Dragon dictation software for computers

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). 

To see what we mean, have a look at this video of Dragon NaturallySpeaking in action from Nuance, the makers of the software. 

 What Dragon Dictation Software Can Do

DragonPicture1small.jpgDragon dictation software allows you to convert your speech into text amazingly well even after just 20 minutes of basic training. It allows you to 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 Powerpoint.

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

  1. 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.

  2. Dictate to multiple computers using only one copy of the program

    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. 

  3. 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 spelling.

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 workers.

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.