NVDA, the free open source screen reader for Microsoft Windows, has released version 2013.3rc2. NVDA 2013.3rc2 is a release candidate, so it will be identical to the final 2013.3 release unless major issues are found. NVDA is the development effort of NV Access in collaboration with global contributors.
NVDA gives people who are blind or vision impaired the ability to use their computer by hearing what is on the screen or reading it in braille. It is totally free but fully functional and portable. It can be downloaded directly to your PC or to a thumb drive, so that it can be used anywhere.
- The new features of rc2 as listed in the NVDA Community website are: Form fields are now reported in Microsoft word documents.
- NVDA can now announce revision information in Microsoft Word when Track Changes is enabled. Note that Report editor revisions in NVDA's document settings dialog (off by default) must be enabled also for them to be announced.
- Dropdown lists in Microsoft Excel 2003 through 2010 are now announced when opened and navigated around.
- a new 'Allow Skim Reading in Say All' option in the Keyboard settings dialog allows navigating through a document with browse mode quick navigation and line / paragraph movement commands, while remaining in say all. This option is off by default.
- There is now an Input Gestures dialog to allow simpler customization of the input gestures (such as keys on the keyboard) for NVDA commands.
- You can now have different settings for different situations using configuration profiles. Profiles can be activated manually or automatically (e.g. for a particular application).
- In Microsoft Excel, cells that are links are now announced as links.
- In Microsoft Excel, the existance of comments on a cell is now reported to the user.