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Application Details:

Version: 12.5
License: Retail
Votes: Marked as obsolete
Latest Rating: Silver
Latest Wine Version Tested: 3.2

Maintainers: About Maintainership

Test Results

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What works

Prepare first. 

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. 

Hardware tested


  • GPU: Intel
  • Driver: open source

Additional Comments

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. 

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
CurrentDebian GNU/Linux 9.x "Stretch" x86_64Mar 21 20183.2Yes Yes YesSilverSusan Cragin 
ShowUbuntu 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

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.