Commerce speech recognition software has been around for many years. Dragon Naturally Speaking is one of the leaders in this space and has been around for 13 years.
I have not fully tested dictation software but I know that for many professionals, certain industries and for certain tasks it can work better than typing, especially for those who might not be able to type so fast.
With its latest version, version 11, Nuance has included more time-saving voice commands and shortcuts in Dragon Naturally Speaking.
The software collapses common multi-step tasks on the PC into direct voice commands.
You can send emails and schedule meetings, search the Web for information, search your desktop, or even navigate between Windows, simply by saying what you want. Dragon 11 includes even more commands to consolidate multiple mouse clicks and keystrokes into a direct voice command that can be spoken anytime, such as:
“Search Amazon for Bluetooth headset”
“Search Twitter for haiku”
“Search maps for 11 West 53rd St., New York, NY”
“Search Dragon Help for working with GMail”
“Send an email to Mike Smith”
“Open My Pictures”
Speech recognition is not for everyone, but if you do a lot of typing and clicking it might be something for you to try out. Check out the new Dragon software here.
New York Times David Pogue says Dragon works very well.
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