Dragon Individual Release notes

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What's new
System requirements
Upgrade instructions
Known issues

 

What's new

The following section describes new features for Dragon version 15. If you are upgrading from version 13, see What's New in Dragon 14 for enhancements made in version 14.

Discontinued functionality

Dragon no longer supports the following functionality:

Command enhancements

  • You can now say "Show Links" to see all links on a Web page that you can click by voice.

For more information, see Working with Internet Explorer and Working with Chrome.

Dictation enhancements

PowerMic III support

Dragon now supports the PowerMic III as a dictation source.

For more information, see About the Nuance PowerMic Microphone.

Currency

  • For UK English, you can now dictate prices without saying "pence".

    Example: £8.50

    Say: "eight pounds fifty".

For more information, see Dictating numbers.

Numbers

  • When there are consecutive repeating numbers in a number sequence, you can dictate them using the words "double" or "triple".

    Example: 3225

    Say: "three double two five"

  • When there is a leading zero in a decimal number, you can dictate the zero using "oh".

    Example: 0.5

    Say: "oh point five"

For more information, see Dictating numbers.

Street addresses

  • When there are consecutive repeating numbers in an address, you can dictate them using the words "double" or "triple". You can also mix digits and cardinals.

    Example: 12235 Main street

    Say: "twelve double two three five main street"

  • You can dictate addresses with a hyphen or dash.

    Example: 12-14 Maple Street

    Say: "twelve dash fourteen maple avenue"

  • Dragon now supports full addresses (street address, state/province/territory/county, and postal code) for CAN and GBR.

For more information, see Dictating numbers.

Time

  • You can now dictate twelve o'clock using "noon" and "midnight".
  • You can now dictate minutes before an hour using "to", "of", and "til".

    Example: 4:45

    Say: "quarter of five"

  • You can now dictate minutes after an hour using "past" and "after".

    Example: 5:15

    Say: "quarter past five"

For more information, see Dictating numbers.

Web and email addresses

  • Support for Web and email addresses has been improved. Addresses now appear in all lowercase letters, regardless of the proper nouns that the addresses consist of.

    Example:

    Say: "john dot smith at nuance dot com"

    Result: john.smith@nuance.com

For more information, see Dictating email addresses and web addresses.

Dragon Anywhere enhancements

Dragon now synchronizes words between your desktop version and Dragon Anywhere in the background when Dragon is idle.

For more information, see Using Dragon Anywhere.

Software versions

Dragon now supports the following:

Transcription enhancements

  • Dragon can now add commas and periods to your output when you transcribe recorded speech.
  • You can transcribe audio recordings of someone else's voice without creating a separate user profile.
  • To transcribe a recording of someone else, you no longer need to train Dragon for that person's voice.
  • If you frequently transcribe recordings of another person's voice, you can create a transcription-only user profile for that person. You don't need to train Dragon for this type of profile, so creating one involves little more than typing in a name and choosing a region for the speaker. Dragon adapts to their voice and improves accuracy over time.

For more information, see Working with user profiles and Transcribing recorded speech.

Usability enhancements

Accuracy improvement without reading text

In previous Dragon versions, you could read sample text for several minutes to improve Dragon's accuracy. In version 15, you can achieve the same result by simply dictating for several minutes, making corrections, and then running Accuracy Tuning (Audio>Launch Accuracy Tuning). As a result of this improvement, the Audio>Read text to improve accuracy menu option has been removed.

For more information, see About improving accuracy.

Dragon Web Extension Disabled notification

Dragon now notifies you automatically when the Dragon Web Extension is no longer installed or enabled. A message appears when you open your browser.

The message appears only if you did not select the Do not show tips check box on the Options dialog box—Appearance page.

For more information, see Installing and enabling the Dragon Web Extension.

Dragon Tips

Dragon now provides helpful tips that introduce you to specific functionality you might find helpful. Some tips also include sample commands that you can try. Each tip appears only once per user profile when you take specific actions. Dragon displays tips automatically unless you select the Do not show tips option on the Options dialog box—Appearance page.

You can also reset Dragon’s internal flags that indicate when tips have already appeared for the current user profile. The Reset tips button on the Options dialog box—Appearance page allows all tips to reappear.

For more information, see the Do not show tips option in Options dialog box—Appearance.

Help provides tips and links to most popular topics

You can now find the following on the Help home page:

  • Tips for using Dragon
  • Links to the most popular Help topics

Interactive Tutorial now Web-based

When you are connected to the internet, Dragon now includes a Web-based interactive tutorial. If you don't have a internet connection, the tutorial will run locally. The tutorial includes progressive simulations that help you learn Dragon skills.

For more information, see Getting help.

Learn from specific documents words now deselected

When you run the Learn from specific documents tool, the words that Dragon finds are now deselected by default. You select the words that you want Dragon to add to your vocabulary.

For more information, see Learn from specific documents.

Options dialog box changes

  • The tabs in the Options dialog box are now pages that appear in a vertical list for easier usability. You can select the pages by voice.

    For more information, see The Options dialog box.

  • There is a new Upgrade to Legal page, where you can enter your serial number to upgrade to Dragon Legal.

    For more information, see Options dialog box—Upgrade to Legal.

  • There is a new Dragon Anywhere page, where Dragon Anywhere users can provide login credentials and choose to share their custom words and auto-text commands with Dragon Anywhere. This replaces the former Profile>Dragon Anywhere menu selection.

    For more information, see Options dialog box—Dragon Anywhere.

  • The following changes have been made to the View tab:
    • The tab is now named Appearance.
    • New mode is now named Modern mode.
    • There is a new Auto-collapse option to enable the New DragonBar's Auto-collapse mode.

    For more information, see Options dialog box—Appearance.

  • You can navigate between Options dialog box pages by voice.

    For more information, see The Options dialog box.

Performance improvements

To eliminate confusion on the appropriate vocabulary type or acoustic speech model to use, the Advanced button has been removed from the Speech Options page of the New User wizard.

Simplified microphone selection

It's now simpler and easier to select an audio device to use with Dragon. The Choose an audio device page now displays only audio devices that are available. Dragon detects usable devices based on your system volume meter.

To make it simple to choose the right device, the Other audio input pane has been removed from the following pages:

  • New User wizard, Choose an audio device page
  • Add a New Dictation Source wizard, Add a Dictation Source dialog page

Touch screen improvements

When you're using Dragon on a Windows tablet, you can now touch anywhere outside Dragon's microphone to expand the DragonBar when it is collapsed.

For more information, see Using Dragon on a Windows tablet.

Discontinued functionality

  • The Dragon Remote Microphone app is no longer supported.

 

System requirements

RAM

Minimum:

  • 4 GB for all operating systems.

CPU

Minimum: 2.2 GHz Intel® dual core or equivalent AMD processor. Faster processors yield faster performance.

Free hard disk space

  • 4GB if DVD installation, or
  • 12GB if downloading installation files

Supported operating systems

  • Windows 7, 8.1, and 10, 32-bit and 64-bit
  • Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Windows Server 2012

Other

  • Internet Explorer 11 or the current version of Chrome for online Help and installation if installing from the Web
  • Microsoft .NET Framework version 4.5.2 or later

    Generally, the .NET Framework is pre-installed on Windows 7, 8.1, and 10 computers. If you do not have it installed, you are prompted to install it during Dragon's installation.

  • A DVD-ROM drive if installing from disk
  • An audio input device capable of 16-bit recording for dictation

    For a list of recommended devices, see https://support.nuance.com/compatibility/.

 

Upgrade instructions

Dragon supports upgrades only from the following versions and editions listed. Dragon does not support upgrades from any other versions or editions. If you have any other version or edition installed, you must first uninstall your existing version, and then purchase and install the full Dragon version 15 installation package.

User profiles for the Canadian region that you created in the German, Italian, Spanish, or Dutch edition of Dragon version 14 are no longer supported in version 15. You cannot upgrade these user profiles. Nuance recommends that you create new US-English user profiles after upgrading Dragon.

Upgrading automatically

You can upgrade to version 15 automatically from the following versions:

  • 13 (all editions)
  • 14

For automatic upgrades, Dragon updates your software automatically. You do not need to uninstall your existing version first. Dragon also retains your custom words and commands. Dragon then upgrades your user profiles when you open them.

To upgrade automatically, do the following:

  1. Locate your serial number.
  2. Optionally export your user profiles.
  3. Optionally export your custom words.
  4. Optionally export your custom commands.
  5. Upgrade Dragon.
  6. Activate Dragon.

Upgrading manually

You can upgrade to version 15 manually from the following version:

  • 12 (Premium, Professional, and Legal editions only)

For manual upgrades, you must first export your custom words and commands. Dragon does not retain your custom words and commands during the upgrade; to keep them, you must import them after upgrading. You must then uninstall your existing version 12 software. You must also create a new user profile after upgrading. Dragon cannot upgrade your existing version 12 user profile.

To upgrade manually, do the following:

  1. Locate your serial number.
  2. Export your custom words.
  3. Export your custom commands.
  4. Uninstall Dragon version 12.
  5. Install Dragon 15 by completing the Upgrading Dragon instructions.
  6. Activate Dragon.
  7. Create a new user profile.
  8. Import your custom words.
  9. Import your custom commands.

Locating your serial number

To upgrade Dragon manually or automatically, the serial number for your existing Dragon installation is required. If you are upgrading from version 14, Dragon pre-populates the serial number field with your existing serial number automatically. If you are upgrading from version 12 or 13, you must provide your serial number. Do one of the following to locate your serial number:

  • From the DragonBar in your version 12 or 13 installation, select Help>About Dragon.

    The serial number appears on the screen.

  • If you purchased a DVD, your serial number is located on the back of the Dragon DVD sleeve.
  • If you purchased the download, you receive a confirmation email from Nuance. Your serial number is located in both the .CSV file and the .HTML file attached to the email.

Uninstall Dragon version 12 (manual upgrade only)

  1. Navigate to the Control Panel:

    Windows 7 and 8.1:

    Select Start>Control Panel>Programs and Features

    Windows 10:

    Select Start>Settings>System>Apps & features

  2. Select Dragon, and then click Uninstall.

    The uninstallation process begins.

  3. Click No when Dragon prompts you to save your speech files.

    The uninstallation completes.

Export your user profiles—Premium and higher (optional)

When you upgrade Dragon automatically, the upgrade process removes the previous version from your computer. The process also upgrades your user profiles. Consider exporting your user profiles to create a backup copy in case you need to re-install the previous version.

To export your user profiles:

  1. Start Dragon.
  2. From the DragonBar, select Profile>Manage User Profiles.
  3. Select the user profile you want to export.
  4. Select Advanced>Export.
  5. Navigate to the export destination folder.
  6. Click OK.

For more information on exporting user profiles and default user profile locations, see the following KnowledgeBase article:

https://nuance.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/2313

Do not export your user profiles to a folder in the NaturallySpeaking15 directory. If you uninstall Dragon, the uninstallation process deletes this directory.

Export custom words—Premium and higher

If you added custom words or phrases to your vocabulary using the Vocabulary Editor, Add new word or phrase feature, or email and document analysis features and you're upgrading automatically, Dragon retains them during the upgrade. Optionally consider exporting any custom words to create a backup copy in case you need to re-install the previous version. If you're upgrading manually and you want to keep your custom words, you must export them before upgrading and then import them after upgrading. Dragon does not retain your custom words during a manual upgrade.

To check for custom entries in your vocabulary:

  1. From the DragonBar, select Vocabulary>Open Vocabulary Editor.
  2. Select Custom words only from the Display drop-down list.

To export your custom words:

  1. From the DragonBar, select Vocabulary>Export custom word and phrase list.
  2. Specify a file name for the text file.
  3. Click Save.

Export custom commands—Professional and Legal

If you added custom commands and you're upgrading automatically, Dragon retains them during the upgrade. Optionally consider exporting any custom commands to create a backup copy in case you need to re-install the previous version. If you're upgrading manually and you want to keep your custom commands, you must export them before upgrading and then import them after upgrading. Dragon does not retain your custom commands during a manual upgrade.

You cannot export custom commands from Dragon version 12 Premium.

To check for custom commands:

  1. From the DragonBar, select Tools>Command Browser.
  2. Click Script. Dragon’s commands and any custom commands are displayed.

To export custom commands:

  1. From the DragonBar, select Tools>Command Browser.
  2. Select Mode>Manage.
  3. To export only custom commands, choose User-defined in the Group drop-down list.
    If you do not see User-defined commands in the drop-down list, you do not have any custom commands.
  4. Click the plus sign (+) to expand the list of commands.
  5. Select the check box next to the commands to export.
  6. Click Export.

Upgrading Dragon

  1. Close any open programs.
  2. If you’re running an anti-virus program, turn it off until the installation completes.
  3. Do one of the following:
    • Insert the DVD. The installation begins immediately.
    • If the installation does not start automatically, browse to setup.exe on the DVD and double-click to run it.

    • Download setup.exe or Dragon.exe, then double-click to run the installer. The installation begins immediately and the requested files are downloaded and installed.
  4. Install the Microsoft .NET Framework if prompted.
  5. You may need to restart the computer after installing the .NET Framework.

  6. In the Dragon InstallShield wizard, click Next to begin the Dragon installation.
  7. Read the license terms and click the radio button to indicate you agree to the terms.
  8. Click Next to proceed to the next screen.
  9. Enter the product serial number, then click Next.
  10. Select your region and, optionally, select the Advanced check box to change the installation directory.
  11. Click Next.
    1. If you selected the Advanced check box, installation directory, click Change.
    2. Browse to the directory where you want to install Dragon.
    3. Click Next.
  12. Click Install.
  13. The installation begins.

Activating Dragon

The first time you start Dragon after upgrading, you are prompted to activate the product. If you skip activation, you can launch Dragon in Trial mode five times. After five launches, you must activate Dragon to continue using the product.

These instructions assume you have an internet connection available on the computer where you upgraded Dragon.

  1. Launch Dragon.

    The Activation dialog box appears.

  2. Select Activate Product, and then click Next.
  3. Do one of the following:

    • If you upgraded from version 12 or 13, Dragon prepopulates the top field with your version 15 serial number automatically. In the bottom field, specify your version 12 or 13 serial number, and then click Next to continue.

    • If you upgraded from version 14, Dragon prepopulates the top field with your version 15 serial number and the bottom field with your previous version serial number. Click Next to continue.
  4. Click Finish.

    Dragon is activated.

Manually loading user profiles from a previous Dragon version

If your version 13 or 14 user profiles are located in a directory that is not automatically detected by Dragon, or if they are on another computer (for example, if you have Dragon installed on one machine and decide to install version 15 on a separate machine), do the following:

  1. Launch Dragon.
  2. From the DragonBar, select Profile>Open User Profile.
  3. Click Browse.
  4. Navigate to the location of your user profiles.

    For information on default user profile locations, see Knowledgebase article https://nuance.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/2313.

  5. Select appropriate user profiles.
  6. Click OK.

    Version 13 or 14 user profiles appear in the Open User Profile dialog box.

  7. Select a user profile, and then click Open.

    Dragon upgrades the user profile automatically.

Creating a new user profile (manual upgrade only)

The New User Profile wizard appears automatically. Run through the wizard to create your new user profile.

For more information, click the Help button on each screen.

Importing custom words

  1. From the DragonBar, select Vocabulary>Import list of words or phrases.

    The Import list of words or phrases dialog box opens.

  2. Optionally click the Preview the list of unknown words, and then click Next.
  3. Click Add File.

    The Add File dialog box opens.

  4. Navigate to the text (.txt) file containing the list of words and phrases you exported.

  5. Select the file, and then click Open.

    The file appears in the Add Word Lists file list.

  6. Click Next.

    Dragon analyzes the file.

  7. Click Next.

    Your custom words appear in the Add Words to Vocabulary list.

  8. Select the words to add to your vocabulary, and then click Next.

  9. Click Next.

    Dragon adds the words to your vocabulary.

  10. Click Finish.

Importing custom commands

  1. From the DragonBar, select Tools>Command Browser.

    The Command Browser opens.

  2. From the Command Browser menu, select MyCommands>Import.

    The Import Commands dialog box opens.

  3. Navigate to the data (.dat) file containing the custom commands you exported.
  4. Select the file, and then click Open.

    The Import Commands dialog box opens.

  5. Select the commands you want to import, and then click Import.

    Dragon imports your commands.

  6. Click OK.

 

Known issues

Summary

Description

Dragon Web Extension prompt still appears for Firefox despite discontinued support

When you open Mozilla Firefox for the first time after installing Dragon, the prompt to install the Dragon Web Extension still appears and allows you to install the extension despite discontinued Firefox support. If you install the extension, Dragon does not receive any added functionality.

For more information on Firefox support, see About Firefox.

Screen readers cannot read all Interactive Tutorial content Screen readers, like Microsoft Narrator, do not read the full content in the Interactive Tutorial. They may only read the captions. In addition, they may not be able to read other content, like tab names.
No menu tracking support in OpenOffice Writer

Menu tracking support is not available in OpenOffice Writer.

OpenOffice Writer is supported only in the French and German editions.

Spacing is incorrect when correcting same text more than once When you correct the same text you dictated more than once using the Correction menu, Dragon does not correctly adjust the spacing before or after the corrected text. Dragon may add an extra space.
Reinstalling version 14 not possible after installing and uninstalling version 15

When you upgrade from version 14 to version 15, uninstall version 15, and then attempt to reinstall version 14, errors occur, and the installation fails.

Workaround: Follow the instructions on the Technical Support web site here.

Track Changes feature in MS Word remains enabled when dictating with quote commands When you dictate in Microsoft Word using quote commands with the Track Changes feature enabled and then disable it, the feature incorrectly remains enabled.
Multi-word street names incorrectly compounded or not hyphenated In the German edition of Dragon Professional Individual and Dragon Legal Individual, Dragon can occasionally compound multi-word street names incorrectly. Dragon can also incorrectly eliminate hyphens from multi-word street names.
Automatic compounding occasionally incorrect In the German edition of Dragon Professional Individual and Dragon Legal Individual, Dragon can occasionally compound words incorrectly.
Tray icon mode in Windows 10 Tablet mode causes access issue

If you are using a Windows 10 computer in Tablet mode, Dragon incorrectly allows you to enable Tray Icon mode from the DragonBar. In that state, you no longer have access to the Dragonbar or to Dragon´s microphone.

Workaround: Turn off Tablet mode, restore the Dragonbar, and then turn on Tablet mode.

Canceling Accuracy Tuning rolls back all acoustic optimization

When you run Accuracy Tuning and then click Cancel before the acoustic optimization process completes, an error occurs, indicating that the user profile has not been successfully prepared for use. At this point, all acoustic optimization and calibration is lost and must be redone.

 

Misplaced cursor after correcting text with auto-punctuation When you correct text using the Correction menu and you have the Automatically add commas and periods option enabled, the cursor position may be incorrect in rare cases after the correction.
Red square flashes during dictation While you dictate in some applications, like Wordpad and Chrome, a red flashing square can be seen in the upper right corner of the application.
Dictation not possible in Gmail or Outlook.com sign-in field in Chrome When you are using the Chrome browser, dictating your email address in the Gmail or Outlook.com sign-in field is not possible.
Disambiguation markers don't appear in WordPerfect X7 and X8 In WordPerfect X7 and X8, when there are multiple occurrences of the same word in your dictation and you use the "Select <text>" or "Correct <text>" command, green disambiguation markers do not appear next to all occurrences. A marker appears only for the last instance.
Recognition stops occasionally when dictating in Word Online

When you're dictating in Word Online in the Chrome browser, Dragon occasionally rejects your dictation and commands.

Workaround: Press F5 to refresh the Web page.

Transcribing .wav files with bit rate greater than 16 not supported

Dragon does not support transcription for .WAV files with a bit rate greater than 16. When you attempt to transcribe these files, an error appears, indicating that the audio format is not valid.

Incorrect word count shown when adding words in Learn from specific documents

When you run the Learn from specific documents tool and the analysis finds unknown words for which Dragon cannot guess the pronunciation, the Summary window can incorrectly indicate that all words were added to your vocabulary.

Playback in Lync 2013/Skype for Business 2016 plays audio for previously sent messages When you play back a message in the Conversation window, Dragon plays audio for previously sent messages from your current session in addition to the current message.
Dragon no longer requires audio optimization when adding additional dictation sources

Without audio optimization, in rare cases, you might receive Low volume warning messages or experience audio "clipping".

Workaround: Run the Check Microphone function from the DragonBar (Audio>Check Microphone). For more information on microphone issues, see Troubleshooting your microphone.

Auto-punctuation incorrectly placed When you delete all text that you just dictated and then dictate new text, Dragon incorrectly adds a period at the beginning of the first line when auto-punctuation is turned on.
Activation error message incorrect

When you are upgrading to version 15 with a smart upgrade serial number and you type the version 15 serial number incorrectly, the error message that appears incorrectly states that the serial number for your previous version is incorrect.

Workaround: Correct your version 15 serial number.

Rare uninstallation error can occur

On rare occasions, the error message "Error opening installation log file..." can occur. To successfully uninstall Dragon, do the following:

Restart your computer and then attempt the uninstall again.

Or, if the issue remains unresolved, do the following:

  1. Open the Windows Task Manager.
  2. Click the Processes tab.
  3. Select the explorer.exe process, and then click the End task button.
  4. In the Task Manager, select File>Run new task.

    The Create new task dialog box opens.

  5. In the Open field, type explorer.
  6. Click OK to restart the process.

If the issue still remains unresolved, unlock the C:\Users\<Windows user name>\AppData\Temp folder, or the DNS uninstall log file.

Microsoft Office compatibility modules can become disabled The Microsoft compatibility modules for Word, Outlook, and so on can become disabled if they take too long to load.
Sub-menus non-responsive to voice commands in Word Online In Word Online, sub-menus do not open when you use voice commands like "Show Links" to open them.
PowerMic Press-to-talk button unresponsive after new install

In rare cases when you plug in a PowerMic and then install Dragon on a computer for the first time, the Press-to-talk button and surrounding buttons may not work properly.

Workaround: Unplug the PowerMic after installation, and then plug it back in.

Full Text Control and MouseGrid commands not available for Microsoft Edge browser Full Text Control is currently not available for Microsoft Edge. This is because Edge does not provide the same extensions as other browsers to allow this functionality. In addition, Edge does not support MouseGrid commands.
User profile upgrade fails for profiles created in version 12 and prior User profile upgrades may fail in version 15 when the user profile was created with a Transcription dictation source in Dragon version 12 or prior and has been upgraded previously to a version prior to 15.

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