Dragon has been the leading name in speech recognition technology for decades. Some of us who have been around a while started using their original product, DragonDictate, in the early 90’s. The current Dragon products are light years ahead of the early versions.
At its most basic level, Dragon’s speech recognition software lets users talk to their computers and have the text appear on screen in editable format, such as a Microsoft Word document or an Outlook email message. Nearly everyone can speak faster than they can type. The results are magical – not to mention a huge boost to productivity. At its more robust level, you can really automate tasks and redundant text with custom commands.
For years, there has been a large price gap between the consumer (Home and Premium) and business (Legal and Professional) editions of Dragon NaturallySpeaking. The consumer versions were often $150 or less and worked fine for casual home use. The business editions were $500 and up.
This gap presented a quandary for solo and small firm attorneys and legal staff. While they could benefit significantly from the added features of the Legal or Professional editions, they were reluctant to spend five or more times more than the cost of the consumer edition to get those features.
The gap has now been bridged with Dragon Professional Individual, a new edition that costs about half of the previous business editions. The retail price of Dragon Professional Individual is $300. But until September 30, 2015, owners of Dragon NaturallySpeaking Premium v12 and up can upgrade to Dragon Professional Individual for only $99.99. The special upgrade pricing is not available online – please contact us for information on purchasing. The regular upgrade price from Premium v12 is $200.
With this new edition, solo and small firm lawyers can get the benefits of the business/legal-oriented Professional edition of Dragon for just a little more than the cost of the consumer-oriented Premium Edition.
Dragon Professional Individual isn’t the only new product from Nuance designed to help busy professionals. This fall, Dragon Anywhere, an app for Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS devices, will be introduced. It will allow lawyers to use their smart phones and tablets to take detailed notes or dictate and edit documents of any length. Especially important to lawyers, it will allow creation of customized vocabularies, shortcuts, and commands. Dragon Anywhere will be available as a subscription service. Prices have not yet been announced.