Re: annual subscription for Canadian users
If you are on 17 then 1 SMA would give you the upgrades to Jaws 18 and 2018. A second SMA would give you the upgrades to Jaws 2019 and Jaws 2020 which comes out this fall.
Also, keep in mind that in case you have Jaws pro that you don’t need that any more even if you run Windows 10 professional. The difference between Jaws Home and Pro for the most part really is a ownership thing, e.g. do you own your computer or computers or does a business own them where you are an employee.
There used to be a time in the XP days when you needed Jaws Pro if you wanted to run XP Pro, but those days are long past.
I would simply ask when the subscription model is going to be available and if it is going to be a while yet I would ask if Vispero would allow you to upgrade to Jaws 2019 for the price of an SMA and maybe a small upfront amount, but not whatever it might have cost. I think it should be in their interest to get people upgraded to Jaws 2019 for support reasons and from what Mario said it sounds like it’s just a matter of time until you can subscribe to Jaws for whatever the equivalent Canadian amount is to $90 (most likely something like $119 or $129 a year). The fact is that if you are using Windows 10 you really want to be on Jaws 2019.
From: firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com> On Behalf Of Cynthia Bruce
Sent: Wednesday, February 20, 2019 8:28 AM
Subject: Re: annual subscription for Canadian users
I am using 17 – I wanted to get used to it before upgrading. I had been using 14 while I finished my dissertation because I just couldn’t handle doing all of the upgrades in the final months of writing. I think Frontier Computing is the Canadian distribute – I will check with them.
Thanks so much,
Cynthia Bruce PhD, MTA
Canadian Association of Music Therapists
From: firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com> On Behalf Of
I am also in Canada. What version of Jaws are you using now? At this point buying the SMA is still cheaper than the annual subscription as long as you are using a very recent Jaws version like 2018. If of course you are two or 3 versions behind you would have to first get caught up which is more costly. I would just call Vispero at 1-888-444-4440 and ask who you should call in Canada, I can’t remember who is the Canadian distributor or if there is more than one. I have always renewed my SMA once I used up the last upgrade and have been doing so ever since this system was implemented. I started using Jaws for DOS back in 1989 and moved to Jaws for Windows when it was first released and, as I said, always bought the SMA because I rely on Jaws for running my business and need access to whatever the latest improvements are. In my opinion that strategy has always served me well and I certainly am not one of the people who think if somebody bought Jaws maybe 20 or 25 years ago or, as in my case, 30 years ago, that I should get free updates for the rest of my life. No company could stay in business with that sort of approach unless they were completely funded by government, donations or other sources. It’s easy for Apple to develop and offer a free screenreader because the Millions it takes each year to pay the people who are developing it are literally the tiniest drop in their revenue bucket where most of the money comes from the sale of hardware and other services.
I see on the Freedom Scientific E-store that the annual subscription is only available for US users. If I try to download is it really going to block me because I am in Canada? It seems so much more cost effective to do the subscription at work, and it might actually help me keep up since we are using Office 365 at the university where I teach. Any thoughts?