If you see that error message about the build tools, it definitely sounds like it can’t find them on your system. This is the build tools suite you installed, right? Alternatively, you could also try installing this one.
Sorry this is so frustrating – I always get confused by all that build tools stuff on Windows, too.
spaCy and all our other packages that spaCy depends on now come with wheels, so you won’t require a local compiler anymore. The only libraries that need to be compiled are other third-party dependencies.
If you still can’t get it to work on your machine, you can also try to install Prodigy’s dependencies from conda / via the wheels on this page and then install the Prodigy wheel with
--no-deps. Here’s the full list of Prodigy’s dependencies: