of the PowerMic II includes a built in scanner. Below is a
description of the basic microphone.
This is a very
high quality microphone - designed for the professional - and with
a number of unique features making it highly convenient and
accurate with speech recognition software and particularly well
suited for use with Dragon NaturallySpeaking. The PowerMic II
microphone offers simplified single-handed, thumb-control operation
for dictating, navigating, reviewing, and editing speech
recognition generated documentation.
microphone integrates partially with Dragon NaturallySpeaking
Medical 9.5 and beyond and, in fact, if Dragon is set-up with this
as the planned microphone the program provides a separate menu of
"hot keys" specifically related to this microphone (see below).
Integration with NaturallySpeaking 10 Medical is particularly rich
and allows use of microphone button to accomplish a series of
functions listed in detail below.
This is a unique and highly functional microphone. In our testing
it appears to be more accurate and more noise canceling than the
otherwise similar Philips SpeechMic (all versions) and the Olympus
DR1200. We do not consider the PowerMic II to be quite as noise
canceling as the Sennheiser ME3 and UmeVoice (theBoom) mics, but it
does fine with ordinary noise. In addition to its comfort,
convenience, and excellent acoustic properties, a unique aspect of
this microphone is its integration with the MEDICAL version of
Dragon, including 9.5, 10, and the Medical Practice edition. See
additional notes below on compatibility.
for non-Medical users: this microphone has full functionality, and
in particular the ability to program the individual buttons, only
in the Medical version of Dragon, version 10 and beyond. When used
in a non-compatible (non-medical) version, the microphone,
for Dragon Legal Users: The only way this can be used with the
Legal version and legal vocabularies is to install both the Legal
and Medical versions on your PC - a very costly alternative. In
order to do this, first install the legal version and then install
the medical version. When inserting the medical disk you must
answer "Yes" when asked whether you are upgrading to the Medical
version. This will leave your legal vocabulary intact but provide
all the functionality of the medical version. Hopefully Nuance will
create a better alternative for legal users in the future
Note for Mac
Users: Somewhat strangely, while this microphone cannot be used
with any version of Dragon but the medical version, with a easily
downloadable utility it can be made to work with an Apple Computer
and Dragon Dictate or MacSpeech Dictate. Please click on the link
above to learn more about this.
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