Sandra Vogel

Contributing Writer

Sandra is a freelance IT writer with extensive experience across both business and consumer audience. She is equally at home writing a smartphone review as a research report for an international telecoms company.

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Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11 Premium

Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11 Premium

Nuance's Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11 Premium is a significant improvement on its predecessor: speech recognition is more accurate out of the box, and the user interface is generally slicker. The new command reference sidebar needs attention, though.

August 25, 2010 by in Developer

iZito

iZito

iZito is a meta search tool with added extras, notably the ability to 'park' relevant results for easy retrieval and to customise the way they are displayed.

November 18, 2004 by in Developer

Systran Translator Professional 5

Systran Translator Professional 5

Although it uses the same translation engine as several free Web-based services, Systran Translator Professional 5 offers additional features that may make it a worthwhile purchase for some business users.

January 26, 2006 by in Developer

ScanSoft PDF Converter

ScanSoft PDF Converter

Anyone needing to edit text distributed within PDFs should find PDF Converter invaluable. It needs to lose its umbilical link with Microsoft Word, though.

October 23, 2003 by in Developer

AutoRoute 2006 with GPS locator

AutoRoute 2006 with GPS locator

With handheld and smartphone-based navigation software sharing the limelight with standalone solutions, it's easy to forget that GPS-based navigation used to be the domain of notebook computers. There are still a number of such solutions available, and Microsoft's AutoRoute is an example. The new 2006 edition comes in two versions: with a GPS receiver for £149.99 (inc. VAT) and software-only for £44.99 (inc. VAT).

December 19, 2005 by in Developer

Zetadocs PDF

Zetadocs PDF

Adobe's PDF (Portable Document Format) is pretty much ubiquitous these days, its main advantage being that PDFs are hard for users to edit, which provides a measure of control over distributed information. PDF also copes well with graphics-rich material, locking it into a layout that reproduces accurately on a wide range of platforms. Finally, Adobe's PDF reader is free, so there's no cost barrier to access (you can download Adobe Reader <a href="http://downloads.zdnet.co.uk/0,39025607,1,00.htm?query=Adobe+Reader">here</a>).

September 16, 2005 by in Developer

Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11 Premium

Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11 Premium

Nuance's Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11 Premium is a significant improvement on its predecessor: speech recognition is more accurate out of the box, and the user interface is generally slicker. The new command reference sidebar needs attention, though.

August 25, 2010 by in Developer

IdeaFisher Pro

IdeaFisher Pro

Writing can be a drag. You know what you want to deliver, just not quite how to get it across. You have ideas, thoughts, themes running through your head, but when they turn up on paper the words don’t convey precisely what you mean. The sentences look clumsy, unsophisticated and imprecise. IdeaFisher is a tool designed to help you get the words on the pages and the thoughts in your head to match up, and to help you have those thoughts in the first place.

February 9, 2004 by in Developer

Ygnius

Ygnius

Some people swear by mind mapping, a technique for visually representing concepts and ideas. Newcomers may find the concept a little difficult at first, but converts say they could never go back to note taking methods. Several products provide mind mapping tools for use on a computer, and Ygnius is a functional and flexible offering.

January 13, 2003 by in Developer

Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.5 Premium

Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.5 Premium

The latest version of Nuance's speech-to-text application is as accurate as ever, but adds the ability to use your iPhone as a microphone and allows you to dictate posts to Facebook and Twitter, among other new features.

August 22, 2011 by in Developer