Software Updates

Technology is constantly being improved and updated. The Software Update page will help you stay up-to-date with the latest available software features and enhancements as well as what to expect in a future software release. Check here to see what the experts say about accessibility improvements and issues – before you update your device!

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Before updating to iOS 11

OS 11 will be released on September 19 - here are some things you should know before you update!  As always, new features can also mean new bugs. For many who depend on their iOS devices for work,...
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Instructions on how to use new features of iOS 11

You have heard the buzz about iOS 11 with the "new dock", "new Control Center", "multitasking", and "split View", but what are these things? Below is a quick video that explains these new features...
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Accessibility of iPhone X (Face ID and no Home button)

Each year, Apple showcases their new products at the World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) event.  During the 2017 WWDC, which is the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, Apple announced three new...
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Microsoft Edge Accessibility with JAWS and NVDA

Microsoft Edge is a web browser developed by Microsoft.  Edge is included in Windows 10 and is replacing Internet Explorer as the default web browser on all Microsoft devices. Internet Explorer was...
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Apple's Videos about iOS 11

In preparation for the upcoming release of iOS 11, Apple has created a series of videos introducing new iOS 11 features.   The Dock has new features including the ability to quickly access recenty...
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NVDA 2017.3 Updates

NVDA, a free screen reader for Microsoft Windows, has recently released their third update for 2017.  This update includes contracted Braille input, Windows 10 OCR for reading pictures with text,...
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New VoiceOver Voices in iOS 11

Tired of robotic-sounding screen reader voices?  Try out these new VoiceOver/Siri voices that will be available in iOS 11.  Which ones do you like?  
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TextGrabber: Is the Update Worth Grabbing?

On June 23rd, TextGrabber by ABBYY was updated with some new features as well as bug fixes.  As an app promotion, it was free for a limited time, but is now available for $0.99, which almost makes...
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iOS 11 Review

On June 5th, Apple hosted their annual World Wide Developer Conference where they unveiled the latest iterations of macOS, tvOS, watchOS, and iOS. In this post, I want to cover some of the biggest...
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Sendero's iPhone GPS App Update

Sendero Press Release June 14, 2017 Thanks to continued underwriting from Guide Dogs NSW ACT Australia and a federal grant from the National Institute of Disability, Independent Living and...
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iOS 11 preview of new accessibility features

During the World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC), Apple revealed a number of new accessibility features for Apple products that are anticipated to be released to the public this fall. A few...
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iOS 11 Beta and MacOS High Sierra

Apple showcased a number of new software and technologies in the World Wide Developers Conference being held in San Jose, California on June 5-9, 2017.  During the WWDC keynote and first day's...
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Accessibility of Android O: software updates

Android O is currently available to BETA users.  At the developer's conference last week, Android's accessibility team held a prominent position as they discussed a number of upcoming accessibility...
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Microsoft Learning Tools for OneNote: Accessibility Features

One in five students struggle with dyslexia - including many students who are also visually impaired.  Fully integrated into OneNote, Microsoft Learning Tools incorporates many features that enable...
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Window-Eyes no longer being sold

Window-Eyes is no longer available in the US and Canada. Ai Squared is offering current Window-Eyes 9.x users to migrate to JAWS 18 at no cost.  For details about migrating to JAWS 18, go to GW Micro...
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Will JAWS, ZoomText, and MAGic work with Windows 10 Creators update?

The next major Windows update, Window 10 Creators, is scheduled for public release in April 11, 2017.  If you are using JAWS, ZoomText or MAGic applications, update these applications before updating...
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iOS 10.3: accessibility information

iOS 10.3 is now publicly available.  The main warning is to be sure to back up your device before installing iOS 10.3.  (For details, see the post, iOS 10.3: Warning!) AppleVis shares the recent...
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Accessibility of MAP Assessments Series #1: Introduction

  In this series, we will be discussing the accessibility of on-line MAP growth assessment. As our classrooms transition to digital textbooks and on-line assessments, students with visual impairments...
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iOS 10.3 Warning!

iOS 10.3 is currently available as a Beta and will be publicly released sometime between now and the end of April.  Under-the-hood, iOS 10.3 is replacing the 30 year old HFS file system with the new...
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Clips: Video Creation iOS App

Create your own expressive videos using a combination of videos, images, and music.  Add "Live Titles" (captions that are added using your voice) and special effects such as shapes, speech bubbles,...