2006 Conference General Sessions

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SCREEN MAGNIFICATION – MY WAY, MY COMPUTER, MY REMOTE ACCESS!
 

Presenter(s)
Tyler Brown
Freedom Scientific
11800 31st Court North
St. Petersburg
FL 33716-1805

Day Phone: 727-803-8000 ext 1160
Email: TylerB@FreedomScientific.com

Presenter #2
Dusty Voorhees
Freedom Scientific
11800 31st Court North
St. Petersburg
FL 33716-1805

Day Phone: 727-803-8000 ext 1021
Fax: 727-803-8001
Email: DustyV@FreedomScientific.com

This presentation will highlight the powerful visual and auditory features of Freedom Scientific's MAGic Screen Magnification. Focus will be placed on user customization and remote access.

This presentation will highlight the powerful visual and auditory features of Freedom Scientific's MAGic Screen Magnification. Focus will be placed on user customization and remote access.

The key to a great magnification product is simplicity with options. MAGic Screen Magnification offers a simple user interface coupled with the most compelling customization features on the market today. This session will provide an overview of the many powerful visual and auditory features in MAGic. Focus will then shift to customizing MAGic to meet each user’s individual needs. The session will end with a demonstration of remote access.

MAGic provides a wide range of visual features designed around making the screen readable, improving screen contrast, eliminating problem colors, and tracking screen information. The session will cover the visual enhancements that allow users to effectively utilize their computer by improving productivity and increasing eye endurance.

Color enhancements are the easiest way to improve screen contrast and limit eye fatigue. Attendees will learn about features that allow trainers and users to tweak the screen by blending or using exclusively features ranging from brightness adjustment to color tinting and color replacement. Participants will see how easy it is to save different configurations as schemes .They will also learn how to use different schemes for different applications and transfer the schemes to other computers.

Tracking the movement of the mouse pointer and cursor as they move around the screen can be problematic for many users. This demonstration will show how to change the colorization of both the mouse pointer and cursor. Attendees will also learn how to apply variable enhancements that can be displayed around the mouse pointer and cursor to make them more noticeable.

While screen readers need to tell users a lot of detail about what is on the screen, many low vision users only want the minimum amount of audible information needed to compliment what they are seeing. MAGic’s new verbosity settings allow users to make a wide variety of adjustments to the information that is spoken. They can even replace spoken text with sounds to provide quicker and less distracting feedback. Verbosity schemes allow users to set up a variety of configurations that can be used in different applications to accomplish similar purposes, such as proofreading documents or reading for recreation.

MAGic’s speech capability has now been expanded to allow the active voice to indicate where the speech is originating from. Users can designate different voices for reading, mouse speech, menus and dialogs, and more, giving them the ability to recognize audibly when a dialog box appears or other event occurs. Users can create voice schemes with different variations for when they need to “speed read” a document, proofread a document, or receive an email in one of the other languages they speak.

One of the newest features of MAGic is the ability to have application specific settings. We will demonstrate how to tweak settings to match the needs of the current application and then save those settings so they are automatically activated whenever the user switches to that application.

The session will finish with a demonstration of using MAGic remote access to run MAGic when working remotely on a computer. During a remote session, you can use programs on the server just as if the were running on your own computer.

At the end of this session, attendees will understand the benefits of using MAGic’s visual and auditory features to access their computer applications. They should be familiar with the features of MAGic and understand the customization options available for meeting their individual needs.


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