Signs of fall are in the air. Leaves are falling, Daylight Saving Time is about to end, and Freedom Scientific has released their annual update to Jaws. Version 17 of the venerable screen reader has just been released to the masses with a major focus on website productivity and scripting. Scripts can now be written for individual websites, and users can save website-specific settings. It includes support for the Windows touch keyboard as well as other new gestures and commands for touch screen navigation. Some features are also being removed, such as sports scores from ESPN and the settings merge utility. You can download the latest version now, which will cost one SMA count for existing users or run as a demo for others. Here's a link to the What's New file.Source: Freedom Scientific
Sadly it's just as much of a mess in Office 2013 and 2016 as version 16 was. NVDA has outdone them, not that this is a shock to anyone these days. While FS add fluff like this new smart navigation mode, which is more confusing to use than actually helpful, but they do not bother to fix issues that are important in a professional setting. I remember when the acronym, JAWS, had an emphasis on the J for JOB Access with Speech. Ted Henter, I miss you.
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J.J. Meddaugh is an experienced technology writer and computer enthusiast. He is a graduate of Western Michigan University with a major in telecommunications management and a minor in business. When not writing for Blind Bargains, he enjoys travel, playing the keyboard, and meeting new people.