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Installation of Natlink/Vocola 2/Unimacro

Release 4.1victor (April 24, 2018):

  • Download release 4.1victor.
  • Some changes in the configure program. Will now also work when wxpython is installed via pip (pip install wxpython).
  • Works with Dragon 15, and also earlier versions >= 12.
  • Works with Python 2.7. Use of Python 2.6 and before is discouraged.
  • Earlier versions of Natlink are still found on SourceForge.

Next video is a bit outdated, but it gives an impression of the installation procedure:


Installing Python2.7.14

  • Download Python 2.7.14, needed for Natlink. This is a self-extracting zip file, with extension .exe. This is the latest release of python 2.
  • Run the self-extracting executable to unzip the installers to a temporary folder.
  • Install Python (for all users, which is the default)
  • Install the two other packages, the windows extensions (pywin32) and wxPython.
  • Warning: Natlink does not work when you install a "64 bit" python version, so these files contain the 32-bit version.
  • Note: wxPython can also be installed via pip (pip install wxpython)
  • Note: If you prefer the zip file, of the exe file gives trouble, use: Python 2.7.14 for Natlink, zip file

Download and install Natlink/Vocola 2/Unimacro

  • Download the combined installer as given above.of
  • Run the downloaded file.
  • Install on C:\Natlink (or D:\Natlink or any other drive of your choice). Installing in "C:\Program files\Natlink" is NOT advised.

Directory layout after installation

When you installed at C:\Natlink you will get the following directory structure:

  • Natlink and Vocola 2 are in C:\Natlink\Natlink,
  • Unimacro is in C:\Natlink\Unimacro
  • User defined grammars can be in any location, for example C:\UserDirectory or C:\Natlink\UserDirectory. You can put Dragonfly in this directory, and of course also name the directory "Dragonfly".
  • The core directory is C:\Natlink\Natlink\MacroSystem\core (the "controlling" Natlink files are located here)
  • Internally the compiled Vocola 2 files will go in C:\Natlink\Natlink\MacroSystem (this is the baseDirectory of Natlink. Do not put anything else in these directory).
  • In case you cannot find your configuration program (the GUI): it is located in C:\Natlink\Natlink\confignatlinkvocolaunimacro. The configuration (GUI) program is the file "configurenatlink.pyw". In order to run elevated mode, you should start the script in the same directory.
  • Elevated mode is only needed the first time you run the configure program, and when you want to enable/disable Natlink or when you want to unregister or (re)register natlink.pyd.

Proceed with the configuration