I have been using Dragon for a while, but in all honesty I can't lay claim to any productivity gains and I'm purely using it to avoid RSI!
I'm aware of the incompatibilities/problems with DNS and Trados, but I can cope with those.
The main issue I'm having, is the speed (or lack of) of Dragon in Studio. Every time I dictate a segment, the little cursor whirls away, and I sit back and wait. I'm very aware that I could have typed the segment three times over in this time (I'm a very fast touch typist).
There is another problem, where in longer segments (I *think* this is what triggers it) I get the Trados "Index and length must refer to a location in the string" error message, a few characters in. This results in having to press Enter to OK the message, re-dictate the segment, and then go back and correct it, as there will be either an extra space or unwanted capital letter, where dictation was interrupted.
I have tested Dragon in other apps, and it works fine. I also use MemoQ and Across, both of which fare better. But Trados is my most used (and most favourite by far) tool.
I just wondered if anyone else had experienced anything similar? I am running SDL Trados Studio 2015 Freelance and DNS 13 on Windows 10, on a very fast and powerful Dell that experiences no performance issues anywhere else.
Grateful for all and any ideas!
Dragon is running very nicely (and fast) for me here, with Studio 2015 + Dragon NaturallySpeaking 13. However, I am getting an occasional error. Can't remember if it is the same one as you mentioned, but something pops up and forces me to manually delete it before I can continue.
What are your PC specs? Your computer might not be fast enough, or you might not have enough RAM. It is also extremely helpful to have your C:\ drive on an SSD.
My work computer (laptop):
Windows 7 64-biti732GB RAM3x SSDs
Speak of the devil: I just now had the error again while trying to dictate into an empty segment:
Hi Michael and Bruce, Thank you both so much for your helpful responses. Michael my spec is identical to yours, without the SSDs. I'm not about to invest in that technology when I suffer no other performance issues in any other software. And yes, that is the exact error. Which led me to wonder, whether it's down to the fact that we have very fast setups, and therefore simply a case of Dragon being able to process speech, faster than Studio is able to cope with it. Bruce with a combination of your suggestion, and deleting a whole raft of redundant projects from Studio, I managed to fix the massive delays I was experiencing. So thank you very much! Thank you also for the link, it is extremely useful and I wasn't aware of that forum. The error message still appears occasionally, most often I find with a longer segment, and always at the start of a segment. So I was going along OK. Then yesterday I decided to upgrade to the latest DNS version (15) in the hope I might get a better response from the DNS/Studio combination. To my horror I have discovered that my delay problem is back, and that I have deleted my Studio projects down to those that are active only, yet the problem persists. The problem is definitely with Dragon, as it will start off fine after opening. Then, over (a very short period of) time, the performance issues begin. At this point, if I shut down Dragon and reopen it, I'm back to normal again. My experience with Dragon tells me, that the recognition logic is outstanding, however I don't so much trust the front end implementation of it. Even things like, I no know other way of shutting Dragon down, than right-clicking and exiting it?? This seems so odd. It has no close button, even? Am I missing something here? There is definitely something being held in DNS's memory that is accumulating and inducing the performance problems. At least I have found a workaround, but it is annoying. I feel that the interface software is letting down the incredibly strong and well-written heart of Dragon, i.e. the recognition and processing logic. It has seven(!) background processes running at all times, and one Windows process. What are all these, and can I shut any down? I note that, when uninstalling/reinstalling (as I have done a lot of lately, in attempting to fix my issues) Dragon is unable even to shut down its own services when it attempts to. It all seems a bit messy. I remain very jealous of those who report massive productivity gains, but I intend to carry on pursuing the same! :)