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WHAT’S NEW WITH WINDOW-EYES AND HOW YOU CAN INFLUENCE FUTURE RELEASES

Presenter
Clarence Whaley
GW Micro
725 Airport North Office Park
Fort Wayne, IN 46825
615-383-6248
Fax: 615-269-5288
Email: Clarence@gwmicro.com

In this session we will examine the many new features of Window-Eyes. We will also look at what determines new features and how you can influence the future. We will also look at the influence mainstream companies have and how working with these mainstream companies improves the lives of those of us who are blind.

It is always a challenge to come up with new features for a product, get the product out in a timely fashion and maintain the “rock solid” product you expect from us. We will not release a product just to be releasing something new. All of our releases go through extensive private beta testing as well as a long public beta cycle. During these beta cycles we listen to our testers, fix the problems they find and keep the product in beta as long as necessary to correct problems.

Here we will examine the new Macromedia Flash Reader and how it opens up web pages that heretofore appeared blank to us. This new access gives us information that we never saw before. The popular Flash pages are now being used by many web developers and we can now enjoy this content like everyone else. You will see things in this demonstration that you wouldn’t believe were out there.

We will also examine the new Realone player and see what the use of MSAA has done for it. You will see how easily Realone can be used now and what a great source of entertainment and access to content it allows.

At this time we will also take a look at the new product coming from Adobe and how many of the problems encountered in the past are no longer issues. This is one of the most exciting developments, and you will be more than pleased with the new access allowed.

Also, we will take a look at the set file structure used by Window-Eyes and the evolution that is taking place. We will explain how this evolution gives you power you never expected before. Microsoft Office and many other applications come alive and offer the ultimate in access for those of us who are blind.

In the past we have had to work very hard to convince mainstream companies to work with us to give us what we need to make their products accessible. This is changing. Due to the reputation that GW Micro has established as the leading experts with MSAA many mainstream companies are knocking on our door. This is refreshing and shows that companies really do care about making their products and services accessible. Examples of this are such companies as Real.com, audible.com, Rhinosoft, Sygate and many more. This means that software used by everyone else can be used by us. We will take a look at several of these applications today.

We have always listened to your suggestions for the future, but this is your chance today to speak up and tell us what is still lacking and what you would like to see in future releases. We can’t promise that all can be done, but we certainly listen and every suggestion goes on our list. Also, we are obviously influenced by what our competition does just as they are by what we do. This competition is good and only means better products for us all. You will now have a chance to speak up, and we will listen.


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