Oct 7, 2011

Freedom Scientific: JAWS 13 Public Beta is available

What's New in JAWS 13 Public Beta

Listen to Eric Damery, Vice President of Software Product Management, introduce and demonstrate the new and exciting features available in the upcoming JAWS 13 release.


Updating to JAWS 13 Public Beta 2: JAWS 13 public beta 2 was released on September 26. If you have JAWS public beta release 13.0.97 installed on your computer, you will receive an announcement that an update is available for download when you start JAWS. If you have not installed public beta 1, you can install public beta 2 now from this page without the need to first install public beta 1.


Thank you for participating in the JAWS 13 English public beta test. This page provides all the necessary details that you need to know. Please take a few moments to review this information and take advantage of the beta report form link to provide Freedom Scientific your feedback during the public beta.

  • Choose Download JAWS 13 to go directly to the public beta download links.
  • Choose New JAWS 13 Features for information about the new items in this release.
  • Choose Enhancements for a list of improvements made during the beta development cycle.

Quick Notes About the Public Beta

  • As of JAWS 13 public beta 2, we have resolved issues with using the Handy Tech braille display with JAWS 13. If you have a Handy Tech display, you can now install and begin using JAWS 13.
  • Please note that while the final release of JAWS 13 will be a Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA) upgrade, this public beta version will run for anyone with a JAWS license that provides access to JAWS 12.
  • If you do not have JAWS authorization, you can still install the public beta version and run it using 40-Minute Demo mode.
  • This public beta version will expire later this year. To use JAWS without interruption, you must continue to update to later versions of the public beta and then to the final release.
  • You do not have to remove earlier versions of JAWS to install the JAWS 13 public beta. Your previous versions will continue to function when you have JAWS 13 installed, just as each new major version release of JAWS has in the past.

Technical Support During the Public Beta

While in public beta, general technical support of JAWS 13 is not available using our direct support phone lines or e-mail. We ask that you send feedback directly to Freedom Scientific using the Beta Report Form Web page. Please bookmark the report page in your Web browser so that you can easily locate it if you need technical assistance. Also, please submit one problem per report.

Download JAWS 13

The following briefly describes how to download, save, and install the JAWS 13 public beta release. If your corporate firewall prevents you from downloading files using FTP (File Transfer Protocol), use the HTTP (Hypertext Transfer Protocol) links instead.

  1. Select the appropriate FTP or HTTP download link that appears at the end of this procedure.
  2. When the dialog box opens, choose Save and select a location where you can easily find the downloaded executable file.
  3. Run the executable and follow the talking installer.

During JAWS installation, the OCR engine for Convenient OCR is automatically downloaded and installed. If you will be installing JAWS on a computer that does not have Internet access and you wish to use the Convenient OCR feature, you will also need to choose the link to download the OCR engine. Place this file in the same location as the executable before beginning the installation.

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New Features Added in JAWS 13

The following features are new to JAWS 13. For more information and complete demonstrations, listen to the September 2011 FSCast.

Convenient OCR

Frequently, you will encounter images that contain textual information. These can include a PDF file, the setup screen of an application, or the menu of selections for a DVD movie. While these images contain text that is readable by a sighted person, JAWS is unable to read the text as it is part of the image.

The new Convenient OCR (Optical Character Recognition) feature enables you to access any image on the screen that includes text. With just a few simple keystrokes, JAWS will recognize the image in a matter of seconds and activate the JAWS cursor so you can navigate the resulting text. The recognized text will be in the same location as the actual image on the screen. In order to differentiate the recognized text from other text that may be in the window, JAWS will use a different voice when it encounters the recognized text. When you activate the PC cursor, or switch to another application or dialog box, the text is removed and you will need to perform the OCR again.

To use Convenient OCR, the following layered keystrokes have been added:

  • INSERT+SPACEBAR, O, W. Recognizes the current application window that has focus.
  • INSERT+SPACEBAR, O, S. Recognizes the entire screen.
  • INSERT+SPACEBAR, O, C. Recognizes the currently selected control, such as a graphical button.
  • INSERT+SPACEBAR, O, Q. Cancels recognition while it is in progress.
  • INSERT+SPACEBAR, O, QUESTION MARK. Speaks a brief help message describing the commands in the OCR layer.

The following examples illustrate just some of the uses of this new feature.

  • You insert a DVD movie into your computer which brings up a menu allowing you to select from various DVD features. You press INSERT+SPACEBAR, O, W and after a few seconds, JAWS will alert you that OCR is complete. At this point, the JAWS cursor will be active and you can navigate around the screen using the ARROW keys and read the text of the menu. When you hear the option you want, press NUMPAD SLASH to perform a left-mouse-click, or INSERT+NUMPAD PLUS to route PC to JAWS to activate the option. Prior to JAWS 13, this menu would have been completely inaccessible.

Note: Depending on the type of screen the DVD displays and the quality of the text, the Convenient OCR may not always work. Some DVD screens will be recognized better than others.

  • You open a PDF in Adobe Reader which turns out to be inaccessible. Press INSERT+SPACEBAR, O, W to have JAWS recognize the text currently visible on the screen which you can then navigate with the JAWS cursor. Before performing OCR in Acrobat Reader, press CTRL+1 to set the zoom level to Actual Size. While this will cause less of the image to be displayed on the screen, this will result in higher accuracy during recognition.
  • You try to install or use an application whose interface is not accessible, such as Acronis® True Image™ Home 2011 or 2012. If no text is readily available when pressing TAB or when using the JAWS Cursor, you can try Convenient OCR. Start with the PC Cursor and press INSERT+SPACEBAR, O, W to recognize the text of the welcome screen graphic. You can then use the JAWS Cursor and NUMPAD SLASH (left mouse button) to move to and choose the possible buttons and links.

About Installation

When you install JAWS from the program disc, the OCR components are automatically installed. If you download JAWS from the Web site and have an active Internet connection when you begin the installation, the OCR components will be downloaded during the install. If you do not have an active Internet connection when you install JAWS from the Web download, a message is displayed at the end of the installation stating that some components were not installed. To use the OCR feature, establish an Internet connection and run the installation again so the OCR components are downloaded.

Customizing the OCR Voice

To customize the voice you hear when reading recognized text, do the following:

  1. Press INSERT+F2, and select Settings Center. When Settings Center opens, press CTRL+SHIFT+D to open Default.
  2. In the tree view, navigate to and expand Voice Aliases, then select Customize Voice Aliases.
  3. Press F6 to move to the Voice Aliases page, and choose the Voice Aliases button to open the dialog box.
  4. Select OCRVoice from the list of voice aliasses and choose the Modify button to customize the settings for this alias.

Quick Settings

Quick Settings is a new feature that replaces the Adjust JAWS Options tree view. It allows you to quickly change and apply individual settings in an application or document for the duration of your JAWS session; until you switch to a different application; or, if you like, make the change apply permanently for an application or document. Note that unlike Settings Center, changes made using Quick Settings are not applied globally, but instead to an application’s JCF file or a document’s JSI file.

To open Quick Settings, press INSERT+V. This single keystroke eliminates the need for INSERT+SHIFT+V (Personalized Web Settings) and INSERT+CTRL+B (Adjust Braille Options) since personalized Web settings and braille options are conveniently included in Quick Settings.

What is the advantage of using Quick Settings?

When using the Adjust JAWS Options dialog box in earlier JAWS versions, it was not clear if changes would remain after switching focus or maybe after a reboot. The new Quick Settings now offers user adjustable persistence levels, which are quickly accessed through a context menu by pressing the APPLICATIONS key from any of the items in the tree. The current persistence setting is indicated with an icon in the tree view and a check mark in the context menu. The icons are useful for a sighted trainer since it shows the current level settings at a glance. By default, all settings are now Save the settings so any of the changes you make, will remain after rebooting. The three Persistence levels available are labeled as follows:

  • Restore settings when JAWS exits. Think of this as session specific. When you close JAWS, the setting returns to its default value. This persistence is represented by the JAWS icon in the tree view.
  • Restore settings when focus changes. When you change focus to another application or document, the setting returns to its default value. This persistence is represented by the double window icon in the tree view.
  • Save the settings. When selected, the current value becomes the default and is written to disk. This level is represented by the disk drive icon in the tree view.

Notes:

  • You must set the persistence level before changing the setting.
  • Document-specific settings cannot be changed, therefore, the context menu does not display. In this case, any changes made to the setting are immediately saved to disk.

How does it differ from Settings Center?

The Quick Settings window is very similar to that used by Settings Center. It has a search box, settings tree view pane, configuration display pane, and help message pane. The major difference is that you can set how long changes to settings will apply for individual documents or applications. This is known as the persistence level.

Note: You cannot switch to the JAWS default file (default.jcf) when using Quick Settings. To make default changes that apply to ALL applications, use Settings Center.


How do I use Quick Settings?

To launch Quick Settings in any application or document,

  1. Press INSERT+V. This convenient keystroke is the same that was used to open the Adjust JAWS Options tree view.

    For example, with a Word document open, press INSERT+V.

  2. The cursor moves to the Search box. If you know the setting that you want to change, type a term for it in the Search box. Next, press DOWN ARROW to move to the filtered results in the tree view.

    For example, type the term “typing” (without the quotes), press DOWN ARROW to move to Typing Echo in the filtered result list, and then press ENTER. Focus now moves to Typing Echo in the tree view. The default setting for Typing Echo is Characters.

  3. If you want to change the persistence level, press the APPLICATIONS key, and then select Restore settings when JAWS exits, or Restore settings when focus changes. (Note that Save the settings is always the default selection when viewing persistence levels for the first time.)

    For example, press the ARROW keys to move to Restore Settings when Focus Changes and then press ENTER.

  4. Next, press SPACEBAR to change combo box values, or select check boxes, radio buttons, or other buttons, and then press ENTER. (You can also press F6 to jump between the tree view and the Configuration pane to change settings.) The setting now uses both the selected persistence level and the selected value. The value is saved permanently, or until you change focus, or close JAWS as set by the persistence level.

    For example, press SPACEBAR to select None as the Typing Echo setting, and then press ENTER. As long as focus remains in the current Word document, typing is not echoed. When you move focus away from the document to another application and then back to the Word document, the value for Typing Echo is restored to Characters.


Which files are affected by Quick Settings?

Changes made using Quick Settings are stored in the current application’s JCF file or the current document’s JSI file. These files, along with other persistence level files, are stored in your user settings folder. It can be found by selecting Start Menu, All Programs, JAWS X (where X is version 13 or later), Explore JAWS, and then Explore My Settings.

New Table Layer Keystrokes

JAWS 13 includes a new keystroke layer for navigating tables. While the current keystrokes for navigating tables are still available, using the Table layer eliminates the need to have to hold down several keys at once to perform a table navigation command.

To enter this layer, press INSERT+SPACEBAR, T. Press QUESTION MARK to list the keystrokes you can use in this layer. The Table Layer will remain active until you press a key that does not perform a table command, such as ESC.

Results Viewer

The Results Viewer is a more feature-rich replacement for Virtual Viewer, used with Research It, Skim Reading, and Custom Summary features. The new Results Viewer allows you to display script or internally generated HTML output in a web control window, which will offer more flexibility with the output format. The Results Viewer will support the following features and actions:

  • Able to navigate the web control and exhibit the same behavior experienced when a JAWS or MAGic user navigates a Web page.
  • Output can be formatted with a wider range of fonts, colors, and sizes, or inserted into tables or various styles of lists.
  • Select links now with the mouse in addition to the keyboard as well as open web pages or invoke custom behaviors as defined in JAWS scripts.
  • The contents of the Results Viewer will persist, even after a focus change, until you choose to close the viewer.
  • Text selection and copy are now an option with both the keyboard and mouse and includes on screen highlighting.
  • Navigation Quick Keys are now available for use.
  • Activate links using the SPACEBAR or ENTER key.
  • Generate a list of links or headers.
  • When using MAGic with JAWS, the magnified display tracks the content as JAWS reads it. They are designed to work together.
  • Activate links in the viewer via the mouse.
  • The JAWS "General Options\Document Automatically Reads" option can be used to specify speech behaviors on Results Viewer startup.
  • Language switching.
  • Localization.
  • Results Viewer is displayed, press INSERT+ F1 to display the legacy Virtual Viewer.

Note: The legacy Virtual Viewer will continue to be utilized for all other features including JAWS INSERT+F1 Help.


Automatically Detect Focus 40 Blue over Bluetooth

JAWS can automatically detect the Focus 40 Blue over Bluetooth at start up without the need to manually select the correct COM port. To configure this option, do the following:

  • From the JAWS application window, open the Options menu and choose Braille to open the Braille Basic Settings dialog box.
  • In the Default Braille Display combo box, make sure Focus is set as the default braille display, and then select the Modify Settings button.
  • In the Select the output port edit combo box, choose Bluetooth then select OK. Select OK again when prompted to restart JAWS for these settings to take affect, then select OK once more to close the Braille Basic Settings dialog box.
  • Once you have established a Bluetooth connection between the Focus 40 Blue and computer, close and restart JAWS. JAWS will automatically find the correct Bluetooth serial port and begin using the Focus 40 Blue.

JAWS Find with Context Specific History

The JAWS Find feature lets you search for words or phrases in documents and Web pages. The terms entered are stored in a global history. Often, these terms are only relevant to the document or domain name on which the search was performed. In JAWS 13, you can now select the Context Specific History check box, which configures the Find feature to only display terms searched for in that document or domain. This drastically reduces the list of items in the search history, and ensures that the most relevant terms are always available for that document or domain.

Note the following about this new option in the JAWS Find dialog box (INSERT+CTRL+F or CTRL+F for Web pages).

  • The Context Specific History check box is selected by default.
  • The first time you open the JAWS Find dialog box, the option is unavailable. Once you enter a search term, the check box is now available.
  • Any search term entered is only stored for that document or domain.
  • If the check box is cleared, the search term becomes global and is available for any document or domain.
  • The search history maintains a list of the last 25 terms.

JAWS Cursor Support in Internet Explorer 9 and Microsoft Outlook 2010

Full JAWS Cursor support is available in Internet Explorer 9 and Microsoft Outlook 2010. In addition, Braille Cursor navigation while in Line Mode is also available in these applications.

Microsoft Word Improvements

The interface to the Word Object Model has been rewritten. You will experience a more responsive and accurate interface to Word.

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Enhancements in JAWS 13.0.171 (September 26, 2011)

The following is a list of improvements made between JAWS 13.0.97, public beta 1, and 13.0.171, public beta 2. Note that while many customer reported enhancements are included in this release, the following is a list of more notable changes.

JAWS

  • Added three new keystrokes to the Table layer (INSERT+SPACEBAR, T). They are ALT+COMMA to read the current cell, WINDOWS KEY+COMMA to read the current row, and WINDOWS KEY+PERIOD to read the current column.
  • JAWS now announces links in the Results Viewer when navigating using TAB or SHIFT+TAB.
  • Resolved an issue with the Amazon Product Search ResearchIt lookup source not returning any results.
  • Addressed an issue of no speech on the Windows logon screen if a Handy Tech braille display was connected.
  • You can now press H in addition to QUESTION MARK from within a layer to get help on layered keystrokes. For example, INSERT+SPACEBAR, O, H will list the keystrokes in the OCR layer. This addresses issues encountered using QUESTION MARK on non-English keyboards.
  • Updated the JAWS help with new topics for the Convenient OCR feature.
  • Resolved an issue in Settings Center where the search was being cleared after pressing CTRL+SHIFT+D to open Default.
  • Addressed a reported issue where JAWS would speak dollar amounts, such as $27.19, as a combination of pairs and single digits even with Number Processing set to Single Digits.
  • Added access keys for the OK and Cancel buttons in all JAWS place marker dialog boxes.
  • When pressing UP or DOWN ARROW on the Display Placemarkers For group of radio buttons, addressed an issue where focus would move to the next or previous control instead of remaining on the selected option.
  • Resolved an issue using JAWS with the Event Viewer in Windows XP.
  • Resolved an issue selecting text using the SHIFT+CURSOR ROUTER buttons on Focus braille displays.
  • Improved skim reading a document when using the Attributes and Color Rules Apply for Reading option.
  • Resolved an issue in Settings Center where the location in the tree view was lost when switching to another application then back to Settings Center.
  • The custom placemarker summary is now displayed in the Results Viewer as expected.
  • Resolved an issue in the Modify Voice Alias dialog box where JAWS was not speaking the names of the Pitch and Rate slider controls when modifying the OCR Voice alias.
  • Addressed a reported issue selecting the laptop keyboard layout using the Startup Wizard.

Quick Settings

  • In Windows 7, after you press the APPLICATIONS key on an item in the tree view to open the context menu to change the persistence level, resolved an issue where the braille display would only show the first item in the menu even though JAWS would speak the other options as you navigate. In addition, the check mark indicating the current persistence level for an option is now shown in braille.
  • Updated the INSERT+F1 help messages for the Search edit field and the tree view to provide more information specific to Quick Settings.
  • Toggling the Select and Copy option, located under the Virtual Cursor options, now works as expected when set to Virtual Cursor or Using On Screen Highlight.
  • Added context help for the Last Changed Settings tree view item.
  • Addressed an issue where changing the punctuation setting for an application in Quick Settings would not work. JAWS would continue using the default punctuation selected in the Startup Wizard.

Convenient OCR

  • Resolved an issue reading text with the Invisible Cursor after performing OCR in a PDF document.
  • Resolved an issue with Convenient OCR not recognizing the last line of a screen from a DVD movie.
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS would close when attempting to perform OCR and a Handy Tech braille display was connected.
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS would not close properly if you attempted to close it while OCR is in progress.

Adobe Acrobat

  • Addressed an issue that could occur when launching JAWS in Adobe Reader 10 while MAGic is currently running.

IBM Lotus Notes

  • Resolved a reported issue with selecting and copying text where the prior line was being copied to the clipboard instead of the currently selected text.

Microsoft Access

  • Addressed an issue navigating in data tables in Access 2007 and 2010.

Microsoft Excel

  • Added more descriptive Keyboard Help messages for the ALT+PAGE UP and ALT+PAGE DOWN keystrokes.
  • Changes in attributes such as bold or italics are now shown in braille as a flash message.
  • When navigating the list of functions for inserting into a spreadsheet, addressed an issue where JAWS was not speaking or displaying in braille the function description.
  • Resolved an issue where the error for there being no custom summary was not shown on the braille display.
  • Addressed an issue where braille was changing to Line mode in the Find dialog box.
  • If you enter text in a blank cell followed by DOWN ARROW, resolved an issue where JAWS would read the entire row. JAWS should only read the current cell.
  • Resolved an issue in the Categories list box in the Options dialog box where JAWS would occasionally speak the previous item before speaking the currently selected item while navigating with UP and DOWN ARROW.
  • When changing the Cell Verbosity option in Quick Settings to Content Only, JAWS no longer reads cell coordinates when selecting cells.
  • Resolved an issue in Quick Settings where toggling Comments Detection was being applied to all worksheets in the workbook instead of the currently active sheet.
  • Addressed an issue in Quick Settings with the Merged Cells Detection not being document specific.

Microsoft Internet Explorer

  • Resolved an issue reading check boxes on the Earthlink Web Mail site.
  • Resolved an issue on www.usajobs.gov where the page would unexpectedly close or refresh while attempting to apply for a federal job.
  • Resolved an issue reading buttons on Google Web sites using the Virtual PC cursor and Navigation Quick Keys.
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS would unexpectedly close on www.google.ua when pressing CTRL+BACKSPACE to delete by word.
  • Resolved an issue where the Skim Read summary could not be opened from the Word List dialog box.
  • Addressed issues with certain list boxes where JAWS would speak the selected item twice while navigating.
  • Resolved an issue with JAWS closing unexpectedly when replying to a message in GMail.
  • Resolved a reported issue where under certain circumstances, Data Grids would disappear from the Virtual Buffer after a page was updated.

Microsoft Office

  • Resolved an issue in both Excel and Word when typing a 2003 command sequence. The popup message "continue typing the 2003 command sequence" was not spoken or brailled correctly.
  • Addressed issues using INSERT+B to read the contents of dialog boxes in Microsoft Office applications.
  • JAWS now reads the text of the dialog box that appears when you attempt to close the application and the current document has not yet been saved.
  • Removed some unnecessary text that was being shown on the braille display when opening the ribbon with the Virtual Ribbon disabled.
  • Resolved issues of JAWS not announcing and spelling grammattical errors when spell checking a Word document or Outlook message.

Microsoft Outlook

  • Addressed an issue where JAWS would become sluggish after opening a context menu in Outlook 2007 or 2010.
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS was not reading column headers for messages in the Sent Items folder of Outlook 2003.
  • Addressed issues navigating around the Info tab of the File menu in Outlook 2010.
  • Improved JAWS identifying graphics contained in e-mail messages.
  • Resolved an issue navigating the address book in Outlook 2010 when opened from a message header.
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS was not correctly returning focus to the Advanced Find dialog box after selecting a contact.
  • Resolved an issue with JAWS beginning to read the entire message list when the Inbox opens after launching Outlook.
  • Resolved an issue using the Automatic Replies dialog box in Outlook 2010. JAWS now reads the contents of the People inside my organization field when pressing UP or DOWN ARROW.
  • Resolved an issue encountered when positioned at the beginning of a line in a new message. The braille cursor would appear both at the beginning of the current line and at the end of the previous line.
  • If the Virtual Ribbon is off and you activate the ribbon from the body of a message, resolved an issue where JAWS would say "message" instead of the control name while navigating through controls.
  • JAWS now alerts you when you enter a table in an Outlook 2007 or 2010 message.
  • Several options specific to Word are no longer listed when opening Quick Settings from within Outlook.
  • Addressed an issue where JAWS was not reading controls correctly in the Appointment Recurrence dialog box in Outlook 2007.
  • When attempting to change the format of an Outlook 2007 message to plain text, resolved an issue where JAWS would not read the Compatibility Checker dialog box.
  • Resolved issues with the CTRL+E keystroke to move to the Search edit field in Quick Settings not working when opened from Outlook.

Microsoft PowerPoint

  • Addressed issues with navigating and reading tables contained in slides.

Microsoft Word

  • Resolved a reported issue of JAWS not properly reading field labels on some Word forms.
  • Addressed an issue where the Virtual Viewer was not being shown on the screen after pressing INSERT+F twice quickly to virtualize font information.
  • When spell checking a document, resolved multiple issues where the next error was not getting announced after pressing ALT+C to accept a change or when pressing ENTER to ignore the error and move to the next one.
  • Resolved an issue where changes to the Row Titles Column Set option in Quick Settings were not being saved.
  • Resolved issues with JAWS detecting newly created tables and not reading bookmark titles.
  • If you are using Navigation Quick Key W to move by words in a word list (INSERT+CTRL+W) during a Say All, The Say All no longer stops after pressing W twice.
  • Resolved an issue with the text of endnotes not being shown on the braille display.
  • Addressed an issue in Word 2010 where the bullet type was still being announced even though Bullet Type Indication was disabled in Quick Settings.
  • Resolved an issue in Word 2010 where JAWS would not read the values in the edit fields of the Font dialog box after navigating in the Effects group.
  • If a word list is generated for a Word document or Outlook message, pressing SHIFT+W now moves to the previous word as expected.
  • Resolved an issue when using ALT+SHIFT+A in outline view to show all of the text associated with the selected heading level.
  • If the Virtual Viewer or Results Viewer opens, if Quick Keys are on in the current document, they will now remain active.
  • Addressed an issue of form fields being spoken twice when using F and SHIFT+F to move through a protected form.
  • Resolved an issue where the word list summary was not displaying all occurrences of a word as a link.
  • Resolved an issue where the first time a table navigation command is performed in a new table, JAWS would not speak. This would occur if the Virtual Ribbon was disabled and a table was inserted.
  • Resolved an intermittent issue with tables in Word 2010 where after typing in a cell then pressing TAB, JAWS was not always announcing the next cell you moved to.
  • Addressed an issue of JAWS not reading controls when navigating the Options dialog box if it is opened from the Spelling and Grammar dialog box. Controls read fine when the Options Dialog box was opened from the document.
  • Resolved multiple issues with JAWS not indicating non-uniform tables either during a Say All, or general navigation.
  • Pressing TAB or SHIFT+TAB to move to the next or previous cell in a table no longer causes JAWS to speak part of the text in the cell you were just in.
  • Addressed a braille issue where an entire line of text containing a link was being underlined. Only the link itself should have an underline in braille.
  • Resolved a reported issue where JAWS would sometimes get the table row or column count wrong in Word causing it to announce a change in the number of row or columns when in fact, no change occurred.
  • Resolved an issue with the German version of JAWS where spelling errors were not being indicated.

Mozilla Firefox

  • The message "Use JAWSKey+ALT+R to read descriptive text" is no longer heard continuously as you navigate through a table containing a caption.
  • JAWS now reads the name of the page being bookmarked when the Add Bookmark dialog box opens.
  • Resolved an issue where links were not highlighted in braille. This only occured in Windows XP.
  • Pressing INSERT+SPACEBAR, O, C to OCR a graphic now works as expected.
  • Addressed a reported issue reading lists that contain links.
  • Resolved an issue regarding the JavaScript function, SetTimeout, reported by a developer.

Mozilla Thunderbird

  • JAWS no longer says "selected" when selecting text in a message and the verbosity level is set to Advanced.
  • JAWS now reads all of the controls in the Account Settings dialog box.

Winamp

  • Resolved an issue where keystrokes that include both the ALT and CTRL keys were not working as expected.

Windows 7

  • Resolved an issue in Windows 7 or Vista, if JAWS was getting license keys from a license server on the network and was set to run on the secure desktop, it would not release the ILM key after you logged in. This could cause JAWS to tie up two keys at a single work station.
  • Braille display controls, such as panning buttons and cursor routers, will now work in the UAK dialog box.

Windows Live Mail

  • Improved JAWS support for the Windows Live Mail calendar. Appointments are now announced as you navigate in the Day, Week, and Month views.

Enhancements in JAWS 13.0.97 (September 2011)

The following is a list of improvements available in this public beta release. Note that while many customer reported enhancements are included in this release, the following is a list of more notable changes.

JAWS

  • Resolved a distortion issue with the RH Voice (Russian) synthesizer.
  • JAWS now correctly reads the tree view structure of the Microsoft Management Console (MMC) on Windows XP computers.
  • Resolved an issue for the Arabic version of JAWS when navigating arabic text with Smart Word reading enabled.
  • Resolved an issue with VMware and Windows 7 that would cause JAWS to unexpectedly close.
  • When using the Word Index command (INSERT+CTRL+W), JAWS now includes an accurate word count total for each item in the word list.
  • JAWS now correctly speaks the buttons on the https://giftstest.rehab.state.al.us/bepnet/main/beplogin.aspx Web page.
  • Addressed an issue where JAWS would not switch languages when a voice profile was set to a language other than English. This was observed when reading Web pages.
  • Resolved an issue with sluggish performance when browsing the www.ziggo.nl Web site.
  • Resolved an issue with the Research It Business Search lookup source and changes shown for the S&P 500 Index.
  • Resolved an issue with the Time Search lookup source in Research It.
  • Resolved an issue with the People Search lookup source where search results would not appear if both the city and state were used in the search criteria.
  • Resolved an issue where ALT GR combinations were being treated as word delimiters with Keyboard Echo set to Words.
  • Resolved an issue encountered when using CTRL+BACKSPACE to speak and delete the current word. If Typing Echo was set to words, when you typed the new word followed by a space, JAWS would speak part of the previously deleted word along with the new word.
  • Updated the Braille Display Input Commands help topic with the command DOTS 1-2-4-5-7 CHORD which cycles through the settings for contracted braille input.
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS was reading the entire line when pressing BACKSPACE under the Command Prompt.
  • Addressed a reported issue navigating tables on certain Web pages.
  • JAWS now recognizes the datalist element on a Web page as an edit combo.
  • Resolved an issue in Settings Center where JAWS did not announce the open or closed status of the Braille Marking item.
  • Resolved an issue in Settings Center where pressing UP ARROW to move from a level two control to a node, would continue showing the name of the control on the braille display instead of the title of the node.
  • Addressed an issue using braille Structured Mode in multi-line edit fields.
  • Resolved an issue in PAC Mate Remote where pressing DOT 8 on a PAC Mate BX with contracted braille input enabled would insert the letter "i" instead of a line feed. With contracted braille input disabled, the letter "i" followed by a line feed was inserted.
  • Resolved issues using the Virtual Viewer in localized versions of JAWS.
  • When you enter text to search for in the JAWS Find dialog box that includes spaces before or after the word, resolved an issue where the leading and trailing spaces were not included in the search.
  • Addressed a reported issue not reading check boxes contained in tables on certain Web pages.
  • Resolved a reported issue where spaces inserted in text caused a blank line to be shown on the braille display even though text would be spoken when using the ARROW keys.
  • Resolved an issue where information was not being shown on the braille display as expected in some applications.
  • Resolved an issue accessing buttons and other elements on PHP-based Web pages.
  • The Text Analyzer can now be used with Arabic text.
  • With the addition of the new Quick Settings dialog box, the Adjust Braille Options and Personalized Web Settings dialog boxes from prior versions have been removed.
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS was not indicating in braille that an item on the Windows 7 Desktop was selected when in Line Mode.
  • Updated the Basics of Scripting manual which is included with JAWS. To access the manual, go to Start, All Programs, JAWS 13.0, Explore JAWS, Explore the Manuals, and select the file Basics of Scripting.exe. This is a self-extracting ZIP archive and will extract the manual as a series of HTML files for easy navigation.
  • Updated the Basics of Scripting manual with information on Script Utility Mode. References to the Homerow Utility have been removed.
  • Addressed an issue with domain-specific placemarkers where JAWS would try to move to a placemarker that was anchored to specific text even if you were on a different page in the same site where this text did not exist.
  • Added stubs for the Settings Center, Text Analyzer, Virtual Ribbon Menus, and OpenBook Overview DAISY books to the FSReader Open dialog box which is displayed when you select Training from the JAWS Help menu. Titles that include an asterisk at the end have not been installed. Pressing ENTER on one of these titles will open the Check for Updates so you can download and install one or more books.
  • The Import function is now exposed and can be used by scripters.
  • Improved the JAWS help text for ARIA widgets, such as those found in Yahoo Mail.
  • Addressed issues with the braille cursor not being shown correctly in TextPad.
  • Added dictionary entries for Learning Ally.
  • Resolved an issue with the GetCellCoordinates script function.
  • Addressed issues closing JAWS after playing an audio stream in Windows Media Player.
  • Resolved an intermittent issue where the Dictionary Manager would not always close correctly.
  • Resolved an issue using the Focus 40 Blue over a Bluetooth connection where the rocker bars were being treated as WHIZWHEELS if the display was powered off and back on.
  • Resolved an issue for localized versions where Eloquence language name was reporting in English only.
  • If you press WINDOWS KEY+K in a document or Web page that does not contain any placemarkers, JAWS now speaks a message.
  • Addressed a reported issue with control types not displaying correctly in Braille using Structured Mode in some situations.

Adobe Acrobat

  • Resolved an issue where the cursor would unexpectedly jump to the top of the document when selecting text in an untagged PDF file.
  • JAWS now properly reads table headers that use the TH scope=”both” attribute.
  • Resolved an issue where Adobe Reader would close unexpectedly after closing and restarting JAWS.

Apple iTunes

  • Resolved a reported issue in the latest iTunes app store when making a purchase.
  • Resolved an issue using JAWS in the iTunes Store after allowing the automatic update of QuickTime Player to version 7.7.

Eudora

  • Resolved an issue where the BACKSPACE key was not working correctly when composing an e-mail message.

Google Chrome

  • When opening a new Web page in Google Chrome, JAWS now speaks the summary information, such as the number of headings and links, for the new page.

IBM Eclipse

  • Addressed an issue with Eclipse where JAWS announced both the current and next items in a tree view.

IBM Lotus Notes

  • When moving up and down in the Lotus Notes Inbox, JAWS now announces “unread” when focus moves to a message that has not been opened.
  • Addressed an issue where the braille cursor was not being shown on blank lines. This also resolved an issue where the braille cursor would not blink.
  • Resolved an issue where the Lotus Notes.jkm file was empty.
  • Resolved an issue in Lotus Notes where JAWS was not identifying links in messages when navigating with the ARROW keys.
  • Addressed an issue reading section titles when navigating in a note.

IBM Sametime

  • Resolved a longstanding issue where JAWS would announce items in the Sametime contact list twice.

Java

  • Resolved an issue where JAWS was not reading pop up messages. The INSERT+B command will now also reread the message.
  • Resolved an issue where top line menus were not read after pressing the ALT key.

Microsoft Excel

  • Updated the JAWS help file to include the INSERT+CTRL+C and INSERT+ALT+C keystrokes.
  • Resolved an issue where the correct information was not being shown in braille when navigating in Line Mode.
  • Pressing ALT+1 through ALT+4 in Excel 2007 and 2010 now activates items on the Quick Access tool bar as expected. In Excel 2003, these keystrokes read column information.
  • Resolved an issue reading column and row titles that are defined for a spreadsheet.
  • Added more descriptive Keyboard Help messages for the ALT+PAGE UP and ALT+PAGE DOWN keystrokes.
  • Resolved an issue in the header/footer, custom header area of the Page Setup dialog box where JAWS was not speaking the text in the various fields.
  • In Excel 2007 and 2010, Pressing CTRL+F2 now moves focus to the Print Tab as expected. Pressing INSERT+CTRL+F2 now speaks the formula.
  • Resolved an issue where the equals sign was not spoken when written in a formula.
  • Resolved an issue in Excel 2007 where JAWS was not indicating checked items in the Autofilter menu.
  • Removed extra speech and braille feedback from the data validation dialog box that was unnecessary and could be confusing.
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS was saying “blank” when moving left and right in edit controls that update automatically as you navigate.
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS was not speaking the selected color when navigating the list of colors on the Fill tab of the Format Cell dialog box.
  • Addressed an issue where items in the suggestion list of the spellchecker were not spelled as the list is navigated.
  • If the Options dialog box was opened from the spellchecker, resolved an issue where control information, such as the name and status of a check box, was not being announced.
  • The state of check boxes in the Proofing Category in the Options Dialog box are shown in braille.
  • Resolved a reported issue where JAWS was not reading input messages in cells surrounded by white space.
  • Resolved a reported issue navigating objects in a spreadsheet.

Microsoft Internet Explorer

  • Resolved an issue where JAWS 12 and Internet Explorer 8 would fail when accessing a training page on The Hadley School for the Blind Web site.
  • Addressed an issue with Internet Explorer 9 where JAWS was announcing a blank line before the first item in a list.
  • When selecting the Surf’s Up link on the Freedom Scientific Training home page, JAWS now opens the Surf’s Up Web page.
  • JAWS correctly reads labels for combo and edit boxes when navigating a Web page using Internet Explorer 8.
  • Addressed an issue regarding left and right movement of the JAWS Cursor in arabic text.
  • Resolved an issue when navigating by headings on a Web page where blank lines were separating each link. This was observed with Internet Explorer 9.
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS was not announcing text for command elements such as buttons. This was observed with Internet Explorer 9.
  • Resolved an issue where the Virtual PC Cursor would not return to its previous location on a Web page.
  • Addressed an issue where JAWS would read consecutive links on the same line even if the links were separated with a <br> HTML tag. This occurred with Internet Explorer 9.
  • Resolved an issue where the Invisible Cursor was not working properly in Internet Explorer 9.
  • Addressed an issue where links on the www.acb.org Web site were not announced correctly unless using Compatibility View in Internet Explorer 9.
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS was not announcing changes when pressing buttons in a taskbar.
  • Resolved an issue navigating a Web page that is opened from inside another application.
  • Resolved an issue with typing in edit fields on certain Web pages. JAWS would speak the name of the edit field each time a character was typed.
  • Resolved an issue in Internet Explorer 8 where JAWS would not read alternate text for images that also contained an ARIA describedby attribute.
  • Resolved an issue where one word was being broken up into two words on some Web pages like m.facebook.com.
  • Improved how JAWS reads alternate text for an image contained inside an element label on a Web page.
  • Resolved multiple issues where Internet Explorer and JAWS would unexpectedly close after selecting a link.
  • Resolved empty virtual buffer issues using the Japanese, Arabic, or Hebrew version of JAWS with Internet Explorer 9.
  • Resolved an issue when navigating combo boxes in Forms Mode where the selected item was not being shown in braille. This also resolved an issue in Line Mode where braille was taking a while to update.
  • Resolved a reported issue where JAWS was not recognizing edit fields at www.peapod.com.
  • Resolved an issue using Navigation Quick Key R to move to radio buttons in a Web-based dialog box.
  • Resolved an issue in Internet Explorer 8 with an application from CitiBank.
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS was not recognizing the Submit button on some Web pages.
  • Resolved an issue with JAWS not announcing the correct number of columns in certain tables.
  • Resolved a reported issue selecting the Listen live link on www.klpw.com.
  • Addressed a reported issue in tables containing a blank cell in the middle or at the end of a row. JAWS would merge two cells when reading the table.
  • Resolved a reported issue with Internet Explorer 8 in XP where pressing F1 for Internet Explorer help and then exiting the help with ALT+F4, focus was not returning to Internet Explorer as expected.
  • Resolved a reported issue where JAWS was not reporting the name of some progress bars.
  • Addressed issues of not being able to read text in edit fields on some Web pages in Internet Explorer 9.
  • JAWS and Internet Explorer 8 on Windows 7 no longer unexpectedly close after selecting the Listen Live link at wjvl.com.
  • JAWS now properly works with combo boxes embedded in flash content.

Microsoft Office

  • Pressing INSERT+F1 on an item on the ribbon now gives help specific to that option.
  • JAWS can now read files opened in Protected View in Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Resolved an issue navigating Virtual Ribbons in Office 2010 with the CTRL+ARROW Keys.
  • Resolved an issue in Access 2007 where JAWS was not reading text in edit fields when navigating by character or word.

Microsoft Outlook

  • Addressed an issue in Outlook 2010 when moving through the date and time fields in an appointment. Although JAWS would display the items in braille, it now speaks the fields too.
  • When creating a new meeting announcement in Outlook 2007, JAWS no longer announces additional information when moving to and reading the Location edit field.
  • Resolved an issue where the cursor would not move beyond the first line of an Outlook 2010 message.
  • In Outlook Web Access Light with Documentation Presentation Mode set to Screen Layout, resolved an issue where table rows were split over several lines.
  • Resolved an issue in Outlook 2007 and Outlook 2010 where too much information was being presented when the spellchecker dialog box first gained focus. This has also been addressed in Microsoft Word.
  • You can now use INSERT+SHIFT+W to open an Outlook 2007 or Outlook 2010 message in the default Web browser.
  • Resolved an issue with JAWS announcing "message list view" when sending a message from the Contacts list.
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS would repeat text over and over after a Calendar reminder opened.
  • Addressed an issue where the entire line was not being read in a custom view in the Outlook 2010 Contacts folder.
  • Resolved an issue of not announcing the time of a conflicting appointment.

Microsoft SharePoint 2010

  • Resolved an issue where JAWS did not correctly display Ribbon buttons in the virtual buffer.

Microsoft Visual Studio 2010

  • Addressed an issue when editing in the text editor in Visual Studio 2010.
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS would repeat the selected item in a tree view when opening the context menu.

Microsoft Word

  • Resolved an issue where JAWS was announcing small bullet characters (INSERT+NUMROW 4) as space markers. This also fixed an issue where JAWS was not recognizing actual space marker characters.
  • JAWS can navigate and edit tables that are in the headers and footers of a Word document.
  • Addressed an issue in Word 2010 where JAWS was announcing multiple items instead of just one when moving through the Files of Type combo box in the File Open dialog box.
  • Resolved an issue in Word 2010 where JAWS was not announcing or displaying in braille the Tools menu that appears in such dialog boxes as Open and Save As.
  • JAWS correctly announces the Copies edit box in the Word 2010 Print tab.
  • Resolved an issue with braille where JAWS was not correctly displaying line spacing in documents.
  • Addressed an issue where JAWS would announce the previous search result instead of the next result when using the Find command in Word 2010.
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS was not announcing the correct indentation values in Word documents that contain multiple indentation levels.
  • Addressed an issue in Word where JAWS was announcing the number of spaces instead of tabs for indentation.
  • Corrected a typo in the Adjust JAWS Options dialog box for Word.
  • When navigating into a comment in a Word document, JAWS no longer announces “out of comment.”
  • Resolved an issue where, after changing the unit of measure in Word, JAWS was not announcing the unit of measure in a document.
  • Resolved an issue where the braille flash message was occurring too fast to display the new page number when changing pages in a Word document.
  • Resolved an issue where pressing ALT+F in Word 2010 would cause JAWS to close.
  • JAWS no longer announces the words “context menu” when moving through each item in a context menu list.
  • Addressed an issue where JAWS would announce the message “end of row” instead of “start of row” when moving to the first cell of a Word 2010 table.
  • Updated the help message for the Document Presentation option for both Word and Outlook.
  • Resolved an issue where braille no longer displayed table information after moving focus into a table.
  • Resolved an issue when pressing F6 to move among comment, endnote, and footnote panes.
  • Addressed an issue where the first instance of an item found using Find or Find and Replace was not announced. This was observed in Word 2007 and Word 2010.
  • Resolved an issue using CTRL+ALT+END to move to the last cell in a table.
  • Resolved issues where navigating with the ARROW keys could become sluggish. This was especially noticeable when using Auto Correction, or after inserting footnotes, endnotes, or comments.
  • Resolved an issue in Word 2010 where pressing ENTER on the Indentation edit field in the Virtual Ribbon was not turning on Forms Mode.
  • When performing a find in Word 2010 and you press the SPACEBAR on the Next Search Result button, JAWS now automatically speaks the next result.
  • Addressed an issue in Word 2010 when navigating task pane dialog boxes containing multiple tabs. JAWS now indicates which tab is currently selected.
  • JAWS now supports the Browse Search Results tab in the Word 2010 Find dialog box. This allows you to navigate a list of all the matches for a search item and quickly move to a specific match in the document without having to go through each result one by one until you reach the one you want.
  • JAWS no longer says "entering table" when you press ALT+TAB or ALT+F4 and focus returns to the Word document where the cursor is already in a table.
  • In Word 2007 and 2010, JAWS now reads the column headers in the New Address List dialog box as you press TAB or SHIFT+TAB.
  • Resolved an issue when moving to a place marker in large documents.
  • JAWS now announces the section number in Word 2003 when using the Navigation Quick Key S.
  • Resolved an issue with navigation in Word 2003 being sluggish in Windows 7 64-bit.
  • When a numbered or bulleted list is generated by pressing ENTER, resolved an issue where JAWS was reading the list item just typed instead of the new item being auto-generated.
  • Resolved an issue with JAWS tracking properly in a protected document when the screen scrolls.
  • JAWS now more reliably announces non-breaking spaces in a document while navigating or when performing a search.
  • Resolved an issue in Word 2010 where JAWS would not automatically read the font name when navigating through the list of fonts in the Symbol dialog box.
  • Resolved an issue where tab measurements were not getting announced correctly.
  • Resolved an issue where it was not possible to disable the "selected" message in the Beginner Verbosity level.
  • Addressed issues that could occur after accepting or rejecting a revision.
  • When customizing dropped cap options, resolved an issue where JAWS was not automatically reading the font names while navigating through the list of fonts.
  • Resolved an issue with text becoming scrambled when typing contracted braille into a table.
  • Resolved an issue in Word 2007 and Word 2010 where JAWS would get stuck on the ribbon when adding or removing items from the Quick Access tool bar. This was not a problem if using the Virtual Ribbon.
  • In both Word and Outlook 2007 and 2010, when you move to the Suggestions list in the Spell Checker, the word "suggestion" no longer appears twice on the braille display.
  • Resolved the double-speaking of some controls in the Print dialog box in Word 2010.
  • JAWS no longer unexpectedly closes in certain documents when encountering a table and a Braille display is connected.
  • When a document is opened in Protected View in Word 2010, addressed an issue where proofreading elements, such as objects and comments, were not available.
  • Addressed an issue where JAWS would unexpectedly close when using Navigation Quick Key G to move to an Excel chart contained in a Word document.
  • The message spoken when toggling Navigation Quick Keys on or off is now shown in braille as a flash message.
  • Addressed an issue in Word 2010 where JAWS was not detecting objects in a document if paragraph marks were enabled.
  • Improved the indication of bulleted lists created using non-standard symbols.
  • Addressed an issue of JAWS not correctly identifying space markers in Word 2010.

Mozilla Firefox

  • Resolved an issue where Firefox 5 and JAWS would unexpectedly close when trying to install a Flash plugin.
  • Addressed an issue where focus would not move to a selected graphic when using the Select a Graphic dialog box (INSERT+CTRL+G).
  • Resolved an issue when using Firefox to read Web pages that have ARIA landmarks.
  • JAWS now announces the aria-label property for Web page links when using Firefox.
  • JAWS now announces the aria-haspopup property for objects on a Web page.
  • JAWS now supports role=”article” in the list of ARIA landmark regions.
  • JAWS correctly provides feedback for the starting and ending points of each landmark region shown in the virtual buffer.
  • Resolved an issue where Firefox would unexpectedly close when JAWS was closed and restarted.
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS was too verbose when reading combo boxes.
  • Resolved an issue where the PC cursor was active instead of the Virtual PC Cursor after pressing ENTER from the Select a Paragraph dialog box or the Select an Anchor dialog box.
  • JAWS now supports Extended Select list boxes which allow you to select more than one item.
  • Addressed an issue where the text of toggle buttons was not being announced.
  • Resolved an issue in Firefox 5 when attempting to open a message in a new tab in Gmail Basic.
  • Resolved an issue in Firefox 5 where the program would unexpectedly close when performing a Google search.
  • Resolved an issue with navigating in combo boxes where JAWS would read the label and the selected item multiple times.
  • Resolved multiple issues reading text in dialog boxes in Firefox 4 and later.
  • Addressed an issue where the current position on a Web page was lost when pressing ESC from the Jump to Line dialog box.
  • Addressed an issue with buttons getting announced more than once when navigating to them using Navigation Quick Key B.
  • Pressing INSERT+H or INSERT+W now gives Firefox specific keystroke information.
  • Addressed an issue with JAWS not remaining at the current position on a Web page when moving between tabs or windows with the Webvisum extension installed.
  • Resolved an issue subscribing to RSS feeds in Firefox 4 and later.
  • Addressed issues with JAWS not properly reading frame names on some pages.
  • Resolved a reported issue related to the "legend" element.
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS would not move to the selected form field after pressing ENTER from the Select a Form Field dialog box.
  • Addressed issues of text at the beginning of a line in a multi-line edit field not always being shown on the Braille display.
  • Custom labels will now work on pages that contain a port number as part of the address.
  • Resolved a reported issue where opening links in a new tab was not working as expected.
  • Check boxes are now displayed more reliably in braille.
  • Resolved a reported issue where the first row in some tables was being treated as a separate table.

Mozilla Thunderbird

  • When an e-mail message is deleted, JAWS will now announce the next item in the Message list that has focus.
  • Resolved an issue where JAWS was not reading highlighted messages in the Message list.
  • Addressed an issue where it was not possible to select non-contiguous messages using CTRL+DOWN ARROW or CTRL+UP ARROW.
  • JAWS now properly reads the message list in Mozilla Thunderbird 5.
  • JAWS no longer says "table" while navigating through the message list in Thunderbird 5 or later.
  • When canceling a message, JAWS now automatically reads the confirmation dialog box.
  • Resolved an issue where the Virtual PC cursor would not turn off when replying to a plain text message.
  • Addressed an issue reading the status line in Thunderbird 5.
  • Resolved an issue where the keystrokes to read message fields were not working in Thunderbird 5.

Skype

  • Resolved an issue with Skype where it would fail when adding a contact.

Windows 7

  • Resolved an issue where JAWS would not speak or display in Braille the contents of the Windows 7 logon screen until TAB or SHIFT+TAB was pressed.
  • Resolved an issue with unnecessary characters appearing on the Braille display when focused on the Password edit field on the logon screen. This only occurred with contracted Braille enabled.
  • JAWS now automatically reads the text of the dialog box that allows you to force a currently running application to close.

Yahoo Mail

  • Addressed an issue when composing a new message with Yahoo Mail and Internet Explorer 8. JAWS no longer speaks the entire page when focus moves to the Subject line.
  • Resolved an issue where pressing TAB would move you to a completely unexpected section of the page instead of to the next element in the tab order.

Source: Freedom Scientific