dragon naturally speaking

Is there an alternative to Dragon Naturally Speaking?

Dictation

Episode 1551

Chuck from Rochester, NY

Chuck is using Dragon Naturally Speaking on the Mac, but he just found out that Dragon is discontinuing support for Mac. What are his alternatives? Leo says that Windows and Mac both have voice recognition and dictation now, so it may be that they discontinued it because the market is drying up. Google is also doing this. Sadly, it won't have nearly as many voice features as Dragon did. One thing he could do is use the Windows version and dual boot his Mac as a Windows machine using BootCamp.

How can I do voice dictation on my Mac?

Microphone

Episode 1510

Tracy from Los Angeles, CA

Tracy wants to know how her husband can do voice dictation on his Mac. Leo says to go to the System Preferences pane for keyboard settings and enable voice dictation on the Dictation tab. Then he can tap the function key twice on his iMac, and that will trigger voice dictation. It's pretty accurate. It won't be perfect, but it'll be 80% there. He can even do voice editing.

How can I do dictation on my laptop without an internet connection?

 WinBook TW802 Tablet

Episode 1170

Ken from Merced, CA

Ken would like to use voice to text without using the internet. Leo says that there are plenty of programs that can do it, but Leo likes Dragon Naturally Speaking. He could even use it on the Winbook TW802 tablet, which is $139 on Amazon right now.

When he upgrades to Windows 10, Cortana will do dictation, but Leo doesn't know if she'll do it online. Dragon can do this offline no problem, though.

What's the best voice dictation app?

Dragon Naturally Speaking

Episode 1145

Dan from Indianapolis, IN

Dan would like a good voice dictation app. Leo says that Google, Microsoft, and Apple all have speech detection in its phones, and Google has it on Chrome OS too. So if he has a cell phone, he can do it, and it's about 90% accurate.

Nuance makes an app called Dragon Naturally Speaking, and it's really the best app out there for it. Yahoo Tech writer David Pogue uses it to write his indexes.

Why won't voice dictation work with chat windows?

Episode 1069

John from Irvine, CA

John was using Microsoft's built in voice recognition to dictate in Word. He uses the Logitech G35 USB headset and it learned his voice fast. But it won't work at all with chat windows like Skype, or others. It just won't function at all. Leo says that some applications don't support it dictation. Leo suggests doing a test call on Skype to be sure he's getting a good connection. If he has a good connection and dictation still doesn't work in Skype chat, it may not be supported.

Is there something better than Dragon Naturally Speaking?

Episode 1048

Bill from Jacksonville, FL

Bill uses Dragon Naturally Speaking. Leo says that Dragon is the king of speech to text and does a decent job transcribing what you say, but it's not perfect. Leo says that it'll get about 1 in 15 wrong, so he'll have to stop and correct it, which is kind of a speed bump. People with carpel tunnel use it all the time, though.

How can I suggest features to Dragon Naturally Speaking?

Episode 1036

Neil from Brea, CA

Neil has been using Dragon Naturally Speaking because he's visually impaired, but he would like to see them make improvements. Leo says that Nuance bought Naturally Speaking, and just about every other competitor. Because of their dominance, Leo doesn't think they really care what they can do to improve it. The best he can do is write them.

Voice translation of the English language is no easy task. Google is doing some serious work, as are others, especially in China. So it won't be long before Nuance gets left in the dust anyway.