Comparison of Speech Recognition SoftwareBy Milliken, Neil; Dyslexic.com,
Publication Date: December 2004
Article reviews and compares two speech recognition software programs: (1) Dragon NaturallySpeaking from ScanSoft, Incorporated, and (2) IBM’s ViaVoice. The programs are evaluated in terms of nine key features and functions: (1) ease of installation (2) ease of training and time taken, (3) ease of use, (4) transcription accuracy, (5) integration with other computer programs, (6) key features, (7) system requirements and compatibility with other computer hardware, (8) different versions of the software, and (9) pricing. The author contends that there are certain instances in which ViaVoice would be the best choice, as it has features such as text-to-speech, the ability to save dictation files for later corrections, and more overall functions than Dragon NaturallySpeaking. Dragon NaturallySpeaking, however, boasts general ease of use, ability to add punctuation, a simple training process for people with learning disabilities, faster voice activation menus, a more seamless correction process, and greater overall accuracy. ViaVoice may be more cost-effective, but the author contends that Dragon NaturallySpeaking has an edge over ViaVoice in terms of usability.
Assistive Products Discussed: DRAGON NATURALLYSPEAKING
VIAVOICE PRO USB EDITION
VIAVOICE FOR MAC OS X
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