[access-uk] Re: screen reader called Guide

Hi Ray.  I would agree with you and say that really it is a program of last 
resort for the truely computerphobic who will not ever use anything else.

I can understand Tracey's confusion however.  I went to the Software Express 
website and clicked on a more about version 4.0 link.  The following is 
taken from there.

What is Guide?

GUIDE is an all-in-one computer package, for people who are blind or 
partially sighted. It has been specifically designed to be easy-to-use and 
easy-to-learn.
So it doesn't matter if you've never used a computer before, GUIDE will help 
you to achieve the results you want.

GUIDE has its own in-built screen reader, so it will read out the text on 
every screen, even while you're typing. It also has its own in-built screen 
magnifier,
so you can enlarge the text on every screen, whether you are writing a 
letter or surfing the Internet.

And what's more, GUIDE requires very little training, so most people can 
easily teach themselves how to use it. This is because GUIDE uses 
easy-to-follow
menu options for each task, which are controlled via the keyboard and 
displayed on uncluttered screens. If you are stuck, a Help Page can be 
accessed from
any screen, to give you extra advice and support.

This is ambiguous and confusing to say the least.

I also read guide's claims to be able to do all things on the internet with 
some doubts.  Using the internet is not for anyone who cannot spend time 
putting in practice.    How can it be possible to quickly and efficiently 
navigate all sites with just 3 keys?
The more features you get, the more it becomes like any computer anyway 
which can do all of those things with, say, System Access and a scanner 
which costs  a similar price but which is more upgradable.

Is Guide really that easy?  Can you get demo versions to try?

Regards

Graham

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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
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-----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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