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Puppy fam
April 9th, 2007, 06:47 PM
I don't know how many people have heard of Dragon natural speaking software, but it is really cool! :) Watch the demo here: http://www.nuance.com/talk/

This is really good software, but it is $99. Is there alternative that is as good or close to being good in the open source free software community (that is compatible with Ubuntu)?

I know this is asking a lot, but I did not know.

Puppy fam

P.S. Dragon can work with Wine, but it looks like it does not work perfectly, and if it did work I still would have to pay the $99.

rai4shu2
April 9th, 2007, 07:27 PM
I haven't tried it, but you should look at festival. EDIT: Err, I mean sphinx.

Puppy fam
April 9th, 2007, 09:31 PM
I haven't tried it, but you should look at festival. EDIT: Err, I mean sphinx.

This is pretty much what I wanted, but (I think) it does not have speech to text. That is the main thing I want for a speech app.

Thanks,
-Puppy fam

Swab
April 9th, 2007, 09:34 PM
There is nothing close to Dragon.

Apparently speech to text takes millions of dollars to develop. This is a real problem for Linux, with no solution in sight.

Puppy fam
April 9th, 2007, 10:13 PM
There is nothing close to Dragon.

Apparently speech to text takes millions of dollars to develop. This is a real problem for Linux, with no solution in sight.

That really stinks!

Does anyone know a web site that has something like:
Linux programs that should be made, and you could add ideas? So I can suggest that they should make like speech to text program? lol!:)

Thank you,
-Puppy fam

kazuya
April 9th, 2007, 10:59 PM
I agree. I surely do wish the sphinx project grows to that capability soon. I have been looking for an ope source alternative. I would be willing to pay as well for it should the price be reasonable.

BuffaloX
April 10th, 2007, 12:03 AM
This may not be an immediate solution,
but I found this article quite interesting.

http://www.theinquirer.net/default.aspx?article=18420

Puppy fam
April 10th, 2007, 03:14 AM
This may not be an immediate solution,
but I found this article quite interesting.

http://www.theinquirer.net/default.aspx?article=18420

Does anyone know if Eclipse or Apache (the two companies that got part of the code) did anything with the code? I saw that Eclipse has voice software but it does not have voice to text.

Just wondering if there are any planes or not,
-Puppy fam

Madmoose
April 12th, 2007, 02:00 AM
Puppy,

You beat me to this thread! :D

I was just about to start a new thread, and ask if anyone has gotten Dragon Naturally Speaking 9 to work under wine. Also to see how well it worked.

Thanks for the post!

Moose

Trent T
March 5th, 2009, 07:05 AM
Hi all--
I was able to get Dragon Naturally Speaking 7 to run on Xandros Pro 4 Linux about a year ago. It was a buggy solution:
I loaded Crossover Professional, and made a new bottle; Loaded Internet Explorer 6 for its DLL's-- and DNS 7 would not load to the bottle.

I had it loaded onto a Win XP laptop, so I reconstructed its directories from the Win XP laptop within the DNS 7 bottle and moved over a copy of all the files into these directories.
THEN, I tried to re-install DNS-7, and it worked!

The installation was buggy, and would only work for about 20 minutes at a time. Also I had to use the DragonPad as my dictation environment and then copy and paste the text over.

I am currently trying to get Dragon Naturally Speaking 9.0 for Windows XP to load on Ubuntu 8.0.4.
It looks like it will load;

I follow the same procedure;
I put Crossover Linux Professional (from Codeweavers) on the Ubuntu machine, then
created a new WinXP bottle.
I tried installing Internet Explorer 6 for its DLL's, but apparently Crossover Linux Professional already has them; My bottle reported that IEXP was already installed. Very mysterious!

Dragon Naturally Speaking 9 for Win XP (DNS9) has two installation disks.
The first disk appears to load without a problem, until I get to the prompt to insert the second disk-- When I open the drive, I get an error message about illegally unmounting the CD, and the installation crashes.

It may be possible to load the CAB files from disk 2 into the bottle before attempting to reinstall. Maybe I could get a 2nd CD drive, or copy the installation files from both disks onto a DVD...

If anyone knows a way to load that 2nd disk within Crossover, let me know.

DNS9 is a wonderful program which I use at work. It is best for writing long texts, and it gets more accurate the more you use it. Nuance, the company that makes it, allows each user to load the programs on as many machines as you want-- The license is sold per user, not per machine.
Thanks in advance for any help or suggestions..
--Trent T

likeatim
March 25th, 2009, 08:43 AM
There is nothing close to Dragon.

Apparently speech to text takes millions of dollars to develop. This is a real problem for Linux, with no solution in sight.
The same goes for a prober OCR like Finereader or Omnipage....