Described as truly amazing this voice recognition software that was once the domain of science fiction, can now be used with smartphones and tablets.
Although Nuance has a big competitor in Google, the company is seen as the leader in voice recognition, so much so that it powers part of Apple's Siri, among others, and has several of its own speech enabled apps for various smartphones.
Now comes the news that Nuance has this morning launched its newest version of Dragon NaturallySpeaking 13 - the software that lets you speak naturally and see your voice turned into accurate text - without needing to - pause - between - each - word as was the case in the much earlier years of voice technology.
Billing the new software as "the fastest and most accurate speech recognition software available for the PC", Dragon doesn't just let you talk to type, but control your entire PC and many popular apps just by voice - with remarkable ease.
As Nuance notes, "Dragon 13 offers a complete voice solution by touching on virtually every aspect of the PC experience - making it easy to navigate, command and control your PC by voice, and supporting fast, accurate dictation for both local applications, such as Microsoft Word, and web applications, including email and social media. And, by leveraging the latest advancements in Nuance speech recognition science and technology, Dragon 13 is faster and more accurate than ever before."
As you'd expect, Dragon boasts "significantly enhanced out-of-the-box accuracy", and as is common today, "continues to get smarter as it automatically adapts to your personal writing style and preferences by learning the words and phrases that you use the most."
To further illustrate what Dragon 13 customers can do, you can easily compose and edit documents, send emails, search the Web, update popular social media sites like Facebook or Twitter, and plenty more - all by voice.
This means you get "Full Text Control (using your voice to perform direct dictation, text selection or correction and cursor movement within text) in popular web applications such as Gmail, Outlook.com and Yahoo! Mail in Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer."
Aside from a dramatically streamlined new and nicely simplified new interface, while keeping older interface options intact for long-time Dragon users, Dragon 13 also has new microphone options, which for the first time, includes the ability to use the microphones already built-in to mobile computers.
An improved tutorial and new "Learning Centre" also gives those who want additional help to quickly master the software is also included.
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Peter Mahoney, Nuance's Chief Marketing man and Dragon GM, said that: "Dragon NaturallySpeaking 13 offers increased accuracy, improved design and flexibility, and a robust web experience - and that adds up to a more intuitive and productive experience for customers.
"Dragon continues to serve as a complete voice solution for the PC, capable of impressive performance across programs, browsers and applications. Both new and longtime users of Dragon will find their interactions with the PC completely transformed, as they use their voice to get more things done in a faster and more natural way."
Available for download immediately from the Nuance Australia website
, it starts at AUD $199.95 for Dragon NaturallySpeaking 13 Premium and AUD $99.95 for the Home edition, with physical box copies that include a USB headset shipping in August.
Upgrade pricing is also available for those upgrading from selected earlier versions.
Other language versions of Dragon 13 will also be available later this year.