Anyone use a portable voice recorder with Dragon Naturally Speaking?

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Hi all... I am doing a lot more Kindle writing lately, and I love my Dragon software on my computer. However, I have neck problems that limit how long I can sit at the computer. I would love to be able to sit outside and just dictate my books.

Today I learned that they actually have these voice recorders that come with some kind of DNS recorder version. Does anyone know about these? Use them? Have advice?

I hate to have to buy DNS again since I have my disks, but I think I need a different version to make the recorder part work.

Would love any info!

Charity
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  • Profile picture of the author andynathan
    I have never really used the portable ones, but correct me if I am wrong here. I use Dragon for my windows computer. Why couldn't you hook up dragon to some type of tablet?
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    • Profile picture of the author sellerscompanion
      I have a Kindle Fire, but I can't think of a way to do it on there.....
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  • Hi Charity I use Yetti it's works great but I travel allot and don't like to carry it and just got the Logitec stereo webcam to work with it the same quality and that is a tiny USB camera and I can take it with me without much bulk (it's very tiny).
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  • Profile picture of the author Don Schenk
    Charity,

    Not all versions of DNS can transcribe from a recorder. That feature was in Version 10, and they took it out in either 10.5 or 11. I have 11.5 now and it works great from a recording.

    The DNS software wants an mp3 to read. It might be able to read WAV.

    I use an Olympus LS-7, plug its usb cable into the computer, the computer sees it as a drive. I transfer the mp3 to the computer, and let DNS read it.

    I even carry the LS-7 in the car to make notes of thoughts that come to me while I listen to marketing materials. Then I use DNS to turn my notes into words.

    Amazon has the lowest price I have seen for the Olympus LS-7.

    BTW - The LS-7 can even record in CD quality! It is great for making podcast recordings. I then edit in a wonderul, easy to use, free program called WavPad.

    If you do this to make podcast audio or audio for powerpoint shows, don't hold the recorder in your hand, you will get squeeks from your hand touching the recorder. I just set it on a stack of books, place it about a foot from my mouth, and yak, yak, yak, yak, yak..........

    Ahh, but holding it in your hand while recording for DNS works fine.

    :-Don
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  • Profile picture of the author PhilippaWrites
    I've been using a voice recorder with DNS recently. I don't have the full version of DNS - I use the Windows SRS when I'm dictating live.

    I'm quite enjoying doing some of my writing via voice recorder, and the DNS does help with that. It makes the same annoying mistakes that all SRS versions make, but that's not enough to stop me bothering.
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    • Profile picture of the author JacMer
      I'll have to give Don a second on the Olympus LS-7.
      I'm using DNS 11.5 and it works perfectly with no translation or compatibility issues.
      I had a chance to compare the Phillips Digital Voice Recorder (promoted on the DNS store site), with the LS-7. There was really no comparison.
      I also use the Plantronics Bluetooth headset around the house and office. I can get as far away as 50 feet at home (wood/sheetrock walls) and about 25 feet at the office (Steel/sheetrock walls).
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  • Profile picture of the author minisite
    I have come across DNS before but I'm not sure how effective the software is. Do you really need a very high quality microphone so that the software picks up every word you say or will the installed microphone on the computer will be enough?
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    • Profile picture of the author JacMer
      Originally Posted by minisite View Post

      I have come across DNS before but I'm not sure how effective the software is. Do you really need a very high quality microphone so that the software picks up every word you say or will the installed microphone on the computer will be enough?
      Like most things they will hopefully improve with each release. DNS has done a great job at improving the product. DNS 7 was so/so - skipped all between 8 and 10 - got DNS 11.5 recently - WOW!! huge improvement.
      DNS 11.5 comes with a headset - it is very accurate, but the cord is a bit short as I like to roam around while I think/talk/write. The Bluetooth solves that problem.
      FYI - my typing is sooooo slooooow anything would be an improvement
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