Nuance has unveiled Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12, the latest release of its speech recognition and voice control tool for Windows PCs, boosting performance and adding features such as the ability to use an Android phone as a wireless microphone.
Set to ship on 16 August, but open for pre-ordering now, Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12 is the fastest and most accurate version of the speech tool yet, according to Nuance.
It builds on the existing capabilities of the Dragon product line, including its ability to capture speech input and turn it into text, or to recognise voice commands for controlling the computer itself.
The new version has a claimed 20 per cent improvement in its out-of-the-box accuracy, plus new technology that learns your preferences as you use the software.
Known as Smart Format Rules, the latter feature adapts to the way each user prefers to format their words. Dragon automatically detects word, phrase and format corrections, including abbreviations, so that dictated letters, emails and documents reflect a person's own writing style, according to the firm.
Dragon 12 has the ability to speed correction, with more likely alternate word choices in the correction list.
"With Dragon's increased accuracy, speed and more than 100 new features, the technology simply disappears and your ideas flow onto the screen in front of you," said Nuance Senior Vice President Peter Mahoney.
Dragon 12 also adds the Dragon Remote Mic App for Android smartphones. Already available for iOS devices, this app lets users turn their handset into a microphone for use with Dragon over a Wi-Fi network.
This version also has improved support for Gmail and Hotmail, offering commands for the most frequent actions in Internet Explorer 9, Firefox 12 or higher, and Google Chrome 16 or higher.
Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12 pricing starts at £79.99.
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