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

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What works

All dragon naturally speaking controls and commands.

Including NOT passing commands to programs running under other operating systems running concurrently.

What does not

No voice input is passed to Linux software with Platypus installed. So cannot control Linux programs with voice commands etc

This is a Platypus 'not works' rather than a problem with DNS.


What was not tested

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Additional Comments

To get this running you need to setup a 32bit prefix. My steps were to install wine 1.4 (not 1.4.1), then install Natspeak into the 32bit prefix. Once installed run it, and confirm gecko install if asked. Go through training. Eventually it will get to a tutorial window just exit that, it will then attempt to initialise your profile, however once it does and tries to open the sidebar (with embedded html) it will likely crash on you. Use winetricks to now install donet40 (32bit version), to do this let winetricks download the dotnet40 installation, it will also download gacutil, after it has it will close and tell you to run it again. Do that but stop when it gets to the gacutil prompt. Open up firefox and download the dotNetFx40_Full_x86.exe to ~/cache/winetricks/dotnet40 and rename it to dotNetFx40_Full_x86_x64.exe. Go back to the winetricks prompt and click ok at that point. dotnet setup will start and follow the prompts to install. It then runs the gacutil stuff which takes a while so be patient. Once the winetricks window comes back exit it and proceed: After the dotnet40 install upgrade wine to 1.5.21 Start Natspeak again, and you will get an wine upgrade dialog and another gecko install. This should get you further into the application again at this point. But will likely still crash on you when trying to open the sidebar. If you manage to get it open enough to go into options and disable the sidebar then do that. Once it's crashed or you exit dragon, Downgrade to wine 1.5.12 - then run nat speak again and again install gecko when requested. You will end up with 3 or 4 different installs of gecko, but hey it works. I now have fully functional dragonspeak - apart from the fact I cannot control Ubuntu (Still looking into that side of it) Note. the version of wine states 1.5.16 only because in the list 1.5.12 is not listed in there any longer. 1.5.12 is the version I have this running successfully in, just to clarify that!

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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.