If you're serious about your speech productivity then SP 5.7 Pro is the best choice. The Pro Dictation Boxes have many enhancements and additional functionality not found in the SP Standard edition.
Quick Store has become a global application and now works in all browsers, even in Edge.
Application Activation (a faster and more reliable alternative to the Dragon swith to <application> commands) has become more powerful.
Hotkeys for Dragon 2.0 allows you to load 72(!) Dragon voice commands and launch them with a Hotkey. Just type in the command name and you're good to go. The hotkeys will also work with top level menus and primary application/dialog buttons.
Of course SP 5.7 Pro also includes Chrome Search and Speaker but wait there's more. What about a fast, feature-rich, assistive alternative to DragonPad? SP Ergonomic Text Editor is here!
Dragon & VC Restart now also offers support for KnowBrainer and SpeechStart+. Quickly relaunch them all, with a Hotkey!
The Pro Dictation Boxes can quickly be maximized and minimized. Most Boxes support custom resizing as well. Size and location will be remembered next time you launch the box. This is a global setting which will reliably persist after reboot.
You can place the Pro Dictation Boxes anywhere on the screen or quickly move them to a pixel precise location with convenient voice commands. The new "Grab" function will make sure the box is quickly out of the way. You can even make the boxes follow your mouse cursor!
Completely hide the Dictation Box (with its contents) and bring it back with just one voice command. This is the perfect privacy solution if you're temporarily away from your computer or if you want to exclude the box from your Alt+Tab sequences.
Visibility and accessibility are core features of SP Pro. Several boxes have one click text resize/color options and built-in high contrast, compact and transparent modes.
The dedicated High Contrast Dictation Box has convenient text zoom and color commands. Users with eyesight problems will welcome the Visual Impaired Mode which renders very large, razor-sharp font. If you're prone to headaches and/or migraines triggered by vivid colors and colorful images on computer screens then you can use the No Headache Dictation Box version introduced in the most recent SP Pro 5.7.3 update.
There is a dedicated Transparent Dictation Box with true transparency allowing all light to come through. The result is a crystal-clear view on the underlying target application. SP Pro also features 10 levels of global translucency (semi-transparency) that work with all Dictation Boxes.
Apart from the Default Dictation Box you get Advanced, Large, Log, Translucent, Transparent, TTS, Non-Clipboard, Tiny, Top Left and Hotkey controlled Push & Talk Dictation Box versions.
Transfer all text in the box or only the text that you have selected. Optional TRANSPORT feature instantly reopens the box after transfer, keeping the Dictation Box "virtually open".
The SP Dictation Boxes by default always transfer to the active (foreground) application but with SP Pro you can now directly transfer to applications that are minimized or don't have focus (virtual locking). All known applications like Chrome, Edge, Word, Outlook, Thunderbird are supported (for all supported applications see Application Activation feature below). This is great if you work with multiple programs or decide to transfer your text to another application.
You can store a total amount of 72 Dragon voice commands (both built in and custom Dragon commands) that can then be launched with a Hotkey. There are three group pages (tabs) each with 24 Hotkey combinations. Changes are applied immediately (real-time) and stored to the registry.
Hotkeys respond very fast and are dominant (take precedence over built in, existing application/window Hotkeys). You can designate any Dragon voice command to the following (fixed) Hotkey combinations:
Alternate + Function Keys
Control + Function Keys
Control + Alternate + Function Keys
Win + Function Keys
Control + Win + Function Keys.