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See how different tasks are accomplished using Dragon NaturallySpeaking’s award-winning voice recognition instead of the keyboard and mouse.  While NaturallySpeaking provides complete voice recognition computer accessibility to both the keyboard and mouse, is most effective combined with one of our recommended alternative mouse cursor controller solutions.  These demonstrations show how easy it is to begin working more effectively!


 


 

Feature Comparison Matrix
This Dragon NaturallySpeaking 8 Feature Comparison Matrix compares which features are available in each Dragon NaturallySpeaking product.

Usability Features

FEATURE

PROFESSIONAL

PREFERRED

STANDARD

Microphone included Yes Yes Yes
Short set-up and user enrolment Yes Yes Yes
Dictate into most Microsoft® Windows®-based applications Yes Yes Yes
Control menus and dialog boxes in most Microsoft® Windows® XP & Windows® 2000-based applications by voice Yes Yes Yes
Simultaneous dictation and command modes Yes Yes Yes
Format and edit by voice Yes Yes Yes
Mouse control by voice Yes Yes Yes
Nothing But Speech (NBS)™ Yes Yes Yes
USB audio support Yes Yes Yes
Performance Optimizer Yes Yes Yes
Natural Punctuation Yes Yes Yes
Say Web and browser links by voice Yes Yes Yes
Award-Winning RealSpeak™ 2 Text-to-Speech Yes Yes  
Dictation Playback Yes Yes  
Use with handheld digital recorder Yes Yes  
Dictate into Pocket PC or Palm Tungsten Yes Yes  
Support for cordless or array microphones Yes    
Save audio with text dictation Yes    
Third-Party Correction Yes    
Roaming User Yes    
Smart Formatting Yes    
Smart Commands Yes    
Create multiple custom vocabularies Yes    
Macro Creation Tools

FEATURE

PROFESSIONAL

PREFERRED

STANDARD

Text and Graphics Dictation shortcuts Yes Yes  
Complex macro support Yes    
Macro recorder Yes    
Basic scripting commands Yes    
Advanced Microsoft® VBA-compatible scripting Yes    
Specialized Application Support

FEATURE

PROFESSIONAL

PREFERRED

STANDARD

Internet Explorer 5, 6 Yes Yes Yes
AOL® 6, 7, 8 Yes Yes Yes
Word 2000, XP, 2003 Yes Yes Yes
WordPerfect® 11 (Service Pack 1 & 2), 12 Yes Yes Yes
Outlook® Express 5, 6 Yes Yes Yes
Excel 2000, XP, 2003 Yes Yes  
Outlook® 2000, XP, 2003 Yes    
PowerPoint® 2000, XP, 2003 Yes    
Lotus Notes® 5, 6 Yes    
InfoPath® Yes    
Enterprise Features

FEATURE

PROFESSIONAL

PREFERRED

STANDARD

MSI Installer Yes Yes Yes
Import/export user files Yes Yes  
Roaming User Yes    
Import/export macros Yes    
Import/export vocabularies Yes    
Specialized vocabularies available for purchase Yes    
Network tools for centralized vocabulary management Yes    


 

Usability Features
 

FEATURE

PROFESSIONAL

PREFERRED

STANDARD

Microphone Included Yes Yes Yes
Short Set-up and User Enrollment Yes Yes Yes
Dictate into Most Microsoft® Windows®-based Applications Yes Yes Yes
No Training Required Yes Yes Yes
New Tutorials Yes Yes Yes
Support for Non-standard Edit Controls Yes Yes Yes
Select-And-Say Indicator Yes Yes Yes
Support for Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird. Yes Yes Yes
Control Menus and Dialog Boxes in Most Microsoft® Windows® XP & Windows® 2000-based Applications by Voice Yes Yes Yes
Simultaneous Dictation and Command Modes Yes Yes Yes
Format and Edit by Voice Yes Yes Yes
Mouse Control by Voice Yes Yes Yes
Nothing But Speech (NBS)™ Natural Punctuation Yes Yes Yes
USB Audio Support Yes Yes Yes
Performance Optimizer Yes Yes Yes
Natural Punctuation Yes Yes Yes
Say Web and Browser Links by Voice Yes Yes Yes
Award-Winning RealSpeak™ 2 Text-to-Speech Yes Yes  
Dictation Playback Yes Yes  
Use with Handheld Digital Recorder Yes Yes  
Dictate into Pocket PC or palmOne™ Tungsten Yes Yes  
Smart Formatting Yes Yes  
Support for Cordless or Array Microphones Yes    
Save Audio with Text Dictation Yes    
Third-Party Correction Yes    
Roaming User Yes    
Smart Commands Yes    
Create Multiple Custom Vocabularies Yes    

Macro Creation Tools

FEATURE

PROFESSIONAL

PREFERRED

STANDARD

Text and Graphics Dictation Shortcuts Yes Yes  
Complex Macro Support Yes    
Macro Recorder Yes    
Basic Scripting Commands Yes    
Advanced Microsoft® VBA-compatible Scripting Yes    

Specialized Application Support

FEATURE

PROFESSIONAL

PREFERRED

STANDARD

Internet Explorer 5, 6 Yes Yes Yes
AOL® 6, 7, 8, 9 Yes Yes Yes
Word® 2000, XP, 2003 Yes Yes Yes
WordPerfect® 10, 11, 12 Yes Yes Yes
Outlook® Express 5, 6 Yes Yes Yes
Excel 2000, XP, 2003 Yes Yes  
Support for Bluetooth Microphones Yes Yes  
AutoTranscribe Folder Yes Yes  
Citrix Thin Client Dictation Support Yes    
Outlook® 2000, XP, 2003 Yes    
PowerPoint® 2000, XP, 2003 Yes    
Lotus Notes® 6, 7 Yes    
InfoPath® Yes    
"Voice Notations" Feature for Microsoft Word Yes    

Enterprise Features

FEATURE

PROFESSIONAL

PREFERRED

STANDARD

MSI Installer Yes Yes Yes
Import/export User Files Yes Yes  
Roaming User Yes    
Import/export macros Yes    
Import/export Vocabularies Yes    
Specialized Vocabularies Available for Purchase Yes    
Network Tools for Centralized Vocabulary Management Yes    
Section 508 Certified Yes    

 

System Requirements
Intel® Pentium® / 1 GHz processor (for example, Pentium® M, Pentium® 4), or equivalent AMD® processor - Faster processors will yield faster performance
512 MB RAM  (Broadened Horizons recommends 768 MG minimum and 1 or 2GB preferred)
1 GB free hard disk space
Microsoft® Windows® XP (SP1 or higher), 2000 (SP4 or higher)
Creative® Labs Sound Blaster® 16 or equivalent sound card supporting 16-bit recording for Nuance included noise-canceling wired headset microphone or Broadened Horizons Mini Stick-on Microphone
Speakers (required for playback of recorded speech and text to speech features)
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A web connection is required for activation
Microsoft® Internet Explorer 5 or higher
CD-ROM drive (required for installation)
During the install process the software checks to make sure your system meets these minimum requirements. If you do not meet the requirements, the software will not be installed.

 
Improving Performance of Voice/Speech Recognition Software

 

Use a good quality microphone
Sufficient RAM Memory
1.5 GHz or faster processor
Minimize Startup Programs
Optimize NaturallySpeaking's Options
Try creating a new user using the "Medium" vocabulary (35,000 words) rather than the default "Large" general vocabulary (65,000 words).  Your personal custom vocabulary words will be added over time either way.

 

 How to Determine if you have enough RAM Memory

 
Voice-Recognition RAM memory recommendations
NaturallySpeaking 7 = 512 MB minimum
NaturallySpeaking 8 = 768 MB minimum
NaturallySpeaking 9 = 1 GB minimum
Windows Vista Speech Recognition = 1.5 GB (1 GB bare minimum)

 

The quick rule of thumb: If you here lots of hard drive activity, when there shouldn't be, you don't have enough memory. You can confirm this using Task Manager which is built into Windows.  To open Task Manager right-click in empty space on taskbar at the bottom of screen and select "Task Manager" from the menu that pops up. Then click on the "Performance" Tab. The performance tab of the task manager has section called Commit Charge found in the very bottom right corner of the window. The Total Commit Charge is a measure how much memory is currenty in use.


 

The example pictured shows 881 MB Total Commit Charge out of 2,096 MB (2 GB) total physical memory in use.  During normal usage of your computer the Committed Charge Total should not exceed 75% of your Total Physical Memory. For example, if it's showing 900 MB in use out of 1096 MB (1 GB) total physical memory, 90% of your available memory is in use and you need to add more RAM memory or close some unnecessary programs that are running.


 

If the Commit Charge Total is larger than the total amount of physical memory you desperately need to add more RAM memory because you are actively using your hard drive as virtual RAM memory. Windows creates this virtual RAM memory space on your hard drive, also referred to as the page file, to keep the computer running in these situations.


 

However if the commit charge is less the amount of physical memory you have, it is possible to still have a problem. When the commit limit is near or exceeds the amount of physical memory, Windows will get more aggressive in writing memory pages to  the hard drive page file to free up RAM for use by the active process. Normally this is a pretty reasonable algorithm, except that it has undesirable effects when trying to use speech recognition as a primary input device. In this situation, users will often experience "slowness" when resuming speech-recognition after a brief break.
 
 Minimize Startup Programs

 

AutoRuns is a great tool to see what is being run when Windows starts and is free from Microsoft. Download it, open the zip file, and copy "autoruns.exe to your desktop then double-click to run it. Uninstall any programs you see listed that you no longer use using the "Add Remove Programs" Control Panel. Then uncheck any programs under the following sections which you recognize but do not need running in the background and can simply start up manually when you need to use them.  It might be safer to just leave something you do not recognize, although you can always reenable it later.  Don't mess with any of the other sections unless you really know what you are doing.
 
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

 

 Optimize NaturallySpeaking's Options Settings

Commands tab
Uncheck "Enable mouse motion commands" (if you don't need to use it).
Uncheck "Enable commands in HTML windows" (if you don't use Dragon to surf the Net).
View tab
Check "Anchor".
Miscellaneous tab
You could try different "Speed vs Accuracy" settings depending on the accuracy of your dictation, but the default seems to provide good results.
Hot Keys
Change the Hot Key setting for "Microphone sleep/on..." to something convenient

 

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