image This evening I went to see just how accurate Dragon NaturallySpeaking version 10 is straight out of the box. I’ve been using Dragon NaturallySpeaking version 9 for quite some time, and when I upgraded to version 10 I initially use my original user profile with all of the speaking history that I had accumulated until that point in time.  In addition, I went to see just how fast I could get through the initial tutorial and I wanted to skip the process the Dragon NaturallySpeaking where it analyzes my existing Word documents and e-mails for my speech patterns.

So I started up the computer, utilizing a fresh reboot. Then I open a Dragon NaturallySpeaking, and created a new user. I proceeded through the initial setup of my microphone, which is a cheap $22 headset microphone I picked up at OfficeMax about eight months ago. It does have a noise canceling microphone built into it, and stated that it was Dragon NaturallySpeaking capable, but its primary purpose was designed for use with voice over IP systems.

Next I went to the process of performing the initial and most basic option I could find. I ran a stop watch what was doing this I did my best to speak the words as quickly as I could. I was going for speed, and I was also working to make sure that I didn’t have to slow down for the computer to recognize my words one little bit. I wanted to see just how fast Dragon NaturallySpeaking could be, and I wanted to see how accurate it would be after that speed training was performed.

So the initial train took five minutes, and then the program took another two minutes to process the information gained during training and save my brand-new user profile. I then opened up Dragon patent proceeded to dictate a handful of paragraphs what you see below:

So I would like to see just how accurate Dragon NaturallySpeaking is now that I have done the preliminary tutorial comes with the program. So far Dragon NaturallySpeaking has transcribed the words I’m saying exactly as I say them. I’m actually quite impressed at just how accurate the program is. While I have been running through this tutorial, I was also watching breaking news on MSNBC. I’m actually watching Keith Olbermann on MSNBC. I can’t believe the Dragon NaturallySpeaking actually picked up the correct name for Keith Olbermann. That is extremely remarkable!

I just got Dragon NaturallySpeaking to make its first mistake when I accidentally said exhibition point instead of!

So pretty soon I will have to run a typing test to see just how fast Dragon NaturallySpeaking actually runs on Dragon 10, or versions and that is.

After writing those paragraphs, I then wrote this particular article using Dragon NaturallySpeaking. I’ve only found one mistake so far and these paragraphs and that mistake occurred when I sort of mumbled the words accumulative, and Dragon NaturallySpeaking thought that I said a cumulative. I did make that correction above, so you can’t tell the difference anymore. Any other mistakes that you might see in the words above are either a Dragon NaturallySpeaking mistake, or some mistake in my own grammar or speech that is no fault of the program itself. It only took about two minutes for me to write this article as well, and they’re quite a few words in this article which would’ve taken me much longer if I were typing in my hand.

All in all, I am highly impressed with Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10 out-of-the-box. I’m actually testing this out in anticipation of going to a trade show, Blogworld in Las Vegas, (Aha!  I said Blogworld and Dragon naturally speaking but that is a love world, but I have that new word trained into my brand-new vocabulary of my brand-new user profile that only about 20 minutes old) and at that tradeshow I’m hoping to run a quick little exhibit at the Blogger and Podcaster Magazine booth, booth number 317.

So I wanted to test the system and see just how well it might work if I were to do this in a live experiment, allowing people visiting the booth to set up their own user profiles, and then give Dragon NaturallySpeaking to spin out-of-the-box. I don’t make the software, but I do write about it, and I don’t want people to walk away with the wrong idea when they might have a chance to test it live. All in all though I think this will be a good representation of the software and the perfect setting with a number of people that I think could get a great deal of use of Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10, a.k.a. bloggers across the blogosphere.

A couple quick notes about my system.  I am running a 2 year old Toshiba Satellite laptop with a Centrino Duo Intel processor and 4 GB of RAM (although only 3 GB are recognized on my XP Media Center OS)  I’m not saying that you have to buy memory to run DNS10, but I do think it helps if you have at least a GB or 2.