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Gypsy Journal: Dragons and Inkles

From the bloggers at Gypsy Journal.

Longtime readers may remember that I tried to use Dragon Dictate speech to text software to write my books off and on for over three years on my iMac and found it a total waste of time. It was so slow and had so many errors that even though I’m a slow two-finger typist, I could still work faster without it.

A couple of weeks ago one of my author friends told me that she had purchased the home version of Dragon NaturallySpeaking and has been using it on her Windows computer with very good success. I was more than skeptical, but she insisted it was a lot better, so I decided to give it a try, since it was only $44 on Amazon.

It arrived Friday, and I have to say that it is head and shoulders above Dragon Dictate! I spent a half hour or so doing the tutorial where it “learns” your voice, then experimented with it for a while, just talking into it, dictating a letter to a friend, and doing Saturday’s blog. It’s not perfect, but I’d say I was getting over 90% accuracy at that point. And the more I’ve used the program, the happier I am.

As I said, I am a slow two-finger typist and I hit the wrong keys a lot and have to go back and make corrections. 2,000 to 3,000 words a day is a lot for me just due to my slow typing speed. I worked on my new book most of yesterday using Dragon and by the end of the day I had written over 6,000 words. At an average of about 1,000 words an hour after corrections, this amazes me.

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