Speech Recognition in XP

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  1. Brett DiMichele

    Brett DiMichele Producer

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    When I ordered my PC I decided to forgo Office XP because

    I didn't feel I needed it at home. Now I am learning that

    Win XP has integrated Voice Recognition Software that I

    would love to use. And I find out it's part of Office Xp

    which I do not have.

    I guess my only options are to buy Office XP or a 3rd party

    software application like Dragon Naturally Speaking?
     
  2. Thom B

    Thom B Stunt Coordinator

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    I believe the voice recognition software can be found in the XP plus pack as well.

    T
     
  3. DanaA

    DanaA Screenwriter

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    I have XP Plus and the voice recognition there is only for the music playing program and I think it only tells the music to mute and play again. Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong though.
     
  4. Brett DiMichele

    Brett DiMichele Producer

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    I am looking for full voice command control of everything.

    I am not sure what XP Office Speech Recognition controls.

    If it only controls office functionality then I don't want

    it.

    I want to be able to control everything like "Connect to

    the Internet" "Open Favorites" "Delete Inbox Emails"

    etc..

    I may wind up just getting Dragon Naturally Speaking if

    Office XP's Speech Recognition doesn't control the things

    I want to control.
     
  5. Jeff Kleist

    Jeff Kleist Executive Producer

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    My question is why they haven't marketed a Star Trek voice package [​IMG] I'd pay $29.99 to be able to say. "Computer, log onto the Internet" and have Majel's computer voice talk back [​IMG]
     
  6. Larry Seno Jr.

    Larry Seno Jr. Supporting Actor

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    The voice recognition is GARBAGE, it doesn't work, and it has a bug. Do NOT install it. It comes with a memory leak. It will eat whatever RAM you have. You'll have a 100 meg program that does NOTHING whatsoever. Think 100 megs of constant drain on your swap file is fun? It's not. The IDEA is good, but in practice it doesn't work.
     
  7. Brett DiMichele

    Brett DiMichele Producer

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    Larry,

    are you refering to the MS version or Dragon Naturally Speaking?
     
  8. Steven K

    Steven K Supporting Actor

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    Just so you folks know, Microsoft uses Dragon (L&H, now Scansoft) technology in their ASR and TTS engines for WinXP. It's not "Dragon Naturally Speaking" but it is based (somewhat) on the DNS engine (internally, we have a name for the engine).
    I can tell you that DNS is far superior to what you will find with XP. We've just released DNS v6 and the recognition is very superior to what it was in v5 (which was already very good). Without just trying to "push" the product (I'm an engineer, not a sales guy [​IMG] ) you should try the product out and see if you like it.
    Speech recognition works much better for people with low, deep voices as opposed to people who have high voices.
     
  9. Jon_R

    Jon_R Stunt Coordinator

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    Microsoft ususally does NOT make their own products, outside of the core windows OS and office products. Take for instance their defrag with win2k/XP.. it is clearly the same defrag as Executive Software, it even shows that in the about page. Norton did the last defrag. It doesn't amaze me at all that the voice recognition is a stripped down version by Dragon. The cdr functionality in XP is built on Roxio's easy cd. Finally the Aquarium screen saver in Plus! was also ripped, I had it years ago and it looked the exact same by a shareware company. Microsoft just integrates it and makes it look like its theirs.

    I've tried extensively with older versions of DNS and had very little luck. But now that processors are faster I suppose it could become quite useful.

    Jon
     

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