Speech Recognition Software, continued from 6/14/07

The box with the lady on it is the standard version.

The site from Nuance is way better than the one I used in the 6/14/post, for viewing info about the software. Ahhh... Nuance is the official OFFICIAL site of DNS 9. No, this stuff's not confusing, it's me. Not.

NY Times review of the software that comes bundled with Windows Vista:
As far as I'm concerned,the Windows Vista software is for people who are getting new computers. I still have a knot in my stomach from that time I tried to upgrade from Windows 95 to 98 on the computer I purchased with Win95 from the factory. MicroSoft is going to have to do something I can't even imagine to convince me that it's possible to upgrade the operating system on the same computer. Back to the point, I just got a new computer and it's not even paid for yet so I'm sure not getting another one any time soon. So the VR software that comes bundled with Windows Vista is not an option for me.

And check out the video on noise canceling headphones on the same NY Times site above. This video is about HEADPHONES. You need a HEADSET MICROPHONE to use with your VR software. But I think the video is good for illustrating what a difference the noise canceling option can make. The Latin cha-cha music is almost reason enough to watch the video! And that Pogue guy is starting to grow on me.

The box with the man on it is the preferred version. I don't know what the difference between the standard and preferred versions are, yet. But never fear, I will find out and report back!

Uh oh. Trouble in paradise? This is Comment #9 on Pogue's NYT site above:

March 1st, 2007
1:20 pm

After all your praise on Dragonspeak 9 in previous articles, I got it as a prompted gift for the past holidays. How ironic that its functions should be integrated, appropriated, and poorly re-created in the latest Windows release. Because you need a Vista-capable computer to run Naturally unspeakable with any sane results. Which you don’t find out ’til seals are broken. 2 Gig ram and a 1.2 G processor at least. Not all of us wipe with gold leaf y’know? Maybe next holday I can afford to pawn enough to run it. Try and remember you are riding the crest of the ridiculously over-compensated when writing this stuff.

— Posted by loadster"

So here are the software requirements for the standard version as specified on the Nuance site:

"System Requirements

* Intel® Pentium® / 1 GHz processor (for example, Pentium® M, Pentium® 4), or equivalent AMD® processor - Faster processors will yield faster performance
* 512 MB RAM or 1 GB RAM for Windows Vista™
* 1 GB free hard disk space
* Microsoft® Windows® XP (SP1 or higher) Home and Professional, 2000 (SP4 or higher), Vista
* Creative® Labs Sound Blaster® 16 or equivalent sound card supporting 16-bit recording
* Microsoft® Internet Explorer 5 or higher (free download available at www.microsoft.com)
* CD-ROM drive (required for installation)
* Nuance-approved noise-canceling headset microphone (included)
* A web connection is required for activation

During the install process the software checks to make sure your system meets these minimum requirements. If you do not meet the requirements, the software will not be installed."

Those of you who already have Dragon: how was the headset microphone that came with? Do YOU think you have to have Vista to run this software?

Enough for now. Next posts on this subject I will be getting into the whole headset microphone thing, and I will be bringing you other Blogs on VR that I think are worthwhile. To Be Continued...


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