moderated JAWS2023 Beta Direct Download link, Report Form Link + What's New


Mike B.
 

Hi All,
 
Below are the links for the direct download of J2023.2209.11 Beta, a link for the Beta report form + what's new.  Have fun.
 
JAWS2023 Beta Direct Download Link:
 
 
Beta Report Webpage link:
• Beta Report Form
 
Use this form to report any issues you are experiencing with the currently released version of the public beta. Please submit one problem per report and
be as specific as possible when describing your issue. You will be contacted if additional information is needed by our test and development teams.
 
 
 
What's New:
 
 
New Features Added in JAWS and Fusion 2023
Smart Glance
 
Often, web page developers will use text or background colors, different fonts, or certain text attributes to draw attention to text on a page. For instance,
different fonts or colors might be applied to specific text that is part of a chart or dashboard to indicate the status of an option. The new Smart Glance
feature analyzes the page and ranks textual content in reverse order based upon the infrequency of its color, text attribute or font usage on the page.
Colors, fonts, or attributes used least will rank highest as potential points of interest, referred to as glance highlights.
 
When a web page first loads, JAWS now announces the number of glance highlights along with the number of links, regions, and form fields. In addition,
you can configure JAWS to play a sound to indicate a glance highlight as you navigate by character, word, line, sentence, paragraph, or when reading with
Say All. If a page contains glance highlights, the following new Navigation Quick keys are available:
 
list of 3 items
• Move to next glance highlight: Y
• Move to prior glance highlight: SHIFT+Y
• Display a list of all glance highlights on the page: INSERT+CTRL+Y
list end
 
Examples of glance highlights can be found on the Amazon website. For instance, if you go to Amazon.com and search for a product, the product search results
page will contain several smart glance highlights for certain areas of the page including "Results," "Popular brands," or "Need help." In this case, these
elements visually look like headings, but the heading attribute is not used. You can use Y to move through the smart glance highlights, or display a list
by pressing INSERT+CTRL+Y where you can select one to move to.
 
To configure Smart Glance settings, open Settings Center (INSERT+6), expand the Web/HTML/PDFs group, and then expand the Page Analyzer group. You can then
configure the following:
 
list of 3 items
• Indicate smart glance highlights: Lets you determine how JAWS indicates glance highlights. You can choose to have JAWS announce the number of glance
highlights when the page loads (selected by default), alert you to glance highlights as you navigate by playing a sound, indicate glance highlights both
when the page loads and as you navigate, or turn off all glance highlight indication.
• Sensitivity: Set this option to High to increase the sensitivity for determining a glance highlight. With a higher sensitivity, more results are displayed
by also analyzing smaller text segments for special text attributes.
• Include elements: Lets you choose whether or not Links, headings, or form fields are included when analyzing pages for smart glance highlights. Even
though there are navigation quick keys for moving to these specific elements, you may want to include these so you can use a single keystroke to quickly
move to all useful elements on the page. By default, only fields marked as invalid or required are included.
list end
 
You can also press INSERT+V while on a web page to open Quick Settings and change the Smart glance highlight indication option.
 
Notification History Improvements
 
The JAWS Notification History feature was introduced in the JAWS 2022 June update, and helps you manage the large amount of notifications that can be received
from Windows and applications on a daily basis. When you press INSERT+SPACEBAR, followed by N, a dialog box opens and displays a history of all notifications
received in the last 24 hours while JAWS or Fusion was running. From this dialog box, you can choose to exclude selected notifications from appearing in
the history in the future, as well as create rules specifying how future notifications should be spoken or shown in braille. For example, you may want
JAWS to announce notifications from an application only if they include specific text, or play a sound instead of interrupting you with a spoken message.
 
JAWS and Fusion 2023 offers several improvements to managing notifications based on feedback from customers. Some key enhancements include:
 
list of 1 items
• Toggle toast notification announcements: Using the new layered keystroke, INSERT+SPACEBAR, followed by CTRL+N, you can toggle the automatic announcement
of incoming toast notifications, which is a type of notification used by some applications including Microsoft Outlook. For instance, if you receive a
lot of email and you do not want JAWS automatically speaking the notification each time you receive a message, instead of creating a rule, you can use
this keystroke to quickly silence all of these announcements. Notifications will still be added to the Notification History, so you can still review them
if necessary. Toast notification announcements remain off until you perform this keystroke again, or restart JAWS.
list end
 
Note: The INSERT+SPACEBAR, CTRL+N keystroke only toggles the announcement of toast notifications. It will not work for applications like Teams that use
UIA (User Interface Automation) for displaying notifications. For these applications, you can create a rule through the JAWS Notification History dialog
box to mute them, or turn them off through the settings in the application.
 
list of 3 items
• Clear notification history: After pressing INSERT+SPACEBAR, N to open the Notification History dialog box, select the new Clear history button to delete
all notifications from the Recent notifications list.
• Review notification details: Pressing ENTER while focused on a notification in the Recent notifications list now displays details for the selected notification.
These include the notification text, the application where it came from, and the time it was received.
• Specify a rule type: When creating a new rule for a selected notification in the Recent notifications list, there is now a new combo box that lets you
choose the type of rule you'd like to create. This includes an option to now use a regular expression that any incoming notification will be matched against.
list end
 
Solution for Dell Waves Max Audio Issues
 
A change to the Eloquence, Vocalizer Expressive, and Microsoft Mobile speech synthesizers for JAWS, ZoomText, and Fusion was made that fixes the increased
memory usage problem caused by the Waves Max audio application often used on Dell computers. If you previously disabled the Waves Max application to resolve
these performance issues , you can now reenable it if you want your computer to automatically begin using a specific audio output device when you connect
it, such as a pair of headphones.
 
Improved ILM Authorization Access
 
The file location for the JAWS, ZoomText, and Fusion ILM authorization files have been moved to a location where users no longer need administrative permission
to authorize on their own system.
 
New Tables Only Option for Smart Navigation
 
Users are faced with an increased need to work with complex web forms, tables, and even applications that run inside a web browser. Our existing Smart
Navigation feature offers a more efficient way to navigate in web-based applications with the Virtual Cursor, as the LEFT and RIGHT ARROW or CTRL+LEFT
and CTRL+RIGHT ARROW commands move by control instead of character and word. This makes Navigation such as moving across toolbars, tab strips, and navigation
links more like navigating around a desktop application. Currently, the different options for this setting are Controls, Controls and Tables, or Off. This
means that you could only activate the Smart Navigation for Tables together with Controls.
 
In JAWS and Fusion 2023, there is now a new Tables option which only enables Smart Navigation when you are focused inside a table. You can adjust the Smart
Navigation settings through the Startup Wizard, Settings Center, or Quick Settings. The new Tables option offers the same Smart Navigation experience inside
tables as it does when set to Controls and Tables while keeping our regular Navigation outside tables.
 
If focused inside a table, the RIGHT and LEFT ARROW keys move between columns while the UP and DOWN ARROW keys move between rows. If you press RIGHT ARROW
to move from the last column in the current row to the first column of the next row, or LEFT ARROW to move from the first column in the current row to
the last column in the prior row, JAWS plays a sound to indicate the new row. When focus moves out of the table, the LEFT and RIGHT ARROW or CTRL+LEFT
and CTRL+RIGHT ARROW keys move by character or word like they always have.
 
ARM64 Support
 
Support for ARM64 is now officially provided in JAWS 2023. The JAWS 2023 installer will recognize if you are using a device with an ARM processor like
the Microsoft Surface Pro X, and will automatically install the ARM version of JAWS. ARM support for ZoomText and Fusion will come at a later date. Following
are a few frequently asked questions.
 
Can I use ZoomText or Fusion on my ARM64 device?
 
No. ARM64 is currently only supported with JAWS. ZoomText and Fusion (magnification software) for low vision users are not yet supported .
 
What device is required?
 
An ARM64 based device which is a computer with an ARM64 processor. An example is the Microsoft Surface Pro X.
 
What Operating System is required?
 
Windows 11 is the minimum supported Operating System.
 
What braille devices are currently supported?
 
At this time, only the Freedom Scientific Focus Braille Displays are supported. Additional braille display support will be added as we work with our third-party
partners.
 
What speech synthesizers are currently supported?
 
At this time, Eloquence, Vocalizer Expressive, SAPI 5x, SAPI 5x 64-bit, and Microsoft Mobile synthesizers are supported. Additional synthesizer support
will be added as we work with our third-party partners.
 
What features are currently not available?
 
The following features are still under development:
 
list of 3 items
• Citrix remote
• Convenient OCR from a scanner or camera
• Dongle authorization
list end
 
What applications are currently not supported?
 
While on ARM64 devices, JAWS does not currently support applications compiled as 32-bit ARM. At the moment, Microsoft still has a few applications that
have not yet been addressed, but we expect this to be resolved in future updates from Microsoft and Freedom Scientific.
 
The following are examples of these applications:
 
list of 4 items
• Windows Mail
• Windows Calculator
• Windows Weather
• Windows News
list end
 
What is the recommended version of Office 365?
 
Office 365 was originally installed on ARM devices as 32-bit. This 32-bit version can experience some sluggishness. For the best performance, we recommend
installing the latest 64-bit version of Office designed specifically for ARM64 devices.
 
For German users, is Grade 2 Braille now available by default?
 
The default setting in JAWS is to use the FSBrailleTranslator for braille translation in German. An ARM64 version of this translator is now included in
JAWS 2023.
Take care.  Mike.  Sent from my iBarstool.  Go Dodgers!
 
 


Madison Martin
 

Hi Mike,

Okay, sorry but I’m confused as I don’t recall seeing messages with download links for Jaws betas before; do we have to download the beta or is it better to wait for Jaws 2023 to be released? Sorry for the stupid question

 

From: main@jfw.groups.io <main@jfw.groups.io> On Behalf Of Mike B.
Sent: September 8, 2022 4:43 PM
To: JList <main@jfw.groups.io>
Subject: JAWS2023 Beta Direct Download link, Report Form Link + What's New

 

Hi All,

 

Below are the links for the direct download of J2023.2209.11 Beta, a link for the Beta report form + what's new.  Have fun.

 

JAWS2023 Beta Direct Download Link:

 

 

Beta Report Webpage link:
• Beta Report Form

 

Use this form to report any issues you are experiencing with the currently released version of the public beta. Please submit one problem per report and
be as specific as possible when describing your issue. You will be contacted if additional information is needed by our test and development teams.

 

 

 

What's New:

 

 

New Features Added in JAWS and Fusion 2023
Smart Glance

 

Often, web page developers will use text or background colors, different fonts, or certain text attributes to draw attention to text on a page. For instance,
different fonts or colors might be applied to specific text that is part of a chart or dashboard to indicate the status of an option. The new Smart Glance
feature analyzes the page and ranks textual content in reverse order based upon the infrequency of its color, text attribute or font usage on the page.
Colors, fonts, or attributes used least will rank highest as potential points of interest, referred to as glance highlights.

 

When a web page first loads, JAWS now announces the number of glance highlights along with the number of links, regions, and form fields. In addition,
you can configure JAWS to play a sound to indicate a glance highlight as you navigate by character, word, line, sentence, paragraph, or when reading with
Say All. If a page contains glance highlights, the following new Navigation Quick keys are available:

 

list of 3 items
• Move to next glance highlight: Y
• Move to prior glance highlight: SHIFT+Y
• Display a list of all glance highlights on the page: INSERT+CTRL+Y
list end

 

Examples of glance highlights can be found on the Amazon website. For instance, if you go to Amazon.com and search for a product, the product search results
page will contain several smart glance highlights for certain areas of the page including "Results," "Popular brands," or "Need help." In this case, these
elements visually look like headings, but the heading attribute is not used. You can use Y to move through the smart glance highlights, or display a list
by pressing INSERT+CTRL+Y where you can select one to move to.

 

To configure Smart Glance settings, open Settings Center (INSERT+6), expand the Web/HTML/PDFs group, and then expand the Page Analyzer group. You can then
configure the following:

 

list of 3 items
• Indicate smart glance highlights: Lets you determine how JAWS indicates glance highlights. You can choose to have JAWS announce the number of glance
highlights when the page loads (selected by default), alert you to glance highlights as you navigate by playing a sound, indicate glance highlights both
when the page loads and as you navigate, or turn off all glance highlight indication.
• Sensitivity: Set this option to High to increase the sensitivity for determining a glance highlight. With a higher sensitivity, more results are displayed
by also analyzing smaller text segments for special text attributes.
• Include elements: Lets you choose whether or not Links, headings, or form fields are included when analyzing pages for smart glance highlights. Even
though there are navigation quick keys for moving to these specific elements, you may want to include these so you can use a single keystroke to quickly
move to all useful elements on the page. By default, only fields marked as invalid or required are included.
list end

 

You can also press INSERT+V while on a web page to open Quick Settings and change the Smart glance highlight indication option.

 

Notification History Improvements

 

The JAWS Notification History feature was introduced in the JAWS 2022 June update, and helps you manage the large amount of notifications that can be received
from Windows and applications on a daily basis. When you press INSERT+SPACEBAR, followed by N, a dialog box opens and displays a history of all notifications
received in the last 24 hours while JAWS or Fusion was running. From this dialog box, you can choose to exclude selected notifications from appearing in
the history in the future, as well as create rules specifying how future notifications should be spoken or shown in braille. For example, you may want
JAWS to announce notifications from an application only if they include specific text, or play a sound instead of interrupting you with a spoken message.

 

JAWS and Fusion 2023 offers several improvements to managing notifications based on feedback from customers. Some key enhancements include:

 

list of 1 items
• Toggle toast notification announcements: Using the new layered keystroke, INSERT+SPACEBAR, followed by CTRL+N, you can toggle the automatic announcement
of incoming toast notifications, which is a type of notification used by some applications including Microsoft Outlook. For instance, if you receive a
lot of email and you do not want JAWS automatically speaking the notification each time you receive a message, instead of creating a rule, you can use
this keystroke to quickly silence all of these announcements. Notifications will still be added to the Notification History, so you can still review them
if necessary. Toast notification announcements remain off until you perform this keystroke again, or restart JAWS.
list end

 

Note: The INSERT+SPACEBAR, CTRL+N keystroke only toggles the announcement of toast notifications. It will not work for applications like Teams that use
UIA (User Interface Automation) for displaying notifications. For these applications, you can create a rule through the JAWS Notification History dialog
box to mute them, or turn them off through the settings in the application.

 

list of 3 items
• Clear notification history: After pressing INSERT+SPACEBAR, N to open the Notification History dialog box, select the new Clear history button to delete
all notifications from the Recent notifications list.
• Review notification details: Pressing ENTER while focused on a notification in the Recent notifications list now displays details for the selected notification.
These include the notification text, the application where it came from, and the time it was received.
• Specify a rule type: When creating a new rule for a selected notification in the Recent notifications list, there is now a new combo box that lets you
choose the type of rule you'd like to create. This includes an option to now use a regular expression that any incoming notification will be matched against.
list end

 

Solution for Dell Waves Max Audio Issues

 

A change to the Eloquence, Vocalizer Expressive, and Microsoft Mobile speech synthesizers for JAWS, ZoomText, and Fusion was made that fixes the increased
memory usage problem caused by the Waves Max audio application often used on Dell computers. If you previously disabled the Waves Max application to resolve
these performance issues , you can now reenable it if you want your computer to automatically begin using a specific audio output device when you connect
it, such as a pair of headphones.

 

Improved ILM Authorization Access

 

The file location for the JAWS, ZoomText, and Fusion ILM authorization files have been moved to a location where users no longer need administrative permission
to authorize on their own system.

 

New Tables Only Option for Smart Navigation

 

Users are faced with an increased need to work with complex web forms, tables, and even applications that run inside a web browser. Our existing Smart
Navigation feature offers a more efficient way to navigate in web-based applications with the Virtual Cursor, as the LEFT and RIGHT ARROW or CTRL+LEFT
and CTRL+RIGHT ARROW commands move by control instead of character and word. This makes Navigation such as moving across toolbars, tab strips, and navigation
links more like navigating around a desktop application. Currently, the different options for this setting are Controls, Controls and Tables, or Off. This
means that you could only activate the Smart Navigation for Tables together with Controls.

 

In JAWS and Fusion 2023, there is now a new Tables option which only enables Smart Navigation when you are focused inside a table. You can adjust the Smart
Navigation settings through the Startup Wizard, Settings Center, or Quick Settings. The new Tables option offers the same Smart Navigation experience inside
tables as it does when set to Controls and Tables while keeping our regular Navigation outside tables.

 

If focused inside a table, the RIGHT and LEFT ARROW keys move between columns while the UP and DOWN ARROW keys move between rows. If you press RIGHT ARROW
to move from the last column in the current row to the first column of the next row, or LEFT ARROW to move from the first column in the current row to
the last column in the prior row, JAWS plays a sound to indicate the new row. When focus moves out of the table, the LEFT and RIGHT ARROW or CTRL+LEFT
and CTRL+RIGHT ARROW keys move by character or word like they always have.

 

ARM64 Support

 

Support for ARM64 is now officially provided in JAWS 2023. The JAWS 2023 installer will recognize if you are using a device with an ARM processor like
the Microsoft Surface Pro X, and will automatically install the ARM version of JAWS. ARM support for ZoomText and Fusion will come at a later date. Following
are a few frequently asked questions.

 

Can I use ZoomText or Fusion on my ARM64 device?

 

No. ARM64 is currently only supported with JAWS. ZoomText and Fusion (magnification software) for low vision users are not yet supported .

 

What device is required?

 

An ARM64 based device which is a computer with an ARM64 processor. An example is the Microsoft Surface Pro X.

 

What Operating System is required?

 

Windows 11 is the minimum supported Operating System.

 

What braille devices are currently supported?

 

At this time, only the Freedom Scientific Focus Braille Displays are supported. Additional braille display support will be added as we work with our third-party
partners.

 

What speech synthesizers are currently supported?

 

At this time, Eloquence, Vocalizer Expressive, SAPI 5x, SAPI 5x 64-bit, and Microsoft Mobile synthesizers are supported. Additional synthesizer support
will be added as we work with our third-party partners.

 

What features are currently not available?

 

The following features are still under development:

 

list of 3 items
• Citrix remote
• Convenient OCR from a scanner or camera
• Dongle authorization
list end

 

What applications are currently not supported?

 

While on ARM64 devices, JAWS does not currently support applications compiled as 32-bit ARM. At the moment, Microsoft still has a few applications that
have not yet been addressed, but we expect this to be resolved in future updates from Microsoft and Freedom Scientific.

 

The following are examples of these applications:

 

list of 4 items
• Windows Mail
• Windows Calculator
• Windows Weather
• Windows News
list end

 

What is the recommended version of Office 365?

 

Office 365 was originally installed on ARM devices as 32-bit. This 32-bit version can experience some sluggishness. For the best performance, we recommend
installing the latest 64-bit version of Office designed specifically for ARM64 devices.

 

For German users, is Grade 2 Braille now available by default?

 

The default setting in JAWS is to use the FSBrailleTranslator for braille translation in German. An ARM64 version of this translator is now included in
JAWS 2023.

Take care.  Mike.  Sent from my iBarstool.  Go Dodgers!

 

 


Mike B.
 

Hi Madison,
 
Note:  For those that might not have read through all the what's new section, you must be running Windows 11 to use the JAWS2023 Beta version, I don't if this version will become available for Windows 10 at a later time or not, and I didn't see anything about Windows 10 in the what's new info.
 
Experimenting with the Beta versions is a truly personal choice.  It can be fun, educational and aggravating all at the same time.  If you've ever used a Beta version you would know exactly where I'm coming from.
 
I'll install it on my Windows 11 computer to play around with but, it certainly won't be my default version of Jaws.  I have posted Beta updates in the past but, I don't recall how far back since Freedom Scientific / Vispero puts out Beta versions before every new release of a Jaws version.
 
No, it isn't a stupid question at all!  I've said for many years, there's no stupid questions, the only stupid question is the one that isn't asked.
 
Take care.  Mike.  Sent from my iBarstool.  Go Dodgers!

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Thursday, September 08, 2022 2:53 PM
Subject: Re: JAWS2023 Beta Direct Download link, Report Form Link + What's New

Hi Mike,

Okay, sorry but I’m confused as I don’t recall seeing messages with download links for Jaws betas before; do we have to download the beta or is it better to wait for Jaws 2023 to be released? Sorry for the stupid question

 

From: main@jfw.groups.io <main@jfw.groups.io> On Behalf Of Mike B.
Sent: September 8, 2022 4:43 PM
To: JList <main@jfw.groups.io>
Subject: JAWS2023 Beta Direct Download link, Report Form Link + What's New

 

Hi All,

 

Below are the links for the direct download of J2023.2209.11 Beta, a link for the Beta report form + what's new.  Have fun.

 

JAWS2023 Beta Direct Download Link:

 

 

Beta Report Webpage link:
• Beta Report Form

 

Use this form to report any issues you are experiencing with the currently released version of the public beta. Please submit one problem per report and
be as specific as possible when describing your issue. You will be contacted if additional information is needed by our test and development teams.

 

 

 

What's New:

 

 

New Features Added in JAWS and Fusion 2023
Smart Glance

 

Often, web page developers will use text or background colors, different fonts, or certain text attributes to draw attention to text on a page. For instance,
different fonts or colors might be applied to specific text that is part of a chart or dashboard to indicate the status of an option. The new Smart Glance
feature analyzes the page and ranks textual content in reverse order based upon the infrequency of its color, text attribute or font usage on the page.
Colors, fonts, or attributes used least will rank highest as potential points of interest, referred to as glance highlights.

 

When a web page first loads, JAWS now announces the number of glance highlights along with the number of links, regions, and form fields. In addition,
you can configure JAWS to play a sound to indicate a glance highlight as you navigate by character, word, line, sentence, paragraph, or when reading with
Say All. If a page contains glance highlights, the following new Navigation Quick keys are available:

 

list of 3 items
• Move to next glance highlight: Y
• Move to prior glance highlight: SHIFT+Y
• Display a list of all glance highlights on the page: INSERT+CTRL+Y
list end

 

Examples of glance highlights can be found on the Amazon website. For instance, if you go to Amazon.com and search for a product, the product search results
page will contain several smart glance highlights for certain areas of the page including "Results," "Popular brands," or "Need help." In this case, these
elements visually look like headings, but the heading attribute is not used. You can use Y to move through the smart glance highlights, or display a list
by pressing INSERT+CTRL+Y where you can select one to move to.

 

To configure Smart Glance settings, open Settings Center (INSERT+6), expand the Web/HTML/PDFs group, and then expand the Page Analyzer group. You can then
configure the following:

 

list of 3 items
• Indicate smart glance highlights: Lets you determine how JAWS indicates glance highlights. You can choose to have JAWS announce the number of glance
highlights when the page loads (selected by default), alert you to glance highlights as you navigate by playing a sound, indicate glance highlights both
when the page loads and as you navigate, or turn off all glance highlight indication.
• Sensitivity: Set this option to High to increase the sensitivity for determining a glance highlight. With a higher sensitivity, more results are displayed
by also analyzing smaller text segments for special text attributes.
• Include elements: Lets you choose whether or not Links, headings, or form fields are included when analyzing pages for smart glance highlights. Even
though there are navigation quick keys for moving to these specific elements, you may want to include these so you can use a single keystroke to quickly
move to all useful elements on the page. By default, only fields marked as invalid or required are included.
list end

 

You can also press INSERT+V while on a web page to open Quick Settings and change the Smart glance highlight indication option.

 

Notification History Improvements

 

The JAWS Notification History feature was introduced in the JAWS 2022 June update, and helps you manage the large amount of notifications that can be received
from Windows and applications on a daily basis. When you press INSERT+SPACEBAR, followed by N, a dialog box opens and displays a history of all notifications
received in the last 24 hours while JAWS or Fusion was running. From this dialog box, you can choose to exclude selected notifications from appearing in
the history in the future, as well as create rules specifying how future notifications should be spoken or shown in braille. For example, you may want
JAWS to announce notifications from an application only if they include specific text, or play a sound instead of interrupting you with a spoken message.

 

JAWS and Fusion 2023 offers several improvements to managing notifications based on feedback from customers. Some key enhancements include:

 

list of 1 items
• Toggle toast notification announcements: Using the new layered keystroke, INSERT+SPACEBAR, followed by CTRL+N, you can toggle the automatic announcement
of incoming toast notifications, which is a type of notification used by some applications including Microsoft Outlook. For instance, if you receive a
lot of email and you do not want JAWS automatically speaking the notification each time you receive a message, instead of creating a rule, you can use
this keystroke to quickly silence all of these announcements. Notifications will still be added to the Notification History, so you can still review them
if necessary. Toast notification announcements remain off until you perform this keystroke again, or restart JAWS.
list end

 

Note: The INSERT+SPACEBAR, CTRL+N keystroke only toggles the announcement of toast notifications. It will not work for applications like Teams that use
UIA (User Interface Automation) for displaying notifications. For these applications, you can create a rule through the JAWS Notification History dialog
box to mute them, or turn them off through the settings in the application.

 

list of 3 items
• Clear notification history: After pressing INSERT+SPACEBAR, N to open the Notification History dialog box, select the new Clear history button to delete
all notifications from the Recent notifications list.
• Review notification details: Pressing ENTER while focused on a notification in the Recent notifications list now displays details for the selected notification.
These include the notification text, the application where it came from, and the time it was received.
• Specify a rule type: When creating a new rule for a selected notification in the Recent notifications list, there is now a new combo box that lets you
choose the type of rule you'd like to create. This includes an option to now use a regular expression that any incoming notification will be matched against.
list end

 

Solution for Dell Waves Max Audio Issues

 

A change to the Eloquence, Vocalizer Expressive, and Microsoft Mobile speech synthesizers for JAWS, ZoomText, and Fusion was made that fixes the increased
memory usage problem caused by the Waves Max audio application often used on Dell computers. If you previously disabled the Waves Max application to resolve
these performance issues , you can now reenable it if you want your computer to automatically begin using a specific audio output device when you connect
it, such as a pair of headphones.

 

Improved ILM Authorization Access

 

The file location for the JAWS, ZoomText, and Fusion ILM authorization files have been moved to a location where users no longer need administrative permission
to authorize on their own system.

 

New Tables Only Option for Smart Navigation

 

Users are faced with an increased need to work with complex web forms, tables, and even applications that run inside a web browser. Our existing Smart
Navigation feature offers a more efficient way to navigate in web-based applications with the Virtual Cursor, as the LEFT and RIGHT ARROW or CTRL+LEFT
and CTRL+RIGHT ARROW commands move by control instead of character and word. This makes Navigation such as moving across toolbars, tab strips, and navigation
links more like navigating around a desktop application. Currently, the different options for this setting are Controls, Controls and Tables, or Off. This
means that you could only activate the Smart Navigation for Tables together with Controls.

 

In JAWS and Fusion 2023, there is now a new Tables option which only enables Smart Navigation when you are focused inside a table. You can adjust the Smart
Navigation settings through the Startup Wizard, Settings Center, or Quick Settings. The new Tables option offers the same Smart Navigation experience inside
tables as it does when set to Controls and Tables while keeping our regular Navigation outside tables.

 

If focused inside a table, the RIGHT and LEFT ARROW keys move between columns while the UP and DOWN ARROW keys move between rows. If you press RIGHT ARROW
to move from the last column in the current row to the first column of the next row, or LEFT ARROW to move from the first column in the current row to
the last column in the prior row, JAWS plays a sound to indicate the new row. When focus moves out of the table, the LEFT and RIGHT ARROW or CTRL+LEFT
and CTRL+RIGHT ARROW keys move by character or word like they always have.

 

ARM64 Support

 

Support for ARM64 is now officially provided in JAWS 2023. The JAWS 2023 installer will recognize if you are using a device with an ARM processor like
the Microsoft Surface Pro X, and will automatically install the ARM version of JAWS. ARM support for ZoomText and Fusion will come at a later date. Following
are a few frequently asked questions.

 

Can I use ZoomText or Fusion on my ARM64 device?

 

No. ARM64 is currently only supported with JAWS. ZoomText and Fusion (magnification software) for low vision users are not yet supported .

 

What device is required?

 

An ARM64 based device which is a computer with an ARM64 processor. An example is the Microsoft Surface Pro X.

 

What Operating System is required?

 

Windows 11 is the minimum supported Operating System.

 

What braille devices are currently supported?

 

At this time, only the Freedom Scientific Focus Braille Displays are supported. Additional braille display support will be added as we work with our third-party
partners.

 

What speech synthesizers are currently supported?

 

At this time, Eloquence, Vocalizer Expressive, SAPI 5x, SAPI 5x 64-bit, and Microsoft Mobile synthesizers are supported. Additional synthesizer support
will be added as we work with our third-party partners.

 

What features are currently not available?

 

The following features are still under development:

 

list of 3 items
• Citrix remote
• Convenient OCR from a scanner or camera
• Dongle authorization
list end

 

What applications are currently not supported?

 

While on ARM64 devices, JAWS does not currently support applications compiled as 32-bit ARM. At the moment, Microsoft still has a few applications that
have not yet been addressed, but we expect this to be resolved in future updates from Microsoft and Freedom Scientific.

 

The following are examples of these applications:

 

list of 4 items
• Windows Mail
• Windows Calculator
• Windows Weather
• Windows News
list end

 

What is the recommended version of Office 365?

 

Office 365 was originally installed on ARM devices as 32-bit. This 32-bit version can experience some sluggishness. For the best performance, we recommend
installing the latest 64-bit version of Office designed specifically for ARM64 devices.

 

For German users, is Grade 2 Braille now available by default?

 

The default setting in JAWS is to use the FSBrailleTranslator for braille translation in German. An ARM64 version of this translator is now included in
JAWS 2023.

Take care.  Mike.  Sent from my iBarstool.  Go Dodgers!

 

 


Mike B.
 

Hi All,
 
I stated in an earlier message that the J2023 Beta was for Windows 11 operating systems but, I was wrong!  I misread the Beta what's new info and I'm terribly sorry for any confusion I have caused / created.  The J2023 Beta will defintely work with Windows 10 so y'all have fun playing with your new toy!
 
 
Take care.  Mike.  Sent from my iBarstool.  Go Dodgers!

----- Original Message -----
From: Mike B.
Sent: Thursday, September 08, 2022 4:35 PM
Subject: Re: JAWS2023 Beta Direct Download link, Report Form Link + What's New

Hi Madison,
 
Note:  For those that might not have read through all the what's new section, you must be running Windows 11 to use the JAWS2023 Beta version, I don't if this version will become available for Windows 10 at a later time or not, and I didn't see anything about Windows 10 in the what's new info.
 
Experimenting with the Beta versions is a truly personal choice.  It can be fun, educational and aggravating all at the same time.  If you've ever used a Beta version you would know exactly where I'm coming from.
 
I'll install it on my Windows 11 computer to play around with but, it certainly won't be my default version of Jaws.  I have posted Beta updates in the past but, I don't recall how far back since Freedom Scientific / Vispero puts out Beta versions before every new release of a Jaws version.
 
No, it isn't a stupid question at all!  I've said for many years, there's no stupid questions, the only stupid question is the one that isn't asked.
 
Take care.  Mike.  Sent from my iBarstool.  Go Dodgers!
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Thursday, September 08, 2022 2:53 PM
Subject: Re: JAWS2023 Beta Direct Download link, Report Form Link + What's New

Hi Mike,

Okay, sorry but I’m confused as I don’t recall seeing messages with download links for Jaws betas before; do we have to download the beta or is it better to wait for Jaws 2023 to be released? Sorry for the stupid question

 

From: main@jfw.groups.io <main@jfw.groups.io> On Behalf Of Mike B.
Sent: September 8, 2022 4:43 PM
To: JList <main@jfw.groups.io>
Subject: JAWS2023 Beta Direct Download link, Report Form Link + What's New

 

Hi All,

 

Below are the links for the direct download of J2023.2209.11 Beta, a link for the Beta report form + what's new.  Have fun.

 

JAWS2023 Beta Direct Download Link:

 

 

Beta Report Webpage link:
• Beta Report Form

 

Use this form to report any issues you are experiencing with the currently released version of the public beta. Please submit one problem per report and
be as specific as possible when describing your issue. You will be contacted if additional information is needed by our test and development teams.

 

 

 

What's New:

 

 

New Features Added in JAWS and Fusion 2023
Smart Glance

 

Often, web page developers will use text or background colors, different fonts, or certain text attributes to draw attention to text on a page. For instance,
different fonts or colors might be applied to specific text that is part of a chart or dashboard to indicate the status of an option. The new Smart Glance
feature analyzes the page and ranks textual content in reverse order based upon the infrequency of its color, text attribute or font usage on the page.
Colors, fonts, or attributes used least will rank highest as potential points of interest, referred to as glance highlights.

 

When a web page first loads, JAWS now announces the number of glance highlights along with the number of links, regions, and form fields. In addition,
you can configure JAWS to play a sound to indicate a glance highlight as you navigate by character, word, line, sentence, paragraph, or when reading with
Say All. If a page contains glance highlights, the following new Navigation Quick keys are available:

 

list of 3 items
• Move to next glance highlight: Y
• Move to prior glance highlight: SHIFT+Y
• Display a list of all glance highlights on the page: INSERT+CTRL+Y
list end

 

Examples of glance highlights can be found on the Amazon website. For instance, if you go to Amazon.com and search for a product, the product search results
page will contain several smart glance highlights for certain areas of the page including "Results," "Popular brands," or "Need help." In this case, these
elements visually look like headings, but the heading attribute is not used. You can use Y to move through the smart glance highlights, or display a list
by pressing INSERT+CTRL+Y where you can select one to move to.

 

To configure Smart Glance settings, open Settings Center (INSERT+6), expand the Web/HTML/PDFs group, and then expand the Page Analyzer group. You can then
configure the following:

 

list of 3 items
• Indicate smart glance highlights: Lets you determine how JAWS indicates glance highlights. You can choose to have JAWS announce the number of glance
highlights when the page loads (selected by default), alert you to glance highlights as you navigate by playing a sound, indicate glance highlights both
when the page loads and as you navigate, or turn off all glance highlight indication.
• Sensitivity: Set this option to High to increase the sensitivity for determining a glance highlight. With a higher sensitivity, more results are displayed
by also analyzing smaller text segments for special text attributes.
• Include elements: Lets you choose whether or not Links, headings, or form fields are included when analyzing pages for smart glance highlights. Even
though there are navigation quick keys for moving to these specific elements, you may want to include these so you can use a single keystroke to quickly
move to all useful elements on the page. By default, only fields marked as invalid or required are included.
list end

 

You can also press INSERT+V while on a web page to open Quick Settings and change the Smart glance highlight indication option.

 

Notification History Improvements

 

The JAWS Notification History feature was introduced in the JAWS 2022 June update, and helps you manage the large amount of notifications that can be received
from Windows and applications on a daily basis. When you press INSERT+SPACEBAR, followed by N, a dialog box opens and displays a history of all notifications
received in the last 24 hours while JAWS or Fusion was running. From this dialog box, you can choose to exclude selected notifications from appearing in
the history in the future, as well as create rules specifying how future notifications should be spoken or shown in braille. For example, you may want
JAWS to announce notifications from an application only if they include specific text, or play a sound instead of interrupting you with a spoken message.

 

JAWS and Fusion 2023 offers several improvements to managing notifications based on feedback from customers. Some key enhancements include:

 

list of 1 items
• Toggle toast notification announcements: Using the new layered keystroke, INSERT+SPACEBAR, followed by CTRL+N, you can toggle the automatic announcement
of incoming toast notifications, which is a type of notification used by some applications including Microsoft Outlook. For instance, if you receive a
lot of email and you do not want JAWS automatically speaking the notification each time you receive a message, instead of creating a rule, you can use
this keystroke to quickly silence all of these announcements. Notifications will still be added to the Notification History, so you can still review them
if necessary. Toast notification announcements remain off until you perform this keystroke again, or restart JAWS.
list end

 

Note: The INSERT+SPACEBAR, CTRL+N keystroke only toggles the announcement of toast notifications. It will not work for applications like Teams that use
UIA (User Interface Automation) for displaying notifications. For these applications, you can create a rule through the JAWS Notification History dialog
box to mute them, or turn them off through the settings in the application.

 

list of 3 items
• Clear notification history: After pressing INSERT+SPACEBAR, N to open the Notification History dialog box, select the new Clear history button to delete
all notifications from the Recent notifications list.
• Review notification details: Pressing ENTER while focused on a notification in the Recent notifications list now displays details for the selected notification.
These include the notification text, the application where it came from, and the time it was received.
• Specify a rule type: When creating a new rule for a selected notification in the Recent notifications list, there is now a new combo box that lets you
choose the type of rule you'd like to create. This includes an option to now use a regular expression that any incoming notification will be matched against.
list end

 

Solution for Dell Waves Max Audio Issues

 

A change to the Eloquence, Vocalizer Expressive, and Microsoft Mobile speech synthesizers for JAWS, ZoomText, and Fusion was made that fixes the increased
memory usage problem caused by the Waves Max audio application often used on Dell computers. If you previously disabled the Waves Max application to resolve
these performance issues , you can now reenable it if you want your computer to automatically begin using a specific audio output device when you connect
it, such as a pair of headphones.

 

Improved ILM Authorization Access

 

The file location for the JAWS, ZoomText, and Fusion ILM authorization files have been moved to a location where users no longer need administrative permission
to authorize on their own system.

 

New Tables Only Option for Smart Navigation

 

Users are faced with an increased need to work with complex web forms, tables, and even applications that run inside a web browser. Our existing Smart
Navigation feature offers a more efficient way to navigate in web-based applications with the Virtual Cursor, as the LEFT and RIGHT ARROW or CTRL+LEFT
and CTRL+RIGHT ARROW commands move by control instead of character and word. This makes Navigation such as moving across toolbars, tab strips, and navigation
links more like navigating around a desktop application. Currently, the different options for this setting are Controls, Controls and Tables, or Off. This
means that you could only activate the Smart Navigation for Tables together with Controls.

 

In JAWS and Fusion 2023, there is now a new Tables option which only enables Smart Navigation when you are focused inside a table. You can adjust the Smart
Navigation settings through the Startup Wizard, Settings Center, or Quick Settings. The new Tables option offers the same Smart Navigation experience inside
tables as it does when set to Controls and Tables while keeping our regular Navigation outside tables.

 

If focused inside a table, the RIGHT and LEFT ARROW keys move between columns while the UP and DOWN ARROW keys move between rows. If you press RIGHT ARROW
to move from the last column in the current row to the first column of the next row, or LEFT ARROW to move from the first column in the current row to
the last column in the prior row, JAWS plays a sound to indicate the new row. When focus moves out of the table, the LEFT and RIGHT ARROW or CTRL+LEFT
and CTRL+RIGHT ARROW keys move by character or word like they always have.

 

ARM64 Support

 

Support for ARM64 is now officially provided in JAWS 2023. The JAWS 2023 installer will recognize if you are using a device with an ARM processor like
the Microsoft Surface Pro X, and will automatically install the ARM version of JAWS. ARM support for ZoomText and Fusion will come at a later date. Following
are a few frequently asked questions.

 

Can I use ZoomText or Fusion on my ARM64 device?

 

No. ARM64 is currently only supported with JAWS. ZoomText and Fusion (magnification software) for low vision users are not yet supported .

 

What device is required?

 

An ARM64 based device which is a computer with an ARM64 processor. An example is the Microsoft Surface Pro X.

 

What Operating System is required?

 

Windows 11 is the minimum supported Operating System.

 

What braille devices are currently supported?

 

At this time, only the Freedom Scientific Focus Braille Displays are supported. Additional braille display support will be added as we work with our third-party
partners.

 

What speech synthesizers are currently supported?

 

At this time, Eloquence, Vocalizer Expressive, SAPI 5x, SAPI 5x 64-bit, and Microsoft Mobile synthesizers are supported. Additional synthesizer support
will be added as we work with our third-party partners.

 

What features are currently not available?

 

The following features are still under development:

 

list of 3 items
• Citrix remote
• Convenient OCR from a scanner or camera
• Dongle authorization
list end

 

What applications are currently not supported?

 

While on ARM64 devices, JAWS does not currently support applications compiled as 32-bit ARM. At the moment, Microsoft still has a few applications that
have not yet been addressed, but we expect this to be resolved in future updates from Microsoft and Freedom Scientific.

 

The following are examples of these applications:

 

list of 4 items
• Windows Mail
• Windows Calculator
• Windows Weather
• Windows News
list end

 

What is the recommended version of Office 365?

 

Office 365 was originally installed on ARM devices as 32-bit. This 32-bit version can experience some sluggishness. For the best performance, we recommend
installing the latest 64-bit version of Office designed specifically for ARM64 devices.

 

For German users, is Grade 2 Braille now available by default?

 

The default setting in JAWS is to use the FSBrailleTranslator for braille translation in German. An ARM64 version of this translator is now included in
JAWS 2023.

Take care.  Mike.  Sent from my iBarstool.  Go Dodgers!

 

 


Curtis Chong
 

Greetings:

 

Mike B Wrote:

 

“Note:  For those that might not have read through all the what's new section, you must be running Windows 11 to use the JAWS2023 Beta version, I don't if this version will become available for Windows 10 at a later time or not, and I didn't see anything about Windows 10 in the what's new info.”

 

While the What’s New section for the beta software says that, “Windows 11 is the minimum supported Operating System,” the reality is that Freedom Scientific has not announced any plans to drop support for Windows 10. Also, in point of fact, I myself am already running the JAWS 2023 on Windows 10 with absolutely no issues thus far.

 

Cordially,

 

Curtis Chong

 

 

 

From: main@jfw.groups.io <main@jfw.groups.io> On Behalf Of Mike B.
Sent: Thursday, September 08, 2022 5:35 PM
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Re: JAWS2023 Beta Direct Download link, Report Form Link + What's New

 

Hi Madison,

 

Note:  For those that might not have read through all the what's new section, you must be running Windows 11 to use the JAWS2023 Beta version, I don't if this version will become available for Windows 10 at a later time or not, and I didn't see anything about Windows 10 in the what's new info.

 

Experimenting with the Beta versions is a truly personal choice.  It can be fun, educational and aggravating all at the same time.  If you've ever used a Beta version you would know exactly where I'm coming from.

 

I'll install it on my Windows 11 computer to play around with but, it certainly won't be my default version of Jaws.  I have posted Beta updates in the past but, I don't recall how far back since Freedom Scientific / Vispero puts out Beta versions before every new release of a Jaws version.

 

No, it isn't a stupid question at all!  I've said for many years, there's no stupid questions, the only stupid question is the one that isn't asked.

 

Take care.  Mike.  Sent from my iBarstool.  Go Dodgers!

----- Original Message -----

Sent: Thursday, September 08, 2022 2:53 PM

Subject: Re: JAWS2023 Beta Direct Download link, Report Form Link + What's New

 

Hi Mike,

Okay, sorry but I’m confused as I don’t recall seeing messages with download links for Jaws betas before; do we have to download the beta or is it better to wait for Jaws 2023 to be released? Sorry for the stupid question

 

From: main@jfw.groups.io <main@jfw.groups.io> On Behalf Of Mike B.
Sent: September 8, 2022 4:43 PM
To: JList <main@jfw.groups.io>
Subject: JAWS2023 Beta Direct Download link, Report Form Link + What's New

 

Hi All,

 

Below are the links for the direct download of J2023.2209.11 Beta, a link for the Beta report form + what's new.  Have fun.

 

JAWS2023 Beta Direct Download Link:

 

 

Beta Report Webpage link:
• Beta Report Form

 

Use this form to report any issues you are experiencing with the currently released version of the public beta. Please submit one problem per report and
be as specific as possible when describing your issue. You will be contacted if additional information is needed by our test and development teams.

 

 

 

What's New:

 

 

New Features Added in JAWS and Fusion 2023
Smart Glance

 

Often, web page developers will use text or background colors, different fonts, or certain text attributes to draw attention to text on a page. For instance,
different fonts or colors might be applied to specific text that is part of a chart or dashboard to indicate the status of an option. The new Smart Glance
feature analyzes the page and ranks textual content in reverse order based upon the infrequency of its color, text attribute or font usage on the page.
Colors, fonts, or attributes used least will rank highest as potential points of interest, referred to as glance highlights.

 

When a web page first loads, JAWS now announces the number of glance highlights along with the number of links, regions, and form fields. In addition,
you can configure JAWS to play a sound to indicate a glance highlight as you navigate by character, word, line, sentence, paragraph, or when reading with
Say All. If a page contains glance highlights, the following new Navigation Quick keys are available:

 

list of 3 items
• Move to next glance highlight: Y
• Move to prior glance highlight: SHIFT+Y
• Display a list of all glance highlights on the page: INSERT+CTRL+Y
list end

 

Examples of glance highlights can be found on the Amazon website. For instance, if you go to Amazon.com and search for a product, the product search results
page will contain several smart glance highlights for certain areas of the page including "Results," "Popular brands," or "Need help." In this case, these
elements visually look like headings, but the heading attribute is not used. You can use Y to move through the smart glance highlights, or display a list
by pressing INSERT+CTRL+Y where you can select one to move to.

 

To configure Smart Glance settings, open Settings Center (INSERT+6), expand the Web/HTML/PDFs group, and then expand the Page Analyzer group. You can then
configure the following:

 

list of 3 items
• Indicate smart glance highlights: Lets you determine how JAWS indicates glance highlights. You can choose to have JAWS announce the number of glance
highlights when the page loads (selected by default), alert you to glance highlights as you navigate by playing a sound, indicate glance highlights both
when the page loads and as you navigate, or turn off all glance highlight indication.
• Sensitivity: Set this option to High to increase the sensitivity for determining a glance highlight. With a higher sensitivity, more results are displayed
by also analyzing smaller text segments for special text attributes.
• Include elements: Lets you choose whether or not Links, headings, or form fields are included when analyzing pages for smart glance highlights. Even
though there are navigation quick keys for moving to these specific elements, you may want to include these so you can use a single keystroke to quickly
move to all useful elements on the page. By default, only fields marked as invalid or required are included.
list end

 

You can also press INSERT+V while on a web page to open Quick Settings and change the Smart glance highlight indication option.

 

Notification History Improvements

 

The JAWS Notification History feature was introduced in the JAWS 2022 June update, and helps you manage the large amount of notifications that can be received
from Windows and applications on a daily basis. When you press INSERT+SPACEBAR, followed by N, a dialog box opens and displays a history of all notifications
received in the last 24 hours while JAWS or Fusion was running. From this dialog box, you can choose to exclude selected notifications from appearing in
the history in the future, as well as create rules specifying how future notifications should be spoken or shown in braille. For example, you may want
JAWS to announce notifications from an application only if they include specific text, or play a sound instead of interrupting you with a spoken message.

 

JAWS and Fusion 2023 offers several improvements to managing notifications based on feedback from customers. Some key enhancements include:

 

list of 1 items
• Toggle toast notification announcements: Using the new layered keystroke, INSERT+SPACEBAR, followed by CTRL+N, you can toggle the automatic announcement
of incoming toast notifications, which is a type of notification used by some applications including Microsoft Outlook. For instance, if you receive a
lot of email and you do not want JAWS automatically speaking the notification each time you receive a message, instead of creating a rule, you can use
this keystroke to quickly silence all of these announcements. Notifications will still be added to the Notification History, so you can still review them
if necessary. Toast notification announcements remain off until you perform this keystroke again, or restart JAWS.
list end

 

Note: The INSERT+SPACEBAR, CTRL+N keystroke only toggles the announcement of toast notifications. It will not work for applications like Teams that use
UIA (User Interface Automation) for displaying notifications. For these applications, you can create a rule through the JAWS Notification History dialog
box to mute them, or turn them off through the settings in the application.

 

list of 3 items
• Clear notification history: After pressing INSERT+SPACEBAR, N to open the Notification History dialog box, select the new Clear history button to delete
all notifications from the Recent notifications list.
• Review notification details: Pressing ENTER while focused on a notification in the Recent notifications list now displays details for the selected notification.
These include the notification text, the application where it came from, and the time it was received.
• Specify a rule type: When creating a new rule for a selected notification in the Recent notifications list, there is now a new combo box that lets you
choose the type of rule you'd like to create. This includes an option to now use a regular expression that any incoming notification will be matched against.
list end

 

Solution for Dell Waves Max Audio Issues

 

A change to the Eloquence, Vocalizer Expressive, and Microsoft Mobile speech synthesizers for JAWS, ZoomText, and Fusion was made that fixes the increased
memory usage problem caused by the Waves Max audio application often used on Dell computers. If you previously disabled the Waves Max application to resolve
these performance issues , you can now reenable it if you want your computer to automatically begin using a specific audio output device when you connect
it, such as a pair of headphones.

 

Improved ILM Authorization Access

 

The file location for the JAWS, ZoomText, and Fusion ILM authorization files have been moved to a location where users no longer need administrative permission
to authorize on their own system.

 

New Tables Only Option for Smart Navigation

 

Users are faced with an increased need to work with complex web forms, tables, and even applications that run inside a web browser. Our existing Smart
Navigation feature offers a more efficient way to navigate in web-based applications with the Virtual Cursor, as the LEFT and RIGHT ARROW or CTRL+LEFT
and CTRL+RIGHT ARROW commands move by control instead of character and word. This makes Navigation such as moving across toolbars, tab strips, and navigation
links more like navigating around a desktop application. Currently, the different options for this setting are Controls, Controls and Tables, or Off. This
means that you could only activate the Smart Navigation for Tables together with Controls.

 

In JAWS and Fusion 2023, there is now a new Tables option which only enables Smart Navigation when you are focused inside a table. You can adjust the Smart
Navigation settings through the Startup Wizard, Settings Center, or Quick Settings. The new Tables option offers the same Smart Navigation experience inside
tables as it does when set to Controls and Tables while keeping our regular Navigation outside tables.

 

If focused inside a table, the RIGHT and LEFT ARROW keys move between columns while the UP and DOWN ARROW keys move between rows. If you press RIGHT ARROW
to move from the last column in the current row to the first column of the next row, or LEFT ARROW to move from the first column in the current row to
the last column in the prior row, JAWS plays a sound to indicate the new row. When focus moves out of the table, the LEFT and RIGHT ARROW or CTRL+LEFT
and CTRL+RIGHT ARROW keys move by character or word like they always have.

 

ARM64 Support

 

Support for ARM64 is now officially provided in JAWS 2023. The JAWS 2023 installer will recognize if you are using a device with an ARM processor like
the Microsoft Surface Pro X, and will automatically install the ARM version of JAWS. ARM support for ZoomText and Fusion will come at a later date. Following
are a few frequently asked questions.

 

Can I use ZoomText or Fusion on my ARM64 device?

 

No. ARM64 is currently only supported with JAWS. ZoomText and Fusion (magnification software) for low vision users are not yet supported .

 

What device is required?

 

An ARM64 based device which is a computer with an ARM64 processor. An example is the Microsoft Surface Pro X.

 

What Operating System is required?

 

Windows 11 is the minimum supported Operating System.

 

What braille devices are currently supported?

 

At this time, only the Freedom Scientific Focus Braille Displays are supported. Additional braille display support will be added as we work with our third-party
partners.

 

What speech synthesizers are currently supported?

 

At this time, Eloquence, Vocalizer Expressive, SAPI 5x, SAPI 5x 64-bit, and Microsoft Mobile synthesizers are supported. Additional synthesizer support
will be added as we work with our third-party partners.

 

What features are currently not available?

 

The following features are still under development:

 

list of 3 items
• Citrix remote
• Convenient OCR from a scanner or camera
• Dongle authorization
list end

 

What applications are currently not supported?

 

While on ARM64 devices, JAWS does not currently support applications compiled as 32-bit ARM. At the moment, Microsoft still has a few applications that
have not yet been addressed, but we expect this to be resolved in future updates from Microsoft and Freedom Scientific.

 

The following are examples of these applications:

 

list of 4 items
• Windows Mail
• Windows Calculator
• Windows Weather
• Windows News
list end

 

What is the recommended version of Office 365?

 

Office 365 was originally installed on ARM devices as 32-bit. This 32-bit version can experience some sluggishness. For the best performance, we recommend
installing the latest 64-bit version of Office designed specifically for ARM64 devices.

 

For German users, is Grade 2 Braille now available by default?

 

The default setting in JAWS is to use the FSBrailleTranslator for braille translation in German. An ARM64 version of this translator is now included in
JAWS 2023.

Take care.  Mike.  Sent from my iBarstool.  Go Dodgers!

 

 


Mike Pietruk
 

Madison

The other Mike has given you a truly great answer; and there is no right
or wrong reason for trying or not trying a beta.
The nice thing with JFW is that you can have multiple versions of the
program on your system; so, as long as you don't make the Beta the
default, you can use it at your discretion, and if something goes wrong,
you always can immediately get back to 2022 which, I presume, is what you
boot up with.

Also, another thing with JFW is that they gradually introduce innovations,
not just once a year.
So, the beta won't show you all that will be introduced during the 2023
cycle year.