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Archive for March, 2012

Here’s a quick Thursday tip for folks using Dragon NaturallySpeaking for the PC and Dragon Dictate for Mac:

No, no, Dragon is not hinting that you get a boyfriend…if Dragon ever transcribes the phrase “him, him, him” it may just be an issue with your headset. When Dragon hears background noise is tries to find the closest word matching that noise (“him” is a common match), so you should make sure your headset is positioned appropriately and that it passes our compatibility tests, found here for the PC and here for Mac.

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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Greetings Dragon fans! We’ve had a lot of questions recently asking how to transfer user profiles so we thought we would share an Ask the Dictator video from our archive that shows you how to do just that.

Check it out here:

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:

We all make mistakes and mumble when speaking from time to time. To help you learn and improve your dictation skills, remember to make use of the Playback feature. To always hear your spoken words before correcting, you can check “Automatic Playback on Correction” in the Corrections tab of the Options dialog. (see pg. 46 of the workbook for more info)

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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Patrick Marshall, technology writer of the Seattle Times, turned to Dragon NaturallySpeaking after breaking his wrist in a motorcycle accident. He puts Dragon to the test against Microsoft’s speech recognition and says Dragon won by a landslide. Check out the full story here.

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This week we shine the spotlight on Jaden Hair, our customer of the week! Jaden is the author behind the popular cooking blog called Steamy Kitchen at http://www.SteamyKitchen.com – one of the world’s 50 best food blogs as awarded by Times Online.

Hair says using Dragon is the only way she’s been able to keep up with her blogging career: “I need to write the way I speak because people have fun reading it. I don’t like writing, so it can take me hours to write an article, but it goes so much faster if I simply speak it.” After training the software to recognize her commonly-used cooking measurements and abbreviations, she says it’s been a cinch. Besides writing her blog, Hair does segments for the Tampa Tribune and TLC and has even released her own cookbook of her favorite Asian recipes. About her work, she says: “I wanted to inspire people to cook. Getting my voice in there with [Dragon] Dictate lets me make it feel real and not forced. You want to feel like your friend is teaching you these recipes, not like you’re reading a textbook.”

To read more about Jaden’s story, you can find the full case study here. (*note: this link will default to open a pdf file of the case study)

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Here’s a quick Thursday tip for folks using Dragon NaturallySpeaking for the PC and Dragon Dictate for Mac:

Dragons need naps too…If you’re dictating and want to take a break without turning the mic off completely, just say “go to sleep” and you can resume at any time by saying “wake up” or “turn the microphone on.” (see pg. 11 of the Dictate workbook and pg. 33 of the Dragon NaturallySpeaking workbook)

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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Greetings Dragon Fans! We know how many of you like using Dragon AND like staying in touch with your friends on Facebook. For this week’s Ask the Dictator video we’re bringing back one of our favorites from the archive to show you how easy it is to do this using Dragon.

Check it out here:

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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