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Archive for November, 2011

On this week’s episode of Ask the Dictator, Peter answers a recent Facebook question from one of our customers – How do I dictate URLs and Hyperlinks? Well, tune in this week to find out!

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If you have a topic that you’d like to suggest for a future episode, let us know right here in the comments, or better yet, go to our Ask the Dictator page here and submit your suggestion!

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Here’s a quick Tuesday tip for folks using Dragon NaturallySpeaking for the PC:

You can have Dragon automatically start in Sleep mode whenever you start Windows by selecting Microphone on (asleep) option in the Miscellaneous tab of the Options dialog box.

Let us know if you have any suggestions for Dragon tips or questions that you’d like us to address here in the comments. We’ll do our best to feature as many as we can here each week!

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This week, we shine a spotlight on Dr. Mark Hopper, our Dragon customer of the week! Dr. Hopper, one of the winners of our 2011 I Speak Dragon contest, is a professor who uses Dragon to “work with words.”

Read Dr. Hopper’s full story in his own words here!

I am a college professor.  Sometime ago someone asked me what “professing” was all about. I replied, “I read, talk, and listen…..a lot”.

Basically I work with words. The words come from many places—from student papers, presentations, and exams; in books, articles, and webpages; at meetings with colleagues and students; and in messages, emails, announcements, phone calls, and more emails. Not only am I a consumer, I am a producer of words—I am a lecturer, grader, writer, colleague, and counselor. And I write lots of emails!

Since words are the primary means of exchange in my work, I have had to find a more efficient way of managing them because there are just too many of them and I have often become overwhelmed with the amount of them in the tasks that I must routinely complete.

A year or so ago I received an email advertisement from an online retailer. Down near the bottom of the ad was a description of Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10.0. When I first became a professor, I had heard that speech recognition software was used by our special education students. But, at the time, I did not imagine how Dragon could help me. After reading the ad, I had a thought—“maybe this can help me”.

Fast forward to the end of this Spring 2011 semester—I can honestly state that Dragon has made a significant positive impact in my work. It has helped me manage all of these words and become much more efficient. Below are the most important ways Dragon has helped me do my work:

  • Writing lecture notes—I dictate them because I find that I can get them done more quickly and thoroughly, which a bonus since I am usually writing them just before class!
  • Grading student papers and exams—Dragon allows me a faster turn-around time and to provide much, much more feedback, which my students appreciate.
  • Taking notes as I read resources for my research—I have used Dragon to create an annotated bibliography for my research and writing; I will also use it to write my first submission which I intend to publish next year.
  • Communications with students and colleagues—I have transcribed notes for meetings, written emails and created announcements and memos. My colleagues have asked me, “How do you get all this work done?” I have told them about Dragon. They are suitably impressed!

I have some future plans for Dragon, including:

  • Lecture capture—I will be able to post my lectures for my students
  • Documenting student research meetings and small group discussions
  • Creating captions for online counseling videos
  • Writing a blog for my Positive Psychology class—tentatively titled, “Hopper is Gettin’ Happy”

I hope that in this testimonial you have come to realize just how much that Dragon NaturallySpeaking has allowed me to become a more efficient and effective professor. Thank you for creating such a powerful tool for working with words.

Cheers.

Dr. Mark Hopper

Associate Professor of Psychology

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Happy Thanksgiving Dragon fans! May you all eat more than your stomachs can hold.

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This week on a special Thanksgiving edition of Ask the Dictator, we welcome a special guest star – Kristen Wylie. Kristen is our senior product marketing manager for Dragon and she is here this week to show us how to dictate recipes this holiday season.

Check it out here:

And from Peter “The Dictator” Mahoney, and all of us here on the Dragon team, we wish you a safe and happy holiday season! Gobble, gobble.

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Here’s a quick Tuesday tip for folks using Dragon NaturallySpeaking for the PC:

Dictate some of your famous holiday recipes, print them up on some fun paper and hand them out to the family this Thanksgiving. Plus you’re getting all of those recipes you have stored up in your memory down on paper!

Let us know if you have any suggestions for Dragon tips or questions that you’d like us to address here in the comments. We’ll do our best to feature as many as we can here each week!

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This week, we shine the spotlight on CJ Wallace, our Dragon customer of the week! CJ is a fifth grade student with dyslexia. Before he began using Dragon, it was difficult to keep up with his peers in class.

Watch this video to hear CJ explain how Dragon made it easier to capture his thoughts and ideas — without having to type.

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