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NaturallySpeaking 8: Product Comparison Matrix
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Feature Comparison Matrix

This Dragon NaturallySpeaking 8 Feature Comparison Matrix compares which features are available in each Dragon NaturallySpeaking product. For a printable version of this matrix, download the Feature Comparison Matrix (PDF - 281 KB).

NaturallySpeaking Professional vs. the Medical and Legal Editions

Usability Features

Microphone included Yes Yes Yes
Short set-up and user enrollment Yes Yes Yes
Dictate into most Microsoft® Windows®-based applications Yes Yes Yes
Control menus and dialog boxes in most Microsoft® Windows® XP & Windows® 2000-based applications by voice Yes Yes Yes
Simultaneous dictation and command modes Yes Yes Yes
Format and edit by voice Yes Yes Yes
Mouse control by voice Yes Yes Yes
Nothing But Speech (NBS)™ Yes Yes Yes
USB audio support Yes Yes Yes
Performance Optimizer Yes Yes Yes
Natural Punctuation Yes Yes Yes
Say Web and browser links by voice Yes Yes Yes
Award-Winning RealSpeak™ 2 Text-to-Speech Yes Yes  
Dictation Playback Yes Yes  
Use with handheld digital recorder Yes Yes  
Dictate into Pocket PC or Palm Tungsten Yes Yes  
Support for cordless or array microphones Yes    
Save audio with text dictation Yes    
Third-Party Correction Yes    
Roaming User Yes    
Smart Formatting Yes    
Smart Commands Yes    
Create multiple custom vocabularies Yes    

Macro Creation Tools

Text and Graphics Dictation shortcuts Yes Yes  
Complex macro support Yes    
Macro recorder Yes    
Basic scripting commands Yes    
Advanced Microsoft® VBA-compatible scripting Yes    

Specialized Application Support

Internet Explorer 5, 6 Yes Yes Yes
AOL® 6, 7, 8 Yes Yes Yes
Word 2000, XP, 2003 Yes Yes Yes
WordPerfect® 11 (Service Pack 1 & 2), 12 Yes Yes Yes
Outlook® Express 5, 6 Yes Yes Yes
Excel 2000, XP, 2003 Yes Yes  
Outlook® 2000, XP, 2003 Yes    
PowerPoint® 2000, XP, 2003 Yes    
Lotus Notes® 5, 6 Yes    
InfoPath® Yes    

Enterprise Features

MSI Installer Yes Yes Yes
Import/export user files Yes Yes  
Roaming User Yes    
Import/export macros Yes    
Import/export vocabularies Yes    
Specialized vocabularies available for purchase Yes    
Network tools for centralized vocabulary management Yes    
Section 508 Certified Yes    

NaturallySpeaking Professional vs. the Legal and Medical Editions

The Legal and Medical Editions of NaturallySpeaking are composed of the Professional Edition of NaturallySpeaking with an enhanced Legal or Medical vocabulary.  The standard vocabulary of the Professional Edition contains a large number of medical and legal terminology but the statistical modeling of the recognizer is based on general english usage.  This means that (out of the box) the medical and legal terms are deemed to be "less likely" to be used and are therefor more likely to be misrecognized -- at first.

The Legal and Medical vocabularies contain additional technical terms and the underlying mathematical modeling is weighted for Legal or Medical dictation.  This means that the technical terms are deemed "more likely" to be used and are therefor less likely to be misrecognized "out of the box".

All three versions should become highly accurate (98-99.5%+) with usage but the Legal and Medical versions should provide higher initial accuracy rates on new voice profiles when dictating the respective technical terminology.

In addition, the Medical Edition comes with the following specialty vocabularies:
  • General Medical
  • Cardiology
  • Pathology
  • Radiology
  • Surgery
  • General Practice
  • Orthopaedic
  • ObGyn
  • Emergency
  • Gastroenterology
  • Mental Health
  • Neurology
  • Oncology
  • Pediatrics
Note: These medical specialties are available only with the US English base vocabulary.  They are not available with the alternate accent vocabularies such as Indian and S. E. Asian.

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