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Daily Deal: Dragon for PC and Mac

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Increase your productivity and give your hands a rest with Dragon NaturallySpeaking 13 Premium, available in the Deals store for $99.99. With the PC Premium version, you can use any headset you'd like (more flexibility than the Home version), work in Excel or PowerPoint, and use audio playback for proofreading your work. The license is good for use on 2 computers and includes all minor updates, and you can choose English (US or UK), French or German. We also have Dragon 5 for Mac available for $149.99 (only available with US or UK English).

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    Anonymous Coward, 14 Dec 2015 @ 1:29pm

    digital vs hardcopy

    It appears that this software is not the DVD sold in stores (for close to the same price, BTW) but a 4.5GB download.

    And why only a 7-day window after you buy it to activate the software? If you miss the deadline or later need to re-install it or decide to use it on another computer, does that mean you would you have to download the entire thing all over again? (Hey, not everyone has easy access to fast broadband!) It also says that if your computer's "minimum requirements" are not met, the software will flatly refuse to install. (Just personal opinion, but I'd rather have software that runs slow on an old computer than not at all)

    It's interesting that on the same day of this Daily Deal, Techdirt posts an article today highlighting the fact that digital downloads will strip all ownership rights from buyers that they would otherwise have had by purchasing hard-copy versions. In this case, considering all the unreasonable restrictions and puzzling arbitrary limitations of this digital download version, it would seem that the DVD version (apparently not offered here) would probably be a much better choice for many people.

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    Rekrul, 14 Dec 2015 @ 1:31pm

    I've yet to see a voice recognition system that can understand speech spoken at a rate comparable to a fast typist.

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    Tony Loro (profile), 14 Dec 2015 @ 1:35pm


    I have had Dragon for 8 years. Almost every OS X upgrade has toasted or made use infuriating till the 2-3 month later upgrade. Which is usually a paid UG. OS X native dictation is 90% as good. If you have niche usage it is ok but otherwise

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    blueice (profile), 15 Dec 2015 @ 4:42am

    Dragon with fork tongue

    I refuse to support this software nor it's
    anti-capitalist parent company, Nuance.

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    Carl (profile), 15 Dec 2015 @ 10:13am

    Perhaps Techdirt is not aware that Nuance (the makers of Dragon) keep a data base of EVERYTHING you've ever said using your Dragon system. In order to use Dragon, you have to agree to this total invasion of privacy. Surprised you would promote such a product.

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    • identicon
      Anonymous Coward, 15 Dec 2015 @ 11:54am

      Re: (buyer beware!)

      A big problem with Techdirt's promotion of this software is that the EULA is kept hidden from the potential buyer until after the sale. Are refunds offered for anyone who refuses to agree to the draconian terms?

      Here are a few excerpts from a Nuance/Dragon EULA:

      "A separate license, however, must be purchased for each additional speaker whose User Profile or User Profiles is or are being used by the Software."

      "Nuance may collect certain non-personal technical information from your computer concerning your computer or network. You agree that Nuance may do so."

      "Licensee may not publish the results of benchmarking the Software against competitive software." (WTF???)

      " According to Nuance's discretion, the Software may contain a component that will automatically activate your Internet browser and attempt to initiate a connection through the Internet to a website maintained by Nuance"

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