ClaroRead has a number of features that can help you to use Nuance’s Dragon speech recognition software (formerly called Dragon NaturallySpeaking).
Using ClaroRead’s text-to-speech with Dragon’s speech recognition gives you a powerful solution for interacting with your computer.
ClaroRead lets you start and stop Dragon dictation, all from the ClaroRead toolbar:
You can use the full range of Dragon commands without having to open the DragonBar – needing only a single toolbar keeps your desktop cleaner, less distracting, and therefore easier to use.
To enable the Dictate button, turn it on in ClaroRead’s View settings.
Echoing Dragon Voice Input
To use this feature:
In Dragon, turn on the Results Box (Tools > Options > Appearance).
In ClaroRead, go to Advanced Speech settings and make sure that “Echo Dragon voice input” is selected. It’s on by default.
The echo feature works best with a headset (or microphone and headphones) – otherwise, Dragon might recognise ClaroRead’s speech!
Reading Training Text
If you have difficulty reading Dragon’s training text, for example when setting up a new microphone, you can use ClaroRead to read that text aloud so you can then say it back to Dragon.
Now, when Dragon prompts you to read text (for example, during a microphone check), select that text and ClaroRead will read it aloud.
Controlling ClaroRead with your Voice
ClaroRead’s keyboard shortcuts include:
F7 – Play
F8 – Stop
F9 – Check Word
F10 – Show Homophones
F11 – Clear Homophones
See ClaroRead Keyboard Shortcuts