Dragon dictation software for
Dragon NaturallySpeaking (for PCs) or Dragon
Dictate (for Mac) is a voice recognition program that converts your speech
into text on your computer as you talk.
Unless you can already type as fast
as a trained secretary, this software will transform your typing speed and spelling accuracy - ideal
if you have to write long essays, reports, theses or dissertations, prepare presentations or teaching
sessions, or just answer lots of emails. It also makes using a computer relaxing, especially if you use it with a
high quality desktop microphone so that you don't even have to wear a headset (see one of the best in the panel at
the bottom of this page).
what we mean, have a look at
this video of Dragon NaturallySpeaking in action from Nuance, the makers of
What Dragon Dictation Software Can Do
Dragon dictation software allows you to convert your
speech into text amazingly well even
after just 20 minutes of basic training. It allows
completely control your email package using you voice, to dictate
documents in Word, take notes without
looking at the screen and even post to your Twitter or Facebook - all without touching a
keyboard. You can also dictate your presentations in
In order to get the best out of the software we suggest that
you use one of our recommended headset or desktop microphones and
follow these best training hints and tips.
You may have already tried out
Dragon software using the free Dragon
Dictation App from the App Store if you have an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. Watch this video of Dragon Dictation
2.0 if not. However, be aware that the full
package for PC or Mac is much more sophisticated, typing as you talk and learning to recognise your voice
better and better as you use them.
Major advantages of Dragon dictation software
Increase the speed at which you are able to
convert your thoughts to written text, which can be up to 3 times faster than traditional typing.
This can be a huge advantage for many people such as students struggling
with essays, writing a thesis or taking notes, or busy company executives needing to keep up
with email or writing reports, or wanting to ease their secretary's workload.
Dictate to multiple computers using only one copy of the
One of the very best features is that, when you buy a copy of
Dragon Naturally Speaking or Dragon Dictate for Mac, you can install the
software on up to two computers for Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12 or
five computers for Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11 for your personal use (this is
called having one "voice model"). So you could have the program on desktop computers at home and at
work, as well as on a laptop.
If you have problems which are either caused by prolonged use of keyboards, or which impair your ability to
type rapidly and accurately - such
as Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI),
dyslexia, pain in your neck or back
when typing, carpal tunnel syndrome or problems with
How to Purchase Dragon dictation software
There are a variety of different
versions of the software depending on your personal requirements. For PC users, we recommend the
Premium version as it
has some important capabilities missing in the basic Home version.
It is easy to get started immediately: Nuance are
offering good discounts on immediate electronic download versions of Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12 for PC.
You also get a free training video worth £20 to download electronically at the
same time. (You can also buy the boxed version through this link for the same
price, but why not get started straight away?) And if you need to redownload the software for any reason it is
available on the company's servers.
A free online upgrade to the very latest version,
Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12.5, is being distributed now and comes at no extra cost.
If you want to read up more about the software for PC or Mac
before making a purchase, then read these pages first: Dragon
NaturallySpeaking for PC or Dragon
Dictate for Mac.
Educational discounts are available for students, teachers, lecturers and charitable
Premium Mobile comes with a digital voice
recorder included so that Dragon can transcribe your audio files when you return to your PC.
Premium Wireless comes with a Bluetooth headset so
that you can walk around while dictating. You can read our comments about each of these and user reviews in
the panel at the bottom of this page.
For Mac users the latest version
is Dragon Dictate 3.0,
which comes in three versions: the basic version, a Wireless version including a bluetooth headset and a Mobile
version including a digital voice recorder.