Re: Jaws 2019 has been released

James Homuth

I was hoping someone would say that. I'm using 18 now because Chrome, but I've seen it not take much effort to make the thing fall over. If they've solved that problem alone it'll be worth the upgrade.

-----Original Message-----
From: <> On Behalf Of Sieghard Weitzel
Sent: October-31-18 1:49 AM
Subject: Re: Jaws 2019 has been released

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.
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.

-----Original Message-----
From: <> 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
2018 Creators update (version 1803) and higher. Audio Ducking causes
the volume 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
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
Click Jaws
to download the universal installer, the following information is
given on that page:
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 Secure Environments
s> to 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 installer package.

Best regards,

Soronel Haetir

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