January 13, 2008
Transcription Software q's: "Dragon Naturally Speaking"
Although I never met a dragon, and certainly not one which speaks naturally, there is software with a related name. If anyone has thoughts, suggestions, recommendations, advice, offers, counteroffers, estoppel, promises, considerations, puns, etc. on "Dragon Naturally Speaking" or any other software where one can drone on verbally and have it automatically typed out, please share. I mean, is it reasonably time-saving, or is it like state of the art OCR namely, generating gibberish sprinkled with occasional words, but doing so in this case for the vocal chords, rather than printed text?
My boss has used it and says it's pretty decent, but then he is a computer illiterate who types like e.e. cummings, so anything would be an improvement. But supposedly a paraplegic attorney at a firm where I formerly worked used it and liked it as well. (I've never tried it myself.)
Posted by: Eva Luna at January 14, 2008 10:13 AM
My mother-in-law just talked to me about this a couple of days ago. Seems she was at her local PCUG, and the latest version of this was presented, and it was very good.
She's usually a pretty skeptical person about gadgets, so that's a pretty high recommendation. No guarantees from this corner, of course.
Posted by: pantom at January 15, 2008 10:54 PM
Such things are only useful if you type really really slowly ...
Posted by: m. at January 15, 2008 11:08 PM
Thanks to all, will consider.
Posted by: matthew hogan at January 16, 2008 02:00 PM
Well, mate, I used a prior version (well several versions ago) and it struck me even then as a useful tool for transcribing, hands free, notes, letters, etc. If you're a moderately decent typist, you probably can type faster, but I can imagine for lawyerly documentation which you may have a desire to finish outside the confines of your office....
I have thought about giving it a go again myself.
Posted by: The Lounsbury at February 3, 2008 08:50 AM