Dragon Naturally Speaking is a piece of software for PC-based computers that takes what you say and transcribes it into text. Also known as "voice to text" or voice transcription software, it is used by doctors, lawyers, authors, screenplay writers, students and anyone who wants to get their words on the page quickly, easily and inexpensively. You can also use it to issue commands in various software packages from including your mail program.
If you've ever sat down to write something and ended up staring at a blank page instead, then you'll instantly get the benefits of using voice transcription software. While most people, including authors, are sometimes at a loss for what to write, few people are at a loss for what to say, especially when they speak about a subject in which they have passion or some level of expertise. Dragon Naturally Speaking makes writing your first draft a breeze. Not only is it fast, it's fun to use.
If using a dictation app on your mobile phone has left you less than impressed, don't make the mistake of assuming that this applies to Dragon Naturally Speaking. It is an intuitive, sophisticated piece of software that actually builds its knowledge the more you use it. In fact, over time, it begins to sense the context of what you're saying and use words that are appropriate. Once you've used it a number of times, you will wish that you had invested in it sooner because it changes the way you work and makes you much more productive.
While it does take time to "train" the software, the setup time is minimal compared to how much time you will save once you make using this software part of your workflow. (When I set up my copy, it took me about 35 minutes to install and train the software.) For those who struggle with dyslexia, poor spelling skills or suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome, eye fatigue or even partial blindness, it is an indispensable tool. Best of all, it is accurate and fast.
Get your copy of Dragon Naturally Speaking. You will be glad that you did.
For the Mac version which uses the same software engine and has the same features and benefits described above, click on Dictate for the Mac.
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