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Re: Reading epub books with NVDA

Jarek.Krcmar
 

Hi David,

if you have installed some voices, you can select , what you want use in Balabolka.

Reading you can start with the key F5 and stop reading with Key F7.

Youcan save Balabolka in the options.

Jarek

Jarek
Dne 06.07.2019 v 23:31 David Griffith napsal(a):

Hello

I have tried Balabolka with NVDA.

It seems that it is designed to be used with TTS speech engines rather than with NVDA feedback for speech. Say all does not work for example.

I found it worked best with NVDA muted, with sound re-enabled for navigating program controls.

It does work well with some of my IIvona voices for reading.

The one baffling thing is that I cannot seem to retain TTS speech settings after closing Balabolka. So every time I start the app it reverts to Microsoft Hazel and I have to reset all the settings for my Ivona voice.

Does anybody know how to save TTS speech  settings in as default in Balabolka? Pressing default in settings simply reverts the TTS settings to thedefault for that voice in terms of rate and pitch etc.

 

David Griffith

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: Kostadin Kolev
Sent: 06 July 2019 13:57
To: nvda@nvda.groups.io
Subject: Re: [nvda] Reading epub books with NVDA

 

Hello,

One small correction. Balabolka does support table of contents. It imports it as "named bookmarks", which can be found in the "Bookmarks" menu or by pressing F2.

______
Best wishes,
Kostadin Kolev

На 6.7.2019 г. в 15:43, Aman Singer написа:

Hi,
 
  The only two programs I know of which support most of Epub's features (tables of contents, notes, links, etc.) on Windows are QRead
https://q-continuum.net/qread/
and Dolphin's Easy Reader
https://yourdolphin.com/products/education/easyreader-for-windows
  
  QRead is excellent, fast, stable, can open huge files smoothly on very low-power machines, and is basically an amazing application. The author seems to have more or less abandoned it, but I would respectfully suggest it's worth buying for what it is now.
  EasyReader is not as fast or stable, its access to libraries is nice, but it seems to be a package sold to sighted people for blind people to use rather than sold to blind people themselves. I found it unusable generally and gave up on it. Balabolca is really nice but doesn't support, so far as I know, tables of contents at all. I would love to be wrong about this, but it basically makes your epub one long text file. Both Firefox and Edge support opening epubs, though I believe Firefox still needs extensions to do this properly. In any case, I have found that browser support for the files is bad. Navigation is difficult, loading is slow, and some files just don't work. Kurzweil 1000, and I think Openbook, also support Epub, but only as part of their other functions, I wouldn't buy them just for that support. I may say that they're both slower and more unwieldy than QRead for just reading, though obviously they do far more than read. I hope that's of use, and would welcome corrections or additions, it's always good to have many ways of doing things. I am tempted to say that the only really smooth way of reading Epub on Windows is QRead. I wish it weren't so, it's never good to be stuck with one application, particularly when that application has been more or less left and requires online activation, but it's where we are as far as I can see.
Aman
 -----Original Message-----
From: nvda@nvda.groups.io [mailto:nvda@nvda.groups.io] On Behalf Of Felix G.
Sent: Saturday, July 06, 2019 4:51 AM
To: nvda@nvda.groups.io
Subject: [nvda] Reading epub books with NVDA
 
Hi folks,
I'm looking for a convenient and easy way to read an epub book with NVDA. With epub being just html plus metadata and some additional content wrapped in a zip container, I feel this shouldn't be complicated. Any helpful pointers would make my day.
I know about Calibre and converting books to docx/pdf/txt. That's not what I mean. I'd like to be able to open an epub and start reading without jumping through hoops.
Thanks in advance,
Felix
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 


Re: In-Process 5th July

Quentin Christensen
 

Thanks Gene,

We have had a few inquiries recently from banks and the like, which prompted me to add the extra info in.  It is my intention to keep updating the information in various sections of the site to keep them up to date, or relevant to what people want to know.

As always, do please let me know if you have any feedback, or get any thoughts from the people you sent the link to.

Kind regards

Quentin.

On Sun, Jul 7, 2019 at 5:56 PM hurrikennyandopo ... <hurrikennyandopo@...> wrote:

Hi Quentin


I just read the updated sections for the corporate/Government section.


I think they will  answer most of the questions they might ask. I sent the updated sections or actually the link to the page to a couple of people who run large networks to see what sort of feedback may come back. but I think from what i see does the trick.

some of the updated sections I did not know you could do that so am guessing the same for them.


I guess it is a balancing act for security etc.


Gene nz


 

On 5/07/2019 4:56 PM, Quentin Christensen wrote:
Hi everyone,

NVDA 2019.2 Beta 2, Mick taking a well-deserved break, updates to NVDACon and our Corporate page and details on accessing the Windows notification area, all in this week's In-Process!


Happy 4th of July to those in America, and happy weekend to everyone :)
 
--
Quentin Christensen
Training and Support Manager

NVDA 2019.2beta1 now available!

--
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        certified expert
Check out my website for NVDA tutorials and other blindness related materials at http://www.accessibilitycentral.net

To find out which library networks in New Zealand have a copy of the NVDA screen reader on them and there library locations please go to http://www.accessibilitycentral.net/nz%20libraries%20with%20nvda.html
To find a NVDA certified expert near you, please visit the following link https://certification.nvaccess.org/. The certification page contains the official list of NVDA certified individuals from around the world, who have sat and successfully passed the NVDA expert exam.



--
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Training and Support Manager

NVDA 2019.2beta1 now available!


Ginger and thonny with nvda

farhan israk
 

How to use ginger and thonny with nvda?


Re: In-Process 5th July

hurrikennyandopo ...
 

Hi Quentin


I just read the updated sections for the corporate/Government section.


I think they will  answer most of the questions they might ask. I sent the updated sections or actually the link to the page to a couple of people who run large networks to see what sort of feedback may come back. but I think from what i see does the trick.

some of the updated sections I did not know you could do that so am guessing the same for them.


I guess it is a balancing act for security etc.


Gene nz


 

On 5/07/2019 4:56 PM, Quentin Christensen wrote:
Hi everyone,

NVDA 2019.2 Beta 2, Mick taking a well-deserved break, updates to NVDACon and our Corporate page and details on accessing the Windows notification area, all in this week's In-Process!


Happy 4th of July to those in America, and happy weekend to everyone :)
 
--
Quentin Christensen
Training and Support Manager

NVDA 2019.2beta1 now available!

--
Check out my website for NVDA tutorials and other blindness related materials at http://www.accessibilitycentral.net

To find out which library networks in New Zealand have a copy of the NVDA screen reader on them and there library locations please go to http://www.accessibilitycentral.net/nz%20libraries%20with%20nvda.html
To find a NVDA certified expert near you, please visit the following link https://certification.nvaccess.org/. The certification page contains the official list of NVDA certified individuals from around the world, who have sat and successfully passed the NVDA expert exam.


Re: Reading epub books with NVDA

Devin Prater
 

This is my thought too. Indeed, EPub is HTML, and should be treated as such. It still amazes me that we still don’t have a great eBook reader. Even Read just extracts the text.

On Jul 6, 2019, at 9:48 PM, Sean Murphy <mhysnm1964@gmail.com> wrote:

All,


EPub is HTML. If the reader shows the content as plain text, then it fails as a EPub reader. As you are loosing all the HTMl mark-up structure and other ability of jumping through the books, ETC. Some readers I have use their own TTS engine which I classify this as a failure because you cannot navigate by links, buttons, etc. If there is one that does this, I am very interested in looking at. Personally, for a screen reader this is a duplicate functionality.

The browser option some are not accessible because you cannot find the button to open the Epub or the focus is not placed into the Epub book. Firefox version has this issue. Edge seems to work okay with NVDA, but have not tested in depth.

IF any stand-only EPub readers retain the HTMl structures and also can read Digitally secured versions. I am very interested in checking out with NVDA.



-----Original Message-----
From: nvda@nvda.groups.io <nvda@nvda.groups.io> On Behalf Of Jason White via Groups.Io
Sent: Sunday, 7 July 2019 10:27 AM
To: nvda@nvda.groups.io
Subject: Re: [nvda] Reading epub books with NVDA

Try Chrome with the Readium extension. I haven't used it recently, but it seems to be fairly accessible, and there are accessibility specialists working on it.


On 7/6/19 6:19 PM, Shaun Everiss wrote:
well codex at http://jscholes.net/projects is probably what you want.

I think thats right, its calibre with a frontend and converts your
book to whatever you need.

Getting something like dolphin easy reader is 80 bucks, and can read
epub, not sure if readers like amis can read epub.



On 6/07/2019 8:51 PM, Felix G. wrote:
Hi folks,
I'm looking for a convenient and easy way to read an epub book with
NVDA. With epub being just html plus metadata and some additional
content wrapped in a zip container, I feel this shouldn't be
complicated. Any helpful pointers would make my day.
I know about Calibre and converting books to docx/pdf/txt. That's not
what I mean. I'd like to be able to open an epub and start reading
without jumping through hoops.
Thanks in advance,
Felix



.







Re: Reading epub books with NVDA

Sean Murphy
 

All,


EPub is HTML. If the reader shows the content as plain text, then it fails as a EPub reader. As you are loosing all the HTMl mark-up structure and other ability of jumping through the books, ETC. Some readers I have use their own TTS engine which I classify this as a failure because you cannot navigate by links, buttons, etc. If there is one that does this, I am very interested in looking at. Personally, for a screen reader this is a duplicate functionality.

The browser option some are not accessible because you cannot find the button to open the Epub or the focus is not placed into the Epub book. Firefox version has this issue. Edge seems to work okay with NVDA, but have not tested in depth.

IF any stand-only EPub readers retain the HTMl structures and also can read Digitally secured versions. I am very interested in checking out with NVDA.

-----Original Message-----
From: nvda@nvda.groups.io <nvda@nvda.groups.io> On Behalf Of Jason White via Groups.Io
Sent: Sunday, 7 July 2019 10:27 AM
To: nvda@nvda.groups.io
Subject: Re: [nvda] Reading epub books with NVDA

Try Chrome with the Readium extension. I haven't used it recently, but it seems to be fairly accessible, and there are accessibility specialists working on it.


On 7/6/19 6:19 PM, Shaun Everiss wrote:
well codex at http://jscholes.net/projects is probably what you want.

I think thats right, its calibre with a frontend and converts your
book to whatever you need.

Getting something like dolphin easy reader is 80 bucks, and can read
epub, not sure if readers like amis can read epub.



On 6/07/2019 8:51 PM, Felix G. wrote:
Hi folks,
I'm looking for a convenient and easy way to read an epub book with
NVDA. With epub being just html plus metadata and some additional
content wrapped in a zip container, I feel this shouldn't be
complicated. Any helpful pointers would make my day.
I know about Calibre and converting books to docx/pdf/txt. That's not
what I mean. I'd like to be able to open an epub and start reading
without jumping through hoops.
Thanks in advance,
Felix



.


Re: Reading epub books with NVDA

Jason White
 

Try Chrome with the Readium extension. I haven't used it recently, but it seems to be fairly accessible, and there are accessibility specialists working on it.

On 7/6/19 6:19 PM, Shaun Everiss wrote:
well codex at http://jscholes.net/projects is probably what you want.

I think thats right, its calibre with a frontend and converts your book to whatever you need.

Getting something like dolphin easy reader is 80 bucks, and can read epub, not sure if readers like amis can read epub.



On 6/07/2019 8:51 PM, Felix G. wrote:
Hi folks,
I'm looking for a convenient and easy way to read an epub book with
NVDA. With epub being just html plus metadata and some additional
content wrapped in a zip container, I feel this shouldn't be
complicated. Any helpful pointers would make my day.
I know about Calibre and converting books to docx/pdf/txt. That's not
what I mean. I'd like to be able to open an epub and start reading
without jumping through hoops.
Thanks in advance,
Felix



.


Re: Reading epub books with NVDA

john s
 

Ollie, you're welcome. I knew you could do it.

At 04:49 PM 7/6/2019, Mallard, wrote:
Hello John,


Thanks. I thought those zip files were unpacked epubs... I did rename them with the .epub extension, but then NVDDA didn't handle them correctly...


Thanks fory our tip.

Ciao,

Ollie




Il 06/07/2019 13:20, john s ha scritto:
Ollie, from another list, I wanted to tell you how to handle zip files. Just navigate to the file, hit your context key and arrow to extract. Or, maybe it says extract all. By default, the files will be put in a directory under your current directory with the zip file name as the name of the directory. Go into that directory and do what you want with the files.

At 07:02 AM 7/6/2019, Mallard, wrote:



Quread is very good, but it isn't free. I had a very negative experience with Balabolka years ago, because the books were not parsed correctly.


Ciao,

Ollie

Il 06/07/2019 12:03, john s ha scritto:
A program called Balabolka will read them and a paid program, QRead, is good too.

At 04:55 AM 7/6/2019, Andy B., wrote:
Hi,

Have you tried Edge? It opens epub files, and it works with NVDA for the most part.



*From: *Felix G. <mailto:constantlyvariable@gmail.com>
*Sent: *Saturday, July 6, 2019 4:51 AM
*To: *nvda@nvda.groups.io <mailto:nvda@nvda.groups.io>
*Subject: *[nvda] Reading epub books with NVDA

Hi folks,
I'm looking for a convenient and easy way to read an epub book with
NVDA. With epub being just html plus metadata and some additional
content wrapped in a zip container, I feel this shouldn't be
complicated. Any helpful pointers would make my day.
I know about Calibre and converting books to docx/pdf/txt. That's not
what I mean. I'd like to be able to open an epub and start reading
without jumping through hoops.
Thanks in advance,
Felix


John
John


John


Re: Reading epub books with NVDA

 

well codex at http://jscholes.net/projects is probably what you want.

I think thats right, its calibre with a frontend and converts your book to whatever you need.

Getting something like dolphin easy reader is 80 bucks, and can read epub, not sure if readers like amis can read epub.

On 6/07/2019 8:51 PM, Felix G. wrote:
Hi folks,
I'm looking for a convenient and easy way to read an epub book with
NVDA. With epub being just html plus metadata and some additional
content wrapped in a zip container, I feel this shouldn't be
complicated. Any helpful pointers would make my day.
I know about Calibre and converting books to docx/pdf/txt. That's not
what I mean. I'd like to be able to open an epub and start reading
without jumping through hoops.
Thanks in advance,
Felix


.


Re: Reading epub books with NVDA

David Griffith
 

Hello

I have tried Balabolka with NVDA.

It seems that it is designed to be used with TTS speech engines rather than with NVDA feedback for speech. Say all does not work for example.

I found it worked best with NVDA muted, with sound re-enabled for navigating program controls.

It does work well with some of my IIvona voices for reading.

The one baffling thing is that I cannot seem to retain TTS speech settings after closing Balabolka. So every time I start the app it reverts to Microsoft Hazel and I have to reset all the settings for my Ivona voice.

Does anybody know how to save TTS speech  settings in as default in Balabolka? Pressing default in settings simply reverts the TTS settings to thedefault for that voice in terms of rate and pitch etc.

 

David Griffith

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: Kostadin Kolev
Sent: 06 July 2019 13:57
To: nvda@nvda.groups.io
Subject: Re: [nvda] Reading epub books with NVDA

 

Hello,

One small correction. Balabolka does support table of contents. It imports it as "named bookmarks", which can be found in the "Bookmarks" menu or by pressing F2.

______
Best wishes,
Kostadin Kolev

На 6.7.2019 г. в 15:43, Aman Singer написа:

Hi,
 
  The only two programs I know of which support most of Epub's features (tables of contents, notes, links, etc.) on Windows are QRead
https://q-continuum.net/qread/
and Dolphin's Easy Reader
https://yourdolphin.com/products/education/easyreader-for-windows
  
  QRead is excellent, fast, stable, can open huge files smoothly on very low-power machines, and is basically an amazing application. The author seems to have more or less abandoned it, but I would respectfully suggest it's worth buying for what it is now.
  EasyReader is not as fast or stable, its access to libraries is nice, but it seems to be a package sold to sighted people for blind people to use rather than sold to blind people themselves. I found it unusable generally and gave up on it. Balabolca is really nice but doesn't support, so far as I know, tables of contents at all. I would love to be wrong about this, but it basically makes your epub one long text file. Both Firefox and Edge support opening epubs, though I believe Firefox still needs extensions to do this properly. In any case, I have found that browser support for the files is bad. Navigation is difficult, loading is slow, and some files just don't work. Kurzweil 1000, and I think Openbook, also support Epub, but only as part of their other functions, I wouldn't buy them just for that support. I may say that they're both slower and more unwieldy than QRead for just reading, though obviously they do far more than read. I hope that's of use, and would welcome corrections or additions, it's always good to have many ways of doing things. I am tempted to say that the only really smooth way of reading Epub on Windows is QRead. I wish it weren't so, it's never good to be stuck with one application, particularly when that application has been more or less left and requires online activation, but it's where we are as far as I can see.
Aman
 -----Original Message-----
From: nvda@nvda.groups.io [mailto:nvda@nvda.groups.io] On Behalf Of Felix G.
Sent: Saturday, July 06, 2019 4:51 AM
To: nvda@nvda.groups.io
Subject: [nvda] Reading epub books with NVDA
 
Hi folks,
I'm looking for a convenient and easy way to read an epub book with NVDA. With epub being just html plus metadata and some additional content wrapped in a zip container, I feel this shouldn't be complicated. Any helpful pointers would make my day.
I know about Calibre and converting books to docx/pdf/txt. That's not what I mean. I'd like to be able to open an epub and start reading without jumping through hoops.
Thanks in advance,
Felix
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 


Re: Reading epub books with NVDA

Mallard
 

Hello John,


Thanks. I thought those zip files were unpacked epubs... I did rename them with the .epub extension, but then NVDDA didn't handle them correctly...


Thanks fory our tip.

Ciao,

Ollie

Il 06/07/2019 13:20, john s ha scritto:
Ollie, from another list, I wanted to tell you how to handle zip files. Just navigate to the file, hit your context key and arrow to extract.  Or, maybe it says extract all.  By default, the files will be put in a directory under your current directory with the zip file name as the name of the directory.  Go into that directory and do what you want with the files.

At 07:02 AM 7/6/2019, Mallard, wrote:



Quread is very good, but it isn't free. I had a very negative experience with Balabolka years ago, because the books were not parsed correctly.


Ciao,

Ollie

Il 06/07/2019 12:03, john s ha scritto:
A program called Balabolka will read them and a paid program, QRead, is good too.

At 04:55 AM 7/6/2019, Andy B., wrote:
Hi,

Have you tried Edge? It opens epub files, and it works with NVDA for the most part.



*From: *Felix G. <mailto:constantlyvariable@gmail.com>
*Sent: *Saturday, July 6, 2019 4:51 AM
*To: *nvda@nvda.groups.io <mailto:nvda@nvda.groups.io>
*Subject: *[nvda] Reading epub books with NVDA

Hi folks,
I'm looking for a convenient and easy way to read an epub book with
NVDA. With epub being just html plus metadata and some additional
content wrapped in a zip container, I feel this shouldn't be
complicated. Any helpful pointers would make my day.
I know about Calibre and converting books to docx/pdf/txt. That's not
what I mean. I'd like to be able to open an epub and start reading
without jumping through hoops.
Thanks in advance,
Felix


        John
                John




Re: Reading epub books with NVDA

Mallard
 

I love Qread. I bought it years ago, when it was promoted for the first time. I couldn't live without it.

Ciao,

Ollie

Il 06/07/2019 14:43, Aman Singer ha scritto:
Hi,

The only two programs I know of which support most of Epub's features (tables of contents, notes, links, etc.) on Windows are QRead
https://q-continuum.net/qread/
and Dolphin's Easy Reader
https://yourdolphin.com/products/education/easyreader-for-windows

QRead is excellent, fast, stable, can open huge files smoothly on very low-power machines, and is basically an amazing application. The author seems to have more or less abandoned it, but I would respectfully suggest it's worth buying for what it is now.
EasyReader is not as fast or stable, its access to libraries is nice, but it seems to be a package sold to sighted people for blind people to use rather than sold to blind people themselves. I found it unusable generally and gave up on it. Balabolca is really nice but doesn't support, so far as I know, tables of contents at all. I would love to be wrong about this, but it basically makes your epub one long text file. Both Firefox and Edge support opening epubs, though I believe Firefox still needs extensions to do this properly. In any case, I have found that browser support for the files is bad. Navigation is difficult, loading is slow, and some files just don't work. Kurzweil 1000, and I think Openbook, also support Epub, but only as part of their other functions, I wouldn't buy them just for that support. I may say that they're both slower and more unwieldy than QRead for just reading, though obviously they do far more than read. I hope that's of use, and would welcome corrections or additions, it's always good to have many ways of doing things. I am tempted to say that the only really smooth way of reading Epub on Windows is QRead. I wish it weren't so, it's never good to be stuck with one application, particularly when that application has been more or less left and requires online activation, but it's where we are as far as I can see.
Aman
-----Original Message-----
From: nvda@nvda.groups.io [mailto:nvda@nvda.groups.io] On Behalf Of Felix G.
Sent: Saturday, July 06, 2019 4:51 AM
To: nvda@nvda.groups.io
Subject: [nvda] Reading epub books with NVDA

Hi folks,
I'm looking for a convenient and easy way to read an epub book with NVDA. With epub being just html plus metadata and some additional content wrapped in a zip container, I feel this shouldn't be complicated. Any helpful pointers would make my day.
I know about Calibre and converting books to docx/pdf/txt. That's not what I mean. I'd like to be able to open an epub and start reading without jumping through hoops.
Thanks in advance,
Felix







Re: Reading epub books with NVDA

Monte Single
 

Jaws is a screenreader like nvda or narrator.

 

From: nvda@nvda.groups.io [mailto:nvda@nvda.groups.io] On Behalf Of Ralf Kefferpuetz
Sent: July-06-19 10:27 AM
To: nvda@nvda.groups.io
Subject: Re: [nvda] Reading epub books with NVDA

 

What is Jaws?

 

From: nvda@nvda.groups.io <nvda@nvda.groups.io> On Behalf Of Francis Leadley
Sent: Samstag, 6. Juli 2019 17:23
To: nvda@nvda.groups.io
Subject: Re: [nvda] Reading epub books with NVDA

 

Does JAWS work with EPUB


Re: Reading epub books with NVDA

Ralf Kefferpuetz
 

What is Jaws?

 

From: nvda@nvda.groups.io <nvda@nvda.groups.io> On Behalf Of Francis Leadley
Sent: Samstag, 6. Juli 2019 17:23
To: nvda@nvda.groups.io
Subject: Re: [nvda] Reading epub books with NVDA

 

Does JAWS work with EPUB


Re: Reading epub books with NVDA

Francis Leadley
 

Does JAWS work with EPUB


Re: Reading epub books with NVDA

Richard Wells
 

Felix: I use Q-Read to read epub using NVDA. Beyond that, this would
border on being off-topic for the NVDA main group, so I'll stop right there.

On 7/6/2019 3:51 AM, Felix G. wrote:
Hi folks,
I'm looking for a convenient and easy way to read an epub book with
NVDA. With epub being just html plus metadata and some additional
content wrapped in a zip container, I feel this shouldn't be
complicated. Any helpful pointers would make my day.
I know about Calibre and converting books to docx/pdf/txt. That's not
what I mean. I'd like to be able to open an epub and start reading
without jumping through hoops.
Thanks in advance,
Felix


locked Re: Follow-up to recent earthquakes in Los Angeles: I'm suspending all my NVDA activities until further notice

 

Per author's request, as this was meant as a one-way announcement/status message, this topic is now locked.
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The color of truth is grey.

           ~ André Gide

 

 


locked Follow-up to recent earthquakes in Los Angeles: I'm suspending all my NVDA activities until further notice

 

Hi all,

 

Some of you on Twitter may have seen my tweet from last night – shortly after the larger earthquake hit Los Angeles: due to ongoing coverage of Los Angeles earthquakes (I felt both and am safe), I’m suspending all NVDA related activities until further notice. This includes vast majority of Project Threshold work (except for one or two pull requests), all add-on activities, and high-level translation management.

 

Thanks.

Cheers,

Joseph


Re: virtual machine software

Christian Schoepplein
 

Hej,

Am 04.07.2019 um 04:31 schrieb Shaun Everiss:
What software should I be using.
I know vmware is popular but I was thinking about virtualbox, however since I want a user to be able to do things, is virtualbox accessible.
Yes, it is, at least with the latest stable NVDA release. and you also can use the command line to setup and configure virtual machines.


I know VMware Player 14, VMware Workstation 14 and VMware Workstation 15 and the latest VirtualBox release. All can be used with NVDA more or less comftable.

Personaly I'd use VirtualBox, because its free and open source. I need to run linux inside my VMs and therefore I need to use a braille display, but unfortunatly I was not able to connect my Handytech braille display via a virtual usb port to the Linux VM setup with VirtualBox. It was much easier to setup with VMware, thats why use VMware at the moment, but maybe I'll switch in future.

If you do not have that problems with a braille display attaching to the VM, use VirtualBox, othervice use VMware. If you only need to run one VM and have not the need to use more VMs at the same time, you can use the free VMware player. If you need to run more VM at the same time, VMware Workstation is OK, but as said, only if VirtualBox does not work on your system.

Regarding HyperV I only can say, that running linux inside is not possible, at least if you need to output sound. Thats why I not longer tested HyperV. If you like to run VMs with Windows inside, it might also be a good choice.

Cheers,

Schoepp


Re: Reading epub books with NVDA

 

Hello,

One small correction. Balabolka does support table of contents. It imports it as "named bookmarks", which can be found in the "Bookmarks" menu or by pressing F2.

______
Best wishes,
Kostadin Kolev

На 6.7.2019 г. в 15:43, Aman Singer написа:

Hi,

	The only two programs I know of which support most of Epub's features (tables of contents, notes, links, etc.) on Windows are QRead
https://q-continuum.net/qread/
and Dolphin's Easy Reader
https://yourdolphin.com/products/education/easyreader-for-windows
	
	QRead is excellent, fast, stable, can open huge files smoothly on very low-power machines, and is basically an amazing application. The author seems to have more or less abandoned it, but I would respectfully suggest it's worth buying for what it is now.
	EasyReader is not as fast or stable, its access to libraries is nice, but it seems to be a package sold to sighted people for blind people to use rather than sold to blind people themselves. I found it unusable generally and gave up on it. Balabolca is really nice but doesn't support, so far as I know, tables of contents at all. I would love to be wrong about this, but it basically makes your epub one long text file. Both Firefox and Edge support opening epubs, though I believe Firefox still needs extensions to do this properly. In any case, I have found that browser support for the files is bad. Navigation is difficult, loading is slow, and some files just don't work. Kurzweil 1000, and I think Openbook, also support Epub, but only as part of their other functions, I wouldn't buy them just for that support. I may say that they're both slower and more unwieldy than QRead for just reading, though obviously they do far more than read. I hope that's of use, and would welcome corrections or additions, it's always good to have many ways of doing things. I am tempted to say that the only really smooth way of reading Epub on Windows is QRead. I wish it weren't so, it's never good to be stuck with one application, particularly when that application has been more or less left and requires online activation, but it's where we are as far as I can see.
Aman
 -----Original Message-----
From: nvda@nvda.groups.io [mailto:nvda@nvda.groups.io] On Behalf Of Felix G.
Sent: Saturday, July 06, 2019 4:51 AM
To: nvda@nvda.groups.io
Subject: [nvda] Reading epub books with NVDA

Hi folks,
I'm looking for a convenient and easy way to read an epub book with NVDA. With epub being just html plus metadata and some additional content wrapped in a zip container, I feel this shouldn't be complicated. Any helpful pointers would make my day.
I know about Calibre and converting books to docx/pdf/txt. That's not what I mean. I'd like to be able to open an epub and start reading without jumping through hoops.
Thanks in advance,
Felix