Recently when my father passed away, he left an extensive collection of hand written material in the form of a journal, letters, and thoughts. While the material contains extensive history of our family, few others will have a desire to read the many hand-written pages. Voice recognition software has substantially simplified and reduced the time needed to manage the collection. My process is as follows:
- Scan each page of the collection for digital preservation.
- Using speech recognition software (such as Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10), I am able to read the handwritten text directly into a Word document (with the aid of microphone connected into USB port) with all the correct punctuation and formatting. The software recognizes over 98% of what I read. I am able to read at normal speeds exceeding 100 words a minute. Continue reading