Install winbind. Activate 32-bit registries. Create a 32-bit wineprefix. If you do not use pulseaudio, set winetricks sound=alsa.
Installation works pretty much flawlessly, but avoid giving the program extra work. Do not install things you don't need. Think of this as a simple speech recognition app.
What does not
Text recognition only inputs directly into other programs running in wine. This is correct functionality, not a bug.
The Dictation Box opens anywhere. And if you check the box "keep text in buffer" you can paste text anywhere with CTL-v.
What was not tested
The program has a lot of function that is extraneous to its core mission. I have only tested to find if speech recognition works quickly and accurately, and that the program doesn't crash much.
I have rated it silver because (1) you can't dictate directly into a Linux program (without using Dictation Box) and (2) because the program sometimes crashes. Not often, but sometimes.
|Operating system||Test date||Wine version||Installs?||Runs?||Used|
|Current||Debian GNU/Linux 9.x "Stretch" x86_64||Mar 21 2018||3.2||Yes||Yes||Yes||Silver||Susan Cragin|
|Show||Ubuntu 14.10 "Utopic" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||May 23 2014||1.7.19||Yes||Yes||Silver||Susan Cragin|
|Show||Linux Mint 17 "Qiana" x86_64||Jul 29 2014||1.6.2||Yes||No||Garbage||Jay Starkman|
|Show||Ubuntu 13.10 "Saucy" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Nov 20 2013||1.7.4||Yes||Yes||Silver||Susan Cragin|
|Show||Ubuntu 13.04 "Raring" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Apr 12 2013||1.5.27||Yes||Yes||Silver||Susan Cragin|
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.