Good point. I myself used Vocal-Eyes several years ago and really liked it.
Anyone remember Vocal-Eyes? It was a DOS screen reader manufactured by GW
Micro. Then when my parents got me my first desktop PC as a high-school
graduation gift, I was introduced to JAWS for DOS and all the wonderful
training cassette tapes done by Ted Henter, Eric Damery, and Earl Harrison.
A few years later I was introduced to JFW, and I had installed a demo of
Window-Eyes on that computer just to see what that screen reader was like.
Now I am only running a registered copy of JFW. I think it all depends on
the person. I myself, having used several different screen readers at one
time or another, some of them only briefly, can't make a comparison.
----- Original Message ----- From: "Bill Belew" <bill@xxxxxxxx>
Sent: Friday, 27 January, 2006 12:24 PM
Subject: [bct] Re: JFW and W.E.
I can't claim to be an angel who has never copied any software, but I do think we all need to step back from these screen reader issues a bit and perform a reality check.
I am a dedicated Window-Eyes user and promoter, but I also use, train, and support Jaws. I have found that folks usually prefer the screen reader they first learned and that very few people learn more than one well enough to make an objective comparison.
It is a fact that screen reader software is expensive relative to most other software written for the main stream market. It is also a fact that given the limited market, without prices set at a level that keeps the companies going, we wouldn't have anything near the access that we currently enjoy.
It is also very valuable to have several screen reader developers to push the envelope through competition.
I certainly don't agree with all the business approaches adopted by adaptive technology companies, but I know many of the folks involved in bringing us accessible hardware and software and by far, the majority of them aren't doing it because there's a good chance of getting rich, but because they care about creating better access.
-----Original Message----- From: blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Neal Ewers Sent: Friday, January 27, 2006 8:19 AM To: blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [bct] Re: JFW and W.E.
You said, "I can hardly blame those who resort to such means in a pinch."
Well, I guess we now know why JAWS has an authorization scheme. If there are people like you who would condone pirating software just because you couldn't afford it, I think you have answered your own question about why JAWS has an Authorization plan.
-----Original Message----- From: blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of boomerdad Sent: Thursday, January 26, 2006 8:25 PM To: blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [bct] Re: JFW and W.E.
All well and good, but what of those who don't have $900 lying about? At least now, those who buy Openbook get Connect Out Loud for free, and that at
least gives them bare-bones access to their computers ... but there would be
a lot less piracy if prices were more affordable. I'm usuallyu one who agrees with your stance on piracy, but in the case of adaptive tech, I can hardly blame those who resort to such means in a pinch.
Hi, Mary. As someone who has been in the adaptive technology field since 1990, I must tell you this. You would be surprised if you knew how many pirated copies of Window-Eyes and other adaptive programs that I and others have seen. It is an outrage, and people ought to be
reallyprosecuted for it. These people who develop the programs we use are trying very hard to make a living, and they are totally thwarted by modern-day pirates. It's
not a good thing, but unfortunately, it will never stop. You all havea
wonderful afternoon, morning, or evening; whichever it is where youlive.
All the very best from my family to yours!
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