Has Anyone tried Dragon NaturallySpeaking V11

Dell / OPTIPLEX GX280
November 14, 2010 at 20:31:28
Specs: win 7 pro, intel core duo/2GB
Just wondering if any of you have tried this speech to text program yet? I had it bought recently for me by a friend and I tried it out. It was absolutely amazing. Endless prompts that even let you browse the net using only your voice. It took awhile to train it because many words sound similar so you have to add those to the vocabulary. It follows extremely fast and sure is alot easier than pecking with 3 fingers like I do...LOL.
Here's a link to their demo
http://www.nuance.com/talk/
Don't misunderstand me...I'm not endorsing this by no means...I'm just wondering if others have tried it and found it successful to use. I find it quite pricey myself and don't think I would spend the money to buy it, thank goodness it was a gift ;-)
Feel free to share your thoughts on this

Actually I just installed it on my secondary PC and am not too impressed on the added toolbar...I'm not a toolbar fan.

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#1
November 14, 2010 at 22:01:19
I am fairly anti toolbar myself. I used a program....dang I forget the name something like speek2type. Anyway setting it up took hours and if you get a cold forget it. It didn't seem to like accents either. If your accent is different from the person that set it up you would get hit with popups giving a list of possible words to use. When it did this it would stop at that point so you coudn't just dictate to it. You would have to either start over or at that point again. It was ok to play with but that was about it. I gave it up after about a month.

I've seen dragon advertised and thought it might be a little high on the price but wasn't sure. Figured it would be the same kind of thing so I really didn't pay that much attention.

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November 15, 2010 at 04:02:02
I did notice on the set up that it supposedly recognized many different accents so i don't know if that would be a problem. As far as colds, hopefully I don't get one, but if I do, I'll see if it still works ok and then post back.

I myself am not a fad person, so this will probably get old pretty fast and I'll move on to something else...LOL....it takes alot for me to stick with a gimmick at the best of times. I do know that progs like this try making a big splash before christmas with advertising and specials.

Another thing is that a person should set up their own profile on there and that would probably work not too bad. But it sure would be time consuming to set it up.

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#3
November 15, 2010 at 06:44:26
I think external considerations limit it's useability. Environmental noise. Need a quiet place. Need an isolated place.

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#4
November 15, 2010 at 07:09:11
'Need a quiet place. Need an isolated place.'

actually yes and no. You should train it in the environment you will be using, that way it should work properly for you. I have music playing all the time in the background in my office and it doesn't seem to be a problem. It also may have something to do with the mic being used. A one way directional mic should work fine as it only pics up what you say, not all the background noise.

Same as a mic onstage in a live club, I use a sure sm58 and sing close to the mic...it doesn't pick up the background noise when I record myself directly through a sound system with people are playing pool, laughing, shouting etc...all that is recorded is my vocals.

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#5
November 15, 2010 at 15:06:17
Introducing the Ferbie of 2010!!!!

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#6
November 15, 2010 at 15:39:57
"Introducing the Ferbie of 2010!!!!"

What does Ferbie have to do with it likely?

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#7
November 15, 2010 at 21:51:20
It was a joke.

Back when the talking Elmo thing was the big toy for Christmas I went to toys are us to get one for our grandson. They were all sold out but I could either order one or get a rain check. While I was there I knew of a neighbor that wanted one for her little girl so I called and asked if she wanted me to rain check one for her too and she could just pay me for it when I brought it home. All went well I had two on rain check. When they came in I picked them up and low and behold the neighbor had won one somehow so now I had one I didn't need. Off to Ebay it went. You could still easily get one before Christmas from toys are us for like $40 but that one sold for over $400 so I ordered 6 more and sold them too.

The joke is maybe this new program will do this for a few geeks.
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#8
November 16, 2010 at 06:17:02
this new program

Dragon has been around for at least 20 years, I remember trying out a demo version waaaaay back. It was really slow, you had to pause between each word which made it a real pain.

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#9
November 16, 2010 at 06:51:43
well it sure isn't slow anymore...LOL , I talk pretty fast and it stays right up with me. Even the Demo, the guy really talks fast and it seems to follow ok. It's still pretty new to me so far.

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#10
November 17, 2010 at 03:48:26
I tried a version about 15 years ago. My impression was similar to an OCR program. More trouble to correct errors than it was worth.

To a degree OCR is still like that unless the text is large, clear and the scan straight.

Xp, how is the text coming out? Many errors?


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#11
November 17, 2010 at 07:02:54
not many errors at all and like I said earlier, I'm a pretty fast dictator. The only errors are sound alike words, but once you correct and save that, it all seems to go smooth...at least so far.

It's actually funny, I make more spelling mistakes when answering a post...LOL...I'm forever correecting mine...even using the edit feature on most of my answers.

My feeling is that this new version may help many people that are typing challenged, frustration plays a big part when learning to type and memorizing the keyboard layout...at least for me it was.

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#12
November 24, 2010 at 21:40:39
I have some experience w Dragon in corporate arena and only thing i noticed if you dont save your profile before install (from a previous version) you will have to re-train it. Always grab the profile so you can get right into working with it.

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#13
November 25, 2010 at 06:48:43
Lots of ads for that software on TV. They simply call it Dragon now.

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#14
November 25, 2010 at 07:49:17
I even saw some ads in computing.net, looks like the christmas drive is on!

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