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

This is the "home" or basic version of NatSpeak.

Download from website and installation runs flawlessly on my 64-bit system. The first run requires user set-up, and there are a couple of pop-up boxes that make the program crash. Just re-start the program and continue.

What you get is great speech recognition into either the included DragonPad or wine's Notepad. Some users have had good luck dictating into other programs under wine also.

What does not

All functions 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).


What was not tested

The program contains many small tweaks that are not critical to its core function. Not all have been tested.

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Additional Comments

The download program comes in a single EXE that is, I believe, supposed to distinguish between 32-bit systems and 64-bit systems. Right now it installs in a 32-bit version.

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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 
CurrentUbuntu 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.