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Application Details:

Version: 12.5
License: Retail
URL: http://www.scansoft.com/natura...
Votes: Marked as obsolete
Latest Rating: Silver
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.7.19

Maintainers: About Maintainership

Test Results

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What works

The installation works pretty much flawlessly. However, as a precaution I answer all installation questions in the negative to avoid giving the program extra work. 

On first run the program crashes twice. Just re-open and go on.  

What does not

Text recognition only runs with other programs running in wine. This is correct functionality, not a bug. 

For best results use Notepad or the included DragonPad.

Workarounds

What was not tested

The program has some settings that are not essential to its core function. These were not tested. 

Hardware tested

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  • Additional Comments

    The program is a 32-bit program with a 64-bit wrapper. For best results install in a 32-bit wine prefix. Use pulseaudio. set winecfg to Vista and pulseaudio input.

    selected in Test Results table below
    Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
    Workaround?
    RatingSubmitter
    CurrentUbuntu 14.10 "Utopic" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)May 23 20141.7.19Yes Yes SilverSusan Cragin 
    ShowLinux Mint 17 "Qiana" x86_64Jul 29 20141.6.2Yes No GarbageJay Starkman 
    ShowUbuntu 13.10 "Saucy" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Nov 20 20131.7.4Yes Yes SilverSusan Cragin 
    ShowUbuntu 13.04 "Raring" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Apr 12 20131.5.27Yes Yes SilverSusan Cragin 

    Known Bugs

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    HowTo / Notes

    That crashing sidebar - how to disable
    For those who can't get to the disable sidebar option before dragon crashes, you can manually edit the ini file before starting dragon so the sidebar is disabled.  Edit:
    
     '.wine/drive_c/users/Public/Application Data/Nuance/NaturallySpeaking12/Users/myprofilename/current/options.ini'
    
    Add line:
    
    Sample commands launch on open=0

    Comments

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    try installing vcrun2010
    by Susan Cragin on Saturday October 25th 2014, 18:44
    Sometimes NatSpeak doesn't work... sometimes it does.
    Try installing vcrun2010 with winetricks. That should make it work.
    installing with 1.7.17 on 64-bit systems
    by Susan Cragin on Thursday April 24th 2014, 7:03
    NaturallySpeaking is currently a native 32-bit application with 64-bit support.

    See: www.nuance.com/naturallyspeaking/support/vista_64bit.asp

    When installing on 64-bit wineprefixes, this may produce errors and failure to install. If it installs, not all features may work on 64-bit that work on 32-bit systems.

    Suggestion: Install into a 32-bit wineprefix.
    Here's how.

    delete or move your current wine prefix and create a clean 32-bit one.
    WINEARCH=win32 WINEPREFIX=~/.wine winecfg
    set Windows version to Vista and close
    winetricks fontfix vcrun2010
    Then install Naturally Speaking normally.

    For now, it runs better and is happier.
    RE: installing with 1.7.17 on 64-bit systems
    by winebug on Sunday January 24th 2016, 8:01
    I tried this trick on Fed23 ( 64bit system ) and it fails to get off the ground. If I install with WINEARCH=win64 it says :
    "Bad EXE format for D:\setup.exe"

    since the file is a win32 executable that seems reasonable.

    if I try using WINEARCH=win32 , it does not even try since it says that is a wine32 prefix and wine64 can't use it !
    RE: installing with 1.7.17 on 64-bit systems
    by winebug on Sunday January 24th 2016, 17:21
    OK, I managed to get a 132b WINE on 64b Fedora. However, I have not got it to install

    A couple of tries said they were searching for installed software and just sat there.

    Most of the time it ask for disk #1 , whatever that means, only goves an OK button... that asks again for disk #1 .....

    I have a choice of 1.7.52-1.fc23 and 1.9.1-1.fc23, both seem equally broken.

    Any hints?
    RE: installing with 1.7.17 on 64-bit systems
    by Susan Cragin on Monday January 25th 2016, 14:15
    Try copying the contents of your disk to your hard drive, and then installing from there.

    The software it is looking for is probably dotnet45.
    Wine looks for mono, not dotnet45 and then tries the install.

    On mine (Debian LXDE) it automatically installs mono and then installs but doesn't run.

    But there is a copy of dotnet45 with the installation disk. SO...

    Solution for me: I install Nat Speak, then uninstall mono using the wine uninstaller, then install Nat Speak again using the "repair" option.

    This time it installs its own dotnet version.
    Others have first used winetricks to install
    RE: installing with 1.7.17 on 64-bit systems
    by Susan Cragin on Monday January 25th 2016, 14:21
    I am very sorry. The instructions above are for Nat Speak 13.0.
    Nat Speak 12.5 runs on dotnet40.
    Forget my "solution."
    Try creating a 32-bit wine prefix then installing vcrun2010 first. If that doesn't work, try a new 32-bit wine prefix with dotnet40 installed.
    Installing into 64-bit wine prefix may work as of version 1.5.29
    by Susan Cragin on Sunday May 12th 2013, 8:41
    I have just tried installing with no special preparation at all, into a 64-bit wine prefix created automatically by the installation.
    Everything seems to work.
    RE: Installing into 64-bit wine prefix may work as of version 1.5.29
    by Susan Cragin on Tuesday August 26th 2014, 5:48
    This comment is obsolete. Follow the instructions to install in 32-bit wineprefix.
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