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Tips for speeding up Dragon NaturallySpeaking on your computer

Improving Dragon NaturallySpeakings accuracy on your M-Tech Computer 
  • The Accuracy Center provides "one-stop shopping" for all the tools you can use to improve your accuracy and add words to your vocabulary. Say "display Accuracy Center" or click Accuracy Center on the DragonBar Tools menu.
  • If you are not sure which of the Dragon NaturallySpeaking tools you need to use, let the Accuracy Center help you. With the Accuracy Center open, click or say "which tool should I use?" to start the Accuracy Assistant.
  • The best way to improve recognition accuracy is to speak clearly and enunciate each word. You do not have to speak loudly or slowly, just avoid mumbling or slurring your words.
  • You can optimize recognition accuracy by speaking in long, well-enunciated phrases or sentences. Speaking slowly and deliberately, in short phrases or single words, can actually result in more recognition errors. Longer phrases provide more context, which helps Dragon NaturallySpeaking recognize individual words.
  • If a particular word is regularly mis-recognized or you want to give the word an alternate pronunciation, use the Training dialog box to train it. To open the Training dialog box say "train words" or click Train on the DragonBar Words menu.
  • If you change audio hardware or move to another location, you should run the Audio Setup Wizard again. You do not have to create a new user. To open the Audio Setup Wizard, open the Accuracy Center and either click or say "check your audio settings."
  • Use the Increase Accuracy from Email tool to add the names of your email contacts and to teach Dragon NaturallySpeaking about your personal writing style and vocabulary by analyzing your sent email messages. This can significantly improve recognition accuracy. This tool is in the Accuracy Center. Say "display Accuracy Center" and then say "increase accuracy from email."
  • A good way to find out whether or not a word is in the active vocabulary is to type it in the Vocabulary Editor. (Say "Open Vocabulary Editor" or click View/Edit on the DragonBar Words menu.) If the word appears in the list, it is already in vocabulary; if it does not appear, you can click the Add button to add it.
  • You can view only the words you added to the vocabulary by saying "Open Vocabulary Editor" or clicking View/Edit it on the DragonBar Words menu and then selecting Show Custom Words Only from the Display list in the Vocabulary Editor.
  • When you correct a misrecognized word, the program is less likely to misrecognize that word in the future.
  • You can improve recognition accuracy by adding multiple-word phrases with unusual capitalization (e.g., "The Mayberry Tribune") to your vocabulary. Say "add new word" or click New on the DragonBar Words menu.
  • You can see a list of the last few recognition results. Say "view Recognition History" or click View Recognition History on the DragonBar Words menu.
  • Run a spelling check on your documents before processing them in the "Add Words from Your Documents" dialog box. This prevents misspelled words from being added to your vocabulary.
  • You can create a Spoken Form for words you prefer not to say aloud. For example, you can create a text command that types "781-555-1212" whenever you say "my phone number."
  • It is normal for words in the Results box to change sometimes while you are dictating. Dragon NaturallySpeaking may better recognize what you said after you complete a phrase or sentence.
Tips for better performance from Dragon NaturallySpeaking on your M-Tech Computer
 
  •  For best results, creating a User profile should be done in your "normal" environment, with the same background noise as when you will be dictating. Recognition accuracy can sometimes be affected by the presence of air conditioners, fax machines, printers"¦
  • Version 10 of Dragon contains special acoustic models for a number of "accents" heard in the US (this is particularly important for natives of the UK or of the Indian sub-continent). When creating a user profile, you will be able to choose an "Accent"; if unsure, just pick the "General" accent.
  • When creating a User profile, Dragon presents you with a list of dictation sources. If you are not using the default (microphone plugged into the Mic-In jack), be sure to indicate your device's type: for instance, USB Microphone or Bluetooth Microphone. (The Help provides details on using special dictation sources, including digital recorders.)
  • If you already have a user profile and want to use an additional dictation source, add a source instead of creating a separate profile for the new device (use the Open User dialog's Source button.) That way, the same Vocabulary will be used "" and refined "" whether you are using your USB microphone, Bluetooth microphone, digital recorder, etc.; remember, ongoing vocabulary personalization is one of the keys to getting productivity and convenience in speech recognition!
  • Keep the microphone about a thumb's width away from the corner of your mouth, not directly in front of it. It should not touch your skin, lips, or hair. Experiment with the best distance for your particular situation, and gently bend the headset's "boom" if necessary in order to have the microphone in the right place.
  • Noise-canceling microphones only listen on one side. Check that the listening side (often marked by a dot or the word TALK) is parallel to your face and not tilted up or down.
  • Position the microphone carefully and consistently every time you use it. If you notice the accuracy decreasing, it might be because the microphone has moved out of position.
  • If you want to test your microphone independently of Dragon, you can use the operating system's Sound Recorder "" accessible from the Windows Start menu > Programs > Accessories.
  • If your microphone model has a mute switch, make sure it is in the ON position before you start to speak.
  • When you read a text for Dragon's acoustic training (whether when you first "enroll", or later, if you wish to boost accuracy), Dragon learns how you sound when you dictate; using the same tone, pace, and volume you are likely to use will help it recognize your future dictations most accurately. Saying punctuation isn't necessary here, but it's a good idea to say at least the periods, commas, and colons, to get into the habit.

Here is a tip[ from one of our customers who happens to be as much an expert on Dragon usage as you can get.

. I find that on my "High Horsepower" machine, that setting the"Accuracy Slider" in "Tools/Options/Miscellaneous" to about 25%-40% as shown below, I get about the same accuracy, but the response time of the program is much faster. I could probably go even lower if I wanted to be aggressive. I"â„¢ve just not tried to see how low I could push it.  If I set the slider to"Most Accurate", DNS doesn't perform any better, for practical purposes, and the response time goes way up. Processing time doesn't seem to be affected as much as latency, e.g., if you dictate a paragraph, it comes back in about the same amount of time. If you dictate two words, it takes forever to come back compared to lowering the accuracy slider.

Best, Dick



Here is a set of link for Rev. B for Dragon 13. As it turns out, DNS 13 is giving many users troubles in a variety of areas. We will attempt to keep these links up to date. Lunis at KnowBrainer.com has been kind enough to keep M-Tech and its customers in the loop on this. Many thanks to Lunis and the gang over at KnowBrainer.com


Nuance has been working on this for a couple of months. I have now uploaded REV B for everything. Here are the links if you have a need


DNS Home Edition 13

DNS Premium 13

DNS Professional 13

DNS Legal 13

DMPE 2.2

 Here is download copy of KnowBrainers Recomended Tweaks for Dragon. Review them and the pros and cons of each tweak before making the adjustment.