J-Say 22.0 is Released!
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What is J-Say ?
J-Say is the world leader in providing a blind person with the ability to control the computer with the human voice.
J-Say brings together Dragon professional from Nuance, and JAWS For Windows from Freedom Scientific. However although the product integrates these applications, it also presents the User with an easy to understand interface enabling interaction with the computer using natural language and easy to remember and understand vocabulary.
That's Good Terminology, But What Does it Actually Mean?
It's quite simple. You can talk to the computer and it talks back to you. You can control most aspects of the computer just by using your voice, so J-Say is ideal for anyone who cannot (or does not want to use) the keyboard. See J-Say in Action or Hear Our Audio Podcast!
Who can use it?
As the product has evolved the range of people who are benefiting from the technology has increased. From people who simply want to be more productive and use their voice as an additional means of computer input and control, to individuals who have complex combinations of needs, and who find it difficult if not impossible to make use of computer technology using traditionally accepted methods of input access and control.
Even more remarkably many people interacting with this technology do not have a visual impairment simply finding it difficult or uncomfortable to use the computer screen and so find the J-Say approach more suited to their needs.
Can't I Use Dragon and JAWS for Windows Without J-Say?
Please do try it. We would really like you to! Remember, do not touch the computer keyboard. Within a minute or two, you will soon discover it is an extremely frustrating experience.
In addition to our amazing J-Say features listed below, the product gives you:
Complete echo back of your dictation. This is essential so that, as a screen-reader user, you understand that the text you have dictated is accurately reproduced.
Complete voice access to all of the JAWS screen-reading functions.
Many features which have been specially designed for blind people who use voice recognition technology. With 15 years of experience working with individuals who cannot use the keyboard, Hartgen Consultancy truly understand the features people need to ensure they are productive and not frustrated when using the computer in this way. Many of our productivity features go way beyond those which Dragon offers to the sighted user.
Online help which fully explains how a blind person can independently install and use the software without sighted assistance. The extremely comprehensive tutorial is designed with blind people in mind, and spoken context sensitive guidance is given in many areas of the program.
What applications does J-Say work with?
J-Say provides access to applications which reflect the three most common things which people need to do with computers on a day-to-day basis.
Complete access to this application is made possible enabling people, without having to touch the keyboard or look at the screen, to create documents, control text layout, fill in forms and other complex documents, and open/save files, among other things.
If you need to word process, doing it the J-Say way takes away the need to use either one's hands or one's eyes, do it all controlling the application with your voice and accessing the computer screen with your ears.
If you need to work with e-mail, then J-Say Pro provides you with a set of tools to enable you to take complete control of anything e-mail related.
From creating messages to Email navigation, moving and copying messages to folders, to keeping track of your schedule through the Outlook calendar. Our user interface to Microsoft Outlook provides the user with fast, efficient and effective access and control to all aspects of the application.
Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome
J-Say technology provides intuitive access to all aspects of internet navigation and control. From the finding, launching and browsing of WebPages, to the completion of web forms such as searches and shopping carts, J-Say provides the user with natural language internet access like never before.
What Else Can I Expect from J-Say?
Dictate text in a natural way and have it instantly echoed back to you.
Rapidly move through list items, words, lines, sentences and paragraphs and have the selected unit spoken back. No need to wait until JAWS has finished reciting the text, just speak the next command.
Use natural language commands to gain access to the many features of JAWS for Windows. For example, say the words "Be Quiet" to instantly silence the speech synthesiser, or "talk faster" and "talk slower" to change the rate of the speech.
Create J-Say Text Notes which can reproduce lengthy text passages (such as twenty paragraphs) with a single voice command.
Easily work with files using Microsoft File Explorer and J-Say Tags. Files and folders can be marked for cutting, copying or deleting.
Get the local weather or time zone for any city in the world or read the latest news from many sources.
Use the J-Say Clock to set countup and countdown timers and alarms, or hear Westminster Chimes throughout the day.
Quickly and easily search on Google, Wikipedia, Amazon, eBay, Youtube and a number of online library catalogues. Ideal for people who are learning to use the internet through to the experienced user. You can also search for, and play, podcast episodes courtesy of the iTunes Store from Apple.
Search your computer quickly for files, folder or internet favorites.
Keep track of appointments with J-Say Diary.
Move directly to specific sections of web pages with J-Say Alerts.
Listen to the radio, audio files or CD's and control playback from within any program.
Manage many aspects of iTunes from Apple.
Dictate text into a portable recorder and have the audio transcribed as text with J-Say Audio Transcription support.
Take control of your Braille display. It is no longer necessary to remember the key combinations to control the Braille output. These commands will also prove to be a tremendous advantage to people who can read Braille, but who do not have the dexterity necessary to press buttons or keys on the unit.
Execute many commonly used procedures within the WINDOWS operating system with voice commands. Good examples would be to move directly to the WINDOWS Desktop or to maximize the application and document windows, so that the program fills the entire screen.
Teach the software how you pronounce words and phrases with our interface which allows you to easily add them to the vocabulary. Our special utility can also be used by sighted assistants if necessary. Alternatively, use the superb access to the Dragon Professional correction system.
The J-Say Configuration Wizard lets you take control of all the product's special functions without the need to remember a number of voice commands.
Move through tables easily either within Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge or Microsoft Word. Again, the navigation language is simple to learn with no complications.
Use our slick Back-Up and restore utilities to make a permanent copy of your speech files and restore them at a later date if necessary.
And much much more including support for Microsoft Excel, Skype, Twitter, and Sonos audio devices.
Further Information about J-Say
Assuming a level of installation and training is purchased, J-Say can be easily configured to allow a physically disabled and visually impaired person to independently carry out tasks such as dialing telephone numbers, through to using software-based DVD and DAISY talking book players. J-Say Pro can also be customized to perform optimally with applications used in the workplace.
J-Say allows you to dictate text into almost any application and have the text echoed back. In the event that Dragon NaturallySpeaking itself is unable to communicate directly with the required program, the Dictation Box can be used. This is an environment where text can be dictated and edited before immediate transfer to the application. J-Say of course supports the Dictation Box.
Moreover if you are familiar with the many J-Say screen-reading commands, the chances of you being able to work with a non-standard application without the need for scripting are high.
You may also care to Purchase Training from The Speech Gurus by calling 1-888-641-6776 extension 1.
In terms of support, J-Say comes equipped with our extremely thorough documentation relating to installation and usage.
Computer Specifications and Software Requirements - What You Need to Know!
Please read this section carefully!
It is important that the computer on which J-Say and associated products are to be installed conforms to the following minimum specification, and that the software requirements are met.
8GB of RAM is the absolute minimum but 16GB would be better.
All releases of Microsoft Windows7, Windows 8, Windows 10 and Windows 11.
Microsoft Office 365 is highly recommended!
JAWS for Windows version 18 and above, 2022 and 2023 recommended (2023 needs JSay 21)
Zoomtext Fusion with JAWS for Windows 2018 thru 2023 (2023 needs JSay 21)
Dragon Professional version 15.3,15.6 or 16. If within the United States, please Contact Us! by Email or telephone for pricing details!
A high quality headset/microphone. Please Contact Us! by Email or telephone for microphone recommendations.
Optionally, a high quality portable digital recorder for audio transcription. Please Contact Us! by Email or telephone to discuss which voice recorder would be suitable!
About the J-Say User Guide
The J-Say User Guide comprises three Books. The first Book consists of the "Installation Guide", which gives you step by step detail on how to install your J-Say product. It goes onto describe the voice training enrolment process and how to configure the Windows operating system, associated applications and the J-Say software to perform optimally. Finally, the "Installation Guide" discusses the hardware and software which should be used to ensure you can get the most from the J-Say interface, all using non-technical language where possible and delivered from the perspective of visually impaired people wishing to install the product.
The second volume consists of a J-Say tutorial or "Learning Module". The tutorial teaches you how to use J-Say with its many features, how you can work with non-supported applications and how you can educate the software to learn how you pronounce words and phrases. Again, the language used is not technical, delivered using step-by-step instructions.
The third book is the Command Summary which lists every voice command which can be spoken.
Please Read a Sample of the User Guide! http://www.hartgen.org/userguidesample
Subscribing to the J-Say Mailing List
An upgrade from all previous versions to J-Say 20.0 is priced at $135. Please call 1-888-641-6776 ext. 1 to order.
A J-Say Software Maintenance Agreement, (which entitles you to receive the next two paid-for upgrades at a discount price), is $187. Please call 1-888-641-6776 ext. 1 for more information or to order.
What’s New in J-Say Version 22 released in November 2023
Welcome to the upgrade document for J-Say version 22!
The primary purpose of this release of J-Say is to provide full compatibility with JAWS version 2024. Previous releases of JAWS are supported.
This has required a large number of internal changes including within the Dragon Correction box. Every effort has been made to test all aspects of the product with JAWS 2024.
this is the initial release of a new J-Say version with plenty As usual to come in 2024.
A number of features were added during this year, including many enhancements for use with Windows11. Every voice command was modified to take account of changes in Windows11.
J-Say 22.0 now supports Dragon version 16. Dragon NaturallySpeaking version 15 series will continue to be supported for some time to come.
If you have J-Say 21 installed, you can install any update over the top of the existing installation. You do not need to uninstall the previous version first.
The following global voice commands are available for the JAWS Face In View feature:
Start Face in View.
Stop Face in View.
Face in View Description.
Face in View Brightness.
Face in View Picture Smart.
Face in View confidence.
There is now one single installer so as to support J-Say for use with Dragon NaturallySpeaking 15.3, 15.6 and 16.
The voice command, “Check Microphone”, now functions with all builds of Windows10 and Windows11.
The command, “Get Latest Version”, will cause the latest update to J-Say to be downloaded. A Dialog Box will then be brought into view to confirm that the installation should proceed.
This option can also be accessed through the “Configuration Wizard”, Grave Accent then W.
When using the “Move Up” and “Move Down” commands inside an Outlook message, JAWS should no longer speak the focused line twice.
The commands “Move Up” and “Move Down” should now report the focused cell reference and data in an Excel Workbook.
Commands to manipulate Braille displays by voice should now be working again.
The command “Be Quiet” once again works within Dragon’s Sleep Mode.
Support is available for Dragon 16 when used with Microsoft Teams.
Extensive keyboard support is provided to access Teams more efficiently together with a suite of voice commands. Please consult the Command Summary document relating to Microsoft Teams. Alternatively, for keyboard use, press Insert+H when Teams is focused so as to obtain a list of keyboard shortcuts.
If you are planning to use Teams extensively, we strongly recommend you obtain training in this area from a J-Say Specialist.
To repeat, Teams should not be used with Dragon 15.
Modifications have been made to J-Clips so that they can be used independently of the Windows clipboard.