Recommendations and suggestions for Dragon editions. As of late 2016, the main choices are Dragon Professional (or Legal) Individual 15, Dragon Professional (or Legal) Group 14, or Dragon Medical Practice Edition 2 (or 3 if in UK or Australia)
With Dragon Professional or Legal editions, and Dragon Medical, we assume that one has a system capable of effectively using its features:
Focus first on upgrading your system or acquiring a new system if it does not meet the suggested configuration.
Questions and answers about your needs to help determine which version to consider.
Are you working in Law Enforcement?
Is your writing “legal” in style and vocabulary?
You will get similar results with Professional or Legal. Best practice is to take at least 1-2 hours the first time you use it for vocabulary analysis. The more legal language you write, the larger the advantage of the Legal vocabulary. In other words, an appellate lawyer will get more benefit from the Legal vocabulary than a family lawyer.
Are you part of a large organization? If so, we can help you create custom vocabularies that can be distributed to other users of the Professional/Medical products. Alternately, contact us regarding other development methodologies whereby we can create custom commands that can be used with ANY version of NaturallySpeaking. Large organizations are more likely to benefit from the features found in the "Group" products. Large medical organizations (more than 24 MD's) should go to Nuance for acquiring Dragon products.
Are you writing the Great American Novel? Are you writing your memoirs? Dragon Professional Individual is the proper choice.
Do you write multiple styles of material? For instance, do you practice law during the day but have a hobby of writing mystery stories on the weekend? If so, the Professional/Medical/Legal products allow multiple "topics" per person which may save you time.
If you do data collection, then there can be outstanding benefits of using the Professional Edition to expedite the recording of your data. Dictating directly into spreadsheets, or dictating data into a recorder then playing it back to be processed into spreadsheets, tables, or other organized and regular formats may take a while to set up, but can save huge amounts of time.
Are you buying for a group of users? Ask for licensing options.
Microsoft has speech recognition included with Office-XP, Office-2003, Windows Vista, Windows 7, 8, and Windows 10.
With Windows Vista, Windows 7, 8, and Windows 10, many report good accuracy for ordinary prose. Some aspects of the program, such as web surfing, are very good. But the user interface lacks the refinement of NaturallySpeaking. Specialized vocabulary is difficult to support with Windows speech recognition.
We're also happy to discuss your needs with you to help ensure you get the products and accessories best suited for your particular needs.
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