UPDATE Note: This post was originally published on October 27, 2010. I’ve updated it on June 15, 2018. Click here to jump to the original post.
A lot of time has passed since I first wrote this post, but the Education Student / Teacher discount is still out there. You can save $100 off the current premium version of Dragon dictation software.
QUICK SUMMARY: Here are some quick links to the Nuance official website (so you can skip my random thoughts:)
I use Dragon Professional which is available in version 15. (The premium versions are currently only available at version 13.)
Read this for more info.
Dragon NaturallySpeaking Versions that I’ve bought over the years.
I’ve been using Dragon NaturallySpeaking speech recognition software since Oct 2010. (Here’s a post about me using Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11 back in the day.)
Over the years, the software has changed. The initial setup out-of-the-box has gotten incredibly easy.
- Before you had to read a bunch of passages to train your voice.
- Now, you just have to read a few lines to check the quality of your audio.
- Then, you go right into a voice tutorial to learn some basic skills, and then you’re off and away dictating into your computer.
Generally speaking, I don’t think the accuracy of the program has changed very much. I can get anywhere from 95-98% of my words transcribed properly by the speech recognition software.
Here are my thoughts on the different upgrades over the years.
Dragon Professional Individual 15
- I upgraded to this in May 2017. I paid $149.99 for the upgrade.
- I haven’t used it much lately because life has been busy, but overall, I’m not seeing a big difference between this version and the previous one.
- The product SKU is K809A-G00-15.0
Dragon Professional Individual (Version 14)
- I got this in Feb 2016. I paid $99.99 for the upgrade. (There was a discount of $200.01 applied for the promotion.)
- (It’s nice how they put the version number in the Product SKU): K809A-G00-14.0
Dragon NaturallySpeaking 13 Premium
- I upgraded to this version in May 2015. I had to pay $159.99 for the electronic download. I live in Canada and no tax was added at the checkout.
- I think this was a 20% discount promotion that they were offering.
Dragon 12.5 is now available for download, and I just bought it.
Save $100 by buying the Dragon 13 Premium Student / Teacher Version.
- If you are a student or teacher, you get Dragon 13 Premium for only $99.99 instead of the regular $199.99.
- Note, you have to validate your education status to prove you are a student / teacher.)
Are you a student or teacher?
Are you thinking about getting Dragon NaturallySpeaking? Did you know there’s a student/teacher version which is $100 cheaper than the regular premium edition?
Here are 10 things to know before you buy Dragon NaturallySpeaking Premium Student/Teacher: