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Re: [LUG] OT: Dragon Naturally Speaking


On 30/01/14 18:46, Julian Hall wrote:

> Thanks Bad :)  I'm transcribing the diary of an army officer from WWII
> for a local museum, so DNS is ideal for the purpose, and it's worked
> fine for two weeks but stuffed up twice today.  I never mind things
> breaking /if/ I know how to fix them.  I don't like when they break and
> spontaneously fix themselves (as it now has the second time) for the
> obvious reason I won't know how to fix it if it does it again.
> I'll have a look at the link and let you know.
> Cheers,
> Julian

No problem - your transcription sounds interesting. Dragon is a really
cool piece of software, when it works properly, and an absolute
nightmare when it decides to mess with you: and of course, as you point
out, running exclusively on Mac/Win, it's a giant pain in the arse to
fix when it goes wrong. The hours of training required to get it up to
speed are of course it's Achilles heel, especially when it's the
insanely expensive medical specialist version that after months of
training can even decipher the visiting Pakistani surgeon's dubious
English pronunciation of "transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic
shunt"... It also reminds me a bit of the nightmare we had when the
customised word.dot template we used for the medical secretaries
complete with a ~10k custom wordlist for all the drugs and medical
procedures used to blow up sometimes and all dictation transcription
would grind to a total halt. When you really depend on a tool and it
goes kaput you realise just how useful it was.

In my experience profile corruption is the usual suspect, and is usually
fixable. Good luck!


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