Monday, June 25, 2012

Dragon Naturally Speaking Update

A few weeks ago I noticed that my microphone was not working correctly with my Dragon NaturallySpeaking software. The problem was every time I move my head the word 'him would appear in the text. Because th became a regular occurrence I decided that there was probably something going wrong with the headset, possibly a loose wire or similar fault.This I then decided to buy a new headset from

I opted for a USB headset  because many reviewers said that dragons interpretation of the spoken word improved dramatically with a USPS headset.
Plugging in the headset I found that I needed to reconfigure Dragon for a new user setting up a new profile and going through the original speech and level quality tests had used several months ago . I also took the opportunity to change the region settings on the menu in order to cover for my English accident rather than taking and American English setting which had been set initially with my first user profile.

 I have found in the last 10 days or so using the new settings and also the new headsets a dramatic decrease in the number of problems which I encounter . I nowfind that I am able to speak faster than I was before and Dragon is able to correctly interprets my speech patterns . I am not sure if I lost all the information from my previous user profile, but many of the problems I had encountered previously are now a thing of the past.

A valuable tip then is to check that your settings are set for the correct region for your accent. Do not accept the default American English setting if you don't have a full blown American accent. Use your home region, your original accent to give you the best results.

You can find a wide range of Dragon Naturally Speaking Software for English, French and Spanish at The Low Vision Store