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The official podcast of Freedom Scientific, leaders in assistive technology for blind people and those with low vision. Hosted by Glen Gordon, FSCast features news, interviews, and product demonstrations relating to Freedom Scientific products such as JAWS and ZoomText. FSCast is a great way to make the most of the products you have as well as learning about what's new and what's around the corner.
 
Hosted by Alexandre Bellemare and Olivier D'Anjou, this podcast offers tips and tricks in the daily use of assistive technologies for the blind and low vision users. Many different topics are covered in this podcast. You'll learn about Braille displays, screen readers (JAWS, NVDA, VoiceOver, TalkBack), OCR technologies, recent technology innovations, and much more.
 
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On the archive of August FSOpenLine, public betas of JAWS, ZoomText and Fusion have been released, home annual licenses are now available in Canada, and severe memory leaks on many computers running Dell Waves Audio. Plus, we take your calls on a variety of topics including: a request to show a running clock on Braille status cells, a desire for ad…
 
On FSCast 203, Eric Damery is here to talk about some of the new features coming in JAWS, ZoomText, and Fusion 2022, and how you can try them out early as part of our public betas. Then we’ll get to know Cory Jackson. He’s an escalation specialist in our tech support department, but in his free time has developed a sizable YouTube and TikTok follow…
 
On FSCast 202 we’ll get to know financial educator Chris Peterson and learn about some of the advantages of opening an ABLE account. Then, to celebrate World Emoji Day, I’ll be joined by Garreth Tigwell and Benjamin Gorman, two authors of the paper “Emoji Accessibility for Visually Impaired People.” Transcript available at blog.freedomscientific.co…
 
On FSCast 201, Judy Dixon is here to discuss her new book “Audio Description: What It Is, Where to Find It, and How to Use It.” Then we’ll meet blind math professor Betsey Doane. She spent over 30 years teaching sighted students, and came up with lots of creative ways of showing math visually. Transcript available at blog.freedomscientific.com/fsca…
 
On FSCast 200, it’s the archive of FSOpenLine from May of 2021. We had a great group of callers on a variety of topics including: the best way to fast forward YouTube videos, how to give someone remote control of your PC, JAWS sometimes errantly turning on quick keys when responding to email, and how enabling Braille support in Narrator prevents JA…
 
On FSCast 199, a recording of Glen Gordon’s presentation at the National Coding Symposium, a recent virtual event put on to encourage high school students to think about careers involving programming. Then, a visit with Rocio Casati, the person who’s been making our products work well in Spanish for over twenty years. The process of doing that is f…
 
On FSCast 198, what it takes to make astronomy accessible to people who are blind or low vision. We’ll meet Kate Meredith, President of GLAS Education, and two students involved with the project, to hear how it all came together. Then a visit with legendary GPS pioneer Mike May to hear about his life, and learn what’s new in indoor wayfinding. Tran…
 
On FSCast 197, a spotlight on a great Twitter app for Windows called TWBlue. We’ll meet its author, Manuel Cortez, and hear the program in action. Then a visit with Michael Hudson, longtime JAWS beta tester and the Director of the Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities at Michigan State University. Transcript available at https://blog.freedo…
 
On the archive of the February FSOpenLine, highlights of the February software updates, improved compatibility of JAWS with AVG/Avast antivirus, and your calls on a variety of topics including: Using the Canvas and Blackboard learning platforms, JAWS sluggishness in audio editors, excessive chattiness of recent versions of Zoom, and showing UEB att…
 
On FSCast 195 we’ll meet civil rights activist Ever Lee Hairston. From fighting discrimination and demonstrating with Dr. Martin Luther King, to her journey with vision loss and becoming a leader in the NFB, she has lots of life experience to share. Then Lil Deverell talks about mental mapping and its impact on how we navigate in the world.…
 
On FSCast 194, Matthew Horspool shows us how he uses JAWS Speech and Sound Schemes. He’ll also talk about the perils of having perfect pitch, and the challenges of working as a braille transcriber. Then Joe Sullivan discusses the early years of developing the Duxbury Braille Translator. Transcript available at blog.freedomscientific.com/fscast.…
 
On FSCast 193 we’ll meet Taylor Cox. She’s our first Freedom Scientific Student of the Month. Then it’s over to Amsterdam for a visit with Mohammed Laachir. We’ll hear how he rapidly switched from using ZoomText to using JAWS full-time, and how he went from being an FSOpenLine caller to a JAWS developer. Transcript available at blog.freedomscientif…
 
On the archive of FSOpenLine from November 2020, Your questions about a variety of issues including: Getting Chrome to automatically describe images, JAWS on ARM processors, and multiple selection of items in list boxes on the web. Transcript available at blog.FreedomScientific.comBy Glen Gordon, Rachel Buchanan, Eric Damery, Matt Ater
 
On FSCast 191, Christy Householter talks about Computers for the Blind, a place to get a refurbished computer if you live in the U.S. Then a visit with JAWS scripting ninja Doug Lee. We’ll learn about his life and why he scripts so many popular apps for free. And, finally, a song about JAWS keyboard commands from the students at the Texas School fo…
 
In this podcast published on November 12th, 2020, Alexandre and Olivier discuss about important changes that will occur at Canadialog. These changes will impact the recording and delivery of podcasts. Indeed, the podcast will be suspended for an undetermined period. Olivier and Alexandre will explain you the reasons which motivated this change whic…
 
On FSCast 190, news about the release schedule for Jaws, ZoomText, and Fusion 2021. Rachael Bradley Montgomery talks about escape rooms, what they are, and what Vispero has done to prove that they can be made inclusive of people with disabilities. Then Ed Potter drops in. He’s the man who created Playback, a cassette magazine where blind people tur…
 
In this podcast published on September 23, 2020, Alexandre explains how to change the ringtone, sounds and vibrations on iOS when you receive calls or notifications. In addition to changing the default alert sounds and vibrations, you will learn how to assign a custom ringtone and how to change the sound heard when receiving an SMS for a specific c…
 
On FSCast 189, the 2021 versions of JAWS, ZoomText, and Fusion are just around the corner. We’ll demonstrate the new Voice Assistant, OCR directly to Word, improvements to Picture Smart on the web, and the new streamlined way of reading messages in Outlook. Plus, David Kingsbury is back to talk about his new book: “When One Web Browser Is Not Enoug…
 
On FSCast 187 we’ll get to know Dan Clark who’s been the voice of JAWS training for the past twenty years. We’ll also meet Laura Wolk who just completed a year clerking for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas with JAWS by her side.By Glen Gordon, Dan Clark, Laura Wolk
 
In this podcast published on August 21, 2020, Alexandre provides you with some tips on managing emails with Outlook. See how to sort and organize your emails, change the layout to make it more user-friendly, how to make the CCI field appear, choose which folder Outlook starts in, quickly search in your emails and, finally, you will learn a very sim…
 
In this podcast published on July 24, 2020, Alexandre teaches you, using JAWS, how to navigate through dialogs used to open or save a file. These dialogs are used very often in Windows; however, many users are having a hard time when trying to use them or to navigate across options in there. You will learn how to navigate in these dialog boxes, how…
 
On FSCast 186, we meet blindness consultant and TV producer Joe Strechay who helps ensure that blind people are accurately portrayed in media. There’s news about the new Freedom Scientific training podcast, and Jonathan Mosen drops in with a demo of the new JAWS feature to prevent speech cut off when using certain audio devices.…
 
On FSCast 185, we meet Dave Leo Baker who spent over twenty years in the JAWS scripting department before setting off on his own to pursue a musical career. Jim Snowbarger talks about why Reaper software and his JAWS scripts are a powerful combination for doing any sort of audio production. Plus, Eric Damery with news about what’s in the June produ…
 
In this podcast publish on June 8, 2020, Alexandre shows you how it is possible to install or update most of your preferred apps at once. This can be achieved with the website ninite.com. Ninite is fully accessible and supports a lot of great apps like NVDA which is a free screen reader. Being able to install multiple applications at once can be us…
 
On the May 2020 FSOpenLine, a preview of June product updates that bring a new Braille and Text Viewer, plus a JAWS feature that prevents chopping off the beginning of words when using some laptops and Bluetooth headphones. Of course, we also take your calls on a variety of topics including scripts for YouTube and Wireshark from Doug Lee, and a new…
 
In this podcast published on May 15th, 2020, you will learn more about the new virtual Braille keyboard that has recently become available to users of the TalkBack screen reader on Android. This new keyboard is comparable to the Braille screen input available since many years on iOS. You will see how to make the first setup of this keyboard, we wil…
 
On FSCast 183, we’re joined by Ed Summers, director of accessibility at SAS, to get a stereo demo of the SAS Graphics accelerator, and to learn about accessible SAS tools for doing statistics. He’ll also direct us to some of his blog posts about how he trained himself to listen to synthesized speech at close to 600 words per minute.…
 
In this podcast recorded during the holydays 2019 and published on May 1st 2020, Alexandre and Olivier tell you funny stories about their devices. The goal of this podcast was to change a bit of what we’re used to do and to have some fun sharing our experiences with our listeners. You will learn how our devices survived or not to different type of …
 
In this podcast published April 17th, 2020, see how to retrieve free licenses of JAWS, ZoomText or Fusion software provided by Vispero for the Covid-19. These licenses will be valid until June 30th and you can use them if you’re working at home, for school or if you simply want to do some tests. See also how looks like the new Freedom Scientific’s …
 
In this short podcast published on April 3, 2020, Alexandre is with you to explain how you can free up space on your hard drive using an easy-to-use utility: Windows Disk Cleanup. With this utility, see if unnecessary files can be trashed from your hard drive such as old files belonging to the system, files generated during the upgrade of your PC, …
 
On FSCast 182, we focus on coping with COVID-19. NFB president Mark Riccobono, and ACB president Dan Spoone discuss what these advocacy organizations are doing to help. Richard Tapping talks about product offers for students and employees now at home, and Rachel Buchanan lets us know about special training opportunities.…
 
In this podcast published on March 23, 2020, learn more about the Chromecast, a small device from Google that allows you to stream the content of your choice to your TV from your phone, tablet or computer. Alexandre will be with you to give you some advice on accessibility, teach you the different steps to configure the device, what you can stream …
 
Brian joins John and Larry Gassman to discuss his 25 year career as an assistive technology trainer, the things that motivate him to extend JAWS functionality, and what's new in the products he offers. Plus, a JAWS Power Tip from Michael Fulton.By John Gassman, Larry Gassman, Brian Hartgen
 
In this podcast published November 29, 2019, Alexandre will be with you to show you how easy it is to change a mispronounced word on iOS by using the pronunciation dictionary integrated in VoiceOver. You’ll see how to change the pronunciation by using a different spelling for the word that cause problem or by recording the right pronunciation. You’…
 
In this podcast published November 21, 2019, Alexandre talks about the application Clew. This mobile application available on iOS, can guide you when walking indoor. Indications are based on a route that must be first registered in the system. The application uses Apple ARKit (Augmented Reality) technology to explore what’s around you and provide y…
 
Have you thought about what you can do with a smart watch? A smart watch is a great complement to your smart phone, but it can also provides data on your health and do more. In this podcast published November 6th, 2019, Alexandre and Olivier will be with you to introduce you to the Apple Watch. You’ll learn more about what it can do and how accessi…
 
In this podcast published October 29, 2019, Olivier will be with you to give you tips and tricks on how to use Windows Defender antivirus integrated into Windows. Using Windows Narrator on Windows 10, you’ll learn how to navigate in the Windows Defender interface, how to scan your computer against threat, different types of scan available and how t…
 
Eric Damery is back to get you prepared for the upcoming product releases, Debee Armstrong offers up a JAWS Power tip, and Rachel Buchanan talks about the ongoing process of enhancing free product training and documentation.By John Gassman, Larry Gassman, Eric Damery, Rachel Buchanan
 
In this podcast published October 17, 2019, Alexandre explains how it is possible to create shortcuts on your desktop. Shortcuts can help you access applications, documents, websites, files, folders, etc. that you use frequently. The podcast is suitable for Windows 10 and JAWS. Here are some useful info you should keep in mind Command you must type…
 
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