Installation works very well. Set-up has the only glitches. Speech training works very well. However, on the first run a couple of one-time pop-up boxes produce crashes. Just close them and re-start the program.
Once you are set up, you get fast, fast, fast and accurate dictation into either the included DragonPad or wine's Notepad. (I prefer Notepad.) Many users have also reported success dictating into other programs installed in wine.
What does not
The program does not work outside the wine environment. (Neither does it communicate with other concurrent operating systems when run natively under Windows, so this is not a "doesn't work, it is correct functionality).
There is also a glitch on my 64-bit system with recognition under Notepad2's 64-bit version. I suspect that NatSpeak has installed in a 32-bit version, and is incompatible with my 64-bit Notepad2, but that's just a guess.
What was not tested
There are many options that have little to do with the program's basic function, which is text input. Those were not tested.
Supposedly wine-1.7.6 will install 64-bit, and that has not been tested.
|Operating system||Test date||Wine version||Installs?||Runs?||Used|
|Show||Ubuntu 16.04 "Xenial" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Jun 21 2016||1.9.12||Yes||No||Garbage||an anonymous user|
|Show||Fedora 23 x86_64||Jan 25 2016||1.9.1||Yes||Yes||Bronze||NSLW|
|Show||Ubuntu 14.04 "Trusty" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Jun 07 2015||1.7.44||Yes||Yes||Silver||an anonymous user|
|Show||Ubuntu 14.04 "Trusty" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Apr 08 2015||1.7.38||Yes||Yes||Gold||Wayno|
|Current||Ubuntu 13.10 "Saucy" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Nov 20 2013||1.7.4||Yes||Yes||Silver||Susan Cragin|
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. ??
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.