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Technology News for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired
From the American Foundation for the Blind
 July 2008 Issue  Volume 9  Number 4

AccessWorld News

New Embossers, New Dot

ViewPlus Technologies has announced that the latest additions to its series of braille embossers, the Tiger Elite and Tiger Premier, are now shipping. Features highlighted in a recent announcement include automatic two-sided embossing, long hours of continuous production, and a compact-desktop size. The "newly redesigned" braille dot reportedly offers improved readability while maintaining high-quality tactile graphics.

The Tiger Premier 80 produces 80 characters per second, handles paper from 4 inches to 12.5 inches wide, and is priced at $9,995. The Tiger Elite 150 produces 150 characters per second, handles paper 4 inches to 12.5 inches wide, and is priced at $17,995.

For more information, visit www.viewplus.com or phone 541-754-4002.

Multilingual Spanish Stream

HumanWare has released Version 1.2.18 for the Victor Reader Stream, offering an English-Spanish multilingual capability. The version offers two text-to-speech voices, Monica speaking Spanish and Samantha speaking English. To toggle between the two, users press and hold the 7 key. To download this latest version, customers can visit the web site www.humanware.com/en-canada/support/vr_stream_software.

Word 2007 Tutorial

Cathy Anne Murtha, of Access Technology Institute, has produced a new textbook for blind computer users of Word 2007. An Immersion into Microsoft Word 2007 promises to be a comprehensive exploration and tutorial for both new and experienced users of Microsoft Word. Step-by-step instructions, including keystrokes for both JAWS and Window-Eyes screen-reading software, will take the user through such processes as formatting tables, using mail merge, producing all manner of documents, and navigating the Office 2007 ribbons. The tutorial is available on DVD and costs $125. To order or to read about this and other tutorials, visit the Access Technology Institute site at http://tinyurl.com/5u4b9t.

Serotek's Summer Sizzle

Serotek Corp. is conducting an online drawing this summer called Summer Sizzle. With a prize of what the company has dubbed a "digital lifestyle makeover." Valued at about $2,000, the "makeover" includes an Asus 8 G 2-pound Netbook PC, a Victor Reader Stream, a complete System Access Mobile package for four years, and more. To be entered in the drawing, participants need only to complete a brief online survey about assistive technology. The winner of the contest will be drawn on the "Marlaina" show, on ACB Radio, the evening of September 7, 2008. (You must be home at the time of the drawing to win.) To enter or to read more about the contest and Serotek products, visit www.serotek.com and click on the Summer Sizzle link.

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