Nuance released Dragon Dictate Naturally Speaking Preferred Ver. 10 earlier this summer. I just placed my order and will receive my upgrade next week. Nuance is offering a half price for upgrade until the end of September, 2008. That’s $99 for Preferred Edition, instead of $199.
So I can’t review the program just yet. So, I’m going to call on a guest columnist (unknown to him of course), David Pogue, the personal technology columnist for The New York Times. The executive summary is that he likes it. You can read his review: Speak Up, a Computer Is Listening. It looks like there have been some nice improvements made.
For a more visual demonstration, view his online video review of DNS P10. It features, yes, you guessed it, David Pogue with his hands tied behind his back. That’s probably as convincing a case for the Dragon as anyone can make.
Speech recognition is not for everyone, particularly fast and accurate typists. But for many of us, Dragon Dictate Naturally Speaking Preferred long ago crossed the line from novelty product to useful (and used) office tool. I did locate a 10% off promotion code with a search if that helps anyone. Get the code here.