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Voice Dictation – Finally Ready For Primetime

headset microphoneIs voice dictation finally ready to be a viable alternative to typing? When I first used Dragon Dictation several years ago, I was impressed, but thought that it wasn’t quite ready for primetime. Whether because of limitations of the software, my own mistakes, or because of limitations of the hardware, Dragon made just enough errors to really slow me down.

Fast-forward to today. When voice dictation came to the iPad (that little microphone on the iPad keyboard if you have an Internet connection), I didn’t notice at first. One day, though, I gave it a try, and was amazed by the accuracy. When dictation arrived on the Mac, I started dictating much of my text there, too. I’m now using the new version of Dragon on my work PC, and using dictation on my iPhone, which means that dictation is my primary form of text entry on all platforms.

I should note that I’m not dictating anything complex. At work, I still use a secretary for letters. For emails, case notes, and other routine tasks, I’m about 100% dictation. I do need to make sure I’m not too conversational in my dictation, but otherwise my output is indistinquishable from my typed work. It just gets done faster.

Do you do much dictation? Why or why not? Let me know in the comments.

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