[access-uk] Re: screen reader called Guide

Hi Phil.

Thanks again for clarifying this.  I ask on list because I am sure these 
questions will gbe of interest to people.

What happens by the way if an email does contain a virus.  Will the user 
know about the AVG alert that comes up or will they need sighted assistance? 
Presumably, it is impossible to alt tab out of guide once you are in it.

Also, many older people may not have knowledge of the keyboard.  Is there 
any plan to develop a typing tutor or is there one you would suggest?

Regards

Graham

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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Phil" <phil@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Thursday, August 30, 2007 9:47 AM
Subject: [access-uk] Re: screen reader called Guide


Hi Graham.

Configuring an existing internet account is really easy. Theres a
setting within guide which detects available internet connections on
your machine and you just select the appropriate one to use. We can
supply our own broadband connection which is a new feature although you
can use any.

If you purchase a complete computer package from ourselves then we would
install a dial-up internet connection which can be used at any time with
no contract, or we could configure it to the users broadband connection
if one exists.

The same goes with email. You can setup your existing email account into
guide or import an existing outlook account, or we could configure a new
email account for you. Theres also a remote support option built into
Guide which can allow us to do all of this for you if the user wishes.

All of the systems we build will come with an internet connection and
email address ready installed so the computer is ready to surf the web
and send emails as soon as its up and running. All firewalls and
anti-virus are setup also.

Guide will be accompanied with a couple of help discs in an audio format
which are chapter related detailing the features and giving detailed
instructions on using each feature, including setting up internet and
email accounts.

We also have a technical department who can readily assist any technical
difficulties.

I hope this helps !

Regards Phil.





-----Original Message-----
From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf
Of Graham Page
Sent: 29 August 2007 17:41
To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [access-uk] Re: screen reader called Guide



thanks for this overview phil. it does answer some of my questions but
how
is a new user supposed to configure guide to work with their email?  Can

this be done with a computer so that in reality Guide is ready to use on
the
internet?  Does Software express have partnerships with any ISPS so that
the
system can be set up and given to new users?

Regards

Graham
Graham Page
Home Phone: 0207 265 9493
Mobile: 07753 607980
Fax:  0870 706 2773
Email: gpage@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
MSN: gabriel_mcbird@xxxxxxxxxxx
Skype: gabriel_mcbird
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Phil" <phil@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Wednesday, August 29, 2007 4:53 PM
Subject: [access-uk] Re: screen reader called Guide


Hi Trace.


I am familiar with Guide and it can be used in conjunction with
microsoft applications. Guide can convert files from one form to
another, so for example you could get Guide to read out a document
produced by someone using a different application, like Microsoft Word.
You can not use outlook express directly but you can import all of your
outlook express details and contacts and use your original email address
within Guide. Guide then sends and receives just like any another email
client.

I would say that Guide is a friendly environment where you can email,
write documents, scan and read books, burn music cd's, listen to
podcast, surf the internet and much much more. Guide also assists the
user with 2 real speech voices and numerous help pages.

It does use it's own environment and a nice simple menu driven program
to navigate you into various functions and applications. All of the
screens colours, fonts, sizes etc are also totally customizable to the
user.

I would not say that Guide is a complete screen reader as it will only
read out within Guide. Although it has it's own web browser so happily
reads the internet as well as emails, documents and pages of text from a
scanner to name a few.

It does take the stresses and concerns of windows away from the user and
you can literally read an email or get onto the internet with 2 or 3 key
strokes.

If I can offer any further advice please just ask.

Regards Phil.








-----Original Message-----
From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf
Of Spring.flower
Sent: 29 August 2007 15:12
To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [access-uk] Re: screen reader called Guide



Can it be used with office, outlook express and internet explorer as
well as the majority of websites on the net then?

Trace

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Ray's Home" <rays-home@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Wednesday, August 29, 2007 1:18 PM
Subject: [access-uk] Re: screen reader called Guide


> Tracey, I don't know if it helps much to say that I think Guide -
> which isn't a screen reader really, more self voicing apps - tends to
> be good for those who tend to be computer phobic and maybe not wishing

> to become too adventurous in the use of their machines.  Guide does
> put people in a sort of safe walled garden environment, even to the
> existent that they cannot alt-tab out of the application and into the
> big bad world of Windows.
>
> Has to be admitted though that for its intended target market it is
> probably a much less challenging way of using a computer, even if that

> is at the expense of flexibility.  I believe the IT for All project,
> funded by the Guide Cats Cds, is keen to show this to some new users,
> along with the more economical offerings such as System Access and
> some free packages.
>
> For someone who is totally blind, System Access maybe a very viable
> alternative.  Guide has magnification, as well as good speech support,

> but, I repeat, it isn't a screen reader.
>
> From Ray
> I can be contacted off-list at:
> mailto:ray-48@xxxxxxxx
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> Spring.flower
>
>
> Hi
>
> Has anyone heard of this and if so, how good do you think it is?  Also

> how much is it?
>
> Any information would be much appreciated.
>
> I have a friend who's getting her first computer and she's heard about

> this software.
>
> Trace
>
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