Create and Manage Users in NaturallySpeaking

If several people use your NaturallySpeaking software, or if you dictate using different words or writing styles, you may need multiple users. Here’s why and how to create and manage those users.

NaturallySpeaking can’t understand strangers well, and sometimes it can’t even understand you well, if something about you changes: the way you use words or the way you sound. You may also sound different because of the environments or microphones you work with at any given time.

NaturallySpeaking understands only those who have officially introduced themselves as users and gone through a training process to create User Profiles.

Here are four reasons why you may want to make more than one User Profile for yourself:

  • You use different vocabularies or writing styles for different tasks.

  • You use different microphones for different tasks (say, a cordless and a wired microphone).

  • You want to use different NaturallySpeaking options for different tasks. For instance, you may want to turn off certain features to save memory when using NaturallySpeaking with big applications. (See Chapter 3 for instructions.) Option choices are part of the definition of a user.

  • You have a laptop or other hardware and use it in two or more distinct environments (noisy/quiet, outdoors/indoors, in bed/in the pool, and so on).

The drawback of having more than one user per person is the extra training of NaturallySpeaking that the person must do. Each user maintains personal own training and experience, starting with the initial “audio” training that you must repeat for each user.

The same holds true for ongoing training. If you use the phrase “boogie-woogie” in both your personal and professional lives, for instance, not only do you have a very interesting life, but you have to train both users so that Dragon NaturallySpeaking recognizes the phrase.

You can change or broaden NaturallySpeaking’s definition of a user, however. You don’t have to have a separate user for, say, when you have a head cold. Instead, you run General Training. NaturallySpeaking will add its “head cold” experience to its previous experience of your voice. It will do better the next time you are sneezy (or grumpy or both).

Likewise, if you run the Audio Setup Wizard, NaturallySpeaking changes the microphone volume to adapt to any change in microphone position. You can train a single user to broadly cover all the types of writing you do, too. The problem with broadening a user definition is that overall accuracy will go down to the same degree that you have distinctly different situations.

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