(St. Petersburg, Florida – October 24, 2011
Freedom Scientific today announced the release of JAWSR for Windows version 13, including Convenient OCR, a feature that performs Optical Character
Recognition on text that is displayed as an image, thereby enabling blind
computer users to read items that were previously inaccessible. Examples of
such screens include a PDF file, the setup screen of an application, or the menu of selections on a DVD.
JAWS now provides an opportunity to read and interact with these screens, including locating and clicking on text which may be required to activate a
JAWS 13 also includes Results Viewer, a new HTML interface that displays the results of features like Research It. The new interface enables faster
navigation with Navigation Quick Keys and switching to other windows without losing the results of your lookup. Sports scores have returned to Research
It and are easier to navigate than ever before. The INSERT+V keystroke now
opens the new Quick Settings, which replaces Adjust JAWS Options and matches the easy-to-use Settings Center style interface introduced last year in JAWS
“This release represents a huge step in accessibility for screen reader users,” says Eric Damery, Vice President of Software Product Management for
Freedom Scientific. “Whether trying to identify and read inaccessible PDF documents that are just scanned images or interacting with graphical
controls that could not previously be located, the new Convenient OCR option built into JAWS 13 has been described as a real game changer. JAWS 13 is
also packed with other features and enhancements http://www.freedomscientific.com/downloads/jaws/JAWS-whats-new.asp
that have been selected and designed to improve access and ease of use for all users.”
The upgrade is an SMA release and can be downloaded as either a 32-bit or
64-bit version from the JAWS downloads page http://www.freedomscientific.com/downloads/jaws/jaws-downloads.asp.
DVD shipments to SMA holders and new product customers will commence on Nov 1, 2011.
Media Contact: Brad Davis
800-444-4443 or 727-803-8000
About Freedom Scientific
Freedom Scientific is the leading worldwide provider of assistive technology products for those with vision impairments. The Company sells its products
worldwide and has offices in Florida and Switzerland. The Company’s products
have been translated into 24 languages and are available in 55 countries.
Freedom also has a line of software products for those with learning disabilities.
Freedom ScientificR and JAWSR are registered trademarks in the United States
and/or other countries. The names of actual companies and products mentioned
herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.