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Please, please please help…dictation software?!?!


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Ok…I'm at my wit's end trying to make a decision on this topic. I realized maybe asking for help would be my best approach.
I'm looking for a program that dictates. I've looked into Dragon and saw numerous not-so-awesome reviews for their software for a mac….and then they released their latest version (4.0, I think…I'm somewhat tech retarded unless it says Nikon btw).
I got excited because I was FINALLY seeing some good reviews…and then a ton of not-so-good reviews. It occurred to me that maybe said unfavorable reviews were due to issues that wouldn't really bother me, but I'm also a poor college student who lusts after camera gear and really doesn't want to blow the cash if it's not worth it.
So…can someone please recommend a system/course of action/path to sanity?
You see, I'm coming up on my senior year and a majority of my classes are writing intensive. I have fibromyalgia and it regularly makes me hands and fingers ache. Writing and typing (and sitting up to do so) can get very painful and VERY distracting. I basically want software that can take away the bulk to the actual physical work. I've seen things like 'it forgets to add the' or issues with capitalization….that isn't a major factor for me. I am willing to proof if it has the ability to at least handle a majority of what I'm saying.
Anyone with dictation software want to offer up a review? Any advice or recommendations from people? I would appreciate it SO much. The idea of being able to rest my back while trying to straighten out my gnarled, cramping fingers AND actually make it to graduation is…I want to cry just thinking about it.
So….don't waste my money? Different software? Suck it up? I need guidance! :-/
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What mac do you have? Have you tried the Dictation & Speech in System Preferences?

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I started using Dictate 4 a about two weeks ago but haven't used it extensively. It seems to bet better than version 3. At least for me anyway. I would be using it more than I do but when my wife and I are in the same room my talking to the computer constantly drives her nuts.

Just a guess at the moment but I am probably getting somewhere around 95% accuracy. May be able to do a more specific test in a day or two.

If you decide to try it there are a few things to keep in mind:

1.It world better with a decent headset/earpiece type mic. I'm using my Mac's built in mic at the moment but experience suggests that while adequate its less than an optimal situation.

2. When speaking don't wait for a word to appear on screen. Accuracy is better when the program can use the context provided by phrases and sentences to help it figure out what you are saying.

3. Unless you are doing a lot of writing from a template filled with boilerplate the option to let the program analyze some of your writings while developing the profile may help it get better accuracy.

You might find this review helpful. It actually shows the program in action.

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The built-in dictation now on Macs and iOS devices is excellent out-of-the-box. I'm using it to dictate this response to you, and have not had to do any corrections. The only trick is that you have to remember to speak pronunciation, like so. Get used to saying things like open-quote and open-parentheses.
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I used Dictate to dictate several posts this evening. I'm using at the moment to dictate this one. I've had to make a few corrections, but nothing unusual. The accuracy has been good even though I'm using the internal microphone.

I have not tried the dictation feature built into OS X because when it was first released you had to be connected to the Internet in order for it to work. If you're interested in a comparison of the built-in features versus dictate check out this MacWorld article. Keep in mind that the results are for Dragon Dictate 3.0. The article was written prior to the release of version 4.

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