If you have ever visited my website before, you may have noticed that at the bottom of just about every post that’s generated on my website is a tag, right under my signature, that indicates that the post was dictated using Dragon NaturallySpeaking. I use Dragon NaturallySpeaking to generate just about all my site content.
Nuance has just announced that it’s preparing to release Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12. I have to admit that when Nuance decides to release a new version of Dragon NaturallySpeaking, it’s a little exciting to see what improvements they made to the new versions. Nuance already has great voice-recognition software with Dragon NaturallySpeaking, at this point, the goal is to keep refining the process making it better and better; not with just recognition but being able to understand natural voice commands.
A couple of years ago Nuance may not have been considered as it is now, but within the last five years there’s been a lot of introduction of voice-recognition into smartphones, and there’s been a lot of discussion on who’s doing/performing the voice-recognition in the background. If you trying to figure out who’s doing most of it I would say that Nuance is doing the majority of voice-recognition, especially since they just introduced Nina.
The new version of Dragon NaturallySpeaking, version 12, is already talking about another 20% improvement in overall accuracy over the previous version.
In several of the releases that I’ve seen, because I haven’t had a chance to review the product myself, they’re saying that Dragon 12 is going to be even more person specific. Writing and formatting words the way you want the words to be seen; they call it Smart Format Rules.
They’re also talking about how the software automatically learns from the corrections that you make. And they’re saying that the corrections that you do make are even faster… This sounds good to me because for years I have tweaked the settings in Dragon NaturallySpeaking to get the best performance out of it. Things like changing the priority of the application ‘Natspeak.EXE’ to high-priority, lowering the response time in the application settings and I’ve spent a great deal of time modifying the vocabulary and training special words.
Version 12 is going to have a Performance Assistant that offers suggestions on ways to increase performance. This function is going to be inside the Dragon Accuracy Center, from the menu.
Given the opportunity I like to be able to test and play with Dragon NaturallySpeaking’s Auto-Transcribe Folder Agent. A folder to place audio or digital recordings into a specific folder and have Dragon NaturallySpeaking automatically transcribe those audio files into compatible documents like DOC, TXT and RTF.
And for those people who have never used voice-recognition, with Dragon NaturallySpeaking, Nuance included the Dragon Sidebar in the previous version. The sidebar provided new and advanced users a more heads-up display of the commands are available for applications that are enhanced specifically for Dragon NaturallySpeaking.
As with the previous version Nuance is talking greatly about how Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12 will work right out-of-the-box without having to do any ancillary training to start using the product. This falls right in line with the voice-recognition that everyone uses with their smartphones. Everyone uses voice-recognition with their iPhone or their Android phone, but no one trains their voice to their phone; the voice-recognition just works and that’s the type of response that people are looking for and expecting.
Another improvement it’s being reported is that greater compatibility with Bluetooth headsets with wideband capability, to improve the overall accuracy of the recognition. There’s a certain level of freedom being able to put on a headset or a microphone that’s wireless and then simply walk around your office or your home and dictate a complete article or document wirelessly, and then go back to your machine and find that the whole thing is just waiting for you to review.
This ability is expanded even more with Nuance releasing Dragon Remote Mic. This application, for your iPhone or your Android phone, turn your existing smart phone into a powerful microphone for dictating directly into Dragon NaturallySpeaking. smartphones have some of the most sensitive microphones, and they can produced some very good quality audio input. By loading this application on your smart phone you can replicate the same features or type functions as you would with a wireless headset.
But voice-recognition is not perfect, so it’s important to make sure that what you do dictate is proofread, and I believe Nuance understands this concept, that’s why they include more text to speech ability. The proofreading functions will be available for Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12, Home edition and above.
Something the enterprise-level offices will enjoy, I would think it, is that Dragon NaturallySpeaking is now compatible with Remote Desktop connections/terminal services. Allowing users to use Dragon NaturallySpeaking through Remote Desktop connections without having to actually install Dragon NaturallySpeaking on each individual client stations. Multiple client stations can use it simultaneously.
Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12 has not been released yet. The release date is August 13… I hope to get my hands on a copy of the software and do a techie review as soon as I can.
Larry Henry Jr.
…via Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11