If it is not clear what product is right for you, do not rush to
purchase or upgrade.
Several months ago Nuance, the makers of Dragon software, announced the release
of Dragon NaturallySpeaking version 11.5. This announcement was for what is
referred to as a “service pack” release, not a “new version”. A
“service pack” release is typically a free upgrade that addresses
problems with the software and minor enhancements applying to the current
software version, in this case version 11. If you have an older version of
Dragon NaturallySpeaking, version 9 or version 10, there is a cost associated
with upgrading to version 11.5. Additionally, just two weeks ago Nuance
announced a “new version” of Dragon Medical. There is always a cost associated
with a new version. The purpose of a new version is to significantly improve
the features and functionality of the existing product. Word of caution, just
because the new version looks significantly different does not necessarily mean
there has been improvements or enhancements. Sometimes you are forced to
upgrade to assure compatibility with other applications and sometimes a new
version is optional.
For those who have never purchased Dragon software or are in a position where
they need to upgrade their current software, it can be confusing. So I thought
I’d offer some information that will make it easier for you to navigate your
Nuance, the makers of Dragon software, have three primary Dragon software
categories; Dragon Medical, Dragon for the PC and Dragon for the Mac. Internally at
Nuance these three categories are managed by separate business groups, hence
the potential confusion.
The Dragon Medical category consists of two products; Dragon Medical Practice Edition
designed for healthcare groups with less than 24 medical providers. And, Dragon Medical
Enterprise Network Edition designed for
healthcare organizations with greater than 24 medical providers. That
decision does not get much easier.
The Dragon for the PC
(Non-Medical) category consists of five products; Dragon NaturallySpeaking Home, Dragon
NaturallySpeaking Premium, Dragon
NaturallySpeaking Premium Student/Teacher, Dragon NaturallySpeaking Professional and Dragon NaturallySpeaking Legal. If your primary purpose for
purchasing Dragon software is to reduce your typing time, every product in this
category has that capability. The differences between the products would be
additional features and capabilities beyond dictation. For example; a broader
range of third party application compatibility, the ability to create macros,
third-party editing, remote installation of the software. In the case of Dragon
NaturallySpeaking Legal it provides automatic formatting for legal citations.
The Dragon for the Mac
category consists of three products; Dragon
Dictate, MacSpeech Dictate Legal, MacSpeech Dictate
Medical. This category of
products is fairly new to the Nuance offering. They were recently purchased by
Nuance from a third-party company, MacSpeech Dictate. The market demand for the
Mac category of products is considerably low. Because of this the training and
support available for this category is limited.
Acknowledgement: extracte from a post by
Dana Abramson on DragonUserGroup.com 4/9/11