Why use VoiceComputer
First, all third-party applications that work with Dragon NaturallySpeaking have their pros and cons. For example, whether you're using KnowBrainer, ShowNumbers Plus!, Vocola/Natlink/NatPython, VoiceComputer 12, or any other third party add-in or add-on, not everyone uses all the features and capabilities of any of these. In some cases it depends upon your skill and knowledge of scripting and/or programming. In other words, we only use those features and capabilities that apply to our unique situation and needs or based on our level of knowledge and understanding. The human brain is not capable of memorizing or remembering thousands of scripts, features, or commands. Does that make any of these third-party applications less useful? Certainly not. It does however, present a quandary to those who are trying to figure out whether or not one of these third-party applications is useful for their needs by virtue of the number of commands or features in all of these.
Second, the old saying "One person's trash is another person's treasure" is no less true of any of the third-party applications available for use with Dragon NaturallySpeaking. The value of any third party application rests in the needs of the user vs. the capabilities of the application.
Third, what makes VoiceComputer different lies in the fact that it is complete, easy to use, comprehensive, makes Dragon NaturallySpeaking virtually 100% hands-free, and contains features that: (a) require no programming experience, and (b) cover a broader range of capabilities than any of the other third-party applications compatible with Dragon NaturallySpeaking. In other words, it is unique.
In addition, VoiceComputer works identically in both Dragon NaturallySpeaking and Windows Speech Recognition (WSR); something that no other third party application does without running a different format or application version. Whether you're using Dragon NaturallySpeaking or Windows Speech Recognition (WSR) the features and functions are exactly the same and require no additional learning. Further, it's just a simple matter of switching between Dragon and Windows Speech Recognition (WSR). No additional learning is necessary and you can have both Dragon and Windows Speech Recognition (WSR) open simultaneously, with the only requirement that you switch between versions of VoiceComputer, a simple process which is easily automated.
Another issue is what do you do when you need technical support or help on a particular problem? Do you call Nuance technical support? That's a rhetorical question, the answer to which is something that I think every user knows. Do you post the problem and ask for help on one of the forums? How long do you have to wait for an answer and what happens if you need an answer now?
VoiceComputer contains a complete, totally interactive help system on virtually all issues related to Dragon NaturallySpeaking, as well as using VoiceComputer, that you can pull up side-by-side with whatever it is that you're currently working on, or application that you're working in, and answers questions and/or provides demos and tutorials, as well as lessons. If you need help on ANY topic, all you have to do is to ask for it in a natural manner in much the same way that you would pose the same question to a trainer or technical support person. The only problem with this is that it keeps us at VoiceTeach on our toes to make sure that all of these interactive help screens and information is completely up to date. In addition, any user of VoiceComputer who discovers a problem or the need to update any particular information in our interactive help system can ask and we will fix it, amend it, or add it as quickly as possible. Sometimes we can do this virtually immediately, and sometimes it can take us a few days. Nevertheless, we update VoiceComputer as often and as frequently as possible, necessary, or based on user needs and requests. Regardless, if you need help, with VoiceComputer you can get it immediately, instead of having to wait for a "trainer", technical support , or an answer from one of the forums. In addition, we try as best we can to keep our forum (VoiceComputer) up to date and answer your questions ASAP, usually almost immediately.
Lastly, many of the features of VoiceComputer are patented and things that you won't find in any other third party application. VoiceComputer is perfectly compatible with KnowBrainer. However, it is not compatible with Vocola et al. Unlike KnowBrainer, VoiceComputer is not a scripting language. All the commands and features in VoiceComputer are available immediately as soon as you install it and configure it. In addition, we provide you with a very simple, straightforward, and comprehensive manner of creating VoiceShortcuts, which is different than scripting because it only takes two steps. All you have to do is to give it a command name and enter a single command line in the wizard. It generally takes about 10 to 30 seconds to create and/or modify a VoiceShortcut. And, you can easily add any new ones that you need or delete those that you no longer need or use. VoiceComputer gives you simple flexibility to make it work the way you need it to work and find the things that you need to learn and/or understand quickly and easily, when you need it, the it's two o'clock in the afternoon or three o'clock in the morning. VoiceComputer never sleeps.
Many years ago when I was Technical Product Manager and SDK Project Manager for Dragon NaturallySpeaking, one of my main functions was to go all over the country, Asia, and Europe, giving demonstrations. Because I used it virtually 100% of the time trying to stay away from the mouse and keyboard, I got to the point where I couldn't work without it. Now having been the Technical Project manager for VoiceComputer for the last several years, I've arrived at the same point. Working without VoiceComputer (i.e., with Dragon NaturallySpeaking alone) is like pulling a 10 ton load up a 60Â° incline with a bicycle. Using Dragon without VoiceComputer is the most frustrating thing that I can possibly conceive of. I'm not only the VoiceTeach Technical Project Manager, I'm also a client. From my own personal perspective, I find it too frustrating and time-consuming to work without it.
So, why use VoiceComputer? Simply put, if you don't, you're working harder, not smarter. VoiceComputer will increase your productivity by 50% or more. It will give you more time to do more of the things that you need to do so that you have more time to do the things you want to do. Yes, I'm tooting my own horn so to speak, but I can tell you from personal experience and use that I can get done in eight hours with Dragon and VoiceComputer what would normally take me 12 to 16 hours with Dragon alone.
Nevertheless, you don't have to take my word for it, look at what other VoiceComputer users on this forum are saying. If you're still not convinced, get a full working trial version and see for yourself. You'll wonder what you ever did without it, and you can take that to the bank.
The collection of threads in this topic are designed to answer questions and discuss topics related to VoiceComputer that current users should find useful. However, that's not the only purpose. We also want those who are visiting the forum who are not using VoiceComputer to understand what it can do for them. Please feel free to ask questions about specific topics and/or issues as we go along. I will be glad to respond and/or answer any posts. Even if you're not using VoiceComputer, feel free to register and join the forum so that you can ask questions and get our answers and responses. I will be adding to this topic every day.Chucker2012-12-19 07:04:12