[AI] Contemporary screen readers

Kotian, H P hpkotian at rbi.org.in
Thu Jul 29 00:24:34 EDT 2010


Hello
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Harish Kotian.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Jeevan <jeevanre at onyadigital.com>
Date: 2010/7/28
Subject: FW: Various Screen Readers for Various OS
To: jeevan.anupalle at gmail.com

Contemporary screen readers
Screen reader
Creator
Supported platforms
License
Notes
95Reader             SSCT      Windows             Commercial       Japanese screen reader
Blindows             BAUM Retec (formerly Audiodata)          Windows             Commercial       Supports Microsoft Active Accessibility (MSAA) and the Java Access Bridge.
BRLTTY  The BRLTTY Team             *nix and Windows console         Free and open source (GPL2)     Available to download; part of most Linux distributions
Capture Assistant
Renovation Software
Windows             Commercial       Multilanguage screen reader
Claro ScreenRuler Suite                Claro Software  Windows             Commercial       Provides a "strip" or "ruler" across the screen.
Edbrowse
Karl Dahlke         *nix console      Free and open source    Makes a complete audio desktop, including web access with JavaScript support.
Spoken Web
Eyal Shalom       Windows             Free Web Site   A free web portal managing a wide range of articles
Emacspeak
T. V. Raman        Emacs (on *nix)                Free and open source    Turns Emacs into a "complete audio desktop".
Fire Vox
Charles L. Chen Unix, Linux, Windows, OS X        Free and open source    For browsing with firefox only (plugin)
Gnopernicus
BAUM Retec AG                GNOME/Linux
Free and open source    Used to be bundled with GNOME, but now replaced by Orca. Includes a screen magnifier. Supports AT-SPI and the Java Access Bridge.
HAL        Dolphin Computer Access
Windows             Commercial       Supports MSAA, the Java Access Bridge, and PDF. 30 day Free Trial available for download.
HT Reader           HT Visual             Windows             Commercial       Includes support for MSAA and PDF.
iZoom   Issist      Windows             Commercial       Screen magnifier with low-vision speech capabilities. Includes support for Mozilla Firefox.
JAWS
Freedom Scientific
Windows and DOS          Commercial for Windows; freeware for DOS      Includes support for MSAA, the Java Access Bridge, and PDF.
Leitor de Telas
MC / CPqD          Windows             Free       Brazilian Portuguese screen reader. MSAA support.
Linux Screen Reader (LSR)           GNOME/Linux   GNOME/Linux   Free and open source    Supports AT-SPI.
SodelsCot           Sodels Factory  Windows             Commercial       Spanish screen reader
LookOUT              Choice Technology         Windows             Commercial       Also available integrated with a screen magnifier.
MAGic   Freedom Scientific         Windows             Commercial       Speech magnifier with low-vision speech capabilities. It can be used together with JAWS.
Microsoft Narrator
Microsoft            Windows             Commercial       Bundled with recent versions of Windows, this basic screen reader makes use of MSAA.
Mobile Speak
Code Factory     Symbian OS, Windows Mobile
Commercial       Full-fledged screen readers and Braille interfaces that let you access your mobile phone. One-month trial version available.
Model T Reader                Dolphin Computer Access           DOS       Freeware
NonVisual Desktop Access (NVDA)
NonVisual Desktop Access project          Windows             Free and open source (GPL2)     Programmed and scriptable in Python. Supports Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Word, Excel and Outlook Express, and Mozilla Thunderbird to a more limited degree. Supports web content using JavaScript. No Java Access Bridge support yet. IAccessible2 support is being implemented.
Orca
GNOME/Linux   *nix       Free and open source    Bundled with GNOME. Supports AT-SPI and the Java Access Bridge.
PC-Talker            Kochi System Development       Windows             Commercial       Japanese screen reader. Supports MSAA and Flash[1]
PCVoz   EzHermatic         Windows             Commercial       Available to buy or download trial. Supports MSAA.
Proloquo             AssistiveWare   Mac OS X
Commercial       Includes a license for Infovox iVox. 15 days trial.
Read & Write     Texthelp Systems            Windows and Mac OS    Commercial       Support toolbar designed to assist users who require extra assistance when reading or composing text.
Simply Talker    EcoNet International     Windows             Commercial       Trial download available.
SUSE-Blinux       Novell  Linux
Free and open source
Supernova          Dolphin Computer Access
Windows             Commercial       Includes a screen magnifier and output to Braille devices. 30 day Free Trial available for download. Supports MSAA, the Java Access Bridge, and PDF.
System Access  Serotek                Windows             Commercial       Trial download available. Supports Microsoft Internet Explorer (including DHTML/Ajax and Flash), Outlook Express, Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Skype, and Adobe Reader. No support for Java yet.
Talks      Nuance Communications             Symbian OS Series 60 or 80         Commercial       Presentation and free Trial Version to be found on the site.
Thunder ScreenReader Sensory Software            Windows             Freeware            Supports MSAA.
Virgo
BAUM Retec AG                Windows             Commercial       Trial download available. Supports MSAA and the Java Access Bridge.
Virtual Vision
MicroPower       Windows             Commercial       Brazilian screen reader. Supports MSAA.
WebAnywhere
University of Washington            Web      Free and Open Source (new BSD)            Doesn't require any software installation to run so can be used at any public terminal that has sound available - works on any platform.
WinZoom            Clarity   Windows             Commercial       Screen reader with magnifier. USB version doesn't require any installation and can be used on any public computer.
Window-Eyes
GW Micro            Windows             Commercial       Available to buy or download 30-minutes per Windows session demo. Supports MSAA.
Screen Access for All      National Association for the Blind, New Delhi   Windows             Open source
ZoomText
Ai Squared          Windows             Commercial       Includes a screen magnifier. Trial download available.
Screen reader   Creator Supported platforms     License Notes
  Software aids for people with reading difficulties
*              Penfriend from Penfriend Ltd
*              ClaroRead from Claro Software
*              EasyTutor from Dolphin Computer Access
*              EnVision: basic multi-featured Windows accessibility tool
*              Read & Write, Screenreader from TextHelp Systems
*              yRead from Spacejock Software
*              ReadPlease from ReadPlease Corporation
*              TextAloud from NextUp.com
*              Alvin Kurzweil 1000 (for the visually impaired) and Kurzweil 3000 (for those with reading difficulty) from Kurzweil Educational Systems
*              Read:OutLoud from Don Johnston, Inc.
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