What's news Re: [jaws-users] March update is now available

Marek Durila

Enhancements in JAWS 2019.1903.9 (March 2019)

The following is a list of improvements made in JAWS 2019 between the January 2019 update and the March 2019 update.

To download the latest release, visit the Downloads web page. You must be logged on as an administrator to install this software.

Picture Smart for Describing Images with JAWS and Fusion

Picture Smart allows you to choose a photo and submit it to be analyzed. A description of the image is then displayed in the JAWS Results Viewer window. Descriptions might include details such as the number of people in the photo, recognizable landmarks, landscape details such as "outdoors with a blue sky and green grass," if there are vehicles such as automobiles or trains, and more. If there is text in the picture, it will OCR the text and provide that as well.

To use Picture Smart, press INSERT+SPACEBAR followed by P. Once the Picture Smart layer is active, the following keystrokes are available:

    • A - Open the Picture Smart dialog box where you can acquire an image from a flatbed scanner or the Freedom Scientific PEARL camera.
    • F - Describes the currently selected image in File Explorer. Supported images include BMP, JPEG, GIF, TIF, or PNG.
    • C - Describes an image associated with the current control. For instance, a graphic on a web page or in an email message.
    • B - Describes the contents of the Windows Clipboard if it contains an image.
    • QUESTION MARK - Displays help for the Picture Smart layer.
JAWS now also creates a new PictureSmart folder which is located in your user documents folder under My Pictures. If a single image is saved to this folder, JAWS will automatically submit it for analyzing and display the resulting description.

To use Picture Smart, the "submit annonymous usage data" option must be enabled in Settings Center. This sends encrypted information to Freedom Scientific. The images from Picture Smart are then submitted to the various services (such as Microsoft and Google) which analyze the images and returns the descriptions back to us. These descriptions are then displayed in the Results Viewer. If you attempt to use Picture Smart and this setting is off, a message displays prompting you to turn it on.

Note: Picture Smart is currently only available while in the English Language UI of JAWS and Fusion as the services that perform the image analysis do not currently support international languages for descriptions of images. For users of localized versions of JAWS running in versions of Windows other than English, you must switch the JAWS UI language to English to try out this feature. We plan to make Picture Smart available in more languages in the future as these services continue to expand to include additional languages.

Improvements With Selecting and Copying Content in Chrome

After working closely with developers at Google, we are pleased to announce that starting with Chrome version 74.0.3717, an update scheduled for release by April 2019, selecting and copying text using the keyboard will now include the HTML markup as we have done in Internet Explorer for years. The functionality is included for all users of JAWS and Fusion 2019, providing the ability to copy live links, lists of items, and even tables from the Chrome browser and pasting them into Email messages or Documents without losing the formatting.
Virtual Cursor Support in PowerPoint Presentations

When you press F5 to start a slide show in PowerPoint, you can now use the Virtual Cursor to navigate slide content just like a web page. This enables you to do the following:

    • Navigate the slide show and read all content, including text, labeled graphics, and other objects.
    • Use TAB or SHIFT+TAB to move to links and activate them with ENTER or SPACEBAR.
    • Use Navigation Quick Keys to move to various object types such as headings.
    • Use the JAWS table reading keystrokes (ALT+CTRL+ARROW keys) to navigate in tables.
    • Obtain lists of objects including links, headings, tables, graphics from a running slide-show and be able to activate or move to the desired item in the list.
    • Use the INSERT+F or INSERT+5 (on the number row) commands to check the format and color info of text on a slide.
Filter Consecutive Duplicate Links Now Off in Chrome and Firefox

Frequently, web page authors will create a graphical link and a text link that appears to look the same. Visually, sighted users think of this as one link, but it is really two different links that point to the same location on the web. For screen reader users, you end up having to read the link twice with no real benefit. For years, to help stream line the reading experience, JAWS has offered a feature in Settings Center called "Filter Consecutive Duplicate Links," which is enabled by default. As a result, when reading web pages with the Virtual Cursor and you encounter consecutive links that point to the same location, one graphical and one text, only the text link is announced.

Beginning wit the March 2019 update, this setting is now off by default in Chrome and Firefox due to visual tracking issues when using TAB or SHIFT+TAB on a page. The visual PC focus that moves as you TAB can get out of sync with the virtual focus that is following, especially in Chrome and Firefox. This could cause confusion for anyone looking at the screen or using JAWS in conjunction with screen magnification software like Fusion. For users of Chrome or Firefox who are willing to accept the possible confusion because of the visual aspect described above, you can always open Settings Center (INSERT+6 on the number row), search for "Duplicate", and reenable this feature. This setting is still on by default in Internet Explorer.

Other Changes

    • In Speech On Demand (INSERT+SPACEBAR, S), all sounds played by JAWS are now muted. This includes the sound you hear when pressing INSERT+SPACEBAR to enter Layered Keys mode as well as the sound heard when completing an address in Outlook.
    • The options for configuring spelling and grammar error detection have been expanded and are now available in Settings Center. You can find these settings under the new Proofing group in Text Processing.
    • JAWS spelling error detection now works when editing slides in PowerPoint.
    • Resolved a reported issue with Braille where the display was blank when first starting a PowerPoint slide show.
    • Resolved a reported issue where Track Changes was not working correctly with JAWS in the retail version of Word 2016.
    • In Word, addressed a reported issue where JAWS was not announcing the word count in a document when pressing the Word keyboard shortcut CTRL+SHIFT+G.
    • Addressed a reported issue where JAWS would close unexpectedly when sscanning a document with Adobe DC Pro.
    • It is no longer necessary to restart JAWS, ZoomText, or Fusion when installing or removing voices through the Add/Remove Voices utility. Voices are immediately available when installed and no longer displayed when removed.
    • A description of the layered keystroke to copy the speech history to the clipboard (INSERT+SPACEBAR, CTRL+H) has been added to the layered help (INSERT+SPACEBAR, QUESTION MARK).
    • Addressed a reported issue where JAWS was not saying "Not Selected" when using CTRL+SPACEBAR to unselect an item.
    • JAWS now reads subtitle information for items in Windows Settings (WINDOWS Key+I). This information is automatically spoken for the Beginner verbosity level and is off by default for the Intermediate and Advanced verbosity levels.
    • The "Use Accessibility Driver for Screen Capture" option in Settings Center is now unavailable when running as Fusion.


Marek Durila
Nordic Health Check - Perform Health Check Team Member
IBM Client Innovation Centre Central Europe

Phone: 420-53341-4788 | Mobile: 420-605-031-743
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Brno, 61600
Czech Republic

"John Gassman" ---13.03.2019 15:04:57---Hi, Here's the link for the March update.

From: "John Gassman" <johngassman@...>
To: jaws-users-list@groups.io
Date: 13.03.2019 15:04
Subject: [jaws-users] March update is now available
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Here's the link for the March update.
Its off to CSUN for me!!!!!!!



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