Dragon Naturally Speaking

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Version 13

Application Details:

Version: 13
License: Retail
Votes: 22
Latest Rating: Garbage
Latest Wine Version Tested: 4.2-staging

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What works

Dragon Naturally Speaking both installs and runs, but it is VERY fussy in both categories. 

On the install, it requires a 32-bit wine prefix and Windows 7 at least. It uses dotnet45, which doesn't install (wine defaults to mono). So you have to install NatSpeak, use wine uninstaller to get rid of mono, and then do a "repair install." Then NatSpeak installs its own dotnet45. 

As you do the install, don't select ANY option that might require the program to do any unnecessary work.

So you've installed it. That's the easy part.  

NatSpeak does not run unless you have saved user data from a prior NatSpeak 12.5 install and have put it here:

.wine/drive_c/users/Public/Application Data/Nuance/NaturallySpeaking13/Users

Then NatSpeak will start, much like a wind-up Model T Ford, with a lot of grunting and groaning. 

The first three times it will crash while it tries to load some obligatory pop-up windows. When you finally get the windows open, decline all offers and close them.

Then NatSpeak will run like a racehorse with phenomenal accuracy for over a half hour, and then it will crash. Save your work often. 

Sometimes NatSpeak tries to take up all my machine's processor power. I have a script that kills all open wine processes. I run that, and try again. It usually works on the second try, sometimes on the third. 

I use NatSpeak every day and love it. But it takes patience.  

What does not

Of course creating or training a new user does not work.   

Nat Speak can only communicate with other wine programs. However sometimes the program will use the command Show Dictation Box with an out-of-wine program. I've used it with Emacs. This is expected wine behavior and not a flaw. 


What was not tested

Many of the options. 

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Additional Comments

Right now I wouldn't recommend trying it unless you saved a really good user profile from NatSpeak 12.5 and plan to use the same microphone.

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowDebian GNU/Linux 9.x "Stretch" x86_64Feb 25 20194.2-stagingNo Not installable NoGarbageSusan Cragin 
CurrentDebian GNU/Linux 9.x "Stretch" x86_64Jan 25 20161.9.2Yes Yes BronzeSusan Cragin 
ShowDebian GNU/Linux 9.x "Stretch" x86_64Oct 16 20151.7.52No Not installable Garbagean anonymous user 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
39743 Dragon NaturallySpeaking 13.0 does not train new user or run old one with sound error UNCONFIRMED View
40009 Lego Mindstorms EV3 Software does not find EV3 brick using Bluetooth: needs irprops.cpl.BluetoothFindFirstRadio implementation UNCONFIRMED View
40029 Dragon Naturally Speaking 13 crashes during creation of user profile NEEDINFO View
46160 Dragon NaturallySpeaking 13 Home install hangs up at last instruction UNCONFIRMED View
46871 err:rpc:rpcrt4_protseq_np_wait_for_new_connection wait failed with error 87 UNCONFIRMED View

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