moderated Re: Jaws Screen Reader cost?.

Howard Traxler

It was a bit confusing back in those days.  Often the synthesizer hardware had a different name from the screen reader; but the sales people didn't tell us that.  If you bought VERT Pro, the software was VERT, but the synthesizer board had a different name that I can't remember.  Soft VERT had different hardware and different software and was about half the price as VERT Pro.  The SoftVERT software was keyed to the owner's name.  I had to hack a couple of those to get to try them out.

On 11/3/2021 12:26 AM, Glenn / Lenny wrote:
They used the same drivers, but they sounded different.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Wednesday, November 03, 2021 12:24 AM
Subject: Re: Jaws Screen Reader cost?.

Was Accent the Artic synthesizer?


From: <> On Behalf Of Howard Traxler
Sent: November 2, 2021 12:19 PM
Subject: Re: Jaws Screen Reader cost?.


Oh yes, there were several versions of the VERT software and hardware.  I have a few if anyone would like one.  Also, in that era, was the ARTIC screen reader.  Also have a few of those.


On 11/2/2021 12:20 PM, Bill White wrote:

I used an external box that was a screen reader called PC VERT with MS DOS in 1985.


Bill White




From: [] On Behalf Of Gerald Levy via
Sent: Tuesday, November 2, 2021 9:55 AM
Subject: Re: Jaws Screen Reader cost?.



You have been using JAWS since 1989?  That would be impossible because JAWS was not introduced until 1995.  In fact, I don't think any screen reader existed in 1989, not even Voice Over.





On 11/2/2021 12:36 PM, Sieghard Weitzel wrote:

Steve, as a 54-year old very active technology user who has been using Jaws since 1989 I have tried to use NVDA a few times and I just can't do much with it because of the differences. Yes, maybe some keys are similar, but it still is quite different as well. Of course then again I just have not felt motivated to really spend time learning it to the point where I might feel more comfortable with it since I always keep my Jaws up to date.


From: <> On Behalf Of Steve Nutt
Sent: November 2, 2021 9:02 AM
Subject: Re: Jaws Screen Reader cost?.


Hi Billy,


I don’t think it would.


Many of the keystrokes are similar to JAWS.


All the best




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From: <> On Behalf Of Billy Inglis
Sent: 02 November 2021 15:48
Subject: Re: Jaws Screen Reader cost?.


hi ED, at my time of life NVDA would be too much of a learning curve, as well as the health Issues I have,

but thanks you guys, Billy

From: Edward Green

Sent: Tuesday, November 2, 2021 12:56 PM

Subject: Re: Jaws Screen Reader cost?.


Fi Billy,

The annual subscription mentioned isn’t available tu us in the UK as yet.

However, every summer Sight and Sound reduce the price of JAWS and other FS products in line with sales offered by FS. I can’t remember what the price of a JAWS licence was this year, but it wasn’t over £150 I don’t think.

Hanging on until July/August is likely to be your best bet, though NVDA as has already been suggested is a capable screen reader which may well meet your needs.



On 2 November 2021 10:06:53 "Billy Inglis" <billyinglis49@...> wrote:

hi guys, I have been Informed purchasing the Jaws Screen Reader from Freedom Scientific these days is way to expensive. So I am asking if there are other ways of purchasing the software for us blindys?, Billy


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