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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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Have 10 minutes to spare? If you’re a current Dragon 12 user, we’d LOVE to get your feedback on Dragon to help us learn more about your experience.

Take our quick survey here:

Dragon 12 Survey

We’ll share your responses with our product development team – your voice matters to us, so use it!

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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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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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