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

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.

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Additional Comments

Supposedly wine-1.7.6 will install 64-bit, and that has not been tested.

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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 
CurrentUbuntu 13.10 "Saucy" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Nov 20 20131.7.4Yes Yes SilverSusan Cragin 

Known Bugs

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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.