Dragon speech recognition combined with WFA
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Esther_P  Identity Verified
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Jun 18, 2014

Does anybody here on this board use Dragon or some other speech recognition software that allows you to dictate your text rather than type it?

I am interested in using it / or at least trying it in combination with Wordfast Anywhere. Is there a way you can "speak" your translation into the open target segment?

Or how would that work? Does it only work in word?

I know it's prone to errors, but after 8 hours of typing I sometimes feel like I need a little break, even if I have to correct some errors.


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Claire Cox
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Works with Wordfast Classic Jun 18, 2014

Hi Esther,

I can't vouch for Wordfast Anywhere, but Dragon certainly works perfectly with Wordfast Classic. You just dictate into each segment and there are special commands in Pandora's box to automatically capitalise the first letter etc, so you don't even have to think about that. I also use it with Trados Studio which isn't Word-based and it's fine there too, so I don't see why it shouldn't be OK.

I've written at length about the benefits of Dragon (both in terms of avoiding RSI and improved productivity) here: http://clairecoxtranslations.wordpress.com/2014/03/03/taming-the-dragon/ but don't hesitate to ask if you've any other queries.

Good luck - I really recommend it!

All the best,

Claire


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Thanks and I"ll check out your article Jun 19, 2014

Thanks.

Sounds great.

They should come with headsets, right?

Is Dragon easy to install? I am not very talented when it comes to "installing" stuff.


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Claire Cox
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Pretty straightforward Jun 19, 2014

Hi Esther,

It's ages since I installed it, but I don't recall any problems, so I think it was just a case of following simple instructions and off you go!

Good luck!

Claire

[Edited at 2014-06-19 14:25 GMT]


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Ditto Jun 19, 2014

Claire Cox wrote:

Hi Esther,

I can't vouch for Wordfast Anywhere, but Dragon certainly works perfectly with Wordfast Classic. You just dictate into each segment and there are special commands in Pandora's box to automatically capitalise the first letter etc, so you don't even have to think about that. ...

Good luck - I really recommend it!

All the best,

Claire



I agree - it works fine with WF Classic, but I don't know about the other WF versions. The Nuance after-sale customer service isn't great though, but there are plenty of forums.


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Headsets not optimum Jun 19, 2014

Esther_P wrote:

Thanks.

Sounds great.

They should come with headsets, right?

Is Dragon easy to install? I am not very talented when it comes to "installing" stuff.


The headset that came with my copy of Dragon isn't very comfortable on my large, cabbage-like bonce, and it isn't fantastic technically either. I bought a Sennheiser headset and a Logitech and they're both better than the cheapos.

Installing Dragon is really easy, either from the CD or downloaded. Just follow the instructions and off you go!


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neilmac  Identity Verified
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Cringeworthy Jun 19, 2014

Claire Cox wrote:

Hi Esther,

It's ages since I installed it, but I don't recall any problems, so I think it was just a case of following simple instructions and off you go!

Good luck!

Claire

[Edited at 2014-06-19 14:25 GMT]


Just read our posts back and I reckon they should give us a discount for such glowing reviews!


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Thanks all! Jun 19, 2014

I agree re the discount.

Wow....I am excited now.
I hope they work with WFA, otherwise I'll have to upgrade, which will be inevitable at some point anyhow....


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Claire Cox
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That would be nice but... Jun 19, 2014

neilmac wrote:

Just read our posts back and I reckon they should give us a discount for such glowing reviews!


Chance would be a fine thing! I've lost count of the number of people I've recommended Dragon to now, but many of them are now very satisfied customers!


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