Introducing the new Vocalizer voices Management utility now available in JAWS 2019

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Since the January update of JAWS 2019, it is now possible to add or remove Vocalizer voices directly from the JAWS interface without the need of consulting the Freedom Scientific website anymore. In this podcast, Alexandre explains the benefits of this new utility, how to navigate inside this new dialog box and how to easily manage the high-quality Vocalizer voices that are comparable to human voices. He also makes a reminder on how to use the "Voice adjustment" dialog and presents new features added to it since the January update of JAWS.

As a reminder, Alexandre and Olivier also made a Podcast about exploring voice profiles settings available with JAWS that you can listen if you want to learn more about the different voice settings available. If you are using an older version of JAWS or if you prefer to continue using the old method to manage your Vocalizer Expressive voices, we invite you to listen to the Podcast about installing Vocalizer voices with JAWS. Even if it was published at the end of 2017, this podcast is still relevant.

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.

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Learn how to easily setup and manage your Google Home smart speakers!

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Have you purchased a Google smart speaker such as a Google Home Mini, Google Home, or Google Home Max and have trouble setting it up? Would you like to learn more about the parameters that can be modified in order to make your experience better? In this podcast part of our Smart Speakers series, Alexandre gives you step-by-step instructions on how to setup your speaker that integrate the Google Assistant so you can set it up by yourself, without any accessibility issues, even if you are a user of a screen reader. In addition, you'll learn more about how the Google Home app works as well as on settings you can change there, so you can get the best from your connected Google speaker.

As a reminder, if you would like a brief overview of Google Home Smart Speakers capabilities, we invite you to listen to the introductory podcast of the Google Home Mini made by Olivier.

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.

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Meet Alexa, Amazon’s smart voice assistant!

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After receiving the visit of Google Assistant and Siri, it's now Alexa's turn to visit the Canadialog studios! In this podcast of more than two hours duration, Olivier and Alexandre introduce you to Alexa, the voice assistant designed by Amazon. They show you the interface of the Amazon Alexa mobile app, as well as what it is possible to do with Alexa and Echo connected speakers: making calls, sending messages, controlling smart plugs and much more. Knowing that Amazon's smart speakers are controlled exclusively by using your voice and the Alexa assistant, these are fully accessible and can be used without any issue by blind or visually impaired persons. In fact, Alexa can be so helpful for you to accomplish tasks in your daily life.

Although the demonstrations were made on Echo and Echo Dot devices, please note that Alexa is also available on smart speakers that have not been manufactured by Amazon, such as some models in the Sonos line, but with limited features. For example, features that affect telecommunication, such as messaging, calling and Drop In are not supported by Sonos at this time. Finally, if you want to become more familiar with Alexa before purchasing an Amazon smart speaker, note that it is also possible to use the Amazon assistant directly from your smartphone or tablet.

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.

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Easily modify JAWS keyboard shortcuts by using the keyboard manager

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In this podcast, Alexandre introduces you to the keyboard manager of JAWS. This utility allows you to create new and modify existing keyboard shortcuts, Braille shortcuts as well as gestures for touch screens. Alexandre also shows you how to change the quick navigation keys for web browsing. Finally, see how to create a keyboard shortcut to automatically start JAWS. Take note that the team will be back in January with new podcasts and more exciting topics, so ... stay tuned! We wish you happy holidays and a happy new year 2019!

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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