HAL

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2
  • Total Downloads:
    27,080
  • Date Added:
    August 11, 2004
  • File Size:
    11.99MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    4
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 98/Me/2000/XP

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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    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 Me, Windows, Windows XP, Windows 98, Windows 2000
    Additional Requirements Windows 98/Me/2000/XP
    Download Information
    File Size 11.99MB
    File Name HALd2.EXE
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 27,080
    Downloads Last Week 4
    Pricing
    License Model Free
    Limitations Not available
    Price Free

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