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New Features in JAWS

New Features in JAWS

I have a few blind clients and many of them use JAWS so they can use their computers. Here is an update from the site.

New Features in JAWS

The information below has been taken directly from Freedom Scientific. Check out my comments below in the JAWS Wrap up, after the new features are listed.

The following is a list of improvements made between the December 2019 release and the February 2020 update.

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

  • Addressed issues using JAWS and Fusion with the new Microsoft Edge Chromium Browser released in January 2020. Notable fixes include reviewing text in Edit Controls and the Address Bar as well as a possible loss of speech and braille output.
  • Added a new JAWS Settings Center option called “Skip Blank Lines While Navigating” which is on by default when reading web pages and PDF documents. This feature helps make reading more efficient as JAWS and Fusion ignores blank lines as you navigate using UP and DOWN ARROW. For those who prefer to hear blank lines while navigating, open Settings Center (INSERT+6) and clear this check box. You can find this new option in the Web / HTML / PDF group under Reading.
  • Changed the Highlight Tracking used in JAWS when navigating web pages or PDF documents with the Virtual Cursor from a Green Block to a Red Box to match ZoomText and Fusion. To further customize the settings used for visually highlighting text as you navigate, open Settings Center and expand the Visual Tracking group.
  • When reading comments in Word documents, JAWS now also reads any reply comments. For instance, if you are focused on a comment that contains a reply, pressing ALT+SHIFT+APOSTROPHE now reads both the original comment followed by the reply.
  • When using Say All (INSERT+DOWN ARROW) to read a book in the Kindle for PC application, resolved a customer reported issue where JAWS or Fusion would repeat the last line after reaching the end.
  • Added a new Quick Settings option called “Blank Cell Announcement” for JAWS and Fusion that is available when using Excel. By default, when you encounter empty cells as you navigate spreadsheets, you hear “blank” followed by the cell coordinates. Turn off this option if you only want to hear the coordinates of empty cells, making speech less verbose as you navigate.
  • Removed the “Microsoft Edge Browser Support” option from JAWS Settings Center as it is no longer needed. This control was required in order to use the original Edge browser that is being removed from Windows 10 by Microsoft and replaced by the new Chromium version of Edge released in January 2020.
  • Added the ability for JAWS and Fusion to properly recognize and report both Column Span and Row Span info in HTML tables where information might span over 2 or more cells.
  • For JAWS installations licensed using one of the new portal licenses that is tied to an email address, the status line of the JAWS window now only displays the expiration date for the license. The About dialog box will display additional license information including the users email Address, expiration date, and the serial number.
  • Resolved a reported issue where a customer was not able to properly migrate settings from an earlier version.



9 Responses

  1. Patty says:

    Hi, thank you so much for posting this. I really appreciate it. I can’t get it to re-blog or I would put it on my blog. If you want to share it onto my blog you are welcome to do it. I am really tickled to see this here.

  2. Reblogged this on Campbells World and commented:

    Just for you Patty…. 😀

  3. As a JAWS user, I found this interesting and helpful. Thank you for sharing. One question please. I have JAWS 19 on my laptop. I assume this information relates to the latest version of JAWS (I.E. not 2019) and would, therefore not be applicable to 2019? Best wishes, Kevin

  4. Thank you for this great and very important information. Michael

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