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.

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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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How to role back to NVDA 2018.2.1 after updating to 2018.3 or 2018.3.1 and if you need to use NVDA Remote

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UPDATE: A new version of the add-on was released (v2.2) and it is now working with NVDA 2018.3, 2018.3.1 and 2018.3.2. You can download it from here. Note that it is better to update the add-on first before updating NVDA.

On September 18th, 2018, NVDA 2018.3 was released to the public and on September 20th, NVDA 2018.3.1 was. For some users, it might be better to avoid these updates for now. In this article, I will tell you why you should avoid updating to NVDA 2018.3 or 2018.3.1. I will also tell you how you can downgrade your NVDA version back to 2018.2.1.

Why should you avoid the NVDA 2018.3 or 2018.3.1 updates?

The current version of NVDA is 2018.3.1. They released it shortly after releasing version 2018.3. The programming language in use to code NVDA is called “Python”. In this version, it has been updated. Before version 2018.3, NVDA was made in Python 3. In 2018.3 and above, they updated the programming language to wxPython 4. It basically means that the creators of NVDA addons will have to update the compatibility of their addons for them to continue working. If the addons are not updated, they may stop working. That’s what’s happening with the NVDA Remote Access addon. The authors didn’t push an updated version of the addon. NVDA Remote allows you to take control of another computer using NVDA. So, as you might have guessed, the latest public release of Remote doesn’t work after updating to NVDA 2018.3 or 2018.3.1.

How to make Remote working again?

There are 2 ways to fixe the issue about NVDA Remote. The addon hasn’t been officially updated yet. However, the required files to make it work again are available on the Internet. The first way is to download these files and manually copy them in the right directory. I’ll not cover this part with you because it requires technical knowledges but if you want to do so by yourself, see the GitHub repository.

If you don’t want to update NVDA remote manually, you will need to uninstall NVDA 2018.3 or 2018.3.1 and reinstall NVDA 2018.2.1. Here’s how to do that.

Note: You will need to use another screen reader than NVDA to do that. Before beginning this procedure, please make sure that your copy of NVDA is not running. Please also make sure to have the NVDA 2018.2.1’s installation file. You can download NVDA 2018.2.1 here.

  1. Go to the control panel. Once you’re in, press the letter P until you hear Programs and features. Press Enter on it.
  2. Once you’re in your programs list, press N until you hear NVDA. Press the Applications key on your keyboard and down arrow until you hear the uninstall option. Press Enter on it.
    Note: If you don’t have an applications key on your keyboard, you can press shift+f10 and it will do the exact same thing.
  3. Follow the uninstall procedure. If you’re asked to reboot your computer, reboot it.
    Note: If NVDA was set on boot when your computer starts, you won’t have any screen reader when your computer restarts. In this case, press Control+Windows+Enter to turn on Narrator.
  4. Once your computer is restarted, press Windows+E to go inside of the Windows file explorer.
  5. Assuming that the NVDA 2018.2.1 installation file is in your Downloads folder, press D until you hear Downloads and press Enter on it.
  6. Locate the installation file and press Enter on it. Follow the install procedure.
    Note: Once NVDA is installed, you will have to set it on boot when your computer starts again if that’s what you want.
  7. That’s done! Now, NVDA remote should work as it did in the past. I would also suggest you to turn off the automatic check for updates feature. This can be done in the General settings of NVDA. To access these settings, press the NVDA key (which is normally the Insert key) + CTRL + G.

JAWS Tandem

If ou can't reinstall NVDA or if you don't know how to update the remote add-on, you can also use JAWS Tandem to remote in a computer. However, the thing with Tandem is that each time you'll have to start a remote session, you'll have to generate a new code and enter it manually on the computer you need to remote in.

Conclusion

After using one of the methods mentioned above, Remote addon should now works correctly. Let’s hope that the authors of the addon bring an updated version shortly.

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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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.

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Learn more about what’s new in NVDA 2018.2

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In this podcast, Olivier comes back on new features in NVDA 2018.2, which was released few months ago. As the new features in this version, A new USB driver is now available for the BrailleNote Touch and the BI 14 from HumanWare, the settings interface has been redesigned, it is now possible to postpone the installation of some updates, Windows OneCore voices are now used by default with Windows 10 and much more.

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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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!