NVDA – Popular free screen reader for vision impaired people

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Compared with other expensive screen reading software, NVDA (short for NonVisual Desktop Access) is a very excellent and popular free, open-source screen reader specially designed for visual-disables to operate Windows OS and applications on it.

In fact, what NVDA does is to complete a transformation to the text content on your screen (from text to speech) through a speech engine like Siri. And what computer users with visual impairment should do is to cooperate with the appropriate speech engines and slowly adapt to this, that’s all. Finally, NVDA enables you to be able to do a lot of things that may be completely unthinkable when close your eyes, such as:

  • Use web browsers to browse webpages
  • Use Microsoft Word to write a report, and then organize the content according to a strict format
  • Write and publish blog posts
  • Record, edit, mix and publish audio, like: singing and making music
  • Use tools for audio production, like Reaper, GoldWave, Audacity and Sonar
  • Use Eclipse, Visual Studio and ancient NotePad++ to code web or desktop apps
  • ….

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  • Support for popular applications including web browsers, email, internet chatting, and office programs including Word and Excel.
  • NVDA can be installed directly on to your computer, but it has the ability to run entirely from a USB stick or other portable media.
  • Built-in speech synthesizer for English and more than 43 other languages.
  • Reporting of textual formatting where available, such as font name and size, style and spelling errors.
  • Automatic announcement of text under the mouse and optional audible indication of the mouse position.
  • Support for many refreshable braille displays.
  • Easy to use talking installer.
  • Support for common accessibility interfaces including Java Access Bridge.
  • Support for Windows command prompt and console applications.

NVDA is written in Python, so if someone has mastered this kind of programming language, AppNee hopes you can help to improve NVDA to a certain extent, which can benefit more users, because NVDA’s open-source. Ashamed, AppNee knows nothing about Python language and don’t have enough ability to write such a powerful desktop application. But instead, we will put more compatibility and consideration for visually impaired users on our all web apps slowly, this especially includes SoulCourier and SoleWe.

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  • NVDA’s installation process is very lengthy. So, pay more patience.

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