Executive Summary

By Timothy Dyck  |  Posted 2003-05-05 Print this article Print

: Dragon NaturallySpeaking 7"> Executive Summary: Dragon NaturallySpeaking 7 Solution Series

Usability Excellent
Capability Good
Performance Good
Interoperability Fair
Manageability Good
Scalability Good
Security Fair
Organizations that want to provide dictation software to staff will find NaturallySpeaking 7 more effective and easier to manage than previous versions of the program. The $200 package had a good accuracy rate in eWEEK Labs tests and was faster at some tasks than its predecessor. Those wanting a cross-platform package should investigate IBMs ViaVoice. More information is available at www.scansoft.com/naturallyspeaking.

(+) Supports transcriptions from Pocket PC recordings and now supports array and wireless microphones; new enterprise deployment and management tools; improved accuracy; provides dictation capabilities and control of popular office applications using spoken commands.

(-) Automatic period- and comma-addition feature was hit or miss in tests; Pocket PC recording transcription recognition is less accurate than PC-based voice recognition; the package works only on Windows desktops. (A Pocket PC record-only client is also included.)

  • IBMs ViaVoice
  • Specialized voice recognition products for legal and medical use

    Timothy Dyck is a Senior Analyst with eWEEK Labs. He has been testing and reviewing application server, database and middleware products and technologies for eWEEK since 1996. Prior to joining eWEEK, he worked at the LAN and WAN network operations center for a large telecommunications firm, in operating systems and development tools technical marketing for a large software company and in the IT department at a government agency. He has an honors bachelors degree of mathematics in computer science from the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, and a masters of arts degree in journalism from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada.

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