Software to type for you!

Dragon Naturally Speaking, the World’s leading speech-to-text dictation software recommended by health and legal professionals. When RSI is severely limiting your ability to use a computer normally Dragon can help you continue working.

We have used Dragon from version 8 and recommend it for accurate speech to commands/text and text to audio. The latest version is 15 and is amazingly accurate. Do follow the instructions carefully about training it to your voice when setting it up.

There are many versions of Dragon Naturally Speaking to meet different needs so rather than show you them all here the links below are generic. Read more about Dragon’s features

Dragon Buying Guide

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    Dragon Speech Recognition NaturallySpeaking

    Dictate, edit and format documents with ease. Easily adapts to different accents. Works in noisy environments

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    Dragon Speech Recognition NaturallySpeaking

    Dragon 13 Premium for PC including Noise-cancelling headset microphone

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    Dragon Speech Recognition NaturallySpeaking

    Dragon 13 Premium for PC including Noise-cancelling headset microphone

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Dragon’s feature-list

Video explaining the benefits of Dragon NaturallySpeaking

Dragon takes your spoken words and intelligently transcribes them into text. Simply speak and watch your words appear on your computer screen. The software is easy to install and simple to use and makes even mundane PC tasks faster and more enjoyable. Create documents, get through your “to-do” list, send email or surf and search the Web- faster and more intelligently than ever before

  • Transform your ideas into text at the speed of thought : don’t let typing, touch screen PCs, spelling or fear of the blank page slow you down. Simply speak and let Dragon capture your thoughts quickly and accurately, so you’ll never lose track of another great idea. Want to work hands-free? Capture your thoughts quickly and completely without having to keep your eyes fixed on the screen or hands on the keyboard. When it’s time to edit and revise your documents, use Dragon’s commands to breeze through the process
  • Turn talk into text – three times faster than typing – with up to 99% recognition accuracy right out of the gate. Create and edit documents, dictate homework assignments, send emails, update social posts and more. Dragon adapts to your voice and the words you use to deliver better recognition results over time. You can even have Dragon learn new words as you make document corrections. Dragon also adapts its format rules by detecting your format corrections – abbreviations, numbers and more – so your dictated text looks the way you want it to every time.
  • You can use Dragon with popular Windows applications. Dictate documents with Full Text Control in Microsoft Word, send email in Microsoft Outlook, search the Web using Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome, post to Facebook or Twitter and more – all by voice. Dragon Home even enhances the experience of using your voice with the most popular web-based email application – Gmail – offering Full Text Control and commands for the most frequent actions in Internet Explorer and the latest versions of Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome
  • Dragon works on major Windows form factors, including today’s popular touchscreen PCs and tablets, so you can enjoy the versatility of interacting with your PC and favourite applications whether at home or in school. And with Dragon, there is no need for an internet connection to begin turning your talk into text
  • Dragon Voice Shortcuts collapse common multi-step tasks into direct voice commands you can use at any time, no matter which applications are currently active. For example, say: “Search Google for licensed electricians in New York” or “search Google for 87 divided by 12” and Dragon makes it happen. You can also say “open top site for Girl Scouts” and Dragon automatically opens the top-ranked page for these keywords. Or use voice commands to create emails, schedule tasks and appointments and search your computer faster than ever before
  • With Dragon Home, you can help prevent repetitive stress injuries by using your PC in a comfortable, ergonomic way without being tied to your keyboard and mouse. Launch applications, select menu items, “press” keys and switch from one window to another using simple voice commands. You can even select from multiple microphone options, including Bluetooth, plug-in headset or even the microphone built right into your Windows PC/tablet

Are there any alternatives?

The best answer is “it depends how much typing or reading text you do!”. Dragon NaturallySpeaking is currently the market leader and with good reason. If you’re not a full time computer user and affordability is an issue a cheaper alternative, if you’re on Windows-7, 8 or 10, might be Windows built-in speech recognition.

It is sufficient to be able to dictate speech to text but it is more limited in both its options and customisation ability for the individual and it doesn’t read text back to you.

If you want the computer to read text back to you you can try SpeakComputer which is freeware.

These options are better than nothing but don’t currently represent complete control as Dragon does.

 

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