Nuance Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.5

April 12, 2012 by  
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Siri reignited interest in speech recognition, now the company behind Siri has released its…

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Reviewed 11 April 2012

Price as reviewed £120.00

Overall 9/10

Key Features

  • Over 99 per cent potential accuracy
  • Five minute initial setup
  • Dictate wirelessly using an iPad or iPhone
  • Post straight to Facebook & Twitter
  • Compose emails & search Google Maps
  • Transcribe audio files

There is something undoubtedly cool about typing without using your hands. The problem is, what seems like such an elegant solution is often more trouble than it’s worth. Speech recognition software has been around for years, but lengthy voice training and hit and miss accuracy have scared many of us away from trying it again. That is a shame, because today it is a whole new ballgame.

Nuance has been around since 1992 in various forms. Its technology powers Siri, the party trick behind the iPhone 4S, and it has been the dominant force in the voice recognition market virtually ever since. Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.5 is the company’s latest attempt to teach us that speaking to our computers is not a waste of time. It succeeds.


As a “.5” release you would think NaturallySpeaking is more about evolution than revolution, but happily that is not the case. Version 11.5 brings a host of new features including smartphone integration, support for social media, a raft of new commands, welcome refinements to the UI and further improvements to the accuracy and speed of the speech recognition engine. Arguably the most exciting of these is smartphone integration because it has the potential to revolutionise the way people use the software.
To coincide with 11.5 Nuance launched ‘Dragon Microphone’, an iOS app that uses the microphone on an iPhone or iPad to replace the need for a dedicated mic or headset. Furthermore the app connects to your computer wirelessly using a Wi-Fi network, meaning you can dictate while walking around the house or simply enjoy not being physically tethered to your computer.Setup is easy… This is a sample, continue reading the full article at TrustedReviews

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