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    Dragon NaturallySpeaking 9 is a real pain

    I don't know if anybody else has got this problem but I recently purchased Dragon NaturallySpeaking 9. Can't fault the accuracy, absolutely superb on all applications, I use it all the time. Problem is, it keeps locking all the time. Now, when I say all time, probably five times a day I have got to press control alt delete and then open it up again. Sometimes it actually crashes the programme. It is a more on software then actually in DragonPad for instance. Just wondering if there is some kind of God in their needs fixing. I'm going to contact the manufacturers and have a bit of a moan because it does spoil an absolutely fantastic program.

    The other thing that is rather annoying when using this type of software in various software such as joomla and also on forums is that if you say a certain word, normally when it's just one word, could be anything, you often get taken off the website or programme, or it opens up another page and you lose all the information that you are doing. If you use Dragon in photo shop then I would be very careful. Don't start talking to someone with a recognition software open and live, you will mess the whole programme up.
    Tetraplegic & Spinal Injury Site


    #2
    I hear you. I've found that if you have to switch applications, turn the mic off or it freezes. Same goes if you cough, clear your throat etc. I purchased a better digital headset and that helped. Sometimes it kicks ass and everything runs smooth, other times I want to throw it out the window. The package says something to the effect of "throw your keyboard away, you'll never need it again" yeah right....

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      #3
      Oh shit! You mean the preferred version?
      And the truth shall set you free.

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        #4
        Originally posted by NoDecafPlz
        Oh shit! You mean the preferred version?
        I have 'preferred'. All said, I'd buy it again, the usb headset helped quite a bit. I should add that I predominantly use it for dictating documents and such. I've tried surfing and some other things and it seems a waste of time. The bigger your system resource, the better. The program grows the more words you add, mine is at 1500mb. I'm no expert, but I think this is why it causes problems with other large programs like Photoshop etc.

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          #5
          How about strictly with word processing only?
          And the truth shall set you free.

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            #6
            I think you will be OK with Dragon Naturally Speaking Preferred with Word Processing if you purchase the full version of Dragon and not the upgrade. I believe many of these problems are from Dragon 9 upgrade version instead of the complete or full version. The upgrade to Dragon 9 (I had Dragon 7 Pro) crashed on me when trying to install and I called Nuance tech support for assistance. Before the call was placed or the conversation even began, I had my mind made up that I wanted Nuance to send me the full version of DNS 9 Pro and not another set of DNS 9 Pro upgrade CDs. Nuance tech support had me try (after being on hold for 30 minutes) to install DNS 9 upgrade by copying the folder to my desktop, among other ways to set up and run the program, but everything failed to work. Finally their tech guy considered sending me a full version of Dragon 9 Pro but he needed to talk to his supervisor and I had to fax him additional licensing information before we could go to the next step. When everything was verified over the phone and the purchasing invoice/information was received by fax, then Nuance sent me out the full version of Dragon 9 Pro. I remember that one of our members (Lewis) had problems with DNS 8 upgrade CDs and his problems didn't get resolved until Nuance or at that time ScanSoft sent him the full version of DNS 8 Pro.

            If you're using DNS 9, I would stongly advise against installing any of the service packs from Nuance. By the way, SP2, from Nuance, is due out at the end of this month, I believe, and I will not be updating unless I hear great things from other users. Also, do not install Internet Explorer 7 with any version of Dragon. There is a major conflict with IE 7 and Dragon with no real
            fix at this time. If you have installed IE 7 with Dragon and are experiencing problems you can roll back to IE 6, but it is my understanding that this does not always resolve the issue. Some users have completely uninstalled and then reinstalled DNS 9. Sometimes this will work. Others have backed up their data and reinstalled Windows, followed by reinstalling DNS 9.

            If by now you are concerned about purchasing DNS 9 because of these issues, I would recommend doing a Google or Froogle search and try to buy a copy of DNS 8.
            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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              #7
              This is the full version, not an upgrade, costing over £100. I am using a set of Plantronics DSP 100 headset. I have been using it headset for quite a while now absolutely love it, apart from the stupid adjustment which I had to glue a while back to stop it from coming apart. It now means anyone with a very small head will find my headset rather big.

              I think anybody who cannot be use a keyboard will be in real trouble using Dragon NaturallySpeaking 9 unless of course they have a helper nearby. Not a single day goes by that I have to use a keyboard in some way. It has saved a hell of a lot of time though, I would never be without it, I use it all the time and the recognition is brilliant. I just wish it wouldn't keep freezing because that is a nuisance.
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                #8
                What type of microphone should I use with DNS?
                Even though it's not well with my body,
                it is well with my soul.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Ironside
                  This is the full version, not an upgrade, costing over £100.
                  I think anybody who cannot be use a keyboard will be in real trouble using Dragon NaturallySpeaking 9 unless of course they have a helper nearby. I just wish it wouldn't keep freezing because that is a nuisance.
                  I think the pressure is on Nuance (nuisance) to make sure that SP-2 (service pack 2) fixes these bugs in DNS 9. If not, we may be taking a hard look at Windows Vista with speech recognition.
                  Originally posted by Prof. Wheelchair Rider
                  What type of microphone should I use with DNS?
                  I would strongly recommend a USB headset or a USB microphone for Dragon NaturallySpeaking. I use the Andrea USB Pod with my microphone headset for voice-recognition.
                  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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                    #10
                    InSync Buddy USB microphones are accurate from 6-8" away without picking up a lot of background noise. The In-Sync Buddy Flamingo USB microphone is great for notebooks.

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                      #11
                      And I also purchased dns 9.0 the voice recognition was great and was extremely fast. But for some reason when I was on the mark to close a web page and I would say mouse click I would have to say it numerous of times. Or when I was in my address book and I would say press enter I would have to say that numerous of times. I really like that version. I reinstalled the 8.0 version is still having the same problems. I did a complete clean install some now it has to learn my voice over again. Like I don't have enough other problems.
                      keiffer66

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by Keith
                        And I also purchased dns 9.0 the voice recognition was great and was extremely fast. But for some reason when I was on the mark to close a web page and I would say mouse click I would have to say it numerous of times. Or when I was in my address book and I would say press enter I would have to say that numerous of times. I really like that version. I reinstalled the 8.0 version is still having the same problems. I did a complete clean install some now it has to learn my voice over again. Like I don't have enough other problems.
                        Knowledge of Windows keyboard shortcuts can give you alternatives to work around DNS misinterpretations. Saying the Windows keyboard shortcut can sometimes work when the DNS command doesn't. For example:

                        "press alt key f4" = close the active window
                        (In your example, the web page).

                        "press alt key left arrow" = browser back.

                        For program menus and dialog box buttons..

                        "press alt key + underlined letter" = select menu item or control object
                        e.g. "press alt key f" = click file menu

                        Sometimes other programs can steal the focus away from the application you are using. If the title bar is grayed out, you can redirect DNS back with:

                        "press alt key tab key" = switch to next window

                        Increasing command context sometimes helps...

                        "mouse left click" and "press enter key" will give additional context to
                        recognize the commands.

                        Sometimes, though, it just seems that DNS gets out of synch with the other things being stored in the system's RAM. Then it may be best to save any thing you are working on and say...


                        "press control alt delete"
                        "press alt key u"
                        Restart or "press r"

                        There are a ton of shortcuts listed on the Microsoft website.
                        Last edited by SCI_OTR; 28 Jan 2007, 1:58 AM.

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                          #13
                          I don't have Dragon but use a free program called Shoot 1.6.4 that employs the free MS .NET Framework 1.1 and/or 2.0 and MS SDK Speech Engine or any SAPI 5.1-compatible speech recognition engine. It's the same speech engine that comes with Office XP Word etc but can be downloaded separately and for free from MS. I only use it for combat flight simming so it isn't as necessary a program to me that Dragon is for a lot of people here and isn't near as "user friendly".

                          But I just wanted to suggest that if all else fails and you can't get Dragon working properly and you only have a limited amount of system memory or RAM in your computer, that you add some more. At least up to 512MBs but preferrably 768MBs or a GB.

                          Other helps may be to properly remove any old programs and games that you no longer use and then clean up your hard drive using XP's System Tools and defragment your hard drive, then restart your computer before installing ANY large program, game or upgrade.

                          Just my tip of the day!

                          Bob.
                          "Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle." - Philo of Alexandria

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by SCI_OTR

                            Knowledge of Windows keyboard shortcuts can give you alternatives to work around DNS misinterpretations. For example:

                            "press alt key f4" = close the active window
                            (In your example, the web page).

                            "press alt key left arrow" = browser back.

                            For program menus and dialog box buttons..

                            "press alt key + underlined letter" = select menu item or control object
                            e.g. "press alt key f" = click file menu

                            Sometimes other programs can steal the focus away from the application you are using. If the title bar is grayed out, you can redirect DNS back with:

                            "press alt key tab key" = switch to next window

                            Increasing command context sometimes helps...

                            "mouse left click" and "press enter key" will give additional context to
                            recognize the commands.

                            Sometimes, though, it just seems that DNS gets out of synch with the other things being stored in the system's RAM. Then it may be best to save any thing you are working on and say...


                            "press control alt delete"
                            "press alt key u"
                            Restart or "press r"

                            There are a ton of shortcuts listed on the Microsoft website.
                            good thinking

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                              #15
                              Here is a Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 block tool. The tool will disable automatic delivery of Internet 7. This way you won't have to go through hell and back with Dragon and IE 7.
                              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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