Nuance

Dragon Speech Recognition


4 / 5
127 reviews

Who Uses This Software?

Dragon Naturally Speaking offers solutions for business professionals, and those in the legal field, allowing them to create and streamline documents for faster turnaround.


Average Ratings

127 Reviews

  • 4 / 5
    Overall

  • 4 / 5
    Ease of Use

  • 3 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Starting Price
    $199.99/one-time/user
  • Deployment
    Installed - Windows
  • Support
    Online
    Business Hours

Vendor Details

  • Nuance
  • www.nuance.com
  • Founded 1992
  • United States

About Dragon Speech Recognition

The industry leading speech recognition software used by doctors, lawyers, and other professionals to convert speech into text. Starting at $119.99 for the Premium Edition, Dragon has been used by thousands of professionals for dictation and transcription for over 30 years. Runs on both Windows and Mac platforms.


Dragon Speech Recognition Features

  • Audio Capture
  • Automatic Transcription
  • Concatenated Speech
  • Customizable Macros
  • Multi-Language
  • Speech-to-Text Analysis
  • Voice Recognition
  • Abbreviation Expansion
  • Archiving & Retention
  • Audio File Management
  • Audio Transmission
  • Customizable Macros
  • Transcription Reporting
  • Voice Capture
  • Voice Recognition

Dragon Speech Recognition Reviews Recently Reviewed!


Daily user Dragon 12

Nov 17, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 9.0/10 Not
Likely
Extremely
Likely

Pros: It really is a powerful engine. I use it a lot. I recently had to reinstall it on a new computer and lost all my previous settings and profiles. It spent about an hour going through everything I had written before and is cranking out better than ever. The additional RAM and processor speed didn't hurt.

Cons: 1) Dragon is a heavy user of RAM and processor. A gamer or heavy graphic setup is best. If you're running a dinosaur you might be better off with an earlier version of Dragon or Google docs voice recognition. Don't run any other heavy use programs simultaneously unless you are geared up. e.g. If my wife goes to use Adobe Creative Cloud after I've run a Dragon session a complete reboot helps. Heavy graphics, or audio / video like Audacity and VideoPad or Premier I would reboot first just to be safe. Big enough parallel processors and RAM and this won't be an issue for you.

2) This wasn't totally a software issue per se. It seemed like the quality was slowly degrading; it wasn't recognizing my speech as well as before. Dragon said my mic quality was OK. Somewhere along the way I decided to actually listen to the quality of a recording made with my old mic. It was awful. No wonder the poor thing couldn't recognize me and no wonder it was getting worse. Got a newer Logitech gamer headset and now it is awesome.

Hint: Actually listen to the quality of your mic, don't rely on whether Dragon says it's acceptable or not. GIGO.

Overall: I listen to non-English speakers and translate for them. It is far easier to listen phrase by phrase and then speak their words in English, vs. any other methods I have found. Since I mainly transcribe in this manner, I turn off the command features in Dragon most of the time. It executes commands in Word okay though. I don't use it in other applications though it has all kinds of command and window swapping features.

At one time i considered switching to Google Words (about the time I had the quality issues) and I went back to Dragon anyway. Google voice recognition makes a nice backup in a pinch but it has other issues; not the same.

Works with amazing accuracy. Without doubt, the best voice recognition software available.

Dec 09, 2017
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Its accuracy and ability to execute commands as well as record text. Multiple languages. Adapts by building a profile of the user over time. I bought Dragon NS in 2016, version 13 Premium and was surprised at how good voice recognition has become in recent years. I am a technical translator, French to English, and knew that DNS was fully supported by my computer aided translation software (MemoQ). Even though I am a fast typist, DNS allowed me to double my work output for many translations. I was also surprised by the ease of handling columns and tables of numbers and unusual words with Dragon. In fact, it is easier to say them than to type them. Like many keyboarders, I am OK with the the common keys and punctuation but need to look when doing special punctuation and numbers. Dragon is especially helpful with text containing a lot of the latter. In addition, Dragon knows how to spell!

I bought the French edition of DNS (v.13, Premium) because I knew that I could configure two separate user profiles for myself: one for dictation in English and another for French. That has worked out perfectly. This dual-language capability is not available for all language combinations, however.

Cons: The software itself is quite perfected. There is a challenging learning curve and one must learn many voice commands in order to edit using voice. On the other hand, the keyboard is still operative and it is quite feasible to mix voice and keyboard work. My most serious complaint is not about Nuance's DNS, but about some programs by others that do not support it well. For example, I use MS Office 365 and DNS works well with Word and Excel, but not with OneNote (however, it does work well with Evernote). It is not supported well by some online translation platforms like Memsource, which some of my clients require me to use. So if you plan on using it with specialized applications or platforms, you will need to verify that DNS is supported.

Dictation Made Easy

Apr 23, 2019
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 10.0/10 Not
Likely
Extremely
Likely

Pros: Dragon is one of those software apps that seems to have been around forever, and for good reason. Having used this for medical dictation, I can say Dragon is perhaps the best in the field. It's easy to use, easy to set up, and it adapts rather well (you can add your own words that may not normally be recognized, so medical terminology can be programmed in based on your pronunciation). In addition to dictation, which Dragon does extremely well, you can also use Dragon to execute commands based on voice prompts. While I use this feature less, it is still rather functional. In short, Dragon adapts well and performs well. It's the leader in dictation software for a reason.

Cons: My only complaint would be that it uses up a lot of memory, which can be a problem on older machines. I personally use my laptop primarily, which is newer and does not run into these problems, but if you're forced to use an older desktop it may be laggy at times.

Overall: I dictate regularly, and it makes it so much easier to write notes (and saves my fingers from early arthritis, I'm sure). I'm able to "teach" this program medical terminology, and it makes my job so much easier. Would highly recommend for anyone who needs to write notes at length.

Capterra loader

Great Program; Marginal Customer Service

Dec 26, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

2 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 9.0/10 Not
Likely
Extremely
Likely

Pros: NaturalSpeaking is the premium software for voice dictation. With an above average microphone, its accuracy is easily about 95% and likely 90% right out of the box. It learns as you use it, customizing itself to your manner of speaking, pronunciation, etc. It is relatively easy to create special words and even phrases and macros that you use often.

Cons: Customer service is a drag. It has been my experience that they are slow to respond. I also find that the knowledge base and online support is not fantastic and often get better results with a Google search than I do searching Nuance's knowledge base. It needs a better Chrome extension so that it does not need to be reset each time you close and reopen Chrome. Also, I cannot seem to train it to recognize how I pronounce certain words, which is regretable because those are almost always the inaccuracies in any document.

Overall: I use Dragon NaturallySpeaking daily for practically everything I do, including e-mails, correspondence, documents, and Outlook entries. It is accurate and effectively eliminates the need for a typist. It has a few drawbacks, but they are overwhelmed by its advantages.

Overall, a huge time saver

Oct 12, 2017
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

2 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 9.0/10 Not
Likely
Extremely
Likely

Pros: I have been using the Dragon line for many years and it has gotten considerably easier to use and more accurate with each new release. Gone are the days that you had to spend hours on end training the product to recognize your speech patterns, idioms, idiosyncrasies and accents. The accuracy continues to improve and the formatting and command options are, at times overwhelming.

Cons: The help menus have a lot to be desired, if you are looking to find a quick answer, forget it! You have to know the exact terminology and context that is used in the help section or else spend a lot of time searching. When you do find an answer, the writers assume that you are a programming genius that knows exactly what is being discussed - if you need plain language answers, you won't find them. The manufacturer's support is, bluntly put - non existent, you will find more helpful information in user forums and blogs.

Overall: Time saved and ease of use. I have never been fond of typing and prefer to be able to express my thoughts orally - I can do that and still have a written record or response easily available and legible.

Enormous time saver with an fairly easy learning curve.

Oct 24, 2017
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: I am neither a fast nor accurate typist and this software lets me dictate all my documents, saving me hours of time. I can create or edit all types of documents and forms as well as dictate on line with email or Web forms. The commands are simple to learn and it didn't take long to get up to speed, especially since I used to dictate in my prior legal position. The program is powerful and seldom makes a mistake and I speak quickly. It has been a life-saver, freeing me from the keyboard. Invest in a good headset mic to increase accuracy and make the most out of this software.

Cons: It does take a good chunk of memory/computing power to run and though my system exceeds the recommended minimums, it does slow things down when Dragon is running. It also frequently freezes if I have multiple windows open or programs running when Dragon is in use. This doesn't stop me from using the program, as it is an infrastructure issue, but it's worth mentioning as a heads up. I might just have to get more RAM to solve this problem. I also would love to see a less-cumbersome way to change capitalization or edit grammar with verbal commands but I am still getting used to that side of the program. ;-)

The only full service voice dictation software.

Jun 12, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 9.0/10 Not
Likely
Extremely
Likely

Pros: First of all this is really all about the Medical edition of the software. I support 50 doctors who use this software on a daily basis. I have users who speak at barely a whisper and then I have doctors who will speak so loudly and fast to dictate you would think they are having a shouting match with someone. It can be trained to pick up speech patterns and accents. It's a very accurate piece of software and each version keeps getting better. The dedicated support team we have access to with Dragon is top notch as well. On average they respond to my odd ball problems within an hour and have some potential fixes.

Cons: There are times when Dragon will start lagging and not properly dictate, this is annoying but it can be fixed. Since we use Citrix in our environment we have to occasionally run a program to restore vSync and after doing so Dragon is back to picking everything up.

Overall: Very cheap and effective Medical dictation software.

Works like a charm

Dec 01, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 9.0/10 Not
Likely
Extremely
Likely

Pros: 1) Accuracy is one of the best things about it.

2) Speed is another aspect that it scores highly. I talk really fast, but it still manages to write down almost all of it.

3) Command Set is pretty easy to understand and get used to.

4)Huge Time saver - If you are into Transcription business like me, it's a dream come true. You can get so much done in such little time and ofcourse earn more

Cons: 1) RAM consumption is a lot with this software. You can't really multitask if it's open.

2) Sometimes it starts to lag behind in the writing process, but that rarely happens.

3) Comprehensive inbuilt Grammar check is missing which would really take this software to a new level.

Overall: If you are in language transcription business or medical transcription business or just have a lot of tying to do, don't give it a second thought and just buy this. It's incredible at what it does with Speed and Accuracy. It could really save you a lot of time but it takes a while to get to know the commands and get your voice recognised in all scenarios. Overall a great product

Capterra loader

Dragon Keeps Me Writing

Feb 05, 2019
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 8.0/10 Not
Likely
Extremely
Likely

Pros: Voice recognition allows me to produce an enormous amount of writing without taxing my wrists and other body parts.

Cons: It takes some time to train. Partly you train it, and partly it trains you. You have to proofread very carefully as errors frequently slip in. It is not faster than typing - but it is easier on the body.

It can also be hard to transfer your user files to a new computer. It's possible, but I had to get help from an expert.

Overall: I started using Dragon to reduce tendinitis in my wrists. It made a huge difference, and when I later broke a finger, it was great to already have the system in place. I use it for almost all "typing" on the computer, from e-mails to writing novels. When I started, it was really the only voice-recognition system out there. I keep using it because I'm so used to it, but I don't know if it's better than other options that may be cheaper.

Capterra loader

The original speech to text software

Apr 13, 2019
3/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 6.0/10 Not
Likely
Extremely
Likely

Pros: Great software. Makes writing reports, emails, papers, documents so much faster than typing, and I am no slouch when it comes to being able to type. It also releases you from the tethers of a pesky keyboard! You can also program in shorthands to speed up the process. Set it up so that you say ASPCA and it enters in "American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals." Excellent for scientific articles and jargon-heavy reports as you can train it to learn your words, your speech patterns, which make it more accurate.

Cons: Buggy. Works most of the time, but after long stretches, it tends to slow and crash. Save early save often. Save, close, then reopen after any new training to make sure that your edits are saved before a crash.

Overall: Makes reports a breeze. Also, because you are talking out loud, you hear your ideas and they resonate better. You notice your mistakes more readily. You also do not miss out on getting some of your perfect thoughts to paper. You know, those GOLDEN thoughts that you have while you are busy typing and finishing out the last thought that you are still typing. Don't lose the golden thoughts wasting time typing, get them into the document fast!

Capterra loader

I have used this for my writing business. Stopped using it after a few months because of issues.

Jun 05, 2018
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 5.0/10 Not
Likely
Extremely
Likely

Pros: I liked that I could talk to my computer and write my articles. It was supposed to make my life a little easier. The whole idea is to make it simpler for me. For the most part, it picked up accurately. However, there are times when it didn't work like it was supposed to.

Cons: Where to begin? It takes forever for the software to install. It worked great at first, but after a while, it lost accuracy. It wouldn't pick up the words correctly, and when I would try to correct it, the program didn't respond accurately. I often would have to use the keyboard and mouse to go in and fix the words later. I ended up taking two to three times as long to write my articles. On top of that, even after exiting the program it would continue to run in the background. My system has 16GB RAM, and it still slowed my computer down as though I only had a couple of gigs.

Overall: You can dictate your work and emails which allows you to think through the problem. It does allow you to control the computer as well.

Excellent dictation software for medical office use!

Aug 03, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 9.0/10 Not
Likely
Extremely
Likely

Pros: I love that the more Dragon is used, the better it recognizes words and voices. I use Dragon in clinic when dictating notes, and the program transcribes flawlessly. The program seems to remember previous notes and is able to spell things like medication names and medical conditions with no problems at all. Can add multiple users all with unique voice profiles.

Cons: Slows down the computer, especially when needing to switch from Word to EMR. Seems that in order to use this software, you would need quite a bit of memory to support it.

Overall: No need for transcriptionist as Dragon is more efficient, and can keep up with fast talkers like myself.

Capterra loader

Good concept, only fair execution

Nov 20, 2018
3/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

2 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 6.0/10 Not
Likely
Extremely
Likely

Pros: We have been using Dragon for years - while the concept is excellent, the execution is only fair. Easy to use, easy to set up, very nice "canned comments" and functionality to use.

Cons: Errors are frequent enough to cause concern - going into, then back out of records for recording and re-recording can be problematic. Incorrect translations are frequent enough to cause concerns - translation of words like "thymus" into "time us" is not acceptable. The company does appear to come out with real-time improvements and efforts to correct, however, the errors that make it through are concerning.

Overall: Extensive Laboratory use

Top of the line dictation software

Jan 13, 2019
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 9.0/10 Not
Likely
Extremely
Likely

Pros: It's the best on the market. If you put the time into it, you can get excellent results. It can be lifesaver for your hands and wrists if you type a lot.

Cons: It's clunky and is prone to glitches and issues. When it's working it's great. When it's not, it can be a pain. Instead of fixing issues and issuing a patches, the company is more concerned with frequent paid upgrades without fixing the problems in the version you already paid for.

Overall: I haven't found anything to top DNS for what it does. I wish the company behind it was more interested in product support than pushing out paid upgrades that aren't ready yet.

Capterra loader

Great dictation software

Mar 20, 2019
5/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 8.0/10 Not
Likely
Extremely
Likely

Pros: Dragon is my preferred dictation software for my novels. I love the accuracy and how it can be improved through using the software repeatedly.

Cons: Dragon is not the best at handling accents and transcription can take a while.

Overall: I have been using Dragon as an alternative to typing my novels. When used consistently, it provides for larger numbers of words per hour than I could ever type and it gives my wrists a break. It has a learning curve that's not something to ignore. You have to train the software and be patient with it and yourself at first.

My preferred method of working with it is to record myself and then use Dragon to transcribe my dictation. It does a lot better with non fiction than with fiction at first. It's not great with exotic names (so if you write unconventional character names, you will have a few issues unless you use easier variants for dictation), but it can be trained to recognize even those if you take the time to correct it.

It's great if you spend a large number per day typing, as it will reduce the strain you put on your wrists. With practice, it also increases the number of words per hour you can get on paper. Please bear in mind though that I spent more time training myself to dictate than I did learning how to use the software or to train it. Dictating a piece of fiction is a very different process than typing it and it will take time at first to get Dragon to understand you.

Unless you have a very clean accent, you'll spend more time training it to recognize your speech patterns. English is not my native language and my accent is not a standard one, but I had very few issues getting it to accurately transcribe what I was saying.

Useful software, but not quite up to par by current standards

Mar 12, 2018
3/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

2 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 6.0/10 Not
Likely
Extremely
Likely

Pros: I only use Dragon for very long projects, i.e. translating novels. Being able to dictate hundreds of pages is fantastic, since I used to experience neck pain after work.

It also includes a long list of control commands for other programs as well as your OS. I myself don't use this capablity, but it can definitely come in handy if you are injured or disabled.

Cons: I have been using the software for about 7 years now and I don't think it has kept up with the times.

There are other great options for speech recognition that you don't need to train beforehand. I use Google Docs on my phone and it picks up virtually everything in all 4 of my working languages.

Before using Dragon, you will need to set up and "train" the software by reading several texts into the microphone. I used to be fine with this 7 years ago, but in 2018 it shouldn't be necessary .

One last con: I don't like how Dragon seems to run in the background even after I've closed it. I used to see processes associated with it in my Windows Task Manager/start menu and had to jump through hoops to delete them manually. I'm pretty sure this isn't a problem anymore in newer versions, though.

Overall: Less neck and back pain.

Dictating long projects can be faster and easier than typing.

Lost Dragon

Nov 02, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 9.0/10 Not
Likely
Extremely
Likely

Pros: I'd been using Dragon Medical for years when I transferred to a new position. When I arrived my dragon had not moved with me ... I considered it a deal breaker. "No dragon no transfer" It took a few weeks but finally my dragon turned up on my computer snuggled down on my task bar .

Cons: I work at multiple sites and the dragon icon doesn't transfer easily

Overall: it is an intuitive speech recognition program so even those with accents can use it relatively easily oncve they train it to recognize their patterns.

would love it to work well

Apr 24, 2019
3/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

2 / 5
Features & Functionality

1 / 5
Customer Support

2 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 6.0/10 Not
Likely
Extremely
Likely

Pros: when it works, it is pretty good - while it never makes a typo, it often puts in nonsensical words

Cons: I have been trying to use it for years and keep on buying upgrades in the hope that it will function well. I upgraded my PC largely to allow Dragon to run efficiently (32 gigs of RAM, high end processor, high end graphics)- alas to no avail. Even after an update that supposedly corrected bad behavior with Word (Office 365), it still crashes Word and sometimes my computer. It gives me odd errors, like a plug-in is not enabled, but Word tells me it is. Outlook tries to disable the plug-in. And don't ever let customer support into your computer - I did once and all they tried to do was use notepad to try and sell me a new version at a price much higher than was available on-line (I upgraded on my own)

Works great in most programs. Doesn't work in Electronic Medical Record unless you pay for Medical.

May 15, 2018
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 8.0/10 Not
Likely
Extremely
Likely

Pros: Professional version is easy to use. Minimal teaching needed. Still misspells some words, not sure why. Works in word and libreoffice but not in EMR software that is web-based. Can still cut and paste into it but it's an extra step.

Cons: Works in word and libreoffice but not in EMR software that is web-based. Can still cut and paste into it but it's an extra step.

Overall: Speeds up my charting. Easy to use.

Dragon NS review

Oct 19, 2018
3/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

2 / 5
Customer Support
Likelihood to Recommend: 3.0/10 Not
Likely
Extremely
Likely

Pros: I'm a pretty fast typist, but when you're seeing a patient, your eyes should be on the patient, rather than on the computer. That being said, this software helps translate my speech into words pretty well, and is more cost-effective than hiring a scribe. It supports multiple languages, and the software is smart - it learns as it goes and gets better with each iteration.

Cons: If you want answers, it's difficult to get answers. Forget about searching for them. Customer support can be better.

Overall: Overall, mediocre support but does what it intends to do.

A time saver

Jan 15, 2019
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality
Likelihood to Recommend: 10.0/10 Not
Likely
Extremely
Likely

Pros: The voice dictation is amazing. We use this product mostly for our customer service staff. To be able to use the same microphone to answer a call, then to write an email response or a chat response saves them so much time. It doesn't matter how quick the speech, Dragon is able to keep up and make very minimal errors in the dictation.

Cons: There is occasional lag, but nothing too bad. This might be be due to how the program is written, it seems to take a up a lot of memory on the computer while it is running. \

Can Take Some Getting Used To

Jan 17, 2018
3/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: I like how you can learn to run your entire computer. It's nice to not only dictate but to give my wrists a break from time to time. I'm on the computer for work at least 10 hours a day.

Cons: Even when it claims you've trained the software, it can still make a lot of mistakes. It takes quite a bit of time to get it trained to your voice. Things like Google Docs can understand you just as easily, if not better, without voice training. But, you can't run the entire computer from Google Docs - so there is a definite pro to Naturally Speaking.

Great for Medical Transcription

Jan 24, 2019
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 10.0/10 Not
Likely
Extremely
Likely

Pros: This software saves our transcriptionists hundreds of hours and keeps them happy! We use Philips Speechexecutive software for our dictaphones, and then cue up the dictation, and it will run through 15-20 files in less than an hour, giving us 4-5 minute recordings into Word documents with ease. We re-listen through the files, correct as necessary, and at the end of the day, re-train the Dragon software to be even better through our changes. It was easy to setup and easy to implement/train on.

Cons: It is resource-intensive. We did not have a dual-core processor on the first computer, and it gave us errors about that, but kept churning out the transcriptions without a problem. Other than that, it's really a no-brainer!

Overall: Instead of spending 45 minutes per dictation, we spend 5. The software paid for itself in the first day. Without a doubt the best investment in software we have ever made!

Capterra loader

Love the software and saves time typing

Oct 20, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 9.0/10 Not
Likely
Extremely
Likely

Pros: Dragon Naturally Speaking is a great concept and saves me a lot of time when writing long emails. It is much quicker than typing.

Cons: You have to proof read the writing thoroughly, otherwise you may have completely random words thrown in. Also, when used for gmail on a browser there can be quite a bit of lag.

Overall: Very good and will continue using as it saves me a lot of time.

Invaluable speech-to-text technology I couldn't live without

Apr 04, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: I suffer from dyslexia and use this software everyday at work to help me write emails and documents. The more you use it overtime the more efficient it becomes at understanding the word you want to say. Set up is simple and once you get the hang of using all the voice commands it just becomes second nature. I could not work without this!

Cons: Correcting mistakes, for example adding in a hyphen between words, is still not that intuitive and I'd love to see some more work done to help improve this feature.

perfect for voice typing

Feb 24, 2019
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality
Likelihood to Recommend: 9.0/10 Not
Likely
Extremely
Likely

Pros: It's pretty straightforward to use, offers good tutorials if you need it, and learns from your voice and your speech patterns. I mostly use it for dictation and voice typing.

Cons: Controlling the mouse by voice is difficult, and especially difficult on two monitors (which is my set up at work). Some applications don't allow direct dictation, or you can't correct things once you dictated them, which is annoying but possible to work around.

Overall: I have nerve issues in my hands and arms, and so typing is not possible, and I was very worried it would make me unable to do my job. Dragon let me to regain that part of me that I lost, allow me to voice type (and format by voice), and so I've been able to continue doing my same job.

Dragon NaturallySpeaking Review

Mar 26, 2019
1/5
Overall

1 / 5
Ease of Use

1 / 5
Features & Functionality

1 / 5
Customer Support

1 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: I can read and not take at the same time- when it decides to work.

Cons: It is very inaccurate, I often have to type what I dictated and go back over the reading again. This is the only speech recognition that works with sonnocent except that it doesn't work with that program, it dictates hi, him, and ummm was a complete waste of money especially the premium price for dragon professional, there are cheaper programs that work better, it is a bummer that Dragon has an exclusive license with sonnocet, because I have to listen to and dictate 28 hours of recordings every week, since this hot garbage of a program does not work for the purpose I purchased it for. Some smartalic will say well you need to run the accuracy tuner, or let the program improve accuracy, well I am not a moron and I have done this and GUESS WHAT? IT GETS WORSE, YOU CANNOT DEFEND THIS GARBAGE!!!!

Overall: I wish I could say that this solved a business problem or for me rather an academic accommodation issue. I spend more time making corrections after this program dictates then I do if I just type it myself. The entire purpose of me purchasing this crap for a second time was to make life easier and leave me time to focus on more important things, but I could never be so lucky instead I wasted hundreds of dollars on a program that has done nothing but cause me to get creative with my use of obscenities.

Dragon review

Nov 26, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 7.0/10 Not
Likely
Extremely
Likely

Pros: The software is a huge time saver if you are a hunt and peck keyboarder like me!

Cons: You will need to correct it on common words - like 2, two, too, to etc. since it cant decipher what the exact meaning of the word you are searching for.

Overall: Overall Dragon has saved me time. There are quirks and frustrations that need to be fine tuned, but overall it is good software.

The best option out there!

Nov 05, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality
Likelihood to Recommend: 10.0/10 Not
Likely
Extremely
Likely

Pros: Easy to use, especially with different dialects. Makes manual transcription a thing of the past

Cons: We never had an issue with this product, it was great.

Overall: We used this when I worked in a physician's office. Even though English was not our doctors first language, this software was able to understand and record all of her office notes with very few errors. Highly recommended.

Great things can happen, but you need to be patient

Dec 11, 2017
3/5
Overall

2 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

1 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 7.0/10 Not
Likely
Extremely
Likely

Pros: In general, I love the software but we've had a long love/hate relationship for about three years. It's taken that long for me to really optimize my set up so that it runs well. I love the customizable vocabulary as well as being able to dictate without Internet connectivity. I like the fact that I can focus on content rather than typing when dictating. Actually, I am dictating this review with Dragon for Mac.

Cons: Microphone selection is a really big deal. You may have to try a few to get one that works well for you. It takes a while to learn how to use the software. Nuance could do more to make on boarding easier. The Windows version is significantly better than the Mac version in terms of voice recognition and text handling within an application. It's definitely worth the price, but you're going to have to put a fair amount of work into optimizing how it works. Don't think of it as Siri on steroids. Dragon dictate does a lot more and thus the set up takes a bit more tweaking than holding a button-down on your iPhone.

Dragon Professional Individual

Nov 27, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 8.0/10 Not
Likely
Extremely
Likely

Pros: I compared with Microsoft Speech Recognition, the accuracy was much better. I don't like a headset so I got a "Blue Yeti" microphone and the combo works very well for me. And the ability to insert a whole paragraph with just speaking a macro is invaluable! And even personal names and technical words are already in its dictionary!

Cons: Not much to say here. It works as well as I expected!

Overall: Using for medical dictation.

It will learn about your speech patterns

Mar 13, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 8.0/10 Not
Likely
Extremely
Likely

Pros: This helps all of us that have large thumbs. It is more accurate that hitting the keys on a small digital keyboard.

Cons: It does take alittle bit to learn what words are commonly used on a regular basis. With that you need to go back over your sentences and read what was typed.

Write quicker with Naturally Speaking

Mar 12, 2019
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 10.0/10 Not
Likely
Extremely
Likely

Pros: Dictation software is so helpful when writing books/courses. I like the fact that you can train Naturally Speaking to understand your style of talking. The training feature is a must when starting out as that's how it learns how you talk.

Cons: I struggled initially with turning it when trying to use other applications. I purchased it to document procedures in accounting software. When I moved to the accounting software to dictate the procedures, a new window appeared and started typing what I was saying. My hope was to have the typing in my open word doc. I had to adjust how I documented procedures...not a big deal, but took getting used to.

Overall: It makes documenting procedures simple. I don't have to type as much, so as a thought comes into my head, I can simply say it and it's in my document. It speeds up my process which means I get more done.

Capterra loader

Good Communication Tool

May 10, 2018
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 7.0/10 Not
Likely
Extremely
Likely

Pros: I used this software with a student that needed encouragement to speak clearly. He was a special needs student and being able to speak and see his spoken words was very motivating to him. Also, if he didn't use his best articulation skills, his words would not appear correctly on the screen. It was a fun challenge to him to say his words clearly so they would appear correctly. This may not be the intended purpose for the software, but it was a great program to use for Speech Therapy.

Cons: As with any affordable voice to text recognition software, there are times when you speak fairly clearly but it still displays an incorrect word. Generally, a second attempt will produce the correct word.

Overall: This software provided encouragement to a special needs student so he would make better attempts at speaking loudly and clearly. I benefited by making progress with a student and he benefited because it made him focus on producing clear speech.

Write with Ease

Feb 21, 2019
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support
Likelihood to Recommend: 10.0/10 Not
Likely
Extremely
Likely

Pros: Students are able to experience success with writing. Success is experienced by students that find writing difficult.

Cons: In rare cases, the voice recognition piece is difficult to set up for students.

Overall: AWESOME educational tool!

Worked well quickly after install.

Oct 29, 2017
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 9.0/10 Not
Likely
Extremely
Likely

Pros: Good accuracy, quick use. Commands functions work well. Accuracy improves with time. Multiple licenses help.

Cons: Australian accent pick up sometimes not accurate. "microphone off" command sometimes difficult with background noise.

Overall: Time saver +++++

Great Voice Recognition software

Feb 13, 2019
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality
Likelihood to Recommend: 10.0/10 Not
Likely
Extremely
Likely

Pros: Works extremely well at converting voice to text

East to install

Easy to configure

Ability to launch and use apps from voice commands

Cons: Cost is a little high, especially for the professional versions

App launching was a little tricky to get used to, but worked well once you get it operational

Overall: Compared to other products that I have used, I was extremely impressed with the accuracy of this products voice conversion to text. There is a short period of time to get the app trained for your voice, but once configured, would convert voice to text with very very little mistakes. would definitively recommend to any one in need of this type of app.

Reliable recognition

Dec 03, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality
Likelihood to Recommend: 8.0/10 Not
Likely
Extremely
Likely

Pros: Makes note taking a simple task. Works pretty well in environments that aren't especially quiet.

Cons: I try to think I don't have a Boston accent but Dragon disagrees! For the most part the software understands what I say but having to fix the text after you are done talking can be frustrating. Sometimes it will stop listening and I don't notice so I have to start again.

Makes me want to write again. Just like voice texting but better

Apr 04, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 10.0/10 Not
Likely
Extremely
Likely

Pros: I love the fact that I can type a letter hands free. I just close my eyes and talk. You can tell it what you want edited as well. Works great across all PC programs, browsers and more.

Cons: The voice editing has a really big learning curve. But you can easily jump onto your mouse and keyboard and edit along with it. If you use multiple microphone, the set up can slow you down. The Control panel gets in the way on the screen at times as well

Overall: I can type fluidly now with a stream of consciousness and get my point across better and faster

Capterra loader

Time saver if you do a lot of interviews

Apr 25, 2019
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 8.0/10 Not
Likely
Extremely
Likely

Pros: This application allows users to type from speech. This is very valuable for social scientists doing a lot of interviews. Instead of spending time, which is usually a very long time, to transcribe the data, it is easier to use the application to type the data for you. It has good voice recognition quality so your data will likely maintain its form, around 80-90% accuracy.

Cons: It requires a lot of memory. It would run fine and smooth at first but the longer you work with it, the more memory it will consume until it crashes.

I don't want to give you any review title. Thanks.

Mar 01, 2017
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Because I heard about the this software very good so that is the reason I want to use this software.

Cons: Nothing just using this software.

Overall: Hi, I am working as transcription so I am looking for best software for convert audio to text. So today I got that software. Thanks.

Recommendations to other buyers: No any other advice about this software because I didn't use this software. So when I use this software then I'll give you advice.

Why do I have to keep buying the same software?

May 26, 2015
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

2 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Having a rare for of arthritis I shelled out my money for DNS hoping to use it for just about everything on my Mac. I had the software for about 6 months when Apple released a new version of OS X. Dragon, naturally would not work with the new OS. Expecting to be able to upgrade or even get a maintenance release for my less than one year old software. Going to the website I could not find mention of the OS X package at all. I wound up having to call sales in order to find out what my options were and where to find the support section of the site that was completely segregated from the many "PC" purchase options support. It looked like it was added as an afterthought to the site and questions submitted seemed to go straight to the bit bucket. Calling after getting nowhere with my support questions I called in again and was allowed a fix which consisted of the new version. Just as that version was becoming usable it was time for another OS X release. This time I was told that I could purchase the new release for full price! That was all that I could stand and the end of my use of their product. Having to pay full price for a new release every year was impossible for me especially when Apple included dictation and control capability for free. There were some selection tools I missed but they were not worth the price and terrible support.

Dragon

Mar 06, 2019
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 9.0/10 Not
Likely
Extremely
Likely

Pros: For individuals with no upper extremity function Dragon is a great way to increase independence. Dragon allows an individual control of every aspect of their computer with one piece of equipment.

Cons: One of the downfalls is that dragon commands are very specific. For individuals with limited cognitive function being able to recall commands is extremely difficult.

Overall: Dragon is a great tool for productivity, efficiency with school and work. It is also great for people with arthritis and fine motor control.

Saves Me a TON of time!

Dec 05, 2018
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 10.0/10 Not
Likely
Extremely
Likely

Pros: I LOVE Dragon! Once installed and you've gone through the set-up, it is super easy to use. I can't tell you how many HOURS it saved me on school and work projects because I can speak or read notes instead of having to type them.

Cons: I have to be very consistent at times in how I speak or it doesn't get it right. But newer version have gotten better and better at this and I'm sure it will continue to improve with future editions.

Overall: LOVE IT! It will save you a ton of time!

Amy dragon

Nov 20, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 9.0/10 Not
Likely
Extremely
Likely

Pros: I like how quickly I can enter reports by speaking. Much quicker than typing material.

Cons: Sometimes the program misinterprets words and I have to go back and correct.

Overall: I have enjoyed this program. I can get information entered much more quickly and it frees up my hands to do other things.

Purchased Dragon over a year ago to be used in our medical practice. Experience has been ok so far.

Dec 05, 2017
5/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

2 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 7.0/10 Not
Likely
Extremely
Likely

Pros: The ability to get my notes done faster by having dragon transcribe all of my words directly into the document.

Cons: What I least like is the amount of errors that happens during transcription. Most of the time I have to go back and proofread the document before sending it out.

Great Software, but it is a pity the company that markets it is so aweful

Jul 29, 2014
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

1 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: I have used DNS (as we call it) for over 10 years now, but every time there is a problem, which usually occurs with every upgrade or new installation, I am horrified by the lack of help from the customer care people. The most recent upgrade is a good case study for this. As an early adopter I was sucked into buying the new upgrade from DNS 12 to 13, which Nuance offered as a download. Over 3.4Gb of download, which can only be achieved through their own download app. Excruciatingly slow. Then the downloaded installer didn't work, so I contacted the customer care. They (after 4 days 8 hours) suggested that I should uninstalll the older version - DNS12. Incidentally there was a stage in the abortive install that said it would do this for me. I uninstalled my working version of DNS12, but still the new DNS13 would not install. They suggested that I re-download the ware - but by this time the downloader had expired (yes it is date sentitive) so they wanted more money from me to extend the download period.

I now have no DNS12, no DNS 13 and no speech recognition. It is a real pity - because the actual speech recognition, transcription and PC control function extremely well - once you get through the training period (for it to know how your voice sounds). Good luck if you get any problems!

Incredibly intuitive, dynamic, and responsive dictation software

Jul 18, 2017
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 10.0/10 Not
Likely
Extremely
Likely

Pros: I haven't seen Dragon struggle with any accent or types of speech. Mumbles, fast talkers, it's all there. And the way Dragon constantly learns and improves is a service in itself. Finally, Dragon features a vocab training tool. If there's a particular word, or even an entire sentence, that you say frequently that Dragon just doesn't know, you can add in that word/phrase, take 10 seconds to train Dragon, and Dragon will consistently pick it up flawlessly.

Cons: The only real issue I've seen is that Dragon features a fairly limited set of accents to train to. That hasn't caused an issue yet, but I could see it being problematic in the future if a user has a thick accent that Dragon doesn't yet know.

Overall: Happy providers, efficient and easy set ups, speedy and accurate dictation.

Capterra loader

Best speech recognition software but the technology still has a long way to go

Sep 09, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 10.0/10 Not
Likely
Extremely
Likely

Pros: Using this for our transcription needs and very much satisfied. There is an advantage using this software over others as they are the market leader in the speech recognition space and truly discern speech better than all other alternatives to date as per my experience.

Cons: The technology still has a long way to go before making it efficient for someone with not English as mother tongue and not fluent in English make use of this software.

Capterra loader

The newest versions really start working for real. It works even if you got an accent (like I do)

May 14, 2018
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

1 / 5
Customer Support

2 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 7.0/10 Not
Likely
Extremely
Likely

Pros: Once you spend some time training the algorithm, you start getting a pretty accurate recognition of the dictated sentences. The Mac and the Windows version work both comparably well.

Cons: Their customer service basically is terrible, to give them a compliment.

Expect few crashes here and there, so save often or you'll lose your work.

I have a feeling that my smartphone does a comparable job if not better in terms of voice recognition.