NVDA 2021.2 Released

NVAccess - September 14, 2021 - 08:52

NV Access is pleased to announce that version 2021.2 of NVDA, the free screen reader for Microsoft Windows, is now available for download. We encourage all users to upgrade to this version.

Highlights

NVDA 2021.2 introduces preliminary Windows 11 support. While Windows 11 is yet to be released, this release has been tested on preview versions of Windows 11. This includes an important fix for Screen Curtain (see important note).

The COM Registration Fixing Tool can now resolve more problems when running NVDA. There are updates to the synthesizer eSpeak and braille translator LibLouis. There are also various bug fixes and improvements, notably for braille support and Windows terminals, calculator, emoji panel and clipboard history.

Important Note:

Due to a change in the Windows Magnification API, Screen Curtain had to be updated to support the newest versions of Windows. Use NVDA 2021.2 to activate Screen Curtain with Windows 10 21H2 (10.0.19044) or later. This includes Windows 10 Insiders and Windows 11. For security purposes, when using a new version of Windows, get visual confirmation that the Screen Curtain makes the screen entirely black.

Please note, after updating any software, it is a good idea to restart the computer. Restart by going to the Shutdown dialog, selecting “restart” and pressing ENTER. Updating software can change files which are in use. This can lead to instability and strange behaviour which is resolved by rebooting. This is the first thing to try if you do notice anything odd after updating.

Links

While downloading NVDA, please consider becoming a monthly donor. Contributions like yours help NV Access continue our important work.

We also have a range of training material in the NV Access Shop to help you increase your skills with NVDA. Start with the popular Basic Training for NVDA in electronic text, audio and braille. Save with the NVDA Productivity Bundle. This includes Basic Training, all our Microsoft Office training, and telephone support.

Categories: partners

NVDA 2021.2rc1 available for testing

NVAccess - September 7, 2021 - 12:20

The Release Candidate (RC) of NVDA 2021.2 is now available for download and testing. We encourage all users to download this RC and provide feedback. Unless any critical bugs are found, this will be identical to the final 2021.2 release.

Highlights

NVDA 2021.2 introduces preliminary Windows 11 support. While Windows 11 is yet to be released, this release has been tested on preview versions of Windows 11. This includes an important fix for Screen Curtain (see important note).

The COM Registration Fixing Tool can now resolve more problems when running NVDA. There are updates to the synthesizer eSpeak and braille translator LibLouis. There are also various bug fixes and improvements, notably for braille support and Windows terminals, calculator, emoji panel and clipboard history.

Important Note:

Due to a change in the Windows Magnification API, Screen Curtain had to be updated to support the newest versions of Windows. Use NVDA 2021.2 to activate Screen Curtain with Windows 10 21H2 (10.0.19044) or later. This includes Windows 10 Insiders and Windows 11. For security purposes, when using a new version of Windows, get visual confirmation that the Screen Curtain makes the screen entirely black.

Links
Categories: partners

In-Process 3rd September 2021

NVAccess - September 3, 2021 - 11:50

We’re continuing to get closer to the release of NVDA 2021.2, so let’s dive into that first of all this week:

NVDA 2021.2

We are moving closer to the release of NVDA 2021.2. The NVDA 2021.2 Beta 1 has been available for several weeks and we’re encouraged that it is working smoothly by all reports. If you do notice any issues, please do Let us know. One of the important milestones is the “Translatable string freeze”. We’ve announce the string freeze for this coming Monday 6th September. This is the date by which translators have to get their translations up to date for the upcoming version. We will incorporate all the translations received by then into NVDA 2021.2. Soon afterwards, we will put out a release candidate. In the meantime, do download the beta if you haven’t already and let us know what you think!

In the meantime, please do continue to test the NVDA 2021.2 Beta 1 and let us know how you find it.

Small Basic Training Update

This week we put out a minor update to the Basic Training module. This update only fixed a formatting issue in section 16. If you’ve purchased the material recently, you should find the latest version on your NV Access Account Downloads pageAs always thank you to everyone who helps improve the material by pointing out issues, whether they’re minor updates or major keystroke changes. Speaking of which, that leads us onto our next piece…

Simplified Ribbon in Outlook

Microsoft have made a change to the way Ribbons work in Outlook. Announced earlier this year, it is called “Simplified Ribbon”. The following is a lengthy explanation of the change, and new ways of accessing features. The tl;dr is that we recommend keyboard users switch back to the classic ribbon at this time. You can find more information about the feature from Microsoft: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/office/use-the-simplified-ribbon-44bef9c3-295d-4092-b7f0-f471fa629a98 Simplified Ribbon initially rolled out in Office Online, but is now available in Outlook on Office 365, and will presumably roll out across the rest of the Office suite. Microsoft often stagger rollouts of features like this, so some users may get the change before others.

Outlook Classic Ribbon

In the Classic ribbon layout, some important icons are large and take up the whole height of the ribbon. Examples in the main Outlook window include the “New email” or “send / receive all” buttons. Other items are smaller and grouped. “Reply”, “Reply all” and “Forward” are each a third of the ribbon high and stacked on top of each other. Using the keyboard, the best way to navigate is to press TAB. This moves from one item to the next, regardless of how high each item is, through every item in the ribbon.

In the new Simplified ribbon layout, the ribbon itself is smaller. This leaves more room for the main window, and makes every item the same height, so there is only one row of items. Buttons have more space between them for ease of use by touch screen users. The interface aims to be cleaner to look at visually, however there is less room to fit everything.

Outlook Simplified Ribbon

The workaround is an overflow button, which appears as elipses (…). When activated, this opens a menu of the remaining items from the ribbon.

Unfortunately, the keyboard navigation for the simplified ribbon is somewhat messy. If the item you want is in the main, visible part of the ribbon, you can activate it with its keystroke as normal. To access Send / receive all folders via the ribbon, for instance, is alt+h for the home ribbon, then s. If the item is in the overflow area, the keystroke changes. To access sent / receive all folders in the overflow area, press alt+h, then 0, then 0, then a. In this case, the 0, then 0 opens the overflow ribbon, and the key for the function has also changed. Note that the shortcut key for a function, such as F9 for send / receive, works regardless of the location of the icon. In some locations there are multiple overflow areas and the keys can be different. In the new message window, press alt+y to open the message ribbon, then z, then b to open the “Basic Text More Commands”. This has additional text formatting options. Press alt+y, then y to open the “More commands” overflow. This includes other commands which don’t fit in the ribbon, such as address book or check names.

Items are initially in the main or overflow ribbon based on their location. Over time, Outlook will identify frequently used functions and move them to the main ribbon, (bumping something else into the overflow ribbon). You can also manually pin or unpin items from the main ribbon. To do this, open the overflow ribbon, move to an item, open the context menu and choose “Pin to ribbon”. To unpin an item, open the ribbon (eg alt+h), tab to the item, open the context menu and activate “Remove from ribbon”. Note that this does not seem to work for items with submenus. These include the New Email, delete or move items on the main Outlook home ribbon.

Use Classic Ribbon

To change back to the classic ribbons, press alt to open the ribbon, open the context menu and select “Use classic ribbon”. Use the same sequence to “Use simplified ribbon” again if desired. At this point, the classic ribbon provides a more consistent experience for keyboard users.

If you have feedback about the new simplified ribbon, I would encourage you to share it with Microsoft. You can contact the Microsoft Disability Answer Desk (DAD).

The DAD is a great resource for any accessibility issues you run into with Microsoft Products. They can help you resolve issues, and also take feedback back to the teams at Microsoft to help improve products.

My expectation is that we can expect to see the Simplified ribbon roll out across the whole Office suite.

Finally, a note for users working through the Microsoft Outlook with NVDA training module, the keystrokes are based on the classic ribbon interface. As noted above, keystrokes will be different if using the simplified ribbon.

That’s all for this week, we’ll have another edition in a couple of weeks when we will be very close to the final NVDA 2021.2 release.

Categories: partners

In-Process 19th August 2021

NVAccess - August 19, 2021 - 12:07

In recent editions, we’ve covered some of the new features in NVDA 2021.1. The exciting news this time, is we’re already up to a beta of NVDA 2021.2!

NVDA 2021.2 Beta 1

NVDA 2021.2 Beta 1 is now available for testing. There are a couple of big things for this release:

NVDA 2021.2 introduces preliminary Windows 11 support. While Windows 11 is yet to be released, this release has been tested on preview versions of Windows 11.

NVDA 2021.2 includes an important fix for Screen Curtain on Windows 11 and Windows 10 21H2. Due to a change in the Windows Magnification API, Screen Curtain had to be updated to support the newest versions of Windows. Use NVDA 2021.2 to activate Screen Curtain with Windows 10 21H2 (10.0.19044) or later. This includes Windows 10 Insiders and Windows 11. For security purposes, when using a new version of Windows, get visual confirmation that the Screen Curtain makes the screen entirely black.

The COM Registration Fixing Tool can now resolve more problems when running NVDA. There are updates to the synthesizer eSpeak-NG and braille translator LibLouis. There are also various bug fixes and improvements, notably for braille support and Windows terminals, calculator, emoji panel and clipboard history.

Read the full NVDA 2021.2 Beta 1 announcement, which also has the What’s new for that version, and the all important link to download the beta.

Updates to eSpeak-NG and LibLouis

In the Last In-Process edition, we noted that there was an update to LibLouis in NVDA 2021.1. The piece also covered how both LibLouis and eSpeak-NG are open source projects, like NVDA.

We’ve once again updated the builds of both LibLouis and eSpeak-NG for NVDA 2021.2 Beta 1. We know a lot of people are fans of eSpeak-NG. Of course, all our Braille users rely on LibLouis, so it’s important to test updates to these dependencies.

Configuration profiles

We often get asked about how to make NVDA behave differently in a particular program. The answer is: Configuration profiles. We’ve covered creating a profile for “Say all” previously.

Probably the most common use of configuration profiles is to make application-specific profiles. To create a profile for a specific program:

  1. Open the program you want to create a profile for.
  2. Press NVDA+control+p to open the “Configuration Profiles” dialog directly. Alternatively, press NVDA+n, then C to get to the same place.
  3. Press alt+n to create a new profile.
  4. The focus starts in the “Profile name” edit box. Leave this blank and press TAB to the “Use this profile for” set of radio buttons.
  5. Press the right arrow once to “Current application (name)”. “Name” is the name of the program executable. Note that in some cases this may not be the regular name of the program, eg Microsoft Word is called: “Winword”.
  6. Press ENTER to create the profile and load it. The dialogs close and focus returns to the program.

From now on, NVDA saves any configuration changes while using that program in the profile for that program. The exception to this is changes to NVDA’s “general” settings. These include NVDA’s logging level or NVDA’s interface language. These settings are not application specific. Any changes you make to them are made overall, regardless of any profile in use.

It is possible to delete unneeded configuration profiles from the profiles dialog:

  1. Press NVDA+control+p to open the profiles dialog.
  2. Use the arrow keys to select the profile to remove.
  3. Press ALT+D for delete the selected profile.

That’s all for this week. Be sure to check out NVDA 2021.2 Beta1, and join in the conversation in the NVDA user email group.

Categories: partners

NVDA 2021.2beta1 Available for Testing

NVAccess - August 9, 2021 - 07:41

Beta1 of NVDA 2021.2 is now available for download and testing. For anyone who is interested in trying out what the next version of NVDA has to offer before it is officially released, we welcome you to download the beta and provide feedback.

NVDA 2021.2 introduces preliminary Windows 11 support. While Windows 11 is yet to be released, this release has been tested on preview versions of Windows 11. This includes an important fix for Screen Curtain (see important note).

The COM Registration Fixing Tool can now resolve more problems when running NVDA. There are updates to the synthesizer eSpeak and braille translator LibLouis. There are also various bug fixes and improvements, notably for braille support and Windows terminals, calculator, emoji panel and clipboard history.

Important Note:

Due to a change in the Windows Magnification API, Screen Curtain had to be updated to support the newest versions of Windows Use NVDA 2021.2 to activate Screen Curtain with Windows 10 21H2 (10.0.19044) or later. This includes Windows 10 Insiders and Windows 11. For security purposes, when using a new version of Windows, get visual confirmation that the Screen Curtain makes the screen entirely black.

Categories: partners

In-Process 30th July 2021

NVAccess - July 30, 2021 - 05:44

It’s the end of July already – 2021 is moving! Let’s start with something else which is disappearing fast:

Basic Training Sale

The response to our Basic Training for NVDA sale has been phenomenal. Many people have taken advantage of it and are enjoying improving their skills with NVDA. However, the sale must come to an end after this weekend. So if you have been considering it, now is definitely the time. The electronic text version of the material comes as a zip file. It includes the content as a web page, a Microsoft Word file, an ePub eBook, and a Kindle KFX file. So you can use it with whichever device or program you prefer. This weekend is your last chance to get Basic Training for NVDA at 50% off.

Thanks to Elston and Staff

We’d like to say a big thank you to Elston and their staff for their generous support this month. Contributions like this are special. It’s not just the organisation donating but the staff themselves seeing the merit in NVDA. Their support helps us in our mission. Thank you to the staff at Elston

If you’d like to contribute to our mission as well, you can help us ensure that NVDA is available for free to anyone who needs it, anywhere in the world. You can purchase training material or telephone support from our shop. You can make a one-off donation, or why not consider becoming a regular monthly contributor? The other thing that really helps, is simply spreading the word about your favourite screenreader. It’s free and might save someone hundreds or thousands of dollars!

2021.1 feature insight: LibLouis

Let’s have another look at something new in NVDA 2021.1. This time, we’ve got “Updated liblouis braille translator to 3.17.0.” LibLouis itself isn’t new, and nor is it’s use in NVDA. But what is LibLouis? Good question! LibLouis describes itself as: “The Liblouis software suite provides an open-source braille translator, back-translator and formatter for a large number of languages and braille codes. It is a set of libraries designed for use in any of a number of applications, both free and commercial.”. Basically, is what NVDA uses to turn the text on screen into the braille dots on a refreshable Braille display. NVDA relies on synthesizers like Windows OneCore and eSpeak-NG to convert text into sound. LibLouis turns that same text into Braille. We try to update the build of LibLouis we use regularly to ensure NVDA has the latest features. So when NVDA gets a new Braille table, it’s thanks to an update to LibLous and the good work of the people over at that project. This update includes a number of new braille tables: Belarusian literary braille, Belarusian computer braille, Urdu grade 1, Urdu grade 2

Just like NVDA, LibLouis is an Open-source project. In fact, eSpeak-NG, the default synthesizer on Windows 7 and 8, is also Open-source. Open-source is an exciting and increasingly popular area of software. So what is Open-source software, and is it safe?

Open Source Software

The Open Source movement define the term simply as: “Generally, Open Source software is software that can be freely accessed, used, changed, and shared (in modified or unmodified form) by anyone”. Let’s also read from the explanation on our Corporate and Government page:

“NVDA is open source. This means that the source code is available for anyone to view. This is beneficial as it enables people outside the core developers to comment on bugs and offer suggestions for improvement. The final, compiled product contains only code which was either written, or directly checked and approved, by NV Access. Provided you download from https://www.nvaccess.org/ (the Official Site), you can be sure that you are downloading an official version of NVDA which is unaltered and free from malicious software.

You can also verify this by checking the digital signature in the “Digital signature” tab of the file properties.

While anyone could potentially download the NVDA source code and edit it, only NV Access can upload files to the Official Site. There is no more inherent risk with downloading NVDA from the Official Site than there is downloading a closed source program from its official site.

We work closely with partners including Microsoft, Google and Adobe, and they work with us in the knowledge of NVDA being open source. Microsoft uses Open Source software themselves, including various components built into Windows itself. Microsoft also have a page on Open Source Security which starts of with a section on the benefits of open source. Similarly, Google Open Source is a Google initiative “Bringing all the value of open source to Google and all the resources of Google to open source”.

The US Government runs Code.gov, a website documenting US government open source initiatives. US Government policy specifies that “Agencies must open source at least 20% of all new custom code created after August 2016.”. Similarly, The UK Government policy states: “Releasing government code under Open Source licenses increases transparency, collaboration and encourages good practices. The UK government made a commitment to making code open source by default at the Open Government Partnership Summit in Paris 2016.”

That’s all for this week. Remember, if you’re interested in taking advantage of the 50% off sale on Basic Training for NVDA, you need to jump on board this week. If you do, why not share your favourite tip or thing you’ve learnt in the NVDA user group.

Categories: partners

In-Process 16th July 2021

NVAccess - July 16, 2021 - 10:02

The big news this week is the release of NVDA 2021.1. You’ve waited long enough, so let’s get into it:

NVDA 2021.1

NVDA 2021.1 is now available for all users. NVDA 2021.1 includes optional experimental support for UIA in Excel and Chromium browsers. There are fixes for several languages, and for accessing links in Braille. There are updates to Unicode CLDR, mathematical symbols, and LibLouis. As well as many bug fixes and improvements, including in Office, Visual Studio, and several languages. The full list of updates is in the NVDA 2021.1 Release Announcement.

It is important to note that NVDA 2021.1 breaks compatibility with existing add-ons. The good news is that most add-ons have already been updated! Unless you have the Add-on Updater add-on, you will need to update add-ons manually.

You can find most add-ons on the NVDA Community Add-ons Site. There is a page on the site listing the current status of each add-on.

A couple other third party add-ons worth noting:

NVDARemote NVDARemote has been updated and is available from the NVDARemote site. Note that there are two versions on the page, one for NVDA 2019.3 and later, and one for 2019.2 and earlier. The 2019.3 and later version has been updated to NVDA Remote 2.4. This version is compatible with NVDA 2021.1, as well as back to NVDA 2019.3

Code Factory’s Eloquence and Vocalizer

For all our Eloquence users, Code Factory’s Eloquence & Vocalizer Add-on has been updated. They also have two versions listed, the first one is compatible with NVDA 2021.1.

Code Factory also have a SAPI 5 version of Eloquence and Vocalizer. This works with any version of NVDA, including NVDA 2021.1.

Tiflotecnia Vocalizer

Tiflotecnia have also updated their Vocalizer for NVDA. You can find more information on the Tiflotecnia Vocalizer page.

To find out whether your favourite add-on has been updated, the community has a handy list of the Compatibility status of Add-ons.

UI Automation

One new experimental feature in NVDA 2021.1 is a bit of a mouthful. “Includes optional experimental support for UI Automation A in Excel and Chromium browsers”. This is not yet complete, so we don’t recommend it for most users yet. UI Automation is a term not everyone will be familiar with, so you may well be asking: Just what is it?

According to Microsoft, “UI Automation provides programmatic access to most user interface (UI) elements on the desktop, enabling assistive technology products such as screen readers to provide information about the UI to end users and to manipulate the UI by means other than standard input”.

Basically, UI Automation, or UIA, is one way NVDA uses to get information from programs. So, when you use control+right arrow to move right by one word, UIA tells NVDA what text exists so it knows where to go. If you press NVDA+f to read the formatting, UIA exposes the formatting to NVDA. There are other methods of finding out information about a program. MSAA and IA2 are other commonly used frameworks. Microsoft is moving away from MSAA / IA2 towards UIA.

Previously, NVDA has provided an option (in Advanced settings) to use UIA to access Microsoft Word documents. Because of the way Outlook works, this also includes email message bodies in Outlook. In NVDA 2021.1 we’ve added options to use UI Automation in more places. These include using UIA in Excel, and Chromium based browsers.

It’s important to note that UIA support is experimental, and not complete. Both NV Access and Microsoft have further work to do here. We look forward to improving it in future versions. For those who do try it, your feedback will be important in informing that work. The best way to provide feedback on NVDA’s UIA support is to file an NVDA Issue on GitHub.

In some cases, using UIA can give more information about a document than IA2 or other methods NVDA uses to find out about documents. This can mean, in some instances, even just for basic spreadsheets, the performance increase with using UIA may positively outweigh any missing features so far. In other cases, there may not be as much information available, and some missing features may be crucial to the task at hand. Choosing a method to use is a little like picking whether to listen to something on the radio or watch it on TV. If you use the radio, you can’t adjust the volume with the TV remote. You can’t take the best parts of each – you have to use all the features of one at a time.

NVDA does not use UIA by default, but the options are available in NVDA’s advanced settings. In some cases it can be worth trying them if something is not working in Word (or Excel). If you are unsure, ask in the NVDA user group or email us. We won’t turn these features on by default until we are satisfied that the experience is better for the majority of users most of the time.

For all the new features, fixes and changes in NVDA 2021.1, please see the NVDA 2021.1 What’s New document.

Thanks to Intopia

We would like to take this opportunity to thank one of our generous sponsors, Intopia. Intopia’s tagline is “We help organisations be more inclusive and accessible”. That philosophy fits in well with our own NV Access mission. Our aim is to lower the economic and social barriers associated with accessing Information Technology for people who are Blind or Vision Impaired. To aid lowering the barrier for those who are blind or vision impaired, we very much appreciate all our sponsors and donors. As you download NVDA 2021.1, we’d encourage you to consider becoming a monthly donor yourself. Of course only if your financial situation allows it. You can find out more on our Donation page.

If you are a new user to NVDA, you might instead consider purchasing our training material. It’s a great time, as the Basic Training for NVDA (electronic text) is still 50% off.

That’s all for this week, do join in the conversation in the NVDA users email group and let everyone know your favourite new feature in NVDA 2021.1.

Categories: partners

NVDA 2021.1 Released

NVAccess - July 12, 2021 - 11:46

NV Access is pleased to announce that version 2021.1 of NVDA, the free screen reader for Microsoft Windows, is now available for download. We encourage all users to upgrade to this version.

NVDA 2021.1 includes optional experimental support for UIA in Excel and Chromium browsers. There are fixes for several languages, and for accessing links in Braille. There are updates to Unicode CLDR, mathematical symbols, and LibLouis. As well as many bug fixes and improvements, including in Office, Visual Studio, and several languages.

Please note, after updating any software, it is a good idea to restart the computer. Restart by going to the Shutdown dialog, selecting “restart” and pressing ENTER. Updating software can change files which are in use. This can lead to instability and strange behaviour which is resolved by rebooting. This is the first thing to try if you do notice anything odd after updating.

While downloading NVDA, please consider becoming a monthly donor. Contributions like yours help NV Access continue our important work.

We also have a range of training material in the NV Access Shop to help you increase your skills with NVDA. Start with the popular Basic Training for NVDA in electronic text, audio and braille. Save with the NVDA Productivity Bundle. This includes Basic Training, all our Microsoft Office training, and telephone support.

Download NVDA 2021.1

To find out what’s new in this release, please visit What’s new in NVDA 2021.1

Note:

  • If upgrading from Beta3 or Beta4, 2021.1 update must be installed manually.
  • This release breaks compatibility with existing add-ons.
  • This release also drops support for Adobe Flash.

Close-up photograph of NVDA logo in notification area.

Categories: partners

NVDA 2021.1rc2 available for testing

NVAccess - July 5, 2021 - 14:16

Release Candidate 2 (RC2) of NVDA 2021.1 is now available for download and testing. We encourage all users to download this RC and provide feedback. Unless any critical bugs are found, this will be identical to the final 2021.1 release.

Changes from RC1:
  • Updates to translations.
Highlights

NVDA 2021.1 includes optional experimental support for UIA in Excel and Chromium browsers. There are fixes for several languages, and for accessing links in Braille. There are updates to Unicode CLDR, mathematical symbols, and LibLouis. As well as many bug fixes and improvements, including in Office, Visual Studio, and several languages.

Note:

  • If upgrading from Beta3 or Beta4, the RC1 update must be installed manually.
  • This release breaks compatibility with existing add-ons.
  • This release also drops support for Adobe Flash.
Links
Categories: partners

NVDA 2021.1rc1 available for testing

NVAccess - July 2, 2021 - 16:20

The Release Candidate (RC) of NVDA 2021.1 is now available for download and testing. We encourage all users to download this RC and provide feedback. Unless any critical bugs are found, this will be identical to the final 2021.1 release.

Highlights

NVDA 2021.1 includes optional experimental support for UIA in Excel and Chromium browsers. There are fixes for several languages, and for accessing links in Braille. There are updates to Unicode CLDR, mathematical symbols, and LibLouis. As well as many bug fixes and improvements, including in Office, Visual Studio, and several languages.

Note:

  • If upgrading from Beta3 or Beta4, the RC1 update must be installed manually.
  • This release breaks compatibility with existing add-ons.
  • This release also drops support for Adobe Flash.
Links
Categories: partners

In-Process 1st July 2021

NVAccess - July 1, 2021 - 08:14

Welcome to July! We’re halfway through 2021 already, how time flies! This week, we’ve got news on NVDA 2021.1 Release Candidate, Windows 11 and our Basic Training Sale. Plus, a tip on using Web Apps which have their own keystrokes with NVDA.

BREAKING NEWS: NVDA 2021.1 Release Candidate is now available. This post has been updated with information on the RC build now.

NVDA 2021.1 Release Candidate

We are still moving towards the next version of NVDA. We’re now up to the Release Candidate of NVDA 2021.1. There have been a few updates since Beta 3 which we covered last In-Process. There’s a fix for the Seika Braille driver and updates to translations. Also, we’ve fixed the bug which prevented users from updating from Beta 3 and Beta 4. If you are still using Beta 3 or Beta 4, you will need to download the new beta from the NVDA 2021.1 RC1 Release Announcement. But otherwise, everything should now work smoothly.

NVDA Satisfaction Survey 2021: Last chance

We’ve had a great response to the NVDA Satisfaction Survey 2021. But it must close soon. If you haven’t yet had your say, it’s only short and won’t take long. We encourage you to please complete The NVDA Satisfaction Survey 2021 in the next couple of days.

Basic Training still on sale

We’ve also had a great reaction to the sale on Basic Training for NVDA. It’s never been this low before and a lot of people are jumping on board! Basic Training is the premier training module to learn NVDA. Now is the cheapest time ever seen to improve your skills, but This Sale can’t last.

Windows 11

This week, Microsoft announced the next version of Windows: Windows 11. Joseph Lee put together some early impressions of the first insiders preview build of Windows 11 in a thread on the User Group.

Given how much of a refresh of the user interface Windows 11 is, it’s not surprising there are some differences. Getting to the list of “all apps” from the start menu, for instance, is a little different to Windows 10, but still works. The arrangement of settings has changed as well but still works. Windows+x shortcut keys don’t currently work, and Microsoft is aware of that issue. Joseph has updated his Windows App Essentials NVDA add-on (formerly Windows 10 App Essentials), to work around a couple of other issues. No doubt there will be lots more tips, tricks, and commentary from all sides as Windows 11 gets closer. Remember, Microsoft have only announced Windows 11, you can’t buy it in shops yet.

So, broadly, NVDA does work with this first build of Windows 11. There are a couple of issues, both accessible and general use. That is to be expected from most insider builds. Just like the beta releases of NVDA, Microsoft releases insider builds of Windows. These are intended for keen users to test and report back on any issues found. Like alpha and beta builds of NVDA, Windows Insider builds are early pre-releases. They are “Beta” software, and not recommended for most users, or on your main PC.

Have you tried the Windows 11 insider preview build? If you try it, please do jump into the NVDA Chat Group and share your findings.

Single letter navigation

One of the fixes we noted last time, introduced in NVDA 2021.1 Beta 3, was that J and K now work again in the Twitter app. In Twitter, both in the app and on the web, these keys jump between the next and the previous tweet. The Twitter app essentially acts like a web page. But there is a catch – covered in the Single Letter Navigation section of the NVDA User Guide. On the web, in browse mode (as NVDA will be until in the edit field to type a new tweet), NVDA is looking for K to move to the next link. Increasingly, complex web pages offer their own keystrokes to access features. Google Docs does this, as do Gmail, Twitter, and Facebook. Press NVDA+shift+spacebar to toggle NVDA’s single letter navigation on or off. Turning single letter navigation off lets you use a website or web app’s keyboard shortcuts.

That’s all for this week. We encourage everyone to try the NVDA 2021.1 Release Candidate and let us know how you find it! If you are tech savvy and interested, feel free to try the Windows 11 Insider Build. If you do, feel free to join the conversation in the NVDA Chat Group.

Categories: partners

NVDA 2021.1beta5 Available for Testing

NVAccess - June 24, 2021 - 11:01

Beta5 of NVDA 2021.1 is now available for download and testing. For anyone who is interested in trying out what the next version of NVDA has to offer before it is officially released, we welcome you to download the beta and provide feedback.

Note: If upgrading from Beta3 or Beta4, the Beta5 update must be installed manually.

Changes from Beta4:
  • Fix automatic updates.
  • Fix Seika Notetaker Driver.
Changes from Beta3:
  • In the event of a crash NVDA will restart automatically.
  • Updates to translations.
Changes from Beta2:
  • Fix for a rare issue causing NVDA to fail to restart after update.
  • Fix for Twitter app navigation with J/K keys.
  • Fix focus changes in Microsoft Word 365 Online not announced when using Edge with UIA.
  • Updates to translations
Changes from Beta1:
  • In the new Chromium based Microsoft Edge, text fields such as the address bar are now announced when empty.
  • Espeak now supports Cantonese and Mandarin again.
  • Espeak has been reverted to an older version to resolve issues with corruption after speaking certain characters.
  • Updated Unicode Common Locale Data Repository (CLDR) to 39.0
  • Fix for previously supported Seika braille displays, adds support for the Seika Notetaker braille display from Nippon Telesoft.
  • Updates to translations
Highlights

NVDA 2021.1 includes optional experimental support for UIA in Excel and Chromium browsers. There are fixes for several languages, and for accessing links in Braille. There are updates to Unicode CLDR, mathematical symbols, and LibLouis. As well as many bug fixes and improvements, including in Office, Visual Studio, and several languages.

Note:

  • This release breaks compatibility with existing add-ons.
  • This release also drops support for Adobe Flash.
Links
Categories: partners

NVDA 2021.1beta4 Available for Testing

NVAccess - June 23, 2021 - 14:46

Please note: NVDA 2021.1 Beta 5 is now available and should be downloaded instead.

Beta4 of NVDA 2021.1 is now available for download and testing. For anyone who is interested in trying out what the next version of NVDA has to offer before it is officially released, we welcome you to download the beta and provide feedback.

Changes from Beta3:
  • In the event of a crash NVDA will restart automatically.
  • Updates to translations
Changes from Beta2:
  • Fix for a rare issue causing NVDA to fail to restart after update.
  • Fix for Twitter app navigation with J/K keys.
  • Fix focus changes in Microsoft Word 365 Online not announced when using Edge with UIA.
  • Updates to translations
Changes from Beta1:
  • In the new Chromium based Microsoft Edge, text fields such as the address bar are now announced when empty.
  • Espeak now supports Cantonese and Mandarin again.
  • Espeak has been reverted to an older version to resolve issues with corruption after speaking certain characters.
  • Updated Unicode Common Locale Data Repository (CLDR) to 39.0
  • Fix for previously supported Seika braille displays, adds support for the Seika Notetaker braille display from Nippon Telesoft.
  • Updates to translations
Highlights

NVDA 2021.1 includes optional experimental support for UIA in Excel and Chromium browsers. There are fixes for several languages, and for accessing links in Braille. There are updates to Unicode CLDR, mathematical symbols, and LibLouis. As well as many bug fixes and improvements, including in Office, Visual Studio, and several languages.

Note:

  • This release breaks compatibility with existing add-ons.
  • This release also drops support for Adobe Flash.
Links

WARNING: Due to an issue identified in Beta 3 and Beta 4, it is not possible to update from these versions for NVDA 2021.1 Beta 5 and newer from within NVDA. To update to Beta 5, please download and install the beta from the Beta 5 release announcement.

Categories: partners

In-process 17th June 2021

NVAccess - June 17, 2021 - 15:52

There are several exciting things to report this week – a new beta (two, in fact!), and new training material, with a discount! Plus our annual NVDA Satisfaction Survey is on again.

NVDA 2021.1 Beta 3

NVDA 2021.1 Beta 3 is now available for download and testing. As with Beta 1 reported in May, this is a pre-release version of NVDA. So, for many users, we recommend keeping NVDA 2020.4 installed and trying out a portable version of the beta. So, what’s new in this beta?

Changes from Beta2:

  • Fix for a rare issue causing NVDA to fail to restart after update
  • Fix for Twitter app navigation with J/K keys
  • Fix focus changes in Microsoft Word 365 Online not announced when using Edge with UIA
  • Updates to translations
  • Changes from Beta1:

  • In the new Chromium based Microsoft Edge, text fields such as the address bar are now announced when empty
  • eSpeak-NG now supports Cantonese and Mandarin again
  • eSpeak-NG has been reverted to an older version to resolve issues with corruption after speaking certain characters
  • Updated Unicode Common Locale Data Repository (CLDR) to 39.0
  • Fix for previously supported Seika braille displays, adds support for the Seika Notetaker braille display from Nippon Telesoft
  • Updates to translations

For full details on everything new, please check out the NVDA 2021.1 Beta 3 release announcement.

Add-on updates

NVDA 2021.1 is incompatible with older add-ons. Once we knew this, we took the opportunity to incorporate several breaking changes. These include a refactoring of parts of the code (updating and rewriting), and an update to wxPython 4.1.1. wxPython is the toolkit which provides the interactive elements of NVDA. That is, the buttons, settings dialog windows and the checkboxes in them, for instance.

As with NVDA 2019.3, the add-ons community has jumped on the challenge. Everyone is keen to ensure a smooth transition with timely add-on updates. There is a page detailing all the main add-ons and their status at: https://addons.nvda-project.org/addons/nvdacompat.en.html

At the time of writing, I’m pleased to advise that 50 out of 88 Add-ons, or 57%, have been updated to be compatible with NVDA 2021.1. We anticipate this number to keep growing as the release draws nearer.

We know many users enjoy popular synthesizers from Code Factory, Tiflotecnia and Acapela. I’m happy to confirm they are all aware of the changes and keen to look after their customers. Updates are being worked on for Eloquence, Vocalizer or Acapella voices.

If you use other add-ons not listed on the main site, please check with your vendor or developer directly. Also, do feel free to encourage them to list their add-ons on the official site. This central repository will make it much easier for other users to find. Instructions for requesting a review of your add-on are available on the main page at: https://addons.nvda-project.org/index.en.html

Survey

NV Access is pleased to invite you to participate in the NVDA Satisfaction Survey 2021. As in previous years, this is a simple, three-question survey. The survey is open to NVDA users and testers around the world. We encourage everyone to complete the NVDA Satisfaction Survey 2021. The survey will be open until the 2nd of July 2021. Please do participate, and share with our thanks!

Training material updates

Basic Training for NVDA

This week we are pleased to share with you not one but two updates to our training material. The first is an update to Basic Training for NVDA. Basic Training is our flagship module. It is the key way many NVDA users become proficient with the screen reader.

This update brings many NVDA commands into line with the latest NVDA updates. It also introduces several features not previously available in official training material. We are happy to bring users a new topic on using OCR. We’ve also introduced a glossary of terms at the end to help users refer back to information later on.

Basic Training for NVDA also turned 5 this year. It was back in April 2016 we released this first module in our series to great acclaim. To celebrate, we’re pleased to offer Basic Training for NVDA at 50% off for a limited time. Please note: This offer is for the electronic text version while we work on updating the other formats. This is a great deal for both new users and those who have purchased earlier versions of the module. The electronic text version contains the material in four formats so there’s something for everyone. The formats included are: A Microsoft Word document, a HTML Web page, an ePub eBook, and Kindle KFX.

Microsoft PowerPoint with NVDA

Microsoft PowerPoint with NVDA is designed to work through all the features to create and run presentations using PowerPoint. Concepts range from getting started with PowerPoint to advanced skills such as setting slide timings, adding live captions and presenting online.

The update to the PowerPoint module was only a couple of minor corrections. Those who have purchased it previously can download the update for free by going to Your NV Access Account Downloads Page and downloading the material again.

If you haven’t previously purchased any of our training material but would like to build up your skills, now is a great time! If you don’t use Microsoft Office, then Basic Training for NVDA is on sale right now. If you’d like to build your skills using NVDA, as well as Microsoft Office, the NVDA Productivity Bundle contains Basic Training for NVDA, our four Microsoft Office modules (including the updated PowerPoint material) and telephone support. The NVDA Productivity Bundle comes at a discount off buying the items separately, so is a great investment in your knowledge.

Generous Donation

Recently we received a very generous donation from Maria. Maria sent us a note explaining why she found NVDA so useful and decided to donate:

Hi guys, thanks. Thank you so much for making such a great screen reader for free. NVDA really helps me when I use my own Windows laptop or my work laptop, and I know how much it must help a lot of other people around the world. Until a few years ago I didn’t have bucks so I know how prohibitively expensive other screen readers are, and how hard it is to get funding for them. Please keep up the great work!

Thank you so much Maria! Donations such as yours help us to continue our work, providing NVDA for free to anyone around the world who can make use of it! Kind words such as yours make us enthusiastic to keep improving and distributing NVDA it as long as it is useful to people like you!

If you’d like to donate, we would be most grateful. You can find all the information on how to contribute on our Donation page.

That’s all for this week. So, don’t forget, there are two pieces of homework this week!

1) Please do participate in our NVDA Satisfaction Survey 2021, and: 2) Please do try NVDA 2021.1 Beta 3!

Bonus homework: Please let us know how you find the beta or any issues you encounter!

Categories: partners

NVDA 2021.1beta3 Available for Testing

NVAccess - June 17, 2021 - 11:21

Beta3 of NVDA 2021.1 is now available for download and testing. For anyone who is interested in trying out what the next version of NVDA has to offer before it is officially released, we welcome you to download the beta and provide feedback.

Changes from Beta2:
  • Fix for a rare issue causing NVDA to fail to restart after update.
  • Fix for Twitter app navigation with J/K keys.
  • Fix focus changes in Microsoft Word 365 Online not announced when using Edge with UIA.
  • Updates to translations
Changes from Beta1:
  • In the new Chromium based Microsoft Edge, text fields such as the address bar are now announced when empty.
  • Espeak now supports Cantonese and Mandarin again.
  • Espeak has been reverted to an older version to resolve issues with corruption after speaking certain characters.
  • Updated Unicode Common Locale Data Repository (CLDR) to 39.0
  • Fix for previously supported Seika braille displays, adds support for the Seika Notetaker braille display from Nippon Telesoft.
  • Updates to translations
Highlights

NVDA 2021.1 includes optional experimental support for UIA in Excel and Chromium browsers. There are fixes for several languages, and for accessing links in Braille. There are updates to Unicode CLDR, mathematical symbols, and LibLouis. As well as many bug fixes and improvements, including in Office, Visual Studio, and several languages.

Note:

  • This release breaks compatibility with existing add-ons.
  • This release also drops support for Adobe Flash.
Links
Categories: partners

NVDA 2021.1beta2 Available for Testing

NVAccess - June 4, 2021 - 12:53

Beta2 of NVDA 2021.1 is now available for download and testing. For anyone who is interested in trying out what the next version of NVDA has to offer before it is officially released, we welcome you to download the beta and provide feedback.

Changes from Beta1:
  • In the new Chromium based Microsoft Edge, text fields such as the address bar are now announced when empty.
  • Espeak now supports Cantonese and Mandarin again.
  • Espeak has been reverted to an older version to resolve issues with corruption after speaking certain characters.
  • Updated Unicode Common Locale Data Repository (CLDR) to 39.0
  • Fix for previously supported Seika braille displays, adds support for the Seika Notetaker braille display from Nippon Telesoft.
  • Updates to translations
Highlights

NVDA 2021.1 includes optional experimental support for UIA in Excel and Chromium browsers. There are fixes for several languages, and for accessing links in Braille. There are updates to Unicode CLDR, mathematical symbols, and LibLouis. As well as many bug fixes and improvements, including in Office, Visual Studio, and several languages.

Note:

  • This release breaks compatibility with existing add-ons.
  • This release also drops support for Adobe Flash.
Links
Categories: partners

In-Process 28th May 2021

NVAccess - May 28, 2021 - 11:52

As promised, this week we have details of the new NVDA 2021.1 Beta 1. That’s exciting, so let’s dive right in:

NVDA 2021.1 Beta 1 now available for testing

Beta1 of NVDA 2021.1 is now available for download and testing. For anyone who is interested in trying out what the next version of NVDA has to offer before it is officially released, we welcome you to download the beta and provide feedback.

NVDA 2021.1 includes optional experimental support for UIA in Excel and Chromium browsers. There are fixes for several languages, and for accessing links in Braille. There are updates to Unicode CLDR and mathematical symbols, eSpeak-NG and LibLouis.

There are many bug fixes and improvements, including in Office, Visual Studio and several languages.

Note: this is an Add-on API compatibility breaking release. Add-on authors will need to update their add-ons to be compatible with NVDA 2021.1. We had previously asked add-on authors to wait until this beta came out before confirming their add-ons were compatible. Many have already done the work, but please note that as at the time of release, add-ons had not been updated. We anticipate that most add-ons will be updated by the time the final stable build comes out. If you rely on NVDA add-ons (including 3rd party synthesizers), please test the beta as a temporary or portable copy.

This release also drops support for Adobe Flash.

NVDA Beta One (Text in turquoise with NVDA logo between words)

The NVDA Development Cycle

As we move closer to the next stable release, I thought it was worth covering the NVDA development cycle.

  1. At any given time, the current stable version of NVDA is available from NV Access. The current stable release is the version we recommend for most users.
  2. A couple of times a week, we release “Alpha” builds. These are early, pre-release builds intended to test new features and fixes. Stability is not guaranteed with these builds. They are only recommended for developers. Sometimes, we may also ask users to test fixes for reported bugs. These Alpha builds are available on our NVDA Development Snapshots Page.
  3. As new features and fixes are more thoroughly tested, we release a “Beta” build. These should be close to the final build. They should be stable, but we do release them for people to test. It is important that beta users to alert us if anything does not work or is not stable. We encourage wider testing of Beta builds than alpha builds. If testing, please do keep a copy of the previous stable build to get back to if needed. If anyone finds any major issues, we will fix or revert them, and release a new Beta build.
  4. When no serious bugs are found in the beta build, we put out a “Release Candidate” (RC) build. The RC build is the last step before a stable build. Unless there are any major issues, this build is the same as the following stable release. We encourage all users to download and use this RC build. If there are any issues, it is easier to fix them now than to address them after the stable build is out.
  5. Once the RC build is out for a couple of weeks without issues, we release the stable version. We update the link on the NVDA Downloads Page, and we encourage all users to update to this build.
A couple of things to note:
  • If you install a Beta or RC build, it will prompt to update to future beta or release candidate builds in this cycle. When the final stable version comes out, they will prompt to update to that build. When a beta comes out for the next version, you will need to download that manually.
  • New Alpha releases may come out while the beta or release candidate versions are out. These may include fixes and features aimed at the following version of NVDA.
  • This is a simplified list covering the main steps in the process from a user perspective. There are several other steps along the way which aren’t documented here. One of these, for instance, is the “Translation string freeze”. This is a point when we don’t add any new text strings (eg messages, dialog boxes, etc). This gives translators a chance to update languages before the final stable version.
  • Beta (and RC) releases are listed on the NVDA Development Snapshots Page. It is worth following https://twitter.com/NVAccess or Facebook. We publish details of important updates, such as when these builds are available. We will also, as now, cover updates here in the NV Access In-Process Blog.

    NVDA Satisfaction Survey 2021

    NV Access is pleased to invite you to participate in the NVDA Satisfaction Survey 2021. As in previous years, this is a simple, three-question survey. The survey is open to NVDA users and testers around the world. We encourage everyone to complete the NVDA Satisfaction Survey 2021.

    The survey will be open until the 2nd of July 2021. Please do participate, and share with our thanks!

    NV Access Survey mockup image

    That’s all for this week. We look forward to bringing you more on NVDA 2021.1 closer in a couple of weeks. In the meantime, please do test out the beta and let us know what you think!

Categories: partners

Check Input Gestures

NVDA add-ons - May 27, 2021 - 00:20
  • Author: Oleksandr Gryshchenko
  • Version: 1.0
  • NVDA compatibility: 2019.3 and beyond
  • Download stable version

Find and fix input gestures conflicts in NVDA and add-ons. The general term "input gestures" includes keyboard commands, commands entered from Braille keyboards and gestures of touch screens.

Each of the installed add-ons can make changes to the NVDA configuration by adding or reassigning existing input gestures. If the same input gestures are binded to several functions, it will be impossible to call some of them.

Search for duplicate gestures

To detect duplicate gestures, call the NVDA menu, go to the "Tools" submenu, then - "Check Input Gestures" and activate the menu item "Search for duplicate gestures...".
After that, all input gestures used in NVDA will be checked in the following order:

  1. globalCommands;
  2. globalPlugins.

If the same input gestures will be detected, which are assigned to different functions, their list will be displayed in a separate dialog box.
After pressing the Enter key on the selected list item, the corresponding NVDA function will be selected and opened in the standard "Input Gestures..." dialog, where you can delete or reassign the associated gesture.

Note: As you know, features that don't have a text description do not appear in the "Input Gestures..." dialog. Therefore, after activating such an element, the corresponding warning will be displayed.

Gestures without description

To view the list of gestures binded with functions without a text description, if they are found in your NVDA configuration, you need to call the NVDA menu, go to the submenu "Tools", then - "Gestures without description...".
Such features do not appear in the standard NVDA "Input Gestures..." dialog, so it is not yet possible to delete or reassign associated gestures.

Help

One way to view this help page is to call up the NVDA menu, go to the "Tools" submenu, then - "Check Input Gestures", and activate "Help".

Note: All features of the add-on are presented in the NVDA "Input Gestures" dialog and you can assign your own keyboard shortcuts to each of them.

Contributions

We are very grateful to everyone who made the effort to develop, translate and maintain this add-on:

  • Wafiqtaher - Arabic translation;
  • Angelo Miguel Abrantes - Portuguese translation;
  • Cagri Dogan - Turkish translation.
Change log Version 1.0
  • implemented search for duplicate input gestures;
  • implemented search for input gestures binded to functions without a text description.
Altering of add-on source code

You may clone this repo to make alteration to NVDA Check Input Gestures.

Third Party dependencies

These can be installed with pip:

  • markdown
  • scons
  • python-gettext
To package the add-on for distribution
  1. Open a command line, change to the root of this repo
  2. Run the scons command. The created add-on, if there were no errors, is placed in the current directory.
Categories: partners

NVDAUpdate Channel Selector

NVDA add-ons - May 26, 2021 - 14:37
  • Author: Jose Manuel Delicado
  • NVDA compatibility: 2019.1 to 2020.4
  • Download stable version

This add-on allows you to download and install the latest NVDA version of the chosen type without visiting any webpage nor using your web browser. It is useful when, for example, you want to test new features in a NVDA snapshot and then return back to the most recent stable release. If you test regularly NVDA snapshots and you usually install them in your computer, you will save a lot of time with this add-on. If you prefer testing snapshots in portable mode keeping your installed copy of NVDA unchanged, this add-on is for you as well.

Usage

You can change the NVDA update channel by going to NVDA menu, Preferences, Settings, Update channel category. Once you choose the desired channel and press OK, wait until the next automatic update check or go to NVDA help menu and choose "Check for updates" option. For now, these are the available channels:

  • Default: this is the default channel used by your NVDA version. Choosing this option means the same as disabling the add-on.
  • Stable: force update channel to stable. Useful when you want to return to a stable version from a snapshot.
  • Stable, rc and beta: this is the channel for beta releases. You will receive the first beta version once it is released. This channel allows you to update through betas and release candidates until you reach the next stable version.
  • Alpha (snapshots): choose this option to update to the latest alpha. Alpha snapshots allows you to test new features, but they are quite unstable. Please, be careful.
  • Beta (snapshots): choose this option to update to the latest beta snapshot built from the beta branch. Beta code has been more tested than Alpha. However, until the official beta version is released, it may not be stable enough for most users.
  • RC (snapshots): choose this option to update to the latest release candidate snapshot built from the rc branch. RC code has been more tested than Beta. However, until the official rc version is released, it may not be stable enough for most users.
  • Disable updates (not recommended): this option disables the update channel. If you check for updates an error message will be displayed. Remember that you can disable automatic updates from the General settings category. Use this option only with testing purposes.
Changelog Version 1.0
  • Initial version.
Categories: partners

Proxy support for NVDA

NVDA add-ons - May 26, 2021 - 14:31
  • Author: Jose Manuel Delicado
  • NVDA compatibility: 2019.3 to 2020.4
  • Download stable version

This add-on allows the NVDA screen reader to connect to the Internet through one or more proxy servers. To make it possible, it applies various patches to the standard Python library or modifies certain environment variables, depending on the chosen configuration. You will be able to update NVDA and their add-ons automatically from your corporate environment and even perform remote sessions, provided that your organization proxy server allows it.

Features
  • Support for various proxy server types: http, socks4 and socks5.
  • Ability to redirect all traffic through the proxy server or only specific traffic (http, https, ftp).
  • Ability to redirect all traffic through a proxy server and, after that, redirect specific traffic through other servers (nested proxies).
  • Profile switch and config reset aware: if you usually work with a portable copy of NVDA, you can create various profiles for different environments (home, work, office1, office2) and manually activate them.
Usage

This add-on adds a new category to the NVDA settings dialog called "Proxy". In this category, you will find four settings groups. The first one allows you to configure a general proxy for all traffic. The other groups allow you to configure proxy servers only for specific protocols. All groups have the following fields:

  • Host: hostname or ip address of the proxy server. Leave empty to disable that particular proxy.
  • Port: server port.
  • Username: optional. User name for server autentication.
  • Password: optional. Password for server autentication. Note that password is not required for socks4 servers.

In addition to the previous fields, the following options are available in the first settings group:

  • SOCKS proxy type: socks4, socks5 or http can be selected.
  • Use proxy for dns requests if possible: when this checkbox is checked, hostnames or domain names will be directly sent to and resolved on the proxy server. When it is unchecked, names will be resolved locally and the server will receive only the destination ip address. Note that not all socks4 proxy servers support this option.

Tipically, most users will only have to configure the first settings group. If you don't know your proxy details, ask your organization network administrator for more information.

Limitations
  • Very limited IPV6 support.
  • UDP traffic is not supported on all proxy servers.
  • External DLL libraries won't respect the settings configured in this add-on.
  • Only basic autentication is supported for http proxy servers. Digest autentication is not supported.
  • In order to redirect all traffic (including https connections) through an http proxy, the server must support the CONNECT http method.
  • A "direct connection" mode can't be configured. If you disable a specific proxy, the system default will be used instead.
Changelog Version 1.0
  • Initial release.
Categories: partners

Pages