Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11

| April 11, 2011 | 0 Comments

Dragon Naturally SpeakingI recently upgraded from Dragon NaturallySpeaking version 9 to version 11. I’ve got to say that version 11 is leaps and bounds above version 9.

It’s hard to compare and 9 to 11 because they’re almost like two entirely different animals. Many moons ago when I purchased Dragon NaturallySpeaking version 9, I spent quite a bit of time training the software to get used to my voice and the manner in which I speak. I enjoyed using it because it was faster than typing but I also spent quite a bit of time editing.

Transcribing from a Digital Voice Recorder

Since I had the Preferred edition (which is now called the Premium edition) I was able to use NaturallySpeaking to transcribe what I dictated to my digital voice recorder. Transcribing from my digital recorder meant even more editing.

The major problem I had with transcribed recordings was that since it was not transcribed in real time, I had to think back to what I had actually said so I could guess what the transcribed version should be. In other words, the digitally recorded transcribing feature wasn’t so accurate.

NaturallySpeaking 11 Accuracy

So far I haven’t used version 11 to transcribe my digital recordings but I’ve got to say, NaturallySpeaking 11 is much more accurate out of the box. All I did was install the software, slap on my headphones and started dictating. The accuracy was amazing.

With the old software I had to spend time training it, with version 11, I don’t think training is necessary. The accuracy is about 98%. And get this, the more I use it the more accurate it will be because of the correction capability.

Editing and Corrections

Editing is a breeze because you can correct the software both verbally and through keyboard input. The software remembers the corrections never to repeat the mistakes again.

Since it’s only been a couple of days since I took the software out of the box, I cannot give it complete review. But, since I just took it out of the box, I think this review will probably be the most accurate review I can do. After having voice recognition software version 9 and complaining from day one, Dragon NaturallySpeaking version 11 is definitely a winner.

Update 4/27/2011:

Although I like the improved accuracy on Dragon NaturallySpeaking version 11, I find the steps that I now have to take to transcribe a recorded dictation a wee bit cumbersome.

In the past, when I used my Sony digital recorder to record my dictation, all I had to do was connect the Sony recorder to my PC to download the dictation. Next I clicked the Voice Recognition button from within the digital voice editor software program which would initiate Dragon NaturallySpeaking if it was not already open to my computer.

After that all I had to do was confirm the NaturallySpeaking user profile and decide whether or not I wanted to transcription to appear in the DragonPad window or different window. It would then transcribe my recorded dictation.

New Process for Digital Recordings

Things have changed a bit in Dragon NaturallySpeaking version 11. Now in order for to transcribe my recorded dictation, I must first convert the dictation into an MP3 format, or any other format compatible with NaturallySpeaking (no longer transcribes from the default .dvf format), then open NaturallySpeaking and load the appropriate profile. In other words, the profile that I use to dictate directly through NaturallySpeaking is a different profile than the one that will recognize my recorded dictation.

After I load the appropriate profile, I have to tell NaturallySpeaking where to find the digital recordings on my computer by navigating to the files. After that, I confirm whether or not I wanted to transcribe in DragonPad or other window and then it will begin transcribing the recorded dictation.

Streamlining the Transcription Process

I tried several times to streamline this process. I did a little research online to see if there was a quicker way to initiate recorded transcription but I couldn’t find anything that was as simple as a few clicks as worked with older versions.

In the grand scheme of things, this is a minor annoyance, but an annoyance nonetheless. I now make sure that my recorded dictations are worth the effort. In other words, if I’ve got something really quick and short to transcribe, and it’s not pressing, I wait until I have enough dictation to transcribe to make the procedure worth my while.

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