Jul 13 2012

Adobe Flash crashes Dragon NaturallySpeaking

ootl4oi0 thumb Adobe Flash crashes Dragon NaturallySpeakingI recently ran into a situation with Internet Explorer and Firefox, on how it uses Adobe Flash. Apparently, Adobe Flash has created a conflict between it and Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11.

Leave it to Adobe to create such a conflict from something so stupid as flash and interrupting the ability to do voice-recognition.

I found the problem when I was trying to write an article with Windows Live Writer, using Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11. Normally, I don’t have any problems with dictating an article to Windows Live Writer, but with the latest update to Adobe Flash, I guess the switch was finally flipped. I couldn’t dictate anything into any application because I kept getting an error message from Dragon NaturallySpeaking.

It didn’t matter which application I tried use Dragon NaturallySpeaking in, I got this error.

COM returned an unexpected error code: Details are HOOKERR_NOTIFYWINDOW

In order to use Dragon NaturallySpeaking I’d have to reboot my machine, avoid using Internet Explorer or Firefox, open Windows Live Writer and start using it; only then could I dictate articles.

For little while I tried to avoid conflicts, but after a while it was just too irritating; something has to be done.

Curiously enough, chrome has flash abilities built into the browser; I wondered if that would make a difference. I have several web browsers installed on my system for testing, so opening up Google Chrome wasn’t such a big deal. To my surprise, I’m able to use Google Chrome, Windows Live Writer and Dragon NaturallySpeaking without any error messages. Apparently the problem seems to be strictly related to the Adobe flash plug-in for Internet Explorer and Firefox.

I tried disabling the plug-in in Firefox, but the problem is that there’s so many websites that still depend on Adobe Flash; it was affecting too many websites, especially YouTube.

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Is a website that links to the problem it’s occurring with Dragon NaturallySpeaking and Adobe Flash.


None of the solutions on the webpage really offered me any resolutions, the switching over to Google Chrome did. One of the solutions was actually to uninstall Adobe Flash and go back to a previous version.

Firefox is my web browser of choice, but I’ll admit that chrome is a really good web browser; it’s constantly being updated with new features. There’s only a few things that keep me from using chrome as my default browser, but if I can avoid conflicts and errors by switching to another browser, I’ll do that.

The website for the link above, clearly shows that Adobe flash is the one at fault, not Dragon NaturallySpeaking. This is just another reason for me to hate Adobe. There Adobe reader is completely bloated now, I think Adobe Flash is antiquated and on its way out, and I think the developers for Adobe Flash, on this type of stuff, it’s just stupid.

I saw an article recently, within the past couple of days that Google is going to release Android 4.1 without flash support; I think that’s a good start…


Thank you,
Larry Henry Jr.

…via Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11 [thankfully]

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  1. Sandra Dee Lee

    the only problem with this is for people who use Dragon all the time to work their COMPUTER, not just to easily write/dictate things, because then Adobe crashes EVERYTHING on the computer and it is a pain in the you know what to try and fix.

    1. Larry Henry Jr.

      One of the things I pointed out about Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12,
      is that Nuance tried to account for the lack of action by Adobe for
      Adobe Flash defaulted to the dictation window if Dragon
      NaturallySpeaking couldn’t properly detect a level of compatibility
      with the application in use. If definitely crashed less than before…
      sadly, you have to upgrade to v12 to get this feature…


      Thanks for your comments…

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