I knew roughly what I was going to expect when I installed the software as I have used this programme before (a previous version) and the last time I was pleasantly impressed. However this new edition is even better, more accurate and faster as well as being very easy to install. For those of you not conversant with this type of software, effectively you speak into a microphone and your computer types what you say; it’s that simple. For most of us, you are more likely to speak faster than you type and this is certainly the case for me. Some years ago this would have appeared to be science fiction but the reality is that this technology is good enough to be used in everyday work.
Installation was very easy and what was most impressive is that the learning time to adapt to my voice was very short indeed. I have a Scottish accent that occasionally does cause problems but the software coped with it, with great ease and virtually from the word go. After a short time I was typing (speaking) and a very accurate representation was appearing on Microsoft Word. The accuracy rate is very impressive and sure I have to manually go over the odd mistake or formatting but for me, it is not a great issue. This is a lot better than laboriously typing and not being as productive. Obviously I have written this review with Dragon Premium and it was much faster to use the software compared to my traditional poor typing method.
The only piece of hardware you need is a simple headset that plugs in to the audio channels on your PC. I already had one but they are relatively inexpensive to obtain and there is no installation involved you simply plug in, load the software and start talking. For common everyday vocabulary, it is remarkably accurate beating my inferior typing skills. When it comes to technical words and in my case clinical terms, not surprisingly it somewhat struggled. However I understand that there are specialised offerings in this field, see http://www.nuance.co.uk/for-healthcare/index.htm
If you are fed up typing long reports or letters and want to improve your productivity then this is a genuine contender. It is not cheap but if you are going to use it on a regular basis then it is probably a worthwhile investment. More importantly this technology genuinely works and if you have never seen it in action before then be prepared to be impressed. The only technical problem I encountered was that it did not like working with my Windows Mail programme, throwing up an error message but that was a minor inconvenience; fixed by closing my e mail programme. For word processing, I use Microsoft Word and it worked seamlessly and effortlessly with it. I like it!
Dr Harry Brown