Does anyone use or have used dragon naturally speaking computerprogram?

  1. I think Kevin mentioned using it while in anesthesia school, but I am now considering it and would like to get some more input about it. I will be starting school in the fall and the first semester requires many papers and I am not a fast typist. I have read some reviews on the software, but would like to get input from people that have used it while in graduate school. Any other comments on how to manage all those papers, when your not fast at typing, would also be apperciated.
    Last edit by MICU RN on May 20, '03
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  3. by   meandragonbrett
    I don't know about the Dragon Naturally Speaking, but I will tell you don't even think about using the built in one on Office XP. It's terrible! Even after hours of the so called "Voice Training." I prefer to type everything by hand, but then I type very fast. Good luck anthony!

    Brett
  4. by   Shenandoah
    I've used this in business and it can be helpful. You just need to make sure that you always speak in a similar fashion - and ALWAYS proofread carefully!

    Good luck!
  5. by   kmchugh
    Yep, I used DNS throughout school, and I felt like it made a major difference. You have an advantage that you don't start school until the fall, so you have time to get it loaded, do the voice training, and learn the program ins and outs. One of the advantages I found was the ability to "turn the mike off" by voice, so I could pause, collect thoughts, etc. I also found it very handy to be able to hold the weighty texts (you'll find out) with both hands and continue to type.

    My opinion is that I liked it a lot.

    Kevin McHugh
  6. by   MICU RN
    Kevin:
    I have priced the latest editions and they cost aroud 60-75dollars, but I don't think that includes the microphone. Do you hve any suggestions for how much I will have to pay for the extra equipment? Allso, i have microsoft mil. edition for my OS, do you think that will represent any problems? Also could you give me any other hints regarding journal software?
  7. by   Brenna's Dad
    Hey MICU,

    Just my opinion here, but I would can Microsoft Millenieum if I were you are use 2000 or XP. I'm not sure if you've had any problems, but ME is a terrible operating system (my two cents.)

    The Microphone should cost you very little. Under 20 dollars for one with a headset and earphones.

    To cut costs, you might see if you can get an educational version through your school.

    On a persoanl note, I think I too might fool around with this program a bit. I'm a bit hesitant in my enthusiasm, since I've typed my papers for so long, I might have trouble speaking one.

    After all, your brain can think at 600 mpm, but you can only speak at 150.
  8. by   Kabin
    This is an old topic needing refreshing.

    Dragon has a new software package called Dragon Naturally Speaking Medical 8. It comes with an enhanced library of medical terms including many specialties. Normally $820 to $890, but with school discount it's only $345. I'll see how it works out, as I just ordered it.
  9. by   air
    Quote from Kabin
    This is an old topic needing refreshing.

    Dragon has a new software package called Dragon Naturally Speaking Medical 8. It comes with an enhanced library of medical terms including many specialties. Normally $820 to $890, but with school discount it's only $345. I'll see how it works out, as I just ordered it.

    I am waiting for your reviews.
    thanks in advance.
    the software is cost prohibitive
  10. by   PTU2SLP
    Quote from MICU RN
    I think Kevin mentioned using it while in anesthesia school, but I am now considering it and would like to get some more input about it. I will be starting school in the fall and the first semester requires many papers and I am not a fast typist. I have read some reviews on the software, but would like to get input from people that have used it while in graduate school. Any other comments on how to manage all those papers, when your not fast at typing, would also be apperciated.
    I tried it and I couldn't ever get it trained. It took longer to correct what it spelled than to type it my self. Of course I am from Alabama, I'm not sure Dragon knew southerners had computers when they developed their software.
  11. by   air
    [QUOTE=PTU2SLP]Of course I am from Alabama, I'm not sure Dragon knew southerners had computers when they developed their software

    Very funny indeed, PTU2SLP.

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