Voice Recognition Software

  dogbreath1 14:07 PM 19 Oct 11
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Need advice on which to buy. Accuracy is more important than features. The product will only be used for dictating documents.

Dragon NaturallySpeaking Home 11.5 (PC) seems to be popular (£63 @ Amazon). Would welcome comments on this product.

Any help gratefully received.

db.

  woodchip 14:31 PM 19 Oct 11

I use Dragon

  chub_tor 15:34 PM 19 Oct 11

If you have Windows 7 it is included Click Here I have tried it in the past along with Dragon but could never get on with either, I find typing much easier.

  northumbria61 15:46 PM 19 Oct 11

I have used the speech recognition software included with Windows 7 in the past and found it adequate for my needs at the time and accurate. Why not give it a try first before you go spending cash.

  dogbreath1 15:57 PM 19 Oct 11

Apologies for not naming my OS when I posted, but I am still using XP SP3.

  chub_tor 16:31 PM 19 Oct 11

You could try the free demo at e-speaking first

  wiz-king 16:37 PM 19 Oct 11

I use an older version of the IBM software (now Dragon) and after taking time to set it up it works fine.

However you will need a good headset microphone, I tried several and managed to record the clock ticking and the TV sound! Not to mention the answers to 'she who must be obeyed' questions like - where do you want your coffee? The hardest thing was getting used to talking to the PC and then deleting the 'Damns'.

  chub_tor 19:17 PM 19 Oct 11

wiz-king it wasn't the "damns" for me more the "ums and ahhs," so with the help of Mavis Beacon I taught myself to touch type. It probably took longer than teaching my machine to understand my Essex/American/Devon accent but it suits me better. There's something about talking and listening to myself that I find very off-putting.

  Woolwell 19:41 PM 19 Oct 11

You have to remember that it is dictation which isn't the same as naturally speaking. I may be biased against voice recognition as many years ago I was taught to touch type.

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