- The fastest and most accurate way to interact with your computer; Dragon dramatically boosts your personal productivity and helps you realize your full potential
- A personalized, voice-driven experience; Dragon gets even more accurate as it learns the words and phrases you use the most, spelling even difficult words and proper names correctly
- An intuitive design and helpful tutorials make it easy to get started and easy to master
- The ability to create, format and edit documents by voice allows you to think out loud and break through barriers to creativity
- Dictation of text anywhere where you normally type within popular applications enables greater productivity and efficient multi-tasking
“Respectable With a couple Flaws”
I started using speech recognition three decades ago because of the volume of research and writing I do. The reviews for Dragon NaturallySpeaking compared to Windows speech recognition afterward seemed to agree that WSR was equally as good as anything from Nuance. I have always found Windows speech recognition a bit annoying in the amount of mistakes in recognition results and the poor mic volume control. The add-on macros are a nice addition to WSR. With the launch of Dragon NaturallySpeaking 13, I decided to test it to see whether it would function better than the built in Microsoft option.The installation was painless in addition to the initial setup. There is no training necessary to get started, and the precision was amazingly high with no requirement; however, I’ve since read one of those training documents because of the amount of text that I have to dictate daily, I wanted to ensure increased accuracy.Since buying DNS13 on August 11, 2014 Ive ordered just over 6,000 words; from curiosity I did track corrections that needed to be made, and Dragon NaturallySpeakings accuracy came in at 99.2%. My VXi TalkPro UC2 mic is working really well with Dragon NaturallySpeaking, far better than it was using Windows speech recognition.The product integrates nicely with Microsoft Word and Outlook, however all the default hotkeys must be changed otherwise you cannot create formulas in Excel. It’s unfortunate that after all of these years that people have asked integration using Microsoft OneNote, the only thing DNS 13 can handle is that the ribbon; text cannot be ordered directly into the program.One thing I really do miss about Windows speech recognition is that the add-on macros tool where I could construct regular formatting commands. I use this extensively in Microsoft OneNote; for instance, I would dictate a lineup and after that voice a command that would select the whole line, place the font point size, place tags, and then input a dual line feed.If you attempt to dictate into a web forms, such as Amazons search field, the Internet Explorer Complete Text Control browser add-on does wreck Dragon NaturallySpeaking (according to the DNS and Windows event logs), and corrupted all right-click context menus in Windows 7; a reboot must clear up the problem. With Firefox, the browser add-in only does not work.There is a plethora of commands offered in DNS 13 to suit whatever degree of keyboard or mouse interaction you’d rather use your voice to control. I especially like having the ability to search the web when something comes to mind, the search the web command is great.Overall, for me, the product is far better than Windows speech recognition, and that I can continue to work around the browser add-in crashing, overlooking Microsoft OneNote integration, and lack of custom formatting controls as quality recognition is my number one need. For the time being, Dragon NaturallySpeaking 13 gets four stars; speech the missing OneNote integration and also the browser add-on crashing, and I might bump it up to five stars.