Scientific just released JAWS 13 today
One of the biggest items is Convenient OCR--for all those nasty PDF
files that are inaccessible and refuse to be read...AH HAH...there
is a solution now
Frequently, you will encounter images that contain textual
information. These can include a PDF file, the setup screen of an
application, or the menu of selections for a DVD movie. While these
images contain text that is readable by a sighted person, JAWS is
unable to read the text as it is part of the image.
The new Convenient OCR (Optical Character Recognition) feature
enables you to access any image on the screen that includes text.
With just a few simple keystrokes, JAWS will recognize the image in
a matter of seconds and activate the JAWS cursor so you can navigate
the resulting text. The recognized text will be in the same location
as the actual image on the screen. In order to differentiate the
recognized text from other text that may be in the window, JAWS will
use a different voice when it encounters the recognized text. When
you activate the PC cursor, or switch to another application or
dialog box, the text is removed, and you will need to perform the OCR again.
To use Convenient OCR, the following layered keystrokes have been added:
INSERT+SPACEBAR, O, W. Recognizes the current application window
that has focus.
INSERT+SPACEBAR, O, S. Recognizes the entire screen.
INSERT+SPACEBAR, O, C. Recognizes the currently selected control,
such as a graphical button.
INSERT+SPACEBAR, O, Q. Cancels recognition while it is in progress.
INSERT+SPACEBAR, O, H. Speaks a brief help message describing the
commands in the OCR layer.
Read about all the new features at
More info at:
Denise M. Robinson, TVI, Ph.D.
Specialist in blind technology/teaching/training
Website with hundreds of lessons: yourtechvision.com