Back to School Giveaway – Dragon Speech Recognition Software

by Susan

Susan here with a back-to-school giveaway that will get you talking. Literally. This giveaway is brought to you by Nuance and their Dragon speech recognition software.

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I’m not typing this blog post. I’m dictating it. Yes, I’m sitting here talking at my computer. My hands are enjoying the break.

Nuance Dragon

I’m using Nuance Dragon Dictate for Mac and it’s surprisingly easy. Of course I’m still getting the hang of it and I’ll get faster as I get used to letting my voice do my typing.

Dragon is shockingly accurate. I spent a few minutes doing the voice training to teach the software my voice and now it does a great job translating my spoken words into text. The simple tutorials taught me the basics I needed to know including how to go back and edit what I have “written”.

I thought the punctuation would be really difficult, but it’s simple.

Nuance Dragon Recognition Software

The fact is we can speak much faster than we can type – even for those who are fast typists. So many people use Dragon speech recognition software to improve their productivity. Of course many people who have issues with typing for instance carpal because of tunnel syndrome, use Dragon to enable them to do work the otherwise couldn’t do.

Another fabulous use of Dragon speech recognition software is for people with dyslexia and learning disabilities. The case studies and examples of kids finding success with Dragon are so inspiring.

Watch the short video below to see how easy to use and accurate Dragon is…

I never thought I’d be able to “write” this blog post on my very first time using Dragon speech recognition software. But I am and it’s incredibly quick.

There are a few different versions of Dragon speech recognition software by Nuance available. Check out their website to find which is the right match for you. There are versions for Windows and for Mac.

Enter to Win

Thanks to the folks at Nuance, one of you will win your own copy of Dragon. Please leave us a comment telling us if you’ve ever used voice-recognition software before and if you’d like to try it. Then use the giveaway tools entry form below to enter.


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Disclosure: Nuance provided a review copy of the software and prizing for this giveaway.

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1 Sarah Hall August 16, 2014 at 1:13 pm

No, I haven’t but it seems so easy and would help my arthritic hands.


2 Susan August 27, 2014 at 7:32 pm

This would be perfect if you have arthritis!!!


3 Pamk August 16, 2014 at 1:53 pm

Haven’t but would love to. My son
would love to for college


4 ten b August 16, 2014 at 2:48 pm

I have never tried voice recognition software – I’m blessed to be able to type fairly well. (I had the “mean” typing teacher in high school – and I am VERY grateful for that as an adult.) If I won this, I would give it to a friend whose 9th grader struggles with writing and typing – he has slight dyslexia and some sensory processing issues that combine to make writing very difficult for him.


5 Susan August 27, 2014 at 7:33 pm

How nice of you… and yes, it sounds like your friend’s son would really benefit.


6 theresa J August 16, 2014 at 9:22 pm

I have never tried voice recognition software


7 Linda Bradshaw August 17, 2014 at 3:44 am

I have not used voice recognition software before. I saw this on tv before and really wanted it.


8 KV August 17, 2014 at 11:12 am

I haven’t tried voice recognition software before, but it looks easy to use.


9 Linda Kish August 17, 2014 at 4:56 pm

I had the first incarnation of Dragon Dictate. I’m sure it has improved greatly over the years. It was really frustrating in the beginning. I’d love to try this new version.


10 Barb W. August 17, 2014 at 5:04 pm

I’ve used the voice recognition software on my cell phone, but not my computer. Would love to give this a try!


11 Linda Meyers-Gabbard August 18, 2014 at 4:19 am

No I haven’t tried any before


12 Sean M August 18, 2014 at 8:33 am

Never tried it, but I hear that Dragon is the best


13 akshay August 18, 2014 at 10:21 am

No, i have not used Dragon voice software but would like to. thanks.


14 Diana August 18, 2014 at 10:34 am

The only voice recognition software I’ve used is Siri. As a teacher, I’ve heard so many great things about Dragon but have yet to try it myself.


15 Anna August 18, 2014 at 12:31 pm

never but would love to check it out


16 Regina Patricia August 18, 2014 at 12:49 pm

I have not used a speech recognition before and I would like to try it!


17 anne August 18, 2014 at 12:58 pm

I have never used voice recognition software but I would like to try it out.


18 Peggy August 18, 2014 at 3:16 pm

I have only used google voice on my Android and love it. Would love to have a software like Dragon to do the same for me on my computer.


19 Kimberly August 18, 2014 at 10:44 pm

No, but it sounds really cool!


20 Suzanne G August 18, 2014 at 11:38 pm

I have never used voice recognition software but it sounds like something that would be great to have.


21 vickie couturier August 19, 2014 at 12:46 pm

no,I Have not ever used anything like this before


22 Claudia August 19, 2014 at 4:11 pm

No, I haven’t tried it before, Thank you!


23 ellen c. August 19, 2014 at 10:15 pm

No, I have never tried it before but I’d like to try it. Thanks for the chance.


24 Sonya Morris August 20, 2014 at 10:44 am

If Siri counts, then yes!


25 Dawn Therrian August 20, 2014 at 3:58 pm

It Wouldn’t let me post at first. I have Rheumatoid Arthritis and i am hoping this software would help me to enjoy my life a little more rather than struggle with day to day things. fingers crossed!


26 Vicky August 21, 2014 at 2:37 pm

I have not but I am ready to because when i look at my notes I am trying to remember. At least with this I can immediately begin writing my post while fresh in my brain


27 Susan August 21, 2014 at 2:53 pm

I haven’t used this kind of software, but I feel like it would take me to the next level…or at least help me speed up my current process!


28 denice p August 21, 2014 at 11:40 pm

No, I’ve never used voice recognition software before. I’m interested in it as I know this would be helpful when sending in reports or assignments.


29 Angela Saver August 21, 2014 at 11:48 pm

I have never tried voice recognition software, but it sounds like a great time-saver!


30 Sarah VM August 22, 2014 at 2:12 pm

I have never used voice recognition software before but I would love to try it.


31 Miz Vickik August 22, 2014 at 8:35 pm

No, but I would love to try!


32 Kim Keithline August 23, 2014 at 6:43 am

I have never used voice recognition software before but it looks great to me I would love to use it


33 Virginia Rowell August 23, 2014 at 9:38 am

I have not used voice recognition before, but I would love to try it as I am in dabbling in writing.


34 Birdiebee August 23, 2014 at 1:54 pm

No, I have never used voice recognition software before but certainly need it. I have trouble using my hands at times and this would be perfect.


35 D Schmidt August 25, 2014 at 8:42 pm

I have never used that software before.


36 anne hill August 26, 2014 at 8:55 am

no i have not but my friend who is immobile uses it


37 nannypanpan August 26, 2014 at 10:39 am

I have not tried it, but think it would be great for my dad


38 Arena Thompson August 26, 2014 at 10:49 am

I have not but my Father in law uses it and it looks pretty awesome :)


39 Holli G. August 26, 2014 at 2:35 pm

No I have not, but my husband has used a voice recognition program before.


40 Jessica T August 26, 2014 at 4:04 pm

I have not used it before – would be neat to try!


41 Liz August 26, 2014 at 9:28 pm

No I haven’t!


42 Andee August 27, 2014 at 4:55 pm

I’ve used it on my cell phone for hands-free texting, but I haven’t used it for writing on my computer


43 Rebecca Parsons August 27, 2014 at 7:01 pm

I have used it on my grandpa’s computer a long time ago and it was dragon. My niece needs this. She is going blind due to a genetic disease and this would be great for her.


44 Daiva August 28, 2014 at 7:52 am

I have never used it before


45 Mia Dentice Carey August 28, 2014 at 8:37 am

Back when I worked for a Physician group IO tried one out


46 Barbara Platt August 28, 2014 at 9:19 am

no, I have not


47 THRansom August 28, 2014 at 9:50 am

No I have not used voice recognition software before


48 Robin Wilson August 28, 2014 at 10:37 am

I’ve never use one, but with my declining health this would be wonderful.


49 Jennifer Rote August 28, 2014 at 11:35 am

I have never used voice-recognition software before and would like to try it.


50 Breana M. August 28, 2014 at 12:45 pm

I haven’t used voice recognition software before, I typically write everything by hand or by computer.


51 Saver Sara August 28, 2014 at 12:53 pm

I have not but I’ve worked with someone who used some before and they liked it.


52 ACMommy August 28, 2014 at 2:02 pm

No, I haven’t, but I’d love to win this for my sister who is a writer who is becoming crippled from RA and other health issues.


53 Janice Crespo August 28, 2014 at 3:01 pm

Should I age myself? I tried using this type of software so many years ago. It was more dinosaur instead of dragon – LOL Back then it was awful but I have heard wonderful things about the newer versions. Typing, etc., really does bother my hands so this would stop my excuse not to write more posts – LOL


54 rust August 28, 2014 at 3:11 pm

I’ve not tried it but can imagine how convenient it would be.


55 Theresa Jenkins August 28, 2014 at 10:45 pm

I haven’t used voice recognition software before, but my daughter did about 10 yrs ago when she was going to school for teaching…now with all the bugs worked out this should be a great tool for our 5 grandkids that are here everyday.


56 Christina G. August 29, 2014 at 8:29 am

I have never used voice-recognition software before, but I’m eager to try it. Thanks for the giveaway!


57 Sadie B. August 29, 2014 at 1:15 pm

I have never used software like this before.


58 Tabathia B August 29, 2014 at 6:46 pm

No I haven’t tried it before


59 Jessica Snow August 30, 2014 at 4:30 am

No, I’ve never tried any of them.
Thanks for the giveaway! =)


60 Colette S August 30, 2014 at 1:31 pm

I’ve not used it before, but this would be fun and interesting to use.


61 katklaw777 August 31, 2014 at 3:04 am

I have not used voice recognition software before…but my Mom has arthritic hands and I bet this would be great for her…thanks!


62 Chris Kindle August 31, 2014 at 7:31 am

Used Dragon when it was in it’s earlier version, didn’t work well for me, hoping the development will make it suitable for use now.


63 chana September 1, 2014 at 12:10 am

yes, a bit


64 Dayna P September 1, 2014 at 1:12 am

I have not used it before, but I would love to try.


65 julie p September 1, 2014 at 7:56 am

I have used this at work years ago. I would be interested to see how it has changed. I am sure that my daughters would love the program as well.


66 Angela Cisco September 4, 2014 at 6:42 pm

No but it would come in handy when retyping notes.


67 Alice Elzey September 6, 2014 at 12:14 am

I have used it before.


68 kristy September 6, 2014 at 1:05 am

I have never tried software like that but it sounds interesting


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