JSay Pro Software Digital Download

JSay Pro Software Digital Download
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Product Description

J-Say 15.1 is Released!

Page down four times for version 15.1 specific information.

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 I Not 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 12 years of experience working with individuals who cannot use the keyboard, we 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. Our 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.

    Microsoft Word

    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, amongst 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.

    Microsoft Outlook

    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 Internet Explorer

    J-Say Pro 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 Windows Explorer and J-Say Tags. Files and folders can be marked for cutting, copying or deleting.
    • Use the J-Say Clock to set countup and countdown timers and alarms, or hear Westminster Chimes throughout the day.
    • 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.
    • 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 Internet Explorer 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.

    • 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.

      You may also care to Purchase Training from your local J-Say Distributor.

      It is important that the computer on which J-Say and associated products are to be installed conforms to the following minimum specification.

      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.

      • Intel core i3, 5, or 7, 2.2Ghz or higher processor. Faster is always better!
      • 4GB of RAM.
      • 16-Bit 'on board' sound card (Full duplex) or preferably a compatible USB Digital Sound Converter.
      • All releases of Microsoft Windows7, Windows 8, 8.1 and Windows 10.
      • Microsoft Office 2007 through 2016. Microsoft Office 2013 and 2016 are highly recommended!
      • JAWS for Windows version 14 through 18 (JAWS 18 is new in this release.)
      • Dragon Professional version 12,12.5, 13.0, 14.0 or 15.0. if you are using Microsoft Office 2016/365, Dragon Professional Individual V15 is very strongly recommended. 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 enrollment 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!

      Subscribing to the J-Say Mailing List

      An E-Mail list has been established to discuss all aspects of the J-Say product line. In particular, it can be used as a vehicle for product suggestions or for gaining assistance from other J-Say users. Feel free to Subscribe to the mailing list!

      An upgrade from all previous versions to J-Say 15.0 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.

      J-Say 15.1 Upgrade!


      We are very proud to bring you the anticipated release of J-Say version 15.1.
      This is a feature upgrade for all J-Say 15.0 registered users available at no additional cost.

      This page contains a list of the new features and improvements within J-Say 15.1.

      We strongly recommend that you consult the many sections of the updated “Learning Module” in order to discover how to use the new and existing features of J-Say. There have been a number of revisions even to sections of it with which you may have previously been familiar.

      You will have been provided with the “Learning Module” documentation in Microsoft Word format. However, you can also access it through the “J-Say Configuration wizard”, or by speaking the command
      “Get Help”.

      It can also be found on the Windows “Start Menu”, under “All Programs”, “J-Say”, “Learning Module”.

      J-Say 15.1 Webinar.

      We recommend that you download and listen to the J-Say 15.1 Webinar. Because of significant changes made to this version, there are likely to be features which work differently to the ways in which you have been used to. In summary, if you are reliant on J-Say for your everyday computing needs, you should listen to the Webinar and become acquainted with how the changes could affect you. Then, when you are ready to try them for yourself, carry out the upgrade and not before.

      The J-Say Assistant.

      We know there are many visually impaired people working with J-Say who sometimes forget the most useful voice commands to work with specific situations. For example, when someone opens a Microsoft Word document, he or she may not remember the commands to move to the top of it and read the text, having dictated it initially. If the same person is reading a web page, he or she may not necessarily remember the command to bring into view the list of Links on it or how to move through Headings. If (as a Trainer) this applies to the person you are working with, it is extremely common and nothing to be concerned about. If it applies to you, don’t worry about it in the least.

      The J-Say Assistant can help with these and similar tasks. The purpose of the J-Say Assistant is for Trainers to create custom notes for a user, relative to the computing environment.
      so as a basic example, if you are in a list box, you can create some notes telling the person what to do in that situation. when the user wants to be reminded of the instructions, he or she says, remind me, and the text is spoken back.

      A Trainer who has been working with a student for some time should have a very good grasp of the kind of information which is acceptable, which can be understood at a later time, and can therefore tailor the custom notes to suit.
      Best of all, if you use the J-Say Assistant to good effect, it can be particularly intelligent in reminding a user what to do at a particular time. For example, the user is on a website designed for shopping for groceries. Custom notes can be created for the website containing a list of items the person would usually purchase. Alternatively, if the user encounters a Check Box, and he or she is always unsure how to work with it, custom text can be created as a reminder.

      Custom Text can be created, edited and reviewed by speaking to the computer or using the keyboard.

      The aforementioned Webinar demonstrates the J-Say Assistant. Chapter 42 of the J-Say “Learning Module” describes the process in detail.

      Additional Improvements.

      Modifications have been made to J-Say to better handle an obscure window which appears within Dragon V15 when screen-readers are running. This prevents some applications gaining focus. This function was in place when J-Say 15 was launched but it has been improved.

      Dragon should now not display DLL errors which were occurring under specific conditions.

      When using the command, go to desktop, the first item on the desktop is now not selected.

      You can now cycle between the various punctuation levels jaws speaks, No Punctuation, Some Punctuation, Most Punctuation and All Punctuation.

      The command, “Skip Signature”, will attempt to bypass an email signature within Microsoft Outlook so as to allow for the easy reading of earlier messages in the conversation.

      A number of commands have been added for web browsing. A full list of these can be found in the Command Summary, however they include “Move Forward X Headings”, (where “X” represents 1 through to 20), “commands to move to the first, next, last and previous Heading at a specific level, and “Headings On/Headings Off”, (to enable or disable the speaking of Heading level information as the page is navigated).

      The command, “Select an Object” in Microsoft Word, brings into view a list of Text Layer objects.

      A small selection of commands are available to control the Audible Manager application in order to play audio books from audible.com. Please refer to the “Command Summary” for details.

      When creating a Dragon voice command, JAWS did not automatically vocalise the contents of a Combo box in the Dialog Box. This has been fixed.

      The HTML Assistant, (described extensively in Chapter 41 of the Learning Module), allows you to create HTML in a document or web page setting. Most options in the Assistant guide you through exactly what kind of information is required to create Headings, Links, Lists, Tables and much more without having knowledge of HTML.

      The ways in which Shortcuts, Contacts and Text Notes are created and used has been significantly changed. Please consult Chapter 21 of the “Learning Module” for full details, or listen to the J-Say 15.1 Webinar.

      Compatibility Considerations

      J-Say 15.1 coexists with:

      • Microsoft Windows7,
      • Microsoft Windows8 and 8.1,
      • Microsoft Windows10,
      • Microsoft Office 2010 through to 2016 (Microsoft Office 2013 and 2016 are highly recommended),
      • JAWS for Windows versions 14 through to 18,
      • Zoomtext Fusion with JAWS for Windows,
      • Dragon NaturallySpeaking Professional version 13, 14 and 15. If you are still running Dragon NaturallySpeaking Professional version 12.5, we can make an installer of J-Say available for you. However, particularly with updates to Microsoft Office and Windows versions, this is not recommended. Indeed, if you are using Microsoft Office 2016/365, Dragon Professional Individual V15 is very strongly recommended.

      Instructions for Upgrading

      When you purchased J-Say 15.0, you will have received an Email containing details of how to download and install the product. You can use the link in that Email to download J-Say 15.1 right now. The link is exactly the same.

      If you did not keep the Email, you will need to send your JAWS serial number to jaws@hartgen.org, whereupon we will re-send the Email to you. Please keep it for future reference.

      The documentation is available to you when you install the product by saying
      “Get Help”
      Or by locating it from the J-Say Configuration Wizard.

      You do not need to uninstall the previous version of J-Say, 15.0, before installing the new version. Please just follow these instructions.

      1. Be sure that the computer to host J-Say technology has an active connection to the internet.
      2. Log onto the Windows account of the person to be using J-Say. Be sure that the user’s account contains “Administrator Privileges”.
      3. Download the J-Say 15.1 program, a link for which will have been provided within an Email message following the purchase of a licence. If you have not received such an Email, please send your JAWS serial number to jaws@hartgen.org. Be sure to choose to download the program pertaining to your version of Dragon NaturallySpeaking.
      4. Run the J-Say 15.1 installer program, restarting the computer when prompted.
      5. Wait for approximately one minute after Microsoft Windows has fully loaded. If an activation file is found, it will be downloaded to the computer and you will be prompted to restart JAWS. Please select the “Yes” Button to comply with this request.