HI you lucky Native Instruments Jaws users,
When you operate your library of cool sounds and affects from Native
Instruments regardless of how small or large it is you have to use their
partially accessible program called NV Access.
This article discusses in short how a Jaws user can do this in a reasonable
NV Access will not work using the ordinary keys like tab, shift tab, and so
on. We have to approach it using another technique.
First a few words about how it's built up.
Close to the top of the screen we have the main categories so to speak. Here
you first have to decide what area of the program you want to work with.
Native calls these "navigation items".
They are as follows: "Add a serial". Here you add new controllers and
instruments you buy both virtual and physical.
The next is called "not installed", and as the name suggests it's here you
find all the instruments you haven't installed on your system yet.
Then as the third item you have a quite interesting one the "available
updates". Here the updates will be shown, whenever there are any, so get
back here at times to reassure you have the latest and greatest when it
comes to instruments, drivers and so on from Native Instruments.
The final navigation item is the "Installed products", where you can see,
what you've already got on your system. Here you also can relocate, repair,
and reinstall stuff.
When you activate one of these navigation items the rest of the contents on
the screen changes and you may work the updated contents.
Now on to the fun stuff.
In newer versions of Jaws Freedom scientific has invented something they
call the touch cursor. I guess it's kind of similar to what NVDA calls
Imagine your smartphone, where you do swipes and other funny gestures. This
new touch cursor was originally created to be able to use touch screens for
pc in a smart way. And they've even made it reachable from the physical
keyboard as well.
So, for some crazy reason NV Access actually works, when we use the touch
cursor and not like a traditional pc program.
If you're not quite familiar with the touch cursor here is how you operate
To activate the Touch Cursor Press SHIFT+NUM PAD PLUS, or SHIFT+CAPS
LOCK+SEMICOLON if using the laptop keyboard layout. To turn it off, activate
one of the other cursors, like the PC Cursor (NUM PAD PLUS).
You can emulate, that you do a swipe on your phone using the arrow keys left
and right to move around. Now you suddenly can hear and activate all the
good stuff on the screen.
When you have located the item, you want to activate you simply press enter
I could add much more to this but now at least you are up and running.
One tip though.
When you have a large connection of instruments on the screen only some of
them can be displayed at a time, so we have to perform a little trick to
make them scroll down.
You can for example go into "installed products", where you probably have a
lot of instruments and here you will only see some of them.
Invoke your touch cursor and press ctrl end to go to the last item., which
should be the scroll bar. Here you bang enter, and then you have to switch
to the pc cursor.
Now you go to your pc cursor, and press the right arrow and the down arrow a
few times. Then the list should slowly scroll ahead. Sometimes page up /
page down works as well.
There are probably many other tricks you can perform that I don't know of,
but I hope this was usable for some of you for starters.