HAL

Download Editors' Rating:
3
Good
Average User Rating:
1.8
out of 11 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2
  • Total Downloads:
    27,143
  • Date Added:
    Aug. 11, 2004
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    11.99MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1
  • Platform:
    Windows

Editors' Review

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This speech-recognition program performs certain tasks through voice commands, but you'll endure a confusing setup. HAL, which uses Microsoft Speech Recognition Engine, plays hide-and-seek upon installation and forces you to open the executable from its folder in your Program Files. It displays a plainly designed interface that sent us scrambling to the limited menu options. The program is a big help at that point, with its audio instructions on usage. Speak one of nearly 50 preset voice commands into your microphone, and HAL leaps into action if the app can understand what you've said. (If it can't, you can type in the command into the sole box on the interface.) Some of the available commands are more helpful than others. On the useful side, HAL runs one of several applications, starts an e-mail or reads text, among other options, when you say the phrase. On the frivolous side, HAL will tell you about "himself" and respond to your greetings. We wish we could have created some commands, but this application covers the basic operations. Despite its inauspicious beginning, this freeware works fairly well and will suit most users in the market for such a program.
 
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User Reviews
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1 stars

"The program is a Demo"

May 18, 2008  |  By jch1701

 |  Version: HAL 2

Pros

The program is listed as a free program. It is not free. It is a demo!

Cons

The program is listed as a free program. It is not free. It is a demo!

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4 stars

"Works great for reading Word, wordpad, html, and PDFs"

March 09, 2008  |  By eadewitt

 |  Version: HAL 2

Pros

I'm in grad school so I have a lot of reading to do. Sometimes I just can't focus my eyes on the page anymore. So I highlight the text, press CTRL+C and say "Hal, Read Text" and off he goes. I'm using the demo version. I can't type in commands, and he only responds to a few voice commands. I have to repeat myself a lot to get him to read. But once he gets going he reads fast enough that I can get done with a reading pretty quickly. There is a little text bubble that shows the words he's reading at the moment which helps me understand him.

Cons

The text bubble is important because he mispronounces a lot of things and screws up the sentence cadence a lot. I would like to purchase the full version.

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1 stars

"Does not work"

July 25, 2007  |  By jabbamp

 |  Version: HAL 2

Pros

Nothing coz it don't work

It got one star because you cant choose less than one star for a review.

Cons

Whisper, talk, shout into your mics and just end up feeling stupid talking to your self while your pc just waits for your keyboard commands.

It don't work.

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1 stars

"It sounds a lot like..."

August 29, 2006  |  By Milo_Minderbinder

 |  Version: HAL 2

Pros

...

Cons

...the HAL it's based on. Stubborn, malicious, bent on taking over at all costs. "Open the podbay doors, Hal." "I'm sorry, I can't do that Dave."

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3 stars

"Works for me! I like it so far... No problems"

August 17, 2006  |  By rknm

 |  Version: HAL 2

Pros

Works! No problem with DOWNLOAD or operation. Just commmon sense... I downloaded and used it in minutes! WINDOWS XP.

Cons

So far, NONE! There may be some, but I have no complaints for now..

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1 stars

"DO NOT DOWNLOAD!!!!!"

June 09, 2006  |  By deathnab

 |  Version: HAL 2

Pros

There are none

Cons

This program is full of spyware. It attempted to connect to the internet when I installed and ran it. My security software picked it up immediately. I had trouble uninstalling it and it froze my computer several times. DO NO DOWNLOAD

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1 stars

"it suks!! it takes over your computer!!!"

March 25, 2005  |  By yprtb

 |  Version: HAL 2

Pros

none

Cons

it tries to connect to the internet immediatly after its downloaded.norten firewall told me and scanned it. it said it shouldnt be messed with in lamence terms. when the setup is complete the hard drive starts buzzing w/ all the cd rom drives, and then ejects them and reinserts them, then it tries to get your system over! do not download!!!!!i repeat!!

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1 stars

"dont waste time...No use at all"

February 23, 2005  |  By millon99

 |  Version: HAL 2

Pros

well it doesnt run so lets say pros are none

Cons

Well cant say much about the software, it does not even run on WinXP. Also it is no freeware but just a demo(as if the demo is gonna help the creator) so dont waste time downloading this software.....man whoever made it take it off and run on your own PC we dont need it!

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1 stars

"Horrible!"

December 28, 2004

 |  Version: HAL 2

Summary

This program does not install correctly on XP platforms. I thought maybe there was a problem when downloading so I redownloaded and tried to install to no avail agian. When a program has a license as "free" it should be free, it shouldn't be a trial version that is nearly useless to anyone that downloads it. This is a horrible program DO NOT DONWLOAD!

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1 stars

"it's impossible correctly installing"

August 15, 2004

 |  Version: HAL 2

Summary

i tried a lot of time to install it but it was extremely long and it doesn't run (path not found).

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Full Specifications

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General
Publisher David Henry
Publisher web site http://www.davidhenryco.com
Release Date August 11, 2004
Date Added August 11, 2004
Version 2
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory System Utilities
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows
Additional Requirements Windows 98/Me/2000/XP
Download Information
File Size 11.99MB
File Name HALd2.EXE
Popularity
Total Downloads 27,143
Downloads Last Week 1
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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