I have both carpel tunnel and if you have been keeping up with my blog lately, I recently severely burned my hand. One of these is enough, but with both, you can bet that this can make typing a bit painful. With that in mind I was excited to be given the chance to try out Dragon Naturally Speaking Software. I had heard of this software in the past and wanted to see for myself whether this would help me to be more productive and lessen the pain that I have when typing.
First off, I was happy to see that for what you pay you get everything in one box. This includes not only the software but also the headset that you will wear to dictate into the computer. The software was easy and fast to install too. Once installed, you do have to take some time to allow the software to acclimate to your voice. You not only have to calibrate the headset, but the overall software. This can take some time, but from what I can tell, the more that you train the software, the better the overall results will be when you are dictating.
After about 30-40 minutes of training the computer, I was ready to start using the software. I came to find that you have to get used to the commands that are programmed into the software to be able to use the entire capacity of the software itself, but once you do, you can really move. You do need to watch what you dictate as there will be times when the wrong word or words will come up, and while they are easily fixed, you definitely want to catch them so that you are not embarrassed by what you present in the end.
You can use this software in pretty much any other software package that you want, including in your email client. I have found that this really save me a ton of time overall, and I am definitely more productive in the end.
I feel as though I have just cracked the surface when it comes to this program, and that being said I am very excited to keep trying to learn more and more and to use this in more innovative ways.
This program would be a great gift for anyone that types a lot, as it will provide them with the ability to get more accomplished, while saving wear and tear on their bodies from the repetitive motion of typing. This software is not only for people that may have injuries affecting their mobility, but instead it is for anyone that wishes to change the way that they do things to a more tech-savvy way of living.
Dragon starts at $99 for PC and $199 Mac.
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