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Freedom Scientific FSCast
54 minutes | Jan 25, 2023
FSCast 225, Bill McCann of Dancing Dots, & Campbell Rutherford, a former Student Of The Month
On FSCast 225, we celebrate Braille Literacy Month with two guests for whom braille plays a pivotal role. Bill McCann, founder of Dancing Dots, has been helping blind musicians with all aspects of music creation for the past 32 years. And Campbell Rutherford, a former Freedom Scientific Student of the Month, is now studying applied mathematics at Harvard. Transcript at blog.FreedomScientific.com/FSCast.
44 minutes | Dec 14, 2022
FSCast 224, archive of the November 2022 FSOpenLine
On FSCast 224, it's the archive of the November 2022 FSOpenLine. We discuss improved support for the Outlook Scheduling assistant in JAWS 2023, and take your questions on a variety of topics including: searching for commands in JAWS and Office apps, preventing mail from going to the Outlook Junk folder, and providing resources to people who create inaccessible PDF files. Transcript at Blog.FreedomScientific.com/FSCast.
50 minutes | Nov 30, 2022
FSCast 223, Kim Charlson & Thomas Reid discuss the 2022 Audio Description Awards
On FSCast 223, it’s the Second Annual Audio Description Awards put on by the American Council of the Blind. We’ll hear about some of the winners and talk about all things audio description with Kim Charlson, co-chair of the ACB Audio Description Project, and Thomas Reid, audio description narrator and host of the Gala two years running. Transcript available at blog.FreedomScientific.com/FSCast.
57 minutes | Oct 26, 2022
FSCast 222, A demo of how to customize notifications using regular expressions, and Leona Godin discusses her book There Plant Eyes
On FSCast 222, we’ll demonstrate how creating rules to manage notifications just got more powerful, thanks to the use of regular expressions. It may sound a bit intimidating, but we’ll take it step by step, and you’ll see just how easy it really is. Then we’ll meet M. Leona Godin and hear about her book “There Plant Eyes: A Personal and Cultural History of Blindness.” Transcript and links available at blog.FreedomScientific.com/FSCast.
58 minutes | Sep 28, 2022
FSCast 221, Christine Ha talks about her career as a blind chef, and Judy Dixon discusses her book "Formatting Documents For Appearance"
On FSCast 221, we’ll get to know chef and entrepreneur Christine Ha. Since winning “Master Chef” Season 3 back in 2012, she’s published a cookbook, opened multiple restaurants, hosted a cooking show on AMI Canada, and more. Then Judy Dixon will be here to talk about her latest book. It’s about Microsoft Word and called “Formatting Documents for Appearance.” Transcript available at blog.FreedomScientific.com/FSCast.
48 minutes | Sep 14, 2022
FSCast 220, Archive of the August 2022 FSOpenLine
On the Archive of the August 2022 FSOpenLine, Ryan Jones, Glen Gordon, and Rachel Buchanan take your calls on a variety of topics including: Math in Braille with JAWS, switching Braille tables on the fly, Quick Keys in Word, efficiently reading Windows event logs, and why new JAWS versions are installed along side old ones. Transcript available at blog.FreedomScientific.com/FSCast.
55 minutes | Aug 31, 2022
FSCast 219, Ryan Jones previews our 2023 software public betas, and we meet Svetlana, Freedom Scientific’s July Student Of The Month
On FSCast 219, we’ll spend some time with Ryan Jones, Freedom Scientific’s new Vice President of Software Product Management. He’ll share a bit of his background, talk about what’s coming in the JAWS, ZoomText, and Fusion 2023 product betas, and demonstrate the new JAWS Smart Glance feature. Then a visit with Svetlana, the Freedom Scientific July Student of the Month. Transcript available at blog.FreedomScientific.com/FSCast.
52 minutes | Jul 27, 2022
FSCast 218, Eric Damery shares stories about his 28 year career advocating for our software
On FSCast 218, Eric Damery joins Glen Gordon for what will probably be the last time. After over 28 years tirelessly advocating for JAWS and other software, and always being around to help users who are having problems, he’s decided to retire. This time, rather than talking about a new product feature, Eric is here to reflect upon some of the highlights of his career. You can read the transcript, and listen to some of the obsolete 1996 JAWS 2.0 training tapes, at blog.FreedomScientific.com/FSCast.
43 minutes | Jul 13, 2022
FSCast 217, archive of the June 2022 FSOpenLine
On the archive of the June 2022 FSOpenLine, we take your calls on a variety of topics including: using JAWS with the Dvorak keyboard layout, a request for better support of WhatsApp on Windows, using JAWS with the touch screen on a Surface Pro, switching from JAWS Professional to a Home license, and lack of spoken feedback when selecting messages in Thunderbird. Read the transcript at blog.FreedomScientific.com/FSCast
54 minutes | Jun 29, 2022
FSCast 216, A Demo of the JAWS Notification History Manager, and a visit with Richard Oehm
On FSCast 216, we have an answer to the age-old question, “What do you do about applications that tell us too much?” It’s the new JAWS Notification History Manager to the rescue. With it, you can gain precise control over which messages are spoken and which are shown in Braille. We’ll get you started by demonstrating how to make Microsoft Edge less chatty. Then we’ll get to know Richard Oehm, electronics engineer, entrepreneur, doctor of Optacons, and all-around interesting guy. Read the transcript at blog.FreedomScientific.com/FSCast.
47 minutes | May 25, 2022
FSCast 215, Joe Stephen, long time JAWS developer, and Toby Willis, Senior Product Manager for Inclusive Travel at Expedia
On FSCast 215 we’ll get to know long-time developer Joe Stephen. In addition to his work on JAWS, he does manual labor on his family farm in rural Tasmania and manages to find the time to add accessibility support to some handheld ham radios. Then Toby Willis will be here to talk about Expedia and their current initiatives to make booking travel more inclusive. Text transcript at blog.FreedomScientific.com/FSCast
51 minutes | Apr 27, 2022
FSCast 214, Adrian Amandi discusses the upcoming National Coding Symposium, and a visit with Gary O'Donoghue, Chief North America Political Correspondent for BBC News
On FSCast 214, Adrian Amandi will be here to talk about the Second Annual National Coding Symposium. It’s aimed at blind students of all ages to get them interested in careers in software development. The conference is free, online, and available to people worldwide. Then we’ll get to know Gary O’Donoghue, Chief North America Political Correspondent for the BBC, and longtime JAWS user.
41 minutes | Mar 30, 2022
FSCast 213, Dr. Robert Englebretson discusses his ongoing research about how Braille is taught
On FSCast 213, Dr. Robert Englebretson, Associate Professor of Linguistics at Rice University, discusses the Braille code for the International Phonetic Alphabet, why reading Braille is different than reading print, and his ongoing research about how Braille is taught. Transcript available at https://blog.FreedomScientific.com/FSCast
46 minutes | Mar 10, 2022
FSCast 212, archive of the February 2022 FSOpenLine
On the archive of the February 2022 FSOpenLine, we take your calls on a variety of topics including: new VocalizerExpressive voices in the latest software updates, keystrokes for identifying the site to which a link points, finding out where a file will be saved, Eloquence spontaneously getting louder mid sentence, and certain video cards hijacking keystrokes to rotate the screen. Transcript available at blog.freedomscientific.com/FSOpenLine.
51 minutes | Feb 23, 2022
FSCast 211, Chancey Fleet talks training workshops offered by the New York Public Library, and an intro to working at the Windows Command Prompt
On FSCast 211, Chancey Fleet discusses training workshops offered by the New York Public Library, many of which are online and available to everyone. She’s also quite the expert on 3D printing and will share some resources for doing that accessibly. Then Glen demonstrates using the new Windows Terminal, and gives an introduction to working at the Windows Command Prompt. Transcript available at blog.FreedomScientific.com/FSCast
62 minutes | Jan 26, 2022
FSCast 210, Marine Biologist Maureen Hayden, plus Independence Science making experiments accessible
On FSCast 210, a focus on accessible science. Maureen Hayden will share her experiences being low vision and doing her Ph.D. in marine biology. Then Dr. Greg Williams and Ashley Neybert from Independence Science demonstrate the Talking LabQuest and Logger Pro® software, tools for making science experiments accessible. Of course, JAWS plays an active part in the accessibility story. Transcript available at blog.freedomscientific.com/fscast.
55 minutes | Dec 23, 2021
FSCast 209, Ryan Jones' Christmas light show, and international blindness advocate Pedro Zurita
On FSCast 209, Ryan Jones is here to talk about the process of running is annual Christmas light show involving thousands of lights choreographed to music. He does everything from putting lights on the roof to sequencing the light display using special software that JAWS makes accessible. Then we'll meet Pedro Zurita who has spent his life advocating for blind people around the world and served as secretary general of the World Blind Union from 1986 to 2000. Transcript available at blog.FreedomScientific.com/FSCast, as is the letter Pedro Zurita wrote to Louis Braille.
57 minutes | Dec 13, 2021
FSCast 208, archive of December 2021 FSOpenLine
On the archive of the December FSOpenLine, we take your calls on a variety of topics including: ideas to improve Text Analyzer, JAWS failing to announce word count when reading the Word Status Bar, shortcut keys for JAWS speech history, simplified Braille tables for Braille learners, and the status of JAWS running on computers that use an ARM processor.
47 minutes | Nov 24, 2021
FSCast 207, What's new in Windows 11, Cassandra McNabb McKinney interview
On FSCast 207, improvements to Tandem security require JAWS and Fusion to be up to date, and Richard Kuzma tells us how he’s using a combination of Tandem and Voice Assistant to support a fellow blind user. Though Windows 11 sports a new visual look, it’s very much like Windows 10 if you’re a JAWS user. We’ll demonstrate some of what’s changed to help you decide if now is the time to update. Plus, a visit with Cassandra McNabb McKinney whose low vision and works as a funeral director and Embalmer. She had a personal calling to pursue this profession, and we’ll here the story of what it took to get to where she is today.
25 minutes | Oct 27, 2021
FSCast 206, Accessible McDonald's order kiosks
On FSCast 206, McDonald’s has partnered with Freedom Scientific and TPGI to develop their accessible self-order kiosks. Over 500 have rolled out throughout the U.S., with more coming before the end of 2021. Ryan Jones will give us a demo. And then we’ll talk with Kelsey Hall, a product manager on the McDonald’s Digital Accessibility team, about how all the pieces of the project came together. Transcrript at blog.freedomscientific.com/FSCast.
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