Top Tech Tidbits - Volume 292
The Week's News in Adaptive Technology
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1) The Hadley School offers three new free technology-related correspondence courses:
Screen Readers: Listening Skills: http://www.hadley.edu/showCourses.asp?courseid=TEC-131
Screen Readers: Web Browsing: http://www.hadley.edu/showCourses.asp?courseid=WEB-121
Screen Readers: Editing and Formatting Word Documents: http://www.hadley.edu/showCourses.asp?courseid=WRD-111
2) An upgrade is coming for the BrailleNote family of products, and you can heaar about it on Tek Talk on GMT Tuesday, 25 January at 01:00 .
3) The Voxkeys project makes some Mac programs easier to use with VoiceOver and makes others accessible through scripting. Accessibility of Garage Band, the music production program, is enhanced by using VoxKeys.
4) Youthful Chase Srispin has become an authority on many adaptive tech products, and has produced lots of training podcasts and YouTube videos. Now, he has launched Blind Mobile Tech, a site that links to all his productions, to his blog, and to some content produced by others.
5) GoodReads is a UK site featuring a mailing list on reading and locating booksin usable formats.
6) Jamal Mazrui has updated many of his free programs. All of them have been mentioned here before. The updates are not generally major, except that in a couple cases support is added for use with NVDA, but they're worth getting if you already have the programs, and the programs are worth getting if you don't already have them and you might want souch a program:
EdSharp, a great text editor
FileDir, a powerful file manager
JAWS script exchange
PDF2txt, for converting PDF documents, even doing OCR on those that are just pictures
SayTools, for making programs accessible
7) In Gw Micro news, the article Using Window-Eyes with Office 2010 (list of hotkeys)
has been posed to the Knowledgebase
8) Gw Micro will offer a free webinar once a month during 2011. The schedule is already posted, with the first training concerning what's coming in the next version of Window-Eyes. All webinars take place the second Wednesday of the month. The first two will be at 19:00 GMT, and once North America embarks on daylight savings time, they will be at 18:00 GMT.
9) window-Eyes uses key combinations of the arrow keys with both the alt and control modifiers to change speech settings on the fly. Those keys don't work on all systems without tinkering, so a script has been posted to provide alternative keystrokes.
10) Finally, if you use Window-Eyes 4.5 or earlier, the company has an upgrade path which may save you some money if you want to start using the current version.
11) Version 2.3 of Accessible DAISY allows for faster downloads,and for using more feeds.
12) New JAWS scripts for the GoldWave sound editor, version 5.5, have been posted.
13) The SmartView 360 is a new desktop magnifier from HumanWare.
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