Why Writers Should Use Speech to Text Software

This short videos goes over the steps required to do so. This brief tutorial teaches you how to add words to the Dragon Medical dictionary. Usually only names and drugs need to be added. Occasionally Dragon will struggle to recognize words due to individual pronunciations - this tutorial shows one step to help remedy this.

This video shows you how to access and listen to a recorded version of a previous dictation.

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This is particularly helpful you are unsure of what was said. Depending on your workflow, you may prefer to use abbreviations in your charting. The following tutorial will teach you how to set them up. This brief tutorial goes over how to create fully customizable templates in Dragon Medical which can be called up by voice in any field.

This tutorial builds on the previous one by showing you how to create and use variable fields to make your templates even more powerful. The PowerMic is a fantastic addition to Dragon and the recommended mic to use because of its versatility and customizability. This tutorial shows you how to quickly call up a list of all voice commands that can be used in any given window, a very handy tool when you are stumped. This video teaches you how to use and customize the look and feel of the Dragon Bar, one of the two built-in word processors in Dragon Medical.

This tutorial teaches you all about the Dictation Box, the second built-in word processor in Dragon, and all of its very helpful features.

Building off the previous tutorial, this video shows you how to customize the Dictation Box, with a specific focus on customizing Hidden Mode. This tutorial will teach you how to add a second vocabulary to your profile. This is common practice for doctors working in multiple specialties. This video shows you how to switch between multiple vocabularies within your profile without having to setup an alternate profile. This tutorial teaches you how to import and export a custom vocabulary list from your profile.

This is useful if you are upgrading from a non-medical version.

This tutorial covers how to export and import your user profile, a helpful tutorial if you are upgrading from an older version of Dragon Medical. Many doctors have multiple dictation sources, such as a PowerMic and a headset. This video goes over the steps needed to add a new one to your profile. This tutorial teaches you how to switch between your dictation sources for when and if you have multiple dictation sources attached to a single profile. This video covers some basic commands that can be used to control your computer entirely by voice. This includes sending emails and searching the web.

Dragon Medical automatically runs accuracy tuning to improve the accuracy of the software. This video shows you how to run it manually if you so desire. This tutorial covers the basics of backend dictation, the ability to record while away from Dragon and have the software transcribe it upon your return. There are 5 dictation modes in Dragon Medical.

This tutorial will teach you how to switch between them and why you might want to do so. This video goes over how to access recognition history to see whether any issues are arising from your microphone or from your commands. You can use Dragon on a Windows machine or via Bootcamp. When I was employed as a journalist, I spent a lot of time interviewing people. One of the most painful things I had to do was transcribe long interviews using a keyboard.

My fingers ached after spending an hour pressing play and pause and play and pause… and typing what the interviewees were saying. I tried using dictation software to transcribe these interviews, but I found the software difficult to use and prone to mistakes. More recently, I've been using the dictation software Dragon Professional Individual convert speech to text and transcribe first drafts of articles, blog posts, book chapters and more. On the other hand, I can dictate up to three or four thousand words in 30 minutes.

If you suffer from RSI or get pain in your fingers from typing, dictation is ideal. You can dictate standing up, while walking around the room or even without having to use your hands. Dictation is also ideal for writing first drafts , but if you're not ready for premium speech-to-text software I'll explain what you can use instead.

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The job of any first draft is simply to exist. When you're writing your first draft, you shouldn't stop to edit yourself. Nuance makes Dragon dictation software. However, I realise new writers may not yet be up to spending several hundred dollars on voice recognition software. You can use it to practice dictating before you invest in premium speech to text software.

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So, why use Dragon NaturallySpeaking? Well, the advantage of Dragon dictation software over inbuilt-software is you can train it to recognise certain words, and it will become more accurate the more often you use it. Yes, it's expensive, but consider it an investment in your writing. Dragon includes some tutorials you should complete before you start using dictation software.

These tutorials teach you how to use dictation software as well as giving Dragon a chance to learn how you speak. The initial tutorial for Dragon NaturallySpeaking takes 90 seconds to complete and should get you up and running. The other ones take about ten minutes to complete, and doing these will increase your accuracy. You can also import some of your writing into Dragon so it can study how you write and learn commonly used words and phrases.

Dictation software like Dragon works best if you speak in complete sentences. You can draft an outline by using a bullet-point list, which is what I did for this post. Alternatively, you could create a mind map. Whatever your approach, keep your outline near where you're dictating so you can look at it while you speak. In the centre of the screen, you can see me dictating as I go. I tried spelling the name and various other tips and tricks, but Dragon still insists on mangling it. So now whenever I'm writing a journal entry, and I use her name, I speak a placeholder word that Dragon recognises.

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The accuracy of your dictation software is determined by the quality of your microphone and the surrounding environment. Then I tried using a cheap headset that I had in my wardrobe. That didn't improve the quality much either. It took me some trial and error to figure out how to integrate dictation into my writing workflow.

For example, you have to speak punctuation commands. Even once you've figured out how to integrate dictation into your workflow, know that dictation will change how you write. I found dictation leads to a more conversational type of writing. Dictation is ideal for writers who gravitate towards conversational writing and those who write online. Your accuracy with speech to text software will increase over time as the software becomes accustomed to your voice, but it won't recognise every word you say, particularly technical terms and words affected by your accent.

In the video, you can see some of the mistakes or issues Dragon has with my accent. This is a good indication of the quality that you can expect when starting off.

Tracking your word-count from each session as compared to when you write by hand will help you keep feel motivated about learning how to dictate early drafts of your work. The software is designed to enable people with physical disabilities to do things like surf the internet, use common applications on a computer and do everything you can do with a keyboard or mouse. To be honest, I don't use Dragon for any of these things. I'm more interested in using Dragon to write first drafts and to prevent any problems that I have with RSI.

You can also import audio files into Dragon, and it will transcribe them for you. I tested this using an audio-file I recorded on my iPhone. I found this part of dictation slower than editing by hand. However, like any good tool, Dragon will help get more of the right things done… if you use it correctly. For this to work, I had to outline much of the chapter before-hand on index cards.

Then, I had to train myself to dictate the entire chapter without stopping to edit typos or fix issues. In effect, I dictated the first draft and then edited and rewrite later drafts by typing. The latest version of Dragon is more accurate that previous versions, and unlike older versions of Dragon it doesn't crash often. I'm able to use Dragon in my favourite writing programmes including Pages, Scrivener, Word, Ulysses and IA Writer, and the accuracy appears to be better.

The user interface has also been streamlined and is faster and less intrusive than previous versions. My only caution is that Nuance releases a new version once every twelve months meaning there is a noticeable cost of ownership. As I was a Dragon 5. To use Rev to dictate your book or writing, prepare an outline in advance, and then record yourself dictating the first draft using your phone your computer. Because the transcribers are real people, you're less likely to face problems of accuracy, and they only take hour to turn around a document.

Rev is more expensive than using dictation or voice recognition software. That's based on the maths of a dollar per minute with a typical book being 70, words long. Does Dragon NaturallySpeaking need the internet? No, once you activate your software you can dictate while disconnected. Can Dragon NaturallySpeaking naturally speaking transcribe audio files? You may have to clean up the result. I suggest trying this writing workflow with your phone first before investing in a Dragon compatible voice recorder.

Dragon keep a list on their site. Nuance has discontinued their software for Mac. It depends on which version you buy. I've included a list of the latest versions below. You could also use Dragon via Bootcamp. Unlike Dragon, a write can dictate a draft into their dictation app and upload to to Rev. There, a human will transcribe your draft at a rate of dollar a minute.

Can Naturally Speaking transcribe audio files? Yes, I sometimes record audio files using this Olympus voice recorder. Then, I transfer these audio files to my computer and open Dragon. It transcribes the MP3 files to a text folder on my computer. A twenty minute audio recording takes about three to five minutes to transcribe. If you do this, you should speak punctuation and so on into your voice recorder. You may have to find and fix some errors in the final text file. It's the default choice for anyone who takes dictation seriously. I've used some but not all of these.