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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Resource Wednesday Writing Prompt and Dragon Naturally Speaking

Here’s Family Tree Gal’s RESOURCE WEDNESDAY writing prompt and Resource of the Week: Dragon Naturally Speaking 11 - voice recognition software.

Each Wednesday, tell about a resource (software, personal interviews, notebooks, filing system, webinar, book, website, etc.) you are using to meet your personal growth/ genealogy/ or family history goals.  What are the strong points of the resource?  What are your challenges while using it?  In general, would you recommend it to others?

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MY RESOURCE OF THE WEEK:  Dragon Naturally Speaking 11
This is wild!  Dragon Naturally Speaking 11- voice recognition software  (Check out all their editions)

I intend to use this to help me write my personal history or tell stories about my ancestors.
I loved the Home Edition and am now experimenting with the Premium edition which is supposed to work with a digital voice recorder.  It types as you talk into a headset with a microphone.  It works 3x as fast as regular typing.  I love it.

There is a “learning curve”.  You must say “period” for it to type a period, etc.  The software also trains itself to your voice, so, at first, you must make corrections to what it types.  The more you stick with it, the less mistakes it makes.  It made me laugh when I first saw it type while I talked.  I wanted to show everyone in the house!

Some people don’t want to stick through this learning process, and it bothers them.  Me, I think it’s wonderful and worth it--even when I make some corrections.  I am glad to have Dragon Natrually Speaking 11- Premium Edition.  I’m excited to see how it works with a digital voice recorder.

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  1. I have it too and have really enjoyed it. Although there is a learning curve, I see it helping improve efficiency/time management. I haven't tried it with the voice recorder so I'll be curious to hear how it works for you.

  2. Voice recording software is useful in the sense that it can transform information to computer. It helps in editing and in organizing voice. Generally high quality recorder has large capacity of recording.

  3. Thanks for your comments Michelle and Leslie. I will have to wait to experiment with the digital recorder. I'm out of state awaiting the birth of grandchild #7. I'll try to post at a later time to let everyone know what I think of the voice recorder feature.

  4. I see it assisting increase efficiency/time management. I haven't attempted it using the voice recorder
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