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yolanda Speece  Identity Verified
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Jan 30, 2005

I have heard a great deal about Voice Recognition software. At the present time, Dragon seems to be on everyone's lips. Is there another software similar to Dragon? If so what are they and what have been your experiences with it?

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A comparison Jan 30, 2005

http://www.io.com/~hcexres/tcm1603/acchtml/recomx7c.html

Voice-recognition originated in Flanders Fields.
When L&H went bankrupt, Scansoft bought the technology.
IBM-Via-Voice is the other tool on the market. No experiences with that tool. Future evolution is/will be an integration of this tool with translation tools such as systran.


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speech recognition software evaluations Jan 30, 2005

I haven't had time to include evaluations of speech dictation systems at my Language Technology Software Review site:
http://www.geocities.com/langtecheval/
But plans are to add that category too.

Michael Benis did a review or two of speech software for the ITI Bulletin a few years back from the perspective of a translator using it as a productivity tool.

The 3 main commercial speech recogition/dictation systems have always been:
* The Dragon system (which had also been bought by L&H but got bought back right after the L&H crash. It had been distributed by IMSI in earlier days but still called Dragon)
* The technology for the former L&H (Scansoft now) system (L&H was initially primarily focused on speech technology, so they tried to have the best)
* IBM ViaVoice (I've got the 98 version and was quite happy with it when I had a working environment favorable to using such systems)

There are several discussions lists dedicated to speech recognition, including a "Speech Recognition list for Translators"
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SR_for_translators/

see info on it at:
http://www.proz.com/post/194460#194460


you can certainly find reviews of all such products by doing searches on google on a combination of the following words "speech voice recogition dictation software review"

If you find any, send me the links and I'll make them available at my software evaluation page for the benefit of everyone.

Jeff
http://www.geocities.com/jeffallenpubs/speechtech.htm
http://www.geocities.com/langtecheval/


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Jeff Allen  Identity Verified
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the start of speech recognition Jan 30, 2005

Williamson wrote:
Voice-recognition originated in Flanders Fields.


Not completely. The Flanders Language Valley (FLV) Fund back in 1998 was the opportunity to sink investments into creating several natural language processing companies for all language technologies, but with a primary focus on speech technologies.
The L&H crash due to financial scandal hurt that significantly.
Dragon Systems was around well before FLV initiative. Yet FLV was certainly a very visible way of getting interest in these technologies.
These were basically the players for putting speech recognition software to the mass markets.
Speech recognition and speech synthesis systems had already been deployed to industrial markets by other companies: Nuance Communication, SpeechWorks, etc.

Several of my surveys for the European Commission & European Language Resources Association on speech and language technologies took place at the time that L&H started. The surveys covered all companies and organizations involved in language technologies back then.
See:
http://www.geocities.com/langresourcesallen/
&
http://www.geocities.com/jeffallenpubs/speechtech.htm



Jeff
http://www.geocities.com/jeffallenpubs/


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Robin Salmon  Identity Verified
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MS Word Speech Recognition Jan 31, 2005

If you happen to have Word 2003, it has a speech recognition program. You just go to Tools>Speech. To learn how to use it, type Speech Recognition in Help - it is best to do this first or you are made to train your voice (only ten minutes) twice.
I have Dragon, was having problems and wanted to check if my computer would run any Speech progranm and so I tried it, on someone's advice. It is not bad at all (says he after spending $1,350 on Dragon Pro 1½ years ago).

Robin Salmon


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yolanda Speece  Identity Verified
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So... Jan 31, 2005

Out of your personal experience, which has been the best?

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