Dragon NaturallySpeaking 13 – Expected Release Date & News

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Updated August 26th, 2014 – Nuance just released NaturallySpeaking 13 Home and Premium at nuance.com (a big thanks to Jamie S. for sending up the tip!).

We also just updated our deals page with the best offers right now for Dragon 13. If you’re running on a Mac, then be sure to also see the newly refreshed Dictate 4 from Nuance (that’s the Mac version of Dragon speech recognition software).

So what’s new in in Dragon 13?

We’ve put together a list of all of the new features and improvements in Dragon 13. Be sure to see the details to see if the new features are worth upgrading to.

Dragon 13 software from Nuance was released in July, 2014.- Dragon NaturallySpeaking 13 Release Date

We base our predictions on both when the last version was released and on the new document creation programs coming to market. See below the historical Dragon voice recognition software release date timeline:

  • Version 13 – First available in July 2014.
  • Version 12.5 – It was released in February 2013.
  • Version 12 – Originally available in October 2012.
  • Version 11.5 – Released in June of 2011.
  • Version 11 – Released in August 2010.
  • Version 10 – Released in August 2008.
  • Version 9 – Released in July 2006.
  • Version 8 – Released in November 2004.
  • Version 7 – Available in March 2003.
  • Version 6 – November 2001.

What would we like to see updated in the next release?

If you’re already a user of Dragon NaturallySpeaking software, you already know that for any greater length of time or for longer documents, it’s a lot faster than typing. But it’s not perfect! In version 12 we saw much improved performance and accuracy over version 11. In this next release, we would love to see the ability to transcribe audio files (would be a great feature for making notes when recording lectures in school). We would also like to see Dragon 13 be better compatible with Windows 8 (a number of people have reported issues, although the recent patches seem to have fixed some of most of the common issues) and Microsoft Office 2013 (specifically Word 2013 which sometimes freezes up). Finally, we expect LibreOffice will be added to the list of compatible document creator programs.

What would you like to see added or improved in NaturallySpeaking 13? Share your thoughts below.

  1. September 8, 2016


    I use dragon master voice recognition software 10 because number one I got it for Christmas and number two i’m disabled so I use my dragon master voice recognition software to write post blogs stories emails and someone and so forth It gives a voice to a voiceless person what I mean by that is without dragon master voice recognition software 10. I would not be able to write stories emails blogs post right jokes and so on and so forth I really think God above for people that invented came up with the idea of dragon master Voice recognition software it’s really a godsend to people that are not able for what ever reason to write emails blog post stories and so on and so forth I really do appreciate my Dragon Master software but believe you me dragon master voice recognition software does have its problems sometimes it doesn’t recognize my voice or write what I say and just makes up words out of the blue which is very scary and sometimes it actually does It writes down and races words all by self which is a little spooked to and it puts capital letters where I never even asked for them it’s like it doesn’t even listen to me sometimes and you figure after 20 years it would listen to my voice

  2. August 8, 2015

    Ray Shain

    I have DNS 13 and just updated Libre Office to 5.0. DNS worked fine within Libre Office 4, but now only works with the editor window in 5. Do I need to re-install? Is there an update coming? Help!!

    • October 31, 2015


      I think reinstalling is not a solution, it dose not work. I hope DNS 13 will support Libre Office or Libre office DNS 13 🙂

  3. May 8, 2015


    do you know the release date of dragon 14?

  4. January 22, 2015

    Scott McIntosh

    The Dragon Basic 13 has issues with my new Del 64 bit windows 8.1 how can you fix it ?

  5. August 24, 2014

    Dueep Jyot Singh

    One of the highlights of My year is looking forward to what Dragon comes out with on its next update. Unfortunately, the buck (literally) stops with 12.5 and its goodbye to a long and fruitful association. That is because this version of Dragon does not support Windows XP SP3. I dislike Vista, 7 and 8 immensely, so I would rather stay with v 12 Pro , which as usual works excellently for me and on a steady XP.
    This decision on the part of Dragon software designers is on par with Adobe’s decision taken last year when their new web designing software like DreamWeaver and Photoshop could only be used on Vista or 7. So if they are still wondering why their clients began dropping off like fruit flies in the sun, here’s the reason.
    Dragon’s marketing division had better read this statistic. You may think the XP users are limited, but We are Out there. And we are not going to upgrade to a Heavy, boring Vista, 7 or 8 just to install a Dragon 13 premium. We’ll stick to v 12.

    • August 28, 2014


      I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but you’re simply not telling the truth.
      Saying that Windows 7 is heavy? or boring? I don’t even understand what “boring” within an operating system entails. Are you suggesting that Windows XP has more features than Windows 7?

      I think you’re talking about the aesthetics, rather than how the actual operating system works. On almost every single front W7 is faster and more reliable than WinXP!
      Here are some examples:
      In terms of start up time, shutdown time, driver/hardware interaction, multitasking and hyperthreading support, javascript processing, web browser speed and reliability, PnP support and even safety.

      So if you have a computer with a multi-core processor and more than 2.5GB of ram you should definitely be running W7.

      • April 20, 2015

        Dueep Jyot Singh

        The truth is as I see it!
        Yes, I have a multicore processor with more than 2.5 GB RAM> But as I said, I prefer XP because of the aesthetics and I couldn’t be bothered by the fast start upo times and other enhancements. Consider me to be one of the geeks who bought a Merc or a Rolls Royce because I find its airconditioning system fascinating and I don’t use it much for driving. If you caught the simile and allusion.
        XP serves my purpose well because this is the only Operating system where my Adobe software and Dragon 12.6 has worked really well.
        Upgrading to 8.1 is in the cards, but as my computer geek brother told me, Windows is going to come out with 10 sometime soon. So I will spend my hard earned wampum on that Windows upgrade only if it is compatible with Dragon 13.
        I have the Dragon 13 Premium French software which I use extensively in the office, but like I said, at home I prefer XP. And wish with all my heart that XP and Dragon 13 were compatible, drivers notwithstanding.
        Like I reiterate again, there are many still developing countries which cannot afford expensively priced OS. You may consider these to be dinosaurs and obsolete and may shudder at the mere thought of people still using 98 or Xp. But reality and ground fact is- many of us cannot afford to upgrade our systems with the windows latest OS or even buy the necessary hardware including very expensive multicore processors for personal use. We leave that buying to the office management where the finances are in the pink of health.
        That is why I had requested that Dragon keep XP compatibility, so that people in India- a one billion + population out of which 43% are still using XP_ Facts are true, I know being a Marketing statistics buff- could upgrade to Dragomn 13. But like Adobe, it seems Dragon isn’t bothered much about the potential Asian market or thought of it as a possible buyer for its products.

    • October 20, 2014


      The reason they aren’t developing for XP is because MS has stopped all official support for XP as well. More and more developers are ditching XP because it’s over 10 years only and no longer is supported by it’s maker. That’s like being upset that dragon isn’t supporting windows 95. You ultimately need to upgrade your OS or accept the fact that your older OS will increasingly see software support dropped for it.

  6. August 17, 2014

    Mark Jones

    I have been using Dragon professional for the last 3 versions and am currently using V12.5. On review, the extra “features’ in Prof -v- Prem probably dont justify Prof. Are the features on the comparison sheets identical if ticked on both versions are the same features in Prem the same as in Pro? In particular, is the engine driving the speech recognition the same in both versions? Finally, will a Prem V13 upgrade work work over a Prof V12.

    • July 22, 2014


      Awesome tip – Thanks Jamie!

  7. July 12, 2014

    Mark Phillipson

    How about proper support to write Visual Basic or C# Code.

    I currently have the ability to add my own commands that are stored in a SQL Server database. For example I say Visual Basic DAO and it lists on the screen various options to select. It then pastes the template code into my current IDE. This functionality should be provided to everyone by default.

    Also displaying custom commands automatically when you switch to a particular application would be helpful.

    Hopefully the Visual Basic code currently used for scripts will be moved over to a .net language like Visual Basic.net or C#

    The ability to switch to different vocabularies on-the-fly would also be an advantage.

  8. July 8, 2014


    Dear George, Android is linux!!

  9. June 8, 2014


    Trouble shooting features. A program that monitors how dragon is working

  10. June 7, 2014

    Ian G

    Ideally making it compatible with Citrix. I work from home and log onto a citrix server, I get a lot of compatibility but not the whole range.

  11. May 30, 2014

    David Blake

    I hope it’s not going to be only a cloud application. Google’s isn’t any good for more than a couple of words. And the latency would be unbearable for most of us.

  12. May 4, 2014


    I wish Dragon ran more efficiently, consuming fewer system resources. I have 4GB of RAM on a 32-bit Windows 7 system and frequently can’t even get Dragon to open without closing all my open programs because it doesn’t have enough memory. When it is running, it is so slow to respond at times that I just turn it off and start typing.

    I would also like to see an option to automatically add a comma to four digit currencies (e.g., $5,000 rather than $5000). For some reason, it only adds the comma when you get to the fifth digit (e.g., $10,000).

  13. April 25, 2014

    Steve young

    The holy grail of voice software: synonyms. Once it understands words in context that will be a great day.

  14. April 2, 2014

    A User

    Is the program 64-bit or just 64-bit compatible? If not, a program running at 64 bits should be the first upgrade.

  15. April 1, 2014


    It’s simply got to work flawlessly on Linux. Everything is going Linux, Windows is finished. Everyone I know in IT only uses Linux because of many issues with stupid revenue generating Windows. They have even ditched their best ever – XP SP3, just to create a ‘new’ op sys to make more money. No one likes it.
    Linux is on smartphones and everyone loves Android.
    We will not buy another Nuance or dragon product UNTIL IT WORK FLAWLESSLY ON LINUX !!!!!!!

    • April 8, 2014


      This most be the most absurd comment I ever read on my several decades on the internet. It’s not to say that Windows is a great, optimized OS (it’s not), but “everyone is going Linux” is just absurd nonsense together with saying that XP SP3 was MS best OS. When was the last time you went into a store and bought a PC? How many of them are coming with Windows and how many with Linux? Linux is used for server systems where it has its place, but for home users it basically doesn’t exist. Where is Linux to be found on smartphones? Last time I checked this was dominated by iOs and Android. Seriously what a nonsense.

      • July 12, 2014


        George, forgiver us dummies who aint as smart as you, but son,
        Android = Linux, and ergo, you are an idiot savant. But congrats on the savant part.

        • July 21, 2014


          Android = Unix

  16. March 28, 2014


    I hope this Dragon transcription feature for the Mac would also be made available for Windows. From the Nuance Transcription FAQ: “Since Dragon is trained to accurately recognize that individual’s voice, the software will not accurately transcribe an alternate speaker’s voice. However, if you have installed MacSpeech Scribe (available for the Mac only), you can create a unique profile for any speaker for whom you have two minutes of recorded audio.”

  17. March 28, 2014


    I have been working with this product in may forms and applications since the DOS days. Even met the Baker’s back when they created the product. I foresee the next step to be integration with the web cam for facial expressions and user file recognition. I KNOW they are working on this.

  18. March 12, 2014


    Full support for maths symbols, without having to buy third party product. Ability to share profile between desktop and laptop. Ability to transcribe recordings made by somebody other than myself, without re speaking.

  19. March 7, 2014

    James M.

    I’m using DNS 12.5 with Windows 8.1, and I’m having trouble with repeated initial characters in some widely used applications.Firefox, Quicken and TurboTax are a few, but I have also encountered that with other programs. I would love to see that fixed. Also, it would be nice if the Dictation Box could remain open and available for dictation after clicking Transfer.

    (Will anyone from Nuance see these comments?)

  20. March 1, 2014

    Mike Conder

    Oulook is not used by everyone. How about making the next DNS able to learn from sent Thunderbird emails?

  21. March 1, 2014


    You state that you want to be able to transcribe audio files in V 13. Naturally Sp. v 12 can transcribe audio files. Right click on icon, then “Transcribe Recording.”

  22. February 17, 2014

    Jim D

    Some of the current issues that annoy me:

    – When mentioning the word “bush” – Bush as in I assume George W Bush comes up.
    – When discussing direction, the points of the compass are always in capitals and requires a no-cap-that – is there any fix?

  23. January 31, 2014


    Please also make the commands work – I can’t say “edit vocabulary” any more – it just ignores commands. Also fix the punctuation – if you go
    Open quotes How are you? Close quotes she said, it will write:
    “How are you?” She said
    Clearly, the word “She” should not be capitalised, and it should be easy for DNS to work this out. There are still loads of little errors in ver 12, and they should have been fixed a long time ago.
    Also, it is bad at detecting “her” and “for”, and it has this stupid tendency to prefer capitalised words, eg. Hall instead of hall. Please fix this nonsense.

  24. December 28, 2013

    Andrew S

    Please PLEASE make it work on Linux! This Op System is just so much better than stupid Windows which keeps breaking down and which they expect you to buy a new Op Sys every 2 or 3 years when new PC’s are touted. Everyone in IT I know is changing to or uses Linux unless they have to use Windows and we all only buy products that will work properly on Linux.

  25. November 29, 2013


    Oh and I forgot to mention

    XP is good because it is fast (low overheads) and so is fine with slower processor

    Vista is C*** and is for many items of SW as well – was bad, is bad and MS dumped it.

    Windows 7 pro original WITHOUT all the updates and a decent processor & Memory is excellent

  26. November 29, 2013


    I have been using DNS since version 2 … in those days it was c***

    I will say a couple of things that have solved the majority of issues :

    1. You need at least 4Gb proferable 8Gb of ram
    2. You need a reasonably fast processor (I use a dual core running at 3.2Ghz and the response is near instantaneous)
    3. Get the latest updates (there are generally a few glitches on first release)
    4. Get a really goo quality microphone I use Andrea and Logitech Headsets and get near 100% accuracy (generally errors are only from very similar sounding words)
    5. The recognition engine is the same in all versions and so quality should be the same.
    6. When using a recorder, keep close to mouth (and at side to avoid wind noise)
    7. Talk in normal voice (if you get frustrated and shout it WILL be worse)
    8. The apparently small increases in quality 10% are the “measured ” with standard speakers, however for the normal user I have found it to be far more “forgiving” of the way it is used – early versions would give 50% errors now I might get one minor error per paragraph (200 words) with biggest improvements from versions 10 to 11 and 11 to 12
    9. The next massive change has to be “any speaker” without training that really is the next “big-one”

    • December 3, 2013


      Over at the nuance forums I’ve been reading about a lot of problems with dragon 12 and 12.5. You didn’t have any serious problems? Were you running windows 8?

  27. November 27, 2013

    Dueep Jyot Singh

    Please also make sure Dragon 13 is able to run on Windows XP SP3! I found that the latest Adobe products stopped XP compatibility, so naturally I am not going to buy their overrated products running on Vista and Windows 7. Both OS are terrible. XP is still the best, so Dragon designers, please note!
    Also if you can find a way in which the initial word of a new sentence starts with a capital. One has to select the initial word and say “cap that” even after one ended the previous para with “full stop” New Para…
    And just another thing which you may find trivial but which will add to potential clients in the long run.Web designers and Coders.
    We LOVE your empty quotes and empty brackets command. If you could just add another command to this list- Empty angle brackets which immediately adds and to the document. All we will need to do is add the right tag then.
    Thanks so much for making our lives so easy.
    Just remembered- The Sony recorder which is supposed to be compatible with Dragon and is supposedly useful in recording speech which can then be transcribed when you get access to your computer is a TUTAL Fiasco. Don’t take my word for it, check for yourself. It has so many glitches that you would not want to be associated with it!

  28. November 19, 2013

    T. NEAL

    How about a help desk licence when problems arise? At the present time, there is no one to help after the initial 3-month period of use.

    Doesn’t that seem like a basic must NO ONE IS TALKING ABOUT? But which certainly has caused DRAGON to lose many customers…

    T. Neal

  29. November 13, 2013


    “And transcribing classroom recordings of unfamiliar voices of dubious quality is not likely to come up anytime soon.”

    But why not, I wonder? Forensic audio software (like Diamond Cut and others) already exists that can suppress background noise, clean up spoken audio, and distinguish between different voices. Why not just graft those algorithms onto Naturally Speaking?

  30. November 2, 2013


    In regards to the comments of one user above says that Dragon is very problematic, I have been using Dragon for all revisions over the years and it has improved dramatically. However the one thing is that is extremely important to have a powerful PC with lots of available memory, otherwise it gets very glitchy slow. I also found it critical to have a good microphone and headset (preferably with noise cancelling).

  31. October 30, 2013

    Susan C

    I would LOVE to see NatSpeak use more RAM. The new higher-end laptops come wtih 8MBS standard, and that should be the minimum benchmark. We already know that processor speed counts for a lot. And a solid-state disk can help somewhat.
    NatSpeak now tries to be all things to all people. I would love to see a verison optimized for those who only want to input text, accurately and with speed.
    I need a crazy amount of text recognition and disable anything that gets in its way.
    I also think that screen real estate should belong to the user to the extent possible. Apple discovered this. Get rid of annoying pop-up messages and sidebars.

  32. September 29, 2013


    I have severe elbow pain that limits my ability to use computer. I have become increasingly reliant on Dragon to interface with my laptop. Below are the issues with Dragon that have been most problematic for me, starting with the most critical.

    1. Every time you say something to Dragon, it has to “think” for one to two seconds. This adds up to a lot of lost time.

    2. Dragon makes recognition mistakes. For example, today it turned “an ambiguous” into “unambiguous.” It has also turned “an” into “on,” “the” into “a,” “sense” into “cents,” etc. and so forth. Whatever speed advantage Dragon might have over a keyboard is vastly outweighed by the amount of time I have to spend cleaning things up.

    3. Dragon is glitchy. It gets unhappy if Flash Player is enabled at the same time Dragon is running. Dragon also gets “stuck” far more often than my other programs. Some of these problems are merely inconvenient, and I have found ways to work around them. Overall, however, the effect is to make Dragon that much slower compared to typing.

    4. The more Dragon could naturally integrate with Chrome, Excel, etc., the better.

    5. This is probably still years away, but Dragon would be more useful if it could be customized more. I have to write scholarly papers, and these involve a lot of footnotes and weird citation shorthand. The more future versions of Dragon can be heavily customized to the individual user’s needs, the more useful they will be.

    • November 27, 2013

      Dueep Jyot Singh

      Jamie, if your software is taking a couple of seconds to think, try this. Go to tools – options- miscellaneous- speed vs accuracy. Put the pointer which may be in the middle(default) to the extreme left (fastest) That means you’ll get reduced think time timing.
      Also please add more documents to your vocabulary editor to build up Dragon’s base for recognising words. I have also noticed that dragon is more accurate if you say sentences in one breath instead of saying a couple of words and then waiting for Dragon to transcribe it before you say the next words.
      I hope these tips help you.

  33. September 21, 2013


    LibreOffice seems OK, and they could sure improve it (menu support, for example).

    I agree with Peter in that I would gladly stuff the box for more RAM for DNS.

  34. August 15, 2013


    I hope dragon 14 will eventually support Arabic.

  35. July 30, 2013

    Peter Mackey

    Dragon 14 should be able to use 4, 8 or even 12 megs of RAM and up to REALLY pump up accuracy in the new software, not just in such minor increments (“increase accuracy by 10%!” Is not much when you consider 10% of the previous release, 10% of the last etc.). Contextual and heuristic recognition methods would really change the game. And transcribing classroom recordings of unfamiliar voices of dubious quality is not likely to come up anytime soon. The ability to create commands and really manipulate windows would also be great (right now it’s only available in the $500).

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