I have been using successive versions of Nuance’s Dragon NaturallySpeaking for the past five years. While the company has long boasted of accuracy rates in the high 90 percent range, for me the performance was usually closer to the high 80s. Curiously, I found that if I dictated in an affected radio announcer type voice or if I actually sang the dictation, the accuracy level greatly improved. As you can imagine, I received some strange looks as folks passed by my office and observed me dictating a brief in my artificial announcer voice, or even better yet the few times I was caught singing a letter to opposing counsel. Fortunately, Nuance has just released Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12, which further improves upon the already high accuracy level of the software. The company boasts a 20% increase in accuracy, and the improvement is noticeable. Video Demo
The price for Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12 Premium is $199.00. For current users of Dragon 11, Nuance is offering a $99 upgrade offer. One helpful hint– you need a good USB or Bluetooth microphone. A cheap mini-jack microphone will not give satisfactory results.