[bct] Re: Podcast on comparing JAWS and Window-Eyes

  • From: "Marla Wertman" <marla.wertman@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 01 Feb 2006 14:23:41 -0500

Hi everyone, I just want to say first that we are sorry for starting this, I 
realize that we all have very strong opinions about our screen reader.  The 
podcast was only 
our opinion, I personally am tired of people thinking that Jaws is the only 
option I have known many people to go for assistive technology evaluations and 
they were 
not given a choice. I understand that we all have different needs and that 
should be considered during an evaluation.On Wed, 01 Feb 2006 09:15:37 -0800, 
Lizarde wrote:

>I think that at the beginning they said that it was only there opinion.
>It wasn't a feature to feature comparison.
>----- Original Message ----- 
>From: "David Tanner" <david-tanner@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
>To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>Sent: Tuesday, January 31, 2006 10:10 PM
>Subject: [bct] Re: Podcast on comparing JAWS and Window-Eyes

>Thanks, I don't think I could have said it better.  I do have one other 
>point however.  I got the impression that the presenter felt that the 
>listener should believe everything that he said simply based on the fact 
>that he teaches adaptive technology.  I see a lot of trainers who use that 
>approach, and it really isn't fair to the listener because it gives the 
>listener the impression right off the bat that you will be fair handed in 
>your evaluation of the products, and this was not the case in this 
>particular podcast.

>I think both packages have some very good features, and they both have some 
>weaknesses.  I do have to say that I am starting to see a growing number of 
>people who have been working in the access technology field for many years 
>starting to use Window-Eyes as their speech software of choice.  And, we 
>have started recommending more copies of it at our agency lately.  I own 
>both, and I use both.  But, I would not want to be the judge of which is 
>best at this point since I really believe that I would be biased because I 
>use one much more than the other, and habits are hard to break.

>----- Original Message ----- 
>From: "Neal Ewers" <neal.ewers@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>To: "Bct" <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>Sent: Tuesday, January 31, 2006 10:50 AM
>Subject: [bct] Podcast on comparing JAWS and Window-Eyes

>:I don't really know where to start here.  first of all, this was not a
>: comparison, it was a very one sided Window-eyes propaganda piece which
>: included incorrect statements about JAWS and some gushing remarks about
>: why two people like Window-Eyes because they evidently don't use JAWS
>: all that much to begin with.  Real reviewers don't state their
>: preference right off the bat.  They leave it to the listener to make up
>: their own minds, and you in no way allowed the listener to do that.  In
>: addition, you gave us very little but your word to go on because you
>: never used either screen reader to demonstrate what you were trying to
>: point out.  .  You should have named it, why I like Window-Eyes and I
>: would have had no problem with it.  In fact, I would have congratulated
>: you for doing a fine podcast that helped people see the very fine points
>: that Window-Eyes has.  I also use both, and I find Window-eyes and JAWS
>: work equally well if you really take the time to use both.  People
>: certainly have the right to like one screen reader over another one, and
>: I am not trying to say that one is better then the other.  But to state
>: that you are going to compare the two and do nothing but cast
>: disparaging remarks about one while praising the other one is very very
>: far from a true, helpful comparison I expected from your introduction.
>: Not angry guys, just very disappointed.
>: Neal

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