Wordfast Classic and Dragon - how to dictate commands
Thread poster: Chris S

Chris S  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Swedish to English
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Apr 28

Is there an easy way to dictate commands to WFC, things like “go to next segment”?

I’ve been dictating into WFC for years but doing the commands on the keyboard and I’ve finally decided enough is enough. (Fossil!)


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Jan Truper  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 03:51
Member (2016)
English to German
... Apr 28

I've never gotten command dictation to work in a useful way, in any CAT tool or application, neither with Dragon nor with Mac Dictation.

I found the best solution is to assign "go to next" to a mouse button (a gaming mouse with extra buttons comes in handy). I also have "go to next" assigned to a foot switch, for hands-free operation.


 

neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 03:51
Spanish to English
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Don't really know Apr 28

I use WFC and Dragon all the time, but I must admit I never use many commands except for "scratch that". I know that you can set Dragon up to do dictation only and ignore commands, which may be how I have it configured at the moment, I don't really know. If I want to move to the next segment - or anywhere else - I just click on it with the mouse.

For some reason, my Dragon is reluctant to write "Next" at the beginning of a sentence. I always end up just typing the bugger in...
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I use WFC and Dragon all the time, but I must admit I never use many commands except for "scratch that". I know that you can set Dragon up to do dictation only and ignore commands, which may be how I have it configured at the moment, I don't really know. If I want to move to the next segment - or anywhere else - I just click on it with the mouse.

For some reason, my Dragon is reluctant to write "Next" at the beginning of a sentence. I always end up just typing the bugger in...

PS: I just remembered, on my main PC (this one) my Dragon Premium crashed one day and I was getting no joy from the support or forums, and because I was in a hurry, decided to purchase a more basic version. That's the one I'm using at the moment, and all I can see in the options is how to set the length of pause required before issuing commands. There were probably more options in the premium version, which is still working on my other computers. In fact, I've just looked and in the Premium version you can activate commands in the top right corner settings.

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Oliver Pekelharing  Identity Verified
Netherlands
Local time: 03:51
Member (2009)
Dutch to English
Macros Apr 29

You'll need to look into macros. There are a few ways to create these in dragon, the simplest being to 'record' the key strokes/mouse clicks you use to enter the command. Then you can assign a voice command like 'go to next' to it. I had mixed experiences in Studio, but my 'go to next' macro worked pretty well (have since abandoned dictation altogether because I simply couldn't get used to it).

Olly


 

Chris S  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Swedish to English
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TOPIC STARTER
Thanks Apr 29

Thanks everyone for your comments.

It would appear there is no easy answer, so I'll just have to experiment.

I'll report back on any progress.


 

Chris S  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Swedish to English
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TOPIC STARTER
Ouch Apr 29

Turns out you can only do macros in the Professional version, which is £350.

That’s quite a lot for a fairly minor benefit that might not even work...


 


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