Sunday, January 8, 2012

Dragon is a Winner - Especially if You Hate Typing

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Several years ago, I was using Dragon Naturally Speaking on the PC on my desk in my dental office.  I remember that I had just purchased a screaming fast machine with as much RAM as it could take (sorry but the absolute specs have faded from my memory).  I needed that machine so that it could run Dragon… and even then the machine lagged.  I was using Dragon to dictate my digital chart notes since I can definitely talk faster than I can type.
Back then, Dragon worked pretty well.  Occasionally it would act up, but overall I was pleased.  The worst part was that it took lots of training and it was a huge demand on system resources.  One thing I didn't' think about (and I should have) was backing up my data files.  One day my machine crashed and it took my Dragon files with it.  I had taken a good chunk of my life to train it and I didn't feel like jumping through all those hoops again.  I gave up and went back to typing.
I've pretty much been typing ever since.  However, I've never really enjoy the process of typing.  Even though I'm a fairly fast and accurate typist, I've always found typing to be more of a chore than anything else.
So… about 2 weeks before Christmas I was swayed by the large number of Dragon advertisements that were running on TV and popping up on web pages.  I decided that since computers had advanced so much in the last few years that Dragon probably had too.  I purchased Dragon Dictate for my Mac with the hope that it would make my life easier and more efficient.
My report is extremely positive.  The training now takes minutes instead of hours and accuracy is pretty much spot-on right out of the box.  It came with a microphone so I didn't' need to locate one that would work with the program.  Dragon works in any window that has text input.  That means you can use it with your browser, word processing program, blogging program, you name it.
I've found that I type much less since purchasing Dragon and I'm getting lots more accomplished. In fact, I'm using Dragon to type this blog post and it is probably taking me half the time it normally would. Also, since computer horsepower has evolved so greatly over the years Dragon operates efficiently and is no longer a drag on system resources. It works quickly, efficiently, and everything else that I have open runs easily too.
You can also use the program to control functions on your computer such as clicking dialogue boxes in filling out forms.
Yesterday I finished my latest article for Dental Products Report and I did it almost exclusively with Dragon.  After about 3 weeks, I can say with all certainty that Dragon has made a change in my life for the better and I honestly think that you would benefit from it as well.


  1. Great Blog!! That was amazing. Your thought processing is wonderful. The way you tell the thing is awesome. You are really a master.

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  2. OK, I'm convinced, Dragon will be my next purchase! We live in a great country where we can work hard, make good money and give it away for fun technology.

    Dr. Fluke, I wanted to catch you up on my laser situation. You might remember that I left a comment about the Lightwalker that I purchased last spring from Lares (light walker AT). I did that because Lares had been so great to work with helping me with a 2005 AT that I didn't even buy from them!

    My new Lightwalker had never worked for more than a few days for months and I was getting answers like, "The factory doesn't know". Well I talked to Larry Kotlow and blogged to you and then got a call from my salesman Dick Linde. He was not happy that I hadn't called him when I had problems but I figured that it was a tech thing and so that department should handle it. Dick made some calls and had the right part and a tech on the way within 10 days. The part was installed and the problem that shut down my laser every 5 minutes (seriously, every 5 minutes then had to reboot whole machine) did not do that anymore. Now it has developed another problem that I am told will be solved post haste. This one only shuts it down about every 15 minutes!

    I have not been happy with the folks at Tech4Med due to these issues, but as they are now getting their service department trained and such I am getting much better service. I am told the tech will be back soon to erase the last of the problems. Dick Linde has appointed himself my "go to guy" for any problems and vowed to stay on them until fixed. I have been a dedicated Fotona user and Usually they are a tank. I am impressed with the response that I've gotten from Tech4Med and especially Dick Linde. He has inspired enough confidence in me for me to order another light walker with his personal assurance it will not be so homesick for the tech!

    I'm a pediatric dentist in suburban Des Moines, Iowa. My patients don't wait for me to diagnose my laser. I have to move quickly. I want those who read this to know that at least Dick gets that and has enough personal power to get others to act. Customer service is paramount in a dental practice. If a parent has a problem I don't want them happy with whatever I do to resolve it, I want them ecstatic and bent on referring a friend! You don't see that so much, but I hope that Jeff Jones, the owner of Tech4Med and the new reseller of Fotona Lasers gets that and does it. We are talking about me having a $50,000 coat hanger for months. That has been and will be taken care of. I like these people and the product is good, although I had a bad experience. I really want to be as much a backer of them as I was of Lares. I hope they decide to give customer service that warrants me being ecstatic and referring everyone I talk to. Thanks for putting up with the rambling. I'll keep you posted on how the issues play out. Keep up the good work, I appreciate your insights. Bob Wade