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Old 11-01-2009, 04:22 PM   #1
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Voice Recognition Software and writing

Does anyone use voice recognition software for writing? I'm thinking about a new computer and wondering if it is worth adding to the shopping list.

If so, what software and OS do you use?
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Old 11-02-2009, 07:52 PM   #2
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Hi.
I've used the dragon Naturally speaking product before. It;s supposed to be one of the best out there, but i quickly grew tired of it. It picks up the vast majority of your words, but for the amount of time you need to edit and go back over, I felt it wasnt worth it as I had no peace of mind about anything it had done.
This was about 18mths ago. maybe its improved, but for me it wasnt worth it. hope this helps.
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I've used the speech recognition built into Vista and Windows 7. It's good but not great. My experience is similar to what LazyScot reported. I wanted perfection and speed and it didn't happen. I gave up.
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Old 11-03-2009, 05:38 AM   #4
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JoeC, Direct Ebooks,

Many thanks for the responses.

Your comments add to my suspicion is that Voice Recognition doesn't simplify/add to the writing experience unless you have a disability of some kind or are lucky enough to write perfectly first time. If, as you both indicate, you then add in that the quality of the recognition isn't high enough for a wide ranging vocabulary it sounds like it is not really worth it. (However, if all you want to say are digits, letters and up/down, I guess it is better).

I'd be very interested in anyone else's experience, but it sounds like it is not including on the shopping list. At least not yet.

Or is there anyone else out there who is a fan of the technology?
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Old 11-03-2009, 11:44 AM   #5
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i've used dragon-speaking at work, (not for writing, though) but found that it very easily picks up background noise that can cause it to throw many a wobbly....


btw: the speech recognition in Vista is supposed to be dragon-speaking but a couple of versions ago....
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Old 11-03-2009, 03:26 PM   #6
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I wrote a fantasy story using the Windows Vista built in recognition engine and it worked fairly well. It wasn't perfect, but it worked for getting a different take on the story.
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Old 11-05-2009, 08:38 AM   #7
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Old 11-05-2009, 10:06 PM   #8
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Just apropos to the thread topic, there was recently a New Scientist article talking to Terry Pratchett where he talks about such software:
"Recently Pratchett has become almost as famous for having Alzheimer's disease as he is for selling 65 million books in over 35 languages. He was diagnosed with posterior cortical atrophy (PCA) two years ago - a rare form of the disease which causes the back of the brain to shrink. He has lost his ability to type as a result and had to dictate Unseen Academicals to his assistant. For his latest book he's using a speech-to-text computer program called Dragon Dictate, which learns as it goes. He has dumped his entire collection of novels onto the hard drive and has been training the program not only to recognise his accent but also to learn the words he uses - orc and yennork aren't in most authors' lexicons. "It's astonishing," he says, but he finds it falls down on punctuation."
The full article can be found here, for Pratchett fans:

http://www.newscientist.com/article/...asy-alive.html
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