RE: RSI, Dragon Naturally Speaking, FrameMaker, and cubicles

Subject: RE: RSI, Dragon Naturally Speaking, FrameMaker, and cubicles
From: "Sam Beard" <sbeard -at- oico -dot- com>
To: "Suzette Leeming" <suzette -dot- leeming -at- gmail -dot- com>, "Stansbury, Stan" <SBS -at- dolby -dot- com>, "TECHWR-L" <TECHWR-L -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 29 Aug 2007 09:21:56 -0500

Stan and Suzette,

You have my sympathies for the RSI! I hope I never end up with those
issues, myself!
Having said that, I wanted to let you both know about a mouse that
I've seen a couple of former co-workers use before. You grip it like a
joystick or a flight-stick in a fighter plane. The hand goes vertical
instead of horizontal. From what those co-workers said, it REALLY helped
a lot with the issues they had. Might be worth checking out.
Unfortunately, I don't have a product name to tell you, only this short
bit of a description.

HTH and Good Luck!

Samuel I. Beard, Jr.
Technical Writer
OI Analytical
979 690-1711 Ext. 222
sbeard -at- oico -dot- com

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Of Suzette Leeming
Sent: Tuesday, August 28, 2007 7:54 PM
To: Stansbury, Stan; TECHWR-L
Subject: Re: RSI, Dragon Naturally Speaking, FrameMaker, and cubicles

I can't answer all your questions (such as using it with Framemaker),
here's my experience.

1. You use a headset with an attached mic, so you shouldn't have to
speak very loud.
2. It take time to "train" it. Best to do during slow times or after
work. It needs to "learn" to match the pronumciation of some words
with the
correct spelling (there - their - they're, which - witch, etc. along
some really creative ones).
3. You will still need to do some editing/formatting for a long time.

I have found that using a touchpad instead of a mouse has been very
beneficial. It puts less strain on the wrist. Not only have I had RSI, I
actually broke my "mouse" wrist a couple of years ago and haved 3 pins
in it
now. I've been replacing each of my mice (work, home, laptop, etc.) with

My keyboard is also egonomic, except on the laptop. Split in the middle
/ \.

Hope this helps a bit.

On 8/28/07, Stansbury, Stan <SBS -at- dolby -dot- com> wrote:
> So for years I've been struggling with RSI, and at the moment it's
> winning. I'm now contemplating some kind of voice-activated software.
> The one you hear the most about is this Dragon Naturally Speaking.
> Does anyone out there actually use it? Are you able to really be
> productive with it? Does it work with FrameMaker? Can you use a
> program with it? Our work area is open cubicles. Do you have to talk
> loudly to it, or could I speak softly enough not to disturb folks on
> other side of the cubicle walls?
> There are probably lots of other questions I'm not knowledgeable
> to ask. If you've got any experience with Dragon or anything else
> that line, I'd love to hear from you.
> TIA for your advice.

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RSI, Dragon Naturally Speaking, FrameMaker, and cubicles: From: Stansbury, Stan
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