The 2.19 release works very smoothly.
I downloaded the latest version and I love it. I especially like the alternative dictation box commands. Those are exactly what was needed.
There was a point when VoiceComputer had two versions. The 64-bit version and a 32-bit version. That was before your time. We currently only have one version for both 64-bit and 32-bit versions of Windows and Windows applications, such as Microsoft Office 365 (2016) 64-bit.
That is probably what Gary is referring to.
First, there is no advantage compiling an application as 64-bit unless:
1. The application itself uses or requires access to, for its features and functions, more than 4 GB of RAM. Dragon does not. Neither does VoiceComputer. DPI 15 only uses between 700 and 800 MB of RAM (i.e., BestMatch IV General-Large vocabulary, which is the only option with DPI 15). Previous versions of Dragon use between 800 MB and approximately 1.2 GB (i.e., BestMatch V Medium vs. General Large). Dragon will never use more than that amount of RAM. Therefore, it doesn't make any sense to compile Dragon as a 64-bit application.
2. To handle anything related to 64-bit, including Windows, Dragon provides a dgnuiasvr_x64.exe. This allows Dragon to use any RAM location within the total amount of RAM installed on a given system.
3. Even though Dragon is only a 32-bit application, it does make use of the 64-bit registers (CPU) under Windows 7/8.1/10, which simply means that under Windows 64-bit versions it will load faster.
4. dgnuiasvr_x64.exe also allows Dragon to access and use 64-bit applications, such as Microsoft Office 64-bit versions, as well as other 64-bit applications.
5. At one point we did create the 64-bit version of VoiceComputer, but it was based on support for 64-bit applications and not necessarily a 64-bit application itself. That's why it was stored in Program Files vs. Program Files (x86). We subsequently discovered that was not necessary, so we eliminated such. VoiceComputer is now compiled as a 32-bit application but it supports 32-bit and 64-bit apps, as well as Windows 64-bit versions.
The bottom line is that compiling an application as a 64-bit application is basically useless in most cases.Chucker2017-02-20 20:29:34
Thanks Chuck, that’s definitely interesting.