This is a simple little tutorial that shows how to use the Playback function with Dragon Naturally Speaking 9 Preferred.

This video tutorial was originally published on Utterz years ago which unfortunately went under. I’ll see if I can get it republished for posterity into YouTube

The process is simple enough, in Microsoft Word or in Dragonpad (a Dragon branded version of Wordpad, I think) you can dictate to your computer and then listen to the words you actually spoke (recorded in your own voice, not a text to speech engine like those used by Dragon 10 years ago).

This becomes a very useful tool for editing your documents in Dragon and confirming the words that you said, thought you said, or even identifying the words you spoke incorrectly.

The sound on this one is a little week.  I worked to get the sound output from my computer captured in TechSmith’s Camtasia Studio Camtasia Studio (for PC) Here or TechSmith’s Camtasia for Mac Camtasia for Mac Here, but running Camtasia on the same computer I was using DNS9 proved to be a bit of a problem.  I will probably try some alternate sound recording methods in the future to get these bugs out.  Plus, towards the end there is a segment where my typing sounds pretty loud.  That’s partly because my microphone stand sits on my desk (bare) and so does my keyboard.  The sound travels through the desk.  I think I’m going to try and pad both with a mouse pad next time around, until I can get to guitar center and pick up a microphone stand that rests directly on the floor.  I normally don’t think of buying mouse pads for sound proofing my desk, but it should work well enough.  🙂

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