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Save Time with Dragon NaturallySpeaking

February 6, 2012

By Carol Amato

Save Time with Dragon NaturallySpeaking

Save Time with Dragon NaturallySpeaking

I’m constantly looking for ways to save myself some time.  The latest time saving device came to me in the strangest of ways.  Several years ago, I worked as a medical transcriptionist, and I was replaced by new technology at the time – voice recognition software, (VRS), similar to a program called Dragon NaturallySpeaking.  Iwas pretty upset that I lost my job and didn’t even want to hear the phrase “voice recognition software.” 

Over time, though, I got over my disappointment and decided to try the software out for myself.  I quickly understood why my former employer (along with countless Internet marketers) uses the software.  It’s a huge time saver.  Now, I use the program on a daily basis, and I think it can help my readers out as well.Save Time with Dragon NaturallySpeaking imageWhat is Dragon NaturallySpeaking?

Dragon NaturallySpeaking is a dictation program that was created by Nuance.  People can use the program to type word documents, make blog posts, update their Facebook or Twitter profiles, search the web and more.  Basically, the software turns your computer into a voice command hub.  With the assistance of a microphone, you can tell your computer what to do, and it will take care of it for you, without you having to use your keyboard.

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You’ve probably dealt with some voice recognition software in the past, but this one is different from anything I’ve ever seen.  First off, it’s 99% accurate, right out of the box.  All that you need to do is calibrate the software, and you’ll be good to go.  The accuracy can even increase over time, as the software familiarizes itself with your voice. 

This program is also incredibly fast.  Dragon NaturallySpeaking can “type” up to three times faster than most people can.  That means the program can actually keep up with your brain.  For instance, let’s say you have a blog post to write and you know exactly what you want to say.  If you type it yourself, it might take you twenty minutes.  If you use the program, you can cut that time down tremendously, since the program can transcribe much faster than you can type.

Additionally, the program is really easy to use, since the command bar is right on the computer’s screen.  You can easily see your command options, and then create a command based on those options.  Then, you’ll be surfing the web, creating a post, or making a new document in no time at all.

Versions of Dragon NaturallySpeaking

There are three different versions of Dragon NaturallySpeaking.  Dragon NaturallySpeaking Home, Version 11 is the most affordable.  Right how, you can get this product for $49.99 from Amazon.  It’s normally $99.99, so this is an impressive deal.  If you get this version, you’ll be able to do everything I’ve talked about so far in this post.Save Time with Dragon NaturallySpeaking graphicDragon NaturallySpeaking Premium 11 is another option.  This program has some features that you won’t find in the home edition.  If you get the premium edition, you can:

  • Create and edit Excel spreadsheets
  • Create and edit PowerPoint presentations
  • Play back your speech in documents
  • Transcribe your digital recordings
  • Use multiple dictation sources
  • Create custom commands in order to insert frequently used text and graphics

Dragon NaturallySpeaking Premium 11 retails for $199.99, but it is currently available for $109.99 at Amazon.  I decided to get the Premium 11 version, and it suits my needs perfectly, but the home version is also excellent.

Finally, you can get Dragon NaturallySpeaking Professional.  This edition has all of the features that the other editions have, and also allows users to:

  • Create advanced voice commands
  • Save synchronized audio when you use one of the approved programs

This program retails for $599.99.  You don’t need to purchase this advanced program.  You’ll have everything you need if you get the home or professional versions.

Getting Dragon NaturallySpeaking

As I mentioned before, both the home and premium versions are available on Amazon.  If you get the Dragon NaturallySpeaking Home 11 version from Amazon, you’ll need to upgrade to version 11.5.  This is a free upgrade, and will give you some additional features.  For instance, once you download the free upgrade, you’ll be able to post to Facebook and Twitter and use your iPhone as a microphone.  You can get all of the installation details on their website, so just follow the steps on the site, and you’ll have the upgraded version in no time.

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It’s funny how a bad situation can turn into something great.  When I lost my job, I was upset, but it didn’t take me long to discover that I could use the same software that replaced me to make money online.  In the end, I’m happier, since I love working from home, and I also love the time that this software saves me each day. 

What do you think?  Do you plan on using this program to save you time as well?  Thanks for reading Save Time with Dragon NaturallySpeaking and please share on Google+, Facebook and Twitter.

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  • Bluehost

    I would have to recommend the software too, have tried it, and it is excellent.

    • http://www.CarolAmato.com/ Carol Amato

      Hi David,

      So glad you’ve tried it and liked it. I couldn’t be happier with it – saves me so much time!

      Thanks for stopping by. – Carol

  • Ted Williams

    Will look into that would really save me time. Getting my articles written for business and will be up to getting it set up right. Thanks to an Angel

    • http://www.CarolAmato.com/ Carol Amato

      Way to go for progress – yay! This program, ah…..can’t say enough good about it. I don’t know how I could ever go back to not having it. lol
      Hope you have a wonderful evening.
      Carol

  • Linda

    I would love this program! Typing is getting old.

    • http://www.CarolAmato.com/ Carol Amato

      Linda,

      I’m telling you, once you try it, you’ll never be without it! Thanks for stopping by. – Carol

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