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, 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.
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.
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.
- 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
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. 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 Information
Hartgen Consultancy is very proud to bring you the anticipated release of J-Say version 15.0.
J-Say 15.0 is a product combining the excellence in voice recognition available within Dragon Professional, and high quality screen-reading from JAWS for Windows. Now with an extensive library of over 2,500 voice commands, J-Say adds a vast array of tools and utilities to ensure that voice recognition for blind people is highly effective. In summary, J-Say is not just “a bridge” between Dragon Pro and JAWS. With very few exceptions, all the features have been designed at the request of hundreds of product users around the world.
Historically, we have released a new version of J-Say at the start of each year. However, we have received more enquiries than ever before from people who would like to use JAWS for Windows version 18, and so every effort has been made to ensure we are weeks ahead of schedule.
This document contains a list of the new features and improvements within J-Say 15.0.
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
It can also be found on the Windows “Start Menu”, under “All Programs”, “J-Say”, “Learning Module”.
Enhancements for Audio Transcription.
Audio transcription is a process where a user can dictate text into a portable recorder, copy the file to a computer, and request that Dragon transcribes this as text.
Support still exists to undertake this in an accessible way using earlier releases of Dragon. However this time, our focus has been on Dragon Professional Individual 15. This version not only delivers a tremendous improvement in accuracy, but it does a good job at transcribing text spoken by someone else whose voice is not trained on the computer. So if you have study notes for example dictated by someone other than yourself, theoretically they could be transcribed as text.
J-Say 15 provides guidance when the user is undertaking audio transcription. In addition to ensuring the process is more accessible, audio cues are given as the transcription process begins, while it is ongoing, and when it has concluded. This ensures you are fully aware of what is taking place.
Audio Ducking Support.
JAWS version 18 contains a new feature which allows the volume of other programs to be lowered while the screen-reader is speaking. The volume then rises again. This feature is useful for example if you encounter a website where audio is playing automatically, but you need to hear the content of the page spoken by JAWS.
To enable Audio Ducking, say “Audio Ducking On”, and to disable it say, “Audio Ducking Off”. This setting is permanently stored until you change it.
Braille Auto Advance.
J-Say now has the ability to control the Auto Advance mode relating to Braille display scrolling.
When Auto Advance is started, the Braille display will begin scrolling periodically so you can keep reading without having to manipulate it. This is similar to the JAWS feature allowing continuous speech reading. The amount of time which elapses between each scroll of the display is customizable.
To begin auto advance, say, “Start Auto Advance”, and to stop it say, “Stop Auto Advance”.
To change the amount of time before the display scrolls to the next line, say, “Auto Advance Faster”, and “Auto Advance Slower”.
You will hear the number of milliseconds which will elapse prior to the new line being available.
Changes to Facebook.
J-Say now uses the mobile Facebook website for its interaction. The J-Say tutorial has been updated to take account of this, giving new ways of working with this site. Additional voice commands have also been added to support it.
The keystroke, Shif+F11 to enable or disable the microphone, will now play the appropriate sounds.
A number of radio stations have been updated, and some new stations added.
The command, Confirm That, now works in the Dictation Box. This now transfers the text to the application which was in focus prior to bringing the Dictation Box into view.
The command, “Copy Address”, has been added in addition to “Copy Email Address”. This command copies the Email address from a Microsoft Outlook message to the Clipboard, however it was not always being understood by Dragon. So the “Copy Address” command has been added.
The J-Say “Formatting Wizard” has been updated to take account of functionality changes in recent JAWS versions. The “Formatting Wizard” asks a set of questions as to what kind of information you would like to hear as you navigate the text. Good examples would be, “Would you like to hear punctuation?” “Would you like to be notified if there are inconsistencies in spacing?” “Would you like to be notified of line spacing changes?” Etc.
This is incredibly useful if you cannot remember the voice commands to set all the various options for speech output.
Tip: If you answer “No” to all the questions, this returns all options to their defaults. An even faster way of doing the same thing is to say, “Formatting Off”.
To activate the “Formatting Wizard”, say, “Formatting Wizard”. You can also press the J-Say Key followed by F.
Because the JAWS 18 Migration Wizard does not work alongside J-Say, when version 15 is installed we automatically migrate all your J-Say shortcuts, text notes and contacts into the new version. Therefore, please do not uninstall JAWS 17 right away. J-Say cannot copy them if they are no longer there.
We hope you enjoy the new benefits to J-Say. In the early new year we will be working on a new feature update to the program. So if you will be using J-Say 15, and there are particular features you would like to see, now is the time to let us know.
J-Say 15 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 (JAWS 18 is new in this release),
- Dragon Professional version 12.5, 13, 14 and 15.
Please find a quick summary below concerning how to upgrade from J-Say version 14.0 to 15.0. This is assuming you are about to use the same release of JAWS as you were using with your previous version of J-Say. If you are using a different release of JAWS, such as version 18.0, you should proceed with a “fresh installation”, instructions for which are given within the “Installation Guide” accompanying your product.
Before proceeding with these steps, please check to ensure you have a valid J-Say 15.0 license.
If you have a Software Maintenance Agreement, it is very easy to obtain a copy of J-say 15. Because some SMA's have been sold by our Distributor network, it is possible that we do not have an email address for you. The Distributor from whom you purchased your SMA will in time let you know that you can download J-Say 15. However, you can fast track this by sending your JAWS serial number to firstname.lastname@example.org, whereupon we can send you details on the day of release.
Anyone who has purchased J-Say after 1 September 2016 will also be entitled to a free upgrade. Again, simply send your JAWS serial number to email@example.com and we will provide you with the relevant download information.
If none of the above applies to you, and you would like to order a new copy of J-Say or an upgrade, please contact us and we will be very pleased to work with you to ensure you have access to it.