Dragon and technical translations
Thread poster: Sara Kampman

Sara Kampman  Identity Verified
Local time: 22:57
English to Dutch
Aug 27, 2008

I'm thinking of buying Dragon Preferred (10 as soon as it is released for Dutch) and I'm trying to find out if I will be able to use it for technical translations (user manuals etc).

- Will it recognize the technical words?
- If not, will I be able to add them or do I need the Pro version for that?
- I sometimes work with Transtool which is a CAT-tool that CBG in Sweden uses. It would be great if I could use Dragon for that, does anyone have any experience with this?




Claire Cox
United Kingdom
Local time: 21:57
French to English
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Not a problem Aug 27, 2008

Hi Sara,

I use Dragon 9 (standard) for a lot of technical translations in the nuclear/power generation fields and it copes well with the technical language. I find abbreviations are a bit of a pain, but if you're using TM software, you can insert those as placeables anyway, so it's not an issue. If it doesn't recognise a particular word, it's easy enough to train and add it for future use.

Good luck!



megane_wang  Identity Verified
Local time: 22:57
Member (2007)
English to Spanish
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Me too, no problem either Aug 27, 2008

Hi Sara,

I also use it, for technical texts 90% of the time. Most of them related to computers.

It works great and has no problem wit language (I use it for Spanish). The program "learns" new words with the time, even "alien" words, so that recognition improves noticeably as you work with it.

For example, I just finished a translation which contained the word "Chat", just accepted recently. Dragon did not know what it was. I could have added it to the dictionary, but I just made it "practise" the word a few times, until it caught it. Now it recognizes it without any problem.

One advice, though, which I think it's "THE" point: try to find a good microphone. I use a headset, and had to find one that allowed the microphone to stay quite close to the mouth. I have three different ones because I work on different computers, and this has been, to me, the most important factor (BTW, the one that came with the software was not good for me, sorry).

With a good micro and sound configuration, it's able to recognize "this is a supercalifragilistic computer with 3.5 keyboards and a 22" monitor"... while my 3 years-old plays football in the same roomicon_wink.gif In those cases I cannot "hear" my thoughts, but the computer somehow manages toicon_biggrin.gif !!

Hope it helps.

Ruth @ MW

[Edited at 2008-08-27 17:07]


Suzanne Blangsted (X)  Identity Verified
Local time: 13:57
Danish to English
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Dragon talk Aug 28, 2008

You can get the Dragon to do anything you want by either training it to understand what you mean when you talk to add your own shortcuts, etc.

I have used Dragon for 10 years. The only problem I ran up against were my own lack of understanding of the program and its possibilities, which are endless - it will even talk back to you, if you let it. icon_smile.gif



Mark Nathan  Identity Verified
Local time: 22:57
Member (2002)
French to English
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It's great Aug 28, 2008

I wouldn't hesitate.
The only disadvantage is that if you live with someone they might not take kindly to listening to you carefully pronouncing streams of technical jargon.
My six year old son has taken to shouting "microphone off" which he has realized is the voice command for turning Dragon off...guess it's time I got a proper office.


Sara Kampman  Identity Verified
Local time: 22:57
English to Dutch
Thanks Sep 12, 2008

Hi everyone,

Thank you very much for your answers! I'm definitely going to get it. Just waiting for Version 10 in Dutch to come out...



Björn Houben  Identity Verified
Local time: 22:57
Member (2005)
English to Dutch
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Watch out with Vista Oct 17, 2008

Late reply, but Dragon 9/10 does not function on Vista 64 systems for now (while my old 'xp preferred' version somehow does...)

Q. Will Version 10 work with a 64-bit operating system? If not, when can we expect it?

Support for 64-bit operating systems is a common request from Dragon customers. As you know, 64-bit operating systems represent a relatively small percentage of the operating system market, but that market segment is growing rapidly. Users of 64-bit operating systems know firsthand that many programs on the market do not support that operating environment at this point. Products like Dragon are especially complex to support in this kind of environment. We are committed to supporting Windows Vista 64 in the near future, but we have not announced the date yet.


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