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I highly recommend that you start talking to your computer - seriously. I
have been using a program called ViaVoice Gold from IBM. Although it is
intended to serve two purposes - dictation and menu commands - I use it 99%
of the time for voice commands. The majority of commands are not written by
me, but automatically detected by the ViaVoice every time you launch a
program. Essentially, it creates a macro for any command that uses a series
of keystrokes to get through the menu structures or keystrokes used for
I have used it most productively in Autocad (or any Windows based Cad
program). Not only does it save from having to find your way through layers
of menus but it keeps you focused on the drawing. This really helps reduce
design time.
The latest version is very good about filtering out background noises -
however it's simple enough to put it to "sleep" when you are not using it.
If you a slow typist, the dictation part of the program can keep up with
around 125 words per minute with about 95% accuracy. The more you train the
program for specific inflections or accents, the greater the accuracy.
Personally, I do not find the dictation useful since I can type almost as
fast as I can think. If I force myself to dictate, I tend to lose my
concentration and line of thought.
At any rate, I can highly recommend the voice command programs that are out
there. Most require anywhere from a 100 MHz Pentium and faster. The faster
the better. Prices range from Free (there are some voice activated macro
programs including one from Microsoft that I believe are free) to between
$49.00 and $150.00. I have tried about six different products over the last
few years. IBM's ViaVoice Gold is on the top of my list.

-----Original Message-----
From: Bill Allen, S.E. [mailto:bill(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Saturday, June 06, 1998 1:46 PM
To: seaoc(--nospam--at)
Subject: RE: COMP: MS Bookshelf98

Whew! I'm not sure about your prior Windows experience, but I have never had
to go through the gyrations you have described. On my machine, an icon does
just what I want it to do directly. A single click is much faster than
typing a string at the c:> line. I admit cascading menus are a pain but they
are disappearing particularly in ACAD R14. Besides, I don't see how you can
make any money running one app at a time :o).

Bill Allen

-----Original Message-----
From: Roger Turk [mailto:73527.1356(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Saturday, June 06, 1998 12:42 PM
To: seaoc(--nospam--at)
Subject: COMP: MS Bookshelf98


I just saw an article in PC Magazine about a scripting method for Windows.
am going to have to look it over closely and see if I could use it to set up
the user friendly command line interface that I am used to so that I will
not waste time clicking on an icon to get another icon which gets a pull
down menu or a dialogue box and then, 2 hours later, enter the program that
I could quickly enter by just typing three characters at the DOS command
line.  Then, and only then, might I use Windows.

But then, I am going to have to figure out how to override Windows disk
organization and hooks so that *I* can organize my drives in the way that
*I* want them and that is logical.

A. Roger Turk, P.E.(Structural)
Tucson, Arizona

BTW, CompUSA is *finally* opening up a store in Tucson!  That's the good
part; the bad part is that it is clear across town from me.

. > I'm sure most of you are already familiar with Microsoft Bookshelf. I
. > picked up a copy of Bookshelf98 ($45 at CompUSA) and it is pretty cool.
. > icon is loaded on the task bar (to the left of the time). If you
. > highlight a word in any Windows application (sorry Roger Turk), then
. > right mouse click on the icon, you can get definitions, synonyms, etc.
. >
. > Regards,
. > Bill Allen
. >