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Application Details:

Version: 12
License: Retail
URL: http://www.scansoft.com/natura...
Votes: Marked as obsolete
Latest Rating: Garbage
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.9.12

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What works

Dictating into DragonPad and Microsoft Word, opening DragonBar menus, including Dragon options, correcting words by speech, copying text to the clipboard by speech.

What does not

I have been unable to dictate into the notes section of PowerPoint, and I have not tried dictating into anything other than DragonPad and Microsoft Word for Windows 2007. The dictation is limited to within WINE sessions. Obviously dictating into any program that's not running within the WINE session does not work.On the other hand, dictating into the notepad that comes with WINE works as well.

 I have noticed occasionally that the WINE session becomes unresponsive for a few seconds, but I'm not sure whether this is due to NaturallySpeaking or something else. For example, the green microphone button becomes unresponsive if I want to turn on or off the dictation system. A similar delay occurs in PowerPoint 2007, where different shortcut keys stop working for a while and then return. I don't know the source of these problems.

Workarounds

What was not tested

Everything else.

Hardware tested

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Additional Comments

I am amazed at how well the speech to text engine works inside of Wine box. It seems to be faster than in a virtual machine, which makes sense given that Wine has less overhead. The Wine team should be congratulated!

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
Workaround?
RatingSubmitter
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

Installation

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.  

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