I am running Dragon Naturally Speaking Home Version 13 on my Windows 10 computer.  I got the program so that I can take recorded lectures and convert them to text from a WAV or MP3 file.   I can't find out how to do that.  Please help.  Thanks,

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Sam Simon NasserIT Support ProfessionalCommented:
check this video

go to tools - dragon pad, and while the dragon pad is open, return to the software (video) and click on tools - transcribe recording
Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Hi Phil,
The names of Dragon editions have changed over the years, but the ability to transcribe a recording has always been in the higher-end ones (such as Preferred), not the lower-end ones (such as Personal). I stopped upgrading Dragon a while ago and don't have any Version 13 editions, but from what I can tell on the web, it seems that the feature to transcribe recordings is in today's Legal, Professional, and Premium Version 13, but not in Home Version 13. I say that because of this feature comparison matrix for the four Version 13 Dragons:

A similar comparison matrix (without Legal) is also at the Nuance online store:

In both matrices, note the item that says "Allows transcription of recordings spoken by one person" (it is phrased that way because no version of Dragon can accurately transcribe multiple speakers/voices in a recording).

More confirmation of this is in this Nuance Dragon Transcription FAQ:

Note this item in it (copied here under "Fair Use"):
Do I need a special version of Dragon to transcribe audio files?

The transcription feature is only available with the Premium, Professional or Legal editions of Dragon NaturallySpeaking on your PC

It's possible that all of this doc is wrong, but I doubt it. It's likely that you'll need to move up from the Home edition to (at least) the Premium edition in order to get that feature — but I'd love to be wrong about that. Regards, Joe

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philsimmonsAuthor Commented:
Thanks, Joe.
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
You're welcome, Phil — sorry to be the bearer of bad news. :(
philsimmonsAuthor Commented:
Well, the $60 version seemed too good to be true.  I got the Professional version, which is still a pretty good deal if it works the way it should :).
Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Hi Phil,
the $60 version seemed too good to be true
Yeah, you know the cliché. :)
if it works the way it should
Dragon is excellent in its space of voice input/recognition. It has been around for a very long time (I worked for Artificial Intelligence Corporation in 1983 when we had partnering discussions with the Bakers, a husband and wife team who founded Dragon Systems back then). Many folks consider the latest Dragon to be the current gold standard of voice recognition. All of that said, it is not perfect. In terms of your "works the way it should" comment, you need to have proper expectations, or you will be severely disappointed. Voice recognition when the input is coming from a "trained" voice into a high-quality, well-positioned microphone is tough enough; doing it when the input is coming from a recording of a lecture is significantly more difficult. In fact, I have seen instances where it takes longer to do the automated voice recognition followed by the manual correction/clean-up than it does to simply type it in (so-called "heads-down" data entry), especially with supporting transcription tools, such as a foot pedal. I'm in no way saying this to disparage Dragon — I'm just trying to set realistic expectations. Regards, Joe
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