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Topic Title: Announcing SP 6 PRO
Topic Summary: The Dragon Enhancement & Productivity Suite
Created On: 08/21/2020 02:15 PM
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Thanks to Lunis Orcutt for allowing us to post on this forum we proudly announce:

 

SP 6 PRO - The Dragon Enhancement & Productivity Suite

A comprehensive and versatile package of 27 Powerful Dragon Add-ons.

 

Highlights:

 

The new All-In-One Dictation Box (watch the Demonstration Video) is the ultimate solution for (longer) dictations into speech unfriendly applications. Many interesting features were added like: Adjustable Auto Transfer, Auto Get Text, Auto Font Size Adjust, Enhanced Citrix support, Intelligent Punctuation, support for all popular casings like Camel, Pascal, Snake, Kebab and the additional option to (always) force text in the box to lowercase.

We added the innovative Dual Mode which can act as a spare clipboard to complement your workflow. In addition there is Simple Mode, Advanced Mode and Compact Mode.

This box has many Accessibility views like High Contrast, Visually Impaired, Transparent, Translucent, and 5 additional Color Themes. We also significantly improved the integrated proofreading features in the box. Not only can you quickly adjust voice, reading speed and volume but you can also determine whether punctuation marks should be read out or not.

The All-In-One Dictation Box comes with a fully integrated and revised Quick Correct (Advanced Search & Replace) module with text highlighting.  It adds another 30 special text editing functions to the box.

We even managed to crank up the loading speeds some more. You will love this box! Actually, the demonstration video is a bit outdated already (V.6.127) since the current version is V.6.252. That's how fast development of SP 6 PRO goes :-).

 

The completely revised Advanced Application Activation (watch the Demonstration Video) allows you to activate ANYTHING you see in the taskbar. Forget about the Dragon switch to  command which will only work for (global) executable applications. Not only can you directly activate/focus every instance of an application but also pictures, PDFs, HTMLs or any other file type that is running in the background or taskbar, you can also directly close them. You don't even need to say the full file/application name, part of the name will do as well.

Want more? Placer is an additional activation tool that lists all running applications allowing you to activate, kill or place them in any of the 16(!) grid locations. You can conveniently blacklist applications you don't want to see in that list anymore.

 

With the Enhanced Global Placement feature (watch the Demonstration Video) you can easily place any window anywhere on the screen. You can move a window by tiny bits, make it follow your mouse cursor, or dynamically place it relative to the previous active window.

 

The same goes for the enhanced Global Window Sizing feature which uses relative sizing. You can resize (but also heighten or widen your window) by percent. This gives very accurate results. We just added New Size the intuitive, GUI driven tool which complements the SP sizing features. This convenient Window Sizing utility allows you to set absolute sizes (pixels) for your application and Explorer windows.

 

What about making virtually ANY application like Word, Outlook, Chrome, Edge, Thunderbird etc. translucent (up to 10 levels) with the new Global Translucency feature. Picture the possibilities this will allow you to work in those applications while keeping an eye on the underlying windows. Making everything completely opaque again only takes just one single voice command!

 

We proudly present SysTray the innovative tool to approach the notification area (tray icons) by voice. You will not only see all the icons' tooltips in one glance (so you know what they represent) but you can also directly activate them, choosing a left or right click. The program gives you several options to approach the notification area items. You can use the reference number, select by dictation or simply move up or down the list to activate your item.

 

Like to store more Strings, Templates and Boilerplates than Dragon can hold before it gets slow? Want to quickly TRANSFER/TRANSPORT them to your target applications?

Plates is a SQLite database driven tool that will help you create and manage a large amount of strings, templates and boilerplates by voice. If you're a medical worker, programmer, translator, lawyer or if you simply want to avoid the limitations of the Dragon Command Browser then Plates is for you.

 

We've added a universal hotkey solution. SP Hotkey Manager allows you to launch any executable file (or PDF) with a hotkey of your choice. Quickly launch any application like Word, Notepad, Paint, SP Editor, Quick Correct, Visual Studio with a (single key) hotkey. The program allows loading over 900 applications so the only limit is the amount of keys on your keyboard ;-). This is the tool many (partially disabled) Dragon users have been waiting for!

 

Want to quickly kill any application by voice? Maybe kill several applications in one voice command? It's easy enough with SP Process Killer. You get a convenient sample command and the only thing you need to change is the name of the application (exe) you want to kill. It just does not get any easier than this. From now on you won't need Batch or VBS files for that anymore. And no, you also will not need AHK or any other macro language anymore either ;-).

 

Dragon users who don't want to install the Chrome extension because it can cause Dragon freezes appreciated the Select-and-Say enabled Chrome Search in SP 5 Pro. Those users will definitely love the new Global SP Search. It supports Select-and-Say searches in main browsers like Chrome, Edge, Brave, Opera and Firefox.

 

SP HyperNotes is the fastest way to store simple notes by voice. This utility was sold separately before but is now part of SP 6 PRO. We added some serious enhancements and you're going to love it!

 

The same goes for SP Press Utility (watch the Demonstration Video). It's the ultimate hands-free mouse buttons tool. We added interesting new options like keeping the left mouse button pressed for a variable number of seconds and "release copy" which will automatically copy text you selected with the mouse on release.

 

Another module that Dragon users will appreciate is the new SP Startup Manager. It offers a quick and easy solution to place certain SP modules in your Windows startup folder (like SP Pause Reminder or SP Hotkey Manager). You can simply enable or disable these items. The tool also facilitates adding other programs to your Windows startup folder.

 

We added SP Text Tools the ultimate tool to Case, Correct, Quote, Remove, Replace and Sort words in any speech unfriendly application, without the need of a dictation box!

 

SP 6 PRO also includes all the appreciated modules of version 5. They have been thoroughly revised and improved. Significant enhancements were done to SP EditorHotkeys for DragonSpeaker, Quick Store and Quick Correct (watch the Demonstration Video).

 

Of course Dragon & VC Restart (watch the Demonstration Video) which also supports restarting of KnowBrainer and SpeechStart is part of the package as well. But this time you can use the new SP Hotkey Manager to set your own hotkeys!

 

 

The most recent addition to the package is Quiet Box a minimal and automatic dictation window that can be completely hidden if so desired yet allowing dictated text to be automatically passed to a target application. Detection of the target application is automatic and so is the transfer process (watch the Explainer Video).

 

It's easy to lose yourself in such a powerful package and spend hours and hours behind your computer. You want to save your eyes and your voice and yes, we know just how that goes You told yourself over and over again to take frequent breaks but it seems that you're not able to control yourself. It is really about self-control? No, it's a matter of choosing the right tool. That's where SP Pause Reminder steps in .

 

In addition you get some of the most popular Legacy Modules as well.

 

Needless to say that this package offers incredible value for your money. So head over to the Speech Productivity website and purchase SP 6 PRO now.

 

This post was last updated on 11-07-2020



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Congratulations, Rob. Sounds like a good package.

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Wow, you have certainly been busy! We're getting new Dragon-unfriendly software at work soon and I think I'm going to need this.

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I have been using version 5 and love it, really pleased to see a new version and ordered the upgrade without hesitation.
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Thanks PG and Grandslam for the comments. 

 

Steve your comment is also much appreciated, hope you like the new version!

 

We (that's me and the new programmer) have been working on SP 6 PRO for the last 10 months in a stretch for many hours a day, every day. It has been an exciting journey. Actually we're just getting warmed up. There is much more to come in the future. The program will be updated and improved frequently. 

 

As always we are open to suggestions from Dragon users. A lot of features implemented in the program today were user requests. So feel free to post them here and we'll see what we can do.



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Great work on the new update!

 

Some requests for future updates:

 

I would like to be able to search the Internet with a search term that has been dictated directly into the Dictation Box. 

 

For example by clicking a button it would open my default web browser with the search to enter, and the results shown.

 

 

 

Also sometimes, I'm dealing with an application that does not maintain the focus at the right place, therefore I would like to have a button where you can Just Copy and not Transfer.

 

I would like to be able to set custom font just for the actual dictation.

 

I would also like to report the following bug:

 

When you set High Contrast View, the Female Voice checkboxe label becomes invisible. Also the two checkboxes below do the same.

 

Regarding the Plates.

 

Would it be possible to include filter text boxes for the categories, keywords and strings.

 

Sometimes my memory fails me and I can only remember 1 or 2 words of what I'm trying to select. Being able to enter just a single word with the results shown that contain that word would help with memory recall.

 

Are there any plans to create a global database that people could use as a starting point, which would initially contain generic items?



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Thanks Mark, your comments are appreciated.

 

"When you set High Contrast View, the Female Voice checkbox label becomes invisible. Also the two checkboxes below to the same."

 

They do become visible as soon as you enable TTS feature in the box:

 

 

 

 

 

 

"I would like to be able to search the Internet with a search term that has been dictated directly into the Dictation Box."

 

Yes, we will include this in DB in the next update.

 

Also sometimes, I'm dealing with an application that does not maintain the focus at the right place, therefore I would like to have a button where you can Just Copy and not Transfer.

 

Will do, should be easy enough.

 

"I would like to be able to set custom font just for the actual dictation."

 

You mean this? This can be done in Advanced Mode:

 

 

 

 

 

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Hi Rob thanks for your reply. Regarding the fonts I mean in plain text mode. The reason being when coding I like to use Cascadia Code font which includes font ligatures and makes for reading code a lot more intuitive. Basically it combines two characters like >= to a single character. I am used to this in my IDE, so would make sense in the dictation box also.


Also did you see my comments regarding Plates?



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Yes, I just did. Should be possible to add a checkbox in DB Config to make cascadia font default in Simple (and Dual) Mode.

 

Or we could simply create a custom DB AIO version for you where cascadia is the default font.

 

I just sent this and your requests for Plates to Tom (the new programmer). He will get back on this soon.



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Hello Mark,

I am the "new" SP programmer. Well, maybe not so "new" – been programming for over 30 years. However, a neurological disorder left me quadriplegic. So, life has changed for me. My abilities have actually improved slightly the last couple years to the point that I'm able to do some work again. 

 

I got in touch with Rob last year when it appeared that his product could be helpful to me. It turns out that I could also be of help to him. Between the two of us, we have developed some tools that I use everyday. I'm sure many will find some of the things that we have useful as well. At least I hope so.

 

I like your suggestions Mark.

 

Regarding the font suggestion – there are a couple ways that we could move on this one. With some minor changes, it would be extremely easy to use the same font as defined in the advanced box to be used in the other boxes as well.

 

As for Plates – definitely could add some filtering capability for sure. As far as a generic initial starting point – extremely easy to do technically. It's just that there are so many different customer requirements out there, I did not know where to start. If anyone wants to send or post a list, we could certainly make that happen.

 

As far as the copy request – so you are asking if he can just do half of the process – while in the dictation box, ask for a copy, it will go to the target application and get the selected text, if nothing selected, copy everything, and then simply return back to the box?

 



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Congratulations Rob and Tom! I just bought the (large) package of utilities and am looking forward to trying them all out. Thank you for the introductory pricing too - it made the purchase decision a "no brainer" (:-)). I can tell just by looking at the list of utilities that a huge amount of software development is behind the product. Your product will move the dictation utilities industry forward a step - there's no doubt in my mind about that.

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Hi Tom,

 

I'm glad you liked my suggestions.

 

Regarding the font suggestion, yes that sounds fine, just need to be able to set a default font that's changeable by a user.

 

As for the copy request, actually it's the other way round. I want to to be able to dictate something into the Dictation Box, and then click on a button called say Copy Only. This would hide the Dictation Box, automatically switch back to the original application but do nothing else. This would enable me to position the cursor in the correct position, before pasting into the application.  This is because sometimes when I'm in an application and I switch away from it, and then switch back the cursor is not in the original place, i.e. in a properties window in Visual Studio.

 

Regarding the Plates, currently I use KnowBrainer scripts to enter strings directly into an application from a database.  This enables me to list a subset of options and drill down with my voice to get the actual value I want. It also means I don't have to switch away from my current application and loose focus.  Please feel free to look at my github for examples at the link below.



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I have also updated Plate today, so that should be coming out soon as well. It gives you a very easy filter capability to very quickly get to your desired string. Now, with potentially only two words dictated (any part of the category and any part of the keyword), you can get to the target string.

 



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Yes this looks superb!

 

Also I think I forgot to mention when clicking the Web Search, it would be useful if the system checked if there was something selected, and use that as the search term, otherwise use the whole of the text in the dictation box.



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well, more good news, that is exactly how it operates! 



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We just updated SP PRO to version 6.6. In addition to the above improvements to the Dictation Box and improvements to other modules we also added SP Text Tools  

It’s the ultimate tool to Case, Correct, Quote, Remove, Replace and Sort words in any speech unfriendly application without the need to use a dictation box.

 


You can directly Change words or sentences in your speech unfriendly target application with the included SP Selection Tool almost in the same way you would do with the Dragon correction window. It also supports multiple text matches.



But that's only the beginning. You can directly Remove or Replace words with only one command.This even works with compounded strings (like words inside a URL in the browser address bar).
The removal feature is very powerful it also allows you to remove unnecessary Apostrophes, Braces, Brackets, Colons, Commas, Dashes, Hashes (#), Parens, Periods, Questions (?), Spaces, Stars (*), Tildes (~), Underscores etc.. The Replacement feature not only allows replacement of words
 (i.e. replace Rob with Tom) but also replacement of dashes with hyphens, straight quotes with curly quotes etc.).



Easily Alphabetize and Sort your text or directly apply all popular Casings like camelCase, PascalCase, kebab-case, Snake_Case to your text. SP Text Tools is also the easiest way to quickly Quote or Unquote text in your speech unfriendly target application.



Even more features will be added to this module in the future!

 

Current SP 6 PRO customers will receive this update soon.

 



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The SP PRO update to version 6.6 was just send to all customers. If you did not receive the email, please contact us.



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Thank you for today's update. Everything is getting better all the time.

I'm having trouble with "Middle Of The Screen" (a bit of a tongue twister) even having retrained. I have renamed as "Centralise" and that works.

I love the global sizing and global placement commands. However, all size resetting is relative, i.e. I can reset size maintaining aspect ratio or I can reset dimensions independently. Is there any possibility of having two or three standard aspect ratios from which to start, e.g. a square, a couple of oblongs?



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Thank you for your comments and suggestions.


I'm wondering if in the meantime, the existing commands "height <1to200>" and "width <1to200>" will help you. While the size command does change both the height and the width at the same time, these two commands will change just the height OR the width. Again, it is a percentage factor. 200 will double the height OR the width, while 50 will reduce the height OR the width by half. And so forth.



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