Dragon Dictate 2.5: Visual QuickStart Guide walks readers through how to train Dragon Dictate, allowing it to recognize the way readers speak. Readers will learn how to add specialized words and names and how to control Mac applications using their voice. The book then moves on to editing text documents, allowing readers to select, delete, capitalize and work with text. The book also covers having Dragon read text back to the user, allowing the user to proofread and edit dictated documents. Finally, the book covers more advanced topics, such as creating new voice commands for controlling Mac applications and controlling the mouse via voice commands.
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My latest Peachpit Press book, Dragon Dictate 2.5: Visual QuickStart Guide, is now widely available from all major online booksellers and in bookstores that sell computer books. You can buy it in traditional print format or as an ebook in Kindle, iBooks, NOOK, and PDF formats.
About the Book
I first became interested in Dragon Dictate when I began using the Dragon Dictation app on my iPad. I was extremely impressed by the software’s ability to understand what I was saying — without any voice recognition training. Later, I was on hand at Macworld Expo in San Francisco for a demo of the Mac OS software package, Dragon Dictate, on the show floor. I was blown away. It was exactly the kind of software I’d been dreaming about — software that could type what I said as I said it.
I bought a copy right then and there.
I started talking to Peachpit Press about a Dragon Dictate book this past spring. We contacted for it, but soon put it on the back burner so I could finish my Mac OS X book revision for Lion. When that was finished, I began working on the Dictate book. I finished it in October.
Dragon Dictate 2.5: Visual QuickStart Guide follows the usual illustrated step-by-step format that makes Visual QuickStart Guide books so popular with readers. But in addition to that, it also provides numerous tables of commands that work with Dragon Dictate. It’s these handy guides that I think are the most valuable resource in the book. I can imagine readers using a highlighter to highlight the commands they use most — that’s what I’ll be doing with my copy!
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It retails for $19.99, but I’ve seen prices as low as $14.99 (Amazon.com). The ebook is widely available for just 9.99.
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