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Sunday, July 13, 2008
  accessible media players for PC
Just recently, someone wrote me and asked about accessible media players for the blind. I guess I forgot that many people don't know about the latest and greatest in that regard, so I have decided to list them here. This info is correct as of fall 2007. I haven't really researched any more since then as I have what I need at this time. 1. Windows Media player is probably the best as far as functionality without any extra work, though it can't support FLAC and some other new and better file types. Current version is WMA-11 2. Media Monkey has lots of file types supported and does make some provision for JFW. 3. I haven't used it personally, but, their many blind folk using Sound Taxi with great success. Their are even scripts for JFW at the link below: 4. Though it isn't on the market anymore, Win Amp was very JFW friendly and I believe that you can still find free downloads of it on the net. 5. for professional audio editing Sound Forge is the way to go. It works well out of the box with JFW, but, it can be made 90% accessible with scripts by the Snow Man. 6. For CD burning, Nero, just about any version works well with JFW. 7. For CD ripping, you can get the amazing Spesoft Free CD Ripper. It works perfectly with JFW. 8. For your Ipods, the best thing to do is buy the kind of expensive scripts from T&T Consultancy Ltd . That will give you much better usability, Itunes doesn't work at all with JFW out of the box. 9. For audiobooks, the audible player works just great with JFW with no special set up required. 10. For Mac users, with the leopard OS, there is a screen reader build right in to the OS that will give you access to email, internet, and word processing along with iTunes perfectly. However, it doesn't work with any other professional sound applications as of April of this year, 2008. 11. By the way, JFW is the main screen reader on the market right now. It has many flaws but is the best at this time. JFW stands for JAWS for Windows and JAWS is an acronym for Job Access With Speech.
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