what you said isn't the first option, it's almost always the 2nd, and all you say is Choose 2, and that pops in.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Great voice recognitionDec 10 2012
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If you are looking for the best voice recognition and subsequently voice to text product on the market, this is it. That being said, it's not perfect out of the box. The learning/training process takes quite a lot of time and energy. Once the process is completed, it works almost flawlessly.