What Is Dragon?
Dragon Speak Naturally Voice Recognition Software is a software program which can be loaded onto a computer at home or school. It allows a user to speak into a microphone and have the computer produce their words as text on the computer screen. This text can be entered into a word processing program such as Microsoft Word or Wordperfect, or into other applications such as Outlook or Excel. The software is produced by Nuance.This is the latest version of the Dragon Naturally Speaking product, and it is available in a range of options, including standard, preferred and professional.
Users generally sit at their computer wearing a headset with an adjustable microphone in front of their mouth. They speak normally into the microphone, and their words are then transferred into written text on the screen. Voice commands can be used to control the various functions of the program, such as telling the program to 'wake up' or that a user wants to 'spell' a word letter by letter.
To use Dragon Speak Naturally Voice Recognition Software, there is an extensive set up phase which is required. This can be an issue for some students, as the software needs to 'learn' the voice of the user in order to create a voice file to allow spoken words to be recognised. A new user reads a passage of text aloud into the microphone, which can take five to 10 minutes to complete. The software also checks for audio quality, and some adjustment of the headset and microphone may be needed. Once a voice file has been created, a user can begin using the program to enter text. Over time, the program will learn how the user speaks various words, providing the user trains the program whenever it makes an error of word recognition.