Acapela for NVDA v1.4 is here!

Today we released the new version 1.4 of the Acapela TTS for NVDA add-on. This version brings to the NVDA add-on the latest improvements for all voices, including improvements in both sound and pronunciation for each voice.

In version v1.4 we also say hello to a new Scottish English voice named Rhona, available both as Colibri and High-Quality version.

We also extend our portfolio of Colibri voices by adding a colibri version of the Australian English voice Lisa, and the American Spanish voice Rodrigo.

After the latest additions, we can proudly announce that the Acapela TTS for NVDA add-on now provides 52 high-quality voices and 23 colibri voices.

If you already have a version of the Acapela TTS for NVDA plug-in, you can just remove the older version of engine and voices, and then download and install the new version via the NVDA “Manage add-ons” menu.

License is not affected by the update, so no action at all is required, the new version of the add-on will find and use the existing license.

Learn how to use NVDA

The American Foundation for the Blind continues its mission of providing tutorials to help Visually Impaired all over the world getting started using technology. Their later installment is an helpful tutorial on how to use the NVDA screen reader, from installation to navigating Windows. Here it is:

http://www.afb.org/info/living-with-vision-loss/using-technology/assistive-technology-videos/learn-nvda/1234

Enjoy it!

How to use the automatic Arabic switch

The Arabic switch allows you to switch automatic to a non-arabic voice as soon as NVDA reads text in latin alphabet.

To enable it open the “Arabic Switch” command under the “Acapela TTS for NVDA” menu. In the dialog box that opens up select the “Enable” check-box and then in the “Choose a voice” list pick the voice that you want to use to read latin alphabet and click “OK”. At this point you will need to restart NVDA for the changes to take effect.

The Arabic switch only works when you have selected one of our Arabic voices as main voice for NVDA.

Acapela NVDA v1.3 with Arabic and Turkish voices

We are proud to release v1.3 of Acapela for NVDA, now including also Arabic and Turkish voices. Download this version of the software now!

For Arabic, we have also added a new command in the Acapela for NVDA menu to allow configuration of automatic switching between Arabic and non-Arabic voices depending on the text being read.

Users with earlier version of Acapela for NVDA can upgrade for free by simply downloading the new version.

Acapela for NVDA 1.2.1

Today we released Acapela TTS for NVDA v1.2.1

This new version solves an issue where the Acapela TTS for NVDA in same case would crash instead of providing an error message in case the evaluation version had expired.

Let’s celebrate World Sight Day 2015

Today 8th October 2015 we celebrate the World Sight Day 2015!

Follow the #worldsightday hashtag on twitter with us and learn about many activities to celebrate the World Sight Day.