Two JAWS updates have been released this month by Freedom Scientific, fixing a variety of bugs with Skype, Slack, Outlook and other applications.
This release also fixes an issue which caused JAWS to not speak correctly while in the Windows 10 start menu. The free updates are available for current JAWS 2019 users. The complete list of features in both of these updates is included below.
Enhancements in JAWS 2019.1907.42 (August 2019)
This update to the August 2019 release addresses a recently discovered issue where JAWS application scripts failed to load in the latest Skype for Desktop update (version 8.51) released the week of August 12, 2019. There are other possible applications where this could have resulted in scripts not loading also such as the Desktop version of Slack.
Enhancements in JAWS 2019.1907.31 (August 2019)
The following is a list of improvements made in JAWS 2019 between the June 2019 update and the August 2019 update.
To download the latest release, visit the Downloads web page. You must be logged on as an administrator to install this software.
• This update fixes an issue encountered by some users where JAWS was not reading as expected in the Windows 10 Start menu. If you are experiencing this problem, open JAWS Settings Center, press CTRL+SHIFT+D to load the Default File, type "start" into the search edit box, and then toggle the control called: "Start menu: Access-Out-of-Process" so that it is checked.
• In response to customer feedback, JAWS sounds such as when INSERT+SPACEBAR is pressed to enter Layered Keys mode are no longer muted when Speech On Demand is active.
• Addressed an issue where the Text Analyzer keystrokes were not being found when using the JAWS Commands Search feature (INSERT+SPACEBAR, J).
• When creating meeting requests using the Outlook calendar, resolved an issue where new attendee information was not being reliably indicated in either speech or braille.
• Resolved a reported issue where the keystrokes to read message headers in Outlook, ALT+1 through 4 on the number row, were not working in Windows 7.
• Resolved an issue where returning to an open Outlook email after exiting a Word Document would result in your cursor landing at the top of the email rather than the previous location where you were reading.
• Resolved an issue in Microsoft Office where JAWS was not reporting if an endnote or footnote had been inserted with speech even though Braille was correctly identifying the information.
• Addressed an issue in Word 2016 reported by SSA where JAWS would repeat the last line of the document after completing a Say All (INSERT+DOWN ARROW).
• Addressed a reported issue where the spelling buzzer to indicate a misspelled word was still being heard even when the "Detect spelling while typing" option in setting Center was disabled.
• In Microsoft Teams, resolved an issue where JAWS was speaking incoming message and call notifications multiple times.
• When navigating by character in secure password fields in Chrome and Firefox, resolved an issue where JAWS was saying "star" multiple times for each character.
• Addressed a reported issue in Chrome where typing in contracted Braille was not working as expected.
• Resolved a customer reported issue with SQL Server Management Studio where JAWS was not properly navigating and reading a results Data grid.
• Resolved an issue reported by international Braille users where incorrect Unicode characters were being entered using computer braille under certain circumstances.
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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.