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Nuance Unveils Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12, Delivering Unprecedented Accuracy and Speed for Voice Recognition on the PC

With More Than 100 New Features and Enhancements, Dragon 12 Turns Talk into Text Faster and More Accurately than Ever to help Users Stay Creative and Productive Just by Speaking

London, UK, July 26, 2012 – Nuance Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN) today unveiled Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12, the fastest, most accurate and easy-to-use version of Dragon yet, with more than 100 new features and enhancements that will let users stop typing and start talking, and get more done in less time than ever before.

Dragon NaturallySpeaking brings voice recognition to the PC and allows individuals to simply talk to create content and control a computer. Dragon’s powerful voice recognition software ignites new levels of productivity and convenience by enabling people to interact with and control their PC, cruise through email, update Facebook in seconds, surf the Web and create reports – just by speaking.

Dragon voice recognition is everywhere – from PCs, to mobile devices, to cars and even living rooms – changing the way that people work, communicate, create and live. Dragon is already used by millions of people worldwide and is the core technology powering an innovative portfolio of voice technologies for consumers and manufacturers, including Dragon Dictation, Dragon Go!, Dragon TV, Dragon Drive! and Dragon ID.

Dragon 12 now boasts a 20 percent improvement to out-of-the-box accuracy, faster performance and new technology that learns your preferences as you use the software. Further, Dragon 12 works better than ever with Gmail and Hotmail, and extends the free Dragon Remote Microphone App experience to Android, turning compatible Android phones into a wireless microphone for Dragon for PC.

“Dragon 12 is a remarkable leap forward in voice recognition technology. 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 Peter Mahoney, Chief Marketing Officer for Nuance and Senior Vice President, General Manager, Dragon. “Voice is transforming the way people engage with their PCs, tablets, phones, TVs and cars. And with Nuance’s Dragon at the heart of it, people are experiencing faster, simpler, more natural ways to communicate with the world around them.”

Significant New Features Include:

Fast, Accurate and Easy – Nothing Comes between Users and their Words

With significant accuracy improvements – up to 20% out-of-the-box over Version 11- Dragon 12 further personalises and simplifies the PC experience to help them get more done, faster than ever.

A new interactive tutorial is available to walk people through fun exercises that demonstrate best practices for dictating, editing and formatting to get up and running quickly. And, taking advantage of the latest multi-core processors in today’s PCs, Dragon truly works at the speed of sound.

The More You Use Dragon, The More it Gets to Know You

Dragon has long adapted to a person’s preferred style of writing as well as the audio characteristics of their voice including pitch, speaking style, accents and even speech impediments. With Dragon 12, the experience is further personalised with Smart Format Rules, a new technology that adapts to the way the user prefers to format their words. Dragon automatically detects word, phrase and format corrections, including abbreviations, numbers and more, so dictated letters, emails and documents reflect a person’s own writing style every time. Dragon also now offers the ability to correct words and phrases even faster and easier, with more words and more likely alternate word choices in the correction list. Further, Dragon 12 reminds users to adapt their profile’s vocabulary based on any documents or emails of their choosing – so the words and phrases each person uses the most are recognised every time.

Gmail and Hotmail – Dragon’s Got Them Covered

Dragon 12 now works even better with two of the most popular web-based email applications — Gmail and Hotmail — offering Full Text Control and commands for the most frequent actions in Internet Explorer 9, Mozilla Firefox 12 or higher and Google Chrome 16 or higher.

No Wires Necessary – Enhanced Wideband Bluetooth and Dragon Remote Mic App for Android Improve Wireless Options for Dragon

Dragon 12 features support for the Dragon Remote Mic App for iOS and now for Android devices. Users can quickly and easily turn their mobile phone into a microphone for use with Dragon over a WiFi network using the free Dragon Remote Mic app. Dragon 12 also features enhanced support for wideband 16KHZ Bluetooth wireless headset microphones, providing increased accuracy through a higher-quality audio signal. When Dragon detects that a certified microphone is paired with the PC, Dragon 12 offers “Enhanced Bluetooth” as an audio source type. The improved audio quality eliminates the requirement for Bluetooth users to do initial voice training, allowing them to get started faster than ever (Bluetooth and Enhanced Bluetooth support available in Premium edition and higher).

Dragon Reads Back with Natural Text-to-Speech

Dragon 12’s natural-sounding Text-to-Speech reads editable text—with fast-forward, rewind, speed and volume control—for easy proofing and multi-tasking.

Additional features include:

  • Enriched Performance Assistant
  • Richer Help Menu
  • Full Text Control with Dictation Box
  • More Ways to Customize Options
  • New Voice Commands

“We are continuously challenging ourselves to make the world’s best voice recognition software even better,” said Vlad Sejnoha, Chief Technology Officer, Nuance. “We’ve risen to that challenge with Dragon 12, with significant enhancements to our voice recognition engine. With its improved ability to take advantage of multi-core processors for maximum speed and accuracy, and its ability to learn formatting preferences for an even more personalised experience, Dragon for the PC has never been more powerful.” 

For a full list of all the new features and capabilities in Dragon 12, visit http://www.nuance.co.uk/dragon/whats-new-version-12/index.htm

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Availability

Dragon® NaturallySpeaking® 12 is available for pre-order immediately starting at £79.99.

through Nuance’s website as well as its global network of reseller partners, software retailers and professional sales organisations. Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12 will begin shipping on 16th August 2012. For additional information about features, editions, pricing and volume licensing programs, please visit http://www.nuance.co.uk.

About Nuance Communications, Inc.

Nuance Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN) is a leading provider of voice and language solutions for businesses and consumers around the world. Its technologies, applications and services make the user experience more compelling by transforming the way people interact with devices and systems. Every day, millions of users and thousands of businesses experience Nuance’s proven applications. For more information, please visit http://www.nuance.co.uk.

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