Download and Install

Follow these instructions to install Vocola 3 on Windows.

Vocola 3.1.1 is the latest version. See what's new for details.

  1. Download and run the installer.
    • Accept the default installation folder, or choose another location within C:\Program Files (on 32-bit machines) or C:\Program Files (x86) (on 64-bit machines). Otherwise you won't be able to use HearCommand or control elevated applications.
  2. Associate the .vcl file extension (used for Vocola command files) with your favorite text editor.
    • Start WSR, and say "Start Vocola" to launch Vocola.
    • Say "Open Global Commands". A dialog box should appear saying "Windows cannot open this file".
    • Choose "Select a program from a list of installed programs", hit OK, and pick your favorite text editor (e.g. Wordpad, MS Word, Visual Studio, etc.). (Emacs users, see below.)
    This allows you to open Vocola command files using built-in voice commands.
  3. Test Vocola.
    • Start WSR, and say "Start Vocola" to launch Vocola. Look for the Vocola icon in the system tray.
    • Say "Start Notepad" to launch Notepad.
    • Say "Open Commands". The command file notepad.vcl should be opened using the editor you picked in step 2.
    • Dictate the command ‘test command = success;’ by saying "test command equals sign success semicolon".
    • Save the file.
    • Say "Switch to Notepad".
    • Say "test command". The word "success" should appear.

Using Emacs to open command files

Emacs 22 and later:

  1. Make sure the Emacs bin folder containing emacsclientw.exe is included in your PATH environment variable.
  2. Open or create the global command file _global.vcl in the Vocola command folder (by default C:\Users\username\Documents\Vocola3\Commands).
  3. Add this line:
        onLoad() := CommandFile.SetCommandLineForOpen(emacsclientw.exe, -n);
  4. If you get alert windows when opening command files you can use type to fix your copy of emacsclientw.exe.

Emacs 21 and earlier:

  1. Install gnuserv.
  2. Make sure the directory containing gnuclientw.exe is included in your PATH environment variable.
  3. Associate the .vcl file extension with gnuclientw.exe.
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