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It is a pleasure to sit in front of my computer talking to Dragon like an old friend. 
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Dragon NaturallySpeaking Home Edition

Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.5 Home speech recognition software lets you interact with your PC just by talking! It understands what you say and how you say it. Simply speak words and they appear on the screen - three times faster than typing - with no typos. Tell your PC what to do and it does it. Use Dragon Home with your favourite applications to dictate reports, send email, surf the Web, download music, update Facebook and more. For everything you do at home or school, there's no easier or more enjoyable way to get more done faster. Once you start using Dragon, you'll wonder how you managed without it.


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Stop typing, start talking

Just say words and watch them appear on your computer screen - three times faster than typing - with up to 99% accuracy right out of the box. Dragon can learn the words you say every day, including acronyms and proper names. It even gets to know your voice better over time for increased recognition accuracy.

Speak and the PC obeys

Dragon eliminates the need to navigate menu options or type in keywords so you get more done faster. Just tell Dragon what to do and it does it. Control applications or edit and format text using simple voice commands like "Open Microsoft Word", "Show my photos", "Bold that", "Bracket that" or "Center the row".

Multitask like never before

Dragon Voice Shortcuts make it faster and easier than ever to create email or search the Web or desktop for specific information or resources.

  • Send an email to multiple friends by saying, "Send email to John Smith and Caroline Sanchez". Dragon automatically opens Microsoft® Outlook®, creates a new email and enters the correct email addresses for you.
  • Say commands like "Search the Web for low-fat lasagna recipe" or "Search maps for Trinity College, Oxford, UK" and Dragon returns the results.
  • Quickly post to Twitter or Facebook with a simple voice command.

Transform ideas into text at the speed of thought

With Dragon, typing, spelling or fear of the blank page won't slow you down. Dragon keeps up with your mind, instantly transforming ideas into text - with no spelling mistakes. Just say what you mean instead of struggling with the keyboard or worrying about spelling. Now you can focus more on the content of your writing and less on the mechanics of typing.

Easy to use

  • Simple installation gets you up and running in minutes
  • The Dragon Sidebar puts important voice commands and tips in one desktop location for at-a-glance convenience
  • On-screen help and tutorials make it faster and easier to complete tasks by voice
  • Works with most Windows-based applications
  • Comfortable hands-free interaction lets you control your PC without being constrained by the keyboard.

What’s New

With improved accuracy and faster performance, amazing technology advances, and powerful new voice commands, Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11 delivered a faster, better and simply smarter speech recognition solution. In the year since Dragon 11's release, Nuance has continued to explore ways to make the software even easier to use. The result is Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.5 (a free upgrade for version 11 customers), a point release that is jam-packed with new product features and improvements to existing capabilities.

Version 11.5 makes it easier to configure Dragon for usage with a digital recorder when you're away from your computer. New voice commands, such as the ability to post to Facebook and Twitter by voice along with new formatting and editing commands, help version 11.5 customers get more done on their computers. Version 11.5 also adds support for the latest new applications and operating systems, and it incorporates user interface and usability enhancements to user profile creation, the Dragon Sidebar, the correction process, and more!

Time-Saving Voice Commands

  • New Facebook and Twitter Commands: Users can easily update Facebook by saying "Post to Facebook", "Post to Facebook [text]," or "Post that to Facebook." Tweets are quickly captured by voice: a user selects dictated or typed text (via mouse or voice command), and says "Post that to Twitter." Additional Twitter commands include "Tweet [text]" (English only) and "Post to Twitter [text]." 
  • New Text Formatting Commands: The new "Quote that" and "Bracket that" commands can be applied to the last utterance or current selection. In addition, the new "Empty Quotes" and "Empty Brackets" commands can be used if a customer knows ahead of time the next utterance should be quoted/bracketed.

Improved Correcting and Editing

  • Handling Multiple Matches in Text: Dragon 11 introduced the ability to quickly and easily apply correcting, formatting and editing commands to one or all items when the command could apply to multiple instances of text. Version 11.5 introduces a new "Undo all" command. The new command is active only immediately after the user gives a "Choose all" command.
  • More Usable Spelling Window: The Spelling Window (allowing users to type or spell out something Dragon was not able to transcribe) is now resizable horizontally and delivers more readable options for alternate words and phrases, making it easier for users to modify or correct text.

User Interface and Usability Enhancements

  • Revised Dragon Sidebar: Introduced in Version11, the Dragon Sidebar helps users to discover and remember common commands by enabling them to glance at or explore global commands (including mouse commands), application-specific commands and custom-created commands, as well as tips. The Dragon Sidebar's contents change depending on what window is currently active. Version 11.5 delivers additional application contexts to the Sidebar (including WordPad, Vocabulary Editor and Command Browser) and layout improvements to maximize content and readability. To encourage more users to take advantage of this helpful "desktop assistant," version 11.5 adds a link in the Sidebar to the Dragon Tutorial (English only). 
  • More usable toolbar (the DragonBar): The DragonBar, revised to improve usability in Version11, gathers Dragon's indicators, icons and written messages. Version 11.5 adds a link to the Tech Support website from the DragonBar's Help menu so that customers can more quickly and easily address technical questions and concerns.

Getting Started with Dragon is Faster and Easier

  • Faster and Easier to Create a User Profile: User profile creation was redesigned in Version11 to be simple and conversational. Version 11.5 user interface enhancements make it more clear how users can improve accuracy by having Dragon analyze existing documents. Version 11.5 also improves system messages regarding scheduled program tasks (such as Accuracy Tuning), making it easier for users to take advantage of these features. The new system messages list requirements for tasks to run, explain how to change scheduled tasks and provide direct access to online help.
  • Enhanced Profile Upgrade Wizard: Version 11.5 helps existing customers realize how many profiles will be upgraded. Customers are encouraged to run Accuracy Tuning to be sure the highest levels of recognition accuracy are carried over to the upgraded user profile.

Enhanced Software Support

  • Internet Explorer 9: Building on existing compatibility with Internet Explorer, Dragon 11.5 introduces new commands that leverage new capabilities within the latest version of Internet Explorer, released in March 2011. New commands include "Pin this [web] site | page" which creates an icon for the current web site on the Start menu, and "Go to [the] one box [bar]" since Internet Explorer 9 uses the address bar for URLs and searches.
  • Windows Live Mail 2011 (V15): Dragon 11.5 offers the same level of support offered for Windows Live Mail 2009 (V14).
  • OpenOffice Writer version 3.3: Support for OpenOffice Writer, which was launched with Dragon 11, includes dictation, correction, selection, and playback. Dragon 11.5 extends this support to the latest version of OpenOffice Writer, released in January 2011. 
  • Operating Systems: Dragon 11.5 supports Windows 7 SP1 (released February 2011) and supports Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 (released February 2011).

Key Benefits

Stop typing, start talking

Say words and watch them appear on your screen in Word, WordPerfect, Outlook and more - three times faster than typing - with up to 99% recognition accuracy right out of the box.

Express yourself

Transform ideas into text at the speed of thought; don't let typing or spelling slow you down.

Say it, do it

Tell your PC what to do, such as "Search maps for financial advisors in London" and it does it. Dragon understands and obeys your voice commands. It even gets to know you better over time so recognition accuracy keeps increasing.

Sit back, relax and get stuff done

Control your PC in a comfortable, hands-free mode without being frustrated by your keyboard and mouse.

Use your favourite applications

Dictate documents, send email and instant messages, search and surf the Web and more -- using just your voice.

Get personal

Dragon adapts to your voice and the words you use. You can even personalise Dragon with your own word lists of acronyms, proper names and other unique phrases.

Have fun at your PC

Dragon is easy to install and fun to use. It changes the way you interact with your computer for the better so you can get more done faster and get on with your life.

System Requirements

The install process checks that your system meets the minimum requirements; if they are not met, Dragon NaturallySpeaking will not be installed.

  • CPU: minimum 1 GHz Intel® Pentium® or equivalent AMD processor or 1.66 GHz Intel® Atom® processor. We recommend 1.8 GHz Intel Dual Core or equivalent AMD processor. (IMPORTANT: SSE2 instruction set required) 
  • Processor Cache: minimum 512 KB. We recommend 2 MB.
  • Free hard disk space: 2.5 GB
  • Supported Operating Systems:
    • Microsoft Windows 7, 32-bit and 64-bit
    • Microsoft Windows Vista SP1 and SP2, 32-bit and 64-bit
    • Microsoft Windows XP SP2 and SP3, 32-bit only
    • Windows Server 2003 and 2008, SP1, SP2 and R2, 32-bit and 64-bit
  • RAM: minimum 1 GB for Windows XP and Windows Vista and 2 GB for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2003/2008. We recommend 2 GB RAM for Windows XP and Windows Vista and 4 GB for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2003/2008 64-bit.
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 or higher (free download at
  • Creative® Labs Sound Blaster® 16 or equivalent sound card supporting 16-bit recording
  • DVD-ROM drive required for installation
  • Nuance-approved noise-cancelling headset microphone (included in purchase). See details at (includes Bluetooth microphones, recorders and Tablet PCs).

*This edition of Dragon does not support dictation directly into Electronic Medical Record (EMR) systems. For EMR support, please use Dragon Medical Edition.