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Dragon NaturallySpeaking Home 11

 

 

SCORE: 82

 

Dragon NaturallySpeaking Home 11 

 

I remember hearing about speech recognition software many years ago. Dragon NaturallySpeaking Home 11 is the first opportunity that Family Friendly Gaming has had to review such software. I must admit I was very curious to see how this software handles speech. For the most part I left Dragon NaturallySpeaking Home 11 with positive thoughts. We will be going over all my impressions in this review.

Graphically there is not a lot going on with Dragon NaturallySpeaking Home 11. It is like any other professional software that is used on a computer. After all Dragon NaturallySpeaking Home 11 is all about the audio. The headset that comes with Dragon NaturallySpeaking Home 11 is mainly black, and looks like most headphones with a microphone mouth piece. Wearing it made me feel like a captain or something.

The tones in Dragon NaturallySpeaking Home 11 caught my attention, which is the main need of the headphones. While I was installing Dragon NaturallySpeaking Home 11, I wondered what I needed headphones for. Once I started using Dragon NaturallySpeaking Home 11, I figured it out. The recognition software of Dragon NaturallySpeaking Home 11 is very intelligent, and improves as time goes on. I appreciate how it had a profile option of Southern US accent. Although my Seattle slur that is slowly changing to southern accent is difficult to pin down.

Dragon NaturallySpeaking Home 11 can be used by various software. I loved opening things like Open Office Writer, and Firefox with a few mere words. Getting to move the mouse cursor, and talk within boxes is also appreciated. Dragon NaturallySpeaking Home 11 is the kind of software that can be used to improve efficiencies. I give that with a minor warning. It can take some time to get used to punctuational, and software commands.

For the most part my experience with Dragon NaturallySpeaking Home 11 is very positive. There were some words that Dragon NaturallySpeaking Home 11 messed up. I had to use the guide to train myself in how to properly fix them. It also takes a mental shift to go over to verbal commands versus doing it with a mouse and a keyboard. Do you think you can let go of those two?

I really, really, really like the idea of Dragon NaturallySpeaking Home 11. I found this software to be extremely intelligent, and expect this software to continue to improve in future releases. My one major complaint against Dragon NaturallySpeaking Home 11 is how it slowed my machine down when I did not turn it on. After using the software, I rebooted, and tried to do other things on the machine with this software off. Everything ran extremely slow until I turned Dragon NaturallySpeaking Home 11 on.

I do not like to give any one software package that kind of control over a computer. Maybe this has to do with the paradigm shift of the mind, but it is something that became an issue for me. I may run Dragon NaturallySpeaking Home 11 on a different machine while I work on my second book. I have not decided yet. I do see Dragon NaturallySpeaking Home 11 as a very useful piece of software. It was a pleasure for me to be able to review it.
- Paul

 

Graphics: 70%
Sound: 88%
Replay/Extras: 87%
Gameplay: 85%
Family Friendly Factor: 80%
System: Personal Computer
Publisher: Nuance
Rating: 'NR' for Not Rated

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