Dragon Dictation

Lets say you’re using your iPhone and would like to quickly respond to an e-mail or write a rather long text message or Tweet. Rather than typing it out, perhaps you should consider using the Dragon Dictation application, by Nuance Communications, which enables you to talk into your iPhone and then presents you with a text version of what you just said.

When you first launch the Dragon Dictation application, you will be presented with a EULA, which you have to accept in order to use the application. After accepting the terms of the EULA, you will then be prompted to allow Dragon Dictation to add the names of your contacts to their server, which better enables Dragon to recognize the names. However, you are not required to allow Dragon to do this.

After you have either allowed or disallowed Dragon to add the names of your contacts to their server, you should then be taken to a screen, where you should see a button, which allows you to dictate what you would like to be transcribed to text. Also, you should see a keyboard (which is disabled at first) in the bottom left hand corner of the screen, as well as a settings button in the bottom right hand corner.

The settings button allows you to add social networking websites, such as FaceBook and Twitter, so that you can post what you dictated to the application. You can also select which language you will be using, whether or not to recognize names, the option to detect the end of speech. You can also choose to reset your enrollment, which will reset your voice profile. However, doing this can cause a decrease in the performance of the application’s speech recognition. In addition, you can view the current build of the application.

When you are ready to dictate to the application, you can do so by going back to the Dragon Dictation application’s home screen and then tapping on the record button, located under the words “Tap and dictate”.

After you’ve tapped on the record button, you should begin dictating to the application what you would like to be transcribed to text. Once you’ve said what you would like to be transcribed to text, you should tap on the “Done” button. However, if you would rather stop dictating, you can tap on the “Cancel” button, which will return you to the application’s home screen.

Once you’ve tapped on the “Done” button, you should be able to view a text version of what you dictated to the application. You can then either edit the text, using the keyboard button, located at the bottom left side of the screen or dictate additional text by pressing the record button, located in the bottom center of the screen.

You can view additional options, such as the ability to send a text message or e-mail, using the text that you just dictated to the Dragon Dictation application, by tapping on the button that looks like a line with an arrow above it. There are also the options to copy the text that you dictated, as well as use it to update your FaceBook and Twitter accounts. You can also access the application’s settings from this menu. When you would like to close the additional options menu, you can do so by tapping on the button, which looks like a line with an arrow pointing down above it.

Having tried this application, I believe it can be useful for a variety of different things, whether it be sending a text message, e-mail, or for updating your social networking profiles. Also, Dragon Dictation’s speech recognition seems pretty good, as well.

If you would like to try using Dragon Dictation, you can download it for free from Apple’s iTunes App Store.

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