Dragon speech recognition is software for PC and Mac that allows you to operate your computer by voice.
Speaking, even if you have to dictate clearly, is two to three times faster than most people can type. That is why many of my clients use Dragon to become more productive. It is very popular with translators and other computer users who have to enter loads and loads of text.
Hands free use of the computer
Most of my clients, though, use Dragon because they have difficulties or discomfort when using the mouse or the keyboard.
Thanks to Dragon speech recognition software, they can use their computer for a much longer period.
Some people can’t use a keyboard or mouse at all, due to disability. For them speech recognition software is literally the only way in which they can use a computer. It allows them to be productive members of society and partake in the online world and social media.
Even though I wouldn’t describe myself as ‘disabled’, it is a fact that I have RSI and I would not be able to run my business if I didn’t have speech recognition. And that’s not only because speech recognition IS my business, but because I really need the functionality in order to do my work. Obviously, this text is mostly created by dictation.
Mac or PC?
Unfortunately, Nuance has stopped updating Dragon for Mac in October 2018 and they also don’t sell it anymore since that date.
So if you want to use Dragon, you’ll have to work on Windows.
Some people have success with installing Dragon on Windows on a Mac via either Parallels Desktop or Bootcamp. However, there is no guarantee that you will have satisfactory results with that.
How fast is Dragon?
Don’t be fooled by the speed in which I dictate in the video. It may seem a bit slow, but that’s just appearances. First of all, Dragon could easily handle my speaking quite a bit faster and second, my ‘typing speed’ is still 91 words per minute. And that includes correcting a word that Dragon got wrong. If you consider that for manual typing an average of 40 words per minutes is decent… not bad, if I say so myself.
I’ve written a lot more on what Dragon is in this blog post, where I also feature the above video.