Re: JAWS Versus NVDA


Also, your view about add-on updates being released that are only compatible with the new version is incorrect.  The current version of the add-on updater shows new releases that are not compatible with the version you are using.  This has been discussed many times on the users' list and one of the developers has said that you can just ignore update messages for now.  this is a problem of how the updater works.  it is not a problem of there being all sorts of add-ons with new features you can't use in your current version.  You are seeing new versions that are compatible with the next version of NVDA.  The developers are working on a new version of the updater that won't have this problem in future.  And this massive coming out with compatible updates won't happen again for years, if it does again.  it is happening now because the programming language used in NVDA has a new version and NVDA needs to switch to that new version. 
I learned all this by following the users' list.

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Sent: Saturday, January 25, 2020 4:51 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] JAWS Versus NVDA

Hi Abbie. I can’t answer all of your questions. I have both NVDA and jaws but the only reason I have NVDA is because I need to know it for work, as I train clients who can’t afford jaws or wish not to buy it. In Canada we don’t have access to the annual subscription unfortunately. I hope this changes but for now we have to pay the full upgrade price. As for trying a demo, one of the nice things about jaws is that you can run it forever as a demo, however you must restart your computer every 40 minutes. You can download the jaws software from

Go to the download link, then the jaws link and download the latest version. Enjoy.


From: <> On Behalf Of Abbie Taylor
Sent: January 25, 2020 6:44 PM
Subject: [TechTalk] JAWS Versus NVDA


I've been using NVDA for a couple of years, but I'm wondering if it's time for a switch. Lately, the software update process has been driving me up the wall. Apparently, the latest version, due out soon, will not be compatible with some of the software's add-ons, including the text-to-speech voices I use. This is no big deal because there are other voices that will work. But I've purchased some I really like that may not work with the new version of NVDA, at least not right away.


Another annoyance NVDA users are experiencing is add-on updates that are only compatible with the new version of NVDA, which isn't out yet. To me, it would make more sense to wait until the new version is released before releasing the add-on updates. But what do I know? I'm not a software developer.


I realize that NVDA is free, and I'm getting what I pay for. I recently read that Jaws costs only $90.00 a year for a subscription, which includes several licenses. So, I'm wondering if it's worth that much.


Those of you who use Jaws, what are the pros and cons? If you've used NVDA and are now using Jaws, do you think it's better? Is there a demo I can try before I buy? Thanks in advance for any input, and happy computing. 


Abbie Johnson Taylor, Author



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