Re: SMA Notice

Richard Holloway

What's not to broadcast? This is not a secret illegal trick. At least to two people I've spoken with at FS have made me aware of this. I get there are reasons to stay current. And I have no problem with being legal. I support it fully, but I don't support paying for more than one license for a single user of the product. My question is if I am paying over and over for the same authorizations and capacities, and it sounds like maybe I am. Perhaps several of us are if we own both JAWS and a PAC Mate.

FS, while trying to sell me a new PAC MATE told me at a trade show that a PAC Mate (a $3,000+ item I already bought before) includes a license to run a full version of JAWS so long as the PAC Mate is hooked to the computer. Unhooked JAWS would run on the computer in Demo Mode. Sort of makes sense, you can't use both machines alone if they are connected and each has JAWS installed.

As I already had a $1000 copy of JAWS 11 on the desktop machine, I had no way to test it. Sounds to me like I already spent $1000 too much when I bought JAWS and the PAC Mate at the same time as each includes apparently includes a JAWS license. Where I am unclear is as to what versions are supported by the PAC Mate connection and how this is enabled.

I have been hesitant to install a v12 or v13 demo on this machine to test as I don't want to mess anything up on the full install of v.11. I was hoping to hear from a PAC Mate user who tried this feature.

When FS called a while back to try and get me to buy a new SMA (and to upgrade to v.12, just before V.13 came out) the sales guy confirmed JAWS is included with a PAC Mate in this way, so again, I think this is quite legit., I just want to figure out any limitations and options with this feature.


On Nov 3, 2011, at 4:46 PM, Adrian Spratt wrote:

As Joni explained earlier this afternoon, there are unsung reasons to stay
current with JAWS, specifically the behind-the-scenes adjustments that FS
makes to developments on the Web.

Your daughter would soon find 40-minute mode frustrating because she'd keep
being interrupted in the middle of her thought process by the need to

I can't comment on your Pac Mate point, and I'm not sure you want to
broadcast it, even assuming the suggestion works.

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Sent: Thursday, November 03, 2011 4:37 PM
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Subject: Re: SMA Notice

Here's a question I have: apparently one can enable JAWS to run from a demo
copy (without the demo timer turning it off) by hooking up a PAC Mate (if
you have one). (A FS guy told us this at a trade show this past summer.)
Well, we have a "spare" PAC Mate that we basically never use because my
daughter prefers her BrailleNote Apex.

Does anyone know the deal with this? I mean, isn't demo JAWS the same as
$900 JAWS that just turns off after what, 30 or 40 minutes?

We bought JAWS 9 with the SMA that got us to 11 and we're doing okay for
now. I thought of buying the new SMA, but what does that gain for us? We've
never called for support after the initial setup all the way from from v.9
to 10 to 11 so I'm not seeing that as a justification, and this is on a
desktop machine so it isn't like we need to be mobile-- this is just
plugging in a USB cable, right?

What am I missing? We've never tried this because we've always had a paid
copy of JAWS and so far we haven't gone past v.11. Just trying to look to
the future.

On Nov 3, 2011, at 3:54 PM, Joni Colver wrote:

Dave, the final price was actually closer to $600 than $500 by the
time I paid the sales tax and shipment of the CD/DVD he insisted I had
to have. I saved a few bucks, but I can say unequivocally that there
is a huge difference in performance on the Internet between JAWS 5 and
JAWS 12.
People probably don't notice that much of a difference version to
version, but I was limping along and frustrated beyond belief trying
to do much online. I am always a reluctant upgrader, so I need the
nudge to do so by having the SMA.

To the person who suggested that SMA stands for send money again, I
got a kick out of that.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Farfar on Laptoject: Re: SMA Notice


Another way to look at your situation, is in how much money you
actually saved. If you had kept current, going from JAWS 6 through 15
would have been
5 SMA at $120 each for a total of $600. You got current + SMA for $100

So you came out ahead. Congratulations!

Of course I'm not accounting for inflation and the value of the dollar
in all this, but still...

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