BigHand 4.2 Delivers Major New Components that Increase the Usability of Dragon Speech Recognition Software for Law Firms

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BigHand launches version 4.2 of its market leading voice productivity software, which delivers major new components that will increase the usability and effectiveness of integrated server-side Dragon NaturallySpeaking™ speech recognition technology from Nuance

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We have developed new features that make speech recognition technology available to a much wider group of authors. We have also developed new proofreading tools that will further improve secretarial efficiency.

BigHand, the market leading voice productivity software vendor in the global legal & professional services sector has today launched its most innovative and powerful new version, BigHand 4.2. The new features and enhancements have been developed in consultation with customers through a series of user groups, in order to improve secretarial efficiency and increase the usability of speech recognition for law firms. BigHand 4.2 is a significant step forward in making speech recognition accessible to all types of authors and for a much broader range of work.

BigHand 4.2 encourages firms to consider the business case for integrating speech recognition software into their BigHand platform. The Legal Services Act will result in increased competition within the legal profession; it is therefore prudent that firms consider ways to increase their efficiency and effectiveness in order to stay ahead. Speech recognition offers a compelling business case for deployment and as evidenced as Shoosmiths, the technology has significant capacity to lower costs whilst improving productivity.

Ben Mills, Managing Director, EMEA Legal & Professional Services, BigHand comments:

‘’We are incredibly excited about the launch of BigHand 4.2; our new software is the result of our experience in delivering successful speech recognition projects and extensive consultation with users through a series of customer focus groups. We have developed new features that make speech recognition technology available to a much wider group of authors. We have also developed new proofreading tools that will further improve secretarial efficiency.

We understand that having the right technology in place is just one part in the process. We believe BigHand project delivery makes the difference between a satisfactory deployment and a great deployment. Our expertise in managing projects and driving user adoption is backed up by the high levels of service and support that customers have come to expect from BigHand.’’

BigHand 4.2 delivers powerful new productivity tools that have been developed through extensive consultation with users, including:

  • ‘One Click’ Voice to Email – instantly launch emails within Outlook and pre-populate the subject and body with automatically transcribed text, all from a single icon in the BigHand recorder.
  • Formatting Control via Voice Commands – improve the formatting of transcription via voice commands including the ability to bold, italicise, underline, capitalise and bullet.
  • Instructions Mode – improve the speed of document production, instructional text is highlighted within the transcription and is easily identifiable during proofreading.
  • Enhanced Secretarial Proofreading Tools – ensure accuracy of automatically transcribed documents by instantly exporting text into Word templates and proofreading at high speed.
  • Advanced Speech Recognition Analytics – enable more sophisticated management reporting on the use of speech recognition to promote best practice and help resource planning.
  • Enhanced Smartphone Support – increase mobile productivity with support for new smartphone platforms: iPhone® iOS5 and Android™ 2.3, plus Bluetooth® for hands-free dictation.

Asif Ali, Products Director, BigHand comments:

‘’As the market leader we are committed to the development of innovative yet highly usable technology that benefits our customers. In the development of BigHand 4.2 we have involved users at every step. We have consulted extensively on the challenges our customers face and how speech recognition can be used to overcome those challenges. As a result, BigHand 4.2 delivers significant new tools to improve document production and enhance the efficiency of authors and the individuals that support them.’’

About BigHand
The BigHand Group supports over 142,000 professionals globally, across 1,300 organisations, and is based out of London, Chicago, Sydney and Toronto. BigHand is a Microsoft Gold Partner and Elite BlackBerry ISV Partner, and was voted winner of the Australasian Legal Business Magazine’s Dictation & Transcription ‘Service Provider of the Year 2010’ and ‘Dictation System of the Year’ at the 7th Annual Law Technology News (LTN) Awards 2009. Further info is available at

About Nuance Communications, Inc.
Nuance is a leading provider of speech, imaging and customer interaction solutions for businesses and consumers around the world. Its technologies, applications and services make the user experience more compelling by transforming the way people interact with information and how they create, share and use documents. Every day, millions of users and thousands of businesses experience Nuance’s proven applications and professional services. For more information, please visit:

Trademark reference: Nuance, Dragon, Dragon NaturallySpeaking, and the Nuance logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of Nuance Communications, Inc. or its affiliates in the United States and/or other countries. All other company names or product names referenced herein may be the property of their respective owners.


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