Speech recognition specialist Nuance has launched Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11, allowing users to create documents, send emails and surf the web with voice activated commands.
Dictation accuracy has been increased by 15 per cent compared to previous versions, according to Nuance, and a redesigned interface includes a Dragon Sidebar offering commands and tips.
New features in Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11 include consolidating multiple mouse clicks into short voice commands, such as 'Open My Pictures', Nuance said.
More complex tasks can also be voice activated, such as 'Search Amazon for Bluetooth headset' or 'Search maps for Trafalgar Square, London'.
Nuance has made it easier to format and correct words, add phrases and prevent undesired words from being recognised.
Dragon 11 can be synchronised with voice recorders for use on the move. The minimum reading time required to train the software with a digital recorder has been reduced from 15 minutes to four minutes, the firm claimed.
Peter Mahoney, senior vice president at Nuance, explained that Dragon 11 targets business people, doctors, lawyers, teachers and writers.
"Accuracy and speed has been improved, it has more commands, is easier to set up, and support has been broadened to include Office 2010, Gmail and OpenOffice, as well as notebooks and multi-core processors," he said.
Dragon 11 Home, Premium and Professional will be available from 13 August priced at £79.99, £149.99 and £549.99 respectively. Pricing for the Legal version has yet to be confirmed.
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