Dragon requires programs on the Mac to grant it Full Text Control – not a problem in TextEdit but a nightmare in, say, Scrivener. This video shows you how to deal with these issues and stop your cursor going crazy when making corrections.
Another day… another tip!
Smartphones are terrific for recording audio files anywhere that can be transcribed later. The problem? Some built-in mics are patchy and high-quality external headsets guaranteed to be compatible are hard to come by.
The solution? Use a USB mic or headset. This can be handy if you already use a quality USB mic and want to take it with you on your travels. With an OTG cable or Lightning Adapter, you’ll be transcribing with your smartphone at sky-high accuracy levels in no time.
Welcome to Day 1 of “7 Days of Dragon Tips”!
Bluetooth microphones are compact, convenient and extremely portable. They free you from messy wires and big, bulky headsets so, in theory, they should be a dream come true for using with Dragon. Right?
If you’ve read my book “The Writer’s Guide to Training Your Dragon“, you’ll know the answer is ‘probably not’. I don’t generally recommend using Bluetooth headsets with Dragon and, in the video above, I explain why.
Don’t get me wrong – there are some exceptions. Sennheiser make a number of excellent Bluetooth headsets that work very well with Dragon (links below for those interested) but they work best when using the ‘Far Field’ algorithm that needs to be manually selected when setting up a Dragon profile. One issue with this? It only works with North American accents.
In short, unless you desperately want to use Bluetooth for some reason, you may be better off sticking with a much cheaper (and probably better performing) wired headset.
Check back tomorrow for another tip!
Quick Cheats for Writing With Dragon
Hidden Tricks to Help You Dictate Your Book, Work Anywhere and Set Your Words Free with Speech Recognition
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No jargon. No confusion. Just solid, fail-safe tips for writers to take their dictation to the next level.
This mini-guide will help you choose the right microphone, transcribe on-the-go with Dragon and put you on the path to sky-high word counts. You will also learn little-known tricks, such as:
– Dictating into programs Dragon doesn’t support – such as Scrivener;
– Preventing a crash from taking your dictated text with it;
– Creating a “Quiet Profile” for when you need to dictate without disturbing others;
– Using the same profile on multiple computers – and keeping it updated;
– Running your desktop Dragon app on an iPad or Android tablet – anywhere, anytime.
Designed to get you up-and-running with this powerful software in no time, “Quick Cheats for Writing with Dragon” may make you want to never look at a keyboard again!
Using Speech Recognition Software to Dictate Your Book and Supercharge Your Writing Workflow
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– Hidden tricks to use when installing Dragon NaturallySpeaking on a Windows PC or Dragon Dictate for Mac;
– How to choose the right microphone and set it up perfectly for speech recognition;
– The little-known techniques that will ensure around 99% accuracy from your first install – and how to make this even better over time;
– Setting up failsafe dictation profiles with multiple microphones and voice recorders, without impacting your accuracy;
– How to train the software to adapt to you and avoid your accuracy declining;
– Strategies for achieving your entire daily word count in just one or two hours;
– Many more tips and tricks you won’t find anywhere else.
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