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Dragon NaturallySpeaking Home 13

Dragon NaturallySpeaking 13 Home is the world’s best-selling speech recognition software that lets you use your voice to get more done every day on your computer — quickly and accurately — at home, school or for hobbies. You simply talk and text appears on the screen up to three time faster than typing. You speak commands and Dragon understands and executes them. Dictate and edit documents, send email, search the Web and use social media with unparalleled speed, ease and comfort. Have fun on your computer and realize your potential at home or school by getting more done faster than you ever thought possible. Stop typing, start speaking — and doing.


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I was also a user of Dragon NaturallySpeaking Home 12.0 (and later 12.5 when they updated it) because I purchased it from Amazon a while back. On the whole, I would say that I was happy with 12.0's ability to transcribe what I was saying, but I really didn't like how often I needed to work in a separate window to accomplish what I wanted (I do a lot of work within web forms and apps, and it did better in its own Dragon transcription window than in the browser directly).

I'm pointing that out because that has improved a lot, and this is the biggest improvement I personally see in Dragon NaturallySpeaking 13. I am much more consistently able to just speak and have it transcribe directly into a form on a website itself, without having the cursor occasionally seem to just run off and be in the wrong spot for reasons that weren't always completely apparent. For my personal pattern of use, this is a vast improvement. If your intention was to mostly use the software within a Microsoft Word window, of course, this won't be such a big deal to you.

I also like the interface a little better, because it does a better job of folding itself up into a tiny space in one spot rather than taking a bar across the top of your screen the whole time. I'm a fan of holding onto all of the vertical space I can get. I sometimes even move my task bar over and make it horizontal along the side of a window. I wasn't really a fan of Dragon sticking a bar across the top of my window.

The transcription accuracy does seem to be slightly improved, but it's nothing revolutionary for me personally. That said, I have a relatively neutral U.S. English accent (by this I mean I speak a lot like news anchors and such), so I don't think I'm the most challenging person when it comes to doing voice recognition anyway. For people who have a stronger regional accent, I wouldn't be surprised if the change is a little more pronounced.

If you're curious about the difference between home and premium, that's mostly just things like being able to work on an Excel spreadsheet, or to do recordings on your phone when you're out and have the software transcribe them later. Not a big deal to most people, but something to keep in mind if you're a big spreadsheet fan or you were hoping to dictate letters in your car during your commute and have them converted into text later.

On the whole, I'm reasonably happy with the software. I'm a little hesitant to recommend it wholeheartedly, because every report I've ever heard from anyone about dealing with the company's customer support has been negative, and that means it can be a big headache if you do run into trouble. On the other hand, I have never personally had to go looking for support and you can always hope that you'll have the same experience.

It's also worth noting that Nuance is one of those companies that periodically offers rebates and sales on its products. When I first bought Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12, I think it was actually an Amazon GoldBox deal. Anyway, my point is that you can get a pretty decent price reduction if you have the luxury of waiting.

I'd also like to point out that, for me personally, writing through Dragon is SLOWER than typing. I see people talk about getting it so that they can go faster, but this isn't true of everyone. I spend a lot of time on computers and I'm a fairly fast typist, so it's not really faster for me to talk. Also, I've done a lot of writing on keyboards and so I more naturally frame my thoughts as I go with a keyboard. When I speak, I have to stop and work out how I want to organize things a lot more.

I'm not saying that to try to make it sound like the software is useless. I did choose to buy it anyway, after all! (Well, originally. My copy of 13 was given to me so that I could try it out and review it). For someone who doesn't type very quickly or comfortably, the software will make you faster. If you do type quickly and comfortably, it'll let you do things hands-free. This means I can pet the dog, move different papers around (like if I'm looking at different sources that I want to reference for information), or just generally give my hands and wrists a rest for a little while.

For me personally, I have to use computers for so many things that having voice-recognition software that I can use is also an emergency backup plan. I view it as something that would help me keep my life from turning into an absolute train wreck if I were to sprain a wrist or something.

Anyway, the software genuinely works pretty well, so long as you're willing to go through an adjustment period where you work out how to speak your papers and letters and whatever instead of typing them. I don't actually know of any particularly viable competitors to Nuance in this field, so if you want voice recognition software this is pretty much what you're stuck with (though you might be able to get a copy of a previous version very very cheaply if you prefer to go that route rather than getting version 13).

So if you want voice recognition, this gets the job done, and it's really the only viable choice I know of. You might try the built in voice recognition on Microsoft Windows or something, for basic tasks, but that's not good enough for anything elaborate. Within the voice recognition field, as far as I know, this is the best product that's available to consumers.

So far so good. I've been using the Windows Speech Recognition program that was built into Windows 7 (my current OS) but comparing Dragon to the Windows program is like comparing a Lexus to a Model T. They both do pretty much the same thing but Dragon does it FAR better. Some of the advantages of Dragon:

It is intuitive, whereas the Windows program doesn't seem to be, at least not nearly as much. For instance, when dictating (for example) "the weather was fair today" Dragon anticipates the meaning based on the context and will print "fair" rather than "fare", a problem that was chronic with the Windows program with many similar-sounding words.

It learns: the more you use it the better it gets. I've had mine for only a few weeks and it is already much better at transcribing what I say.

The commands seem to be designed for speed. For example with the Windows program if you want to capitalize a word or phrase you need to speak the phrase, then go back and highlight the word/words you want capitalized and say "capitalize". With Dragon, just saying "cap" before the word will capitalize the word. Other commands make equal sense. Some of the commands in Dragon are similar to the ones in the Windows program (and can work interchangeably) but with the ones that are different the Dragon versions seem much speedier.

The Text Box. With the Windows program there were applications that wouldn't accept dictation, in which case you'd need to open MS Word, speak your text and after it was written, cut-and-paste it into the document in your other application. With Dragon, it instantly recognizes when it cannot type into an application and will bring up a "text box" that allows you to dictate your text. When finished just use the "transfer" command and Dragon posts it into your document.

Problems? The instructions with the program tend to over-complicate things, but if you've used the windows program there is enough similarity so that once you've loaded Dragon you can use it immediately. However there are enough differences so that unless you really read the instructions and understand Dragon, you won't get nearly the speed out of it that it is capable of delivering. Also, I ordered the package deal with earphones and Dragon for Dummies--but if you do this please note that at least with the package I got, the Dragon for Dummies included was for Version 12, not Version 13 (which was the version of Dragon that I got) and there seemed to be enough differences so that the book, while helpful, is not the resource that it could be if it were based on the current version. Also note that the dragon software itself comes with a set of earphones (which I didn't know), so now I have two sets of earphones for the program, neither of which I use because of the analog connections (I have a USB set that is far superior to either of the two included with my order).

All in all, a very good bang for your buck and light-years ahead of the program I was using. Just be sure what is in the package you
are ordering.

I was actually surprised at how accurate it is, especially after such little training of the program. I tried varying my voice, speaking very succinctly, but then also very naturally with run together words and higher speed and it kept up impressively. Most of the errors were my own as it is a little unnatural to say all the punctuation out loud. It's spelling is impeccable and I may be hallucinating but it seems to pick the right word in context for words that are similar in sound like hear and here. Maybe I'm imagining things.

I'm using it to transcribe 100 yr old typewritten pages for archiving and it turns out to be quicker to read the pages out loud than to use professional OCR software which is inaccurate for typewritten text from old mis-registering typewriters on aging and stained paper. Correcting the OCR is very time consuming. There's far less to correct using Dragon (most are my errors anyway) and you can make many corrections using voice commands while transcribing.

As it seems to work as an input device like a keyboard (albeit with a clipboard-like step) I suspect I'll be finding ways to use it in multiple programs.

The headphones that came with it work very well and are comfortable over a few hours. It was very easy to set up, though it took a while for installation to complete.

Overall, I love this thing!

I don't understand the negative reviews. Dragon for Windows is hands down the best dictation software available. I've used it for years, then switched to a Mac last year. Sadly, Dragon for Mac is horrific. I just purchased a new Windows computer and Dragon Naturally Speaking 13 and I'm back up and running at my normal speed. I didn't have any problems downloading or installing the software on a Windows 10 64-bit machine. As for speech recognition...the better your mic, the better the results. I personally use the Yeti by Blue Microphones and it never misses a word. I dictate up to 10,000 words a day, so I can attest to the quality of the software and the microphone. Bonus... Amazon was $40 cheaper than buying directly from Nuance. I'm very happy with Dragon.

I am not an author but I occasionally write long e-mail messages. I bought this package because I was curious what voice recognition capability I could purchase for less than forty dollars. (My Windows 8.1 computer fortunately already contained ample RAM; Dragon is a memory hog.) I was surprised when I opened that package. In addition to the software DVD and brief instructions, the package contained a communications-grade wired stereo headset with attached boom microphone. The headset and microphone plug into the mini-jacks on the front of most desktop computers. The package also contains an adapter that will connect the headset and microphone to a single USB 2.0 port.

Software installation is straightforward but ponderous. The installation user interface does not indicate ongoing progress, and I wondered if I was stalled in mid-install. After a long wait, installation finished normally.

After registering the Dragon software on the Nuance Communications website, microphone proper operation is verified and Dragon then presents an interactive tutorial. The tutorial introduces voice recognition dictation concepts (explicit capitalization and explicit punctuation), and the tutorial highlights the online help functions available during Dragon dictation. I played with Dragon while using Microsoft Notepad, and I was impressed with Dragon's accuracy and vocabulary, but voice recognition dictation (explicit capitalization and explicit punctuation) IMO is cumbersome, and only capitalization will improve as you personalize Dragon's vocabulary.

A later problem: Dragon attaches two apps to Internet Explorer, and my IE 11 began crashing in non-Dragon use. I used the IE star -> Manage add-ons function to disable the two Dragon-supplied apps. Instead of Dragon direct dictation with IE, I will dictate e-mail messages into Notepad, and then copy and paste the messages into my e-mail program, a practical compromise.

Since purchasing Dragon Naturally-speaking Home back in 2016, I have since used the product for a number of duties. Mostly I use Dragon to write up ideas and rough drafts for comics, but there are several times in which I have completed full articles with Dragon. Blog Posts are a breeze, and just about anything else you need the use of speech to text for.

Plug in your mic...load the software...say what you want to say...watch it become text....Simple and plain! You do have to say what punctuation you want to place in the text, but the flow is still smooth and easy going once you get the hang of it.

You do!...need to speak clear and make sure to have a decent microphone. Background noise should be kept to a minimum as well, as I have experienced interference if I had "too much going on in the background".

If you are looking to rest your hands and allow yourself the freedom to sit back, relax, and "let it flow", then this would be a good purchase for you.

The Home version has all the tools needed to get the job done without updating and spending any more cash.

There are random update notifications you will get from time to time in the task bar. If it is a software update then that is ok, but if it recommends that you upgrade to make your experience better...as long as everything is working as needed, keep rolling with what you got. Advertising is always going to try and make you spend more money...I understand that and honestly, if you require more power from the program...then check out the upgrade possibilities. Depending on your needs there may be more available for your situation than the Home Version provides, for for the "average user" this version has proven to be very helpful indeed!

If you really want to make the experience wonderful...

Invest in a uni-directional microphone. They are good at picking up sound from a single source, as well as blocking out background noise.

That does it for my review of the software. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do to this day.

I’ve been using the various editions of Dragon ever since it came out. It is one of the most useful things for computer use. If one needs to do any significant amount of writing it is essential.

I find that it is 90% accurate right out of the box, and approaching 100% after a little bit of use. I am of course writing this with Dragon and I will note any errors that it makes.

I can see how some people might have some difficulty with it, particularly those who aren’t that computer savvy. One may have to adjust their sound settings for example. And of course having a competent computer is required.

I just purchased this version for a new laptop. It is one half the price as the Nuance website. And the basic version does come with a Nuance headset. Which brings me to virtually my only complaint.

The headset has excellent audio quality. But for the life of me I have yet to find any reasonably priced headset that doesn’t squeeze my head too tightly. I am trying to bend this one out so that it is a little more comfortable. Actually I am writing this using Amazon’s earbuds with microphone. Much more comfortable. I’ve also tried a Bluetooth headset designed more for listening than dictating, and the audio quality was not sufficient. I am going to look into a reasonably priced dictating Bluetooth headset which would be extremely convenient.

You may have noticed that Dragon has not made a mistake yet even though I got it yesterday, and have only used it a couple of times.

I know there have been foul reviews of this program (the downloaded version as well as the disc version), but I downloaded and installed it last night, worked with it for two hours this morning, and it's performing beautifully. I thought I'd be shackled to saving documents in RTF through the simple text editor provided with the program, but was pleasantly surprised to find Version 13 works with Microsoft Word 2007, regardless the software requirements for version 13 specify it works with a much later version.

I was previously using IBM's Via Voice on a Windows XP netbook and needed something that works on my HP laptop running 8.1 (which was targeted for use by a college student, so it hasn't a great lot of RAM or the best processor). I was wary after reading the multiple negative reviews, but decided to take the risk (regardless Amazon will not give you a refund on software downloads if the program won't work for you; so buyer beware).

I did have to download the package twice. The first time, certain .dll files didn't unpack correctly and Amazon's installation told me to download a fresh package. It took two hours each time (on broadband) for the download to complete, but it's a huge program, so deal with it. The second time, it installed and registered itself without a hitch. I'm not ecstatic about having to "open an account" with Nuance in order to register the software, but that's Nuance's marketing issue, not Amazon's.

To make this software work correctly, you DO have to BE PATIENT, take your time, and give the app decent samples of your voice over time. One time is not enough, but the initial reading is dictated by the program; subsequent "readings" come from the documents you dictates. The initial reading choice ranges from "Charlie & and the Chocolate Factory" to Arthur Clarke's "3001: A Space...whatever it is".

You DO have to SLOW DOWN, BE PATIENT, and help the program interpret your voice the first few times you use the software. So if you're expecting to be able to dictate *Doctor Zhivago* first thing out of the box, you'll want to table that plan for a couple of days.

You DO have to let it analyze additional dictation samples and train the program so it will work faster and better for you. Do try to remember that it knows how to work with myriad international accents, so it's got a few things to work out regarding how you speak -- which isn't like anyone else on the planet, so hey! you're looking at an invention that would be considered magic a couple hundred years ago. BE PATIENT and maybe a little grateful, and it will work better for you the longer you use it.

I didn't find the correction feature cumbersome at all -- IF you take the time to download the "Cheatsheet" list of voice commands from Nuance (just google for "Dragon NaturallySpeaking 13 Cheatsheet" and you'll be led to the PDF for download), and IF you take the time to download and look at "Dragon NaturallySpeaking Workbook" and the user guide (again google for them). The program works a lot faster and better if you use the voice commands. On the other hand, if you're impatient and don't wanna learn the commands...if you're determined to edit by highlighting and retyping text, well then, prepare to be frustrated.

The more you use your voice, the more this Dragon becomes your personal friend.

Be warned that the first hour or so of dictation, Dragon will...be...slow to type what you say. It will lag severely. This is because it's learning about you. BE PATIENT and use the "Acoustic and Language Model Optimizer" (see the User Guide or poke around in the "Audio" menu) after you dictate each sizable document, and (again) BE PATIENT enough to give Dragon the 20 or 60 minutes it needs to build a profile of how you speak so it can serve you better. (Yes, you have to do this repeatedly. Did you expect your child to walk the first time he or she managed to stand up?) You can schedule the Optimizer to do its analysis at 3 a.m. if you're impatient and don't want to wait around for it to finish.

I'm using Dragon to dictate notes containing a lot of specific 15th-century terms including quotes from Parliamentary acts (in archaic-to-modern middle English) and weird city/town names. Behold! it already knows the names of people from the MIddle Ages (which surprised me), and it even knew how to spell 'oubliette,' which I wasn't expecting. (How many people use that word, after all?) It may have problems with Latin terms, but it's willing to learn. Once the word or phrase is entered and you take the time to record yourself saying it, the learning sticks. If you don't take the time to record the phrase, then don't whinge when Dragon doesn't recognize the phrase.

Yes, you'll have to go hunting for the workbook, the user guide, and the cheatsheet of commands that Nuance provides if you want to use Dragon well. But hey, you were brave enough to download the program without a guide. Now go forth and find the guides you need to use the program and help it work with you.

If you do, you'll find out it's an excellent writing partner. If you don't...then you might want to consider going back to the archaic dictation machine and a human assistant to type it all out for you. Or find someone who takes shorthand who will translate it to that even more ancient medium...paper.

I'm NOT at all sorry I bought this. The concept is exciting. I will say that there's a lot more to it than meets the eye, though. Let me explain: I'm 80+, long since retired, with stiff fingers, and some other issues. My learning curve has slowed down, and there is much to learn to make Dragon fully functional. However, I have had it up an running for about two weeks or so, and I'm impressed. I'm using it as a kind of overlay, within which I call up my email systems, Amazon, MS Word, and verbally have them do something for me on screen. Currently, I'm playing around with transcribing into a recorder [Olympus-722-PC], thence to the Dragon mic. It's still a little weird to see what I say pop up on screen, though.

I would add the most of the really negative responses were earlier versions, and for inadequate computer systems I have a 2.1 micropressor, and I thhink it is a bit slow. I upped my RAM from 3 to 6, and am having no discernable problem with speed of processing. [I'm slow, too

RM
First one I ordered didn't work, refused to download from the disc. Returned it to Amazon and requested a new package. Was skeptical if it would work after reading all of the negative reviews of this product. Once the new disc arrived, it took awhile to load it onto my computer but once it was installed I have been pleasantly surprised and actually quite thrilled with how it works. Now this isn't a product that you just quickly install and use if you want to use all of it's features and I am still learning about it, but I do a lot of reports for attorney's and I am very pleased with the product. It's accuracy so far is adequate for my needs although I still do some typing corrections, but like I said I'm still learning the program and it will take awhile for me to learn the program and for the program to learn the vocabulary that I use and the report format that the attorneys require of me, but I am pleasantly surprised.

I would only purchase it from Amazon due to the return policy that Amazon has. First one didn't work, second one works fine, doesn't lock my computer, doesn't affect any other programs. Only drawback I see right now is that the microphone picks up background music so when you're pausing to gather your thoughts and your playing music (I'm old, so I like oldies music) I get Neil Diamond or the Beatles lyrics being typed so that's a bit of a bummer but otherwise very pleased with this product.

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