Dragon NaturallySpeaking Versus iPad Dictation – Which One Is Better?

One of the reasons that I bought the new iPad 3 was to check out the dictation feature.

Apple has added a little microphone button beside the spacebar on the standard on-screen keyboard. Now you can dictate messages instead of typing into any app.

This little button is a big deal.

Sure, Dragon NaturallySpeaking has a free Dragon dictation app on the iPad and iPhone, which does voice-recognition, but the Dragon dictation app only lets you speak into the Dragon dictation app. Then, you have to copy and paste your transcribed words into the app that you really wanted to use (i.e. calendar, notes, Twitter, etc.)

With iPad dictation, you can speak into your iPad (in any app) just by touching the microphone button. iPad dictation is only available on the new iPad three. (The little microphone button doesn’t show up on the iPad 2.)

Before we get too far into this post, you should know that your voice data and contact data gets sent to Apple (or potentially, Dragon NaturallySpeaking.)

  • If you use iPad dictation, your iPad will send Apple your voice data and other personal information “such as your first name and nickname; the names, nicknames, and relationship with you (example “my dad”) of your address book contacts; and song names in your collection.” Something to think about.
  • In comparison, Dragon dictation does send your voice data to their servers, but it you can opt out of sending your contact name data. When you install Dragon dictation on your iPad, you get a screen asking you if it’s okay to add your contact names to the vocabulary. If you click yes, then Dragon will upload your contact names to the server and link it to your device ID. If you click no, then Dragon will not read your address book and it will not upload any names to the server. (You can also go into the Dragon dictation settings and turn off the setting called “recognize names.”)

So how accurate is iPad dictation?

Comparing Dragon NaturallySpeaking, iPad Dictation, and Dragon Dictation on the new iPad 3 (Photo Credit: Big Stock Photo: Stones 1055510)How does the new iPad dictation voice recognition software compare to the free Dragon dictation iPad app or Dragon NaturallySpeaking on your PC?

Let’s find out:

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Using Dragon NaturallySpeaking with Windows Live Writer

If you follow this blog, then you know that I use Dragon NaturallySpeaking to write blog posts on this site.

(By the way, Dragon NaturallySpeaking is on sale right now – and if you’re thinking about buying Home or Premium, you have until March 17, 2012 at midnight to save $80 on Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.5 )

This post is part of a 3-post series on looking for a better way to blog by using Dragon NaturallySpeaking.

  1. First, we looked at how you can blog quicker with voice recognition software (and why I used DragonPad when I use Dragon NaturallySpeaking.)
  2. Then, we talked about whether there was a difference between how accurate Dragon NaturallySpeaking transcribed your words in different web browsers or programs.
  3. Today, we’ll be looking at using Dragon NaturallySpeaking with Windows Live Writer to write your blog posts.

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Dragon NaturallySpeaking Sale! Save up to 62% off

Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.5 Premium on sale now – Save up to $95 from Mar 15 through Mar 17, 2012. Click here for more information.

Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.5 Premium Spring Sale (Big Stock Photo: Sale Tags Image 7005556)I’ve used Dragon NaturallySpeaking to dictate blog posts on this site for more than a year. Overall, I get around a 97% to 98% word recognition rate – in other words, Dragon NaturallySpeaking gets 2 to 3 words wrong for every 100 words that I say.

Dragon NaturallySpeaking rarely goes on sale.

The Nuance Spring Sale is better:

  • Dragon NaturallySpeaking Spring Sale–save up to $95–3 days only!
  • It lasts for 3 days: from March 15 through March 17
  • You can get up to 62% off of select Dragon NaturallySpeaking products.
    • Save $80 on Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.5 Home w/ Lifestyle SpeechPack: $59.99 (Reg. $129.99)
    • Save $80 on Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.5 Premium w/ Dragon 11 Training Video: $149.99 (Reg. $229.99)
    • Save $50 on Dragon Dictate for Mac: Only $149.99 (Reg. $199.99)

If you’re not a teacher / student and you don’t qualify for academic pricing, this is the next best thing.

Dragon NaturallySpeaking has a 30 day complete refund policy so you can try the software risk free.

  • The 30-Day Return Policy shows up when you’re entering your billing information in the check out cart: “Try it without risk for one full month. If you’re not completely satisfied simply return it within 30 days of your purchase and we’ll refund the complete purchase price.”
  • Click here to see a photo of what it looked like in January 2012.
  • Please confirm that this policy is still in effect. You can ask Nuance customer support when the pop-up window shows up on their webpage.

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Does Dragon NaturallySpeaking work with Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Word, and Windows Live Writer?

I’ve been blogging by dictating to my computer using Dragon NaturallySpeaking for the past year. A few months ago, Matt asked me how to use Dragon NaturallySpeaking to grade student papers.

At the time, I responded to his comment with the following advice:

  • Dragon NaturallySpeaking works better if you’re speaking longer paragraphs.
  • I never dictate directly into Microsoft Word or Internet Explorer if possible.
  • I personally felt that Dragon NaturallySpeaking was more accurate if I used DragonPad or spoke directly into the dictation box.

The last point was just based on gut instinct.

  1. It just felt like Dragon NaturallySpeaking wrote down what I said a little faster if I was using their DragonPad editor (instead of using Microsoft Word.)
  2. And it just seemed like Dragon NaturallySpeaking kept on putting my words in the wrong place when I blogged on my WordPress site using Internet Explorer

So, this March Break, I spent some time seeing how well the voice recognition software worked with different programs. (I’m only looking at how accurately Dragon NaturallySpeaking transcribes what I say. Right now, I don’t really use the voice commands in Dragon NaturallySpeaking.)

Which browser does Dragon NaturallySpeaking work better with?

Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.5 and Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Word, and Windows Live Writer (Big Stock Photo: Apples and Oranges on Kitchen Image 4473527)Today’s post is part of a 3-part series on trying to find a faster way to blog using Dragon NaturallySpeaking.

Our last post looked at how I used Dragon NaturallySpeaking to blog, how I used to write blog posts, and why I used DragonPad.

Today’s post is about figuring out if Dragon NaturallySpeaking works better with their own DragonPad text editor, or if it works equally well in other browsers or programs

  • Bottom Line
  • Our next post will be about using Windows Live Writer and Dragon NaturallySpeaking to blog faster than you can type.

    And of course, this post was written using Dragon NaturallySpeaking. You can see how accurate the voice recognition software was by clicking here.

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    What’s the Best Way to Blog Using Dragon NaturallySpeaking?

    I am a professional blogger. I write reviews about products and get a commission if someone buys the product by clicking through a link on my sites. Here’s my disclaimer and here’s what I do to make money by blogging:

    I have a secret to tell you. Even though I’ve spent the last year blogging on this site by talking to my computer, I’ve only used a fraction of the features.

    It’s March break, so I thought I would take some time to explore some of the other features in Dragon speech software and to see if there’s a better way to do things.

    Voice recognition software can help you blog a little quicker

    Dragon NaturallySpeaking: A quicker way to blog (Big Stock Photo: Speedometer - Slow To Insanely Fast Image 5315337)This is a 3 part series on trying to find a faster way to blog using Dragon NaturallySpeaking voice recognition software.

    • Part 1 (Tip #1): Today, we’ll look at how I blog with DragonPad
  • Part 2 (Tip #2): Next time, we’ll look at how well Dragon NaturallySpeaking works with different programs – web browsers and Microsoft Word / Windows Live Writer.
  • Part 3 (Tip #3): Finally, we’ll have a peek at using it with Windows Live Writer.
  • Click here to see how many mistakes Dragon NaturallySpeaking made in writing this article.
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    The iPad 3: Why I bought the new iPad

    Earlier this week, the iPad 3 came out and I just received a lovely little email from Apple saying that my box of happiness was on it’s way.

    Why buy the iPad 3 when I still have a perfectly good iPad 2? It doesn’t make sense. Especially since I spent the last two posts in this series talking about why schools didn’t need to upgrade to the iPad 3 (if they already had the iPad 2) and how the best part about the iPad 3 was the $100 price drop in the old iPad 2.

    This last post on the iPad 3 is about why I bought the new iPad anyway. I used Dragon NaturallySpeaking to dictate this 3-post series into my computer. Find out how many times Dragon NaturallySpeaking misunderstood me as I wrote this post.)

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    The best part about the new iPad 3 for Teachers is…

    Apple recently released the new iPad 3 and since I use a lot of classroom technology, the question came up in the staff room – are you going to get the new iPad?

    This post is the second post in a series about the new iPad 3. Here are some quick links around the series:

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    Should teachers upgrade to the new iPad 3?

    More and more teachers are wondering about the iPad in the classroom. A few of us have the iPad 2 and as the new iPad 3 just came out, the big question is whether teachers should upgrade their iPads.

    Apple’s CEO Tim Cook wants us to know that we live in a “post-PC” era. And, of course, Apple is leading the revolution and “reinventing portable computing.” (video 2:00.)

    • If you want to hear about the new iPad 3 directly from the March 2012 Apple event, here’s the link to the video.
    • If you haven’t seen the new iPad 3 ad, here it is on YouTube.

    Unless you’re at the bleeding edge of classroom technology, most teachers have their feet firmly planted in the personal computer era. It’s comfortable, it’s familiar, and it’s what we know (and also what we have access to.)

    Meanwhile, some students are walking around with hundreds of dollars of smartphone technology in their pockets and the odd iPad, playbook, or personal laptop from home lurking in the hallways and lockers.

    This week, Apple recently showcased the new iPad (iPad third-generation.) Being an iPad kind of teacher, people asked me what I thought about getting the new one.

    • If you’re a teacher and you already own an iPad 2, the answer is no, it’s not really worth the upgrade to the new iPad 3.
    • If you’re a teacher and you don’t have an iPad, the answer is yes. You should seriously consider getting an iPad and then using your iPad in the classroom.

    The New iPad in the Classroom?

    Here are some quick links to ideas in this 3 part series:

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