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Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10 Standard
List Price: $99.99
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Manufacturer: Nuance Communications, Inc.
Average Customer Rating: Average rating of 3.5/5Average rating of 3.5/5Average rating of 3.5/5Average rating of 3.5/5Average rating of 3.5/5

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Binding: DVD-ROM
Brand: Nuance Communications, Inc.
EAN: 0780420119208
Feature: Offers unprecedented speech recognition with unrivaled accuracy levels
Format: CD-ROM
Label: Nuance Communications, Inc.
Manufacturer: Nuance Communications, Inc.
Model: A309A-G01-10.0
Platform: Windows Vista
Publisher: Nuance Communications, Inc.
Release Date: 2008-08-11
Studio: Nuance Communications, Inc.

Offers unprecedented speech recognition with unrivaled accuracy levels
Dictate and edit in virtually any Windows application, including Microsoft Word, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and AOL
Compose emails and instant messages or surf the Web just by speaking
Quick Voice Formatting commands allow users to issue a single voice command to make deleting and formatting text faster than ever
Everything you need to get started, including a high-quality headset

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Editorial Reviews:

Now you can create documents on your PC without having to type. Dragon NaturallySpeaking enables professional PC users to create documents and emails, fill out forms, and streamline workflow tasks - all by speaking. It is fast, easy and amazingly accurate. It offers complete hands-free use of the PC for disabled users. You can use the Standard version with almost any Windows program, including the full Microsoft Office Suite, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Corel WordPerfect. It also supports Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird, and has simultaneous Dictation and Command Modes. Format, edit and control your mouse by voice. It also includes the Nothing But Speech (NBS) Natural Punctuation, USB Audio Support, and Say Web and Browser Links by Voice.

Use with Bluetooth headsets - Microphone Included Mobile - Dictate into a supported digital voice recorder for automatic transcription when you sync with your PC Hands-Free Robust Customization - Create commands that enters blocks of text. Import personal words and phrases into the existing vocabulary. Streamline repetitive tasks Use with Almost Any Windows Program, including the full Microsoft Office Suite, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Corel WordPerfect Support for Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird Simultaneous Dictation, Command Modes Format and Edit, Mouse Control by Voice Nothing But Speech (NBS) Natural Punctuation USB Audio Support Say Web and Browser Links by Voice Minimum System Requirements - Dual Core 2.0 GHz and 2 GB RAM

Spotlight customer reviews:

Customer Rating: Average rating of 2/5Average rating of 2/5Average rating of 2/5Average rating of 2/5Average rating of 2/5
Summary: I can't believe how well this product works!
Comment: wow I have only had this product for a day and a half. And I am very very impressed with it. The installation of the product(dragon) only took about 10 minutes to install. The voice recognition took about another 10 to fully understand my voice patterns. Actually it started understanding my voice within the first 1 to 2 seconds. I already sent out a ton of e-mails to friends and family. Telling them about this product. All of them are super impressed that for the most part I never even have to touch the keyboard. Most of them have seen my previous e-mails and no that I'm not the greatest typer in the world and misspell words quite a bit. They are impressed of how accurate this software is. For a person like me with a reading disability. This product I would have to say is the best product on the market for people with disabilities. I have dictated this entire review and Dragon has tight every word of it with few mistakes. Occasionally I will have to hit the backspace button and most of the time it is my dictation error that I have to correct. I would recommend this product to anyone that might not have the dexterity to type for long periods of time. Or people with reading disabilities that might not be able to spell very well like myself. This product is awesome. Oh yeah I also read a review before I bought this product that said the man or woman who installed the product on their PC said it had a rocky installation on Vista. I did not run into any problems that they indicated. This product is a dream come true for me.


Customer Rating: Average rating of 4/5Average rating of 4/5Average rating of 4/5Average rating of 4/5Average rating of 4/5
Summary: great when it works
Comment: I had to get Dragon Naturally Speaking Standard 10 since my newer Vista Laptop doesn't accept my old Dragon version 7, and the built in Vista word recognition is so cruddy, refusing to even work on the Microsoft Word Processor, insisting on only working on the Word, which you must pay extra for. On the one hand, it does work slightly better than 7 even after years of training 7. No need of long training sessions before it even starts to recognize your voice correctly. Right out of the box it works better than 7 in almost every way. However, it does have 2 problems. One, when you say period, at odd intervals, it not only puts in the period, but a random capitol letter and erases any empty space between the random letter and the next word, even if it has to erase two or three empty lines to do it. The second is more frustrating. On random days about two to three weeks apart, it refuses to start. As I say, I have a laptop. Even though it worked perfectly adequately every day for a month, it suddenly refused to turn on because it could not find a multimedia card on my computer. (No laptop has one, as they all use a multimedia chip.) After three or four attempts I gave up. But the next morning it was back to running normally. Until two weeks later. When I tried to turn it on I got the same panic stricken notice that the multimedia card from my computer was missing or broken, and that it was impossible for Dragon to work on my computer until I installed a new card. Next day it ran normally, apparently never noticing the card wasn`t there.

Customer Rating: Average rating of 3/5Average rating of 3/5Average rating of 3/5Average rating of 3/5Average rating of 3/5
Summary: Watch out -- this only works on computers 2006 or later
Comment: What started out as excitement turned into a four hour nightmare of installation -- and we are NOT computer idiots. Nowhere on the box does it note that you must have an SSE2 chip in your computer (usually found in 2006 or later models). It simply indicates that it works with various OS, including our XP. (However, if you look at the 5 pt. print on the bottom right corner, it gives you a website to "check for compatibility" -- gosh, that's helpful, while you're standing in the store. *sarcasm here*)

After you've spent three hours installing and reinstalling (it does helpfully tell you that it has run into a problem and needs to be reinstalled . . .), you start looking on-line, wondering "is it ME? . . .", and then discover, buried deep in Nuance's problem database, that you need an SSE2 chip. Okaaay . . . check, and sure enough, I only have an SSE chip. Drat. So, I follow the instructions and call Nuance (no evening or weekend hours). FOUR transfers and two hang-ups later, I found a guy who was willing to issue me a RMA to return the software, but only to be told that it would take them 6 to 8 weeks to refund my money. HELLO!?!?!? TWO MONTHS to refund money? No way. My retailer was kind enough to refund the money instantly after it insured that the program had been uninstalled . .

And that's another annoyance. There is no "uninstall" on this software. And just when you think you got rid of it, you try to turn the computer off to reboot, and Dragon won't let you! It keeps telling you that "Dragon Naturally Speaking is still installing. Please wait until process is completed before turning off your computer."

I know a lot of people like this software -- but if you have an SSE chip, DON'T buy the Version 10!!

Customer Rating: Average rating of 4/5Average rating of 4/5Average rating of 4/5Average rating of 4/5Average rating of 4/5
Summary: Good Software... Headphones suck.
Comment: I bought this for my boss and he hasn't had any problems and his only complaint was the headphones leave a lot to be desired. Punctuation, unless spoken, does not show up, but he has only been using it for a month so I don't know if that changes as the program learns.

Customer Rating: Average rating of 3/5Average rating of 3/5Average rating of 3/5Average rating of 3/5Average rating of 3/5
Summary: Not many options for voice speech engines, but this one works well enough
Comment: Right out of the box, this software was helping me help my wife transcribe some tapes for her. My only criticisms have to do with editing commands.

For instance, when you open the MyCommands editor, you will have to manually change the font from MS Sans Serif 7, unless that font works for you. This, too me, is pathetic.

Also, I'm somewhat surprised that it doesn't automatically capitalize after a colon, or using the word, "Mr." or "Mrs."

Another frustration for me, is many times while dictating a word like "help," DNS opens "Help" at the top of the Word title bar.

The first reviewer posted that DNS 10 requires SSE2 capability, but didn't mention what it is, or who could be affected. Here you go:

Streaming SIMD Extensions 2
CPUs supporting SSE2
AMD K8-based CPUs (Athlon 64, Sempron 64, Turion 64, etc)
Intel NetBurst-based CPUs (Pentium 4, Xeon, Celeron, Celeron D, etc)
Intel Pentium M and Celeron M
Intel Core-based CPUs (Core Duo, Core Solo, etc)
Intel Core 2-based CPUs (Core 2 Duo, Core 2 Quad, etc)
Intel Atom
Transmeta Efficeon
VIA Nano

Notable IA-32 CPUs not supporting SSE2
SSE2 is an extension of the IA-32 architecture. Therefore any architecture that does not support IA-32 does not support SSE2. x86-64 CPUs all implement IA-32, by definition. All known x86-64 CPUs also implement SSE2. Since IA-32 predates SSE2, early IA-32 CPUs did not implement it. SSE2 and the other SIMD instruction sets were intended primarily to improve CPU support for realtime graphics, notably gaming. A CPU that is not marketed for this purpose or that has an alternative SIMD instruction set has no need for SSE2.

The following CPUs implemented IA-32 after SSE2 was developed, but did not implement SSE2:

AMD CPUs prior to Athlon 64, including all Socket A-based CPUs
Intel CPUs prior to Pentium 4
Via C3
Transmeta Crusoe

If you do buy DNS, you will most likely find a forum by the name of knowbrainer.com while google-ing for help. Very helpful folks over there.

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