Dragon Naturally Speaking Reviews - 2005
ScanSoft Introduces Dragon NaturallySpeaking Legal 8, Delivers Breakthrough in Speech Recognition Needed by Legal Sector
New Release Allows Firms and Individual Law Professionals to Use Speech Recognition to Increase Productivity, Reduce Costs
LegalTech 2005, NEW YORK - January 31, 2005 - ScanSoft, Inc. (Nasdaq: SSFT), the global leader of speech and imaging solutions, today announced the immediate availability of Dragon NaturallySpeaking® Legal 8, a new release of the world's most accurate speech recognition solution designed specifically for law firms and legal professionals. Already in use by thousands of legal professionals and law firms worldwide, Dragon NaturallySpeaking Legal converts speech into text at up to 160 words per minute, reducing or eliminating the costs associated with manually creating documents and transcripts.
Dragon NaturallySpeaking Legal 8 represents a breakthrough in speech recognition capabilities for legal professionals and organizations, including:
Accuracy - Dragon NaturallySpeaking Legal 8 achieves unsurpassed speech recognition accuracy, delivering up to 99 percent overall accuracy and more than 25 percent improvement over the previous release.
Mobility - The new release provides a breakthrough in mobility through its Roaming User capability. Where in the past users were limited to using speech recognition on a dedicated PC, ScanSoft's Roaming User feature implements patent-pending technology that allows a legal professional to use speech recognition from any PC within the local network.
Specialty - The solution delivers a breakthrough in supporting a specialized legal vocabulary with more than 25,000 legal terms, and formatting capabilities for legal citations.
Compatibility - Dragon NaturallySpeaking Legal 8 provides seamless speech input capabilities with existing practice management systems.
"I used to dictate into a hand-held tape recorder, and my assistant would later perform the transcriptions for me," said John Bogart, attorney, Bedinger, Crockett, Peterson, Greenwood and Casey. "Now I use Dragon NaturallySpeaking Legal and perform the work myself. The product not only saves me a significant amount of time, but it also frees up my assistant to work on other things."
Network administration capabilities within Dragon NaturallySpeaking Legal 8 deliver value to mid-to-large-sized legal organizations. Installation and maintenance of multi-seat and site deployments are simplified through support for MSI (Microsoft Installer), while centralized management for voice profiles and custom vocabularies is made possible through the ScanSoft® DNS Administrator.
ScanSoft has also recently delivered the Dragon NaturallySpeaking SDK, which is used by developers and integrators to incorporate speech-to-text and voice command capabilities directly into in-house and commercial applications. The Dragon Naturally Speaking SDK supports integrating both real-time dictation and batch processing capabilities into applications, on either desktop clients or server systems.
The World's Best Speech Recognition for Legal Professionals -- Made Better To help legal organizations improve the quality of client service care, and reduce or eliminate manual transcription costs, ScanSoft has added a number of key features to Dragon NaturallySpeaking Legal 8, including:
Most Accurate Ever - Significant improvements to the Dragon NaturallySpeaking recognition system has yielded an unprecedented accuracy improvement of up to 25 percent over the previous release, resulting in speech recognition accuracy levels as high as 99 percent.
Specialized Vocabulary - Dragon NaturallySpeaking Legal 8 provides a specialized vocabulary of more than 25,000 legal terms, and formatting capabilities for legal citations, and also makes it easy to add additional words to existing vocabularies, or to create new custom vocabulary sets.
Roaming User - In a patent-pending new capability, Dragon NaturallySpeaking Legal 8 allows legal professionals to access their unique user profiles anywhere on their network, and automatically synchronizes updates and voice adaptations centrally. This enables legal professionals to use speech from any location, while ensuring the highest accuracy results possible.
Mobile Dictation Support - Legal professionals can use ScanSoft-certified handheld recorders, Pocket PC or Palm Tungsten devices to dictate on the go. Recordings can be processed through Dragon NaturallySpeaking by the legal professional or an assistant, with a transcription created automatically.
Improved Voice Commands - Legal professionals can create customized simple commands that will automate complex, multi-step tasks - a word or phrase will trigger the insertion of standardized text or instantly execute a command that may have required multiple "points and clicks."
Network Administration - Dragon NaturallySpeaking Legal is available with a pre-configured MSI file for push installations throughout a network environment. The ScanSoft DNS Administrator utility enables IT professionals to manage and update user profiles and vocabularies from a central network location.
Speech Recognition for Developers and System Integrators - The Dragon NaturallySpeaking SDK (Software Developers Kit) enables integrators to add custom speech capabilities to commercial and in-house practice management systems, and can be deployed on a central server for "offline" or "back-end" speech recognition.
"The dramatic improvements in accuracy and mobility that we bring to the table with this release make speech recognition a reality for legal professionals," said John Shagoury, president, ScanSoft Productivity Applications Division. "Dragon NaturallySpeaking Legal 8 delivers real benefits to legal professionals - in large firms or small practices - by reducing costs, minimizing turnaround time for client files, and improving overall client service."
Availability and Pricing
ScanSoft Dragon NaturallySpeaking Legal 8 is available immediately through ScanSoft's professional sales organization and global network of value added reseller partners. The suggested retail price is $1095 for individual users, with multi-seat and site license discounts available. For additional information on features, pricing and volume licensing programs, please visit www.ScanSoft.com or call (1) 800-443-7077.
About ScanSoft, Inc.
ScanSoft, Inc. (Nasdaq: SSFT) is the global leader of speech and imaging solutions that are used to automate a wide range of manual processes - saving time, increasing worker productivity and improving customer service. For more information regarding ScanSoft® products and technologies, please visit www.ScanSoft.com.
Trademark reference: ScanSoft, the ScanSoft logo, Dragon, and NaturallySpeaking are registered trademarks or trademarks of ScanSoft, Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and/or other countries. All other company or product names mentioned may be the trademarks of their respective owners.
The statements in this press release that relate to future plans, events or performance are forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, including risks associated with market trends, competitive factors, and other risks identified in ScanSoft's SEC filings. Actual results, events and performance may differ materially. Readers are cautioned not to put undue reliance on these forward-looking statements that speak only as of the date hereof.
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