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Dragon Express Revisited

Posted on: December 20th, 2011 by Bily Foster 1 Comment

So while I originally was very upset with Dragon Express because it didn’t work with CamTwist. But it appears that they have resolved that issue.

And now that I have it actually working, I can like it. It still has its flaws, for example I can’t seem to get hotkey to work. But all in all it does what it says is going to do.

Now one thing that might also be improving my experience, is the zag noise canceling earbuds that I’m using while I dictate. I no longer have to worry about the ambient noise from the TV or anything else going on being picked up by the dictation engine. I have to go back and clean it up, which is actually kind of easy to do through voice. Once you get the hang of it, Dragon Express is actually kind of fun!

So, I have to say that Dragon Express is very impressive now.

I still would ultimately love us. Type interface for me to simply press a button and be able to start talking to the computer to get to start working with me. However this is a good first step into going into that world. They’ll start to get me adjusted while the software starts to improve.

So if you have the opportunity, pick up Dragon Express and the Mac store while it’s on sale for a limited time of $50, if you find yourself really liking Dragon you can get the full version for a limited time at $100 upgrade. This is the total cost of 150 versus 199 direct.

I personally think I’ll just stick with the Dragon Express, it does what I need it to do. It gives me a way to talk into the computer even though it doesn’t give me the commands that I ultimately like to get though it looks like with the full version of DragonDictate you actually do get voice commands. I may have to look into that one now that I am impressed at the actual voice recognition. I’m just concerned about the lack of the hotkey working, more as it develops.

(Yes this was dictated through Dragon Express)

BEFORE You buy Dragon Express!

Posted on: November 11th, 2011 by Bily Foster 2 Comments

This is from there website. I haven’t been able to get the software working to test it out. So for now it’s a major fail and you should stay away from it!

Unable to launch Dragon Express

After installing Dragon Express, when the application is started the program immediately crashes/closes.

A conflicting application is installed. Here are the known conflict(s):

  • CamTwist.


We recommend uninstalling CamTwist. Once CamTwist is uninstalled, Dragon Express will launch successfully.

Note: We are currently working with CamTwist to resolve this conflict. Please use the “subscribe” to this article option below to receive notifications when this article is updated.

Voice Dictation Test

Posted on: October 22nd, 2011 by Bily Foster 1 Comment

Okay so now that I have an iPhone 4S, what do I do with my old iPhone 4? I have a tendency to keep picking it up and try to talk to it, however it just doesn’t respond. Then I remembered that DragonDictate is from some of the same people who wrote Siri, and they have an iPhone App. So I ran over to the App store downloaded my copy and installed it and loaded up.

And now here I am doing a test of DragonDictate versus the iPhone 4s’ Siri voice dictation engine. And as you see from the results below, they both work relatively well. I still have to work on my enunciation of some words as you can see.


iPhone 4

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged great Civil War, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long indoor.

iPhone 4s

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged great Civil War, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long indoor.



All in all though I’m really impressed at the quality of the results the dictation provides. Both Siri and Dragon Dictate interpreted my voice the same.  So I suppose I could’ve been using Dragon Dictate this whole time, but it wasn’t until Siri and the voice commands that I really got me interested in using this technology.

So if you want some of the voice features but you are not qualified to upgrade to the iPhone 4s. You could hobble along using DragonDictate to get voice commands to get voice dictation to at least work .

I do have to say that using voice dictation is going to save my wrists from typing up my blog posts, obviously I can’t program using voice dictation (although if I really, really, really wanted to I suppose I could).

And now I’m curious how well DragonDictate on the computer works, I did have a coworker who relied on it a lot. And there were some typos that he didn’t ‘catch’ but that’s more proofreading and editing then it is a fault of the DragonDictate.

I mean even if you type and you don’t edit or proofread it could look like crap. But using voice dictation to get the information into the system so that you at least have a starting point, from there you can refine.  It feels almost like doing a doodle on paper, then scanning it into the computer and then finishing it on Photoshop.

Of course, if you work in a busy office with a lot of people around, using voice dictation may not be the best. But if you can get into a relatively quite room it may just the tool you need to get things written quickly, maybe even that book in your head.

As I think about the uses, I could use this to get the stories out of my head and into something tangible to work with as well. Again keeping in mind that, I’ll have to clean up the formatting and put in my paragraph marks and any punctuation I made of missed while I was rambling.

But it’s really interesting and I’m really excited about the possibilities and I’m just going to have to keep using this, testing it, and making it happen.

One drawback that Siri has versus DragonDictate. DragonDictate doesn’t require going to the server and I don’t have to worry about not having a connection to use DragonDictate. So if you are loving the voice dictation load it up as a backup for when everybody else is telling Siri how much they love her.

PS This post was dictated using Dragon Dictate with very few corrections