It all started about four years ago. I had read an article on a website talking about a voice-recognition program that I just needed to have. I didn’t know much about voice-recognition software at the time. What I did know is the concept of being able to talk into a microphone and have my words printed right there on the screen without doing any typing sounded like a beautiful beautiful thing.
Enter twitter. All these years later, I have a conversation in 140 characters or less, multiple times, with someone who actually uses a voice-recognition program to write up her blog posts. Immediately I was curious, immediately I was hooked. Before I waited for an answer to a question I asked her, I got in my car and drove to Target.
I had already googled Dragon NaturallySpeaking during our conversation, and was alarmed at the price listed on the website. I didn’t actually mind spending $100 on a program that would help me be more productive, it was just a surprise and I was disappointed to discover that the program was not downloadable from the website.
The good news was, that as soon as I entered the software aisle at Target, I found Dragon Naturally Speaking. As long as it was roughly around $100 I was bringing it home. However it was not listed as $100. Oh no it gets much better than that. The program was listed on the shelf at only $49. I am really thankful I did not attempt to use my credit card to purchase this product online. I would’ve spent an extra $50 I didn’t need to spend, not to mention shipping costs.
It takes approximately about a half hour to set the program up. The other thing I discovered, is that it does take some training to get used to. Also, it is very helpful to have a few documents that you have saved in your documents file, for the program to read through. It uses these documents, to learn your writing style. This makes the program smarter.
I will tell you that I have had the program approximately 2 hours at this point, and that this entire blog post was written using Dragon NaturallySpeaking. Not without some issues of course. Mostly my own, and the fact that I tend to talk too fast, and forget punctuation a lot. I will say this, in all that I typed, the only real issues were with things I personally had done. The program made no typos, and spelled everything correctly. Now, if I could just remember that I have to say the word “period” (.), rather than expecting the period to just show up. Ha ha
Do you have experience with voice-recognition software? Tell me about it in the comments.