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Dragon for Appraisers (Dragon NaturallySpeaking)



What it’s Good For

For people who don’t like typing!


After hearing a fellow realquantum user say how well Dragon NaturallySpeaking worked within the in the realquantum app, I had to give it a try for myself since I have always preferred dictating reports to typing them. After doing a little research, I learned that version 13 was created to provide an improved experience within a browser. In fact, my fellow realquantum user said it worked better within the realquantum app than it did within the word processor that he formerly used to write his appraisal reports. I also learned that Dragon NaturallySpeaking works best with a USB headset. I purchased the basic Home 13 edition and an inexpensive Plantronics USB headset from Amazon. The price for Dragon NaturallySpeaking Home 13 has ranged from roughly $40 to $50 and often varies during the week. 


Getting Set Up

After installing Dragon, I also installed the Dragon plugin for Chrome when prompted. I spent just a few minutes training Dragon to my voice and a few more minutes watching the tutorial before I started using it within the realquantum app. I was amazed at how well it worked with very limited training.  Roughly, it is about 50% faster than typing.  But as great as it is, I would use it even if it was no faster.  Why?  I just don’t like to type, plain and simple.  

Dragon & Grammarly

I have learned two things that you might want to keep in mind. Immediately after installing the software, I received a message that it was out of date that included an offer to upgrade to the latest version. The new version may be better, but for now, I am happy with the version that I purchased. Second, I noticed some issues when using Dragon with Grammarly, a free spelling and grammar checking extension to the Chrome browser. If you use Grammarly, I recommend that you disable it before you start your assignment and then enable it for a final check once all your information is entered into your report. From the Chrome menu, go to “More Tools”, “Extensions”, and then slide the blue dot at the bottom right of the Grammarly card to the left to temporarily disable Grammarly. Another option to prevent conflicts with Grammarly is to use the dictation box (select “tools” and then “dictation box”. This is a little more cumbersome because it requires you to transfer the text from the dictation box to the appropriate place in your report. 

Would I Recommend It?

For such a small investment of time and money, I highly recommend Dragon for appraisers.  Give it a try and take a break from typing. 

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