Dragon Premium is targeted at home users and students who need a core set of features to enable them to complete some of their activities by voice, for example an essay or responding to a few emails. There is very limited customisability and no ability to create new voice commands beyond basic text input.
Dragon Professional is targeted at people who need to use speech recognition for most of their day to complete business-related activities or to improve the accessibility of Microsoft Windows by voice. You might need to create an entire Word document, or dictate a new webpage for the company website, enter data into Microsoft Excel, execute a series of repetitive tasks, enter data into an online database, or to reply to dozens of emails each day. These sorts of activities can be done much quicker with Dragon Professional. This is because not only does it have a larger vocabulary which can be managed to suit the individual’s requirements and the corporate needs, but you can create commands with Dragon Professional. You cannot create commands with Dragon Premium.
Imagine if you have limited mobility due to an injury from an accident. With Dragon Professional you could create a command that moves the mouse and clicks on a specific button in the database program that you use at work. You could not create this command with Dragon Premium. You would have to use a mouse and this may not be possible for many people.
Imagine if you’re a lawyer who often repeats the same series of paragraphs for a particular type of legal case. It can be very onerous to continually retype or even cut-and-paste the same words over and over again . With Dragon Professional you can assign a voice command that will generate this standard response with the simple phrase. This greatly accelerates productivity and reduces the workload for the solicitor.
Dragon Professional allows you to manage your user profile via the network. This means that you could have Dragon Professional installed on more than one computer and it doesn’t matter which PC you log on to for that day, you will be using the same voice profile. This profile will contain your acoustic information and your specific corporate vocabulary. So as you train the software and it becomes more accurate, this information is saved as single profile on the network. The company IT staff can back it up, so that if you need to restore your user you have a good copy. More importantly it doesn’t matter what computer use, you have access to your specific user profile across the network. Other users to log onto those computers can also pull up their specific voice profile. So for larger organisations this is a very attractive management feature. It allows many people to use Dragon NaturallySpeaking — provided they have licenses for each individual — on a range of computers all managed by the network.
Dragon Professional also has a feature where a user can dictate into a voice recorder and have their assistant or support staff transcribe the audio into text and make the corrections on their behalf. This is very popular for solicitors and doctors. The solicitor or doctor wants to use speech recognition, but doesn’t have the time to learn how to manage the software itself. Professional supports this third-party management and it is a great productivity tool.
So to sum up, Dragon Premium 13 is for people who use Dragon a few hours a day for general usage, Dragon Professional is for people who are serious about speech recognition and intend to complete most of their normal typing by voice but also want to integrate command and control by voice to accelerate their productivity, and greatly reduce their typing workload. Because of this mission-critical functionality with professional it comes with a bunch of features that enable it to be backed up and managed via the network.
Dragon Premium 13
Premium is licenced for one user on one computer only.
Great for students, occasional users and educational users. Very affordable.
Works with Microsoft office applications including Excel and PowerPoint, Outlook
Works with Open Office and Mozilla Thunderbird email
Support multiple audio input sources – so you can have the one user/vocab for USB mic and digital recorder etc.
Volume / site licencing is not available for Premium.
Premium cannot create custom powerful windows voice commands.
Premium has no network management features such as profile management with user profiles stored on the network.
Premium cannot save audio with dictation so you cannot correct later or hand off dictation to 3rd party for corrections – only professional does this. This is extremely useful when using a digital recorder.
Smaller vocabulary – Premium is less powerful and not as accurate as professional.
Premium does not have custom vocabulary options like medical and legal.
Dragon Professional 13
Professional is licensed for one user on up to four (4) computers. Use Dragon Professional on your home PC, work PC and laptop. Etc.
Have audio corrected and transcribed later by a 3rd party - a very popular and useful function. Simply hand off your digital recorder to support staff and have them process the audio through Dragon & make the corrections!
Professional has a larger vocabulary and more powerful features & commands
Control most PC function by voice. i.e. " new email" "reply to email" "print document"
Create or import sophisticated and powerful voice commands to automate routine tasks such as standard responses to emails or referral letters.
Enterprise profile management with user profiles centralized on the network; remote management of word lists - manage users over the network
Professional has a larger vocabulary than Premium. If you use a sophisticated vocabulary then you need Dragon Professional.
Dragon Medical Practice Edition 2
Includes 90 specialist medical vocabularies.
Works with electronic health record (EHR) software like Medical Director and Genie.
Supports the Nuance PowerMic II
And much more. Call us on 1300 255 900.
USB microphone package option: There’s little point getting the most powerful and accurate speech recognition software available today only to then lose accuracy through low quality audio input – the included mic is only a very basic starting point and will not delivery the full capabilities of the program – only one of our approved USB headset microphones will.
Overseas versions: Most are not Australian accent versions (all of ours are) and you will not receive support and backup. Once you allow for freight and GST our prices are on parity or we are cheaper than the US. Overseas products are also often pirate versions.
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