Dragon Naturally Speaking

Dragon Naturally Speaking

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  • Mac version

    Mar 25, 2012 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: If you use a Mac and need it, it's the only game in town.
    Cons: Things frequently don't work correctly.

    Summary: I bought this software because I have serious hand problems, and do a lot of production typing, so I have no choice but to use something like it.The Mac version of this software is a  bit of a dog.  Very, very buggy, the recognition ... read more

  • Don't believe the hype

    Feb 9, 2012 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: It does record speech, somewhat accurately
    Cons: Doesn't flow as speech, requires correction, doesn't put in punctuaion like TV ad.

    Summary: We bought DragonSpeaking v11 for my wife who had wrist surgery and has a problem using a standard keyboard.  First off, the box says it needs 1G of RAM.  We have 1.5G and got the message on installation that Dragon may not work as well as ... read more

  • A wonderful product that has evolved well over time

    Dec 4, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: It works, it's fast and accurate
    Cons: Support is poor, user unfriendly.

    Summary: I have been using Dragon Naturally speaking for 3 years now. I have gone through versions 6,7 and now 8. The product has essentially become the most important tool I have for my work and it fulfills it well. As a physician who spends all day writing ... read more

  • Dragon Not So Natrually Speaking

    Jun 26, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Types while you talk.
    Cons: Makes too many mistakes and is hard to use.

    Summary: ***PRODUCT ANALYSIS*** This product is supposedly the turning point of the typing world, well I think not. The manufacturers promise that it is as simple to use as it is to speak. I found out for a fact that it is harder to use than to type ... read more

  • Dragon Naturally Speaking is Interesting

    Apr 8, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: can be interesting to play with. When it works it's really cool
    Cons: too much training but I guess that's part of the AI

    Summary: To begin, I would like to say that I'm writing this review using the tool. Now the first part of this review, I will correct mistakes that are made using Dragon NaturallySpeaking, but hopefully there won't be too many! the second part to give an ... read more

  • MUCH better than ViaVoice

    Oct 27, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: About as accurate as voice recognition gets, much easier to use than ViaVoice.
    Cons: Often has trouble distinguishing between commands and regular dictation.

    Summary: I did a review on IBM’s ViaVoice awhile back. At the time, I thought my experience with ViaVoice was pretty typical of all voice recognition programs. No matter how much time I invested in trying to train ViaVoice, I ended up with a document that was ... read more

  • May be a big boost for slow typists

    Aug 10, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Recognition works(most of the time)
    Cons: Takes up a lot of resources, Recognition is sometimes difficult for some words.

    Summary: I bought the CD at a great price on Ebay, I looked here on Epinions before I decided to buy (I do that for everthing...) and I decided what the heck, its only $30. When the CD finally arrived I popped it in and was on my way. I took ... read more

  • Dragon Naturally Speaking : Naturally!

    Jun 27, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Easy to train, easy to use, several settings, included headset is comfortable!
    Cons: Corrections can take time

    Summary: I must admit. I bought this program as a new “Toy” for myself. I really enjoy new and creative things to throw on my computer and I’ll buy just about anything on a whim, just cause I can. I know, not good buying habits, but it’s one area I splurge for ... read more

  • Loads of fun to work with NaturallySpeaking

    May 17, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great technology that works as advertised
    Cons: It didn't come out sooner

    Summary: This is a review of NaturallySpeaking 5.0 I'm just learning how to use it, it's really gee whiz technology. How Does It Do with That? How in the hack can it understand me. Just ten years ago this was almost unheard of. So I would say this technology ... read more

  • Excellent for dictation

    Mar 20, 2001 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Becomes more accurate the longer you use it. Great for transcribing dictation.
    Cons: Needs more computer power than listed on the box to run with other programs

    Summary: I started with Dragon Naturally Speaking Version 1 and now use version 3.52 which is a vast improvement over the first one. Training it was a cinch. I would estimate that its accuracy is 99%. Yes, you still have to proofread but all the spelling is ... read more

  • I Think I have to Defend This One

    Dec 30, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: It actually does what it says it will do.
    Cons: Takes lots of time and patience to achieve good results

    Summary: Initially I bought an earlier dictation program by the makers of NaturallySpeaking because, well, I just wanted another toy. And basically I found it did what it was supposed to do as long as I did what I was supposed to do. Then came the realization ... read more

  • go get it

    Dec 23, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: it saves time of typing.
    Cons: It doesn’t have a con.

    Summary: With the power of desktop gradually increasing it is possible nowadays to recognize voice. The most popular software used for recognizing voice is Dragon naturally speaking. It is very easy to train this software and its usage is also very easy as ... read more

  • Speak and be heard...

    Dec 11, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Improved voice recognition
    Cons: Expensive

    Summary: For the uninitiated, Dragon Naturally Speaking is the king of voice recognition software. Speak into its supplied microphone-headset and your text magically appears on your screen. Having used this fine software from its inception this one is a great ... read more

  • A help and a hindrance

    Nov 23, 2000 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Fun when it works
    Cons: Frustrating when it doesn't

    Summary: There are times when Dragon Naturally Speaking works precisely as its creators intended for it to -- and then there are the other times. I first experimented with this software program at work, to see if it would aid me in the transcription of notes. It ... read more

  • Dragon Unnaturally Speaking

    Nov 20, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Could make life easier
    Cons: Doesn't always work right

    Summary: Dragon Naturally Speaking is continuous speech recognition software. It takes up a lot of space on your hard drive and sometimes even comes packaged with a microphone headset. After installation, one must go through a training program with ... read more

  • dragging voice recognition so of the air

    Nov 18, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: hilarious, idiotic, penis *giggle*, plop
    Cons: no practical uses whatsoever

    Summary: The Coherent Part Since this is voice recognition software, I will dictate my review of it, and you may judge for yourself its accuracy and comprehension abilities. By the way, it's engineered by the people at Dragon, but somehow sold ... read more

  • Mind Bob Doleingly Frustrating

    Oct 29, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Quite fun for a while. Slickly put together. Easy interface. The training texts provided are enjoyable.
    Cons: Frequent and repeated mistakes. Slow processing of each line. No hope for speakers of non-US or UK English.

    Summary: I am one of those people who likes to talk. I can't put it much plainer than that. A lot of folks express themselves best when behind the anonymity of a keyboard or pen and paper, but I find my thoughts and feelings come to the fore in a far more ... read more

  • Naturally Speaking 5.0 Preferred Edition is much better!

    Oct 22, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Fairly accurate & easy to use
    Cons: A little pricey and it's not perfect, you do have to watch for errors.

    Summary: You can't exactly throw away your keyboard yet, but voice recognition has come a long way, especially with Dragon Naturally Speaking 5.0, Preferred Edition. I tested an early voice recognition software 2 years ago and found it to be too inaccurate and ... read more

  • Speaking?

    Oct 17, 2000 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Good if it recognizes your voice
    Cons: wasted money if not.

    Summary: Dragon Naturally Speaking was a big disappointment to me. I worked with the software and never had any luck at all in getting it set up. I feel that I should have spent the money I spent for this program on another keyboard. I take my chances on needing ... read more

  • Dragon slows your surfing down 300% on the web!

    Oct 11, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great to use if you don't have any other windows or programs open!
    Cons: If you are using this program while you are surfing the web or writing reviews, your best off using your keyboard!

    Summary: I purchased Naturally Speaking Dragon to help me write faster. Especially when it came to writing for this web site. However, I found that opening up this program along with the other windows that are on the web slowed my computer down so much that I had ... read more

  • Secretaries Beware!!

    Oct 8, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Price, Ease of Use, Functionality
    Cons: Still A Few Kinks

    Summary: My "co-worker/secretary" has been looking a little glum lately. I’m not sure if it’s because she found out that I recently obtained a copy of “Dragon Naturally Speaking for Teens” or not. But, I do have my suspicions. Rumor has it that one ... read more

  • Dragon Naturally Speaking: Voice Recognition Software

    Oct 8, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Frustrating tool
    Cons: Many

    Summary: I had the pleasure of standing next to the Dragon Naturally Speaking booth one day at a trade show. It was amazing to watch the reps work their magic. They made the system respond so naturally to their voice diction. Then again, they were paid ... read more

  • Almost there

    Oct 7, 2000 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Great for reading quotes from books
    Cons: inconsistent recognition

    Summary: Dragon Naturally Speaking is almost there. As a neat gadget, it's amazing. As a voice recognition program, it is acceptable. The problem with Dragon is that it is inconsistent. Sometimes it flows and understands everything I say. Other times, streams ... read more

  • Naturally Speaking? Try "Pedro and Man Meet Mr. Orbiter-5"

    Oct 5, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: It's an interesting concept
    Cons: It works about as well as you expect it to

    Summary: NOTE: I created this review with an evaluation copy of Naturally Speaking. It is an unedited verbatim transcript-- except for the deleted cursing and made-up conversations. What? I don't know. I'll take his calls when he pays his ... read more

  • Could be better, but...

    Oct 4, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Frees hands
    Cons: Punctuation has to be specified

    Summary: I'm using version 3.01, which is probably ancient and obsolete by now, so I don't know how helpful I'll be here. I'm a writer (a novelist) which is why I got Naturally Speaking. I hoped it would speed up/ease the writing process. Does it? ... read more

  • Slay this dragon...whew! Read why...

    Sep 11, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Allows natural speech
    Cons: A bit pricey and finicky early on...doesn't like accents!

    Summary: After consulting consumer reviews and comparison shopping we plunged in and bought this program....the full version with all the extras...all $750 bucks of it... only to find it didn't like us! Do you happen to have a slight souther accent ... read more

  • Very Accurate

    Aug 26, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review

    Summary: Dragon Naturally Speaking Preferred 4.0, sets the standard for usability, from its streamlined enrollment to its easy formatting and voice-enabled Web surfing. With improved optimization for new processors and enhancements in word and command ... read more


    Aug 18, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: I cant think of any
    Cons: Throat was sore for days

    Summary: After hours of talking and mindlessly reading articles for this product to recognize my speech patterns and voice IT STILL DID'NT TYPE WHAT I SAID!! It did not learn my speech as well has I thought it should. I would say Hello my name is Michelle. It ... read more

  • I thought I hated it

    Aug 11, 2000 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Works well
    Cons: Takes time to setup

    Summary: Being Cheap by nature I got Naturally-Speaking with a package deal and only bothered to set it up after a month or so. I thought the idea sounded like fun so I set it up which took a good long time. I felt a little silly reading to my computer ... read more

  • it goes just as fast and wastes a ton of time

    Aug 6, 2000 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: udjust to growing teens voice.
    Cons: Very slow, bad understanding of words, can't spell, mixes up words

    Summary: I bought a Dragon Naturally Speaking for Teens I used it for about 6 months then I learned that you can't just click delete you have to say something like delete or undo. This took a huge amount of time because it could be writing this like debit, and ... read more

  • Handy for those Long Reports!

    Jul 5, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: great integration into all programs, fluent and smooth recognition
    Cons: slow from voice to text

    Summary: If you have to write long documents or reports, this program really can come in handy! after setting it all up, it does a pretty nice job of understanding what you say. And it can even control a lot of you computer so you dont still have to ... read more

  • Best so far, but technology is not there yet

    Jun 29, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Reasonably useful, saves hand injuries
    Cons: technology not there yet.

    Summary: I suffer from tendonitis so I wanted Dragon Naturally Speaking to take over writing text for me. I only have version 3.0, not the current 4.0. But I have refrained from upgrading because while the technology is getting quite good, I don't believe it has ... read more

  • Halo I am tire dove this program

    Jun 29, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Its funny at first
    Cons: After its funny, it makes you want to cry

    Summary: Halo I am tire dove this program. That is the way Dragon Naturally Speaking would probably interpret me saying Hello I am tired of this program. I hate this program with a vengeance. I thought it would be cool, talking instead of typing, ... read more

  • A Great Praduck (scratch that) Product!

    Jun 29, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: saves your wrists, can keep up with your thoughts, a lot more useful than I thought it would be.
    Cons: hard to use if you have kids and noise around you

    Summary: I am by no means a computer expert - I am just an average Joe who writes surveys and the procedures on how to process the surveys for a living. I write these surveys for the Federal Government which means that procedures which could possibly be 10 pages ... read more

  • Preferred - Upgrade Seems Much Improved

    May 10, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: greatly reduced "training" time and higher accuracy rate
    Cons: needs minimum 300 Mhz processor and addl 16 MB RAM (more=better)

    Summary: About two years ago I saw a pop-up ad on AOL offering the basic Dragon Point & Speak software for $40, which included a special microphone. I was quite taken by the low price. This was the first time I'd ever seen details about such a ... read more

  • The Hands are Better than the Mouth!!!!

    Apr 26, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Can be good for people with no accent or use of their hands
    Cons: Difficulty understanding spoken words, expensive, not very user friendly

    Summary: I run my own medical transcription company so naturally I was excited to try Dragon Naturally Speaking! I thought it would help me to get more work done faster and save my hands, wrists, and elbows from all the strain from typing. Boy,was I wrong!! ... read more

  • Not quite there yet

    Apr 18, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Fun to play with
    Cons: Not accurate or easy enough to replace keyboard

    Summary: I purchased version 3 when I had my Pentium 233. In order to work well, this product needs lots of horsepower. The Pentium 233 had just enough to get it to run its own edit application but if you tried to use it integrated into Microsoft Word, it was ... read more

  • Don't scream I can hear you.....I think! ~Updated~

    Apr 11, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Would be an excellent product....if it worked!
    Cons: Does not understand voice and is very hard and time consuming to train and retrain.

    Summary: The results I received when I first tried Dragon Point & Speak was not what I had expected. I purchased the software from AOL and regret spending $40.00 on it. I am a person who thought I needed a program like this one to help me with writing my ... read more

  • Dragon Naturally Speaking Essentials

    Apr 10, 2000 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: None
    Cons: Worthless

    Summary: This is the bargain basement line of Dragon's line of products. I bought version 4.0 at Staples for $50. Great I thought "No more typing for $50? It's too good to be true." I took it home and installed into my 300Mhz computer. It met all the ... read more

  • Bring it on, Dragon!

    Apr 4, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Learns individual voices, is constantly adjusting to become more accurate
    Cons: A wee bit pricey, big time investment

    Summary: Being lucky enough to uh, acquire this program for free, I must admit I quite like it. Whether I'd feel the same way if I'd paid the 600+ is another question! The greatest asset of this program is that it demands a lot of time on your part to ... read more

  • When your hands don't work .....

    Mar 28, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: It works, speed, cost and productivity
    Cons: Initially frustrating, error correction

    Summary: Some seem to buy NatSpeak as a cool new toy, others to check out the software, still others for I don't know what reason, but when your hands don't work (or don't work well)you'd find NatSpeak to be a Godsend, as I did. Granted, you have to train ... read more

  • Makes my life easier

    Mar 25, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: no carpel tunnel
    Cons: still got to touch the board

    Summary: As I've told all my friends I love this thing. It is a lot of fun to use. Even though it makes a few mistakes from time to time they are easily correctable. As you use it more and more it starts to make less and less mistakes. You are able to train ... read more

  • Naturally Easy

    Mar 24, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: ease of use, fun
    Cons: cost

    Summary: We purchased the Dragon Naturally Speaking with hopes of using it for transcription services. Well, after the easiest installation process - even the voice recognition "training" session was fairly quick and easy - we played: It was fun, fast ... read more

  • Talk to me

    Mar 11, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Superb accuracy over it's competitors
    Cons: Extensive training required for high accuracy

    Summary: Dragon NaturallySpeaking is by far the best of the voice recognition programs. I have tried using two of the competitive programs and literally hated them. I spent hours and hours trying to train them and the best I can achieve was about 85% ... read more

  • SAY WHAT?!?!

    Mar 9, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: It understands you sometimes
    Cons: Time consuming corrections, I can go faster using my hands

    Summary: into the 0130 a.m. and Friday and claim going to stop using this program right now. Did that make any sense to you? Well, sure it did, but only a little. It was supposed to read: It is now 1:30 a.m. and Friday, and I am going to stop ... read more

  • A Friendly Dragon

    Feb 28, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great way to relax your wrists and fingers
    Cons: Takes patience, must be taught your voice and vocabulary.

    Summary: Dragon Naturally-Speaking came packaged with the most recent word processing suite I purchased (WordPerfect 8.0). As a user of the early generation of voice recognition programs (it was called Dragon Dictate then), I was leery. The first time I used the ... read more

  • Talk to Me

    Feb 8, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Hands-Free personal computing
    Cons: Takes patience to teach, but it pays off

    Summary: I was skeptical about a program that allows you to speak to your computer, and accurately recognize what you say. I recently purchased Dragon NaturallySpeaking, and was pleasantly surprised. I did all the steps to program the ... read more

  • Hit and miss -- mostly Hit..

    Jan 24, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: New version is very quick to train
    Cons: Not totally accurate, good typists can still do better than this program

    Summary: I was impressed at how fast the newest version (4) of Naturally Speaking recognized my voice. In older versions it took about 30 minutes of borrrring dictation before it would have anywhere near a decent chance of recognizing my voice. This ... read more

  • Talking text

    Jan 22, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: makes typing easier
    Cons: doesn't understand some words correctly

    Summary: I've got the WordPerfect 2000 on my computer and this product is part of the suite. I like the voice recognition but it does have some problems. I live in a town called Starkville and when I speak this, it comes up with Stark or sparkle. I can be amusing ... read more

  • What, I have to speak EXTREMELY clearly and it takes hours to learn how you talk?

    Jan 16, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Has potential
    Cons: Extremely hard to use and teach

    Summary: The amazing claims of this software will make you believe it will be bigger than the second coming (in a computer sense of course). With advertising such as this, I decided to give it a try. Wow, was I really not surprised at the results. When the ... read more

  • To speak or to type

    Jan 13, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: teaches you patience
    Cons: takes more time than using a recorder and then transcribing

    Summary: Save time by transcribing through voice recognition. I thought so until I actually had to use this program. The concept of this program is that instead of speaking into a recorder, then transcribing your verbal notes to paper, you are to use ... read more

  • Dragon Naturally Speaking - Not Too Bad....Maybe

    Jan 13, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Best inexpensive voice dictation software
    Cons: Slow and tests your patience and stamina

    Summary: You may have noticed my other review on this site about IBM's ViaVoice dictation software; even if you haven't, I'll state here I'll keep the overlap to a minimum. Having used the two different voice dictation software packages extensively, I'll ... read more

  • It works .......OK

    Jan 10, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: cheap, Works somewhat
    Cons: I need to upgrade to newer ....or wait a year

    Summary: For my fourth opinion, I am using the product to write the epinion, Dragon point and speak 3.0. It claims to have true continuous speech recognition. The system requirements for it are a minimum of a 133 MHz Pentium processor, windows 95, 16-bit sound ... read more

  • Not what you expect

    Jan 2, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Large vocabulary
    Cons: Hard to train with

    Summary: Being a bit lazy with a keyboard, I was Very much attracted to voice recognition software...Dragon was supposed to be the best, so it was the first one I invested in. Sorry, but the advertising led me to expect way too much from the program. IF you work ... read more

  • Good In Time

    Dec 27, 1999 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Portable, quick
    Cons: A bit time consuming at first until the program learns your speech patterns

    Summary: Dragon Systems has produced the new "toy" of speech recognition. It is the Dragon NaturallySpeaking Mobile system. We purchased the entire system for our office and it is wonderful. No more listening to the dictaphone tapes. With this ... read more

  • A nice gag, thanks, I prefer the keyboard

    Dec 22, 1999 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: it works surprisingly accurate
    Cons: slower than my typed input

    Summary: With increased processor speeds and hard disk sizes, voice recognition has become affordable. When I got my new notebook, I got tempted to buy Dragon's latest package. They've been around for a while, and I think their main competition is IBM who has - ... read more

  • Marvelous

    Dec 20, 1999 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: fast and accurate
    Cons: Limited to a few word programs

    Summary: This is by far the easiest and quickest to learn. It has been emulated by America Online for their voice recognition program. I am highly satisfied with my copy. Training is about the same with most the popular voice recognition programs, however, this ... read more

  • Type with a Broken Arm

    Dec 20, 1999 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: It does the job it was designed to do.
    Cons: Needs fast CPU, quiet place, proofreading

    Summary: I purchased the program because of a broken arm. Three months in a cast is a catastrophe for a teacher but Dragon came to the rescue. It must be taught to recognize your voice which involves about 30 minutes of dictation but if trained carefully, the ... read more

  • Close ... no cigar

    Dec 18, 1999 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Well-designed, state-of-the-art speech-recognition
    Cons: Somewhat slow, limited accuracy

    Summary: I have been intrigued by the potential for voice-recognition software for years. And for years, I have been disappointed. Dragon Systems Naturally Speaking Version 4.0 is probably best-of-breed among the current crop of voice-recognition ... read more

  • Frustration in a box

    Dec 16, 1999 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: I liked the headset and the concept.
    Cons: Everything else.

    Summary: After investing several hours working with the voice trainer (reading pre-scripted documents to "teach" the computer your voice) the accuracy is still so poor that I was re-typing 100% of my sentences. The program was ... read more

  • Dragons dont speak,

    Dec 12, 1999 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: for kixs
    Cons: too much hassel

    Summary: With the dragon point and speak you must first train it to recognize your voice. This process roughly an hour or so to do. Once everything has been done to train it to recognize your voice, you think things are going to be easy, but their not. When you ... read more

  • Talk, talk, talk

    Dec 12, 1999 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Faster than learning to type.
    Cons: Requires the willingness to train.

    Summary: I recently picked up a copy of Wordperfect Office 2000 (TM) and was given the opportunity to get a copy which had Dragon Naturally Speaking (TM) attached. Since I have a problem typing for long periods of time I thought Why Not? To make a ... read more

  • Dragon point and try to speak...

    Nov 28, 1999 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: you dont have to type (much)
    Cons: long time to train, lots of errors, annoying

    Summary: For the cost of this product it sure seems like a waste of money. First you have to train it to recognize your voice, a process which takes about an hour or so to do.And once you have it trained it does recognize you, but it misspells things, it ... read more

  • Works well, but keep your keyboard handy

    Nov 26, 1999 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Good vocabulary and recognition accuracy
    Cons: Best for straight text; application control can be difficult

    Summary: NaturallySpeaking's voice recognition works well. It's among the most accurate speech products, and it comes equipped with a large general-purpose dictionary. Correction and basic formatting are relatively fast, and the program integrates with some ... read more

  • Dragon NaturallySpeaking - Talking Instead of Typing

    Nov 8, 1999 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Navigate the Internet by voice; easy to train
    Cons: Wearing a headset is weird

    Summary: I've tried several different speech recognition products and Dragon NaturallySpeaking Preferred v.4 is the most accurate speech recognition product I've found. From all of the awards that the product has garnered, it looks like a lot of other people ... read more

  • Is Dragon for you?

    Oct 27, 1999 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Practically hands free word processing
    Cons: Difficult to master/corrections often needed

    Summary: current price: $20-300 youngcritic rating (1-10): 6 youngcritic comments: This program seems to be a creative and ingenious program, a revolution in word processing. However, is it practical? I've owned the Dragon Naturally Speaking ... read more

  • Not for the Mac!

    Oct 13, 1999 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Works as advertised
    Cons: They left Mac owners high and dry

    Summary: Once Dragon Systems offered their speech recognition software for both Mac and Win. But when System 8 came in, they simply announced that their product wasn't compatible with the new OS. The advice on their Web site: Just use System 7, chump. So Mac ... read more

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  • Would not recommend

    Sep 11, 2007 by
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    Pros: Easy to launch apps
    Cons: Doesn't do much else correctly!

    Summary: I've been trying for months now to use Dragon NS 9 (Professional), but since my work does not include any Microsoft apps, it's beyond frustrating. It regularly "hears" what ive said correctly (i can tell since it's displayed in its status box, and/or it ... read more

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