EdSharp 2.7 and FileDir 3.3 released

  • From: Jamal Mazrui <empower@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx, program-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx, guispeak@xxxxxxxxxxxxx, uaccess-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 27 Jun 2008 09:59:16 -0400 (EDT)

Released on June 27, new versions of EdSharp, a full featured editor, and
FileDir, a full featured File Manager, are available in time for the
summer conventions of the American Council of the Blind and National
Federation of the Blind.  These software applications are designed for
maximum productivity by people operating a computer nonvisually with a
Windows screen reader.

EdSharp 2.7

FileDir 3.3

A summaray of changes is below.


EdSharp and FileDir increase support for Window-Eyes 7.0, which is now
available as a public beta at

The installer option for JAWS scripts is now unchecked by default.  To
check it, down arrow and press Spacebar.  There is a new option to install
a Window-Eyes script package, which is also unchecked by default.  The
optional scripts and set files to fine tune Window-Eyes speech are in an
early stage, so I invite feedback and suggestions to improve them.

When EdSharp is already open, and you open a file with it from another
program, EdSharp should now reliably become the active application window.
FileDir behaves similarly when you open a folder with it from another

Added Support for developing Window-Eyes scripts.  VBScript, the most
common language used for this, is now included on the list of the Pick
Compiler command (Control+Shift+F5).  The Compile command (Control+F5)
passes the .vbs file to the Windows Script Host interpreter, CScript.exe.
The script can also be hosted internally by Window-Eyes.

Two optional parameters have been added to the EdSharp command line.
After the file name is a line number and then a column number.  These
indicate the position where EdSharp should go after opening the file.
This may be used to cause EdSharp to automatically go to the source code
position of an error if a Window-Eyes script produces one at runtime.

The ExtensionDefault and GoToEnvironment configuration options of EdSharp
are now part of each compiler/interpreter setting, so if you pick a
compiler with Control+Shift+F5, these options are automatically adjusted.
For the new settings to take effect, however, create a new default
configuration file with Alt+Shift+0.

Fixed EdSharp not opening some Unicode text files.  Fixed a couple bugs in
the HTML format command (Control+H).  Fixed a problem with the PyBrace
command (Alt+Shift+LeftBracket).  Fixed not being able to open a log file
that was continually being updated on disk.

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