Archive for October, 2012

The most powerful version of Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12 Legal is here! Version 12 delivers increased accuracy and enhancements designed to help legal professionals boost productivity, streamline transcription and reduce costs – all with the power of voice.

The new and improved Dragon Legal features the same core enhancements found in the recently released Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12 – including the ability to create and annotate documents and control a PC with your voice – but with capabilities specifically designed to meet the needs of legal professionals.

Included in the newest version of Dragon Legal is a special language model to help users achieve the best possible out-of-the-box accuracy when dictating legal terms. Dragon Legal has the ability to automatically format legal citations and allow the sharing of custom word lists that are most relevant to each practice or department. Dragon Legal even incorporates the ability for large firms or legal departments to allow administrators to obtain rich, objective Dragon usage information, which can help achieve even better recognition results and track return on investments.

Law firms and corporate legal departments now have the ability to easily speak and transcribe text in real time, instead of typing contracts, briefs, court documents, emails and more. Either in the office or on the go, Dragon Legal operates at speeds up to three times faster than typing, which reduces transcription costs, increases productivity and means faster turnaround times with documents.

New and Improved Features for Dragon Naturally Speaking 12 Legal include:

New Levels of Accuracy & Performance – with up to 20 percent improvement in accuracy, Dragon Legal is the most reliable voice recognition for PC yet. So what does this mean for legal professionals? You can now speak naturally and Dragon can easily understand, allowing you to get more done in a shorter amount of time. The more time you spend using Dragon, the more you’ll notice your work experience transform.

  • Natural-sounding text-to-speech: For easy proofing and multitasking, you can fast-forward, rewind and speed and volume control that reads back editable text.
  • Smart Format Rules: Dragon Legal can adapt by detecting format corrections like abbreviations, numbers and more – this way dictated text always looks the way you want it to every time.
  • Interactive tutorial: This helps new users get acquainted with Dragon even faster through fun exercises to learn and practice dictation, correction and editing habits so all users have a good experience with Dragon Legal.

Streamlined Transcription – Dragon’s new Auto-Transcribe Folder Agent (ATFA) helps to manage the flow of transcribed text and synchronized audio of digital voice recordings, and even notifies the user when a transcription is complete — to streamline third-party review and correction. ATFA now supports .DOC and .RTF formats, in addition to .TXT. The “Roaming” configuration allows dictation and third-party correction from different network locations and computing devices, while ensuring centralized management of master user profiles.

Enhanced Enterprise-Ready Solution – Dragon Legal now includes enhanced security features, configuration options and administrative tools that make it easy for all users to manage voice profiles, custom vocabularies and commands, feature access, and multiple installations over a network. Administrators can now create a recognition log file for each end-user, to easily and quickly gather rich, objective usage information to achieve better results while saving time. Dragon Legal is Section 508 certified, enabling support for government-mandated accessibility requirements for workers with disabilities.

Increased Mobility – With most professionals constantly on the go, Dragon Legal helps maintain optimal productivity while juggling busy schedules.

  • With the use of a Bluetooth wireless headset users have superior comfort and mobility; wideband Bluetooth support delivers exceptional recognition performance.
  • Use the iPhone®, iPod® touch (4th gen), iPad® or compatible Android™ device as a remote microphone for greater freedom and flexibility on the go.

Learn more about the new Dragon Legal here.  And if you haven’t joined the Dragon community yet, what are you waiting for?  Get social by joining us on the Dragon Facebook page or follow Dragon on Twitter as @DragonTweets. Our Dragon community is a great place to share ideas, get tips, and learn more about Dragon.

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

If several windows are open on your computer, you can change which one is active and in the foreground in several ways: Say “switch to” followed immediately by the name of the desired application, folder, or document: e.g., switch to DragonPad, switch to Lotus Notes, switch to My Computer, switch to DragonBar, switch to winter projects.

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 Nancy – our customer of the week! On June 22, 1997, Nancy Blose’s life literally turned upside down when her Jeep flipped five times and she was left with a broken neck. She recalls: “I was a 34-year-old mother of two, a wife, a sister, a daughter, now trapped in a broken body. I was dependent on others for all my daily requirements.” Then she discovered Dragon NaturallySpeaking. “I desperately wanted control of my life,” she says, “and I found it with my voice and Dragon.”

Read more of Nancy’s story here (*defaults to open .pdf), and check out her winning “I Speak Dragon story” below:

Two events took place in 1997 which  significantly changed my life.  First,  I was  a restrained passenger involved in a catastrophic car accident which left me a quadriplegic. Second, Nuance introduced Dragon NaturallySpeaking.

On June 22, 1997 my life was turned upside down, literally, after my Jeep flipped 5 times resulting  with my broken neck.  Instantaneously  I became disabled  which translated as unable to walk, unable to feed myself, unable to hug my children, unable to return to work,  among  thousands of other activities  formally taken for granted.

I was a 34-year-old mother of two, a wife, a sister, a daughter trapped in a broken body.  My  existence no longer remotely resemble  that prior to June 22nd, now confined to bed or wheelchair and  dependent upon others for ALL my daily requirements.  I  desperately wanted some control of my life. I  found it with my voice and Dragon NaturallySpeaking.

One obvious lesson learned  from that fateful day was just how temporary life is. There is permanency with written words  and I had many thoughts that I wanted preserved. My first priority was  to write  letters to my children, then ages 6 and 8, to be opened on their 16th birthdays.   The letters were my  assurance in case of my early demise to once again tell my children how much I love them and to pass on motherly pearls of wisdom.  Thankfully, I was able to hand deliver their birthday letters.

Next came a book, 120 pages recounting June 22 and the ensuing events of survival;   hospital horror stories, battling insurance  bureaucracy and the legal world of attorneys.   Perhaps not the most up lifting subject matter but none the less, I was able to write it!

After completing my catharsis therapy I moved on to daily use of Dragon. I was able  to access my children’s high school academics and communicate directly with their teachers via e-mails. This availability made for a happy Mom but not so happy teenagers.

My favorite use of Dragon NaturallySpeaking is coupled with Hallmark greeting cards. Hallmark has a program which allows the on-line user to edit its cards by adding personal messages and pictures, and it will then address, stamp and mail the card.  All I have to do speak and I am sending birthday greetings, holiday cheer, and just because cards to family and friends across the United States. And now that my children have graduated from high school and I am no longer communicating with their teachers (much to their relief) I have ample time to write to them at college.

I have been a Dragon user since its infancy, starting with my PC and now speaking/ writing on my Apple. My life has been challenging but I have had tools to assist with those challenges.

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Here’s a quick Thursday Tip for folks using Dragon Dictate for Mac 3:

Just getting started with Dragon Dictate? Take a look at our Command Cheat Sheet to help you edit and format text, navigate through documents, control your desktop, update your Facebook status and so much more! *Note: when issuing voice commands, be sure to pause before and after the full text of the command, but do not pause in the middle of the command – and do not include additional words in your command.

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

Dragon is packed with shortcuts to help get you what you’re intending to do a little faster. For example, when you’re navigating the Accuracy Center, you can activate links without saying their full name: instead of saying “click add a list of words to your vocabulary” you can just say “click add a list.”(*note: saying “click” to complete actions such as opening links is now required for folks using Dragon 12. This helps to prevent unintended recognitions.)

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 the Delaware Division of Family Services (DFS) – our customer of the week! Delaware DFS needed a way to help caseworkers speed documentation turnaround so they could spend more time in the field helping children and families and less time at their desktops — without putting the agency at risk of non-compliance. Dragon NaturallySpeaking Professional was the solution.

The Division of Family Services (DFS), part of Delaware’s Department of Services for Children, Youth, and Their Families (DSCYF), is dedicated to promoting the protection, safety, and permanency of the state’s youth. With limited resources and mountains of paperwork, the Delaware DFS knew they needed a more efficient way of fulfilling their mission. After instituting a pilot program where a select number of DFS employees tested using Dragon NaturallySpeaking in the filed, the decision was easy to roll out the software to their broader employee base. By using digital voice recorders in the field – along with Dragon’s transcription capability –  and mastering several voice command shortcuts, Dragon has helped to cut the time it takes caseworkers to input notes by up to 75 percent and to increase the quality of their work. One employee explains, “If anything, my notes are longer and more detailed since I’ve been using Dragon. As I’m talking, I add more detail than I would if I were just typing. Other caseworkers have noticed the same thing.” One thing is for sure – Dragon is here to stay for the Delaware Division of Family Services.

Read the entire case study here. (*note: defaults to open .pdf)


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On this week’s episode of Ask the Dictator, Product Marketing Manager Erica Hill teaches us about the Dictation Box in Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12. She shows us how it may look a little different from other versions and how you now have the option to control your settings – including the ability to turn on or off the automatic launching of the Dictation Box in applications in which Dragon doesn’t have Full Text Control.

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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