Quick Update On Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10 Professional
After a few weeks’ worth of use, I must say I am continually impressed by Nuance’s latest offering of voice recognition software. Things have been slow going as I have been completely bogged down with school, but with sporadic use while watching television (with the sound low) and late-night use in bed, the Motion F5 coupled with voice recognition software has eliminated my use of the stylus.
One of the hardest things about getting used to speech recognition software is the ability to tell your computer what to do. Saying, “Start Windows Live Writer” will start the application without even touching the computer. When I browse the internet, I can say, “go to search” and it will put the cursor in the search field. What I have found with speech recognition, however, is how hardware dependent the software is. Without a lackluster single-core processor of 1.4GHz coupled with only 2GB of RAM, operations like starting an application can be quite the wait. There are also times when I would say something and there would be a big lag between when I say it and when the words appear. This has led to many duplicate sentences during my time using Dragon. Extending the hardware topic, I have found that retraining the software to correct for my style of speaking and correcting any errors has led to a great increase in accuracy. In spite of the poor quality of the built-in microphone array, Dragon has proved to be a capable learner. It can actually learn your style of speaking with adequate corrections. Over the last few days, I have tried to install the BT headset that John sent me, but I can’t for the life of me get it to work with the F5. Even though the headset pairs with the computer, the microphone has not worked. It’s definitely not an issue with the headset as I have been able to successfully pair it with my T2010 and even the T-Mobile Wing I have. I will continue to try and resolve this issue and report back once I get the BT headset to work. I can’t wait to see how Dragon NaturallySpeaking performs with a dedicated headset.
10/28/2008 at 7:01 am
Nuance advertises 25% off through Oct. 31 A little lower price than Amazon.
Coupon word “TREAT”
MacSpeech Dictate is in their on-line store listings.
10/28/2008 at 7:56 am
I had a major issue with the Plantronics Calisto headset that shipped with DNS10 – no matter what I tried, it refused to pair with my tiny RocketFish Bluetooth adapter (even though it works fine with my cell). So I bit the bullet and have been using it with the (relatively large) included BT adapter.
I have to say the recognition accuracy is astounding !
I am very happy with this software + BT noise-cancelling headset. Now if only I could get it to work with the RocketFish ….
10/28/2008 at 9:05 am
Try getting or updating a different BT stack. I had to do this on my Motion LE-1600 to get it to work.
10/28/2008 at 9:13 am
Thanks Dana, I have uninstalled and reinstalled the included Toshiba stack as well as the updated Toshiba Stack. Next step is to uninstall everything and get the embedded Windows BT stack to activate itself.
Since you had another Motion computer, can you tell me which BT stack worked for you?
10/28/2008 at 12:55 pm
You mention that Dragon 10 is very hardware dependent. I’m looking for the smallest UMPC that can handle Dragon 10 well. I was looking at the OQO but I think the limit on RAM may be an issue. Does anyone have any suggestions?
John in Norway
10/28/2008 at 1:36 pm
I can’t speak for DNS 10 but, from personal experience, DNS 9 works great on the OQO 02 with the 1.5GHZ processor and Windows XP (Vista not well at all).
10/31/2008 at 5:04 pm
I did a comparison of WindowsXP vs Vista OQO 02 (1.5GHZ, 1GB RAM, 60GB HDrive) for Dragon NaturallySpeaking Professional Medical version 9.5, using two OQOs for head-to-head simultaneous comparison.
Vista was slightly faster on an unburdened system with nothing else running other than Dragon, but promptly bogged down as soon as any other programs/RAM demands were put on the system. Winner: XP.
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