[access-uk] Re: Fw: [nvda] NVDA 0.5 released!

  • From: "Christopher Hallsworth" <chrishallsworth@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 25 May 2007 10:23:29 +0100

Wow, thanks for letting us know about it! From a Deafblind person's
point of view, at least I could use a SAPI4 engine like Eloquence now.
Because I was so pleased with the development of this screen reader,
I've decided to re-join the list after unsubscribing as I wasn't happy
with the current development. So thanks again, and I'll let you all know
how I get on with NVDA! You never know, I may even recommend this to my
girlfriend Hannah and my friend Marie <smiles>!
On Fri, 25 May 2007 10:08:57 +0100, "Peter Beasley"
<p.beasley@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> said:
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Michael Curran" <mick@xxxxxxxxxx>
> To: <nvda@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>; <vip-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Cc: "Development for NonVisual Desktop Access"
> <nvda-dev@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Sent: Friday, May 25, 2007 5:39 AM
> Subject: [nvda] NVDA 0.5 released!
> Hellow all,
> Today we finally released NVDA version 0.5.
> NVDA is a free and open source screen reader for the Windows Operating
> System.
> Please visit www.nvda-project.org to find out more or to download a copy.
> It has been two and a half months since release r425, and many new
> features
> have been added, and many bugs fixed.
> NVDA now comes with its own talking installer, which allows you to
> install
> NVDA with out the use of another screen reader, or sighted assistance.
> NVDA has been translated in to many more languages now, which brings the
> number of languages up to 13. The languages NVDA now supports are:
> English, French, Portuguese, Brizillian Portuguese, Spanish, Finnish,
> German, Hungarian, Italian, Slovak, Traditional Chinese, Swedish and
> Czech.
> NVDA now supports SAPI4, but most importantly now comes with the eSpeak
> synthesizer built in to NVDA itself. This means that NVDA can now be used
> on
> any Windows 2000/xp/Vista computer, that may not necessarily have
> SAPI4/SAPI5 installed. eSpeak supports over twenty languages, and is very
> lite-weight and responsive.
> A big thank you to all the contributers of NVDA for making this release
> possible.
> Following are all the changes since r425:
> Whatès New in NVDA
> Changes since r425:
> *NVDA now has a built-in synthesizer called eSpeak, developed by Jonathan
> Duddington.
> It is very responsive and lite-weight, and has support for many different
> languages. Sapi synthesizers can still be used, but eSpeak will be used
> by
> default.
> eSpeak does not depend on any special software to be installed, so it can
> be
> used with NVDA on any computer, on a USB thumb drive, or anywhere.
> For more info on eSpeak, or to find other versions, go to
> http://espeak.sourceforge.net/.
> *NVDA now uses the built-in eSpeak synthesizer by default.
> *the built-in eSpeak synthesizer will now start in the language NVDA is
> set
> to, unless another voice has previously been chosen.
> *Fix bug where the wrong character was being announced when pressing
> delete
> in Internet Explorer / Outlook Express editable panes.
> *Added support for more edit fields in Skype.
> *VirtualBuffers only get loaded when focus is on the window that needs to
> be
> loaded. This fixes some problems when the preview pane is turned on in
> Outlook Express.
> *Added commandline arguments to NVDA:
> -m, --minimal: do not play startup/exit sounds and do not show the
> interface
> on startup if set to do so.
> -q, --quit: quit any other already running instance of NVDA and then exit
> -s, --stderr-file fileName: specify where NVDA should place uncaught
> errors
> and exceptions
> -d, --debug-file fileName: specify where NVDA should place debug messages
> -c, --config-file: specify an alternative configuration file
> -h, -help: show a help message listing commandline arguments
>  *Fixed bug where punctuation symbols would not be translated to the
> appropriate language, when using a language other than english, and when
> speak typed characters was turned on.
> *Added Slovak language files thanks to Peter Vagner
> *Added a Virtual Buffer settings dialog and a Document Formatting
> settings
> dialog, from Peter Vagner.
> *Added French translation thanks to Michel Such
> *Added a script to toggle beeping of progress bars on and off (insert+u).
> Contributed by Peter Vagner.
> *Made more messages in NVDA be translatable for other languages. This
> includes script descriptions when in keyboard help.
> *Added a find dialog to the virtualBuffers (internet Explorer and
> Firefox).
> Pressing control+f when on a page brings up a dialog in which you can
> type
> some text to find. Pressing enter will then search for this text and
> place
> the virtualBuffer cursor on this line. Pressing f3 will also search for
> the
> next occurance of the text.
> *When speak typed characters is turned on, more characters should be now
> spoken. Technically, now ascii characters from 32 to 255 can now be
> spoken.
> *Renamed some control types for better readability. Editable text is now
> edit, outline is now tree view and push button is now button.
> *When arrowing around list items in a list, or tree view items in a tree
> view, the control type (list item, tree view item) is no longer spoken,
> to
> speed up navigation.
> *Has Popup (to indicate that a menu has a submenu) is now spoken as
> submenu.
> *Where some language use control and alt (or altGR) to enter a special
> character, NVDA now will speak these characters when speak typed
> characters
> is on.
> *Fixed some problems with reviewing static text controls.
> *Added Translation for Traditional Chinese, thanks to Coscell Kao.
> *Re-structured an important part of the NVDA code, which should now fix
> many
> issues with NVDA's user interface (including settings dialogs).
> *Added Sapi4 support to NVDA. Currently there are two sapi4 drivers, one
> based on code contributed by Serotek Corporation, and one using the
> ActiveVoice.ActiveVoice com Interface. Both these drivers have issues,
> see
> which one works best for you.
> *Now when trying to run a new copy of NVDA while an older copy is still
> running will cause the new copy to just exit. This fixes a major problem
> where running multiple copies of NVDA makes your system very unusable.
> *Renamed the title of the NVDA user interface from NVDA Interface to
> *Fixed a bug in Outlook Express where pressing backspace at the start of
> an
> editable message would cause an error.
> *Added patch from Rui Batista that adds a script to report the current
> battery status on laptops (insert+shift+b).
>  *Added a synth driver called Silence. This is a synth driver that does
>  not
> speak anything, allowing NVDA to stay completely silent at all times.
> Eventually this could be used along with Braille support, when we have
> it.
> *Added capitalPitchChange setting for synthesizers thanks to J.J.
> Meddaugh
> *Added patch from J.J. Meddaugh that makes the toggle report objects
> under
> mouse script more like the other toggle scripts (saying on/off rather
> than
> changing the whole statement).
> *Added spanish translation (es) contributed by Juan C. buo.
> *Added Hungarian language file from Tamas Gczy.
> *Added Portuguese language file from Rui Batista.
> *Changing the voice in the voice settings dialog now sets the rate, pitch
> and volume sliders to the new values according to the synthesizer, rather
> than forcing the synthesizer to be set to the old values. This fixes
> issues
> where a synth like eloquence or viavoice seems to speek at a much faster
> rate than all other synths.
> *Fixed a bug where either speech would stop, or NVDA would entirely
> crash,
> when in a Dos console window.
> *If support for a particular language exists, NVDA now automatically can
> show its interface and speak its messages in the language Windows is set
> to.
> A particular language can still be chosen manualy from the user interface
> settings dialog as well.
> *Added script 'toggleReportDynamicContentChanges' (insert+5). This
> toggles
> whether new text, or other dynamic changes should be automatically
> announced. So far this only works in Dos Console Windows.
> *Added script 'toggleCaretMovesReviewCursor' (insert+6). This toggles
> whether the review cursor should be automatically repositioned when the
> system caret moves. This is useful in Dos console windows when trying to
> read information as the screen is updating.
> *Added script 'toggleFocusMovesNavigatorObject' (insert+7). This toggles
> whether the navigator object is repositioned on the object with focus as
> it
> changes.
> *Added some documentation translated in to various languages. So far
> there
> is French, Spannish and Finish.
> *Removed some developer documentation from the binary distribution of
> it is only now in the source version.
> *Fixed a possible bug in Windows Live Messanger and MSN Messenger where
> arrowing up and down the contact list would cause errors.
> *New messages are now automatically spoken when in a conversation using
> Windows Live Messenger. (only works for English versions so far)
> *The history window in a Windows Live Messenger conversation can now be
> read
> by using the arrow keys. (Only works for English versions so far)
> *Added script 'passNextKeyThrough' (insert+f2). Press this key, and then
> the
> next key pressed will be passed straight through to Windows. This is
> useful
> if you have to press a certain key in an application but NVDA uses that
> key
> for something else.
> *NVDA no longer freezes up for more than a minute when opening very large
> documents in MS Word.
>  *Fixed a bug where moving out of a table in MS Word, and then moving
>  back
> in, caused the current row/column numbers not to be spoken if moving back
> in
> to exactly the same cell.
> *Increasing and decreasing rate scripts can no longer take the rate above
> 100 or below 0.
> *If there is an error with a language when choosing it in the User
> Interface
> Settings dialog, a message box will alert the user to the fact.
> *NVDA now asks if it should save configuration and restart if the user
> has
> just changed the language in the User Interface Settings Dialog.
> NVDA must be restarted for the language change to fully take effect.
> *If a synthesizer can not be loaded, when choosing it from the
> synthesizer
> dialog, a message box alerts the user to the fact.
> *When loading a synthesizer for the first time, NVDA lets the synthesizer
> choose the most suitable voice, rate and pitch parameters, rather than
> forcing it to defaults it thinks are ok.
> This fixes a problem where Eloquence and Viavoice sapi4 synths start
> speaking way too fast for the first time.
> Mick
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