Carol, the latest version of Skype is 4.2 and there are both Jaws and window-eyes scripts available. However, there is a program called skypetalking which you can install which knocks spots off both scripts. I will post the information below. If you do install this program, you will have to allow it to use skype.
Dear friends, Proud to release exciting new version 0.8 of SkypeTalking. This is the fourth release, and contains lots of new features and some bug fixes and improvements as well. Comparing to first release from February (SkypeTalking 0.5), this is a big step forward! Some highlights of this new release are chat monitoring, easy way for changing a mood text on the fly, improved support for file transfers, better reporting of call duration, contacts manager and SMS support. I would like to thank again to all of the contributors, as well as our second developer Gianluca who has also made a lot of work on V0.8. Now regarding the translations. The following translations still have to be updated. They will unfortunately be outdated in 0.8. These are as follows: czech, spanish, japanese, polish, portuguese and chinese. All others are updated, including the documentation. I am just unsure for russian and ukranian readme but whatsnew is translated. We also simplified the installer, and jfwapi.dll is now automatically registered, so users running 64-bit JAWS should no longer have problems with SkypeTalking not detecting JAWS. SkypeTalking can now also be launched with Alt+Ctrl+Shift+T hot key, which I didn't mentione in whatsnew, so this will be updated for the next version under 0.8 section. Everyone here on SkypeTalking mailing list was able to follow how much work we've made on this new version, and thus every feedback is welcome. We fixed some bugs, and some may be still present. The one problem that we are aware of is slower performance with some commands e.g. slow loading of contacts manager, slow reactions with end call command (alt+ctrl+shift+end) etc. Another bug is where SkypeTalking will say New SMS when that's in fact a new file transfer. I also experienced some interesting problems where some events are not spoken sometimes for some reason, so I ask myself, if they are spoken in general, then why they are sometimes ignored for no reason, even if ignoring is off. I hope that we will be able to address these bugs, but in general the program should work quite well. Here comes the complete list of new features copied from what's new document as well as the download link for both portable and installer versions of SkypeTalking 0.8. New: Added the ability to monitor active chats, in other words, opened chat windows. Use keystrokes Alt+Ctrl+Shift+Function keys F1 through F10 to set monitor on one of the last 10 active chats (press twice to bring focus to that chat window). You can then use Alt+Ctrl+Shift+Numbers for reading last 10 messages in currently monitored chat. Pressing Alt+Ctrl+Shift+C will announce currently monitored chat, and pressing it twice will bring focus to that chat window. New: Added the ability to read and/or change your Skype mood text. Pressing Alt+Ctrl+Shift+M will speak your current mood text, and pressing it twice will open a dialog box that lets you change your mood text. New: Alt+Ctrl+Shift+O command reports the current user online status, and when pressed twice, will report the user's current balance on a Skype credit. New: Added command for speaking the current call duration, Alt+Ctrl+Shift+D. New: Added contacts Manager, accessed with Alt+Ctrl+Shift+F11, which is the alternative to Skype contact list. It will display your contacts in a multi-select list box allowing you to select them with a spacebar and perform various actions on them such as Call, Chat or View Profile. It will also display the Last Seen information for offline contacts, which is inaccessible with some Skype versions and to some screen readers such as NVDA. The View Profile action will open a profile viewer that will allow you to review the selected contact's details by using the Tab and Shift+Tab and the arrow keys. The Call and Chat actions are self-describing. Pressing Alt+Ctrl+Shift+F11 twice will focus the original Skype contact list. If multiple contacts are selected, then you will have options for creating a conference or a multi-chat. New: Added commands for answering and ending a call, Alt+Ctrl+Shift+Home and Alt+Ctrl+Shift+End (not on the NumPad). Pressing Alt+Ctrl+Shift+Home during a call will toggle between hold and resume for the current call. Pressing Alt+Ctrl+Shift+Home twice quickly will answer and join the incoming call to a conference. Pressing Alt+Ctrl+Shift+End twice quickly will toggle microphone mute or unmute. New: Added support for sending SMS with SkypeTalking. The command Alt+Ctrl+Shift+S will now open an SMS wizard which will allow you to send SMS to any phone number. There are two dialogs, one for the phone number and the another one for the message text. When entering a number, use semicolons to separate multiple phone numbers and also include your country code. If everything is correct, press Enter to continue. Next, enter your SMS text, then press Enter or tab to Send button to send a message, or press Escape or Cancel Button to cancel sending. While composing a message, you can press F2 to check out your current SMS count, how many characters you have left, and also the current SMS price. A Critical Stop sound will play in case when there are 0 characters left in a message text. New: Added a new option to settings dialog to automatically quit Skype when exiting SkypeTalking. It's set to On by default. New: Added a new option to settings dialog, "Confirm when exiting SkypeTalking". It's turned on by default, so now when exiting SkypeTalking, you should also confirm that you want to exit. If it's turned off, SkypeTalking will behave like in previous versions, which means that it will exit immediately. This option was added to prevent users from exiting program by accident. New: Added the ability to customize SkypeTalking keyboard shortcuts, though currently you have to use INI file for this. The Key Bindings tab in the Settings dialog is scheduled for the next release. If the keyboard assignment in SkypeTalking.INI is incorrect, than the default assignment will be used, but user will also be warned about an invalid assignment. You can modify all keystrokes under the [shortcuts] section. Please use this carefully, and also restart SkypeTalking if the changes didn't take affect immediately. New: Added languages: Danish and French. Changed: Read last chat message command changed from Alt+Ctrl+Shift+M to Alt+Ctrl+Shift+R. Also when pressed twice, will move the focus and monitor to that chat. Changed: Exit SkypeTalking command changed from Alt+Ctrl+Shift+F4 to Alt+Ctrl+Shift+Q (for Quit). Changed: The Settings Dialog command changed from Alt+Ctrl+Shift+S to Alt+Ctrl+Shift+P (for Preferences). Changed: Removed taskbar icon. You can now use associated SkypeTalking commands instead of the right-click menu. Changed: API wrapper version is now spoken when pressing Alt+Ctrl+Shift+V twice, since this information is not useful for the end users. Improved: call duration is now reported in hours, minutes and seconds. Improved: Added file transfer speed and data transferred information to File Transfer Status command (Alt+Ctrl+Shift+F). Improved: SkypeTalking will no longer allow multiple instances running at the same time, and it will reproduce a Ding sound if the user tries launching another instance of SkypeTalking by accident while it's in memory. Improved: If the critical error happens while loading SkypeTalking, an error tone will be played from your PC speaker. Please inform the developers about this as soon as it happens. Bugfix: SkypeTalking will no longer ignore contacts that haven't set their full names, and it'll speak their Skype Id's instead. Thus, you will no longer hear something like "Skype: is online". Bugfix: When opening settings dialog, the focus is now properly set to Language Combo Box. Bugfix: In settings dialog, the Ok and Cancel buttons are no longer bypassed when navigating with Shift+Tab. Download links: SkypeTalking 0.8 installation program: http://skypetalking.googlecode.com/files/SkypeTalking_0.8_Setup.exe SkypeTalking 0.8 portable version: http://skypetalking.googlecode.com/files/SkypeTalking_0.8_portable.7z Feel free to forward this email to other mailing lists, including SkypeEnglish, NVDA etc. Also join me on the inovations show on The Global Voice radio where I will be presenting SkypeTalking to the listeners soon. Greetings from Croatia/Zagreb,Hrvoje Katic - SkypeTalking president
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