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I have started using voice to text in windows seven. Seems to work OK but wondering if anyone has experience with other speech recognition programs? Like maybe Dragon naturally speaking?
It's been years since I used Dragon so any opinion would not be relevant today.
Using Android/Google speech recognition today I find it to be well over 90% accurate with most attempts at 100%. Just speak slowly and deliberately, one word at a time, leave a pause between each word. Your mind quickly gets wrapped around doing that unlike typing where I have to constantly read back to see where my fingers were then try to remember what I was going to say way back there.
A good microphone probably makes a huge difference too, those old plastic stand ones that came with PC's 15 years ago cost about .25 cents and were worth less.
I know of a few people that used dragon and were very happy with it.
Many of my wife's clients use Dragon with much success. If you need to do speech to text all the time, its about the best thing going. It also allows you to control the computer through speech which is kind of unique. Also, you can pull in audio files, etc so you can just record your voice while driving, etc and convert to text later which is nice. I think this can work well depending on what your needs are because you don't have to manage of get caught up in the conversion while you talk, you just talk and sort it out later.
But, many devices now do it pretty well for free (Mac, Windows, iOS, Android). The main difference is that Dragon can get pretty close to 100% and has more features while the others seem to require more fiddling with the output before its what you want.
For on-the-go use, it would be hard to beat iOS or Android, since you can pull up the dictator directly from any text input and it just types for you as you talk which makes email, posts, text message, etc very easy. There are also Dragon versions for iOS and perhaps Android, but I haven't tried them. Android may be a little better here since it does not require a data connection to dictate which iOS does, at least with the built-in functionality.
Good luck and glad to have you back!
No issue with a microphone as the one I have for Skype works very well ... And on the go is not an issue as I have no smart phone.
I am using windows seven speech recognition right now and while it works OK, my understanding is that dragon will better integrate with a variety of programs.
My advantage would be that keyboarding with one hand is tedious. An additional benefit, as Chris pointed out, would be that it would help me with my speech issues.
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