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Installation of Natlink/Vocola 2/Unimacro

Here is the final release for Python 2.7: 4.2

  • Download release 4.2.
  • Only small changes after all the previous Beta releases.
    • SendInput, written by Mark Lillibridge, is niw the default way for doing keystrokes
    • introducing natlinkclipboard module in core directory (but still testing needed, never a stable release :-)))
    • Unimacro _folders grammar now "remembers" sub folders, files and websites with a voice command.
  • Works with Dragon 15, and also earlier versions.
  • Works with Python 2.7.
    • Use of Python 2.6 and before is discouraged, but for version 14 and lower, Python 2.6 still works.
    • 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Next video is a bit outdated, but it gives an impression of the installation procedure: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 nearly the latest release of python 2.7.

Installing Python2.7.16

  • Or better, go to python download site, and download the Windows x86 MSI installer.
    • Warning: Natlink does not work when you install a "64 bit" python version. So DO NOT USE the Windows x86-64 MSI installer.
  • Install for all users, which is the default
  • You now need to install four additional packages, pywin32, wxpython, six and future
  • You can do this best via pip, please follow the pip instructions (pdf 131kb).


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:\NatlinkUserDirectory or C:\Natlink\UserDirectory.
    • You can put your Dragonfly grammar files, python files, in this directory.
    • Dragonfly should be installed separately.
  • 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 this directory, although it will not prevent Natlink from functioning.
  • 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.
    • But... it does no harm to always start the config program in elevated mode.

Proceed with the configuration