FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Bryan Carver, Inside Sales Director
Media Contact: Jeff Collins
Freedom Scientific Inc.
Blind/Low Vision Group
St. Petersburg, FL 33716
1-800-444-4443 or 1-727-803-8000
info at FreedomScientific.com
Freedom Scientific set to post public beta of JAWS® for Windows
(St. Petersburg, Florida
August 14, 2003) - Freedom Scientific today announced that
a public beta version of its popular JAWS® for Windows screen reading
software will be available to download by the weekend. JAWS 5.0 is a revolutionary
breakthrough in Windows screen reading technology.
This new upgrade,
for those who purchase it, is stocked with new features and functions.
Among the many changes are key additions such as place markers and a speech
and sounds manager that promise to create more opportunities for JAWS
"JAWS 5.0 truly is the
first 21st century screen reader," said Freedom Scientific Vice President
of Software Engineering Chris Hofstader. "It breaks the sound barrier
by combining auditory elements far and beyond anything previously available."
Place markers give JAWS users
enhanced navigation of their favorite Web sites and documents that will
utilize Freedom Scientific's Virtual Cursor Technology. Through a simple
interface, users can add, name, navigate and remove permanent or temporary
The new speech and
sounds manager is an industry first that allows all kinds of information
to be user definable. Examples of this exciting advancement include setting
JAWS to speak bolded text or quotes in a different voice or announce a
meaningful message for italicized, colored and underlined text. Or, set
a particular sound to indicate cursor focus, capitalization and indents.
JAWS 5.0 builds on its reputation as the most advanced screen reader released
today. In addition to its major developments, JAWS 5.0 also allows users
to personalize settings for specific Web sites, list form fields in a
separate field like they have been able to do with links and headings,
switch languages on the fly and enjoy more support for Java Applications.
For more information
and a complete listing of what's new in JAWS 5.0, please visit FreedomScientific.com.
To reserve your
copy of JAWS 5.0, contact your local dealer, or call the Freedom Scientific
sales department at (800) 444-4443 or (727) 803-8000.
is the world's leading manufacturer of assistive technology products for
those who are blind and vision impaired, and products for the special
education and learning disability markets.
New in JAWS 5.0