I had a previously poor experience with Voice Recognition Software, having tried to use ViaVoice many years ago. So when a friend recommended Nuance's Dragon Naturally Speaking software, I was sceptical.
But having done an awful lot of transcription work, I was keen to find another way of typing, without running the risk of RSI. Now, don't get me wrong, I love to type, but since I became a Copywriter and Virtual Assistant, the amount of time I now spend typing has probably tripled, and that is going to take its toll at some point.
I did a bit of homework, watched the demo on the Nuance website and thought I would give Dragon a go. I'm really quite glad I did. Considering that I'm using it pretty much out of the box, it's doing pretty well. For example, I'm using it to write this post and I haven't yet had to correct anything.
Yes, it does make mistakes, but it has a function to learn as it goes and it will get better on unfamiliar words. I bought my Dragon software from Amazon, wanting the hardware, i.e. the headset, that came with it, but is also available as a download for the same price. In the box, you get an installation CD, a brief instruction book and the headset with microphone.
So, my friend has done me a favour in recommending this piece of kit, and I'm happy to be able to pass on the recommendation to anyone else who wants to cut down on the amount of typing they do.
I am a Copywriter, Proofreader, Virtual Secretary and Author.