[BCAB] JAWS versus Window Eyes

Joe Paton joe at vi-ability.demon.co.uk
Thu Feb 14 20:10:46 GMT 2013


all good points jackie which I forgot to cover in my post.
.
Joe

At 10:58 14/02/2013, you wrote:
>I agree with the mixture of sentiments being expressed here.  If NVDA works
>for you, good enough, why pay for one of the other programs?  I don't think
>there is much to choose between Window-Eyes and JAWS, except FS charge you
>for the level of operating system you are running, that is, Home Premium or
>Professional.  This is a money-making thing I frankly detest.  With JAWS,
>you can't send the copy protection back to the Internet, so if you want to
>modify your computer, or JAWS throws a tantrum, then you need them to reset
>your count, and they are keen on interrogation!
>
>I also like the Apple approach, where you have VoiceOver out of the box.
>JAWS isn't thankfully the big player it was because of the amount of choice
>available to us nowadays.  As others have said, try the demos, and get some
>hands-on at an Apple store if that's possible and part of your thinking.
>
>
>Kind Regards,
>
>Jackie Cairns
>
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Bcab [mailto:bcab-bounces at lists.bcab.org.uk] On Behalf Of Catherine
>Turner
>Sent: 14 February 2013 07:48
>To: BCAB Discussion List
>Subject: Re: [BCAB] JAWS versus Window Eyes
>
>Hello Louise,
>
>Personally I'm a JAWS user, I've used Window Eyes occasionally and have a
>friend who does, and I've recently started using Voiceover for Mac.  I
>honestly think it mainly comes down to personal preference.
>Nobody so far in this discussion has come up with a specific, tangible task
>one or other can do better, and for example with using the internet though I
>have the gut feeling JAWS is better this is sometimes proven wrong on lists
>where people can access certain websites better with WE.  It's all swings
>and roundabouts.  I can't comment on the scripting and technical side of
>things and as you can see here experienced people's opinions are split.
>It's all about choice really.
>
>As for a novice's use and what would be easiest for them - personally I
>think they're equally as difficult as each other.  I may be wrong because
>I'm using an older version of JAWS and haven't installed either of them for
>ages, but to my knowledge neither of them automatically give you a "quick
>start" type tutorial walking you through basic screen reader and Windows
>concepts at the beginning, which is what's needed I think - Voiceover does
>this well in my opinion, but there that's no help if you want to use
>Windows.
>
>Personally if I was starting out with Windows and I had the money I would
>buy both.  Failing that, get demos of both, and get NVDA, and play around
>with everything you want to do and pick what you prefer.
>There's no simple answer to the question which is better.
>
>Catherine
>
>On 2/13/13, Louise Cunningham <louise.cunningham86 at googlemail.com> wrote:
> > Hello List,
> >
> >
> >
> > Just seeking user opinion. For long term and maximum Windows PC
> > accessibility, with the capability to hook up a Braille display, would
> > you favour JAWS or Window Eyes. I've heard excellent reports about
> > both of these screen readers, but which is best for both home and
> > professional context?
> > What are the differences? Does one do something that the other can't?
> >
> >
> >
> > Any advice, suggestions and opinions will be much appreciated.
> >
> >
> >
> > Thanks.
> >
> >
> >
> > Best regards,
> >
> > Louise
> >
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