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My Thoughts on Dragon and Sonocent Audio Notetaker

Ellie Upton United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
Film and TV Studies, Disability
Find out more about me Contact Ellie

This post may be slightly niche, but I thought that I’d share my experiences of Dragon and Sonocent Audio Notetaker, two pieces of software that Disabled Student Allowance provided me with. This post may be helpful if any of you out there have been offered these pieces of software but don’t really know what they entail. I don’t have any screenshots to show you but there are many demonstration videos out there if you want to learn more.

Dragon

Dragon is voice recognition software that I use for writing essays. The interface is a small bar that appears along the top of your laptop screen. I like this about the software as it doesn’t take up too much space. The software is very simple to use, all you need is a microphone. Make sure the button in the middle of the bar is green, this means the software will pick up your dictations. Each person who uses the software has to create a personal profile. This allows Dragon to pick up on your individual inflections and nuances which leads to greater accuracy. The software has saved me so much strain and time when it comes to submitting essays (I have Cerebral Palsy). Dragon isn’t just useful for word processing, you can use it for many more tasks- even searching the internet!

Sonocent Audio Notetaker

I use this software to record my lectures as I find it hard to keep up with note taking. The software not only allows you to record lectures (with a microphone of course) but also allows you to add notes, slides and images! You can even colour code your audio and notes to make them easier to look back on at a later date. Sonocent Audio Notetaker has so many great functions, too many to list here. It really has taken away the pressure of trying to keep up in lectures, meaning that I can concentrate fully on my studies.

This post may have been quite short but I hope that it has been of use to some of you. Remember, if you want to see these pieces of software in action, there are many videos available and the websites are listed below:

Dragon 

https://shop.nuance.co.uk/store/nuanceeu/en_GB/Content/pbPage.speech-recognition-for-professionals?currency=GBP

Sonocent Audio Notetaker 

https://sonocent.com/audio-notetaker/

Ellie Upton United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
Film and TV Studies, Disability
Find out more about me Contact Ellie

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