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I am confused. What is Freedom Scientific
called these days. I thought it was called Foe. Now, I hear it is
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Sent: Friday, November 02, 2018 12:18
Subject: Re: Need Details On New Annual
Jaws Home Subscription
Dude… Seriously. Stop drowning in a glass of
If you’re worried about Visperos viability 5 or 6 years
from now, then just go year by year. They’ve basically eliminated the
barrier of the upfront cost or for those who have fallen behind
Pay your $90 to get current and move on to something else
to fret over.
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On Behalf Of Gerald Levy
Sent: Friday, November 2, 2018 4:27
Subject: Re: Need Details On New
Annual Jaws Home Subscription
Gotcha. But Eric
Damery, who has been posting about this new pricing arrangement on another
JAWS mailing list, claims that it is cheaper than the SMA arrangement.
How is this possible? Under the SMA arrangement, let’s calculate the
cost for upgrading to JAWS 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022. By my calculation,
the SMA route would cost $240, $120 for JAWS 2019 and 2020, and another $120
for JAWS 2021 and 2022. Under the licensing arrangement, the cost would
be $90 for each version of JAWS for a total of $360 for versions 2019,
2020,2021 and 2022. Over the long run, the new licensing arrangement
would be much more expensive. And what is the advantage of taking out a
5 year license, which would cost $450 versus buying a new license each year
for $90 a year? There is no discount for paying in advance.
Suppose you pay for a 5 year license, and Vispero goes belly up in two
years? Then you’re totally screwed because there would probably be no
way to obtain a refund for the years you have not yet used up. Don’t
think Vispero could ever go out of business? Think again. It has
happened in the past. Companies that sell products for the blind
suddenly go under without notice and leave their customers in the lurch.
And with more and more JAWS users jumping to NVDA, and the fact that Vispero
is essentially increasing the cost of upgrading JAWS every year, they could
certainly tick off enough customers to go the way of GW Micro, Optalek and
other companies that have bitten the dust.
Sent: Friday, November
02, 2018 6:45 AM
Subject: Re: Need Details On
New Annual Jaws Home Subscription
From what I have read, as
well as listened to from Freedom scientific staff and podcast, it would cost
you $90 and it would be that recurring charge each year to keep a current
license to have jaws installed and up to three
confused. Suppose I wanted to upgrade from JAWS 16, which
is the version I am currently using, to JAWS 2019. Are you saying that
under the new licensing arrangement I would only have to pay $90 for
the upgrade, versus about $480 if I went the SMA route? Or would I
have to pay $270 to cover JAWS versions 17,18, and 2018, on top of the $90
for JAWS 2019? Please clarify.
November 01, 2018 11:12 PM
Subject: Re: Need Details
On New Annual Jaws Home Subscription
I think this is also an offer which
would make it much less expensive for somebody who didn’t keep their SMA
up-to-date to get current on Jaws. If, for example, somebody was still on
Jaws 16 or even earlier they would have to pay several hundreds of Dollars
to get current and then another $120 for the SMA. This way they can just
subscribe for $90 a year and they are done. What I haven’t figured out yet
is if this also applies for new Jaws users, e.g. if you don’t have Jaws at
all, can you just pay $90 a year and download/use the latest version of Jaws
and as long as you keep you rsubscription active then you can continue to do
so? If so then this really is a good option for new Jaws users because
instead of paying $900 or whatever Jaws costs + the cost of future SMA’s
they would djust pay $90 a year. After 10 years you would have paid $900
which is I believe what Jaws Home costs, if you had bought it for $900 and
then you would buy 5 SMA’s at $120/each you would have paid $1,500 after 10
years so if you are a new Jaws user then $90 a year really is a very
reasonable price and who knows what happens in 5 or 6 let alpong 8 or 10
years, maybe Jaws won’t exist any more as such, maybe Microsoft buys them
out and it gets merged with Narrator into Microsoft and becomes free, I
certainly wouldn’t bet on Jaws being the leading screenreader in 10 years
It sounds like it would be a
bit more flexible since you don't have to fight with the activation as much
if you use a lot of different computers, but otherwise it looks like a way
to generate more revenue. I just renewed my SMa, they will have a
little while longer to wait for my extra revenue.
On 11/1/2018 20:53, cecropia64
seems to me that this new
system is going to be more expensive by a lot.ï¿½ With a sma, you are only
paying sixty dollars a year.ï¿½ But if the prices quoted are correct,
you'll be paying ninety dollars a year and it goes up from there.ï¿½ What
is the purpose of this?ï¿½
On 11/1/2018 9:21 PM, Tom Behler
It seems to me that this new system will replace the
older SMA system.
Is this correct?
I do have one concern, though.
$90 a year doesnï¿½t seem to be that great of a deal,
since back in 2016, I got two years of Jaws for $120, as long as I
purchased the license by December 31.
Sent: Thursday, November 1, 2018 11:20
Subject: Re: Need Details On New Annual Jaws Home
Where did you get this info?
Iï¿½m asking because the explanation seemed to end in
Iï¿½d like to get the full explanation of the various
Jaws home options if possible.
Thanks for the help!
Stay current with the
latest version of JAWS, the world's most popular screen reader, with an
affordable, annual license now available for home users in the United
between a one-, three-, or five-year option, with the
ability to easily renew your license at the end of your initial
With a JAWS Home Annual
license you will always have the most up-to-date version of JAWS, and
will not have to pay for an upgrade to get new versions when they
release ï¿½ you have access to all upgrades released during your license
term. Having access to new versions of JAWS as they become available is
essential to ensure the ability to use your computer with the continuous
updates of Microsoft Windowsï¿½, Microsoft Officeï¿½, your browser, and
other applications you may use.
After purchasing your
JAWS Home Annual license, you will receive an email with instructions
and a link to register on the Freedom Scientific Licensing Portal, which
allows you to access and manage your software licenses, and provides a
simple way to install and activate your software. Your license can be
installed on up to 3 of your computers and using the portal, you can
easily remove your license from one computer and put it on a new one
When registering on the
Licensing Portal, make sure to use the same email address you used to
purchase your license; if you have already registered from previous
purchases, simply select the link you receive and sign in ï¿½ your
license will be available.
JAWS Home is intended for
use by end-users for personal, non-commercial use only and runs on all
currently supported versions of the Windows operating system. Refer
Sent: Thursday, November 1, 2018 10:53
Subject: Need Details On New Annual Jaws Home
I have been reading bits and pieces of info, but canï¿½t
seem to find a nice concise summary of the new Jaws annual home license
that apparently is now available with the release of Jaws
Jaws 2019 is the last Jaws upgrade on my SMA, so I will
need to do something to renew it at some point.
Up until now, Iï¿½ve renewed my Jaws Home SMA for a
two-year period for $120.
If there now is a more economical way to do this, Iï¿½d
certainly love to learn about it.
Dr.ï¿½ Tom Behler from Michigan