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Poll: Do you use voice recognition software?
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Mary Worby  Identity Verified
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No, and no plans Nov 19, 2012

To be honest, I'd feel a bit silly talking to myself all day! And my working environment is not always free of background noise, so I'm not convinced it would work that well ...

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Ty Kendall  Identity Verified
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No, no plans Nov 19, 2012

Prefer to type.

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svenfrade  Identity Verified
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No, no plans Nov 19, 2012

I prefer typing and I am quite fast so I don't see the need to change anything.

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Susanna Martoni  Identity Verified
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No Nov 19, 2012

Some years ago I have seriously thought of it but not now.

Like Ty, I prefer to type.


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Teresa Borges
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No Nov 19, 2012

I tried some years ago but the experience was less than convincing. Anyway, me too I prefer typing!

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Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
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Am thinking about it Nov 19, 2012

Because I can now use only two fingers on my right hand (I'm right-handed) for typing because of an injury. If it helps me cut corners like complex shortcut commands and frequently used editing commands, then this will be a big help.

But I'm not looking forward to controlling how I speak since I do let loose a barrage of expletives a lot of the time and I don't think my customers would appreciate my effing and blinding.


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B D Finch  Identity Verified
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Yes Nov 19, 2012

I have found it essential because I was having trouble with my hands that seemed like early signs of RSI and also have slight osteo-arthritis. I often prefer to type, but like to have voice recognition as a back-up. It can be considerably faster than typing, but Dragon seems to sometimes have a mind of its own and plays practical jokes by making potentially embarrassing mistakes. Generally, I like to use it for relatively simple stuff and type more complex stuff, but I sometimes use it together with typing: typing the obscure vocabulary, dictating capital initials then pressing return or tab to complete the word etc.

One thing I have grown to dislike intensely about DNS is the constant attempts to sell me upgrades for large sums of money. Call me old-fashioned, but I think that, having bought the product in the first place, it ought to work indefinitely with occasional (free or low-cost) upgrades to match developments in operating systems and MS Office.

I now have a new notebook PC with Windows 7 and the built-in voice recognition software is certainly inferior to DNS.

You can set DNS to ignore words you would rather it didn't type, such as effing and blinding, or even to type something totally different e.g. you dictate "that bastard" and DNS types "Mr Smith"!

[Edited at 2012-11-19 09:05 GMT]


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Anna Sarah Krämer Fazendeiro
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Thinking about it Nov 19, 2012

I am very interested to know if it could speed up my work. But I think it might be difficult to control my way of speaking/thinking. Many times I "test" my phrases by reading them out loud before I decide which version to use. I don't know if I could make this a silent process.

And I have a noisy work environment as well - and many times I work in the public library, I guess people there will not want to hear user manuals and safety specifications read out to them.

I see from the answers that only a small percentage of collegues actually use it. I would be interested to hear from those how it improves their way of working.

Kind regards and a great week for all!
Anna


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Chris S  Identity Verified
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Yes, always Nov 19, 2012

Much faster than typing, much kinder on the wrists and shoulders, and output is more natural

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Daniel Bird  Identity Verified
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May become more widespread Nov 19, 2012

Anna Sarah Krämer Fazendeiro wrote:
I see from the answers that only a small percentage of collegues actually use it. I would be interested to hear from those how it improves their way of working.


With ageing population and extended working life, from which we surely aren't immune in this profession, I feel these tools have the potential to keep paying the rent for us. Even if we use them to rip out a raft which we later edit conventionally, the wear and tear factor can be reduced.
Software developers, how about researching the niche for a simple integratable TM tool that is entirely voice commanded?
FWIW I'm interested in one of the existing general systems like Dragon as there's a bad carpal tunnel case in my household.
Stay fit friends!
DB

Obviously that should read 'draft' - dang these keyboards...

[Edited at 2012-11-19 09:28 GMT]


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Alma de Kok  Identity Verified
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Used to but not anymore due to incompatibility Nov 19, 2012

I used to use DNS (Dutch) and loved it. Less strain on shoulders and neck..

But unfortunately DNS is not compatible with my preferred CAT (WFPRO) so I quit using it.


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Stanislaw Czech, MCIL  Identity Verified
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Other Nov 19, 2012

I would like to but there is no useful alternative for Polish, hopefully it will change over the next few years. I know that DNS may release version which enables dictating in Polish.

Cheers
S


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David Wright  Identity Verified
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Allt he time Nov 19, 2012

I would never be without it. I don't use CAT tools, for variosu reasons, and years ago my joints and nerves started to suffer from excessive typing, so, after a few years of using a free lance secretary (which had to stop when the Austrian government destroyed jobs by redefining the point at which someone becomes a regular employee) I switched to Dragon, originalyl with lots of errors to be corrected but now working extremely well. I doubt I could keep my output at its current level without it. (And I make far more mistakes typing myself than the software does!)

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Sarai Pahla (MD) MBChB
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Later in life, yes Nov 19, 2012

I've set up voice recognition software on my machine, but I currently find it faster and easier to type. Later in life, when my IPJs (interphalangeal joints - the joints between the bones that make up your fingers - sorry for the medical jargon there) aren't as supple, I will definitely use it - but for now, I'm relishing the ability to type. It is probably also good for productivity, since you probably aren't tempted to switch windows as often

[Edited at 2012-11-19 09:50 GMT]


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