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Dragon Dictation

posted Mar 11, 2013, 4:33 PM by Cory McDermott   [ updated Mar 11, 2013, 4:36 PM ]
I've recently started using Dragon Dictation for the computer. I have found it incredibly helpful. I took my typing speed from roughly 80 words a minute when I was hauling at a good clip (and also gave me wrist pain) to approximately 180 words a minute at my peak pace with Dragon. There are issues of course, but I think the efficiency and the toll on my wrists make it very much worthwhile.

As with any new tool, there are benefits as well as some drawbacks. I typically do some sort of hybrid approach where I keep my keyboard handy. Right now however, I'm typing this with Dragon and literally doing wrist exercises while I dictate; pretty awesome.

I bought the $120 version of Dragon premium. I use a Microsoft life chat headset that I got on Amazon a few years ago for 20 bucks.

I've been using Dragon for a while with my iPhone, and this experience has been a very easy transition. I'd say the hardest part of the learning curve is really to crystallize my thoughts prior to speaking and at a pretty good pace. That said, I would say having the skill to speak impromptu like this is actually transferable beyond just using dictation software.

(I dictated this in 5 minutes without having to make a single edit)