Monday, September 05, 2011

How Dragon NaturallySpeaking helps me to be a more effective blogger

I do have a lot of ideas which I like to share with the rest of the world, but because I am a one finger typist , my inability to type quickly has always been a bottleneck. This is why I tried using Dragon Dictate in the past in order to improve my ability to create posts from my blog and content for my website.

Speech to text has always been a great idea , but voice-recognition technology was not very good, and it was quite frustrating to use this in the past. However , the new version 11.0 of Dragon NaturallySpeaking has been a very pleasant surprise ! It took me only about 15 minutes to make sure that the accuracy of recognition is better than 95%. This means that I can enter about 500 words into my PC in a few minutes - and then all I need to do is to correct the typos ! This will help me improve my productivity considerably !

Even better, I find that a major bonus has been that it has helped me to improve my writing style. Since I am talking into the microphone, it forces me to be conversational, so that my writing has become more reader friendly.

Since I am talking , the ideas flow easily and I can record them more effectively. This free flow helps me to ensure that I don't miss anything important – and also helps me to overcome the writer’s block which a blank computer screen often creates. Editing and deleting stuff afterwards is much easier than actually writing it.

The icing on the cake is since I have bought the premium version , it also allows me to record my thoughts wherever I am ! This means that even if the muse strikes at 2 am , I can still record my thoughts. This version has a feature which can transcribe audio files. This means that if I have a clever idea for a post, I can just dictate it into my Samsung galaxy S 2 using Voice Recorder save it as an audio file ( .3ga format) . I transfer this to my PC, where I then use Swith Sound File Convertor to convert this to an MP3 file.

I then allow Dragon NaturallySpeaking to work its magic on the MP3 file, so that I have an article which is ready to be posted within a few minutes - just like this one !

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  1. Dragon Naturally Speaking 11 is a great piece of software. I found using the "improve my accuracy" function for an hour raised my accuracy from around 95% to between 98%-99%.

  2. Thanks for this review I just bought and sony digital recorder with the intention of using Dragon 11. This review is encouraging.

  3. Thanks for the great review of Dragon Naturally Speaking. It's good to know this software is truly that accurate!


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