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My brother who like me is blind just got a Mac. He also has a pc with JAWS.
According to him the pc is much JAWS works much better with tasks like word
processing, spread sheeting and things which focus on reading. He says JAWS
does much more than voice over and he loves and is excellent with his
Iphone. He says Mac is good for grapics, CAD, and things which are highly
From: richard trelfa
Sent: Friday, November 30, 2012 4:51 AM
To: 'Barbara Mallyon' ; blind-genealogists(a)rootsweb.com
Subject: Re: [BG] New Computers and Talking Software
An alternative to Windows 7 PC would be a Mac. I've not used one myself, but
am considering it seriously for my next upgrade (this won't be for some time
as I've only recently got a new computer). They come with "voice over"
already installed as standard. Voice over is Apple's version of the speech
software used with PCs. I believe that there is a Mac version of any
software for the PC, but this may just be the salesperson talking.
Certainly, those who use and like them seem to love them!
On the down side, I have heard it said that it takes a lot of key strokes in
order to perform some simple tasks (for example cutting and pasting), but
when I queried about this the man in the Apple shop said that it is possible
to set up short cut commands in order to get round this.
Don't know what genealogical software is available for the Mac though. Think
I saw a Mac version of Simple Family Tree (which is a free download).
Hope this helps
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I seem to remember hearing that Freedom Scientific has done a podcast where you can actually hear a visually impaired person operating a windows 8 computer. I’ll try and find the link.
I would imagine for anyone who is visually impaired and has an iPhone that they will already be quite used to using a touch screen, it would just be on a larger scale. I seem to remember hearing that Jaws handles it really well considering windows 8 is basically designed for those with sight. But remember too that companies like Dolphin computer Access and Freedom Scientific who produce Hal and Jaws respectively work closely with microsoft.
I have just had to buy a new computer, the latest is Windows 8 this
has got a touch screen as well as other updates. This is not to my
so Roger and I spent yesterday afternoon looking for a Windows 7,
the more traditional computer, we had a job to find them, they are
being snapped up. Note a mouse can also be used to operate Windows 8.
If you are thinking of buying a new computer, please don't leave it
later, otherwise you will have a job to find a Windows 7. If you do
find you cannot get a Windows 7, please contact me and I will give you
the email address of a supplier who has them in stock.
The screen on Windows 8 is full of pictures for you to select, also
does anyone know if your talking software will work with this
and how easy will it be for you. Has anyone any views on this, we
like to hear from you.
Barbara Lewis Mallyon
Basingstoke, Hants. UK