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Record First, Transcribe Later with Dragon NaturallySpeaking

Dragon NaturallySpeaking gives you the option of recording first and transcribing later. One of the nice things about recording on a portable recorder is that you can sit there talking into a little box in your hand (a recorder). It doesn’t strain your eyes or cramp your fingers.

The second advantage of recording first and transcribing later is that, surprisingly, it’s often more accurate. Because your recorder provides a digital audio file, NaturallySpeaking’s transcription doesn’t have to keep up with your rate of speech. It can take its time and read your speech from the file at its own rate. As a result, it will be more accurate.

The disadvantage of recording first and then transcribing is that you don’t get to correct NaturallySpeaking on the fly. As a result, you may find that you have to make the same correction repeatedly throughout your document. Subsequent documents will, however, benefit from your corrections.

One fantasy to shoot down right now is the one in which you transcribe meetings using your recorder and NaturallySpeaking. One problem is that NaturallySpeaking has to be trained to each speaker's voice. What’s more, the acoustic environment for meetings is invariably far too poor to get a decent recording from even one person. Besides, who really wants everything he said in a meeting to appear in a transcription?!

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