Several years ago, I attempted to use Speech Recognition (SR) software in order to write a book. After spending time loading the software, working through the tutorials and writing sample documents, I discovered that the software was not recognizing my speech well enough to warrant the time invested. The process was time consuming, the software was expensive and I wasn’t pleased with my progress. So, for a time, I gave up on the idea.
Last fall, I reconsidered trying out SR software and I began looking into the options. The highest rated SR software appeared to be Dragon by Nuance. Last December, my husband purchased the software for me as a Christmas gift. After spending over eight hours attempting to just load the software, I went online and started reading about other people’s experience with loading this particular software. I discovered that many people had the same issues. Customer service’s advice was to remove specific files and documents from my computer so they wouldn’t interfere with the software. The problem was that those particular files helped my computer run more efficiently. So once again, I returned my SR software.
As I was reading various blogs online about SR software experiences, I found one blogger who mentioned SR software that was built into Windows. If you have Windows Vista, 7 or 8, you already own SR software. I simply went to “Start” on my desktop and typed “speech recognition” into my search box. Amazingly, I discovered that I did have the software built in and it included a tutorial. I worked through the tutorial in less than an hour and I was using the software immediately after, with the help of the included quick reference chart. In fact, I wrote this blog post using that software.
Now, if you use another SR software and love it, that’s wonderful. I am grateful that my frustrating experience eventually led me to software I already own. Although I am still in the early stages of using it, overall I am very pleased with the progress I’m making. So, if you have the appropriate version of Windows and you have wanted to check out SR software, you should give it a try.
If you have a child suffering from physical disabilities, dyslexia, dysgraphia or processing issues, SR software can be very helpful. If you or your child process ideas verbally, as I do, you might enjoy using SR software and find that it saves you significant time.
I would like to hear about your experiences was SR software, so be sure to leave a comment below. If you have recommendations for SR software that you’ve used successfully, please be sure to share your product information with our readers.
God bless you in the new year,