We’ve had a great business relationship with our friends at Freedom Scientific for years & we’d like to share some big news on their latest software release.
Yesterday Freedom Scientific announced the release of version 14 of JAWS® for Windows , the world’s premier screen reading software.
The release includes a new feature called Flexible Web, designed to give users better control when reading web pages. This innovation allows screen reader users to identify and block extraneous content, such as advertisements and social media links that sighted people skip right past, but that are serious hindrances to navigation and continuous reading for blind users. Available for use with Internet Explorer or Firefox, Flexible Web includes a wizard that makes it easy to create global rules or web page specific rules.
JAWS 14 is also the first screen reader offering support for the Windows 8 Operating System. The new Windows 8 start screen and Windows store apps such as IE, e-mail, calendar, and contacts, are all supported. Freedom Scientific worked with Microsoft on the new Accessibility Driver, to provide JAWS cursor and Braille support on this new operating system.
“This release offers some significant breakthroughs in accessibility for screen reader users,” said Eric Damery, Vice President of Software Product Management for Freedom Scientific. “Flexible Web is one of the biggest advances in web access for screen reader users since the introduction of Navigation Quick Keys and the Links List.
The new Vocalizer Voices, provided for free, allow JAWS users to read most Outlook 2010 and 2007 e-mails for the first time without having to open them in a browser. These advances, along with all the other features and enhancements, make this new version of JAWS a must have.
The JAWS 14 upgrade is an SMA release and can be downloaded as either a 32- or 64-bit version from the JAWS downloads page. DVD shipments to SMA holders and new product customers will commence on Nov 1, 2012.
About Freedom Scientific
Freedom Scientific is the leading worldwide provider of assistive technology products for those with vision impairments. The Company sells its products worldwide and has offices in Florida and Switzerland. The Company’s products have been translated into 24 languages and are available in 55 countries. Freedom also has a line of software products for those with learning disabilities.
Freedom Scientific®, JAWS®, and MAGic® are registered trademarks in the United States and/or other countries. The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.
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