57 Unique Articles in 2 days with The Dragon - 6 Hours Work Total

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I am baffled by how "high tech" this software is, and how accurate it is. For a while I wasn't sure if it would be a good investment. But after doing a lot of research, it seems the high majority of people who use this software, love it. And my opinion of it hasn't been any different.

People said you have to spend a lot of time training it, but I only trained it for 1 - 4 minute session, and it has made less mistakes then when I type manually, no bs. I think this is because when I type manually I am trying to type super fast, and I make a lot of errors.

I also think it will depend on how clearly you can speak, which is why you shouldn't use it when you're tired. I'll sit down with a cup of tea, and its amazing how efficiently I can work this way.

But THIS is what I like about it the most:

1) My wrists/fingers dont fatigue / get tight from the constant pressing of keys.

2) My face doesn't have to be 1-2 feet in front of the screen when I'm typing. So no "eye fatigue". I can sit back with 5 books open, and just speak / remix different parts from various sources, in my own words.

3) It is damn fast! I've tested it speaking as fast as I can, and there is a certain point where it will make mistakes, but you can still speak really fast, and have it do an entire paragraph of text within 15-20 seconds. But obviously you will sacrifice some quality working that way. My fastest test article so far as been 500 words in about 3 minutes. But most of the time I'm just doing 300 word articles in 5 minutes. That usually gives me enough time to think and piece things together so they make sense.

I'm not using the software to generate super high quality articles, I'm just using it for contextual backlinks mainly. But the experimenting with it is not stop, it is really awesome software.

If you need high quality articles, just print out a few high quality articles, sit down, take a good 10 minutes and reword it into your own content.

I've been putting my mic by the tv, radio, I've been testing youtube videos... I even put my phone on speaker and tried to record a recent conversation with my brother lol. It will still work but since its trained to your voice, and a certain manner of talking, it will make more mistakes.

Whats also cool about it are the commands. You can tell it to search a phrase on google, to click on a page, its actually pretty creepy what this software will do. You can basically talk to your computer, and have it do what you tell it to do.

I heard it doesn't work so well for foreign accents, but if you are an american, and can speak fairly clearly, its definitely worth looking at.

-Red

ps. I think part of the reason I'm having such a good experience with it is my mic. I have a home studio, and my mic alone cost over $100, so I can't tell you how it would work with cheaper mics. Even so, you can still get a decent mic for $40 or so, so it shouldn't be a problem.
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  • Profile picture of the author Angle Warrior
    Thanks, I had an older version sometime ago and it work pretty good, I've been thinking about buying the latest version because Fred Flintstone chipping away at a stone is twice as quick as I am.
    Your the second person to mention how well it works, Next time I'm in the States I'm going shopping.
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  • Profile picture of the author gearmonkey
    I've been wondering about this program, I read the key is to have a high quality mic for it. It said if you have a high end mic, the program will work wonders. Do you find that to be true?
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  • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
    If you are looking to save a few bucks, windows does the same thing for free. It is not quite as refined as Dragon, but it is surprisingly good.
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    • Profile picture of the author kaytav
      Originally Posted by MikeFriedman View Post

      If you are looking to save a few bucks, windows does the same thing for free. It is not quite as refined as Dragon, but it is surprisingly good.
      Hi Mike,

      Could you share more info. about the Windows one?
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    • Profile picture of the author gearmonkey
      Originally Posted by MikeFriedman View Post

      If you are looking to save a few bucks, windows does the same thing for free. It is not quite as refined as Dragon, but it is surprisingly good.
      I've used the 2010 version and wasn't impressed. It seemed to be more of hassle than it's worth... then again, I had a $30 mic, so that may have been an issue.
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    • Profile picture of the author JSProjects
      Originally Posted by MikeFriedman View Post

      If you are looking to save a few bucks, windows does the same thing for free. It is not quite as refined as Dragon, but it is surprisingly good.
      I was just going to mention this. It is actually really, really good. Back when I used to crank out a handful of articles a day it was a life saver.
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  • Profile picture of the author legoog8
    Yes where is this windows version? this sounds cool.
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  • Profile picture of the author MsHeart
    I have been using Dragon as well, it even recognizes my strong eastern European accent. I don't have a high end mic, a cheap €3 headset and it still works.
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    • Profile picture of the author Seanstex
      I've been wondering about this software for awhile now too. Just bough Version 12 from Amazon because of this thread.
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      • Profile picture of the author seococonuts
        I used to use Dragon quite a bit and actually bought the latest version down over at a place called 'Fortune town" in Bangkok.
        I tried it and have to say, I'm very impressed. I actually have a small content team so I don't use it very often, but I think it's a "must-have" for all internet marketers, especially service providers.
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  • Profile picture of the author FakeItTilYouMakeIt
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    Mike mentioned windows as an alternative

    Here's how to set it up: Tell me what you want: A beginner's guide to Windows Speech Recognition

    And then once it's enabled you go into your word processor and tell the computer to "start listening"

    Pretty decent recogniton with a good mic and it's worth going through the exercise to train the computer to better recognize your voice. HTH not bad for a freebie
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  • Profile picture of the author Paul Tovey
    This may just be me but.. what software?
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  • Profile picture of the author RedShifted
    Sorry, its called "Dragon Naturally Speaking" software, for windows.
    For MAC I believe it falls under a different name.

    In response to gear monkey about the high end mic, I have about 3 other cheaper mics in a box that I can actually test. I should test each 1 with the same article and see if there is a huge difference.

    But based on what I know about sound, most cheap mics are just built poorly. If you go from a cheap mic to a mid range mic, most of the time you should notice a difference. If you go from a mid range mic to a high end mic, the differences will be much smaller.

    Here are some things to consider about a cheap mic:

    1) They don't properly filter or absorb background / handling noise. This is especially important if you're not mounting the mic and plan on holding it with your hand. You will have a lot more artifacts coming through this way.

    2) Cheap mics generally have a terrible response. This is something I know for a fact in my own testing of various mics over the years (in regards to recording not this software). They miss out a lot of bass and low frequencies, and they miss out a lot of mid and high frequencies as well. This is why engineers will spend a lot of money on a good mic, because the sound will usually cut through a mix better w/out editing. Because of this, I'd imagine them to make a lot less mistakes in something like Dragon Naturally Speaking.

    3) Most important thing, certain mics actually work better with different types of voices. This is for reasons that may get a bit confusing. But say a person has a naturally high pitched voice, and the mic is a low range range mic with bad high frequency response, that mic would actually fit that persons voice a lot better. On the other hand, if that person sings / talks on a mic that has excellent high frequency response, you will get a lot of "essing" and a lot of high frequency artifacts coming in, that will have to be edited out.

    So the truth? Sometimes you can buy a cheaper mic, that actually sounds better with a certain voice than a high range mic.

    I still think that generally speaking, you should notice a difference between a $40-$200 mic compared to a $5 - $40 mic. In the end, if the software is making mistakes, just buying a different mic, could provide a much better result, regardless of the price. I happen to have a lot of mics in my home, and the one I use most (for voice overs) just happens to work great. And I think thats more a sign that the software works that well, but I still should sit down and do a test to see how the other mics handle the same type of work.

    Hope this helps.

    -Red
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  • Profile picture of the author gearmonkey
    Great info about the mic. I think that is an important thing to consider when using this program.
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  • Profile picture of the author smodha
    I've used Dragon in the past to some degrees of success.
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