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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: 3.0.2

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What works

Installs with 32-bit prefix (see instructions for 12.0 Premium).   You can save your old .wine by renaming it to .wineBAK before running  "WINEARCH=win32 winecfg".  Do not "activate" DNS until it works.  You can re-install DNS if you exhaust your 6 uses before it works.  Afterwards, rename .wine as .wineDNS and modify the link icon accordingly and rename .wineBAK as .wine.  That allows your DNS to run in a separate "bottle" while preserving your old wine apps.

Requires several logouts and logins.  Be sure to set toolbar to "floating" at first opportunity.  Training works perfectly.

 

What does not

Hangs after training and won't start afterwards.  Problem is dnsspserver.exe won't run due to .NET Framework issues.  DNS adds its own .NET extensions upon installation.

Test with "wine dnsspserver.exe" to conserve your 6 pre-activation uses.  That's where the .NET problem occurs.

Would not run at all under wine 1.7.22

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
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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 
CurrentLinux 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.  

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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