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Freedom Scientific Releases JAWS 11

Users Praise the Benefits of "Research It" Feature

(St. Petersburg, Florida - October 19, 2009)

Freedom Scientific today announced the English release of JAWS® version 11, the world's leading screen reader for visually impaired computer users. This new release includes features that will expand educational and employment opportunities for users at all levels. These new features include Research It, Word Index, a free software DAISY player, and enhancements specifically for Windows® 7, including UI Automation support and improved ARIA support.

The new Research It feature lets users quickly access information for any application and immediately return to what they were doing. Use just a few keystrokes to look up information such as word definitions, Wikipedia results, weather conditions, news stories, or even sports scores. When you have finished reviewing the information, simply press ESCAPE to return to your current task. An Internet connection is all that is required to use Research It with JAWS 11.

For more information, listen to the September 2009 FSCast Episode 34, where this feature and others are demonstrated and discussed in detail.

Beginning with PAC Mate Omni™ earlier this year and now with JAWS 11, Freedom Scientific is pleased to include a free FSReader™ software DAISY player for all of our customers. "There is no question that DAISY books are becoming more and more a part of our everyday lives," said Eric Damery, Vice President of Software Product Management, "and having a free reader installed along with our screen reader and MAGic® screen magnification products is a real benefit. We have also updated all the free Basic Training DAISY books, and they are all now shipping right on the DVD.

"Windows 7, the new operating system from Microsoft® scheduled to release on October 22, 2009, has been fully tested with JAWS 11 and is working great. This new OS includes many changes over both Windows XP® and Windows Vista®, especially in the areas such as Windows Explorer, the Task Bar, Windows Calculator, and even the Start Menu. JAWS has been updated to make it a very friendly and easy transition for our customers when they migrate to new computers with Windows 7 in the future."

Hear All the New JAWS 11 Features Demonstrated in FSCast

Listen to Eric Damery, Product Manager for JAWS, and Jonathan Mosen, Vice President of Blindness Hardware Product Management, discuss the latest JAWS 11 enhancements in both the August 2009 FSCast Episode 33 and the September 2009 FSCast Episode 34. The August FSCast covers all the new features, and the September FSCast discusses more changes to Research It and includes an interview with Glen Gordon, the Chief Technology Officer. For more information about JAWS 11, see the What's New page.

About Freedom Scientific

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

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