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Window-Eyes: Performance, Reliability, and Stability
"Unleashing the power of your mind's eye."
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Welcome to Window-Eyes 4.5

Congratulations!
You are about to experience the cutting edge leader in screen access technology: Window-Eyes 4.5.

Window-Eyes 4.5 introduces access never before possible through remote solutions with Citrix MetaFrame XP, Microsoft Terminal Services, and Microsoft Windows XP/2003 Professional Remote Desktop. Now you can get your work done anywhere, anytime. Need access to a Client's machine from your office? Not a problem. Need access to your customer database while on the road? Done. Window-Eyes 4.5 provides you with the flexibility and stability that you expect from your screen reader.

To demonstrate our commitment to performance and reliability, Window-Eyes 4.5 boasts the inclusion of an Error Reporting feature. Do not be surprised if you rarely see this utility; Window-Eyes stability is unprecedented, even on today's advanced machines (even those using dual processors, or Intel's Hyper-Threading technology). There may be a time, however, when you need to submit important error details directly to our development team. With an Internet connection, and a few seconds of your time, Window-Eyes 4.5 Error Reporting gives you the means to do just that.

Speaking of Internet connections, prepare to be dazzled by the web browsing features available in Window-Eyes 4.5. Quick navigation keys to move through various elements like headings, lists, paragraphs, tables, and forms allow you to move around a web page more efficiently than before. Smart paragraph and smart table mode let Window-Eyes determine what information is most important on a page. Tools to access the beginning and end of elements, route the mouse pointer to specific elements, and get detailed information about any element make Window-Eyes Internet support unique and powerful.

Even configuring Window-Eyes is quick and easy. Many of the Window-Eyes configuration dialogs (such as the Hot Key and MSAA verbosity dialogs) reflect a user friendly approach by grouping common options together. Window-Eyes provides you with access to the details of your operating system. The time/date hot key, for example, honors both regional language settings and 24 hour time format so that you can hear the date and time exactly like you want.

Another powerful, feature of Window-Eyes 4.5 is the ability to read secure PDF documents with Acrobat Reader 6.0. In previous versions of the Acrobat Reader, PDF files that were secured by the author to prevent manipulation or extraction of text were not accessible. Now they are. Window-Eyes 4.5 not only provides the ability to read secure PDFs, but also maintains the document's security by prohibiting copying of secure text. Bookmarks are also supported in Acrobat Reader 6.0.

The inclusion of the DECtalk Access 32 and ScanSoft RealSpeak software synthesizers FREE of charge (ScanSoft RealSpeak only available in Windows 2000/XP/2003), along with all of the new enhancements, fixes, and features, make Window-Eyes 4.5 the most powerful screen reader available today. You've got work to do. Let Window-Eyes increase your productivity.

Manual Errata
The following information didn't quite make the manual in time:

The Window-Eyes 4.5 MP3 Manual section is now included on a separate CD. To access the MP3 manual, simply place the Window-Eyes 4.5 MP3 Manual CD into your CD-ROM. If you are running Window-Eyes, the Table of Contents will automatically launch. If you are not running Window-Eyes, you will receive a dialog warning that speech is necessary before continuing.

Windows 2000/XP/2003: If the Windows Audio service is not running, Window-Eyes will automatically enable it, and set the service to automatically start up at boot time. The service is enabled so that software speech will work through the system's sound card. This option will be enabled when the initial install dialog (the Welcome screen) displays. If you do not want the Windows Audio service to be enabled, you will need to either set it to load manually, or disable it, after the Window-Eyes install.

Working with the Internet: OnClick events are used by web developers to run a specific task whenever an element on a web page is clicked with the mouse. Window-Eyes onClick supports both announces when onClicks are encountered, and lets you press ENTER on an element that contains on onClick event to perform the specified task.

Keeping In Touch
Now that you are a proud owner of Window-Eyes 4.5, why not join up with other Window-Eyes users on the GW-Info e-mail list? To subscribe, send an e-mail message to listserv@gwmicro.com. Leave the subject blank, and type "join gw-info" in the body (without the quotes). Soon after you send your message, you will receive a confirmation. Reply to that confirmation and you will become a member of the largest public network of Window-Eyes users, always eager and willing to answer any questions you may have. Although we encourage all users to help each other with questions and problems, you can take comfort in knowing that the GW-Info list is constantly monitored by GW Micro employees. You can also contact us directly by using the contact information listed above.

Thank You!
Window-Eyes is developed with you in mind. Please feel free to contact us regarding any questions, comments, or suggestions that you may have; we are anxious to hear from you. Now read on to learn more about your latest investment, and thank you for choosing Window-Eyes!

What's New between Window-Eyes 4.5 and Window-Eyes 4.211?

The rest of this document lists the specifics of the major enhancements between Window-Eyes 4.5 and Window-Eyes 4.211:

New Features

Window-Eyes 4.5 is the first screen reader to offer remote access solutions for Citrix MetaFrame XP, Microsoft Terminal Services, and Microsoft Remote Desktop. Detailed information regarding the configuration of Window-Eyes in Citrix MetaFrame XP, Microsoft Terminal Services, and Microsoft Remote Desktop environments is available in the Window-Eyes 4.5 Manual. For more information on Citrix MetaFrame XP, please visit: www.citrix.com. For more information on Microsoft Terminal Services, please visit: www.microsoft.com/terminalservices.

Along with the Microsoft Speech Engine, and ETI Eloquence, Window-Eyes 4.5 now boasts the addition of the DECtalk Access32 software synthesizer completely free of charge. This free version of the DECtalk Access 32 will be tied directly to Window-Eyes. The full version, however, is still available for the low price of $75 (plus shipping). You can use the DECtalk Access 32 software synthesizer by selecting the "DECtalk Access 32 (Window-Eyes)" option in the Select Synthesizer dialog under the File menu of the Window-Eyes control panel.

UNDER 2000/XP/2003 ONLY Window-Eyes 4.5 also boasts the inclusion of the ScanSoft RealSpeak Synthesizer. ScanSofts RealSpeak, a widely used text-to-speech solution, uses a very human-sounding voice with high intelligibility, enhancing the user experience. Window-Eyes 4.5 includes the following RealSpeak languages: US English, UK English, French, German, Italian, Polish and Spanish.

We at GW Micro have always been under the assumption that having to reboot your computer because of an error is far more than just an annoyance; its unacceptable. Whether you are analyzing data for your employer, organizing recipes, sending e-mail to your family, or having fun with AllinPlay Poker, you rely on your computer to be as stable as possible. Window-Eyes 4.5 takes stability one step further by offering error reporting: the ability for Window-Eyes to report when it has encountered a problem. You can access the error report feature by either launching Window-Eyes after an error has occurred, or by accessing the Error Reporting dialog under the Help menu of the Window-Eyes control panel. Error reports are sent through the Internet directly to the GW Micro development team, so you will need to make sure that you are connected to the Internet before attempting to send an error report. You can disable the automatic notification of error reporting, but we strongly encourage you to use it if you have an error to report. Otherwise your error may go unresolved. This feature, which has already proved highly effective, allows our developers to solve problems quickly. No private information is sent along with the error report, although you do have the option of including any comments (such as your computer specifications, steps to duplicate the problem, etc.) that you feel may help our developers in resolving the problem. Note that this feature is only available under Windows 2000, XP, or 2003.

Another powerful, new feature of Window-Eyes 4.5 is the ability to read secure PDF documents with Acrobat Reader 6.0. In previous versions of the Acrobat Reader, PDF files that were secured by the author to prevent manipulation or extraction of text were not accessible. Now they are. Window-Eyes not only provides the ability to read secure PDFs, but also maintains the documents security by prohibiting copying of secure text. Bookmarks are also supported in Acrobat Reader 6.0.

Internet Enhancements

The any line hotkey will now remember the last line used and display it as the default for next time.

Web page access has been greatly improved with an impressive array of support for items like: access Keys, acronyms/abbreviations, flash, forms, headings, languages, links, lists, long descriptions, new popup windows (with user definable sounds), objects, paragraphs, smart paragraphs, quotes/blockquotes, table headers, table header attributes, table summary, table row grouping, tables with merged cells, graphics with no ALT tags, ability to suspend page refreshes, automatically identify new page information, fully customizable navigation hot keys (use P/SHIFT-P to move through paragraphs, L/SHIFT-L to move through lists, or create your own), the ability to move to beginning or end of an element with a simple key press, the ability to fill out forms while in MSAA mode, automatic speaking of multiple languages when using multiple Eloquence languages, ability to use drag and drop to select text, ability to route mouse to the current element, heading movement keys, a new way to surf with sighted friends, and more. For detailed information on each of the above features, review Appendix E of the Window-Eyes 4.5 Manual.

Application Specific Enhancements

Support for Outlook 2003 has been added.

We have resolved an issue with Office 97 combo boxes not speaking correctly.

We have resolved all Visual Studio .NET issues which have been reported.

The Visual Studio .NET properties dialog is now fully supported.

The Visual Studio .NET toolbox is now fully supported. You can move focus to the toolbox by pressing CTRL-ALT-X. Up and Down arrows will move you through the toolbox options, and CTRL-Up and CTRL-Down will move you through different toolbox group options. Currently all items will say "disabled." This is a Microsoft bug, and they are aware of it. Also when you press CTRL-ALT-X we just say "toolbox" because that is the only name they supply. Again, this is a Microsoft bug and they are aware of it. Until they provide a solution, you will need to arrow around after pressing CTRL-ALT-X to see where you really are in the toolbox.

We have resolved many Notes 6 issues.

We have added full support for the buddy list in AOL Instant Messenger.

Window-Eyes now provides indexes for Delphi radio buttons.

We have worked with AI Squared to be more compatible with the latest ZoomText 8 release.

We have resolved some format alert issues for Outlook Express.

Window-Eyes now reads correctly in the WordPerfect 10 look in combo box in the open/save dialog box.

With Messenger 6 in Windows 98, if you typed something and pressed the backspace, Window-Eyes would read one character and then cause the cursor to go away. This has been resolved.

In MSN Messenger 6, Window-Eyes will automatically read incoming messages, regardless of whether or not you are in the message window.

Buttons are now supported in Microsoft Access database environments.

In Excel's font dialog, the name, style, and size edit boxes now read correctly.

Operating System Enhancements

The time would not read right in Scheduled Tasks in Windows XP. This has been resolved.

We have resolved some issues in the Windows XP Users dialog.

Misc. Enhancements

You can now read and control the reading of list view headers. For example, with list view headers enabled, and you open a folder in Windows Explorer in details view, you will hear the names of the columns, such as Name, Size, Type, and Date Modified. This feature can be controlled by Misc. verbosity options.

Hotkey fields now speak whenever the content changes as new key combinations are set.

Speak summary would double read if Misc. verbosity shortcuts was set to none for items that actually had shortcuts. This has been resolved.

We have resolved some incompatibility issues with nVidia video cards.

We have improved the field name support for general field names and group boxes.

We have added support for the Braillino Braille display from HandyTech.

The Miscellaneous shortcut verbosity is now a radio button (off, before and after), just like the menu shortcut verbosity option.

The verbosity option dialog for menu shortcuts has been updated from on/off to off/before option/after option. Off simply turns menu shortcuts off. Before option will read the menu shortcut before the menu option (for example, P Print). After option will read the menu shortcut after the menu option (for example, Print P). Also note that the equals sign has been removed for menu options as well as controls (i.e. "F equals File," now says, "F File").

The Time/Date hot key now honors the regional languages of your operating system. For example, if your date format is set to month/day/year, Window-Eyes might say, "February 6 2003." If your date format is set to be day/month/year, Window-Eyes might say, "6 February 2003." Window-Eyes also honors the 24 hour time format.

Window-Eyes 4.5 supports both dual processor systems, and systems that utilize Intels Hyper-Threading technology.

The Load Before Startup option has been changed to Startup Type, and now has four options: Off, Before Startup, After Startup (Current User), and After Startup (All Users). Off means Window-Eyes will not start automatically. Before Startup is like the old Load Before Startup, meaning that Window-Eyes will launch early enough to read any log in prompts. The After Startup (Current User) option is similar to placing a shortcut to Window-Eyes in the startup group for only the user that you have logged in as. The After Startup (All Users) option is similar to placing a shortcut to Window-Eyes in the startup group for every user on the machine. Note that the After Startup (All Users) option is only available in Windows 2000 or greater. Also under Windows 2000 or greater, if you are not logged in as Administrator, or you are not logged in as a user with administrator privileges, you will only be able to choose between two options: After Start (Current User), and Off. Administrators, and users with administrative privileges, will be able to choose between all four options.

The hot key dialog has evolved from one large list into five individual menu options: Cursor (hot keys that manipulate the cursor), Mouse (hot keys that manipulate the mouse pointer), MSAA (hot keys used for navigating web pages), Miscellaneous (hot keys that perform miscellaneous tasks), and User Windows (hot keys that manipulate user definable windows). Each hot key dialog also has the ability to move between the other groups of hot key options through the use of radio buttons. This enables you to quickly move between the groups of hot keys without having to leave the hot key dialog.

Several hot key names have been shortened to making accessing them inside the hot key dialogs even easier. For example, in the miscellaneous hot key dialog, the word "Read" has been removed from all options (except for "Read To End"). The words "Caret" and "Mouse" have also been removed from many of the items, and the words "prior" and "next" now follow the hot key names. This renaming scheme allows you to search more quickly through the hot key dialogs due to each name being more unique.

All occurrences of light bar have been changed to Highlight in both the Window-Eyes control panel, and the Window-Eyes documentation.

All occurrences of caret have been changed to cursor in both the Window-Eyes control panel, and the Window-Eyes documentation.

All occurrences of marked text have been changed to highlighted text in both the Window-Eyes control panel, and the Window-Eyes documentation.

Window-Eyes now stores the screen, keyboard, and mouse speech rates as percentages from 1 to 100 (rather than from 1 to 10) depending upon the synthesizer. For example, if your synthesizer is limited to 10 rates (like the Speak-Out or Sounding Board) then you will continue to have only 10 rates. If you are using a SAPI 4 Engine or DECtalk Access32, however, you will have 100 rates to choose from. SAPI 5 engines support only 21 rates. The Echo PC (yes, we still support it!) only has 2 rates to choose from.

Window-Eyes Multi-User support has been enhanced to reflect the new Startup Type feature. In the past, if Window-Eyes had been configured to use Load Before Startup, all users would have to contend with Window-Eyes running once they logged in. Now, when using the Before Startup option, you have the choice to control how Window-Eyes will reload for specific users. For example, to enable Window-Eyes to automatically load for user Joe, you would follow these steps:

1. Press CTRL- to bring up the Window-Eyes control panel
2. Press ALT-F for the File Menu, followed by M for Multi-User Information
3. TAB to the Current Window-Eyes User Names list box
4. Arrow down to select the user Joe
5. TAB to the Enable LBS After Logon button, and press ENTER
6. TAB to OK and press ENTER

To disable Window-Eyes from automatically loading for user Lisa, follow these steps:
1. Press CTRL- to bring up the Window-Eyes control panel
2. Press ALT-F for the File Menu, followed by M for Multi-User Information
3. TAB to the Current Window-Eyes User Names list box
4. Arrow down to select the user Lisa
5. TAB to the Disable LBS After Logon button, and press ENTER
6. TAB to OK and press ENTER

These settings are saved automatically.

The Window-Eyes program group in the Start menu now has the following options:

1. Advanced Options
2. Readme
3. Window-Eyes
4. Window-Eyes Manual

Under Window-Eyes Professional, the Advanced Options pull down contains two additional utilities:
1. Video Support Maintenance This option allows users to enable and disable video support for Window-Eyes under various scenarios.
2. Virtual Channel Maintenance This option allows users to enable and disable virtual channel support for remote access solutions such as Citrix and Microsoft Terminal Services.
Window-Eyes Standard only contains the Virtual Channel Maintenance option.

The speak line hot key will now execute the speak summary command if there is no cursor detected. This is a great single key press way to obtain information about where focus is at any time. This also means that something will always be spoken, no matter what. Now you can depend on Window-Eyes even more to always provide you with some sort of feedback regardless of your position on the screen. The only time you may hear nothing when you press the speak line hot key would be if you are on a blank line, and you have the "say blank" option turned off.

Window-Eyes support for selecting text has been completely revamped. Selecting text should now be as accurate as possible in all applications.

We fixed a problem that caused double speaking when reading lines that contained either labeled or non-labeled graphics.

Window-Eyes is now smarter when distinguishing between message boxes and dialog boxes in applications like Microsoft Word. Message boxes usually contain only a small amount of text, and at least one control. This feature eliminates the need for specific set files to read or not read specific windows, making Window-Eyes even more compatible with applications out of the box.

Tri-State check boxes (check boxes that contain three states: checked, unchecked, and partially checked) are now fully supported. Braille will indicate these check boxes with [p].

List boxes that contain graphics (such as the MSCONFIG startup list) are now supported internally, meaning that you no longer need to label the check box graphics in an attempt to read the state of the check box.

The INS-ARROW keys now default to all voices instead of just the screen voice.

We fixed a problem where switching languages using the switch language hotkey and then refreshing the screen with INSBACKSLASH, would cause the language to default back to the original startup language.

Instead of attempting to process numbers when switching to a different language, Window-Eyes will simply pass the numbers on to the synthesizer. This prohibits sending English text to a foreign synthesizer.

Thanks to our new error reporting feature, we have been able to solve many memory leaks, stability issues, and general errors that have been occurring. We have also been able to drastically increase the responsiveness of Window-Eyes.

You can now set Braille displays and serial synthesizers to use serial ports up to COM8. This enhancement is useful for virtual serial ports.

Set File Changes

The following set files have been updated for Window-Eyes 4.5:

* Internet Explorer
o Set Auto Speak Tooltips to Auto
o Added SHIFT-RIGHT/SHIFT-LEFT/CTRL-SHIFT-RIGHT/CTRL-SHIFT-LEFT to read highlighted text
o Updated Status Line hot key to use ALT-S
* Office XP
o Updated Context Sensitive Help
o Added reclass MSOUNISTAT=static box
o Changed all references from *DLG.001 to *DLG.000
o Removed *DLG.001 files
o Checked "Auto Determine Highlight Color" in INS-F7 for Window 0
o Changed Highlighted Text to Auto and checked Auto Determine Highlight Color in Window
o Updated read status to ALT-S, rather than CTRL-INS-S
o Checked "Window if Message Box" in WRDXPDLG.000/MSOXPDLG.000
o Updated Mouse Boundary Windows from Focused Windows to Active Window
o Added "Spelling and Grammar: English (=WRDXPSPL.000" for Spell Check
o Changed "One Row" to "Two Rows" in documentation
* Office 2000
o Added reclass MSOUNISTAT=static box
o Changed all references from *DLG.001 to *DLG.000
o Removed *DLG.001 files.
o Changed all MSO9DLG references to WORD9DLG
o Removed comment about pressing INSERT-R twice from spell check sets
o Updated read status to ALT-S, rather than CTRL-INS-S
o Added "Spelling and Grammar: English (=WORD9SPL.000" for Spell Check
* Office 97
o Added reclass MSOUNISTAT=static box
o Changed all references from *DLG.001 to *DLG.000
o Removed *DLG.001 files
o Updated read status to ALT-S, rather than CTRL-INS-S
* Microsoft Outlook Express
o Appropriate cursoring keys set to read Highlighted text rather than execute hot key
o Changed "Red" graphic to "Replied To"
o Updated "Replied To" and "Forwarded" graphics for Windows XP
* Outlook 2000
o Appropriate cursoring keys set to read Highlighted text
* AOL
o Removed specific version number reference, as the sets are generic for all versions
* Eudora
o Changed CTRL-LEFT and CTRL-RIGHT from Word to Word Enhanced
o Updated graphics for version 6.0
* Outlook XP
o Changed Highlighted Text to Auto and checked Auto Determine Highlight Color in Window
o Added CTRL-SHIFT-1=In Box and CTRL-SHIFT-O=Out Box
* Adobe Acrobat
o Updated version number
o Updated Mouse Boundary Windows from Focused Windows to Active Window
* Window-Eyes Defaults
o Removed checked graphic from MSCONFIG under Windows XP
o Removed checked graphic from MSCONFIG under Windows 9X
o Unchecked global verbosity option of "Read Entire Window if Dialog" for WINEYES.000
o Added shift cursoring keys to read selected text in context sensitive help
o Added UMSHTA.000/MSHTA.000/MSHTA.WE to support Error Reporting and Windows XP Users Control Panel dialogs
o Changed default speech rate from 40 to 30
o Added CTRL-SHIFT-A as MSAA mode hot key
o Removed WEREG.00X associations from WINEYES.WE
o Added support for Microsoft Management Console
o Removed Services control panel from MSHTA.WE, and added to MMC.WE
o Added WEDIALOG.000
o Added Checked/Unchecked graphic labels for Disk Cleanup under Windows 9X
o Added reclass to make buttons and check boxes read correctly in Windows XP find
* WordPerfect 8
o Updated read status to ALT-S, rather than CTRL-INS-S
* WordPerfect 9
o Updated graphics for Windows 2000/XP
o Updated read status to ALT-S, rather than CTRL-INS-S
* WordPerfect 10
o Updated read status to ALT-S, rather than CTRL-INS-S
* Office 2000
* PMMail
o Changed highlight status to auto, and checked auto determine highlight color
* Winamp
o Added Shuffle On/Off, Repeat On/Off graphics for Windows 98, and Windows XP
* MSN Messenger 6
o Added ALT-S to read user status
o Added Hyperactive Windows for user status messages
o Updated Mouse Boundary Windows from Focused Windows to Active Window
o Changed left and right cursoring keys from Word to Word Enhanced
* Juno
o Set all active windows to 0 in JMAIL.000, JUNOREAD.000, and JUNOSPEL.000
* Window Explorer
o Changed Windows 0 from 1,1,1,25, to 0,0,0,0 in EXPLORER.000
* Duxbury
o Updated Mouse Boundary Windows from Focused Windows to Active Window
* MSN
o Updated Mouse Boundary Windows from Focused Windows to Active Window
* Real Player
o Updated Mouse Boundary Windows from Focused Windows to Active Window
* Volume Control
o Updated Mouse Boundary Windows from Focused Windows to Active Window
* Windows Me Help/System
o Updated Mouse Boundary Windows from Focused Windows to Active Window
* Lotus Notes
o Updated graphics
* EarthTuner
o Set files have been removed
* ZoneAlarm
o Set files have been removed