Pros When you need to write a long e-mail or transcribe something you have written out on paper, Dragon works wonderfully.
Cons Whenever you are doing something that does not include the context of grammar and full sentences, Dragon breaks down in ugly ways.
Summary I find it really does recognize my words 95% of the time; I'm using it Dragon 9 Professional right now to write this, and it is saving me a tremendous amount of typing. I have repetitive strain injury, so I simply could not use the computer otherwise. But Dragon simply isn't there yet when it comes to common computer tasks such as browsing the Internet, filling in forms, switching between programs, or (God forbid) copying something from one program to another, Dragon is not only cumbersome, it simply does not work much of the time. A typical monologue: "Page up." (Nothing happens) "Page up." (Nothing happens) "Page up!" (Dragon recognizes 'page' and opens the 'Page' menu. "Aargh!" (I hit the page up key myself). Case in point: while typing this I could not get Dragon to stop opening menus, and even randomly took me to a completely different webpage so that I lost this text. Then it simply stopped transcribing my words. I ended up having to type half of this.
Pros NOTHING AT ALL
Cons it doesn't work with word 2007. It is poorly compatable with Vista. Tech. support is the worst in the industry
Summary I have owned all the Dragon products. This 10 is not nearly as good as the previous 9.5. Incompatible with Vista and Word 2007. It constantly requires you to create new users and new user files. They brought out a Version 10 just to sell software. Huge waste of time.I got gypped when I bought it. Tech support was not only not helpful, but totally incomprehensible, insulting and nasty. I absolutely un-recomend this wretched regression. Shame on the swine that made it. I want my money back. I went back to and am using 9.5 Pierrino Mascarino 323-276-8984 firstname.lastname@example.org
Pros The software is ingenious. I cannot understand why no one challenges Nuance.
Cons Terribly unreliable and Nuance support is unknowing.
Summary I have used a number of Nuance products and there are unreliable. Easier to just type it...agggsorry They are not there...ha
Updated on Oct 1, 2011
Pros Word, Excel, Adobe Acrobat, web-based EDI, government payments online, QuickBooks, surveys, AOL, and Internet Explorer. Each has its ups and downs, overall it's a lifesaver.Can finally get my work done without having to stop because of pain.
Cons Mostly navigation problems in folders and subfolders. Works intermittently in Facebook. All commands do not work in Adobe Acrobat. Inserting in existing text can be irritating..especially combining keyboard with DNS.
Summary Windows navigation... I'm not having a lot of luck with that. Complicated program names, 50+ shortcuts on my taskbar. Folders and subfolders. Complicated program names. I'm still having to use my hands to get to the files that I need to open and save.
Excel...working pretty good after building macros. Anything that has shortcut keys can have macros in DNS. Very good at industry-specific nomenclature after training (use edit vocabulary). Able to train "on the fly"and keep working. Very good at data input, although it could be faster at moving between cells.
Adobe Acrobat ... fair to middling, I think that's why they sell their own PDF software.
I don't think you could entirely use this hands-free. But the use of hands is minimal after several weeks of training. Just be ready to jump in with your hands if it gets stuck. So far it looks like the time it takes to do a task is about the same for me, but I could see where it would be a timesaver for people who don't have advanced typing skills.
I can only use it is for basic commands in image editing software.
This program is a memory eater, we are still on XP here and I have my memory bumped up as high as it can go. I have to power down and reboot every day. Usually when it starts messing up, it's time to reboot.
Overall it's worth buying, especially if it saves you on medical Bills.
The best advice I can give is to take it home and train it for a few weeks before you try to take it to work. That will save you a lot of frustration, and you'll be able to start working right away.
I expect it to continue to improve as I continue to train it.