Dragon Naturally Speaking

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Application Details:

Version: 12.5
License: Retail
Votes: Marked as obsolete
Latest Rating: Silver
Latest Wine Version Tested: 6.0-staging

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What works

Purchase and download through Nuance's website ran flawlessly.

Installation is nearly flawless except that you have to install into a new 32-bit wine prefix when installing on a 64-bit machine.

Running it the first time involves overcoming timeout errors with an easy work-around. (Annoying pop-up boxes cause this, but they only pop up on first run. Re-boot the computer and try again.)

Because of the nature of WINE, dictation can only be done within the WINE environment. It is suggested that the product be used primarily with the included DragonPad, which works excellently and can save to RTF or TXT. 

Good news for Bluetooth users, I'm dictating using a Plantronics Voyager Legend UC, which is a bluetooth earpiece that works with telephone and computers. To use this you MUST get a headset with an included dedicated bluetooth device. (This is a requirement of the device, not of wine.) 

What does not

Dictation into Linux program does NOT work (which is normal). Some users have had limited success with additional Linux software called Platypus that bridges the gap between Wine and Linux, but this was not tested it on this installation.


What was not tested

Not all the commands have been tested.

It's best to consider this software only as a text-input device for documents.

Hardware tested


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Additional Comments

Some users get timeout errors or problems after running the program for an extended period of time or using large documents. If you do this, back up your work frequently.

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowGentoo Linux x86_64Jan 27 20216.0-stagingYes Yes NoSilverSusan Cragin 
ShowDebian GNU/Linux 9.x "Stretch" x86_64Oct 12 20183.0.2Yes 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 

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.  

Application should not be marked obsolete

Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12.5 is actually not obsolete, since many people still use it, and it was the last Dragon Naturally Speaking to run well on wine. 

Versions 13 and 15, both newer, cannot be installed. 

12.5 can be installed. However, it no longer runs. A bug crops up after you have created a user profile, and before you first use it. 

So there is no working version of Dragon Naturally Speaking right now. 

I last tested 12.5 with wine-4.3 (Staging) and it does not run. 


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Windows XP seems to be needed
by Dagaz on Monday March 8th 2021, 11:01
I followed the instructions from Susan Cragin (wine ver. 6.0 staging) in 6.3 staging.

For me it was necessary to set the Windows Version to "Windows XP" with winecfg.