1. What is continuous speech recognition?
Continuous speech recognition is when you can speak at the same pace as most of your
conversations and your spoken words are transcribed immediately onto your computer screen.
Dragon NaturallySpeaking uses continuous speech, or natural speech. This eliminates the
need to insert a pause between every word. Just talk to your PC naturally, at a
conversational pace. Your sentences appear immediately on your screen and in your
document. Dictate entire paragraphs at a time. Compose e-mail messages, create reports,
draft letters, and edit proposals just by speaking.
Many people find Dragon NaturallySpeaking helps them to be more productive. As you can
see in the example below, Dragon NaturallySpeaking is faster than typing.
Typing at 50 net words per minute, a person produces a 3-page, 900-word document in 18
Dictating 140-160 net words per minute, a person produces a 3-page, 900-word document
in less than 6.5 minutes.
**(Net words per minute determined by measuring a person's average gross speed in words
per minute and subtracting the number of errors made.)
2. What kind of computer do I need to use this software?
The minimum system requirements for Dragon NaturallySpeaking are a Pentium 133 MHz
processor and at least 32 MB RAM for Windows 95 or Windows 98, or at least 48 MB RAM for
Windows NT 4.0. Required hard disk space starts at 60 MB and will vary depending on which
edition and what features you are using. Users will also need a 16-bit sound card. The
sound card should be on our approved hardware list for NaturallySpeaking.
Optional components each require additional memory. An additional 16 MB of RAM is
necessary to use the text-to-speech utility, or to use NaturalWord to dictate into
Microsoft Word 97 or Corel WordPerfect 8.
Recommended hardware requirements to run Dragon NaturallySpeaking
For optimal performance, you should meet the minimum requirements to use BestMatch
technology a 200 MHz processor with 64 MB of RAM (80 MB on Windows NT 4.0). In
general, faster processors and more memory will improve performance.
3. Do I get a microphone?
Yes. A high quality headset microphone is included at no extra charge.
4. Which versions of Microsoft Windows can I use?
Dragon NaturallySpeaking is compatible with Windows 95, Windows 98 and Windows NT 4.0.,
Dragon NaturallySpeaking does not work in Windows 3.x.
5. What applications work with this software?
All editions of Dragon NaturallySpeaking version 3.0 offer integration directly with
Microsoft Word 97 and Corel WordPerfect 8. Our patented Select-and-Say editing features
are supported in both these applications. All editions of Dragon NaturallySpeaking version
3.0 also provide the capability to dictate into virtually any Windows application. The
NaturalText feature allows you to dictate in any text field by simply placing your cursor
into the field and speaking.
With the older NaturallySpeaking Personal editions, you must first dictate into the
NaturallySpeaking window, and then either save your work as a text file, or cut and paste
it into the target application. The Personal edition does not include any macros for
command and control of Windows applications.
6. Does Dragon NaturallySpeaking work with e-mail and the web?
All editions of Dragon NaturallySpeaking version 3.0 also provide the capability to
dictate into virtually any Windows application which includes any e-mail packages. You can
also use Dragon NaturallySpeaking in Internet and AOL chat rooms. Please note, however,
the vocabulary that comes with Dragon NaturallySpeaking is standard business language so
slang, jargon, or acronyms may not be recognized by the software. Dragon NaturallySpeaking
does not currently provide any features that would allow you to conduct voice activated
browsing of the Web.
7. Which sound cards work with Dragon NaturallySpeaking?
Dragon Systems is constantly evaluating and testing new sound cards to determine
compatibility with Dragon NaturallySpeaking and Dragon Point & Speak. Tests were
performed under Windows 95 unless noted otherwise. Windows NT 4.0 driver compatibility may
or may not affect performance.
8. How many users can I have on my system?
The Dragon NaturallySpeaking 3.0 product family does allow for multiple users. You can
have as many users as will fit onto your hard drive. (Each user requires approximately 10
MB of hard drive space).
9. What languages are available for Dragon NaturallySpeaking?
Dragon NaturallySpeaking is currently released in U.S. English, British English,
Spanish, and French.