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Freedom Scientific Releases JAWS 18

Interoperability with Upcoming ZoomText 11, Vocalizer Expressive 2.2, Migration Feature, and Talking Mouse

(St. Petersburg, Florida - October 31, 2016)

Freedom Scientific today announced the release of version 18 of JAWS® for Windows, the world's premier screen reading software. Significant new features include:

  • Greatly improved interoperability with the upcoming release of ZoomText 11
  • Support for Nuance's Vocalizer Expressive 2.2 synthesizer, adding voices and new language support in Croatia and India
  • Migration feature to assist users moving settings from version to version and computer to computer
  • Talking Mouse, to help especially when using JAWS with either ZoomText 11 or MAGic 13.1 and above

With the recent addition of AiSquared to the VFO™ family several months ago, a priority for JAWS 18 and the new ZoomText 11 release was interoperability between the two products.

“Helping our customers who install and use both products at the same time is a priority now, as we strive to make sure the users of ZoomText can now experience the same benefit our MAGic customers have experienced for years when running alongside JAWS. Synchronized visual tracking on the web as JAWS navigation and reading is happening is a real plus,” says Eric Damery, Vice President of Software Product Management. “Add the new migration tool, and JAWS users will find the instant access to their JAWS 17 settings, after installing JAWS 18, making this one of the smoothest annual upgrades yet.”

The JAWS 18 upgrade is a Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA) release and can be downloaded as either a 32- or 64-bit version from the JAWS downloads web page. English, German, French, Spanish, Dutch, and French Canadian have all posted simultaneously and DVD shipments to SMA holders and new product customers will commence within a week.

About Freedom Scientific

Freedom Scientific is a leading worldwide brand of assistive technology products for those with vision impairments. Since 2015, Freedom Scientific is part of VFO™. VFO has its headquarters in the USA and the Netherlands, and offices in Switzerland, Belgium, Canada, Germany and the United Kingdom. Through VFO's multi-tier distribution, Freedom Scientific products are available in more than 70 countries worldwide.

Freedom Scientific® and JAWS® are registered trademarks in the United States and/or other countries. The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.