Dragon NaturallySpeaking Professional helps people with disabilities?

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People with physical disabilities will likely use speech recognition for the rest of their lives.  In that circumstance it makes sense to invest in the program that will help them be the most productive and efficient.

Depending on the severity of the disability some people would require the Professional version in order to fully control the computer.  But anyone who needs to reduce stress to their limbs will greatly benefit from Dragon NaturallySpeaking Professional’s ability to voice control most any computer action.

The single most predominant benefit for using Dragon NaturallySpeaking Professional is its ability to be customized through macros.  Any action that can be done with the keyboard can be reproduced with a macro.  Fortunately thousands of custom macros have been produced into a set.  The CompuTALK Custom Macros are $195 for the set.  Here are more examples of the CompuTALK macro set.

Using the CompuTALK macros gives a giant boost toward enabling people to use the computer hands-free. The CompuTALK macros is a set of preprogrammed commands that help people work faster.  The easier-to-remember commands are also a giant step toward helping people overcome frustration with using Dragon NaturallySpeaking.

The Professional Edition gives users the full capability of Dragon NaturallySpeaking.  The additional features are tools that solve problems and improve efficiency.

The Professional, Medical and Legal Suites also come with these features:

  • Delayed Editing. This feature will save the audio with the text file.  One may edit later or have support staff do the editing.  This is a huge time savings.  No longer do people need to do all their own editing.  Just dictate the text and have the support staff review the document and edit it right in Microsoft Word!
  • Use of Multiple Vocabularies. A user could have one vocabulary designed for medicine and another vocabulary for personal use.  A single user could also have various-sized vocabularies.
  • Roaming User. This allows users to keep their user profile updated from any networked computer.  The profile could be on a network drive or a single computer’s drive that is accessible to the other computers.
  • Custom Macros. Though it is mentioned above, I must stress again the importance of custom macros.  These macros are easier to remember and they solve problems.  This is the main feature that helps people use Dragon NaturallySpeaking with success and satisfaction.
  • Specialty Vocabularies for Legal and Medical Suites. These vocabularies are optimized for their specialties.   Accuracy is everything.  The right vocabulary will do the best job.

©2007 Jim Bendewald
CompuTALK

The SpeakEASY Training Program

Doug Livingston, received assistance through the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.  Now he not only has the Dragon NaturallySpeaking program, he received personal training for how to use it. Check out this video:

The SpeakEASY DVD has now been fully updated!  It now has 30 short chapters covering 72 minutes in total length.  All the video and screen shots have been reshot and edited specifically for Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.  As in version 10, the SpeakEASY version 11 includes the QuickNotes and QuickMacros booklets.  Now the SpeakEASY Professional 11 is available with significant additional content and value.   Watch the video to learn about all the new features.

This video promotes the macro capability found in NaturallySpeaking Professional, Medical and Legal.

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The following video is a promotional ad only 2 minutes long.   If you would like it for your website you can have it with your contact information inserted with a purchase of 10 copies of the SpeakEASY DVD and/or SpeakEASY Professional.

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The fact is many professionals just don’t have the time to edit and correct. So they use recorders and telephones and pay big money for transcription. We can show them a better way by demonstrating the various uses of the Delayed Edit feature.  It is a feature that is only available in Dragon NaturallySpeaking versions Professional, Medical and Legal.

Check out this video for encouraging customers to use Dragon NaturallySpeaking Professional, Medical and Legal. 

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SpeakEASY Training:

Thank you for taking the time to review these training programs.  Below you will find two videos.  The first is for the SpeakEASY DVD and the second for SpeakEASY Professional.   Good-quality training is such an important aspect of a successful Dragon NaturallySpeaking experience.   Please consider making the following programs a part of your training offerings.

Check out this fun video for customers using any version of Dragon NaturallySpeaking.

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Review this video for advantages to using  the SpeakEASY Professional.

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Below is an introduction to the SpeakEASY Professional 11

Below is an introduction to the SpeakEASY DVD 11

If Dragon 11 is so easy to use why do you need a training program?  It is easy to use when you know how.  It is easy to see other people dictating an email, navigating the web, correcting as they go but they know the commands.   By the way, what is a command?  What do you do if you want to change some words around?  How do you introduce a phrase with proper punctuation?  Suppose you want to search the computer for a file, how do you do that?  How about formatting, navigating, capitalizing, deleting, bolding and other editing.  The SpeakEASY DVD shows you how to do all of that and much more.  See the following video on version 11.

The shooting of this version includes a young lady (Shae), a college student who knew nothing about Dragon NaturallySpeaking prior to us doing this project.   You can learn along with Shay how to use Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11 effectively.   Shae and I appear on the cover of the DVD jacket.

For more video watch the ad for SpeakEASY DVD 10 below.

But there is more!  There is the new product SpeakEASY HD which is a Blu-ray version of the SpeakEASY program plus it includes the complete set of CompuTALK custom macros which alone are worth $195.  In addition, is video based training for how to install and use the custom macros.   Even more, the program includes the advanced training video found in the SpeakEASY DVD 10.   The CompuTALK macros are amazingly important shortcuts for easy editing, deleting, capitolizing, formatting, navigation and more.  The CompuTALK custom Macros normally sell for $195 alone.  Now combined with the SpeakEASY HD the whole package is $199.95.  To learn more about the custom macros go HERE.    Be aware the macros only work with Dragon NaturallySpeaking Professional, Medical or Legal versions.

SpeakEASY version 10 content:
The SpeakEASY DVD is a training program for Dragon NaturallySpeaking® 10.  The program covers the basics through the advanced features of creating macros, templates and lists. Also included is What’s New in Version 10. The SpeakEASY DVD will save you time and a great deal of frustration as you learn to properly dictate, correct, format, delete, select text by voice and much more.

The DVD provides 2 hours of video introductions, text screens and screen captures that demonstrate how to perform the topic. Most topics are about two to four minutes. The topics are designed to be easy to understand and remember.

Included are the two booklets: QuickNotes and QuickMacros, a $30 value. QuickNotes is a quick reference of Dragon NaturallySpeaking commands for a variety of programs such as Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, Explorer and much more. If you want to know what commands are available for navagating through Microsoft Outlook just look on the page for Outlook commands. It is an exceedly helpful tool included as a PDF document. QuickMacros is a booklet designed to help the user create custom commands for themselves.  It provides examples that are easy to follow and begins with the simplest commands and moves on toward the more complex. This is an excellent tool that suppliments the video material in sections II & III.

The tables below lists the topics covered in three sections.

Section I
The Basics

Microphone Vocabulary Editor
Dictation Numbers Dialog
Utterance Navigation
Commands Formatting Text
Correction Selecting Text
Deletion Getting Help
Sample Commands Buttons & Menus
Capitalization Dictation Box

Section II
Setup & Accuracy

Introduction
Settings
Vocabulary Editor

Section III
Macros & Beyond

Text & Graphics Macros
Text Templates
Creating Lists for Macros
Step by Step Macros
Advanced Scripting

Jim Bendewald, the instructor, is a certified Nuance Value Added Reseller. He has been training people in speech recognition programs since 1995 and a certified Dragon reseller and trainer since 1996.

There is no other training program for Dragon NaturallySpeaking that is as simple, effective and complete as the SpeakEASY DVD.

Call (608) 233-5556 to order your copy for only $99.

RECOMMENDATIONS AND REVIEWS

By Daniel C. Martin
SpeakEasy (DVD for Dragon NaturallySpeaking training with SpeakEASY DVD 10), (c)2007, by Jim Bendewald is a well organized and excellent introduction packed into a 2 hour presentation. It is easy to follow and to understand. The additional files (QuickNotes.pdf, QuickMacros.pdf, cheatsheet.doc, cheatsheet.rtf) were unexpected bonuses. Those bonus files alone were worth the purchase price.  Jim Bendewald is available for one-on-one education, contact him through his web site.

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As an alternate to face-to-face training, the SpeakEasy DVD offers a well-paced introduction to Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10 suitable for professional clients. –Larry Allen, Softnet Systems, Inc.

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Mr. Bendewald has done a remarkable job of distilling the essential elements for learning to use Dragon NaturallySpeaking and put them in an easy-to-manage lesson-based training DVD. I found this information concise and easy to follow, and the illustrative examples very beneficial. The information on how to create macros should be a primer in everybody’s NaturallySpeaking library. –Edward Rosenthal, Next Generation Technologies, Inc.

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The QuickNotes and QuickMacros booklets are worth the price of the product alone. The SpeakEASY DVD is fresh and weighty. Every chapter is neceassary and hits the target. –Ronald Thompson, Adaptive Solutions, Inc.