Our 50th podcast is here! Retrospective of the last year and how to use 3D Touch on iOS

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Yes! Already the fiftieth episode of the Canadialog podcast! For the first part of this one, Olivier and Alexandre explain you how the project to put online podcasts started, they make a retrospective of the last year and a half, explain you how podcasts are produced and tell you about the challenges of the last year. In the second part, see how 3D Touch works on iOS devices, how to enable or disable this feature, how to use it with VoiceOver, and learn more about what can be accomplished with 3D Touch on a daily basis.

In addition, as a reminder, the Canadialog team can offer private or group training on request on the use of assistive technologies. Do not hesitate to contact our team to learn more about training we can offer.

Visit our website regularly to be informed when new Podcast becomes available or subscribe to our YouTube channel. See how it is possible to listen to our podcasts by consulting the list of services where our podcasts are referenced and the instructions attached to them.

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The Brailliant BI 14, a portable and versatile Braille display that you can bring anywhere

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In this podcast, Alexandre gives an overview of the Brailliant BI 14, a portable braille display recently available on the market. You'll learn more about its physical layout, how it works, and how to use the built-in note-taker feature.

To learn more about this product, visit the Brailliant BI 14 page.

In addition, as a reminder, the Canadialog team can offer private or group training on request on the use of assistive technologies. Do not hesitate to contact our team to learn more about training we can offer.

Visit our website regularly to be informed when new Podcast becomes available or subscribe to our YouTube channel. See how it is possible to listen to our podcasts by consulting the list of services where our podcasts are referenced and the instructions attached to them.

Enjoy!

Having difficulties with Skype 8? We show you how to use it

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Few months ago, Microsoft released the version 8 of Skype and regularly prompt users to update to this new version. When Skype 8 came out, it was not well optimised for screen reader users. However, things have changed with JAWS 2018.

With the release of JAWS 2019, Freedom Scientific made the experience with Skype 8 even better. In this podcast, Alexandre shows you the different settings of Skype 8. He also gives you tips and tricks, as well as different keyboard shortcuts to use it.

You will find, at the bottom of this article, a list of all keyboard shortcuts available for Skype 8. This list will be located just after the audio player.

In addition, as a reminder, the Canadialog team can offer private or group training on request on the use of assistive technologies. Do not hesitate to contact our team to learn more about training we can offer.

Visit our website regularly to be informed when new Podcast becomes available or subscribe to our YouTube channel. See how it is possible to listen to our podcasts by consulting the list of services where our podcasts are referenced and the instructions attached to them.

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List of Skype 8 keyboard shortcuts

Here is a list of Skype 8 shortcuts. This list is divided into two sections: the first containing the application-specific shortcuts, the second one, the shortcuts specific to the JAWS script.

List of application-specific shortcuts

This list is taken from target="_blank">the list of keyboard shortcuts available on the Skype Support website.

Note: Shortcuts preceded by an asterisk (*) are essential to know for optimal use with a screen reader.

  • * Open notification panel: Ctrl + I
  • * Open app settings: Ctrl + comma
  • Open help in default browser: Ctrl + H
  • * Launch dial pad: Ctrl + D
  • * Start new conversation: Ctrl + N
  • * Start new group: Ctrl + G
  • Find in current conversation: Ctrl + F
  • Select next message in search results: Shift + Enter
  • Select previous message in search results: Enter
  • * Focus Message Composer: Alt + Shift + E
  • * Search for People, Groups and Messages: Ctrl + Shift + S
  • * Open recent chats: Alt + 1
  • * Open contacts: Alt + 2
  • Open contact screen to bots: Alt + 3
  • Send feedback: Ctrl + O
  • * Refresh the app: Ctrl + R
  • * Edit the last message sent: Up arrow after sending a message
  • * Show conversation profile: Ctrl + P
  • * Add people to conversation or call: Ctrl + Shift + A
  • Hide conversation: Ctrl + Shift + E
  • Mark as unread: Ctrl + Shift + U
  • * Start video call or toggle video on or off: Ctrl + Shift + K
  • Select multiple messages in conversation: Ctrl + Shift + L
  • * Start or answer audio call: Ctrl + Shift + P
  • * Send a file: Ctrl + Shift + F
  • Open gallery: Ctrl + Shift + G
  • Take a snapshot: Ctrl + S
  • * Hang up: Ctrl + E
  • * Toggle mute: Ctrl + M
  • Open themes: Ctrl + T
  • Toggle between light and dark mode: Ctrl + Shift + T
  • Zoom in: Ctrl + Shift + =
  • Zoom out: Ctrl + Dash
  • Return to actual size: Ctrl + 0 for
  • * Exit Skype: Ctrl + Q

List of shortcuts provided by the JAWS script for Skype

Note: If you are working with the laptop keyboard layout, you can replace Insert by the Caps Lock key in the following list.

  • Repeat last background notification from Skype: Insert + Space, Shift + R
  • Move to the chat history list: Ctrl + Insert + Y or Insert + Space, Q, H
  • Move to the chat entry field: Ctrl + Insert + E or Insert + Space, Q, E
  • Move to the conversations list: Ctrl + Insert + N or Insert + Space, Q, C

Keep in mind that you can also toggle on/off the JAWS virtual PC cursor by pressing Insert + Z.

The sound of your screen reader is poor and sluggish? See how to fix it

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In this podcast, Alexandre talk about an issue encountered with recent sound cards or Bluetooth audio devices making the speech synthesizers less reactive then expected or in some situations the volume can fluctuate. This is a problem caused by premature closing of the audio channel. The way to fix this issue is to install a software that will continuously broadcast silence on the audio device used by the screen reader. After a demonstration of this bug, he explains how to use Silenzio.

Silenzio is developed by Stephan Kiss and it is possible to download Silenzio V1.0 here.

Finally, Alexandre talk about a second problem sometime present with modern sound cards when connecting speakers or headphones. It may now be necessary to validate a dialog box before the sound is transmitted to the new connected device. This dialog is unfortunately not always accessible and easy to access with a screen reader. Some solutions will be suggested in order to get around this problem.

In addition, as a reminder, the Canadialog team can offer private or group training on request on the use of assistive technologies. Do not hesitate to contact our team to learn more about training we can offer.

Visit our website regularly to be informed when new Podcast becomes available or subscribe to our YouTube channel. See how it is possible to listen to our podcasts by consulting the list of services where our podcasts are referenced and the instructions attached to them.

Enjoy!

Learn how to manage your Freedom Scientific license and software activations

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In this podcast, Alexandre explains how it is possible to manage your licenses for Freedom Scientific software such as JAWS, OpenBook, Magic, Fusion and ZoomText. See how to check how many activations are remaining for your license, how to activate your software online or offline, and how to remove an activation. In addition, at the beginning of this podcast, you will find some information related to NVDA 2018.3 and the Remote add-on, a firmware upgrade for Focus 5th generation and a comeback about the accessibility issue concerning the YouTube application for users of Apple TV when VoiceOver is enabled.

In addition, as a reminder, the Canadialog team can offer private or group training on request on the use of assistive technologies. Do not hesitate to contact our team to learn more about training we can offer.

Visit our website regularly to be informed when new Podcast becomes available or subscribe to our YouTube channel. See how it is possible to listen to our podcasts by consulting the list of services where our podcasts are referenced and the instructions attached to them.

Enjoy!

Podcast about the September 12th, 2018 Apple Keynote

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In this podcast, Alexandre and Olivier discuss about the Apple Keynote which was held on September 12th, 2018. By listening to this podcast, you'll learn about the new products that were introduced. New products include the iPhone X S, iPhone X S Max, iPhone X R as well as the Apple Watch series 4. Don't hesitate to tell us what you think about these products! Also, please find at the beginning of this show a very important note about the most recent update of NVDA 2018.3 that cause issues with the remote add-on.

In addition, as a reminder, the Canadialog team can offer private or group training on request on the use of assistive technologies. Do not hesitate to contact our team to learn more about training we can offer.

Visit our website regularly to be informed when new Podcast becomes available or subscribe to our YouTube channel. See how it is possible to listen to our podcasts by consulting the list of services where our podcasts are referenced and the instructions attached to them.

Enjoy!

The Amazon Fire tablet, a 100% accessible device right out of the box, at a very affordable price

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In this podcast, Alexandre introduces you to the Amazon Fire tablet, an affordable device sold by Amazon. He shows you how to use its built-in screen reader called VoiceView. At the end of this podcast, you should be able to use your Fire properly. Knowing that this is an affordable device (between 59$ and 129$ Canadian depending on the edition), this is a very interesting solution for users who want to introduce themselves to the use of touch screens and without paying a large amount for a device to begin with.

In addition, as a reminder, the Canadialog team can offer private or group training on request on the use of assistive technologies. Do not hesitate to contact our team to learn more about training we can offer.

Visit our website regularly to be informed when new Podcast becomes available or subscribe to our YouTube channel. See how it is possible to listen to our podcasts by consulting the list of services where our podcasts are referenced and the instructions attached to them.

Enjoy!

Braille screen input, the perfect tool to write text at the speed of light in all circumstances!

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In this podcast mostly for Braille users, Alexandre shows you how to use the Braille screen input feature on iOS. You will learn how to enable it as well as how to use it in different situations. For example, Alexandre shows you how Braille screen input can help you finding apps on your home screen or navigating on the web. He also shows you how to enter text with this virtual Braille keyboard. Once you'll be expert with Braille screen input, you'll be able to write text using your touch screen faster than sighted persons!

In addition, as a reminder, the Canadialog team can offer private or group training on request on the use of assistive technologies. Do not hesitate to contact our team to learn more about training we can offer.

Visit our website regularly to be informed when new Podcast becomes available or subscribe to our YouTube channel. See how it is possible to listen to our podcasts by consulting the list of services where our podcasts are referenced and the instructions attached to them.

Enjoy!

Podcast about managing command key labels in JAWS

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In this podcast, Olivier shows you how it is possible to manage the labels of command keys in JAWS. For example, it is possible to give a different name to the Enter key and call it Return instead. He also explains you how to mute a key, so JAWS will not announce it anymore when you'll press it.

Visit our website regularly to be informed when new Podcast becomes available or subscribe to our Youtube channel. Also, please note that our podcasts are now available on iTunes, Play Music, TuneIn, Stitcher, AnyPod as well as on Victor Reader.

In addition, as a reminder, the Canadialog team can offer private or group training on request on the use of assistive technologies. Do not hesitate to contact our team to learn more about training we can offer.

Enjoy!

Podcast about managing voices in VoiceOver

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In this podcast, Olivier shows you how it is possible to manage and change the voice in VoiceOver. He also shows you how you can manage multiple languages at different speech rates with the Language option available in the rotor.

Visit our website regularly to be informed when new Podcast becomes available or subscribe to our Youtube channel. Also, please note that our podcasts are now available on iTunes, Play Music, TuneIn, Stitcher as well as on Victor Reader.

In addition, as a reminder, the Canadialog team can offer private or group training on request on the use of assistive technologies. Do not hesitate to contact our team to learn more about training we can offer.

Enjoy!