Using Dragon naturally speaking.

This blog is focused around technology. One of the technologies that I’ve begun exploring lately is using voice recognition software for common tasks like typing documents and blogging. Since I’m such a horrible typist this should help me get a lot more work done in a shorter amount of time.

One of the obstacles to using voice recognition software successfully is being able to speak in a clear almost newscaster tone of voice for extended periods of time. This entire post will be created using Dragon naturally speaking version 10.1.

The whole reason behind me using a voice dictation software packages due to the amount of content writing we’ve been asked to do recently through our connections with digital point forums. When it comes to typing I am horrible if I take my time to proceed slowly, I can probably type 25 words per minute.

Dictation promises speeds of 120 words per minute. While I think that is a rather lofty goal speeds in excess of 60 minutes per word, this will make me extremely happy. If the software is able to handle voice recognition accurately.

At this point in this document I have corrected approximately 6 mistakes, I have stopped to gather my thoughts on four or five different occasions. Even with the corrections and the amount of time spent thinking about what to need to say this is certainly much faster than using the keyboard to type my thoughts into a blog or document.

I encountered some initial obstacles while trying to install Dragon naturally speaking, most of these obstacles were related to the 64-bit operating system I run under Windows 7. With a complicated product such as Dragon NaturallySpeaking the transition from 32-bit to 64-bit operating systems and this geek’s point of view would be a difficult obstacle to overcome.

What used to be a chore has now turned into something I look forward to doing.I can now say that I’ve officially blogged without typing a single word. Everything in this post was dictated using Dragon NaturallySpeaking version 10.1. If you have the chance, I recommend that you give Dragon a shot it just may be what you are looking for, especially if you are like me, one who does not type well. You will be able to appreciate the relative simplicity with which you will be able to create blog posts, documents, tweets, IMs or to browse the web using just simple voice commands.

With Dragon open and running as a floating window there are many options available to you in which ever application you happen to be using. For example speaking command mode option allows you to enter a special mode where you may speak phrases such as search Google for a particular keyword. This will cause Dragon to launch your default browser, execute a Google search for your spoken keyword.

I tried using the search google for jobshouts. It worked flawlessly. I would love to hear from other bloggers that are using Dragon to put their thoughts into words. Leave me a comment if you fit this bill and let’s discuss this in greater detail.