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The Dragon Naturallyspeaking Guide: Speech Recognition Made Fast And Simple

by Dan Newman

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The latest voice-recognition software boasts accuracy of 96 percent or better, corresponding to just a handful of errors in the average business e-mail message. Dragon NaturallySpeaking consistently comes out at or near the top of the rankings of such software. The Dragon NaturallySpeaking Guide documents the popular productivity aid fully, taking the reader from initial setup and training through fairly advanced vocabulary-expansion procedures and macro-building.

Author Dan Newman recognizes that Dragon NaturallySpeaking represents a whole new breed of program for many people, and takes time to explain the details of its efficient use. Along the way, you get a comprehensive look at NaturallySpeaking's user interface, so you can look up any detail whose function baffles you.

This book takes special care to highlight differences among the Standard, Professional, Medical, and Legal variants of Dragon NaturallySpeaking, making it a good choice if you're thinking about deploying the software but unsure about which version to buy. Coverage of the program's shortcut facilities are great too, including coverage of shorthands (which are short passages of text inserted with a single command) and macros (which can insert long passages of text and include variables, making it easy to generate form letters). Though Dragon NaturallySpeaking is far from perfect and most experts agree that it will have to improve its accuracy to gain wide acceptance, this book is a very good snapshot of the program as it exists today. --David Wall

Topics covered: Choosing a version of Dragon NaturallySpeaking, training for maximum recognition, issuing voice commands, integrating with Microsoft Word and other programs, creating shorthands and macros, and using Dragon's handheld voice recorder.

David Knowlton, Vice President, The MIXX Group
"Daniel Newman reveals the secrets of successfully using speech recognition software. This book will save you hours of aggravation. Highly recommended."

Bruce MacLeod, Attorney, Hennigan, Mercer and Bennett
"I can now dictate to my PC at 150 words per minute, with almost no errors! I wonder how I ever managed without this amazing software. This book explains it all."

Joan Lichterman, Founder, East Bay RSI Support Group
"Speech software can be an important tool in recovering from a computer-related repetitive strain injury, if you have patience and appropriate guidance. This clear, practical book, written by an expert user who himself recovered from RSI, provides that guidance."

Harris Lilienfeld, M.D. Delaware Valley Pediatric Associates, P.A.
"I used NaturallySpeaking for more than a year before finding this book. I wish I'd found it sooner. Any one of the tips on automating work easily justifies the cover price."

Dan Poynter, author of The Self-Publishing Manual and Write and Grow Rich
"I used Dragon to draft Write and Grow Rich. It made the hardest part of book writing quick, easy and fun. Newman's guide gives the inside story on making this software work in the best way possible."

Donald Goldmacher, M.D., PsychComp Associates
"The information in this book has been vital to making speech software productive in my practice. My transcription bills have gone down sixty percent!"

Book Description
Dragon NaturallySpeaking has become the dominant PC speech software program as people discover the ease and speed of working by voice. This guide to computing through speech explains the essentials of Dragon NaturallySpeaking software, how it works, and techniques to utilize its advantages. It offers practical advice on voice computing, including how to talk to computers and make the leap from typing to speaking. Reference tables of voice commands, a list of resources for computing by voice, and helpful tips for troubleshooting and improving performance are included.

Book Info
Provides a complete, and essential guide to Dragon Naturally Speaking that will provide the information needed to get you up and running. Softcover. DLC: Automatic speech recognition.

About the Author
Dan Newman is the developer of SayICan.com, the best known Web site for information and resources on speech software, and president of Say I Can, Inc. He is the author of Talk to Your Computer: Speech Recognition Made Easy, The ViaVoice Guide, and The L&H VoiceXpress Guide. He lives in Berkeley, California.



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