Date   
moderated Labeling unlabelled buttons with JAWS

Arkadiusz Świętnicki
 

Hello,

How to achieve it? I have tried with Ins+CTRL+Tab when the JAWS button was positioned on a button, I tried Insert+G but nothing worked… Is it possible?

 

Pozdrawiam,

Arkadiusz Świętnicki AKA. Nuno

 

moderated Re: Is it worth certifying in JAWS?

Arkadiusz Świętnicki
 

Thank you for all your responses.

 

Pozdrawiam,

Arkadiusz Świętnicki AKA. Nuno

 

From: main@jfw.groups.io <main@jfw.groups.io> On Behalf Of JM Casey
Sent: Monday, March 9, 2020 3:50 AM
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Re: Is it worth certifying in JAWS?

 

Hey guys.

I think we are pretty clear and this is pretty straightforward. It’s a certification available from FS themselves on their website. It really is not a big deal. Like I said, I took it because my employer pushed it – otherwise, I might not have bothered. I’d only include it on a resumé if I was pushing training expertise somehow. To be honest it’s not something I am vastly interested in so I don’t really mind falling behind in renewing the certification. But it could help some people. No harm in taking the test, anyway – if you really want to work in this field.

 

 

 

From: main@jfw.groups.io <main@jfw.groups.io> On Behalf Of Richard Turner
Sent: March 8, 2020 10:02 PM
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Re: Is it worth certifying in JAWS?

 

This reminds me of my favorite definition of the word expert by the late folk singer, Bruce U. Utah Phillips.

An x is a has been, and a spirt is a drip under pressure.

 

A true certification in Jaws from Freedom Scientific is likely worth something, but beware of any offered by another group without investigating whether they are legitimately offering a certification with the endorsement from Freedom Scientific.

 

 

Richard

"There's a nap for that." 

Check out my web site at: www.turner42.com

 

 

On Mar 8, 2020, at 6:32 PM, David Diamond <Daviddiamond2019@...> wrote:



I never forgot what a certified dog trainer told me.  She touts herself on her website as being certified and specializing in working with aggressive dogs. It turns out she’d never worked with aggressive dogs and got everything online.  Yet another person calls himself certified, he attended the class for 2 weeks at that.  By doing that he calls himself certified yet the course is 6 months long and the 2 week period is to see if you like or want, to take the course.  Further another person said he was qualified to help in building a WordPress blog for a price of course.  His spelling and grammar was so atrocious, I mused if he was that disinterested in his spelling and grammar when writing things such as emails, how could he be a qualified instructor.  Point?  A letter of certification could have the worth of toilet paper. Knowing how to do something is one thing, actually being able to do it is quite another.    

moderated Re: Jaws suddenly isn't speaking in word 365

HH. Smith Jr.
 

Hi guys,

 

Another possible issue that may have caused this is the normal template. if for whatever reason this changes, It screws up JAWS reading word documents. But Notepad works fine. The fix is to delete the normal template and reopen a word document and rebuild the normal template. to find the normal template:

Go to your main drive

Click on users

Click on the main user folder

Click on app data folder(system files must be unhidden)

Click on Microsoft

Click on templates

Delete normal(there may be two of them, one with funny symbols before and after it. That is the one that is messing you up, but delete both to get a clean template rebuild)

Do not delete the normal email template. that has nothing to do with your word issue. HTh  

 

From: main@jfw.groups.io <main@jfw.groups.io> On Behalf Of CJ &AA MAY
Sent: Sunday, March 8, 2020 6:00 PM
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Re: Jaws suddenly isn't speaking in word 365

 

If only it had been that simple! My husband has worked on the computer for almost three hours but finally been able to restore everything to how it was. He has explained it to me, but I confess to being as ignorant as when he started, but the bottom line was something to do with the security settings in Windows.

Alison

 

 

From: main@jfw.groups.io <main@jfw.groups.io> On Behalf Of Richard Turner
Sent: 08 March 2020 20:29
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Re: Jaws suddenly isn't speaking in word 365

 

Alt+tab and back.

Unload Jaws and reload it.

Or, as was also suggested, reboot your system.

 

Richard

 

🖖 Live long and prosper

 

 

Check out my web site at: www.turner42.com

 

From: main@jfw.groups.io <main@jfw.groups.io> On Behalf Of CJ &AA MAY
Sent: Sunday, March 8, 2020 1:17 PM
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Jaws suddenly isn't speaking in word 365

 

I was editting a document on my windows10 computer when jaws went silent. Any suggestions?  

by Alison may

0777 315 8181

 

On 8 Mar 2020, at 6:48 pm, Abraham Sweiss <abrahamsweiss8@...> wrote:

If your role will be to train others to use jaws, working in the rehabilitation industry or will be writing jaws Scripps  certification may be helpful, however in other industries not sure how useful it would be.

Thanks,abraham 


On Mar 8, 2020, at 11:43 AM, Arkadiusz Świętnicki <nuno69a@...> wrote:

Hello,

I wanted to do a certificate in JAWS, but it is worth the trouble? Can I get some jobs with the cert if I am not in the U. S?

 

Pozdrawiam,

Arkadiusz Świętnicki AKA. Nuno

 

moderated Re: Is it worth certifying in JAWS?

JM Casey
 

Hey guys.

I think we are pretty clear and this is pretty straightforward. It’s a certification available from FS themselves on their website. It really is not a big deal. Like I said, I took it because my employer pushed it – otherwise, I might not have bothered. I’d only include it on a resumé if I was pushing training expertise somehow. To be honest it’s not something I am vastly interested in so I don’t really mind falling behind in renewing the certification. But it could help some people. No harm in taking the test, anyway – if you really want to work in this field.

 

 

 

From: main@jfw.groups.io <main@jfw.groups.io> On Behalf Of Richard Turner
Sent: March 8, 2020 10:02 PM
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Re: Is it worth certifying in JAWS?

 

This reminds me of my favorite definition of the word expert by the late folk singer, Bruce U. Utah Phillips.

An x is a has been, and a spirt is a drip under pressure.

 

A true certification in Jaws from Freedom Scientific is likely worth something, but beware of any offered by another group without investigating whether they are legitimately offering a certification with the endorsement from Freedom Scientific.

 



Richard

"There's a nap for that." 

Check out my web site at: www.turner42.com

 



On Mar 8, 2020, at 6:32 PM, David Diamond <Daviddiamond2019@...> wrote:



I never forgot what a certified dog trainer told me.  She touts herself on her website as being certified and specializing in working with aggressive dogs. It turns out she’d never worked with aggressive dogs and got everything online.  Yet another person calls himself certified, he attended the class for 2 weeks at that.  By doing that he calls himself certified yet the course is 6 months long and the 2 week period is to see if you like or want, to take the course.  Further another person said he was qualified to help in building a WordPress blog for a price of course.  His spelling and grammar was so atrocious, I mused if he was that disinterested in his spelling and grammar when writing things such as emails, how could he be a qualified instructor.  Point?  A letter of certification could have the worth of toilet paper. Knowing how to do something is one thing, actually being able to do it is quite another.    

moderated Re: Is it worth certifying in JAWS?

Richard Turner
 

This reminds me of my favorite definition of the word expert by the late folk singer, Bruce U. Utah Phillips.
An x is a has been, and a spirt is a drip under pressure.

A true certification in Jaws from Freedom Scientific is likely worth something, but beware of any offered by another group without investigating whether they are legitimately offering a certification with the endorsement from Freedom Scientific.



Richard
"There's a nap for that." 

Check out my web site at: www.turner42.com



On Mar 8, 2020, at 6:32 PM, David Diamond <Daviddiamond2019@...> wrote:



I never forgot what a certified dog trainer told me.  She touts herself on her website as being certified and specializing in working with aggressive dogs. It turns out she’d never worked with aggressive dogs and got everything online.  Yet another person calls himself certified, he attended the class for 2 weeks at that.  By doing that he calls himself certified yet the course is 6 months long and the 2 week period is to see if you like or want, to take the course.  Further another person said he was qualified to help in building a WordPress blog for a price of course.  His spelling and grammar was so atrocious, I mused if he was that disinterested in his spelling and grammar when writing things such as emails, how could he be a qualified instructor.  Point?  A letter of certification could have the worth of toilet paper. Knowing how to do something is one thing, actually being able to do it is quite another.    

moderated Re: Is it worth certifying in JAWS?

David Diamond
 

I never forgot what a certified dog trainer told me.  She touts herself on her website as being certified and specializing in working with aggressive dogs. It turns out she’d never worked with aggressive dogs and got everything online.  Yet another person calls himself certified, he attended the class for 2 weeks at that.  By doing that he calls himself certified yet the course is 6 months long and the 2 week period is to see if you like or want, to take the course.  Further another person said he was qualified to help in building a WordPress blog for a price of course.  His spelling and grammar was so atrocious, I mused if he was that disinterested in his spelling and grammar when writing things such as emails, how could he be a qualified instructor.  Point?  A letter of certification could have the worth of toilet paper. Knowing how to do something is one thing, actually being able to do it is quite another.    

moderated Ipevo Skype phones was: IPEVO VZ-X Doc Cam: A Stealth Video Magnifier From Access World

 

I haven’t heard the name Ipevo for a long time. I used to have a few little USB telephones from them which one could use with Skype, I assume they may still even work, they were just like a small cordless phone with a full numeric pad and a USB cable and they were recognized as a USB sound device.

I also had bought 2 of their Skype desktop phones which were exactly that, full sized desktop phones which would get plugged into you rrouter and Skype was preloaded in them so you could just sign in and pick up the phone and make Skype calls.

Of course that was some ancient Skype version and I doubt they are still supported, still havem somewhere in a box or on a shelf.

 

 

From: main@jfw.groups.io <main@jfw.groups.io> On Behalf Of Richard Turner
Sent: Sunday, March 8, 2020 8:47 AM
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: FW: IPEVO VZ-X Doc Cam: A Stealth Video Magnifier From Access World

 

I know there are a lot of low-vision users on this list.

If you are not a reader of the Access World from American Foundation for the Blind, you may have missed this.

 

Text follows the link.

 

https://www.afb.org/aw/21/2/16908

 

IPEVO VZ-X Doc Cam: A Stealth Video Magnifier

main region

article

Steve Kelley

Some of us have been looking for alternatives to desktop video magnifiers for years. They can be expensive, take up a lot of room on your desk, and most

models aren’t very portable. Many of us have different tricks we’ve tried with our tablets, phones, Web cameras, and computers to cobble together a video

magnifier that is cheaper, more portable, or more flexible, with somewhat limited success.

Without targeting the low vision video magnifier market per se, a document camera manufacturer, IPEVO has developed a model, the VZ-X, that looks like

it was developed specifically for use as a low vision device! Imagine for a moment a stand-mounted camera that weighs less than 3 pounds, can connect to

virtually any display, and has many of the controls you’d expect to find on a video magnifier built right into the stand.

The VZ-X Stand

The VZ-X is a stand-mounted camera that can connect to an HD monitor, computer, tablet, or phone, using a USB cable (provided), HDMI cable (not provided),

or WiFi. Several features immediately stand out about the design of the stand. The stand weighs about 2.6 pounds, and much of the weight is in the circular

base. The base is about 4.5 inches across and holds a battery which will power the unit for 9 hours. Because of the weighted base, this stand sits solidly

on the desk—no tipping.

The stand is 12.7 inches tall and has an arm that folds out and up with a camera on the end. Everything about the stand feels solid and durable. The camera

housing is also jointed so it folds up and down and left to right. The flexibility of the camera makes it very versatile for tasks other than document

viewing.

The VZ-X camera is an 8-megapixel HD camera that can also be used for capturing video as well, with a resolution of 3264 x 2448 when connected to the USB

cable. The images from the camera are sharp, focus quickly in autofocus, and there is minimal lag time when moving printed text beneath the camera.

Controlling the VZ-X

One of the really unique features of the VZ-X is that at its most basic, it can be plugged into an HD monitor or TV using an HDMI cable, turned on, and

used with just the controls on the camera arm. IPEVO offers free downloadable software called Visualizer, available for Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android,

which has additional features, but is not necessary to use the camera.

Nearly all of the basic controls are on the lower arm of the stand, as well as USB and HDMI input. The controls are labeled in high contrast white-on-blue,

but in small print. The buttons, however, are each slightly different to the touch, so between their location on the arm and the feel of the button, after

a short period of time it's easy to find the right button for the control you want.

Starting at the bottom and going up the stand, users will find the following controls:

list of 13 items

• Power button clicks up and down.

• Focus/Auto Focus button is slightly elevated. By default, the focus is set to continuous automatic. A single press of the button will refocus the camera,

and a longer press will unlock the continuous auto focus.

• Exp- will decrease the exposure if the image appears too bright.

• Exp+ will increase the exposure if the image appears too dark. (Note that these exposure settings can make a significant difference in image contrast

and quality).

• Zoom Out designated with a recessed button. Each push of the button decreases the magnification of the image.

• Zoom In designated with an elevated button. Each push of the button increases the magnification of the image.

• Rotate by 90 degrees with each press of the button.

• Filter, often called the “Mode” on video magnifiers, which changes the foreground and background setting. For example, the image of black text on white

paper might be filtered so that the text is white on a black background. (Note that when used with the Visualizer software there are more filter options

than those available when using just the hardware controls connected to an HD monitor or TV).

• Light button turns on an LED light in the camera housing.

• Above the light button is an LED indicator light that appears green when the unit is powered on, amber when connected by WiFi, and white when in use

and an image is being provided.

• Above the LED light is a small microphone that can be used for other Web camera functions.

• Opposite these controls, on the other side of the stand, are the HDMI and micro-USB inputs, a frequency toggle from 50 Hz to 60 Hz (60 Hz is what is

commonly used in the U.S), and a toggle for the input mode, WiFi or USB/HDMI.

• There are two additional controls found on the base of the stand, an Action button and battery indicator button. The Action button works with the visualizer

software when connected by WiFi or USB. When connected to an iPad running Visualizer, for example, this will take a picture of the image. When the battery

indicator button is pressed, as many as 5 LED indicator lights will shine to indicate remaining battery level.

list end

VZ-X on HDTV or HD Monitor

The simplest way to use the VZ-X is to connect it to an HDTV or HD Monitor using an HDMI cable you’ll need to purchase separately. Use the TV menu to change

to HDMI input, connect the VZ-X to the monitor, and turn both on. Place an object or printed text beneath the camera, and it will be projected on the monitor.

Use the camera arm to raise and lower the camera on the document or object you’re looking at, and the zoom buttons to get it to a magnification level you

want. Cycle through the filters by pressing the filter button to find the right one for you. Be sure to experiment with the exposure buttons to adjust

the brightness of the image.

VZ-X Stand Filters

One of the most useful features on the VZ-X, in addition to the screen magnification using the Zoom buttons, is the filter option for images on the screen.

Like a standard video magnifier, for many users this may make reading easier by changing the foreground and background colors to eliminate glare and increase

contrast. The VZ-X offers several filters to choose from, just using the button on the stand. By default, the initial filter is full color filter when

it first comes on, and pressing the filter button will cycle through the following filters:

list of 6 items

• inverted color

• yellow foreground on black background (so printed text will appear as yellow text on a black background)

• black and white

• white foreground on a black background

• black foreground on a yellow background

• return to the full color mode

list end

When the VZ-X is connected to a computer, tablet, or phone running the Visualizer software, there are additional filter options through the software. For

example, the software contains a filter that changes black text on a white background into red text on a black background.

VZ-X Connected to USB or WiFi

The VZ-X camera will connect to a computer using the USB cable provided or WiFi. Tablets and smartphone connection is primarily WiFi. To connect by WiFi,

power on the camera and make sure the input mode button is toggled to WiFi. The camera will then appear in the WiFi options on your device as an open source.

During this review, the VZ-X connected quickly to both a Windows PC and iOS iPad.

When connected to the Windows 10 computer, the VZ-X worked with other software, like the Windows Camera App, Office Lens, and even ZoomText. In these apps,

the VZ-X worked with the software controls available in the various software applications and the hardware controls on the stand. For example, in the Windows

Camera App, there are no software controls for magnification or color filters, but both could be used from the VZ-X’s buttons. With ZoomText, the camera

image responded to the built-in ZoomText commands of up and down keyboard arrows to increase and decrease magnification, as well as the VZ-X’s buttons.

Just using the Windows Camera app, it was clear how useful this might be for taking notes from a printed document. The magnified camera image of the text

could be open in one window while the word processor was open in another, with the user tabbing between the two, without the need for a second monitor,

as you might have with a more conventional desktop magnifier setup.

IPEVO Visualizer Software

To take full advantage of all the features of the VZ-X when connected to a computer, tablet, or phone, IPEVO offers a free application, called Visualizer,

available for Windows, Mac, iOS and Android.

The Visualizer software is full of features that are useful for low vision video magnification as well as document capture and presentation. Most notable

among these features for the low vision user are the Zoom and Filter options that appear on the left as a sidebar menu. With the Zoom button, you can more

precisely designate a specific magnification power from 1X-12X. It’s worth noting here that each time the hardware button on the stand is depressed for

Zoom In or Zoom Out, it also increases or decreases magnification by 1X, to a maximum of 12X.

As mentioned earlier, the filter options in the Visualizer software are greater than those available through the hardware buttons on the stand. The Filter

software button includes 12 modes:

list of 11 items

• no filter (full color)

• inverted color

• black and white

• inverted black and white

• grayscale

• sepia

• white on blue

• yellow on blue

• red on black

• sketch

• outline

list end

Both “sketch” and “outline” appear more as filters that might be used during presentations. Another great feature available on the Mac and Windows version

of the Visualizer software is the Masking feature in the Reading Aids. This opens from the icon shaped like a book in the bottom right of the application

window. With masking a translucent line can be used to highlight text in a line across the page or all text can be covered on the page except for a line

or two. This can be a very helpful feature for some readers that is not always found on more standard video magnifiers.

The Visualizer software also will capture both photo and video images, freeze an image, and add display features like a vertical or horizontal line, or

a grid pattern, which may be very helpful for reading on the display. For reading, one of the interesting features observed on the iPad Visualizer was

that when the image was magnified, dragging a finger across the screen would move you to other parts of the image. So, the camera could be positioned to

include a page or column within the window. The image can be magnified using either the zoom control on the stand or within the software, and then dragging

a finger across the iPad screen acted nearly as efficiently as using a standard XY table on a desktop video magnifier to reposition the magnified document.

Text-to-Speech on the VZ-X

Text-to-speech (TTS) is built into the Visualizer software. Take a picture of the document, select the image in the bottom left corner of the application

and the image opens with several menu options in the top right corner including TTS. Select the TTS icon (a megaphone over document) and the image opens

on the left side of a split screen, with the converted text on the right side, after processing. Press the play button to hear the text read out loud.

Text recognition was quite accurate, and processing took only a second or two.

TTS is also available with other applications, using the VZ-X as the camera. In Office Lens, for example, the text recognition was very accurate when converting

a page of serif type from an older printed book.

VZ-X Accessibility

After reading above that the VZ-X buttons are also differentiated with tactile differences, it will come as no surprise to learn that the Visualizer software,

at least the version for iOS, worked very well with VoiceOver. One menu button was labeled as “button,” but all the others used during the testing were

labeled correctly. Available on the

IPEVO website

are “Voluntary Product Accessibility Templates” for both the camera and Visualizer software. These are located beneath the Support tab and were assessed

by third party vendor, Accessibility Partners, LLC. Both reports demonstrated how hardware and software stacked up to the various accessibility and usability

standards. Bravo! Wouldn’t it be great if more manufacturers did this?

VZ-X vs. Desktop Video Magnifier

At $299 retail, the IPEVO VZ-X costs less than most handheld video magnifiers, and far less than standard desktop models. When connected to an HD monitor

or HDTV, it has many of the standard features for magnification and color modes you’d expect on a video magnifier. The one notable exception being that

you will find some desktop video magnifiers offer screen magnification as much as 70X, while the VZ-X offers a maximum of only 12X.

If most of your reading is from printed book or magazines, you may really miss the XY table that many desktop units come with, but the total flexibility

offered with the VZ-X, in terms of the devices it can be used with and the portability, might outweigh that missing feature. The IPEVO VZ-X wasn’t designed

as an alternative for a low vision video magnifier, but it packs enough features into both the hardware and software that it really is worth taking a look

at if you’re looking for video magnification solutions. The bottom line is that the IPEVO VZ-X is a well-designed, sturdy document scanner with more than

enough features to make it a serious contender in the low vision market, at a very reasonable price.

Product Information

Product:

VZ-X Wireless, HDMI & USB 8MP Document Camera

Manufacturer:

IPEVO

Price: $299

This article is made possible in part by generous funding from the James H. and Alice Teubert Charitable Trust, Huntington, West Virginia.

Comment on this article.

moderated Re: Is it worth certifying in JAWS?

Dean Martineau
 

I doubt the JAWS certification will help you get any jobs, but maybe somebody will respect it. If you’re trying to market yourself as a trainer on a private basis, perhaps having this and other certifications will impress somebody enough to get them to give you some work, but, again, I doubt it.

 

Dean

 

 

From: main@jfw.groups.io <main@jfw.groups.io> On Behalf Of JM Casey
Sent: Sunday, March 8, 2020 5:44 PM
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Re: Is it worth certifying in JAWS?

 

Hey.

 

I got this training certification due to my previous employer, who wanted everyone in the iT department to be certified. I didn’t pay for it and I didn’t find the exam too difficult (though I did run out of time before completing the first time through), however  I’m not really sure I’d have bothered getting the paper if it hadn’t been covered. As said before, it really depends on what you are interested in doing. I don’t really think it will get you any jobs anywhere. But it may help to inspire confidence in others that you have passed the exam and are thus “qualified” in the eyees of FS to train in the use of their product. If that is important to you, go for it. I was certified at the end of 2016 when JAWS 18 was the new thing; I haven’t renewed so I’m already quite a bit behind.

 

 

 

From: main@jfw.groups.io <main@jfw.groups.io> On Behalf Of Arkadiusz Swietnicki
Sent: March 8, 2020 11:44 AM
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Is it worth certifying in JAWS?

 

Hello,

I wanted to do a certificate in JAWS, but it is worth the trouble? Can I get some jobs with the cert if I am not in the U. S?

 

Pozdrawiam,

Arkadiusz Świętnicki AKA. Nuno

 

moderated Re: Jaws suddenly isn't speaking in word 365

CJ &AA MAY
 

If only it had been that simple! My husband has worked on the computer for almost three hours but finally been able to restore everything to how it was. He has explained it to me, but I confess to being as ignorant as when he started, but the bottom line was something to do with the security settings in Windows.

Alison

 

 

From: main@jfw.groups.io <main@jfw.groups.io> On Behalf Of Richard Turner
Sent: 08 March 2020 20:29
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Re: Jaws suddenly isn't speaking in word 365

 

Alt+tab and back.

Unload Jaws and reload it.

Or, as was also suggested, reboot your system.

 

Richard

 

🖖 Live long and prosper

 

 

Check out my web site at: www.turner42.com

 

From: main@jfw.groups.io <main@jfw.groups.io> On Behalf Of CJ &AA MAY
Sent: Sunday, March 8, 2020 1:17 PM
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Jaws suddenly isn't speaking in word 365

 

I was editting a document on my windows10 computer when jaws went silent. Any suggestions?  

by Alison may

0777 315 8181

 

On 8 Mar 2020, at 6:48 pm, Abraham Sweiss <abrahamsweiss8@...> wrote:

If your role will be to train others to use jaws, working in the rehabilitation industry or will be writing jaws Scripps  certification may be helpful, however in other industries not sure how useful it would be.

Thanks,abraham 


On Mar 8, 2020, at 11:43 AM, Arkadiusz Świętnicki <nuno69a@...> wrote:

Hello,

I wanted to do a certificate in JAWS, but it is worth the trouble? Can I get some jobs with the cert if I am not in the U. S?

 

Pozdrawiam,

Arkadiusz Świętnicki AKA. Nuno

 

moderated Re: Jaws suddenly isn't speaking in word 365

Adrian Spratt
 

I’ve had this happen with Word 2016. I’ve wondered if something happens in the interaction between Word and JAWS. In addition to the suggestions other listers have made, assuming you can get speech restored, I’d save the file, close Word and restart it. also, be sure you’ve set up Word to save backups.

 

From: main@jfw.groups.io <main@jfw.groups.io> On Behalf Of CJ &AA MAY
Sent: Sunday, March 8, 2020 4:17 PM
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Jaws suddenly isn't speaking in word 365

 

I was editting a document on my windows10 computer when jaws went silent. Any suggestions?  

by Alison may

0777 315 8181



On 8 Mar 2020, at 6:48 pm, Abraham Sweiss <abrahamsweiss8@...> wrote:

If your role will be to train others to use jaws, working in the rehabilitation industry or will be writing jaws Scripps  certification may be helpful, however in other industries not sure how useful it would be.

Thanks,abraham 


On Mar 8, 2020, at 11:43 AM, Arkadiusz Świętnicki <nuno69a@...> wrote:

Hello,

I wanted to do a certificate in JAWS, but it is worth the trouble? Can I get some jobs with the cert if I am not in the U. S?

 

Pozdrawiam,

Arkadiusz Świętnicki AKA. Nuno

 

moderated Re: Is it worth certifying in JAWS?

JM Casey
 

Hey.

 

I got this training certification due to my previous employer, who wanted everyone in the iT department to be certified. I didn’t pay for it and I didn’t find the exam too difficult (though I did run out of time before completing the first time through), however  I’m not really sure I’d have bothered getting the paper if it hadn’t been covered. As said before, it really depends on what you are interested in doing. I don’t really think it will get you any jobs anywhere. But it may help to inspire confidence in others that you have passed the exam and are thus “qualified” in the eyees of FS to train in the use of their product. If that is important to you, go for it. I was certified at the end of 2016 when JAWS 18 was the new thing; I haven’t renewed so I’m already quite a bit behind.

 

 

From: main@jfw.groups.io <main@jfw.groups.io> On Behalf Of Arkadiusz Swietnicki
Sent: March 8, 2020 11:44 AM
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Is it worth certifying in JAWS?

 

Hello,

I wanted to do a certificate in JAWS, but it is worth the trouble? Can I get some jobs with the cert if I am not in the U. S?

 

Pozdrawiam,

Arkadiusz Świętnicki AKA. Nuno

 

moderated Re: Jaws suddenly isn't speaking in word 365

Richard Turner
 

Alt+tab and back.

Unload Jaws and reload it.

Or, as was also suggested, reboot your system.

 

Richard

 

🖖 Live long and prosper

 

 

Check out my web site at: www.turner42.com

 

From: main@jfw.groups.io <main@jfw.groups.io> On Behalf Of CJ &AA MAY
Sent: Sunday, March 8, 2020 1:17 PM
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Jaws suddenly isn't speaking in word 365

 

I was editting a document on my windows10 computer when jaws went silent. Any suggestions?  

by Alison may

0777 315 8181



On 8 Mar 2020, at 6:48 pm, Abraham Sweiss <abrahamsweiss8@...> wrote:

If your role will be to train others to use jaws, working in the rehabilitation industry or will be writing jaws Scripps  certification may be helpful, however in other industries not sure how useful it would be.

Thanks,abraham 


On Mar 8, 2020, at 11:43 AM, Arkadiusz Świętnicki <nuno69a@...> wrote:

Hello,

I wanted to do a certificate in JAWS, but it is worth the trouble? Can I get some jobs with the cert if I am not in the U. S?

 

Pozdrawiam,

Arkadiusz Świętnicki AKA. Nuno

 

moderated Re: Jaws suddenly isn't speaking in word 365

Dan Longmore
 

Would do a program and or system re boot.  Dan

 

From: main@jfw.groups.io <main@jfw.groups.io> On Behalf Of CJ &AA MAY
Sent: Sunday, March 8, 2020 4:17 PM
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Jaws suddenly isn't speaking in word 365

 

I was editting a document on my windows10 computer when jaws went silent. Any suggestions?  

by Alison may

0777 315 8181



On 8 Mar 2020, at 6:48 pm, Abraham Sweiss <abrahamsweiss8@...> wrote:

If your role will be to train others to use jaws, working in the rehabilitation industry or will be writing jaws Scripps  certification may be helpful, however in other industries not sure how useful it would be.

Thanks,abraham 


On Mar 8, 2020, at 11:43 AM, Arkadiusz Świętnicki <nuno69a@...> wrote:

Hello,

I wanted to do a certificate in JAWS, but it is worth the trouble? Can I get some jobs with the cert if I am not in the U. S?

 

Pozdrawiam,

Arkadiusz Świętnicki AKA. Nuno

 

moderated Jaws suddenly isn't speaking in word 365

CJ &AA MAY
 

I was editting a document on my windows10 computer when jaws went silent. Any suggestions?  

by Alison may
0777 315 8181

On 8 Mar 2020, at 6:48 pm, Abraham Sweiss <abrahamsweiss8@...> wrote:

If your role will be to train others to use jaws, working in the rehabilitation industry or will be writing jaws Scripps  certification may be helpful, however in other industries not sure how useful it would be.

Thanks,abraham 

On Mar 8, 2020, at 11:43 AM, Arkadiusz Świętnicki <nuno69a@...> wrote:

Hello,

I wanted to do a certificate in JAWS, but it is worth the trouble? Can I get some jobs with the cert if I am not in the U. S?

 

Pozdrawiam,

Arkadiusz Świętnicki AKA. Nuno

 

moderated Re: Is it worth certifying in JAWS?

Milton Ota
 

Hello,

 

Other than the earlier response you got from your post, taking the Freedom Scientific JAWS certification, you are testing yourknowledge of JAWS and want that satisfaction. Should you decide to take the certification test and get your certification it is not free but just taking the test to test your knowledge is free.

 

It is your decision.

  

 

From: main@jfw.groups.io <main@jfw.groups.io> On Behalf Of Arkadiusz Swietnicki
Sent: Sunday, March 8, 2020 10:44 AM
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Is it worth certifying in JAWS?

 

Hello,

I wanted to do a certificate in JAWS, but it is worth the trouble? Can I get some jobs with the cert if I am not in the U. S?

 

Pozdrawiam,

Arkadiusz Świętnicki AKA. Nuno

 

moderated Jaws does not read Windows 10 notifications

Arkadiusz Świętnicki
 

My friend still continues his adventure with JAWS< but hew has some problems I have never had…

Now, his Windows 10 notifications are not being read. What can be wrong?

Pozdrawiam,

Arkadiusz Świętnicki AKA. Nuno

 

moderated A Demo of Leasey: All Are Welcome; Friday, March 13 at 8:00 PM Eastern from the Philadelphia Computer Users Group for the Blind and Visually Impaired

David Goldfield
 

Meeting Topic: a Demo of the Leasey Software

Group: the Philadelphia Computer Users Group for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Date: Friday, March 13, 2020

Time: 8:00 PM Eastern

 

Introduction

If you’ve been a user of the JAWS screen reader for even a short time you know that it’s rich in features and capabilities and possesses an impressive array of configuration options. However, as powerful as JAWS may be there is a third party program which you can add to your existing copy of JAWS which offers even more tools and capabilities to make using JAWS even easier. Many of these features will allow you to more easily complete tasks and will definitely increase your productivity. Meet Leasey, which I will be demonstrating during the next phone meeting of the Philadelphia Computer Users Group for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

Leasey is a program written by Hartgen Consultancy. It consists of over 50 separate features but it can be broken down into two components, which are Leasey Basic and Leasey Advanced.

Leasey Basic

Leasey Basic consists of a menu-driven interface to access the programs and functions of your computer. Instead of dealing with the start menu and the desktop pressing a single key opens the Leasey Main Menu, which contains options such as Write a Document or Letter, Check Your Email, Surf the Internet, etc. Pressing enter on any of these options opens a submenu with even more options. Leasey Basic also contains context-sensitive help which provides information on where you are on the computer and what you can do. These menus and help screens are spoken by a friendly, female human voice known as Leasey. This can help users who are new to the computer to slowly transition not only to using synthesized speech but in using their computer. Leasey Basic is ideal for new or novice users, users with cognitive disabilities or those who want a friendly, consistent way to access their computer.

Leasey Advanced

Some readers who are more experienced users may be wondering if Leasey has any features which are relevant to them. This is where Leasey Advanced comes in and will be featured during the bulk of our upcoming demo. Leasey Advanced contains so many features that we won’t be able to show you all of them in the time allotted. However, here are some of the features which we’ll be demonstrating.

·         Leasey Clips. This allows you to store up to twelve separate blocks of text into clipboard-like areas which can then be pasted in a document. These text blocks are preserved even after restarting your computer.

·         Leasey Texts. You can store an unlimited list of text blocks, such as names, addresses, signatures, etc. These blocks of text can be named using a title of the user’s choosing and can be recalled from a list. Optionally, you can use an abbreviation to paste a block of text, such as typing “addr” to paste an address.

·         Leasey Select. Easily select text by using intuitive hotkeys to mark the beginning and end of the block. There’s even a way to mark the end of a block of text and then have that text copied to the clipboard.

·         Leasey Search. Search for information from a variety of sources no matter where you located. Examples include Google, the NLS catalog and databases to look up information about music or TV shows.

·         In Microsoft Word press hotkeys to move the cursor to the next or previous spelling error as well as to the next or previous grammatical error without the need to toggle the virtual cursor.

·         A simpler interface to Word’s spell checker.

·         How to quickly unprotect a Word file

·         How to obtain help on accessing All Leasey commands and to remind yourself and/or to learn Leasey keystrokes

Following the demo we’ll be happy to answer questions from participants.

How to Participate

You can join our meeting using Zoom by opening the following link.

https://zoom.us/j/3565857579

 

Meeting ID: 356 585 7579

 

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Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/alWW1tLpC

 

-- 
David Goldfield,
Blindness Assistive Technology Specialist
JAWS Certified, 2019

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moderated Re: Is it worth certifying in JAWS?

Abraham Sweiss
 

If your role will be to train others to use jaws, working in the rehabilitation industry or will be writing jaws Scripps  certification may be helpful, however in other industries not sure how useful it would be.

Thanks,abraham 

On Mar 8, 2020, at 11:43 AM, Arkadiusz Świętnicki <nuno69a@...> wrote:

Hello,

I wanted to do a certificate in JAWS, but it is worth the trouble? Can I get some jobs with the cert if I am not in the U. S?

 

Pozdrawiam,

Arkadiusz Świętnicki AKA. Nuno

 

moderated FW: IPEVO VZ-X Doc Cam: A Stealth Video Magnifier From Access World

Richard Turner
 

I know there are a lot of low-vision users on this list.

If you are not a reader of the Access World from American Foundation for the Blind, you may have missed this.

 

Text follows the link.

 

https://www.afb.org/aw/21/2/16908

 

IPEVO VZ-X Doc Cam: A Stealth Video Magnifier

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article

Steve Kelley

Some of us have been looking for alternatives to desktop video magnifiers for years. They can be expensive, take up a lot of room on your desk, and most

models aren’t very portable. Many of us have different tricks we’ve tried with our tablets, phones, Web cameras, and computers to cobble together a video

magnifier that is cheaper, more portable, or more flexible, with somewhat limited success.

Without targeting the low vision video magnifier market per se, a document camera manufacturer, IPEVO has developed a model, the VZ-X, that looks like

it was developed specifically for use as a low vision device! Imagine for a moment a stand-mounted camera that weighs less than 3 pounds, can connect to

virtually any display, and has many of the controls you’d expect to find on a video magnifier built right into the stand.

The VZ-X Stand

The VZ-X is a stand-mounted camera that can connect to an HD monitor, computer, tablet, or phone, using a USB cable (provided), HDMI cable (not provided),

or WiFi. Several features immediately stand out about the design of the stand. The stand weighs about 2.6 pounds, and much of the weight is in the circular

base. The base is about 4.5 inches across and holds a battery which will power the unit for 9 hours. Because of the weighted base, this stand sits solidly

on the desk—no tipping.

The stand is 12.7 inches tall and has an arm that folds out and up with a camera on the end. Everything about the stand feels solid and durable. The camera

housing is also jointed so it folds up and down and left to right. The flexibility of the camera makes it very versatile for tasks other than document

viewing.

The VZ-X camera is an 8-megapixel HD camera that can also be used for capturing video as well, with a resolution of 3264 x 2448 when connected to the USB

cable. The images from the camera are sharp, focus quickly in autofocus, and there is minimal lag time when moving printed text beneath the camera.

Controlling the VZ-X

One of the really unique features of the VZ-X is that at its most basic, it can be plugged into an HD monitor or TV using an HDMI cable, turned on, and

used with just the controls on the camera arm. IPEVO offers free downloadable software called Visualizer, available for Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android,

which has additional features, but is not necessary to use the camera.

Nearly all of the basic controls are on the lower arm of the stand, as well as USB and HDMI input. The controls are labeled in high contrast white-on-blue,

but in small print. The buttons, however, are each slightly different to the touch, so between their location on the arm and the feel of the button, after

a short period of time it's easy to find the right button for the control you want.

Starting at the bottom and going up the stand, users will find the following controls:

list of 13 items

• Power button clicks up and down.

• Focus/Auto Focus button is slightly elevated. By default, the focus is set to continuous automatic. A single press of the button will refocus the camera,

and a longer press will unlock the continuous auto focus.

• Exp- will decrease the exposure if the image appears too bright.

• Exp+ will increase the exposure if the image appears too dark. (Note that these exposure settings can make a significant difference in image contrast

and quality).

• Zoom Out designated with a recessed button. Each push of the button decreases the magnification of the image.

• Zoom In designated with an elevated button. Each push of the button increases the magnification of the image.

• Rotate by 90 degrees with each press of the button.

• Filter, often called the “Mode” on video magnifiers, which changes the foreground and background setting. For example, the image of black text on white

paper might be filtered so that the text is white on a black background. (Note that when used with the Visualizer software there are more filter options

than those available when using just the hardware controls connected to an HD monitor or TV).

• Light button turns on an LED light in the camera housing.

• Above the light button is an LED indicator light that appears green when the unit is powered on, amber when connected by WiFi, and white when in use

and an image is being provided.

• Above the LED light is a small microphone that can be used for other Web camera functions.

• Opposite these controls, on the other side of the stand, are the HDMI and micro-USB inputs, a frequency toggle from 50 Hz to 60 Hz (60 Hz is what is

commonly used in the U.S), and a toggle for the input mode, WiFi or USB/HDMI.

• There are two additional controls found on the base of the stand, an Action button and battery indicator button. The Action button works with the visualizer

software when connected by WiFi or USB. When connected to an iPad running Visualizer, for example, this will take a picture of the image. When the battery

indicator button is pressed, as many as 5 LED indicator lights will shine to indicate remaining battery level.

list end

VZ-X on HDTV or HD Monitor

The simplest way to use the VZ-X is to connect it to an HDTV or HD Monitor using an HDMI cable you’ll need to purchase separately. Use the TV menu to change

to HDMI input, connect the VZ-X to the monitor, and turn both on. Place an object or printed text beneath the camera, and it will be projected on the monitor.

Use the camera arm to raise and lower the camera on the document or object you’re looking at, and the zoom buttons to get it to a magnification level you

want. Cycle through the filters by pressing the filter button to find the right one for you. Be sure to experiment with the exposure buttons to adjust

the brightness of the image.

VZ-X Stand Filters

One of the most useful features on the VZ-X, in addition to the screen magnification using the Zoom buttons, is the filter option for images on the screen.

Like a standard video magnifier, for many users this may make reading easier by changing the foreground and background colors to eliminate glare and increase

contrast. The VZ-X offers several filters to choose from, just using the button on the stand. By default, the initial filter is full color filter when

it first comes on, and pressing the filter button will cycle through the following filters:

list of 6 items

• inverted color

• yellow foreground on black background (so printed text will appear as yellow text on a black background)

• black and white

• white foreground on a black background

• black foreground on a yellow background

• return to the full color mode

list end

When the VZ-X is connected to a computer, tablet, or phone running the Visualizer software, there are additional filter options through the software. For

example, the software contains a filter that changes black text on a white background into red text on a black background.

VZ-X Connected to USB or WiFi

The VZ-X camera will connect to a computer using the USB cable provided or WiFi. Tablets and smartphone connection is primarily WiFi. To connect by WiFi,

power on the camera and make sure the input mode button is toggled to WiFi. The camera will then appear in the WiFi options on your device as an open source.

During this review, the VZ-X connected quickly to both a Windows PC and iOS iPad.

When connected to the Windows 10 computer, the VZ-X worked with other software, like the Windows Camera App, Office Lens, and even ZoomText. In these apps,

the VZ-X worked with the software controls available in the various software applications and the hardware controls on the stand. For example, in the Windows

Camera App, there are no software controls for magnification or color filters, but both could be used from the VZ-X’s buttons. With ZoomText, the camera

image responded to the built-in ZoomText commands of up and down keyboard arrows to increase and decrease magnification, as well as the VZ-X’s buttons.

Just using the Windows Camera app, it was clear how useful this might be for taking notes from a printed document. The magnified camera image of the text

could be open in one window while the word processor was open in another, with the user tabbing between the two, without the need for a second monitor,

as you might have with a more conventional desktop magnifier setup.

IPEVO Visualizer Software

To take full advantage of all the features of the VZ-X when connected to a computer, tablet, or phone, IPEVO offers a free application, called Visualizer,

available for Windows, Mac, iOS and Android.

The Visualizer software is full of features that are useful for low vision video magnification as well as document capture and presentation. Most notable

among these features for the low vision user are the Zoom and Filter options that appear on the left as a sidebar menu. With the Zoom button, you can more

precisely designate a specific magnification power from 1X-12X. It’s worth noting here that each time the hardware button on the stand is depressed for

Zoom In or Zoom Out, it also increases or decreases magnification by 1X, to a maximum of 12X.

As mentioned earlier, the filter options in the Visualizer software are greater than those available through the hardware buttons on the stand. The Filter

software button includes 12 modes:

list of 11 items

• no filter (full color)

• inverted color

• black and white

• inverted black and white

• grayscale

• sepia

• white on blue

• yellow on blue

• red on black

• sketch

• outline

list end

Both “sketch” and “outline” appear more as filters that might be used during presentations. Another great feature available on the Mac and Windows version

of the Visualizer software is the Masking feature in the Reading Aids. This opens from the icon shaped like a book in the bottom right of the application

window. With masking a translucent line can be used to highlight text in a line across the page or all text can be covered on the page except for a line

or two. This can be a very helpful feature for some readers that is not always found on more standard video magnifiers.

The Visualizer software also will capture both photo and video images, freeze an image, and add display features like a vertical or horizontal line, or

a grid pattern, which may be very helpful for reading on the display. For reading, one of the interesting features observed on the iPad Visualizer was

that when the image was magnified, dragging a finger across the screen would move you to other parts of the image. So, the camera could be positioned to

include a page or column within the window. The image can be magnified using either the zoom control on the stand or within the software, and then dragging

a finger across the iPad screen acted nearly as efficiently as using a standard XY table on a desktop video magnifier to reposition the magnified document.

Text-to-Speech on the VZ-X

Text-to-speech (TTS) is built into the Visualizer software. Take a picture of the document, select the image in the bottom left corner of the application

and the image opens with several menu options in the top right corner including TTS. Select the TTS icon (a megaphone over document) and the image opens

on the left side of a split screen, with the converted text on the right side, after processing. Press the play button to hear the text read out loud.

Text recognition was quite accurate, and processing took only a second or two.

TTS is also available with other applications, using the VZ-X as the camera. In Office Lens, for example, the text recognition was very accurate when converting

a page of serif type from an older printed book.

VZ-X Accessibility

After reading above that the VZ-X buttons are also differentiated with tactile differences, it will come as no surprise to learn that the Visualizer software,

at least the version for iOS, worked very well with VoiceOver. One menu button was labeled as “button,” but all the others used during the testing were

labeled correctly. Available on the

IPEVO website

are “Voluntary Product Accessibility Templates” for both the camera and Visualizer software. These are located beneath the Support tab and were assessed

by third party vendor, Accessibility Partners, LLC. Both reports demonstrated how hardware and software stacked up to the various accessibility and usability

standards. Bravo! Wouldn’t it be great if more manufacturers did this?

VZ-X vs. Desktop Video Magnifier

At $299 retail, the IPEVO VZ-X costs less than most handheld video magnifiers, and far less than standard desktop models. When connected to an HD monitor

or HDTV, it has many of the standard features for magnification and color modes you’d expect on a video magnifier. The one notable exception being that

you will find some desktop video magnifiers offer screen magnification as much as 70X, while the VZ-X offers a maximum of only 12X.

If most of your reading is from printed book or magazines, you may really miss the XY table that many desktop units come with, but the total flexibility

offered with the VZ-X, in terms of the devices it can be used with and the portability, might outweigh that missing feature. The IPEVO VZ-X wasn’t designed

as an alternative for a low vision video magnifier, but it packs enough features into both the hardware and software that it really is worth taking a look

at if you’re looking for video magnification solutions. The bottom line is that the IPEVO VZ-X is a well-designed, sturdy document scanner with more than

enough features to make it a serious contender in the low vision market, at a very reasonable price.

Product Information

Product:

VZ-X Wireless, HDMI & USB 8MP Document Camera

Manufacturer:

IPEVO

Price: $299

This article is made possible in part by generous funding from the James H. and Alice Teubert Charitable Trust, Huntington, West Virginia.

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moderated Is it worth certifying in JAWS?

Arkadiusz Świętnicki
 

Hello,

I wanted to do a certificate in JAWS, but it is worth the trouble? Can I get some jobs with the cert if I am not in the U. S?

 

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