Re: Jaws 12 or 13 & windows 7?


Gary King
 

Dave,
I wonder how many of those folks in an Apple store really know how to use the VoiceOver screen reader well enough to show how well it works with various applications. Even if you found a knowledgeable person, how long would you be able to spend working with a Mac in a store environment to get a good idea of how well a Mac would work for you?

In a Mac versus Windows PC discussion we had on the list a while ago, I recall that it was the opinion of those folks who had used both platforms that as long as you did simple tasks like email, Internet, playing a few tunes, etc, the Mac was quite usable. However, if you wanted to do serious office work, your productivity would be much better on a Windows-based PC with JAWS or another commercial screen reader. Microsoft has never made much effort to write their Office software to be accessible on the Mac platform, so a Mac user would need to find workable substitutes for Word Excel, etc.

Anyone planning to go to a Mac should ask lots of questions on the Mac user groups for the blind and listen to a number of podcasts that have been done on Mac accessibility. Blind Cool Tech has quite a few of those podcasts that may be helpful. I don't have the URLs for the user groups, so a little Google searching may be needed.

Gary King
w4wkz@bellsouth.net

----- Original Message -----
From: "Farfar Carlson" <dgcarlson@sbcglobal.net>
To: "The Jaws for Windows support list." <jfw@lists.the-jdh.com>
Sent: Friday, November 30, 2012 8:18 AM
Subject: Re: Jaws 12 or 13 & windows 7?


Lauren,

As to Mac vs. PC, you should go to your local Apple store, making an
appointment with the Genius Bar to have them sit with you on a couple Macs
and let you try it out. Best way I know of to be sure.

Dave Carlson
Tastefully composed and launched near the Pacific Ocean using a Dell
Latitude E6520, JAWS 14, and Windows 7 Professional 32-bit


----- Original Message -----
From: "Lauren" <lotusrising@verizon.net>
To: "The Jaws for Windows support list." <jfw@lists.the-jdh.com>
Sent: Friday, November 30, 2012 05:53
Subject: Jaws 12 or 13 & windows 7?


Hi,

Would Jaws 12 or 13 work with Windows 7 and has anyone used Windows 8 with
Jaws 14?

I have to buy a new laptop and wonder which OS I should buy or switch to an
Apple where I don't have to shell out money for upgrades of software like
Jaws, but can't afford any less accessibility as I am totally blind.

Any advice please, I'd be grateful. Thanks.

Sincerely,

Lauren
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