Speech to text software, like Dragon Naturally Speaking 11, can greatly improve the quality and quantity of the writing you produce and the work you do. With a few simple tricks, you can make the program work even better.
Writing More With Speech to Text Software
If you are like me, you have probably been considering getting speech to text software like Dragon NaturallySpeaking for quite some time, but were put off by the price of the program. For years now, I have put off purchasing the program due to price issues. However, I recently discovered that the program can be bought new for a fraction of the advertised price.
So, about a week ago I bought a copy of Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11 to use in my professional and personal writing. To be honest, I was actually surprised by how well the program worked. It’s one of those programs that you immediately wish you had bought sooner. I now write faster, more accurately, and with less strain on my hands. I spent much time editing, because I can focus on the words themselves while I’m writing, without my attention being distracted by the act of typing. I say the words aloud and see them on the screen. I am much more likely to catch a mistake when dictating than when typing.
I decided to write this article after writing a similar blog post located here. While the original blog post focused on my blog and how the program has been helping me with it, I wanted this article to focus more on how programs like Dragon NaturallySpeaking can help writers and what they can do to improve the way the software works for them.
Ways Dragon Naturally Speaking Can Help You Write More
Because Dragon NaturallySpeaking allows you to write more quickly and with fewer mistakes, it can greatly increase your writing output. This means you will finish contract work faster, write more articles, and have more time for personal projects. This program can be used with virtually any other program. Personally, I have used it with Microsoft Word, Notepad, Microsoft Excel, and even Firefox. In fact, I am using it right now to write this article.
How to Get The Most From Your Speech To Text Software
While I believe that this software is amazing in its effectiveness, efficiency, and adaptability, I also know that how you use a program affects how well the program work for you. So, I thought I would add a short list of basic tips that will help you should you choose to buy this program for yourself.
Try to speak at a normal pace. If your speech is broken up into short three or four word phrases, the software will have a very difficult time understanding you. Not to mention the fact that speaking slowly does nothing to improve your writing speed.
Learn the Commands:
Consistent use of only a few basic commands will dramatically improve the way the software works for you.
Remember That You’re In Training Mode
Make sure to differentiate between correcting the program and altering your word choice. This will help the software to work quickly adapt to your voice and speech patterns. Eventually, the software would easily distinguish between phrases you use and ones you do not. It will know your voice and adapt your speech patterns, word choice, and writing style. Until then, remember that you are still in training mode. You are teaching the software how you speak. Therefore, you should differentiate between actual mistakes and changes in word choice.
Speech to text software has come a long way as an effective writing tool. While it was once a tool used mainly by the disabled or handicapped, it is gradually earning its place as a must-have writing tool. As for me, I’ve only been using the software week, but I have already seen real changes in the way I work and the articles or blog posts I produce.