Re: Running Jaws/NVDA and Zoom Text as a high bred system for a client
Poppa Bear <heavens4real@...>
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Thank you very much for your thoughts on this. I am heading in this direction right now, my I-T guy put a MAGic demo on the server in my lab today to start using on some of the computers in there.
From: ptusing [mailto:ptusing@...]
Sent: Wednesday, April 27, 2016 10:56 AM
Subject: Re: Running Jaws/NVDA and Zoom Text as a high bred system for a client
I have used MAGIC software even before it was named MAGIC and have used MAGIC and its predecessor with JAWS for almost 19 years.
MAGIC is more responsive and the JAWS commands are the same for both and work great with MAGIC when both programs are used simultaneously.
To somewhat counter the assertion that magnifying to +11 and above does not work, that depends on the print size of the document being magnified
For example, some pdf documents might be easier to read for some people if magnified more simply because if one uses JAWS and MAGIC at the same time,
JAWS’ reading speed places the visual reading correctly for the MAGIC user.
MAGIC and JAWS users can hear the word spoken as MAGIC’s focus hits that word which is visible within the sentence.
The focus moves so smoothly when using the JAWS “say all” that the visual reading is smooth.
JAWS and MAGIC are so well integrated that
The placement of the visual words is easier wherever one wants them to be while giving the user the easy way to achieve rapid reading speeds with JAWS.
In my opinion a user of large print magnification who might consider using JAWS at some time would benefit from using
MAGIC since one would be learning JAWS commands and JAWS works so well with MAGIC.
Hope this is helpful
I would recommend JAWS and Magic together. This way, the user gets to use what vision she has, and also learns the screen reader JAWS. Incidently, many of the same keyboard commands work in Magic as well as JAWS. I would also obtain a Magic keyboard, so she can utilize the shortcut keys that this keyboard provides for Magic specifically.
So, I have a client who is a low vision with a visual acuity of 20 over 800, I assessed her on Zoom text today and she was at 50 times magnification. In my opinion that is really the threshold for any real productivity with Zoom Text. Also she is fairly rapidly losing more vision. I and a co teacher want to push her in the direction of full on screen reader emersion, but I don’t think that the O and M instructor feels the same. I have the ultimate say, but I was considering using a screen reader along side of the Zoom text, and thinking about making a slower transition, but I don’t want to just post pone the inevitable either. I have ran both a screen reader and Zoom Text together for personal training purposes without any major problems. Any thoughts that could give me a little light on the situation would be appreciated.