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I've been having some success with the iListen software. Its performance is pretty spotty. It'll understand a complex sentence just fine, but then spew out weird, random strings of gibberish. My thought is, it's probably more of a fault in the way I speak, or the way I'm interacting with the training portion of the software.

I think I read differently from the way I speak from memory, or storytelling. And the training portions are all reading. My guess is that I could get some better accuracy out of it if I spoke a passage off the top of my head, then went back and carefully corrected it from withing the program, and then saved those corrections (I think by shutting down iListen while my Word window is still open.)

Maybe someone's already gone through this and posted their hints and tips.

Anyway, I've found that a combo of speaking and typing is squeezing additional word count out of me at times of day where I'm normally too used up to write. So, yay!


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Jul. 31st, 2008 07:27 pm (UTC)
When i am not so freaked I'm going to post. (editing to say that by 'freaked' I mean insanely busy. :)) There is nothing sinister going on, I'm just working really hard and trying to trip plan at the same time. :D )

I've been having very good luck -- and it's definitely increased productivity. It's a truth that my hands get too tired to hit the right keys! I've typed more than 13K in the last two days and I'm whipped -- but I managed to dictate another thousand words to finish the chapter.

Edited at 2008-07-31 11:46 pm (UTC)
Aug. 1st, 2008 09:00 am (UTC)
Haha, I was wondering what you were freaked about.

I'll admit, I get jealous of your wordcounts! (A therapist told me to use the mantra "She's her and I'm me" when I can't differentiate myself from the people around me. So your wordcount is yours and mine is mine. Damn it.)

I'm going to see if I can train my software better. If I can start using it consistently, maybe I'll research and see if there's a significant improvement between iListen and MacSpeech, and if so, upgrade.

I notice a mental shift happening when I start getting into speaking the story that seems like the mental shift I get when I write via the keyboard. I think using the dictation software more often would help the shift happen sooner.
Jul. 31st, 2008 07:28 pm (UTC)
Hey, Jordan. I did a writeup for Dragon here: http://glbtromance.blogspot.com/2008/03/writing-out-loud-by-anah-crow.html I have some tips at the bottom. Definitely look into how to integrate the learned files with the main vocabulary. It will greatly increase your accuracy.
Aug. 1st, 2008 09:02 am (UTC)
Hi Anah! I remember when you wrote that post originally and it's nice to read it again. Thanks for the link!

I'm with you--I think integrating the learned files is the way to go. I need to set aside some time to do that. I think that speaking/correcting/integrating will get me farther than reading more training pieces.
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