Tony Lawton, Sense Digital Champion
In this month’s technology oldblog, I am going to share some thoughts about a piece of technology which helps me to get online called Dragon NaturallySpeaking. I have Usher, some useful vision and moderate hearing loss, so it is important I find the technology that works for me.
Dragon turns spoken words into text and executes voice commands much faster than you can type which can be of real benefit at work, school or home. With Dragon, you can dictate and edit documents, send email, search the Web and use social media. It is one of the most popular pieces of voice recognition software and is great for people who find typing difficult, or, who just prefer to use their voice rather than type.
I run Dragon on a windows PC with windows 7, various Microsoft packages and Dolphin Supernova which is a screen reader and screen magnifier.
I do a lot of writing and I find Dragon is really useful to have. Dragon makes it so much easier and quicker for me to write and I don’t have to worry about keyboard skills and spelling.
There are some disadvantages with the software and things to be aware of. Dragon isn’t specifically designed for blind people and I found it to be difficult to set up and I think people would need some sighted assistance. I have also encountered issues where Dragon does not interact with the other software such as Dolphin Supernova on my PC and can cause the computer to crash.
Dragon is a great system to have if you can work through these issues and I would highly recommend it.