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It’s a new year, which means hundreds of millions of resolutions were made earlier this week. People all across the country took the promise of a new year to jump start their desires to be more healthy, happy, active, better in control of their money and spend more time with family. All are popular New Year’s resolutions that are made with varying degrees of voracity each and every year.

While weight loss and being more charitable are always high on the list of resolutions, so too is productivity. People are always striving to get more out of their effort, streamline the way they do things in order to get more time back and ultimately become more efficient at all the things they have to do on a daily basis. Because Dragon is the ultimate productivity booster, we’ve done our best to help you boost productivity, and  talk about ways in which anyone can get a little more productive.

Today we wanted to highlight three ways that Dragon can help you be more productive in 2013:

Never “type” an email ever again: According to the Radicati Group, in 2011 the average corporate user sent and received an average of 112 email messages per day. No matter what anyone says, email is still a very popular (and necessary) method of communication. Dictation software like Dragon can help you transcribe up to 100 words per minute. Considering you probably average about 30-40 words per minute typing right now, the time saved composing just something as simple as email using Dragon would be significant. Try using Dragon to write all your emails in one day and see how much time it saves you, you might be shocked at the results! From there, dictating other documents will follow, as will some time back in your life.

Use Dragon Dictation for your phone: if you think it takes you a long time to type an email, it’s taking at least twice as long to do it on a smartphone. Dictation software can have an even bigger impact with a phone than on a desktop, depending on how proficient one is. Did you know that Dragon Dictation for smartphones allows you to speak into your phone and it quickly turns it into text that you can then send in a text message or email with just a few buttons? Test it out and see how much faster you are at speaking those quick text messages to friends, rather than typing on the smartphone keyboard. Chances are the results will be staggering. And for those of you that insist on texting while driving, dictation is certainly safer!

Don’t stop using social, use it more smartly: If you believe the hype, social media is the ultimate productivity killer.  But like any other activity, it’s not if you do it, it’s how often and how effective you are that determines if you’re abusing it. The truth is social media CAN be a productivity thief when done in excess and to the extremes. One way to use social media more smartly is to ask Dragon to help. Dragon Dictation for smartphones, Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12 and Dragon Dictate for Macintosh 3 all have the ability to update social media sites like Twitter and Facebook simply by talking. Rather than having to navigate to Facebook or Twitter and manually type an update, one can simply say “post to Facebook” and create an update within seconds using DNS or DD. Or when using Dragon Dictate for a smartphone, it’s easy to dictate something and share it to Facebook or Twitter with one button.

Have you used Dragon to increase your productivity? What other steps are you going to take to boost your productivity in 2013?

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Attention all Cyber Monday Shoppers!

If you’re looking to get your Holiday shopping done early, then today is your lucky day. Check out some of the great deals we’re offering below, and give the gift that gets people talking!

Dragon Home Holiday Bundle

It’s all about friends and family with our exclusive Dragon Home Holiday Bundle. This package features Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12 Home, the fast, fun and convenient way to interact with your PC using your voice. Dictate documents, send email, search the Web, and more – with simple voice commands. There’s no easier or more enjoyable way to capture creativity and get more done on your PC.

Here’s what you get:

  • Package includes Dragon Home Edition speech recognition software
  • Family Tree Maker genealogy software
  • USB headset

Price: $74.99, a $155 retail value!

Dragon Premium Holiday Bundle

This holiday, we’re making it all about friends and family with our exclusive Dragon Premium Holiday Bundle. This package features Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12 Premium edition to let you get through your “to–do” list faster than ever before – by talking! Dictate or modify documents, spreadsheets and presentations, send email, search the Web, and more. Even capture notes on the go using a digital recorder and Dragon will transcribe the audio files back at your PC.

We’ve combined our best-selling speech recognition with Family Tree Maker® Workshop 2, genealogy software that will bring your family history to life with photos, historical records and interactive maps. We finish this package off with our USB headset.

Dragon speech recognition makes a great gift, so ignite new possibilities for your friends and family this holiday season.

Here’s what you get:

  • Package includes Dragon Premium Edition speech recognition software
  • Family Tree Maker genealogy software
  • USB headset

Price: $149.99 a $255 retail value!

Dragon Dictate Holiday Bundle

This holiday, we’re making it all about friends and family with our exclusive Dragon Dictate for Mac Holiday Bundle. Our holiday package features Dragon Dictate for Mac 3 speech recognition software, which lets you use your voice to create and edit text or interact with your favorite Mac applications. You can even use a digital voice recorder and Dragon will transcribe your dictation when you are back at your Mac.

We’ve combined our best-selling speech recognition with Family Tree Maker® Workshop 2, genealogy software that will bring your family history to life with photos, historical records and interactive maps and more. We finish this package off with our USB headset.

Dragon speech recognition makes a great gift, so ignite new possibilities for your friends and family this holiday season.

Here’s what you get:

  • Package includes Dragon Dictate for Mac speech recognition software
  • Family Tree Maker genealogy software
  • USB headset.

Price: $149.99…a$255 retail value

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

Have you considered Dragon’s default hotkeys? The + on the numeric keypad is just one of them [Others include initiating correction and forcing the recognition of dictation instead of a command]. In the Options dialog, you can choose to modify or delete them. This is particularly important if you don’t have a numeric keypad, or you prefer to reserve your numeric keypad for data entry.

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:

To use the Calisto Bluetooth microphone, make sure its dongle (USB adapter) is plugged into your PC before you launch Dragon. Plus, check out the latest Bluetooth user guide, here! (Note: Bluetooth capability available in edition Premium and above)

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 Duane French, our customer of the week! After an accident in 1968 left him a quadriplegic, Duane turned to Dragon NaturallySpeaking to help him communicate, reach his professional goals, and even meet the love of his life.

Years ago, Duane recalls that he still faced many challenges when trying to communicate because assistive technologies weren’t nearly as advanced as they are today; he even says he “charmed [his] way through college by asking young women to type [his] papers.” Becoming Director of the Alaska Division of Vocational Rehabilitation opened his eyes to a new product, though – Dragon NaturallySpeaking. From the start he was impressed with the program’s level of accuracy, which he says has come a long ways since he first used it in 1997. Today, Duane uses Dragon on both his work and home computers to help him oversee 350 employees and a $50 million budget as Director of the Washington State Division of Disability Determination Services. He says, “I feel helpless without Dragon NaturallySpeaking. It has been a transformational force in my life and has helped make the success I once dreamed of a reality.”

To read more about Duane’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 Tuesday Tip for folks using Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12 for the PC:

You can take advantage of Dragon’s option to automatically insert commas and periods as you dictate—see Auto-Formatting under the DragonBar’s Tools menu. The Help contains details about this “Natural Punctuation” option and the commands to turn it on and off.

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 Zach Osbrach, our customer of the week! Zach, who was diagnosed with dyslexia at the age of 40, used Dragon NaturallySpeaking to help him realize his dream of opening a charter school for children with dyslexia.

Having experienced it himself and struggling for years with his disability, Zach decided that there was a need for an alternative to the public school system where children with dyslexia didn’t necessarily always receive the specialized attention they required. That’s when he came up with the idea of opening a charter school in Florida, and that’s also where Dragon came in. He says, “All of my charter school applications, grants, and other written documentation have been dictated with Dragon. As a severely dyslexic person, I could not have been successful without Dragon. For people like me who have severe language processing disabilities in the area of phoneme awareness, Dragon NaturallySpeaking is essential.” Today, Zach has opened his third school and he’s now working to create a national model for educating dyslexic children.

Read more about Zach’s story here.

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