Welcome to the exciting
new JAWS for Windows 5.0 release.
If you already have
JAWS for Windows 5.0 installed on your machine prior to March 2004, and
you are interested in the details and download of the latest Update for
JAWS 5 you can skip now directly to
the 5.0 Update details.
This release of JAWS 5.0 still uses the existing Quella Authorization
Scheme. The new Internet Based solution is still being worked on and information
its implementation and availability will be announced in the coming months.
We are still committed to the internet based solution but we must be certain
that a smooth transition will happen and our testing is not complete.
Note that installing JAWS for Windows software on any computers running
other Access Technology products, should be done at your own risk.
JAWS 5.0 is a DCM compatible release and you should consult other manufactures
of Screen Readers or Magnification Products regarding their DCM status
installing on the same machines that run Windows NT4/W2K/XP specifically.
The only exceptions to this would be previous versions of JAWS for Windows
Connect Outloud as well as updated versions of MAGic 8.02 or later versions
of MAGic including 9.0.
The MAGic 8.02 update is found at:
Note that if you had installed the February 2004 JAWS 5.0 Update (version
5.00.812), we recommend that you now update to the March 2004 update (version
5.00.844 or later). We discovered some stability issues between JAWS and
other DCM products manufactured by the other A T vendors. In some cases
there were stability issues which have since been resolved. We appoligize
for any inconvenience this may have caused.
The MAGic update is
called "MAGic 8.02 Patch required to run with JAWS 5.0."
If you have script files you have created and used in earlier versions
of JAWS, you will need to recompile them in JAWS 5. The JAWS Merge Utility
is currently not available in this release. We plan on returning this
feature in future releases. Sorry for the inconvenience.
For Focus Braille Display users: The drivers for the Freedom Scientific
Focus Braille Display have been updated from earlier versions of JAWS
so that it now includes support for the PAC Mate Portable Braille Display.
When installing JAWS 5, you will receive a message asking you to unplug
the Focus Braille display so the driver can be updated. Please unplug
the device and activate the OK button to continue the installation. After
you complete the installation and start JAWS, reconnect your Focus display
and complete the New Hardware Wizard. You can then restart JAWS and your
Focus will work properly.
and Enhancements in JAWS 5.0 update
of Authorized Serial Numbers
JAWS 5.0 update (34 MB)
Note, choose the following
link only if you are authorized to use a dongle:
the Special JAWS 5.0 Dongle Required update (34 MB)