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I ordered Nuance software's Dragon Dictate Home version. Being [strongly] extroverted, I think this is a good compromise solution for my verbalizing a story, and then translating that into a word processor. DD bypasses the need to manually transcribe an audio file (few people enjoy doing this, including me).

Nuance assumes you want to make your PC/Mac environment 100% voice controlled: menu choices, opening a new file, printing, etc. So they only guarantee DD working with certain specified productivity software. In my case, I'm only seeking transcription, so I expect it will work just fine with Novel Factory and LibreOffice.

I'll post an update to this topic, in case anyone else decides to give it a try.

Wyatt


PS. Introverts will no doubt be thinking what kind of weird curse (excuse) is this? But they won't say it out loud [smile]


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We're going to look into integrating dictation software at some point in the future, when we can see the bottom of the desired features list...

Info about your experience would be welcomed : )

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Update: I use Dragon Naturally Speaking (DNS) Ver 13 Home strictly for dictation. I dictate into their provided DragonPad app (similar but not exactly like WordPad -which is not actually supported, per se). I don't seek to make it work as a speech-only control of every aspect of daily computer living. For those who do intend to use it for every task, there are many issues being raised by long time users. Some current users have retreated to Ver 12.5.

DNS 13 Home does make an occasional recognition or spelling mistake (Texas accent??), but it is much better than my typing. Voice-commanded corrections, even using their DragonPad (DP) app, are problematic. However some of the problems are of my own making because I find voice control more tedious than just manually correcting. When I am done with dictation for the day, or minute, I save in DP, first, and then cut and paste to NF or LibreOffice. I have a lot of dictation "stubs" and use NF to manage those into parts of the story/novel.

I don't know what prices are available in JOE (Jolly Olde England), but on eBay in the US, new copies of DNS 13 Home are selling for $20-$30, including shipping and a free (built by the lowest Chinese bidder) headset (USB).

Bottom line, it does what I want: making progress in getting words on electronic paper.




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2nd Update:

For my simple dictation needs, in the Windows world, the built in Windows Speech Recognition app might be sufficient. It is FREE and has been a part of Windows since Vista. I found this article helpful for Win 10:

http://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/windows-10-speech-to-text-guide/ 

If you'd like, there is also a Windows built in text to speech (PC reads to you) called Narrator.

Happy yapping y'all.


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Wow - this is really helpful - I will check it out and see how easy / hard it might be to integrate...
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