Need or Want to Switch to NVDA?

Firstly, I’d like to put your mind at ease. I made the switch more than three years ago, from Window-Eyes to NVDA and the learning curve wasn’t steep at all. NVDA is now a fully-fledged and fully-functional screen-reader that is considered by many to be the best around. The best of all? You can simply download a copy of NVDA and start to use it at no cost.
Donations are welcome, but cost should no longer keep you from having access to the latest version of a tool you can use to access your PC, the world wide web and beyond.
Check out the link below for a concise tutorial on switching from Window-Eyes to NVDA. At heading level 3, near the top of the page, there is also a link for switching from JAWS to NVDA and near the end of the article, there is info on how to join a list for users of NVDA.
Please feel free to pass info on to others who might be finding themselves needing or wanting to change screen-readers.
More info at:
https://github.com/nvaccess/nvda-community/wiki/Switching-from-Window-Eyes-to-NVDA/

About NVDA Add-Ons

NVDA is a very flexible and extensible screen reader. NVDA add-ons are additional packages that can be downloaded and installed into your copy of NVDA to enhance existing functionality or add additional features. On these pages, you will find add-ons that have been created and publicly reviewed by members of the community.

Please note that many of these add-ons are not provided by NV Access, so NV Access cannot be held responsible for these add-ons,

To install an add-on, go to the NVDA tools menu, then select manage add-ons. Then select install, navigate to the location where you saved the downloaded add-on and choose the add-on package you wish to install. Alternatively, since version 2012.3, using file manager of your choice, navigate to the location where you stored the add-on, then press ENTER on the nvda-addon file you wish to install. Once you press Open or press ENTER on the add-on file, NVDA will ask if you really wish to install the add-on.

As the functionality of add-ons is unrestricted inside NVDA, which in theory could include accessing your personal data or even the entire system if NVDA is an installed copy, it is very important to only install add-ons from sources you trust.
Once the add-on is installed, NVDA must be restarted for the add-on to start running.

For more information and to download add-ons for NVDA, visit
http://addons.nvda-project.org/index.en.html

These are by no means the only add-ons available for NVDA, but There were more than twenty listed on this page the last time I visited, so feel free to check them out.

Badeyes Launches Second Online Book in Its “WordPress for Badeyes” Series! – Learn how to build a WordPress website using your screen reader

Geof Colis from Badeyes Design & Consulting has just launched his new book in his popular Badeyes series. If you are interested in creating your own blog, membership website, forum or on-line store, Geof will guide you step-by-step along the way. He explains on his site at http://www.wpforbadeyes.com:

“If you’ve never heard of WordPress then I can tell you it is one of the most popular Content Management Systems(CMS) on the planet!
You can literally have a site up and running in minutes and have no development skills whatsoever.
WordPress has an easy to understand and Accessible backend, I started using it back in 2007 and have never looked back.
I’ve created over 50 sites over the years and have roughly 13 live ones, have 2 Themes,1 approved the other in waiting and I did this all while using a screen reader.
As daunting as it may seem I’ll show you how to do it in easy to understand language then you to can start up your own personal Blog or Business site, just check out the “Success Stories”page for those who read the first Book and did just that.”

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