Re: New NVDA user
JM Casey <crystallogic@...>
Hi Brian. Thanks for the response.toggle quoted message Show quoted text
I'm already finding some interesting disparity between my two
screen-readers. I use a torrent client and nVDA doesn't seem to work as well
with it as JAWS does, which also doesn't work as it used to with it on the
XP machine/an older version, but never mind. On the other hand I think I
really like using both Outlook 2010 and Firefox with NVDA more than I do
with jAWS. I'm glad to be able to switch back and forth.
I never used Windows 7 except at an old workplace, but I have to say that as
problematic as it can be, there are some things I like about Windows 10,
quite a bit in fact. The new file explorer is kind of great, and I've
enjoyed playing around a bit with powershell. And the compatibility mode
lets you run most old windows programmes that might normally give you
trouble, though the old Qbasic is a write off I guess, so no more Eamon
games for me. *grins*
And yeah, you never know when you're going to find an old XP machine. They
still use them for the kind of stuff I mentioned above. You can isolate it
from your regular network and just use it for testing/training purposes, or
whatever. In that case, a working version of NVDA would suddenly become very
important. I don't think Freedom Scientific makes JAWS 11 (or whatever)
available on their site anymore.
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Well, I have to say that I've never used Jaws, I had Supernova before, but
when I completely lost my sight, I did not really need all the magnification
stuff and as you say things start to get expensive when Windows is being
updated all the time. Up until recently I had two working machines one on 7,
this newish one, and an old updated to death one running 10. sadly that
latter one died and is beyond salvage having fried its motherboard with a
So I'm using 7 and will not update to 10, mainly due to what you say, all
those apps but they are all one offs and need to be made accessible, but I
will get a new windows 10 machine soon.
Nvda is great for several reasons. You can run betas and you can ask people
who know about this stuff to see if they can fix issues and they get fixed.
Also, when or if something des go awry, you can very easily roll back nvda
so you can carry on as before. this r4ecently happened for XP as you will
probably know the last version was the last to run on XP, and is being kept
available as there are as you proved old system still out there. Of course
no new software is being made for xp, so the current screenreader will be
all you really need on such machines.
I never felt I got this amount of involvement from Dolphin, despite being a
paying customer, that is not of course being too critical as they much have
a lot more people breathing down their necks over there.
I do however try to donate to NV Access every time a new version comes out.
sometimes its quite a lot, others not so much. I am now a pensioner, after
Leans on old walking stick, well not quite yet!
So yes, nothing is perfect, as you say Espeak is a bit of a jack of all
trades and hence does have some problems, but its even quite easy to tweak
and create different voices in Espeak, Quincy is one I made for laptop use,
as its not as shrill as the other ones or indeed the default voice. It has
never been good at US accents, sounding like a cross between posh New
England and Canadian to me.
But in the UK here I find it acceptable.
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From: "JM Casey" <crystallogic@...>
Sent: Tuesday, October 31, 2017 6:21 PM
Subject: [nvda] New NVDA user
Hello folks. I'm sure other people have posted testimonials of some sort