Throughout my life I’ve been both lazy and hyperactive. Often times, I preferred the lazy way of getting things done if it creates the same result. I actually found some software that once coordinated with my natural speaking patterns and vocal range works well. The software is called Dragon Naturally Speaking and it does work.
The current version available of this software can be trained to function at peak efficiency levels of approximately 90 to 98%. So what does this mean? It means if you’re lazy or a bad typist you’re in luck. Once you install this software it gives you an opportunity to read selected entries into its database that are then evaluated for tonal range, rhythm pattern, accents, mis-vocalizations and more (I have a slight lisp, and the software works brilliantly even with that.).
If you are pressed for time to train your software, parents, you can simply read the short sections on business e-mails and memos (these take only a few minutes). Or if and you are so inclined, you can read longer passages for training. And for your young sons and daughters, each one can individually use Dragon Naturally Speaking by setting up their own profile by reading passages from Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass and other interesting books to keep them entertained as they create the tiny database individualized for each young user. After the software records your reading of the material, this software then takes a few minutes to associate patterns and create a unique profile.
What is interesting about this software is that the faster you speak to it, and the longer and the more technical the sentences you use are, the higher the success rate of its accuracy since it actually compares wording, phrases and references. (I happen to use it with my Microsoft word software to compose rather long technical, business papers that are a necessity in completing my classes for my MBA.)
Dragon Naturally Speaking software is well worth the approximate $30 that the software costs at my local Target store. Oh, by the way, did I mention it also can be trained to open up all your other software on your computer and then run the software, can be trained to ignore background noises or the TV, will surf the Internet using your voice input and directions and can have multiple profiles for many users? I can’t help but be enthusiastic about software that is well worth the money and can be used by multiple members of a family. Isn’t it great when something works very well indeed?