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Posted - 04/20/2005 :  07:14:35  Show Profile
Has anyone tried it and if so, how successful were you?




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Posted - 04/20/2005 :  09:49:29  Show Profile
Well. I tried IBM's Via Voice but haven't gotten past the training session you need to give it. Will let you know when that happens.

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Posted - 04/20/2005 :  20:04:00  Show Profile  Visit Terry's Homepage
Hi Mary,
What I have read and heard about XP's voice recognition capability is that it is onerous at best! Dragon Naturally Speaking is touted as the best voice recognition software available, with IBM's ViaVoice falling somewhere in-between.
Each of them must be taught to recognize the user's voice and inflection.

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Posted - 04/20/2005 :  20:32:44  Show Profile
I have ViaVoice. It did a fair job after the voice training and was fun but correcting the mistakes was a bit time consuming. If I couldn't physically type I could use it but haven't for a long time. As far as your question,it was about file saving wasn't it--I do not know about that.
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Posted - 04/21/2005 :  07:34:42  Show Profile
No, I have not used XP's voice recognition. However, if you're working with someone who wants to use it/try it, another consideration is the quality of the microphone. I think all of the voice recognition programs work better if the person has a good quality microphone to transmit their voice. The Plantronics headsets get high marks.

Just my $.02.
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Posted - 04/21/2005 :  22:32:59  Show Profile  Visit Mick's Homepage
I used it a while back, with the stuff built-in to office XP (Word 2002?) anyway, I think a lot depends on your speaking voice, the noise in the room, and the mic as Sarah mentioned. Sample results here:


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