Dragon naturally speaking 10-do as I say, not as I do!



36333 I have recently procured a new program, Dragon NaturallySpeaking, which is supposed to dictate your spoken words for use in programs such as Microsoft Word, Microsoft office, Microsoft Excel, Firefox and various browsers, and just about anything else with keyboard shortcuts.

The technology is program provides is touted to be the best the industry has to offer in this price range.

Straight out of the box the program does a very decent job recognizing and dictating words. In my personal experience I would say that without training the program recognizes 50% of words spoken, give or take a few percent. While this is fairly impressive, it would not be very useful with such a low recognition rate.

Fortunately, it comes with a built-in word trainer that can boost the recognition rate up into the upper 90% range. The trainer provides you with a a few paragraphs of easy, medium, or hard reading material for you to dictate, which it then adapts to your user profile.

Personally, I find this program very useful-in fact I’ve written this entire blog post without touching the keyboard once!


For its capabilities in speech recognition, and it’s support for browsing commands, I give this program a….




While this program is very useful for the most part, it can get really frustrating when it mixes words up– like got, dot, and God– and you have to train each word individually.

Also, for people (like me) who can type 70+ words per minute, the program becomes nothing more than a spectacle of human technology– it’s very cool, but completely useless!


That being said, writing this blog post completely by voice was pretty fun 🙂

Below is a link to the NUANCE website where Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10 is sold– it is not an affiliate link!

[NUANCE- Dragon Naturally Speaking 10]

Until next time,

–Eric Stevens


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