Dictation/Transcription Solutions

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BUSINESS PROBLEM: You have stacks and stacks of files of reports and audiotapes that need to be converted to digital format for electronic storage.
TECHNOLOGY SOLUTION: Dictation/Transcription Solutions
PRICING: Most solutions start at around $99 for a single license of the most basic offerings.

Product: Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10
Delivery Method: Installed software. 
Functionality: With Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10, users can dictate and edit in virtually any Windows application. They talk, and their spoken words appear instantly in documents, email, and instant messages. They can even surf the Web, navigate the desktop, launch or switch applications, save or print documents, control menus and dialogue boxes, and more just by speaking. Features include Quick Voice Formatting, the ability to understand natural language commands, an automatic punctuation option, and new graphical icons. A headset is included.
Business Benefits: Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10 is up to 20 percent more accurate than Version 9. It installs quickly and requires no special script reading. New on-screen help menus and tutorials make it easier to use, and the product adapts to the user’s voice and learns from corrections over time. Separate versions are available for the professional, medical, and legal communities.
Contact: Nuance Communications at 1-800-654-1187; www.nuance.com.

Product: Express Dictate
Delivery Method: Installed software. 
Functionality: Express Dictate is a voice-recording program that lets users send dictations to typists by email, Internet, or over an internal network using their PCs or Macs. It keeps track of work in progress and expected completion time. Users can record to .WAV, .MP3, or .DCT formats; edit with multiple recording modes, such as record-insert, record-overwrite, and record at end; attach additional files or notes to recordings; assign priority to individual dictations; and recover sent dictations. Other features include voice-activated recording, encryption, compression, and hot-key, hand, and foot-pedal controls.
Business Benefits: An easy-to-use interface will have users dictating in minutes. The application improves turnaround time and lets users work wherever they want. 
Contact: NCH Software at www.nch.com.au/express.

Product: MacSpeech Dictate
Delivery Method: Installed software.
Functionality: MacSpeech Dictate is specially designed with Nuance Communications’ speech engine for Apple’s Macintosh computers. It lets users input text, edit documents, navigate through documents or applications, and command applications with their voices. A spelling mode allows users to spell words, proper names, and acronyms with either natural language or the International Radio Alphabet.
Business Benefits: MacSpeech recognizes and understands 13 English language variations and offers specialized versions for international, medical, or legal users. It works with Microsoft Word, Adobe Photoshop, Quark XPress, and Apple’s iChat, Mail, iPhoto, Keynote, and many other applications. The product comes with a noise-canceling headset/microphone.
Contact: MacSpeech at (410) 568-3646; www.macspeech.com.

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