For all those who think I have disappeared, I really haven’t. But arthritis in my hands have kept me from doing it … Well, to be honest, I was saving them for sewing and my hobbies. But I discovered Dragon Dictate for Mac. And my world has changed. I bought the box thinking I had to use the microphone that came with it
in order for it to hear and understand me. BUT … After really short training session, my dragon (named Charlie) learned my own voice, and after googling for hints and tips I discovered I could use my iPhone with the remote microphone. I also looked at the YouTube video to see that it really was easy, and way better than the Dictation that comes on my MacBook Pro.
I don’t know if they have an Android one, but they do have it for PC too.
I got mine at Amazon for amazingly better price, which got even better after I had bought it. Oh well.
I can dictate my thoughts (which I have to admit, sometimes ramble.) It has a huge vocabulary and even, mostly gets all the names in my contact list right). I have a friend whose last name is Rinke … It puts in a ;-) winky instead. Hahah. I haven’t told her.
- Dont get frustrated.
This program does so much that it’s easy to get overwhelmed. I had to realize just why I wanted it and concentrate on learning the tips that have to do with that.
- READ THE MANUAL – really. There is a lot there, and it’s easy to miss things. I did. Particularly the next tip.
- LEARN HOW TO USE THE ONLINE windows and keep them open … Like available commands. You don’t have to memorize everything, just know where to get it.
- LEARN HOW TO TRAIN NEW WORDS OR PHRASES.
It took a while for my sweet husband to see if I was dictating, and some of my initial work was removing conversations. He now knows my “dictation” voice, although with the training, you just talk naturally.
So now I should be able to blog more. This has made my life so much easier.
And yes, I dictated this, with a little keyboarding. Sometimes easier than editing with DICTATE.
If you have any hand problems but still want to Facebook, or e-mail or blog … Dragon is the way to go. I wonder if they’ll give me a referral fee LOL?
Don’t tell God how big your problems are, tell your problems how big your God is.