Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10 Preferred
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Dragon Naturally Speaking 10 Preferred gives small business and advanced PC users the power to create documents, reports, and emails, three times faster than most people type, and with up to 99% accuracy. Surf the Web by voice, or dictate and edit in Microsoft Word and Excel, Corel WordPerfect, and most other Windows-based applications. New Dragon Voice Shortcuts collapse common tasks into simple voice commands. Create custom commands to insert blocks of texts or images such as your name, title, and signature with a single voice command. Format and delete text faster than ever with Quick Voice Formatting. You can even dictate into a handheld device when you're away from your PC, or use a Bluetooth microphone. Most people speak over 120 words per minute, but type less than 40 words a minute. That means you can create documents and emails about three times faster with Dragon Naturally Speaking. Dragon Naturally Speaking never makes a spelling mistake, and it actually gets smarter the more you use it. Dragon Naturally Speaking installs quickly and requires no special script reading to train the system. On-screen help and tutorials will make you an expert user in no time. Use your voice to dictate, edit and control applications like Microsoft Word, Microsoft Outlook Express, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and AOL. Quickly search for information on the Web or on your own computer. Just say "Search the Web for global warming articles," "Search Wikipedia for George Washington Carver," or "Search eBay for Batman comic books." Searching the Web or your computer has never been faster - or easier. Dictate into any Nuance-certified handheld device for automatic transcription when you synch with your PC.

Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10 Preferred gives small business and advanced PC users the power to create documents, reports and emails three times faster than most people type. All with up to 99% accuracy. Surf the Web by voice or dictate and edit in Microsoft Word and Excel, Corel WordPerfect, and most other Windows-based applications.

Talk to the computer and watch the spoken words instantly appear in documents, email and instant messages. Click to enlarge.

Quick Voice Formatting makes deleting and formatting text faster than ever. Click to enlarge.

New on-screen help and tutorials help users become experts in no time. Click to enlarge.

Users can easily create spreadsheets, or edit existing ones, simply by speaking. Click to enlarge.

New Dragon Voice Shortcuts collapse common multi-click tasks into simple voice commands. Or create custom commands to insert blocks of texts and images--such as name, title, and signature--with a single voice command. Format and delete text faster than ever with Quick Voice Formatting. Users can choose to work with a Bluetooth microphone, and they can even dictate into a digital recorder when they're away from the PC.

Create Email, Documents and Spreadsheets--All by Voice

Accurate speech recognition for PC applications
Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10 Preferred offers unprecedented speech recognition with unrivaled accuracy levels: up to 20% fewer speech recognition errors out of the box than Version 9, and about half the amount of errors that the product delivered just five years ago. Users gain the added benefit of avoiding spelling errors and typing mistakes. In fact, the product actually learns from corrections over time.

Works with the applications users already have
Dictate directly into Microsoft Word and Microsoft Outlook Express and most other Microsoft Office applications running on Microsoft Windows XP, Windows 2000, and Windows Vista. Dragon also supports popular programs such as Corel WordPerfect, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and AOL. Navigate the desktop by voice: launch or switch applications, save or print documents, and more--even control menus and dialog boxes.

Create and edit documents and spreadsheets by voice
Users can easily create documents and spreadsheets, or edit existing ones, simply by speaking. Add custom words, such as proper names, to the system's vocabulary or create commands, such as "insert signature," so that pre-set text and images will automatically appear in email and documents. Plus, Dragon enables easy correction and proofing: with the "play back" feature, users can listen to their dictation while Dragon highlights the corresponding text on the screen for easy proofreading.

Quick Voice Formatting commands allow users to issue a single voice command, such as "Bold Quick Voice Formatting," to make formatting and deleting text faster than ever. In addition, the extensive set of Natural Language Commands mean users don't have to memorize complex instructions. In Microsoft Word, for example, a user can say, "make that bigger," and the font size increases instantly.

Dragon 10 introduces new graphical icons to enhance the DragonBar user interface, making the product even easier to use!

Send email, Instant Messages and Surf the Web--All by Voice
Users can browse the Internet with ease: search the Web, access information and navigate Web pages, simply by speaking URLs and links.

Dragon Voice Shortcuts to Perform Tasks Faster Than Ever
Dragon Voice Shortcuts for Web Search make searching the Web faster and easier. A user says a command containing his desired search words, such as "Search the Web for financial management resources," or "Search maps for Italian restaurants in Burlington, Massachusetts," and Dragon 10 will use the default search engine and Web browser to enter his dictated term(s) in the search field and return the results. A user may also search specific sites or search the Web for a specific type of information using commands such as "Search Wikipedia for George Washington Carver," or "Search eBay for Bluetooth headsets." Sites supported by Dragon Voice Shortcuts include Google, Yahoo, eBay, Wikipedia, YouTube and more.

Dragon Voice Shortcuts for Desktop Search introduce commands to search the computer as directly as the Web, by dictating the word(s) to find documents, emails and Web browsing history. For example, a user can say, "Search computer for launch plans," and Dragon will complete the search using Google Desktop or Windows Vista desktop search. In addition, commands such as, "Find an email about the Robinson report" directly open the top email containing the dictated keywords. Searching the computer has never been faster--or easier.

Dictate into a handheld recorder for later transcription
Be productive on the go. Users can dictate into any Nuance-certified digital recorder when they're away from the office for automatic transcription when it is synched with a PC.

User Benefits

Faster than Typing
Most people speak more than 120 words per minute but type less than 40 words a minute. That means users can create documents and email messages more than three times faster using Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10 Preferred. The software never makes a spelling mistake, and it actually gets smarter the more it's used.

Easy to Use--Get Started Right Away
Dragon NaturallySpeaking installs quickly and requires no special script reading. New on-screen help and tutorials help users become experts in no time. Users can dictate letters and emails instantly! A comfortable, high-quality headset is included.

Bluetooth Support
Use Dragon NaturallySpeaking with a Nuance-approved Bluetooth wireless headset for great dictation results--without the wires.

Avoid Repetitive Strain Injuries
By using voice to control the PC and create documents, users reduce their risk of developing repetitive strain injuries, such as carpal tunnel syndrome.

Key Feature Differences Between Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10 Professional and Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10 Preferred

Dragon 10
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Dragon 10
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Create documents, emails, reports and spreadsheets simply by speaking; surf the Web by voice

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Up to 99% accuracy--right out of the box
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Words appear on the screen faster than ever
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No enrollment required--get started instantly
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New on-screen help and tutorials--be an expert user right away
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Dictate directly into virtually any Microsoft Windows application and control menus and dialog boxes by voice
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Dragon Voice Shortcuts to speed Web and desktop search
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Automatically transcribe recordings from Nuance-approved handheld recorders or Pocket PCs
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Wireless microphone support, including Bluetooth
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Play back your dictation for easier correction and proofing
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Natural commands for Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Excel
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Dragon Voice Shortcuts to speed email and calendar entries
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Create custom voice commands to automate complex or repetitive document creation tasks
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Fully network compatible for multiple users
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Central network administration tools for installation and user profile management
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Security features for enterprise deployments
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Support for Citrix environments
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Section 508 certified to give people with disabilities complete hands-free use of the PC
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Features:
  • Offers unprecedented speech recognition with unrivaled accuracy levels
  • Dictate and edit in virtually any Windows application, including Microsoft Word, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and AOL
  • Easily create and edit documents and spreadsheets, compose emails and instant messages, or surf the Web just by speaking
  • Quick Voice Formatting commands allow users to issue a single voice command to make deleting and formatting text faster than ever
  • Use the included high-quality headset, work with a Bluetooth microphone, or even dictate into a digital recorder when away from the PC

Customer Reviews:

  • Never again...unsafe at any speed
    I am currently in about the 7th attempt to properly install/reinstall this software. When after several online searches i find out that if you don't have something called sse2 on your computer even though you have met all the system requirements listed on the box you are out of luck. "Dragon NaturallySpeaking (DNS) version 10.0 does not work for any processors that do not support the sse2 instruction set. That excludes all AMD Socket 462 processors, many of which are rated well above the supposed minimum requirements." quote wikipedia

    How the (expletive) can you get the sse2 instruction set? Do you need a software fix? Do you need to upgrade your system?
    With Nuance's current level of website support maybe they should be forced to have a recall. With my current level of frustration I am tempted to say they don't deserve any intellectual property rights....more info
  • awful performance, poor support
    I have a basic Dell Inspiron 1525 laptop (32 bit) and I encountered big trouble trying to get Dragon microphone working. My "one free call" to tech support was absolutely useless, and ended with tech telling me I should go read my Dell manual to figure out why the line in mic wasn't being "heard" by computer. Eventually, I did get the mic to be heard, but was told after lengthy "voice quality" checks that the sound was not good quality. That may be why, after dutifully going through one of their training texts, when I actually got to "try" it, my words typed out like someone with a bad case of Alzheimer's. Or it may be the software, hardware, and "wizards" are NOT user friendly! I spent hours fooling with this install, calling tech support, checking google for "mic doesn't work", getting mic to finally "hear", "training" and it was all a big waste of time....more info
  • installation problems
    I had DNS9 preferred, it worked brilliantly. Then I upgraded to DNS10 preferred, This product has been a nightmare,after days of trying...it just wont open, it acted like a virus, I just could not get it off my computer, even with using the Dragon removal tool, it would not allow me to close down my computer. Tech support was trying to be helpful, but nothing worked. Stick with DNS9 if you already have it.Dragon Naturally Speaking 10 Preferred...more info
  • great product
    This product is 100 times better than the previous one. My husband, who has severe dyslexia, uses it to write emails and create documents. It learned his voice patterns much faster or more precisely and he feels so much more comfortable dictating his words and knowing they will come out in written form correctly. The only thing he has to make sure to do is pause after sentences so periods are not left out. Thank you Nuance for this improved product....more info
  • It exceeded our expectations right out of the box
    Despite Dragon's reputation of poor quality and performance we were happily and pleasantly surprised by the ease of setup and how we had the software functioning and working in less than two hours.

    I'm writing this review using the Dragon software and eat it performing superbly after just spending less than an hour reading some prepared so that Dragon could become acclimated to my voice.

    Unlike the voice recognition that comes built-in with Microsoft office and was based on earlier versions of the Lernout & Hauspie voice recognition software that Dragon also claim its lineage from, Dragon can also be used to control basic Windows functions using well-known commands such as "exit window" and also start Internet Explorer and can even be used to browse the web seamlessly with only her voice by saying the links.

    The most powerful features of its endless flexibility since you can add and train new or existing words and even macro functions such as recorded keystrokes and mouse movements or even use Dragon to guide the mouse cursor.

    It is extremely useful for those people who may be suffering from repetitive stress syndrome such as carpal tunnel and tendonitis however like previous versions the help files are rather anemic and can be tedious to become used space to.

    But the built-in multimedia tutorials are excellent to get the new user up and functioning very quickly. The built-in editing shortcuts which can be used like a vocal macros. Such as

    "Select Word" then "cap that" (which capitalizes the word)
    "scratch that" which deletes the last phrase you spoke
    "New Paragraph" that enters an ending period, then a carriage return and will capitalize the next word are the result of evolution of this product from years of customer feedback.

    We were very impressed with how dragon to correctly predict the correct spelling of confusing words such as "ensure" from "insure" by examining the rest of the sentence and guessing right every time. It can also be fine tuned to provide a faster performance at the expense of more errors or higher accuracy at the expense of some latency and this can be accomplished with simple slider controls.

    It is also a great tool for those who are pressed for time and made like to dictate to your computer while riding a stationary bike. In this way or Dragon NaturallySpeaking can be a great dietary supplement.

    Strangely but happily we achieved these results using a a four year old generic brand inexpensive microphone from her local computer store and we probably even receive better results if we decide to invest in super quality microphone but our current performance is exceeding our requirements

    We couldn't be happier...more info
  • Still doesn't work with 64bit Vista as of 1/18/09
    Just to update the prior reviews, unable to install on a 64bit Vista as of 1/18/09...more info
  • This is exactly what I wanted.
    If you are patient and train this device, you will be happy with this purchase. I've taken my time with it and have found many uses. It will take time to become a proficient editor (grammar), but it learns from corrections thereby making it more functional with each use....more info
  • You should know about the downside
    I have used this software for quite some time and it's actually great software. The voice recognition is good and it's easy to use.

    What you need to know before you buy is that Nuance has a very unforgiving policy about reloading the software on your computer. I had to reinstall my OS and when I tried to reload NaturallySpeaking 10 Preferred I could not activate the software. In other words, I can no longer use the software that I purchased. I've tried to contact them but I get no response.

    You should figure this in before you buy.
    ...more info
  • Dragon
    I was sent dragon standerd but the version advirtised was dragon prefered
    This programe requires a lot of training and is only one step up fron what is offered in MS. Office...more info
  • Dragon V10 Better Than V9 ????
    First: the included headset is crap, which I knew, but didn't care about.

    Second: is recognition better in V10 than in V9? Yes, but I am not how much better. It will take some time before I can assess how much better recognition is in V10, but it is noticibly better on "day 1".

    Third: Preferred vs Standard - Not much value added by Preferred. I got Preferred to "drive" windows apps with voice commands. It handles commands for known apps, such as MS Word, but it does a lousy job with "unknown" apps. I cannot get FILE/SAVE to work in TEXTPAD which is a sort of NOTEPAD replacement. Not really usable for driving Windows.

    Bottom line: Recognition is at least somewhat better in V10 as compared to V9, so I am happy. Additional functions are gravy. Price is right.

    Advice: speak slowly & clearly - it is still way faster than typing. Do not speak to Dragon as you would to a friend. Speak as to an elocution teacher who is grading your enunciation. Takes practice. Worth it!...more info
  • Better but not perfect
    I've been looking for a plain speech to text converter for years. This is far and wide the closest they have come, but still not completely perfect. You still have to speak slightly robotic, but so much better than the version I bought 5 years ago.

    Highly recommend....more info
  • Greatest Time Saver
    I had a previous version (about 5-8 years ago) then I bought this version. WOW, what a difference. This program is very intuitive and little to no training is needed. Although you can train it it is not necessary. As you use the program it uses your sessions as trianing and saves your user options upon exiting. I highly recommend this product to everyone, particularly attorneys, who want to get more pleadings or briefs out done. I used to type my own work now I simply dictate and get much more accomplished.

    One problem I had was that after dictating 3 pages the "playback" feature kept telling me that it was full. I then had to save and close my work and restart the program. I then later found out if I increased the amount of disk space alotted for this features (about 3x as much) I could dictate much more, now the program is perfect.

    The program does have issues with some of my words, but all in all, if all I have to do is make minor corrections, I'm still way ahead of the game.

    My congratulations to this company for making such an incredible program and much easier than the previous one I had....more info
  • Poor Product
    I received the Plantronics USB, which is a nightmare. It is very uncomfortable, does not hold a charge, which means it is totally unusable and uses two ports. My built in microphone and speakers work much better. However the program makes many mistakes. I can type faster and correct my own mistakes faster than version 10 works. What is maddening is that the 30 day guarantee is from the date you order not the date received, for me it took two weeks. And they will not take it back. Big waste of money and time. ...more info
  • Does not support Vista 64-bit
    If there were ever a product that would benefit from the extra RAM a 64-bit operating system allows, this would be it. Vista 32-bit is limited to only 3.5 GB of RAM; you really need 2 GB for the operating system and normal programs; so if you try to run DNS and other resource-intensive programs your performance will begin to suffer. For those of us who use numerous resource-intensive programs, Vista 64-bit is the only option. Yet Nuance has refused to even give an approximate time when they will support Vista 64. Their excuse is lame -- there are very very few other programs that will not work on Vista 64.

    I have bought four previous versions of DNS but because of Nuance throwing us 64-bit users under a bus I would gladly switch to any other program even if it were worse....more info
  • Excellent Product - Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10 Preferred
    Dragon NaturallySpeaking is a voice-to-text program and is (as far as I know) the most current and highest rated voice recognition software available to the general public. It is easy to load on a PC and interfaces well with every program I have tried it with so far. You can set the preferences so that it records what you dictate, in case you need to review what you said at a later time, but this can slow the program down. You can also set the preferences to not record your dictation.

    I found Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10 Preferred to be a relatively easy program to use, right from the minute I loaded it on my PC. I like the fact that the program "learns" as it goes, making it possible to continually update vocabulary. I would recommend this program very highly.Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10 Preferred...more info