All, Later this afternoon, we will finally be making the first update to the public beta available. There is one thing we would like users to know before they update and if you could help spread the word, it would be great.
During the first update of the public beta, we ask that users have JAWS running as an application, not a Service. You can tell if you are running as a service if the Automatically Start JAWS is checked and JAWS starts up when you turn on the PC. All you need to do if this is the case is shut down JAWS (INSERT F4), and then launch it again without rebooting. The easy way to start it is: 1. Press WINDOWS KEY + R, for the Run Dialog. 2. Type without spaces: jaws71 3. Press enter.
When JAWS 7.10.256 public beta starts, you will be running outside of a service for sure and it will be OK to then check for updates from the Help Menu.
If someone does check for updates without doing this first, it will still work OK but at the end of the update, when they reboot, there may be an error in WinLogin.exe. When the reboot is completed, everything will be working OK. The fix for this problem is included in this first update so for all subsequent updates in the future, it will work fine either way.
Note that in order to get the update, you must have the Public Beta version installed and you must be using Windows XP (Pro or Home). We are not currently making the Check for Update feature available under Windows 2000.
We should be posting no later than 3 PM Eastern today. The list of fixes so far is below. Thanks, Eric
Fixes in the the Update since the first posting in March:
1. Scripts and other improvements for the Automatic Updates feature have been added and will be installed with this first update. Unfortunately, you will only experience the benefit of these improvements during subsequent updates. As a result, the first time you run the check for updates feature, you will find that it is not reading as well as it will be in the future. 2. When Eloquence encountered a specific misspelling or typo of the word "seizure" and "have," the synthesizer failed, causing JAWS users to lose speech. An error message sometimes displayed as well. This issue has been resolved in the latest JAWS public beta update. If you are using a previous version of JAWS (7.0 or earlier) or other Freedom Scientific product with ViaVoice or Eloquence speech, refer to this Technical Support Notice <http://www.freedomsci.com/fs_support/BulletinView.cfm?QC=911%20> for information on downloading a patch that will prevent this problem from affecting your software. 3. When attempting to install the DecTalk USB synthesizer, you are no longer prompted to specify which COM port you want to use. 4. Freedom Scientific has made several miscellaneous corrections for reported errors in the JAWS help system. 5. The first time you install JAWS on a computer, the system will be automatically restarted before the installation process begins if it has been running for longer than 30 minutes. This prevents the talking installer from timing out. 6. During installation, if shared files for braille, Eloquence, or FSDOMS are not all installed, a message displays in order to warn you. 7. Resolved an issue reported by some customers where the talking installer failed to initialize during installation. 8. You can now specify serial ports for Braillex El displays in the Synthesizer and Braille Manager. 9. JAWS no longer announces graphics in the Synthesizer and Braille Manager when you navigate the list of selectable items. 10. When you move to any standard combo box and use the arrow keys to select items, the newly selected item in the list is no longer shown as a Braille Flash message. 11. The JAWS Find feature now works correctly when Enhanced Edit Mode is on or when used in WordPad, Outlook, and other applications. 12. Corrected grammar error reported by customers in the "remove shared components" message. 13. The Merge Utility is now available. 14. The Access Code button in the JAWS About dialog box has been renamed. It is now the Special Update Code button. 15. Two new check boxes have been added to the Advanced Options dialog box, which can be accessed by choosing the Advanced button in the Basic Settings dialog box. These check boxes allow you to enable or disable remote access client and server support. 16. JAWS no longer repeats information multiple times when you navigate extended and multiple selection list boxes. 17. In Windows Explorer, JAWS no longer announces the name of a folder twice after you rename it, press ENTER, and then press UP or DOWN ARROW. 18. When performing a Say All, the position of the Virtual Cursor is now correctly updated so that when you stop, you can begin reading again from the expected location on the page. 19. If a Web page contains combo boxes with thousands of entries, JAWS is now much more responsive when the page is loaded and the combo box is accessed. 20. Headings (and their levels) are now reported correctly when moving through a Web page with Navigation Quick Keys. 21. JAWS now correctly remembers the position of the Virtual cursor when two Internet Explorer windows are open. 22. Resolved an issue where JAWS was repeatedly reading Flash content on a page when you switched to Forms Mode and navigated to form fields. 23. If Flash content is suppressed in Default.jcf on the Misc tab of the HTML Options dialog, it no longer appears on Web pages. 24. You can now switch to Forms Mode while in combo boxes that are embedded in headings. 25. While you are in an open combo box on a Web page, you can now exit Forms Mode by pressing NUM PAD PLUS. 26. The PlaceMarker List (CTRL+SHIFT+K) dialog box now displays correctly even when you are at the top line of a Web page. 27. When you move to the next/previous element and no more elements are found, JAWS no longer moves to a blank line and announces an incorrect message. 28. Resolved an issue affecting the useability of the Windows Update site. 29. Text formatted with the HTML <CENTER> tag is now displayed and announced correctly. 30. JAWS now reads the underlying URL and ALT attributes correctly when you are in Forms Mode and move to a hyperlink. 31. JAWS now reads and navigates combo boxes formatted as headings or contained within heading tags. 32. In Outlook, JAWS no longer announces the window name each time you use the arrow keys to select a time slot. 33. In Outlook, resolved an issue reported by some customers where JAWS was not announcing the group name of "Grouped by" messages when they collapsed the group. 34. In Outlook, double speaking of items no longer occurs when you press HOME, END, PAGE UP, or PAGE DOWN in the message list. 35. In Outlook, items in the message list are no longer spelled when you delete messages rapidly. 36. In Outlook, attachments are no longer announced with the caps voice. 37. In Outlook, JAWS no longer announces the message deleted from the list, rather than the newly selected message. 38. In Outlook, JAWS is correctly announcing collapsed and expanded statuses. 39. In Outlook, JAWS now reads the currently selected message in the message list when MAGic is running. 40. In Outlook, the position of the Virtual Cursor is now properly updated in HTML messages when you activate same page links. 41. In Outlook, when you open the Virtual View in an empty inbox, you no longer hear zero items. 42. In Outlook/Outlook Express, pressing INSERT+F7 now correctly announces the misspelled word and suggestion in Spell Check. 43. In Outlook Express, JAWS now says "Edit" instead of "Page read-only" when you move to the Message field. 44. In Outlook Express, JAWS no longer double-speaks list items in the Rules Wizard and Export Address Book dialog box. 45. In Outlook Express, line breaks are now recognized when you are reading e-mail messages. 46. In Outlook Express, if you manually maximize the message edit window, reading commands no longer temporarily stop working until you switch to another program with ALT+TAB. 47. In Outlook Express, JAWS no longer announces position information when you delete a message in the message list. 48. In Word, a "ding" sound no longer plays when you use DOWN ARROW to cross a page boundary. 49. Resolved an issue reported by some customers in Word where certain lines in a paragraph were not being announced. 50. In Word, revisions are no longer spoken twice when you change the Revisions reading setting in the Adjust JAWS Verbosity (INSERT+V) dialog box. 51. In Word, multiple leading tabs for a paragraph no longer cause JAWS to skip text during Say All. 52. When you activate Navigation Quick Keys in Word (INSERT +Z) and check items like spelling mistakes (M) or revisions (R), you can now press the APPLICATION Key and go to the context menu without turning off Navigation Quick Keys. When you return to the document, Navigation Quick Keys remain active. This feature was requested by a customer during a CSUN presentation. 53. In Word, when you press INSERT+H in the document window while Navigation Quick Keys are enabled, the list of Navigation Quick Keys is now displayed along with the other hot keys. 54. In Excel, when you press CTRL+SHIFT+A, select "Custom," and press ENTER, you no longer receive an error message. 55. In Excel, resolved an issue reported by some customers where JAWS was not reading certain edit fields when they gained focus. 56. In Excel, resolved a problem with the first column or row associated with a title reading the title when the cell gains focus. 57. In Excel, when you move to the first cell associated with a title row/column, JAWS announces the title. 58. In Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint, non-contiguous selection in list views now works correctly. 59. In Excel, when a merged cell is part of a title area, JAWS can now announce the merged cell as part of the row/column titles when related cells gain focus. 60. Some edit fields in Excel and Access were not speaking when they gained focus. JAWS should now read these fields properly. 61. In PowerPoint, double speaking of text in Normal and Slide Show modes no longer occurs when you press ENTER twice to create blank lines between text. 62. In PowerPoint, words in the list of spelling suggestions are now spoken and spelled as you move through the list. 63. In the Query design view in Microsoft Access XP/2003, JAWS now reads the items contained in the Fields list box when you use the arrow keys to move through the list. Position information is also announced. 64. In Microsoft Access XP/2003, JAWS now reads tri-state check boxes correctly and displays their state in braille. 65. In Microsoft Access XP/2003, JAWS now correctly speaks the page name when moving between the tabs of the Customize dialog box. 66. In Microsoft Access XP/2003, JAWS now correctly reads the current item in the combo boxes found in the Commands tab of the Customize dialog box. 67. In Microsoft Access XP/2003, JAWS now correctly displays the state of check boxes on forms in braille. 68. In Microsoft Access XP/2003, JAWS now correctly speaks position and item information when you navigate the list of tables in the Show Table dialog box of the Query Design view. 69. In Microsoft Access 2003, JAWS now correctly reads the selected item in the Adjust JAWS Verbosity dialog box. 70. In MSN Messenger, pressing ALT+0 now reads message thread 10 instead of thread 1. 71. In MSN Messenger, JAWS no longer occassionally stops to echo characters after you send a long message. 72. A Yahoo Messenger entry has been added to ConfigNames.ini 73. In WordPad, if you copy text, quit WordPad, restart WordPad, and paste the text, the correct text is now inserted into the document. This issue did not occur if you had a braille display attached. 74. After opening a form in Adobe Reader 7 and pressing a Navigation Quick Key, JAWS now correctly reads the element that gains focus. 75. In Adobe Acrobat/Reader 7.0.5, JAWS now correctly reads controls in the Find dialog box. 76. In Lotus Notes, JAWS now reads the labels of all fields in the Meeting Notice and New Contact forms. 77. Resolved a number of issues related to Java and Java applications.
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