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Due to popular demand, several of the Medical and Small Practice items continue to be on special pricing through the end of October.
Full Version Specials
Announcement Sale pricing on the full Medical 10 product has been extended through October 31, 2008.
Special pricing on the upgrades has been extended until October 31, 2008.
Click the web link to order, or just give us a call if you have any questions.
Dragon NaturallySpeaking Version 10 is now in wide release and has received glowing reviews.
David Pogue of the New York Times gave a great review of NaturallySpeaking in his video-with his hands literally tied behind his back:
PC Magazine and i4u News both awarded Version 10 their Editors Choice awards:
And CNET gave it an Editor's rating of: EXCELLENT
But ... this is not to say that Version 10 is completely trouble free. Primarily, problems occur during installation or upgrading and can be relatively easy to solve. While most installations and upgrades complete without a hitch, here are a few known issues and their solutions.
Dragon NaturallySpeaking Version 10 has many new "quick formatting" commands that allow you to quickly format text with bold, italics or underline using one command rather than three. Quick formatting also includes commands for cutting or deleting text. As an example, to delete the words "quick formatting" in the previous sentence I would simply say, "delete quick formatting."
Some people are concerned that they may inadvertently delete parts of their document without noticing. For instance, they might say, "Cap good morning" but Dragon might perceive that they said, "Cut good morning."
No need for worry, these commands can be disabled.
DRAGON NATURALLYSPEAKING PROFESSIONAL/LEGAL
Scroll down until you see:
Under Settings, add a new line and write:
Follow the same formatting to turn off other quick formatting deleting and cutting commands, i.e.:
Save the INI file and restart Dragon for the changes to take effect.
DRAGON MEDICAL 10
On the Dragonbar, choose: Tools > Options> Commands. Uncheck "Enable Cut and Delete shortcut commands."
NOTE: this Option will become part of the Dragon Professional (non-medical editions) user interface in a later release.
The first Desktop Array microphone that is specially "tuned" for Dragon NaturallySpeaking. Highly unidirectional, the 2-in-1 tabletop matches or exceeds the performance of the finest (and more expensive) microphones, thanks to a special Dual Array microphone capsule and built-in amplifier.
This microphone was tested with Dragon NaturallySpeaking and received 5 Dragons, Nuance Communication's highest accuracy rating. *
In our experience, recognition is quite good and the flexibility of the adjustable boom allows the user to push it away or bring it back down as needed for dictation. We like the mute switch in the base - very easy to find, and it mutes the microphone so that Dragon is getting no input. We also like the red light ring just below the actual microphone as well as a red light on the base to indicate the microphone is "listening" for input. These are good visual clues as to the state of the microphone.
One word of caution...with version 10, if you leave Dragon on but have muted the microphone (so Dragon is getting no sound input), the Dragon microphone automatically goes to sleep after a while. This can be confusing, as you start trying to dictate again without noticing that Dragon is sleeping. But this issue really applies to any microphone; it's just more obvious with this one because the microphone mute button is so handy.
*Needs a good internal PC sound card or USB pod for maximum performance.
Order today off the web store, or call us to order.
Zephyr-TEC offers technical support options for companies and individuals. Oftentimes, a quick call or e-mail can help you resolve your Dragon woes, saving hours of frustration and lost productivity. We can even access your computer remotely using an online meeting service to fix the problem for you.
And now through the end of November, existing technical support users can renew their contracts at a savings of $50.00 off the annual price.
Telephone technical support is provided Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 4 PM Pacific time. We will make every effort to respond within 24 hours (excluding weekends and holidays).
NOTE: Technical support is limited to the NaturallySpeaking application and ZTEC macros only. We will not provide any technical assistance for Microsoft Office or any other applications or peripherals used by the end user nor will we provide any hardware support.
Excerpts from an article by Ray Steen, MC4 Public Affairs, originally published in the "Air Force Link" - the Official Web Site of the UNITED STATES AIR FORCE.
BALAD AIR BASE, Iraq (AFPN) --The average professional types 50 to 70 words per minute. Lt. Col. (Dr.) John Mansfield, a urologist at the Air Force Theater Hospital here, claims he falls within that range.
"Not bad, but I can talk at about 120 words per minute," Doctor Mansfield said, wearing a headset that he carries with him to his 10 workstations throughout the area.
At each clinic and operating room, Doctor Mansfield and his colleagues are recording patient care and capturing surgical procedures electronically using the DOD's Medical Communications for Combat Casualty Care, or MC4, system via laptop. By incorporating Dragon NaturallySpeaking Medical with his MC4 systems, Doctor Mansfield found ways to cut his documentation time in half, saving time and resources in the process.
Doctor Mansfield is the only urologist on staff in Balad. He sees both outpatient and inpatient visits, involving mostly trauma and kidney stone ailments. His specialty requires him to be on the move and to have access to patient information on the fly. Like most doctors in the combat zone, he doesn't have time to stop and type everything he does.
"The system can handle up to 140 words per minute," Doctor Mansfield said. "I produce longer, more thorough, descriptive notes if I talk and not type. Time to produce the note is precious. It must be fast.
"The notes have to get into the electronic medical record somehow, either by me typing them in or having someone else type them," he said. "Transcription here in Iraq is very difficult, costly and there's always a delay. With voice recognition software, our notes are better quality than before."
Doctor Mansfield recalls a night in Balad where he was treating a wounded Soldier who was bleeding from a dressing over a complex hip/pelvis wound. The only medical record I could access was a scribbled pencil note that I could not read," Doctor Mansfield said. "I basically had to start from scratch with the Soldier. It would have been much less invasive to him if I accurately knew the extent of his wounds and surgeries with a good, thorough, legible medical record that I could access electronically."
Doctor Mansfield adds, "Training is essential. If I take a microphone and software and give it to doctors and do not provide training, less than 10 percent will be using the software 30 days later. However, with several hours of training, they can see the strengths of the software and quickly get through the learning curve."
"Already, outside people have commented on the improved quality of notes being produced by surgeons using NaturallySpeaking software with MC4," Doctor Mansfield said. "As these Soldiers transition to the VA for care and long term disability issues, our documentation will be key to their ability to get the benefits that they have sacrificed so much for."
To read the entire article, go to: http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123095240
If you use Dragon NaturallySpeaking with Internet Explorer, you may have had the following frustrating experience...
You're filling out a form on Internet Explorer describing in 500 words or less why you deserve to win the beautiful, fully furnished, million-dollar mansion on a private island in the Caribbean. Your entry needs to be in today — in 10 minutes. When you're just about finished, you inadvertently pause and say the name of a hyperlink on the page.
Suddenly, Dragon clicks on the link taking you to a new page. You try to go back, but the page with your eloquent essay has expired. Your 500 words are gone and you're stuck living in your parent's basement.
Dragon Version 10 has a new checkbox on the Commands tab requiring you to say "Click" before the name of the hyperlink, preventing this unwanted selecting.
To turn on this requirement, on the Dragonbar choose: Tools> Options> Commands. Check: Require "Click" to select hyperlinks in HTML Window
And never click links accidentally again!