Dragon NaturallySpeaking

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Dragon NaturallySpeaking
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A sample dictation in Microsoft Word 2010.
A sample dictation in Microsoft Word 2010.
Developer(s)Nuance Communications
Stable release11.5 / June 2011
Operating systemMicrosoft Windows
TypeSpeech recognition
LicenseProprietary
Websitewww.nuance.com
 
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Dragon NaturallySpeaking
Dragonnaturallyspeaking130ppx.PNG
A sample dictation in Microsoft Word 2010.
A sample dictation in Microsoft Word 2010.
Developer(s)Nuance Communications
Stable release11.5 / June 2011
Operating systemMicrosoft Windows
TypeSpeech recognition
LicenseProprietary
Websitewww.nuance.com

Dragon NaturallySpeaking is a speech recognition software package developed and sold by Nuance Communications for Windows personal computers. The most recent package is version 11.5,[1] which supports 32-bit and 64-bit editions of Windows XP, Vista and 7.[2][3] Version 12 is scheduled to be available August 15th.[4] The Mac OS version is called Dragon Dictate.[5]

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Features

NaturallySpeaking utilizes a minimal user interface. As an example, dictated words appear in a floating tooltip as they are spoken (though there is an option to set this feature so it is not displayed to increase speed), and when the speaker pauses, the program transcribes the words into the active window at the location of the cursor (Dragon does not support dictating to background windows). The software has three primary areas of functionality: dictation, text-to-speech and command input. The user is able to dictate and have speech transcribed as written text, have a document synthesized as an audio stream, or issue commands that are recognized as such by the program. In addition, voice profiles can be accessed through different computers in a networked environment, although the audio hardware and configuration must be identical on both machines. The Professional version allows creation of custom commands to control programs or functions not built into NaturallySpeaking.

History

Dr. James Baker and Dr. Janet Baker founded Dragon Systems in 1982 to release products centered around their voice recognition prototype;[6] he was President of the company and she was CEO.[7] DragonDictate was first released for DOS, and utilized hidden Markov models, which is a statistical method for the recognition of speech. At the time, the hardware was insufficiently powerful to address the problem of word segmentation, and DragonDictate was unable to determine the boundaries of words during continuous speech input. Users were forced to pronounce one word at a time, each clearly separated by a small pause. DragonDictate was based on a trigram model, and is known as a discrete utterance speech recognition engine.[8]

Dragon Systems released NaturallySpeaking 1.0 as their first continuous dictation product in 1997.[9] The company was then purchased in June 2000 by Lernout & Hauspie, a corporation that had been involved in financial scandals as reported by the New York Times.[10] After the all-share deal advised by Goldman Sachs, Lernout & Hauspie declared bankruptcy in November 2000, leaving the Bakers with nothing but a lawsuit against Goldman Sachs, which may go to trial in Boston in November 2012. [11] Following the bankruptcy of Lernout & Hauspie, the rights to the Dragon product line were acquired by ScanSoft. In 2005, ScanSoft launched a de facto acquisition of Nuance Communications, and rebranded itself as Nuance.[12]

Versions

VersionRelease dateEditionsOperating Systems Supported
1.0June 1997PersonalWindows 95, NT 4.0.
2.0November 1997Standard, Preferred, DeluxeWindows 95, NT 4.0.
3.0October 1998Point & Speak, Standard, Preferred, Professional (with optional Legal and Medical add-on products)Windows 95, 98, NT 4.0.
4.0August 4, 1999Essentials, Standard, Preferred, Professional, Legal, Medical, MobileWindows 95, 98, NT 4.0 SP3+.
5.0August 2000Essentials, Standard, Preferred, Professional, Legal, MedicalWindows 98, Me, NT 4.0 SP6+, 2000.
6.0November 15, 2001Essentials, Standard, Preferred, Professional, Legal, Medical
7.0March 2003Essentials, Standard, Preferred, Professional, Legal, MedicalWindows 98SE, Me, NT4 SP6+, 2000, XP.
8.0November 2004Essentials, Standard, Preferred, Professional, Legal, MedicalWindows Me (Only Standard and Preferred editions), Windows 2000 SP4+, Windows XP SP1+.
9.0July 2006Standard, Preferred, Professional, Legal, Medical, SDK client, SDK server,Windows 2000 SP4+, XP SP1+.
9.5January 2007Standard, Preferred, Professional, Legal, Medical, SDK client, SDK serverWindows 2000 SP4+, XP SP1+, Vista (32-bit).
10.0August 7, 2008Essentials, Standard, Preferred, Professional, Legal, MedicalWindows 2000 SP4+, XP SP2+ (32-bit), Vista (32-bit and 64-bit), Windows 7 (32 and 64-bit). Server 2003.
10.1March 2009Standard, Preferred, Professional, Legal, MedicalWindows 2000 SP4+, XP SP2+ (32-bit), Vista (32-bit and 64-bit), Windows 7 (32 and 64-bit). Server 2003.
11.0August 2010Home, Premium, Professional, LegalWindows XP SP2+ (32-bit), Vista SP1+ (32-bit and 64-bit), 7 (32 and 64-bit). Server 2003, 2008.
11.02011SDK client (DSC), SDK server (DSS)Windows XP SP2+ (32-bit only), Vista SP1+ (32-bit and 64-bit), Windows 7 (32-bit and 64-bit), Windows Server 2003 and 2008, SP1, SP2 and R2 (32-bit and 64-bit)
11.5June 2011Home, Premium, Professional, LegalWindows XP SP2+ (32-bit), Vista SP1+ (32-bit and 64-bit), 7 (32 and 64-bit). Server 2003, 2008.
12.0August 2012 (announced)Home, Premium, Professional, LegalWindows XP SP3+ (32-bit), Vista SP2+ (32-bit and 64-bit), 7 (32 and 64-bit). Server 2008.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Nuance Dragon Products". http://www.nuance.com/dragon/index.htm. Retrieved 2011-06-29. 
  2. ^ "Nuance product support for Microsoft Windows Vista". http://www.nuance.com/naturallyspeaking/support/vista_64bit.asp. Retrieved 2009-12-15. 
  3. ^ "Nuance product support for Microsoft Windows 7". 2010. http://www.nuance.co.uk/windows7/. Retrieved 16-Aug-2010. 
  4. ^ "Whats New Version 12". http://www.nuance.com/dragon/whats-new-version-12/index.htm. Retrieved July-27-2012. 
  5. ^ "Dragon for Mac". 2010. http://www.nuance.com/for-individuals/by-product/dragon-for-mac/index.htm. Retrieved 1-Jan-2011. 
  6. ^ "Dragon Systems history". http://www.dragon-medical-transcription.com/history_speech_recognition.html. Retrieved 2010-02-03. 
  7. ^ Janet Baker introduced by Steve Jobs at 1999 Apple Worldwide Developers Conference
  8. ^ "DragonDictate product information". http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/a2x-voice/dd-faq.html#What. Retrieved 2010-02-03. 
  9. ^ "Dragon NaturallySpeaking 1.0 released". http://www.dragon-medical-transcription.com/history_speech_recognition.html. Retrieved 2010-02-03. 
  10. ^ "Dragon Systems purchased by Lernout & Hauspie". New York Times. 2001-05-07. http://www.nytimes.com/2001/05/07/business/dragon-systems-sputters-after-belgian-suitor-fails.html?pagewanted=all. Retrieved 2010-02-03. 
  11. ^ "Goldman Sachs and the $580 Million Black Hole". New York Times. 2012-07-14. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/15/business/goldman-sachs-and-a-sale-gone-horribly-awry.html?pagewanted=1&hpw=all. Retrieved 2012-07-15. 
  12. ^ "ScanSoft and Nuance to Merge". 2005-05-09. http://www.nuance.com/news/pressreleases/2005/20050509_nuance.asp. Retrieved 2010-02-03. 

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