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  • Dragon Naturally Speaking 9

    Just wanted to give you guys a heads up that the Dragon Naturally Speaking 9 is out. I'm still using version number eight but nine is something to look at. Supposedly the new one is install and ready to go no training needed.

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    I just purchased Naturally Speaking 9 Preferred through Amazon today. Great price. Does anyone know the difference between Preferred and Professional, other than Professional being fully 508/ADA (completely hands free) compliant?

    My employer is going to order this software for me to use at work as well. I'm trying to find the difference between the two so that I can tell them which to buy.

    Tekniko-- how many times do you have to use the keyboard, would you say when typing a standard word document?

    My tendinitis is so bad that even typing this message was too much!
    Disclaimer: I use voice dictation software, due to chronic tendinitis. Any gibberish-type errors in this post are due to the software's stupidity, not my own. Protect your arms and hands from overuse, people!

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    • #3
      tekniko, thanks. There is some more information on the voice-recognition can be a pain thread about two clicks down. I recently read that it is recommended to go through the 7 minute training process with this new version.
      The test of success is not what you do when you are on top. Success is how high you bounce when you hit the bottom
      --General George Patton

      Complex problems need to be solved collectively.
      ––Paul Nussbaum
      usc87.blogspot.com

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      • #4
        Originally posted by NJenn
        I just purchased Naturally Speaking 9 Preferred through Amazon today. Great price. Does anyone know the difference between Preferred and Professional, other than Professional being fully 508/ADA (completely hands free) compliant?

        My employer is going to order this software for me to use at work as well. I'm trying to find the difference between the two so that I can tell them which to buy.
        Jenn, take a look at the Feature Comparison Matrix chart. Sorry about your tendinitis.
        The test of success is not what you do when you are on top. Success is how high you bounce when you hit the bottom
        --General George Patton

        Complex problems need to be solved collectively.
        ––Paul Nussbaum
        usc87.blogspot.com

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        • #5
          Originally posted by PN
          Jenn, take a look at the Feature Comparison Matrix chart. Sorry about your tendinitis.
          I'm using professional version 8 now. Looking over the chart, the preferred version would do everything I need except support cordless and array microphones.

          That seems like the kind of feature that should be available on the cheaper versions. I don't recall not being able to use an array microphone with previous versions of preferred and standard.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by tekniko
            Just wanted to give you guys a heads up that the Dragon Naturally Speaking 9 is out. I'm still using version number eight but nine is something to look at. Supposedly the new one is install and ready to go no training needed.
            anybody have any reports on V 9 with improved wireless recognition?

            thx

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            • #7
              New York Times
              Technology

              David Pogue
              Like Having a Secretary in Your PC


              Published: July 20, 2006

              TESTING, testing, one two three. Is this thing on?
              Well, I’ll be darned. It’s really on and it’s really working. I’m wearing a headset, talking, and my PC is writing down everything I say in Microsoft Word. I’m speaking at full speed, perfectly normally except that I’m pronouncing the punctuation (comma), like this (period).

              Let’s try something a little tougher. Pyridoxine hydrochloride. Antagonistic Lilliputians. Infinitesimal zithers.

              Hm! Not bad.

              Oh, hi, honey. Did you get to the bank before it closed? Oh, hold on, let me turn off the mike. Wouldn’t want our conversation to wind up in my column!

              Article
              The test of success is not what you do when you are on top. Success is how high you bounce when you hit the bottom
              --General George Patton

              Complex problems need to be solved collectively.
              ––Paul Nussbaum
              usc87.blogspot.com

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              • #8
                Well, I'm "typing" this with my new copy of Dragon NaturallySpeaking 9! I've been using it for about three hours, and it is getting progressively easier. I hope this is a sign of good things to come! It sure is nice not to have to use my hands, considering I seem to have tendinitis everywhere. I got the Preferred version, and it seems to be able to do everything that I ask of it. However, navigating webpages is a little bit difficult. I hope that this improves with time as I get more comfortable with the software. I'm using Mozilla Firefox. If anyone has any tricks for using Dragon with Mozilla, I'm open to any and all suggestions! Right now, I'm having the best luck dictating into DragonPad and then cutting and pasting into my e-mail program (Outlook), or into my web browser. But I must say, I am so impressed! My employer has offered to buy be Professional version for work, and it will probably take them up on that very generous offer. I have a pile of work sitting on my desk that I have been avoiding because of the pain in my wrists, hands, and elbows. It will be so nice to be productive again!

                I am going to have an appointment with the Assistive Technology department at Spaulding rehab in Boston. They will teach me all the tips and tricks of this software so that I become a pro ASAP.

                I was a bit worried about my computer's ability to support the software. I had read on message boards of people with systems that have more power than mine still having trouble. I have a three year old laptop with an AMD processor that is equivalent to an Intel 1 GHz processor with a paltry 512 MB of RAM. It really is the most bare-bones system you could possibly run this program on! There is a tiny amount of lag time, but overall I am happy with the performance.
                Disclaimer: I use voice dictation software, due to chronic tendinitis. Any gibberish-type errors in this post are due to the software's stupidity, not my own. Protect your arms and hands from overuse, people!

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                • #9
                  Sometimes just having a good microphone can make all the difference in the accuracy of your speech recognition. I too use DragonPad quite a bit then do a cut and paste. Especially in Mozilla Firefox, but I thought I read in the specs that version 9 better supported Firefox, (I'm using version 8 Professional service pack one).

                  Unless you are making custom macros, need specialized vocabularies, or use wireless recording devices, I don't think the professional version will do much for you over the preferred. I think both products would have about the same accuracy. It's the same speech engine, just more bells and whistles. IMO.

                  Check out the side-by-side comparison.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by NJenn
                    I was a bit worried about my computer's ability to support the software. I had read on message boards of people with systems that have more power than mine still having trouble. I have a three year old laptop with an AMD processor that is equivalent to an Intel 1 GHz processor with a paltry 512 MB of RAM. It really is the most bare-bones system you could possibly run this program on! There is a tiny amount of lag time, but overall I am happy with the performance.
                    Jenn,

                    I have also been reading the message boards (users think they may have to upgrade their computer or buy a new one) and it looks like your results are a success story! I will be trying Dragon NaturallySpeaking 9.0 Professional in about two weeks.
                    The test of success is not what you do when you are on top. Success is how high you bounce when you hit the bottom
                    --General George Patton

                    Complex problems need to be solved collectively.
                    ––Paul Nussbaum
                    usc87.blogspot.com

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                    • #11
                      It looks like a Microsoft Vista with voice-recognition is not quite ready for prime time.
                      The test of success is not what you do when you are on top. Success is how high you bounce when you hit the bottom
                      --General George Patton

                      Complex problems need to be solved collectively.
                      ––Paul Nussbaum
                      usc87.blogspot.com

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                      • #12
                        Very funny PN, that's a good video. I like to stay with a company that's been developing good software throughout the years, until Microsoft destroys them. (Hopefully not in this case.)

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                        • #13
                          I have got a set of plantronics C60 USB wireless headset and it works fantastically on Dragon 7.5
                          Tetraplegic & Spinal Injury Site

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                          • #14
                            Hey guys,

                            I am running the latest version of Mozilla Firefox 1.0.5. in your opinion, which is a better for DNS 9, the latest version of IE, or Firefox? I haven't really figured out how to navigate Firefox with DNS, and it really hurts to type, so it's hard to search the web to find resources about navigating the web with DNS. Can anyone give me some links? It would be much appreciated. DNS came with a smaller how-to manual than my freaking cell phone!
                            Disclaimer: I use voice dictation software, due to chronic tendinitis. Any gibberish-type errors in this post are due to the software's stupidity, not my own. Protect your arms and hands from overuse, people!

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                            • #15
                              Hello Jenn:

                              I do not have DNS 9 at this time. DNS version 8 or 7 works with Firefox but with a very limited capacity and it is not as robust as IE. When you have DNS open, go to "Help," then "Help Topics," go to "Index" and then type "Internet Explorer" and you should also try "Firefox." When I do this with DNS 7.3, I end up with "Working with Internet Explorer."

                              Working with Internet Explorer
                              Dragon NaturallySpeaking includes a set of Internet Explorer commands that enable you to surf the web by voice.

                              The following topics tell you how to use Internet Explorer commands:

                              Internet Explorer commands

                              Following links and clicking buttons

                              Specifying Web addresses

                              Going to text boxes and selecting check boxes and option buttons

                              Opening lists and making selections
                              You may also (I did this many times) read the manual with your morning cup of coffee. Also, I only use IE on a few, select websites (Spyware Magnet) and I have turned off 3rd party cookies in the browser, but you probably have an IT department at work to take care of these issues. I have found Opera to work better with voice commands than Firefox or Mozilla. The Dragon manuals that I have read seem to be about the size of a book and, therefore, I cannot comment on the issue about how these new manuals are smaller than those that come with a cell phone, but I take you at your word.
                              The test of success is not what you do when you are on top. Success is how high you bounce when you hit the bottom
                              --General George Patton

                              Complex problems need to be solved collectively.
                              ––Paul Nussbaum
                              usc87.blogspot.com

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