IMPORTANT: version 22.12 add-on releases from Joseph Lee will be the last releases to support old NVDA and Windows releases


 

Hello NVDA community,

Hope you are staying safe and healthy these days, and for folks tuned to it, hope you are enjoying the World Cup.

I’m writing to provide an update on my add-on releases, specifically what will happen with my add-ons within the next six weeks:

Earlier I announced that, effective January 3, 2023, most of my add-ons (actively maintained or not) will require Windows 10 or later. I’m indeed going through with this plan, seeing that Microsoft will end support for Windows 7 and 8.1 on January 10, 2023 (extended security updates for Windows 7, extended support for Windows 8.1). I’m also adding that, effective January 2023, all of my add-ons will require NVDA 2022.4 or later provided that the upcoming NVDA release is made available to everyone by then.

Because I know that some folks are still using older NVDA and/or Windows releases, I will release a “ deep maintenance” versions of the following add-ons in the next few days (version: 22.12):

  • Enhanced Touch Gestures
  • GoldWave
  • Object Location Tones
  • ObjPad
  • Resource Monitor
  • Sound Splitter
  • StationPlaylist

The following add-ons will also receive a December 2022 release:

  • Add-on Updater (exempt from Windows 10 requirement in January 2023, updated localizations)
  • Event Tracker (new feature)
  • Office Desk (compatibility update)
  • Windows App Essentials (various changes)

For add-on releases marked as “deep maintenance”: I’m doing this as no-one has stepped up to maintain these add-ons at this time as I have ended maintenance for them in March 2022. I am still looking for maintainers for these add-ons.

Preview of 22.12 add-on releases:

  • Most add-ons will feature localization and compatibility updates.
  • Build process changes.
  • Event Tracker: a new unassigned command will be added to let you view the last 100 events recorded by NVDA (contributed by Thiago Seus).
  • Office Desk: future NVDA releases will improve search field detection, including in Microsoft 365 applications such as Word and Excel (backstage view, to be exact). Version 22.12 of this add-on will ask NVDA to take care of search field detection if using development builds of NVDA.
  • Windows App Essentials: a complete list of releases and builds supported by the add-on will be shown if trying to install the add-on on unsupported Windows releases. If using Windows 11 22H2 beta, build 22623 will be required, and the ability to toggle UIA notification announcement through “report Notifications” setting in NVDA’s object presentation panel is deprecated and will be removed in a future add-on release (led to confusing experiences for users).

 

In addition to newer Windows and NVDA requirements, version 23.01 (January 2023) will or may feature:

  • Resource Monitor and Sound Splitter: updates to psutil dependency (latest version cannot be used due to that release requiring a DLL file that NVDA does not include).
  • Add-on Updater: maybe the ability to show what’s new message for add-on updates if present (cannot be localized and no message for development releases, sorry).
  • Windows App Essentials: significantly reduced add-on scope as NVDA 2022.4 includes accessible drag and drop support which was a part of the add-on for some time.

 

A big note: my announcement should not be seen as NVDA ending support for Windows 7 and 8.1; that’s up to NV Access to decide and inform you. My announcement pertains to my add-ons. At this point, my advice is to switch to Windows 10 or 11 (if possible).

Cheers,

Joseph

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