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Impressive new Dragon Professional

During the years, in several blog postings, (for the last one, see here), I have mentioned my experiences with a program called Dragon NaturallySpeaking which claims to be able to transfer my speech into text.
Now it’s company, Nuance, has produced a new version, named Dragon Professional  Individual,  version 15.

This is an impressive new and improved version. It is faster, and it understands my speaking much better than ever before. Even with my Norwegian accent, I am able to speak for much longer sections and using a much more elaborate terminology than ever before. In order to enhance the use of the program, I can make it read some of my papers, and it accepts and incorporates the  vocabulary I use in my papers. Most of these papers are about Philo of Alexandria, and in this way, the program incorporates the vocabulary relevant for such papers.

I am just impressed and I do think, with this new version, I will use this program much more than before just because it understands my pronunciation, it learns my way of speaking much better than ever before.

If you are a little bit interested, have a look at their web page. The program is quite new, and you might find some very interesting discount offers.

” With an all-new, next-generation speech engine leveraging Deep Learning technology, dictate and transcribe faster and more accurately than ever before, and spend less time on documentation and more time on activities that boost the bottom line.” (from Nuance’s web page.)

 

 

Nuance NaturallySpeaking

Speaking about computer programs, I will like to mention another program that just came in my doors, that is Dragon Naturally Speaking, version 13 Premium, from Nuance.com

I have used the program occasionally over the last years, but has never become quite familiar with it. I think that is somewhat due to the program itself, but also to my way of speaking and pronunciation.

I find this version 13 much improved. It works much more efficiently even on my old computer (4 to 5 years old), and it is much more able to handle my not so good pronunciation. I think I will use this program much more often from now on, for example when I want to take down some excerpts from books or articles I am reading, or in the process of writing my own works.

Have a look at the Nuance NaturallySpeaking.

NaturallySpeaking has arrived.

Today my version of NaturallySpeaking arrived in my mailbox. I choose to buy the preferred edition. I have now spent a small hour trying to learn to program, it installed very nicely, and I have tried some of the tutorial exercises. I find it very easy to use. I must admit, that I have used an earlier version, but that was several years ago. And I do find this version much better. I am in fact, using  the program, and  using the enclosed microphone by writing this. I have  made very small mistakes in his (= this) first paragraph, and that is even with my non-native English.

Hopefully, when I have become more acquainted with the program it will serve me even better. If any of you have any experiences with this software, it would be very interesting to read you comments, in the comments field below.

Well, when I licked (=looked) over this text I found some problematic words. But  the program is very easy to use also when you want to correct something. Have a nice day!

Update April 14

A couple of weeks ago, I bought a new computer. It turned out that it not only had Vista installed, but it also had Vista 64 bits installed. Very soon it turned out that the Dragon NaturallySpeaking program I had bought could not be used on my computer.

But then I discovered that I could download an upgraded version and that it was capability of running on a 64 bits computer. I had to download 1.3 gigabits and it took me about one hour to download the program. After some time, I had it installed and now it works fine on my new computer. I am sorry to tell, that I have not had enough time to exercise and to rehearse using NaturallySpeaking, but I am making progress, and I hope it will be better to understand my speech every time I try to use it.

Sometimes it has some problems with theological words, but I presume it has most to do with my pronunciation, not the words by themselves, but that’s the whole deal: it has to understand my pronunciation, and I had to do a lot of training to make it more capable of understanding me and writing what I am saying.

Naturally Speaking Software

I am considering buying Dragon Naturally Speaking 10 (preferred edition), probably the most praised speech recognizing software.

I used an earlier version several years ago, but had some conflicts with my hardware. Now I have a rather new laptop and is getting a new strong desktop, I thought it might be time for giving this software  a new chance.

But I would like to hear if any of you have any experiences with the software already. Please use the comments field below and give me some suggestions..