Thursday, March 13, 2008

CSUN Press Release: Dolphin Officially Releases Version 9

Wednesday 12th March 2008 marked the launch of the eagerly anticipated version 9 of Dolphin’s screen readers and magnifiers; Supernova, Hal, Lunar and LunarPlus.

Development has focused on usability and performance when browsing the web and feedback from our early adopters says you’ll love the improvements:
As dolphin rightly said... a lot of work has gone in to Hal's performance on the Internet. My experience so far is that this is a vast improvement and I unreservedly congratulate dolphin on their achievement. I would encourage all customers to download a demo and take a look. Well done Dolphin!!

Request a trial CD or download the SuperNova version 9 demoRequest a trial CD or download the Hal version 9 demo.Request a trial CD or download the Lunar version 9 demo.Request a trial CD or download the LunarPlus version 9 demo.

Learn more about Dolphin’s new “Swap to a Dolphin Pen” offer, where existing Supernova, Hal, Lunar and LunarPlus users can swap their CD license for the portable USB pen edition for only twice the price of a standard upgrade.

So what’s new in version 9 for you?
· All New Internet Explorer Document Object Model SupportDolphin's developers have completely re-engineered Dolphin's Microsoft Internet Explorer Document Object Model (DOM) support. This major overhaul provides superior responsiveness when browsing web pages using the Dolphin Virtual Focus. The new Microsoft Internet Explorer support improves navigational consistency and accuracy for users relying on Virtual Focus speech and/or Braille output on web pages. The new support also enhances stability on more complex and poorly written web pages.

· New Internet Explorer Quick Navigation KeysA number of new and intuitive quick navigation hotkeys have been added to version 9 to enable you surf the web quickly and easily. These much requested keys allow you to move the focus between the next and previous element such as button, edit area, heading, link, table, etc within a web page.Choose from the following extensive list selecting CAPS LOCK + letter as listed below for forward navigation through the webpage. Alternatively SHIFT + CAPS LOCK + letter as listed below to navigate backwards through the webpage.

· B: Button
· C: Check box
· D: Different
· E: Edit area
· G: Graphic
· H: Heading
· L: Link
· N: Text block (blocks of text divided by non-text objects such as links, graphics etc.)
· P: Paragraph
· R: Radio button
· S: List box
· T: Table
· U: Unvisited Link
· V: Visited Link
· X: ControlsWhere an element is not present the screen reader prompts with an appropriate error message and retains the current focus position. For example “not found.”Download a list of the Internet Explorer Quick Navigation Keys in a format of your choice

· Improved Support for Office 2007 RibbonVersion 9 offers enhanced support for the Office 2007 Ribbon bar including the ability to identify group boxes and super tooltips. An all new Dolphin online tutorial for Office 2007 will be made available for Dolphin users upon the release of version 9.01.

· Cut, Copy and Paste AnnouncementsWhilst in Live mode the version 9 screen reader announces text cut, copied or pasted from the Windows clipboard. Should that data be write protected version 9 will announce the failure to cut or copy text. Copying or moving folders or files? Version 9 will also announce the number of objects you cut, copy or paste.The Speech Preferences dialog now includes a checkbox which can be used to disable clipboard announcements. The new Clipboard key mappings dialog allows users running non English operating systems that don't use the default key assignments of CTRL C, CTRL X and CTRL V, to adjust the hot keys to their local cut, copy and paste settings.

· New Dolphin List UtilityVersion 9 offers a consolidated list of popular document elements into one handy single multi-page List Utility.To launch the new multi-page dialog with a single hot key press CAPS LOCK +TAB from all the applications that are currently supported, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word. The new dialog can easily be navigated using standard Windows conventions CONTROL+TAB and CONTROL+SHIFT+TAB to move between the various tab sheets.These Tab sheets offer the user a convenient list of the following document elements:

· Links
· Headings
· Revisions
· Objects
· Comments
· Frames
· Tables
· Controls
· Spelling errors
· Grammar errors

Each of these lists can be sorted in document order or alphabetically. In addition the user can choose to perform a variety of actions on each element including route Virtual Focus, Left Click and Right Click. The utility can also be launched on the expected page with legacy hotkeys such as CAPS LOCK + 1 for the list of Links etc.

· New Braille TablesIn addition to Dolphin's existing substantial list of Braille tables, the following Braille tables have been added or updated for Braille output and Braille input.

· New and Updated Braille Output Tables

· French Code for the UK (for English students studying the French language)
· French Grade 1
· French Grade 2
· German Code for the UK (for English students studying the German language)
· German Grade 2 (updated)
· Norwegian Grade 1
· Norwegian Grade 2
· Spanish Code for the UK (for English students studying the Spanish language)
· Swedish Grade 1
· Swedish Grade 2 (levels 1 and 2)
· Unified English Braille Grade 1
· Unified English Braille Grade 2

· New and Updated Braille Input Tables
· French Grade 1
· French Grade 2
· Norwegian Grade 1
· Norwegian Grade 2
· Swedish Grade 1
· Swedish Grade 2
· Unified English Braille (Grades 1 and 2)
Note, Unified English Braille has been adopted in Australia, New Zealand, Nigeria and South Africa and is scheduled for consideration in the UK in April 2008.

· Support for Terminal ServicesVersion 9 reintroduces support for Windows Terminal Server and Citrix MetaFrame operating systems, allowing blind and visually impaired computer users the same excellent access to applications running on remote thin clients, as well as Windows desktop terminals.Order your upgrade online or contact Dolphin’s Sales Department.

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