How To Add a New User to NaturallySpeaking

Setting up a new user in Dragon NaturallySpeaking is a lot like setting up the original user: You’re off to see the New User Wizard. Invoke the wizard’s name in either of the following ways:

  • Click the New button in the Open User dialog box when NaturallySpeaking starts up.

  • From the NaturallySpeaking DragonBar, choose Profile→New User Profile from the menu.

After the New User Wizard starts up, it takes you through the same series of steps that you (may) remember from original installation: creating the user speech files, selecting the user type, audio setup, general training, and vocabulary building.

You may be able to skip over the most time-consuming part of the New User Wizard (General Training) if you already have NaturallySpeaking user files that you trained on another machine or with another copy of NaturallySpeaking.

If the user you want to add isn’t really new to NaturallySpeaking but is just new to that copy of NaturallySpeaking on a different (or new) computer, you will have to transfer your user files to the new computer.

Getting a new computer can be fun. Everything runs faster, the hard drive is bigger, it may cause you to get a bunch of fun, new apps that you can play with, and the screen is cleaner than your old screen ever was. But just like moving to a new neighborhood, moving to a new machine means going through a period of uncertainty as you wonder whether all your possessions will make it in one piece or whether you have to leave anything behind.

Or maybe it isn't a brand-spanking-new machine. Maybe you’ve just decided that your NaturallySpeaking assistant should follow you onto your office computer or home computer, or vice versa.

In either case, the two main possessions that you would like to wrap in plastic and move to the new machine are your NaturallySpeaking software and your user files.

Owning a copy of NaturallySpeaking entitles you to have multiple User Profiles of your own voice (for example, from different sources) on your computer. You can also install it on your other computers if you don’t use them simultaneously. You are also allowed to enable two or more people to use NaturallySpeaking on your single computer and keep separate profiles for each person.

When you install NaturallySpeaking, the activation process will follow how many computers you install it on. If you run over your allotted amount, you will have to uninstall one to load it onto a new one. See the Nuance website for more information on licensing users and activation.

Because you already ran the New User Wizard when you installed NaturallySpeaking on the new machine, you don’t need to do it again. The next time you start NaturallySpeaking, it knows about the existence of your newly transferred user. What it hasn’t done is calibrate the audio system of this machine for your voice.

Open your new User Profile from the Open User dialog box that appears when NaturallySpeaking starts. (If you don’t see the Open User dialog box, it means that your new user is the only one NaturallySpeaking knows about, so it opened that user without asking.)

NaturallySpeaking realizes on its own that the Audio Setup Wizard hasn’t been run for this user. When it offers you the opportunity to run Audio Setup, click Yes.

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