Dragon Naturally Speaking

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Application Details:

Version: 12
License: Retail
Votes: Marked as obsolete
Latest Rating: Garbage
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.9.12

Maintainers: About Maintainership

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Training worked well.

What does not

Still get several fixme's in terminal, even though Dragon is working:


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Additional Comments

Haven't installed anything via winetricks before. Tried several times installing d3dx9 and dotnet_40 before but finally got it working without anything pre installed. If Dragon wants to install dotNet first, stop Installation and install dotnet_40 via winetricks. Also eventually have to install vcrun2010 before. But again, I got it working without anything pre-installed Installation: changed to directory containing setup.exe and then made a new wineprefix via terminal: "WINEARCH=win32 WINEPREFIX=~/.wine_dragon" then startet Setup: "wine setup.exe" setup went fine except an error telling me that continuous quality update for the speech recognition couldn't be set. Ignored this. Start Dragon Speaking, first change to directory containing installation: "cd /home/ex00r/.wine_dragon/drive_c/Program\ Files/Nuance/NaturallySpeaking12/Program/" start the program with your Prefix: "WINEPREFIX=~/.wine_dragon wine natspeak.exe" In Dragon set microphone to line in, even you want to use USB Microphone (somehow wine detects the system USB microphone as a default Line In). You only have to set up USB device in your Linux sound settings and make sure that its working.

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowUbuntu 16.04 "Xenial" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jun 21 20161.9.12Yes No Garbagean anonymous user 
ShowFedora 23 x86_64Jan 25 20161.9.1Yes Yes BronzeNSLW 
ShowUbuntu 14.04 "Trusty" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jun 07 20151.7.44Yes Yes Silveran anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 14.04 "Trusty" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Apr 08 20151.7.38Yes Yes GoldWayno 
ShowUbuntu 13.10 "Saucy" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Nov 20 20131.7.4Yes Yes SilverSusan Cragin 

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HowTo / Notes


For all  installations, it's a good idea to set the Windows version to Windows 8.

Set winetricks fontfix.

For 64-bit users:

Currently NatSpeak installs flawlessly in wine-1.7.4 and runs in any wine version up to wine-1.7.7. It installs flawlessly in 1.7.7 but then does not run. ??

DNS 12.5 now can run on a 64-bit wineprefix

As of wine 3.6(staging), and possibly earlier, NatSpeak 12.5 installs and runs under a 64-bit wineprefix. 

I installed it on 28-Apr-2018 and the only special concession I made to the wineprefix was to uninstall mono. Installing dotnet 40 with winetricks also works. Both optiions tell the program that an inadequate version of net is installed, and prompt the program to install its own. 

After the installation, it says you have to reboot. I kill wineserver at the terminal and then start the installation process over. It does, bypassing the net installation. 

All in all, NatSpeak works wonderfully now, and version 12.5 is very accurate and the latest low-end (and cheap) version to work well.