Simply the fact that Jaws 2019 crashes about 80% or more less often than Jaws 18 and 2018 did is quite a big deal for me. It's also more responsive, Office support is better and improving and audio ducking finally works.
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Then there is Skype 8 support, yes it was introduced already in 2018, but will continue to improve in 2019 and just as with iOS 12 I don't think a piece of software or an operating system needs to introduce a long list of new features each year only so that long-standing bugs continue.
From: email@example.com <firstname.lastname@example.org> On Behalf Of Soronel Haetir
Sent: Tuesday, October 30, 2018 8:31 AM
Subject: Re: Jaws 2019 has been released
So is it just me or is this year's offering particularly meager?
(Remember, with the unified setup package it has to download the rest
during install rather than when downloading the setup file). The only
item I find at all useful is the faster startup time.
On 10/30/18, Sieghard Weitzel <sieghard@...> wrote:
The Jaws 2019 public beta cycle has ended and Jaws 2019 is now available for
everybody, note you will need an SMA with at least 1 upgrade remaining to
authorize Jaws 2019 for unrestricted use.
Here are a couple of the more noteworthy changes:
New Consolidated Setup Package
Starting with JAWS 2019, there is now one link to download and install JAWS
for all supported operating systems and languages. You no longer have to
choose the correct setup executable based on your system as well as which
language you need.
When you begin the setup, the installer automatically detects whether you
are using 32 or 64-bit and installs the correct components. If you are doing
a new install and you want to use a different language other than the
default for your operating system, select the Options button on the first
installation screen and then choose a language. If you are updating an
existing installation, the Options button is not available as JAWS detects
the language already installed and updates using the same language.
I would add that because of this change the new Jaws 2019 installer file is
a mere 23.5 Mb instead of the previous installers which were around 180 Mb.
You can still download an offline installer and here you do have to pick the
correct one, 32 Bit or 64 Bit, and that installer contains all OCR
components and so on and it is well over 500 Mb.
The JAWS Audio Ducking feature is now supported in the Windows 10 Spring
2018 Creators update (version 1803) and higher. Audio Ducking causes the
of other programs to be lowered while JAWS is speaking. For example, if you
are listening to music and JAWS begins talking, the volume of the music will
be slightly lowered so you can comfortably hear JAWS and then raised back to
its current level when JAWS stops talking.
By default, audio remains at the same level as JAWS speech. To enable Audio
Ducking, open the Startup Wizard from the JAWS Help menu and select the
"Lower the volume of other programs while JAWS is speaking" checkbox located
on the Speech Settings page. Alternatively, Audio Ducking can be turned on
through Settings center.
Finally this feature works as it does on the iPhone and it's fantastic that
now when you open a website where some annoying and often loud video begins
to play you can still hear Jaws as you try to find the buttons to stop it.
Faster JAWS Startup with Grace Period Authorization
JAWS 2019 introduces a new concept to help ease the delay in response when
JAWS first launches and looks for authorization. In prior versions, JAWS
would not fully start until proper authorization was found. Since
Authorization can include searching for a network license, the amount of
time before JAWS started speaking could be significant. While it is not
possible to speed up this period directly, the authorization process will
now be completed simultaneously
to startup. As JAWS searches for authorization, it enters a new "grace
period" authorization state which provides limited functionality, similar to
what is available on the logon screen, so you can use speech and braille
while authorization discovery takes place. Once the authorization check has
finished, JAWS then uses the correct feature set based on the license.
There are many more features all of which you can read about by activating
the following link and then just use heading quick keys to find the What's
New section and read about each new feature.
What's New in JAWS 2019 Screen Reading
to download the universal installer, the following information is given on
Note: This installer requires an internet connection. If you need to install
JAWS on a system that does not have an internet connection, follow the link
below to the offline installer for secure environments.
If you want one of the offline installers, go to the Offline Installers for
find the one for your system, use heading quick nav keys since there are
also instructions to create an offline installer package using the new