Re: Jaws 17 Download Links & What's New

John J. Fioravanti, Jr.

Very helpful.
Thanks for that.

-----Original Message-----
From: Jfw [] On Behalf Of Mike B via Jfw
Sent: Thursday, October 29, 2015 9:08 PM
To: The Jaws for Windows support list.
Cc: Mike B
Subject: Re: Jaws 17 Download Links & What's New

Hi Addison,

The differences between 32 & 64 bit computers are explained below.

What is the difference between a 32-bit and 64-bit CPU?

Computer CPU
The two main categories of processors are 32-bit and 64-bit. The type of
processor a computer has not only affects its overall performance, but it
can also dictate what type of software it uses.

32-bit processor

The 32-bit processor was the primary processor used in all computers until
the early 1990s.
processors and early
processors were 32-bit processors. The operating system and software on a
computer with a 32-bit processor is also 32-bit based, in that they work
with data units that are 32 bits wide. Windows 95, 98, and XP are all 32-bit
operating systems that were common on computers with 32-bit processors.

Note: A computer with a 32-bit processor cannot have a 64-bit version of an
operating system installed. It can only have a 32-bit version of an
operating system installed.

64-bit processor

The 64-bit computer has been around since
when IBM created the IBM 7030 Stretch supercomputer. However, it was not
put into use in home computers until the early 2000s.
Microsoft released a 64-bit version of Windows XP to be used on computers
with a 64-bit processor. Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8 also come
in 64-bit versions. Other software has been developed that is designed to
run on a 64-bit computer, which are 64-bit based as well, in that they work
with data units that are 64 bits wide.

Note: A computer with a 64-bit processor can have a 64-bit or 32-bit version
of an operating system installed. However, with a 32-bit operating system,
the 64-bit processor would not run at its full capability.

Note: On a computer with a 64-bit processor, you cannot run a 16-bit legacy
program. Many 32-bit programs will work with a 64-bit processor and
operating system, but some older 32-bit programs may not function properly,
or at all, due to limited or no compatibility.

Differences between a 32-bit and 64-bit CPU

A big difference between 32-bit processors and 64-bit processors is the
number of calculations per second they can perform, which affects the
at which they can complete tasks. 64-bit processors can come in dual
core, quad core, six core, and eight core versions for home computing.
cores allow for an increased number of calculations per second that can
be performed, which can increase the processing power and help make a
run faster. Software programs that require many calculations to function
smoothly can operate faster and more efficiently on the multi-core
processors, for the most part.

Another big difference between 32-bit processors and 64-bit processors is
the maximum amount of memory
that is supported. 32-bit computers support a maximum of 3-4GB of memory,
whereas a 64-bit computer can support memory amounts over 4 GB. This feature
is important for software programs used in graphic design, engineering, and
video editing as these programs have to perform many calculations to render
their images.

One thing to note is that 3D graphic programs and games do not benefit much,
if at all, from switching to a 64-bit computer, unless the program is a
64-bit program. A 32-bit processor is adequate for any program written for a
32-bit processor. In the case of computer games, you'll get a lot more
performance by upgrading the video card instead of getting a 64-bit

In the end, 64-bit processors are becoming more and more commonplace in home
computers. Most manufacturers build computers with 64-bit processors due to
cheaper prices and because more users are now using 64-bit operating systems
and programs. Computer parts retailers are offering fewer and fewer 32-bit
processors and soon may not offer any at all.
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Take care.
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----- Original Message -----
From: O.Addison Gethers via Jfw
To: 'The Jaws for Windows support list.'
Cc: O.Addison Gethers
Sent: Thursday, October 29, 2015 5:14 PM
Subject: RE: Jaws 17 Download Links & What's New

Hello Mike,
I spoke with someone today at Freedom Scientific salesman about jaws 17 he
told me that I will be getting jaws 17 sometime next week ,when I do get
jaws 17 cds Can I still installed jaws 17 cds in laptop even though laptop
is 64 bits and desktop is 32 bits when I receive jaws 17 ? Can you
explained to me what is the difference between 32 bits for desktop for jaws
and 64 bits for laptop with jaws ?

-----Original Message-----
From: Jfw [] On Behalf Of Mike B via Jfw
Sent: Thursday, October 29, 2015 6:42 PM
To: JFW List
Cc: Mike B
Subject: Jaws 17 Download Links & What's New

Hi All,

Below are the direct download links for Jaws 17 for both 32 & 64 bit
systems. Also, what's new is below the download links.

32 Bit:

64 Bit:

What's new:

JAWS 17 Features
Smart Navigation, More Efficient Interaction with Complex Web Pages and

Today and in the future, users will be faced with an increased need to work
with complex web forms, tables, and even applications that run inside of a
web browser. This will impact your day to day interactions with services
on-line such as banking and shopping, in addition to many web apps found in
both companies and government agencies. For instance, Internet Explorer can
be used to log onto a Microsoft SharePoint server to collaborate with other
co-workers and create and store documents. The new Smart NavigationT feature
is designed to make it more efficient when navigating web-based applications
with the Virtual Cursor as the LEFT and RIGHT ARROW or CTRL+LEFT and
CTRL+RIGHT ARROW commands move by control instead of character and word.
This makes navigation such as moving across toolbars, tab strips, and
navigation links more like navigating around a desktop application. Pressing
the Say Character, Say Word, or Say Line commands twice quickly changes to
the traditional navigation by character, word, line, sentence, and paragraph
so you can review the text of the control. Smart Navigation resumes when you
move to a different control by pressing UP or DOWN ARROW or TAB.
Alternatively, you can use the INSERT+X command to quickly toggle between
Smart Navigation and the more traditional character and word navigation
depending on the type of web site you are navigating.

For example, if you use the LEFT and RIGHT ARROW keys to move across a tab
strip, you might hear JAWS announce something like; "Home tab selected,"
tab," and "Page Layout tab." If you wanted to review the items on the tab
strip character by character, press the Say Character (NUM PAD 5), Say Word
(INSERT+NUM PAD 5), or Say Line (INSERT+UP ARROW) commands twice quickly.
You can now navigate by character or word until you press DOWN ARROW to move
away from the tab strip to another control.

Smart Navigation is off by default. To turn it on, there are a few ways.

The quickest way to enable Smart Navigation is through the Startup Wizard
which automatically launches after JAWS is installed. When the wizard
starts, select the Next button until you reach the Common Options page. You
will be focused on a group of radio buttons where you can use the ARROW keys
to choose the Smart Navigation option you want to use (Controls and Tables
or Controls). Pressing TAB moves you to another group of radio buttons that
allow you to select how Forms Mode activates. For the best experience with
Smart Navigation, it is recommended that users set Forms Mode to Semi-Auto
or Manual.
This prevents JAWS from unexpectedly turning on Forms Mode while navigating
with the ARROW keys. Once you have changed the options you want, continue
selecting Next until you reach the Braille Settings page and then select
Finish to save your changes. Smart Navigation will now be enabled for any
environments that use the Virtual Cursor.

Alternatively, Smart Navigation can be configured through Settings Center or
Quick Settings. For instance, you may want to use Smart Navigation in
Firefox, but not in Internet Explorer.

You can also temporarily toggle Smart Navigation on or off using the
INSERT+X command. For instance, if you have configured Smart Navigation
be enabled
by default and you encounter a web page where you would prefer not to use
it, you can press INSERT+X to turn it off and use the more traditional
JAWS will switch back to Smart Navigation when focus moves away from the
browser or you navigate to a different web site. This command is also useful
if you do not want to use the Say Character, Say Word, or Say Line commands
twice quickly to switch to standard navigation. It offers the additional
benefit of not automatically switching back to Smart Navigation when you
move to a different control with the UP or DOWN ARROW keys. You can just
again to toggle back to Smart Navigation when you are ready.

Note: When using this command to toggle Smart Navigation under certain
circumstances such as inside a table, focus will not always remain at the
location of the toggle. This is because the virtual document is reformatted
as JAWS goes in and out of Screen Layout.

Anytime you are using Smart Navigation, JAWS will work in Screen Layout.
This presents pages in the virtual buffer similar to how they appear
visually on the screen. Toolbar buttons or other lists of controls that are
visually laid out horizontally on the screen are displayed on one line in
the virtual document, allowing a single press of the DOWN ARROW to skip the
entire toolbar instead of having to move from button to button to get past

For a great example, please try JAWS 17 on a web form such as the WebTrack
sample form on the Surf's Up pages. On this page, you will be able to see
the power of navigating more efficiently with the DOWN ARROW then in
previous versions.

Smart Navigation offers two modes, Controls and Tables, or Controls.
Controls and Tables offers the most complete experience with Smart
Navigation and
is the mode that is enabled when using the INSERT+X toggle.

When set to Controls and Tables and you are currently not in a table, most
web-based controls, including, but not limited to, buttons, links, edit
list boxes, tree views, and headings, are treated as single units when
navigating by character or word. Performing a Say Character, Say Word, and
Say Line
command twice quickly while focused on a control will switch to character
and word Navigation so you can use the traditional navigation by character,
line, sentence, and paragraph to review a control, such as the text of a
button or link, in greater detail. Smart Navigation by controls
resumes when you move to another control using TAB or UP or DOWN ARROW.

If focused inside of a table, the RIGHT and LEFT ARROW keys move between
columns while the UP and DOWN ARROW keys move between rows. If you press
ARROW to move from the last column in the current row to the first column of

the next row, an ascending sound is heard. If you press LEFT ARROW to move
from the first column in the current row to the last column in the prior
row, a descending sound is heard. JAWS also announces the number of the row
was moved to.

When focused in a cell and it contains any controls, such as a heading, or
an edit field, pressing the Say Character, Say Word, or Say Line commands
quickly will switch to control navigation, and performing these commands
again twice quickly will switch to character and word navigation. If the
does not contain controls, you can only switch to character and word
navigation. Moving focus away from the current table cell using LEFT or
will switch back to the prior navigation level, for example, pressing RIGHT
ARROW while in character and word navigation will return to Smart Navigation
in tables as soon as you move to a different cell. When you are in control
navigation, or character and word navigation, pressing UP or DOWN ARROW will
move to and read the entire row. Pressing UP or DOWN ARROW from the
beginning or end of the table will also resume Smart Navigation by Controls
and Tables.

For an example of using Smart Navigation in tables, visit the
Tables with JAWS and MAGic
page on the Surf's Up pages.

When set to Controls and focus is not in a table, navigation is the same as
the Controls and Tables option. The only difference is that if you encounter
a table, you will need to use the standard table reading commands
(CTRL+ALT+ARROW keys) or the Table layer (INSERT+SPACEBAR, t) to navigate
the table.

When Smart navigation is active, press ALT+DELETE or INSERT+TAB to have JAWS

announce the current Smart Navigation level.

New Sound Indication for Links

As you navigate by line with Smart Navigation active, JAWS plays a sound if
the current line contains one or more links which would generally be
on separate lines when you are not in Smart Navigation. This sound helps you

identify that a link exists and gives you a chance to pause to hear about
it or use TAB or the ARROW keys to move to it. To keep this sound from being

too intrusive, it is not heard if a line contains a link that is preceeded
by less than five characters. For instance, a bulleted or numbered list that

contains a link directly after the number or bullet.

Use Settings Center to Configure Settings for a Specific Web Site

In JAWS 17, you can now apply settings changes to a specific web site domain

using Settings Center. For instance, if you use Smart Navigation and you
a particular web site where you would prefer not to have this feature
active, you can open Settings Center from the current site and turn it off.
Navigation will continue working on all other web sites.

To configure web site specific settings, do the following:

list of 6 items
1. Open the web site where you want settings changes to apply.
2. Press INSERT+F2, select Settings Center, and press ENTER.
3. Press CTRL+SHIFT+W to open the settings file associated with the
currently active web site. Alternatively, press SHIFT+TAB to move to the
list, press CTRL+HOME to move to the top of the list, and then press DOWN
ARROW one time to move to the settings file for the current site. For
if you open Settings Center from the Freedom Scientific web site, you should

see something like (Domain).
4. From the Search edit box, type all or part of the setting you want to
change. For example, "smart" for Smart Navigation, "Forms" for Forms Mode
5. Press DOWN ARROW to move to the filtered results of the Settings Center
tree view and make your preferred settings changes.
6. Press TAB to move to the OK button and activate it with the SPACEBAR. The

changes are made and saved. Settings Center closes.
list end

Now, whatever you have set for the current web site should only be applied
when any pages on this site are open and have focus. For example, if you set
Smart Navigation to Controls and Tables for the Freedom Scientific web site,

it should be off for all other web sites which is the default, unless you
are on

New Options Added to Startup Wizard

The Startup Wizard contains a series of pages that allow users to quickly
configure some of the more commonly used JAWS options including speech
startup options, keyboard settings, verbosity options, and braille settings.

The Startup Wizard automatically launches after a full install of JAWS, but
can be accessed any time through the JAWS Help menu. In JAWS 17, we have
added a few more options we expect users will want convenient access to.

list of 2 items
. The page which follows the Run JAWS Settings page is now called Common
Options. It contains new controls to configure Smart Navigation and Forms
. A new Braille Translation Settings page has been added directly after the
Verbosity Settings page and before the Braille Settings page. It contains
following new options:

list of 3 items nesting level 1
. Language: Use this combo box to specify the Braille language. For example,

English, Spanish, French, German, and so on.
. Output: Use this combo box to configure the output mode for reading
Braille on your display. The first option is always Computer Braille. The
other available
options depend on the currently selected language. For example, when the
language is set to English United States, the available output modes are
English Grade 1, U.S. English Grade 2, Unified English Braille Grade 1, and
Unified English Braille Grade 2. If you set the language to French, the
modes are French Grade 1 and French Grade 2.
. Input Use this combo box to specify the input mode used when typing
Braille from the Perkins-style keyboard on your display. The first option is

Computer Braille. The other available option depends on the currently
selected output mode. For instance, if you have chosen to display Unified
Braille Grade 2, then you can choose to type in either Computer Braille or
Unified English Braille Grade 2. This setting is not available if the
output mode is Computer Braille, or the selected output mode does not
support input.
list end nesting level 1
list end

Create domain specific scripts for Web Pages and Web Applications

JAWS has always provided the ability to script desktop applications,
enabling many non-standard applications to be made accessible to JAWS users.

In recent
years, however, more and more applications are being developed to run inside

web browsers. For example, Microsoft SharePoint and Google Docs are web
that allow you to create, edit, and save documents, as well as collaborate
with other users, directly through web pages opened in Internet Explorer or

Since each web application can offer its own unique functionality, the JAWS
scripts for the web browser are too general to be of use for specific pages.
JAWS 17 extends the scripting functionality to enable you to create scripts
that only load when a particular web site is being accessed, so you can
a web page or application to your specific needs. For instance, if you
created scripts for, these scripts would be loaded for any

opened on the Microsoft web site. Domain specific scripts are loaded on top
of the browser scripts so that JAWS can fall back to the general scripts in
situations where a domain specific script behavior is not available. This
gives scripters much more control when scripting a web-based application for
a client at a job site as they can create specific functionality for the
application without affecting how JAWS performs on other web pages.

To aid in creating domain specific scripts, three new script functions have
been added.

list of 3 items
. GetDocumentXML: This function obtains well-formed XML from the Dom Server
for parsing using the MSXML com object.
. PerformActionOnElementWithTagAndAttribute: This function finds an element
in the DOM by tag and attribute/value pair and performs an action on it such
as setFocus, makeVisible, doDefaultAction, leftClick, or rightClick.
. PerformActionOnElementWithID: This function finds an element in the DOM by

unique ID and performs an action on it such as setFocus, makeVisible,
leftClick or rightClick.
list end

Using these functions, you could write scripts to do things like find and
speak a particular heading, add the numbers in the last row of a table and
the total, and much more, all without moving the Virtual Cursor.

To demonstrate domain-specific scripting, we have included sample SharePoint

scripts that allow you to access web-based toolbars on a SharePoint domain
using the INSERT+CTRL+F8 keystroke. To enable these sample scripts, do the

list of 2 items
1. Create a confignames.ini file in your JAWS user settings folder located
at C:\Users\Your User Name\AppData\Roaming\Freedom
2. Add the following lines.
list end

If the scripts are not working, meaning that toolbars cannot be activated
with the INSERT+CTRL+F8 keystroke, check the address of the current domain.
necessary, add another line to your confignames.ini to enable that domain to

be recognized so that the sharePoint sample scripts load.

Liblouis Braille Translator now included for English

JAWS 17 has switched to the popular and widely accepted open-source Liblouis

braille translator. This new translation now offers both contracted and
Unified English Braille (UEB) and the more traditional Contracted English
Braille (CEB) when reading and writing. Starting in 2016, UEB will become
standard in the United States. Switching now to Liblouis will ensure JAWS
offers the latest standards for UEB translation.

New in JAWS Touch Screen Support

Since JAWS 15, users have had the ability to interact with the touch screens

found on various devices like the Dell Venue series of Windows tablets.
one and multi-finger gestures such as taps, flicks, and swipes, users
navigate to and activate controls, read text, and perform other common JAWS
In JAWS 17, we have continued to enhance touch screen support by providing
access to the Windows touch keyboard as well as adding the ability to edit
select text in documents, messages, or web pages right from the touch

Support for the Windows Touch Keyboard

JAWS 17 offers full support for the Windows touch keyboard, enabling you to

write documents, email messages, and fill out forms on the Internet right
on your device's touch screen if you do not have access to a

physical keyboard. While a regular keyboard is still recommended for writing
lengthy documents or performing complex editing tasks, using

the Touch keyboard is convenient for writing a quick note, composing or
to an email, or filling out a form on a web site.

To activate the Touch Keyboard, double tap the Start Touch Keyboard button
on the Desktop, or perform the new JAWS gesture, four-finger swipe down then
up. JAWS announces "opened Touch Keyboard" and plays an ascending sound.
Once enabled, the keyboard is positioned in the bottom part
the screen and each key is represented by a button. Use flick gestures to
move to each key, or drag your finger around the screen to
and locate keys. While exploring, JAWS plays a unique set of sounds to alert

you when you enter or leave the area of the screen
the touch keyboard. Once you become familiar with the touch keyboard layout,

you can tap at the location of each key. To close the touch keyboard,
another four-finger swipe down then up. JAWS announces "closed touch
keyboard" and plays a descending sound.

JAWS offers two different modes for typing characters:

list of 2 items
. Standard Typing: A key is typed when a double tap or split tap is
performed on the screen after exploring to any of the keyboard buttons. If
characters are available for the current keyboard
button, a triple tap will open a panel of alternative keys related to the
key. Performing a triple tap on any keyboard button in
the alternative characters panel will close the panel. Standard Typing is
default mode.
. Touch Typing: A key is typed when the finger is lifted from any of the
keyboard buttons, or a split tap is performed on the selected keyboard
If alternative characters are available for the current
keyboard button, a split double tap will open a panel of alternative keys
to the selected key. Performing a split double tap on
any keyboard button in the alternative characters panel will close the

list end

Use the new Touch Keyboard settings group located in the main Keyboard group

in Settings center to change the typing mode as well as choose whether JAWS
announces characters, words, both characters and words, or is silent as you
type using the touch keyboard. You can also change how you are notified when
the touch keyboard or the panel of alternate characters opens and closes.

Note: Changing the feedback for the touch keyboard is separate from the
feedback for the physical keyboard. This means you can have JAWS say nothing

using a regular keyboard, but continue to announce both characters and words

when using the touch keyboard.

Text Selection and Other Improvements in Text Reading Mode

Text reading is one of the three gesture modes that can be activated by
rotating two fingers on the screen. JAWS 17 will now also automatically
to Text Reading if you double tap on an element that supports cursor
navigation such as an article in the News app, or the text
area of
an editing application like Microsoft Word. When Text Reading is activated
using a double tap on a text element, for instance, the second paragraph of
a document, JAWS attempts to position the cursor at the location of the
double tap.

When Text Reading is active, flicking left or right moves by character,
flicking left or right with two fingers moves by word, flicking up or down
by line, flicking up or down with two fingers moves by paragraph, flicking
left or right with three fingers moves to the beginning or end of a line,
flicking up or down with three fingers moves to the top or bottom of the
text area. In addition, you can now flick up or down with four fingers to
by page, similar to using PAGE UP and PAGE DOWN. These gestures also move
the cursor, enabling you to navigate to the location in a document where you
want to insert text or begin selecting text. For example, you could flick up

with two fingers to move to the prior paragraph, flick left or right to
the focus on a blank line, and then begin typing to insert text at that

Performing a triple tap on the screen with one finger will now toggle text
selection on or off. When enabled, using any of the above text reading
will select the specific unit as well as move to it. For example, to move to

and select the next line, perform a triple tap and then flick down. Text
continue to be selected as you navigate until you perform a triple tap again

to turn it off. To read currently selected text, you can now perform a
triple tap.

Other Touch Screen Improvements

Dragging a finger around the screen to explore and hear each element now
works in Text Reading mode in addition to Touch Navigation mode. If Text
is currently active and you explore to an item that does not support this
mode, JAWS will automatically switch back to Touch Navigation. As you
you can now have JAWS announce the character or word at the current location

by performing a split tap or split double tap.

If you encounter an element that does not support standard cursor
navigation, such as a button, or an item in a list, performing a
three-finger swipe down
then up now opens a Virtual Viewer window containing the name of the
element. You can then use the navigation gestures described above to review
this information.
This is useful if you want to review a control in greater detail that you
did not quite understand when it was announced by JAWS during exploration or
when tapping it. When this mode is active, you will not be able to navigate
to other items on the screen. If you explore outside of the Virtual Viewer,
JAWS plays a sound to indicate you are no longer in the window. Performing
the three-finger swipe down then up gesture again will close the Virtual

Tablet Orientation Notification

JAWS now indicates in both speech and braille when the screen orientation
changes between portrait and landscape. When changing to landscape, JAWS
"landscape, with home button to the left" or "landscape, with home button to

the right", depending on the position of the tablet. When changing to
JAWS says "portrait" or "portrait flipped."

Explore Scripts

A new Explore Scripts shortcut has been added to the Utilities folder in
Windows 8 and later and the Explore JAWS submenu located under the JAWS
group in Windows 7 and earlier. Selecting this shortcut opens the folder
where the shared script files are stored.

Script Compatibility Mode

By default, scripts compiled using the Script Manager or the scompile.exe
command line tool in JAWS 17 will not work with prior versions of JAWS. This
is due to changes in JAWS 17 to improve the localization process. In order
to compile scripts that will work in JAWS 17 as well as prior versions,
the new Compatibility Mode option from the File Menu in Script Manager, or
use the -c command line option if using scompile.exe.

Note: If you compile scripts with the compatibility option, and your scripts

use messages defined in JSM files that ship with JAWS 17, those messages
always be in English regardless of the language of the JAWS version that is

Sports Scores Lookup Sources Temporarily Removed from Research It

Until we can get cooperation from ESPN to allow access to their sports
results using the Research It feature, the MLB, NFL, NBA, and NCAA Scores
sources have been removed. We hope to add them back in the future once a
solution is reached.

Merge Utility No Longer Available

Major changes have been made to improve the JAWS localization process. This
included reorganizing many of the JAWS settings files. Due to these changes,
the Merge utility is no longer installed with JAWS 17 as settings from prior

versions cannot be merged. We are planning a solution for the future which
will replace this utility and provide an even greater benefit for our

Take care.
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