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NVDA 2014.2 Released

NV Access would like to announce the release of NVDA 2014.2. To find out more or to download a copy, please see the official NV Access announcement.

Thanks to everyone who helped to make this release possible.

NVDA 2014.1 Released

NV Access would like to announce the release of NVDA 2014.1. To find out more or to download a copy, please see the official NV Access announcement.

There was one change after rc4:

  • When NVDA is configured to use French, the Input Gestures dialog now works correctly.

Thanks to everyone who helped to make this release possible.

NVDA 2014.1rc4 Released

NVDA 2014.1rc4 has just been released. This is a release candidate, which means that unless any critical issues are found, this will be identical to the final 2014.1 release.

Changes from rc3 to rc4:

  • Updated eSpeak to version 1.48.04 which fixes an important pronunciation issue for Dutch.

NVDA 2014.1rc3 Released

NVDA 2014.1rc3 has just been released. This is a release candidate, which means that unless any critical issues are found, this will be identical to the final 2014.1 release.

Changes from rc2 to rc3:

  • Updated eSpeak to version 1.48.03 which fixes some voice quality issues introduced in the 2014.1 development cycle.

NVDA 2014.1rc2 Released

NVDA 2014.1rc2 has just been released. This is a release candidate, which means that unless any critical issues are found, this will be identical to the final 2014.1 release.

Changes from rc1 to rc2:

  • Fixed tracking of the caret for some editable text fields that rely on text written to the screen such as the main text area in Balabolka. (#3901)

NVDA 2014.1rc1 Released

NVDA 2014.1rc1 has just been released. This is a release candidate, which means that unless any critical issues are found, this will be identical to the final 2014.1 release.

NVDA 2013.3 Released

NV Access would like to announce the release of NVDA 2013.3. To find out more or to download a copy, please see the official NV Access announcement.

As always, we would like to thank all contributors for making this release possible.

NVDA 2013.3rc4 Released

NVDA 2013.3rc4 has just been released. This is a release candidate, which means that unless any critical issues are found, this will be identical to the final 2013.3 release.

Changes from rc3 to rc4:

  • Fixed the problem where a triggered empty configuration profile was not deactivated when appropriate. (#3667)
  • Fixed an issue which caused the Freedom Scientific braille display driver to fail when the port was set to USB in some circumstances. (#3509, #3662)
  • Fixed an issue where keys on Freedom Scientific braille displays weren't detected in some circumstances. (#3401, #3662)

NVDA 2013.3rc3 Released

NVDA 2013.3rc3 has just been released. This is a release candidate, which means that unless any critical issues are found, this will be identical to the final 2013.3 release.

Changes from rc2 to rc3:

  • Added What's New information for Portuguese.
  • Fixed problems (some rather severe) when a trigger refers to a configuration profile which does not exist. This shouldn't happen under normal conditions, but it might occur due to disk corruption, user error, etc.

NVDA 2013.3rc2 Released

NVDA 2013.3rc2 has just been released. This is a release candidate, which means that unless any critical issues are found, this will be identical to the final 2013.3 release.

Changes from rc1 to rc2:

  • When configured to use the Tamil language, gestures are now shown correctly in the Input Gestures dialog. (#3587)
  • Fixed a formatting error in the What's New document.
  • Updated contributors list.

NVDA 2013.3rc1 Released

NVDA 2013.3rc1 has just been released. This is a release candidate, which means that unless any critical issues are found, this will be identical to the final 2013.3 release.

NVDA2013.2Released

NV Access would like to announce the release of NVDA 2013.2. To find out more or to download a copy, please see the official NV Access announcement.

As always, we would like to thank all contributors for making this release possible.

NVDA 2013.2rc2 Released

NVDA 2013.2rc2 has just been released. This is a release candidate, which means that unless any critical issues are found, this will be identical to the final 2013.2 release.

Changes from rc1 to rc2:

  • NVDA no longer reads the title of browse mode documents twice. (#3446)
  • Fixed a crash in Firefox 3.6. (#3456)
  • Updated translations.

NVDA 2013.2rc1 Released

NVDA 2013.2rc1 has just been released. This is a release candidate, which means that unless any critical issues are found, this will be identical to the final 2013.2 release.

NVDA 2013.1rc2 Released

NVDA 2013.1rc2 has just been released. This is a release candidate, which means that unless any critical issues are found, this will be almost identical to the final 2013.1 release.

Note that some translations may not yet be updated. They will be updated by the time of the final 2013.1 release.

Changes from rc1 to rc2:

  • OpenOffice and LibreOffice Writer no longer crash when entering text. (#3177)
  • Fixed a problem which sometimes occurred when connecting to or pressing keys on Papenmeier BRAILLEX newer models. (#3174)
  • When updating a previous installation, old eSpeak voices are now removed. (#3181)
  • it is now possible to use browse mode for pages in Internet Explorer 10 when in standards mode; e.g. www.gmail.com login page. (#3151)
  • Updated eSpeak speech synthesizer to 1.47.09. (#3141, #3172)
  • Updated translations.
  • Updated documentation.

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NVDA 2013.1rc1 Released

NVDA 2013.1rc1 has just been released. This is a release candidate, which means that unless any critical issues are found, this will be almost identical to the final 2013.1 release.

Note that some translations may not yet be updated. They will be updated by the time of the final 2013.1 release.

Changes from beta2 to rc1:

  • NVDA no longer freezes when using Asian character input in some .NET applications. (#3005)
  • Updated eSpeak speech synthesizer to 1.47.07. (#3124, #3132, #3141, #3143)
  • Fixed problems when interacting with Microsoft PowerPoint presentations in some cases, particularly in protected view. (#3007)
  • Updated translations.
  • Updated documentation.

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NVDA 2013.1beta2 Released

NV Access is pleased to announce the release of NVDA 2013.1beta2. It is intended for those who are interested in testing and evaluating the upcoming NVDA 2013.1 release, but is not recommended for production use. Testers are encouraged to report any bugs found while using this beta.

Note that some translations may not yet be updated. They will be updated by the time of the final 2013.1 release.

Changes from beta1 to beta2:

  • Fixed key map and reconnection problem for Papenmeier BRAILLEX older models. (#3074)
  • Support for automatic language switching when reading documents in Microsoft Word. (#2047)
  • Fixed problems related to whitespace at the end of lines when using a braille display in certain cases. (#2466)
  • If NVDA falls back to no braille due to the configured braille display failing when NVDA starts, the configured display is no longer automatically set to no braille. This means that now, the original display will be tried again next time NVDA starts. (#2264)
  • Updated eSpeak speech synthesizer to 1.47.04. (#2680)
  • In applications using the Java Access Bridge, braille displays are now updated correctly when the caret moves in editable text fields . (#3107)
  • Support the form landmark in browse mode documents that support landmarks. (#2997)
  • The eSpeak synthesizer driver now handles reading by character more appropriately (e.g. announcing a foreign letter's name or value rather than just its sound or generic name). (#3106)
  • Fixed an issue with Chinese input in PowerPoint where finalizing a composition would cause the slide, shape and edit field to be spoken, rather than just the finalized composition like as in all other applications.
  • NVDA no longer fails to copy user settings for use on logon and other secure screens when the user's profile path contains non-ASCII characters. (#3092)
  • Updated translations. (#3067)
  • Updated documentation. (#3065, #3075)

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NVDA 2012.3.1 Released

NVDA 2012.3.1 has just been released. This release includes updates and fixes to several translations. There are no functional changes.

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NVDA 2012.2.1 Released

NVDA 2012.2.1 has just been released. This release addresses several potential security issues (by upgrading Python to 2.7.3). Upgrading is recommended.

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NVDA 2012.2 Released

NV Access is pleased to announce that NVDA 2012.2 has been released. This release has been declared stable, which means it is suitable for production use and is recommended for most users.

Highlights of this release include an in-built installer and portable creation feature, automatic updates, easy management of new NVDA add-ons, announcement of graphics in Microsoft Word, support for Windows 8 Metro style apps, and several important bug fixes.

Note that NVDA is now distributed in one package. Rather than separate portable and installer versions, there is now just one file that, when run, will start a temporary copy of NVDA and will allow you to install or generate a portable distribution.

Changes from 2012.2rc2 to 2012.2:

  • Updated translations.
  • More fixes related to downloading updates when installed on a system running Eset NOD32 HTTP Scanner. (#2352)

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NVDA 2012.2rc2 Released

NVDA 2012.2rc2 has just been released. This is a release candidate, which means that unless any critical issues are found, this will be almost identical to the final 2012.2 release.

Note that some translations may not yet be updated. They will be updated by the time of the final 2012.2 release.

Changes from rc1 to rc2:

  • Updated translations.
  • Updated documentation.
  • Downloading updates no longer fails when installed on a system running Eset NOD32 HTTP Scanner. (#2352)
  • Creating a portable copy no longer fails in certain circumstances (specifically, when a destination file is in use because it hasn't yet been released by another application).
  • Creating a portable copy in a network location now works correctly.
  • When installing an NVDA update in Windows XP and running as a user without administrator privileges, the update is now installed correctly and system files are no longer inappropriately copied into the program directory. (#2391)

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NVDA 2012.2rc1 Released

NVDA 2012.2rc1 has just been released. This is a release candidate, which means that unless any critical issues are found, this will be almost identical to the final 2012.2 release.

Note that some translations may not yet be updated. They will be updated by the time of the final 2012.2 release.

Changes from beta2 to rc1:

  • Fixed an issue where NVDA would fail to update on some systems running particular anti-virus software. (#2347)

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NVDA 2012.2beta2 Released

NVDA 2012.2beta2 has just been released. Note that some translations may not yet be updated. They will be updated by the time of the final 2012.2 release.

Changes from beta1 to beta2:

  • Fix an error that stopped NVDA installing on a system where NVDA was previously installed in a non-default directory. (#2332)
  • In Internet Explorer 9, NVDA no longer reads unwanted content when focus moves inside certain landmarks or focusable elements (specifically, a div element which is focusable or has an ARIA landmark role).
  • Removed the Create Autorun File option from the Create Portable Copy dialog as it did not work as expected. (#2321)
  • in browse mode, the jump to end of container quick navigation script is now , (comma) not shift+. This is more consistent with the other quick navigation keys and fixes a particular locale issue.
  • When creating a portable copy or installing, there are a few more cases where NVDA can now ask the user to retry or cancel for particular errors.
  • The Add button in the Add-ons Dialog has been renamed to Install. this button now has a shortcut of alt+i, rather than the add-ons list.
  • Fix a bug that stopped translation support in Add-ons from working if the add-on code was located in a directory with certain non-English characters.
  • Updated translations.
  • Updated documentation.

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NVDA 2012.2beta1 Released

NV Access is pleased to announce the release of NVDA 2012.2beta1. It is intended for those who are interested in testing and evaluating the upcoming NVDA 2012.2 release, but is not recommended for production use. Testers are encouraged to report any bugs found while using this beta.

Note that some translations may not yet be updated. They will be updated by the time of the final 2012.2 release.

Highlights of this release include an in-built installer and portable creation feature, automatic updates, easy management of new NVDA add-ons, announcement of graphics in Microsoft Word, support for Windows 8 Metro style apps, and several important bug fixes.

Note that NVDA is now distributed in one package. Rather than separate portable and installer versions, there is now just one file that, when run, will start a temporary copy of NVDA and will allow you to install or generate a portable distribution.

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NVDA 2012.1 Released

NV Access is pleased to announce that NVDA 2012.1 has been released. This release has been declared stable, which means it is suitable for production use and is recommended for most users.

Highlights of NVDA 2012.1 include features for more fluent reading of braille; indication of document formatting in braille; access to much more formatting information and improved performance in Microsoft Word; and support for the iTunes Store.

Changes from 2012.1rc1 to 2012.1:

  • Updated translations.
  • The HumanWare Brailliant B 80 can now be used via bluetooth.

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NVDA 2012.1rc1 Released

NVDA 2012.1rc1 has just been released. This is a release candidate, which means that unless any critical issues are found, this will be almost identical to the final 2012.1 release.

Note that some translations may not yet be updated. They will be updated by the time of the final 2012.1 release.

Changes from beta2 to rc1:

  • Updated translations.
  • When using eSpeak, speech no longer goes silent in some cases in the Save As dialog of the NVDA Log Viewer. (#2145)
  • NVDA will no longer freeze in Microsoft Word under Windows XP when inputting with IME.

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NVDA 2012.1beta2 Released

NVDA 2012.1beta2 has just been released. It is intended for those who are interested in testing and evaluating the upcoming NVDA 2012.1 release, but is not recommended for production use. Testers are encouraged to report any bugs found while using this beta.

Note that some translations may not yet be updated. They will be updated by the time of the final 2012.1 release.

Changes from beta1 to beta2:

  • Updated documentation. (#1929, #2076, #2078, #1290)
  • Updated translations. (#2101)
  • In Firefox 11, the move to containing virtual buffer command (NVDA+control+space) now works as it should to escape embedded objects such as Flash content.
  • Long (30 characters or more) graphic names guessed from URLs are now truncated, rather than stripped completely. (#1989)
  • Updated liblouis braille translator to 2.4.1.
  • NVDA now restarts itself correctly (e.g. after changing the configured language) when it is located in a directory which contains non-ASCII characters. (#2079)
  • If braille reading by paragraph is enabled and the caret is at the end of some editable text fields, the last paragraph is now correctly displayed instead of nothing. (#2075)
  • It is again possible to route the cursor to the space at the end of the line/paragraph using the cursor routing keys on a braille display.
  • Braille correctly respects the settings for reporting of object shortcut keys, position information and descriptions.
  • In browse mode, object names containing certain rare Unicode characters no longer cause errors. (#2090)
  • In Mozilla applications, switching between browse and focus modes is no longer slow with braille enabled. (#2095)
  • Routing the cursor to the space at the end of the line/paragraph using braille cursor routing keys in some editable text fields now works correctly instead of routing to the start of the text. (#2096)
  • For developers: Braille output is now logged at level input/output. First, the untranslated text of all regions is logged, followed by the braille cells of the window being displayed. (#2102)
  • NVDA functions correctly again in the VirtualBox Create New Virtual Machine dialog. (#2089)
  • NVDA again works correctly with the Audiologic Tts3 synthesizer. (#2109)
  • NVDA will now announce footnotes and endnotes in Microsoft Word even when they appear directly after punctuation. (#2071)
  • In Microsoft Word, comments within formatted text no longer cause strange formatting announcements before and after the comment.
  • Microsoft Word documents are correctly treated as multi-line. This causes braille to behave more appropriately when a document is focused.
  • New braille translation tables: Icelandic 8 dot computer braille, Tamil grade 1, Spanish 8 dot computer braille, Farsi grade 1.
  • In Microsoft Word, moving review or braille away from the cursor now works correctly.
  • In Microsoft Internet Explorer, errors no longer occur when focusing on certain rare controls. (#2121)
  • For developers: subclasses of the sapi5 synthDriver can now override _getVoiceTokens and extend init to support custom voice tokens such as with sapi.spObjectTokenCategory to get tokens from a custom registry location.
  • Changing the pronunciation of punctuation/symbols by the user will now take effect straight away, rather than requiring NVDA to be restarted or auto language switching to be disabled.

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NVDA 2012.1beta1 Released

NV Access is pleased to announce the release of NVDA 2012.1beta1. It is intended for those who are interested in testing and evaluating the upcoming NVDA 2012.1 release, but is not recommended for production use. Testers are encouraged to report any bugs found while using this beta.

Note that some translations may not yet be updated. They will be updated by the time of the final 2012.1 release.

Highlights of NVDA 2012.1 include features for more fluent reading of braille; indication of document formatting in braille; access to much more formatting information and improved performance in Microsoft Word; and support for the iTunes Store.

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NVDA 2011.3 Released

NV Access is pleased to announce that NVDA 2011.3 has been released. This release has been declared stable, which means it is suitable for production use and is recommended for most users.

Highlights of NVDA 2011.3 include automatic speech language switching when reading documents with appropriate language information; support for 64 bit Java Runtime Environments; reporting of text formatting in browse mode in Mozilla applications; better handling of application crashes and freezes; and initial fixes for Windows 8.

Changes from 2011.3rc1 to 2011.3:

  • Updated documentation.
  • Updated translations.

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NVDA 2011.3rc1 Released

NVDA 2011.3rc1 has just been released. This is a release candidate, which means that unless any critical issues are found, this will be almost identical to the final 2011.3 release.

Note that some translations may not yet be updated. They will be updated by the time of the final 2011.3 release.

Changes from beta1 to rc1:

  • Updated documentation.
  • Updated translations.
  • NVDA no longer fails to recognise that the focus has moved when switching windows in some cases; e.g. opening a new window in Mozilla applications. (#1851)
  • With mouse tracking enabled, moving the mouse over certain editable text fields (such as in Synaptics Pointing Device Settings and SpeechLab SpeakText) no longer causes the application to crash. (#672)
  • NVDA no longer freezes when moving around in the system menu in Internet Explorer 8 on Windows XP. (#1831)
  • Basic support for Design Science MathPlayer.
  • NVDA now functions correctly in several about dialogs in applications distributed with Windows XP, including the About dialog in Notepad and the About Windows dialog. (#1853, #1855)
  • Symbol pronunciation and character descriptions for Chinese are now reported correctly.
  • If automatic language switching is disabled, NVDA's user interface language is used for symbol pronunciation and character descriptions instead of the language reported by the synthesizer. (#1861)
  • Reviewing by word now works correctly in Windows Edit controls. (#1877)
  • Updated eSpeak speech synthesizer to 1.45.47. (#1879)
  • Moving out of an editable text field with leftArrow, upArrow or pageUp while in focus mode now correctly switches to browse mode when automatic focus mode for caret movement is enabled. (#1733)

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NVDA 2011.3beta1 Released

NV Access is pleased to announce the release of NVDA 2011.3beta1. It is intended for those who are interested in testing and evaluating the upcoming NVDA 2011.3 release, but is not recommended for production use. Testers are encouraged to report any bugs found while using this beta.

Note that some translations may not yet be updated. They will be updated by the time of the final 2011.3 release.

Highlights of NVDA 2011.3 include automatic speech language switching when reading documents with appropriate language information; support for 64 bit Java Runtime Environments; reporting of text formatting in browse mode in Mozilla applications; better handling of application crashes and freezes; and initial fixes for Windows 8.

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NVDA 2011.2 Released

NV Access is pleased to announce that NVDA 2011.2 has been released. This release has been declared stable, which means it is suitable for production use and is recommended for most users.

Highlights of NVDA 2011.2 include major improvements concerning punctuation and symbols, including configurable levels, custom labelling and character descriptions; no pauses at the end of lines during say all; improved support for ARIA in Internet Explorer; better support for XFA/LiveCycle PDF documents in Adobe Reader; access to text written to the screen in more applications; and access to formatting and color information for text written to the screen.

Changes from 2011.2rc1 to 2011.2:

  • Updated documentation.
  • Updated translations.
  • If NVDA is unable to start, failure to play the Windows critical stop sound no longer clobbers the critical error message in the log file.
  • Corrected the fix for focus tracking in the Outlook 2010 message list when NVDA is installed or running as administrator with UAC enabled. (#1285)
  • In Internet Explorer and other MSHTML multi-line editable text fields, backspacing at the end of the line is now reported correctly. (#1605)

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NVDA 2011.2rc1 Released

NVDA 2011.2rc1 has just been released. This is a release candidate, which means that unless any critical issues are found, this will be almost identical to the final 2011.2 release.

Note that some translations may not yet be updated. They will be updated by the time of the final 2011.2 release.

Changes from beta3 to rc1:

  • Updated documentation.
  • Updated translations.
  • NVDA no longer temporarily freezes or refuses to speak when in the Move to / Copy to dialogs in Windows Live Mail. (#574)
  • In Outlook 2010, NVDA will now correctly track the focus in the message list. (#1285)
  • Additional key bindings have been added for the MDV Lilli braille display. (#241)
  • Some USB connection issues have been resolved with the MDV Lilli braille display. (#241)
  • When using flat review, moving by word again stops when it encounters blank characters. (#1663)
  • In Internet explorer and other MSHTML controls, spaces are no longer ignored in browse mode in certain cases (e.g. after a link).
  • In Internet Explorer and other MSHTML controls, some extraneous line breaks have been eliminated in browse mode. specifically, HTML elements with a display style of None no longer force a line break. (#1685)

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NVDA 2011.2beta3 Released

NVDA 2011.2beta3 has just been released. It is intended for those who are interested in testing and evaluating the upcoming NVDA 2011.2 release, but is not recommended for production use. Testers are encouraged to report any bugs found while using this beta.

Note that some translations may not yet be updated. They will be updated by the time of the final 2011.2 release.

Changes from beta2 to beta3:

  • Updated documentation.
  • Updated translations.
  • Fixed failure of the report text formatting command in some translations. (#1621, #1653)
  • New braille translation tables: Slovene grade 1, Serbian grade 1.
  • When NVDA is installed on Windows Vista or Windows 7, lines can again be read in Microsoft Word.
  • In the Windows 7 Control Panel, lists in the Windows Firewall and Default Programs sections are again usable.

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NVDA 2011.2beta2 Released

NVDA 2011.2beta2 has just been released. It is intended for those who are interested in testing and evaluating the upcoming NVDA 2011.2 release, but is not recommended for production use. Testers are encouraged to report any bugs found while using this beta.

Note that some translations may not yet be updated. They will be updated by the time of the final 2011.2 release.

Changes from beta1 to beta2:

  • Update documentation.
  • Updated translations.
  • Corrected the descriptions reported for some commands in input help mode.
  • In Windows 7, the manufacturer for the NVDA service is now reported as "NV Access Inc" instead of unknown.
  • In Microsoft Word 2010 NVDA will now automatically read confirmation dialogs. (#1538)
  • Say all no longer stops prematurely. (#1595)
  • NVDA no longer freezes when moving around in the system menu in Internet Explorer 8 on Windows XP. (#1577)
  • In multi-line editable text fields in Internet Explorer and other MSHTML controls, selection on lines after the first is now reported correctly. (#1590)
  • Adjustments to English symbol information, including improvements to speaking of times, currency, negative numbers and ellipses.
  • Improved moving by word in many cases, including browse mode and Windows Edit controls. (#1580)
  • The NVDA installer no longer shows garbled text for Hong Kong versions of Windows Vista and Windows 7. (#1596)
  • Selection changes are again correctly reported on list items, tree items and grid rows in Mozilla applications. (#1600)
  • In firefox brows mode, NVDA no longer refuses to include content that is inside a focusable node with an ARIA role of presentation.
  • NVDA no longer fails to load the Microsoft Speech API version 5 synthesizer if the configuration contains settings for that synthesizer but is missing the voice setting. (#1599)
  • NVDA no longer fails to start when the Galician language is used. (#1614)
  • In editable text fields in Internet Explorer and other MSHTML controls, NVDA no longer lags or freezes when braille is enabled.
  • In Internet Explorer, NVDA once again correctly remembers the position you were at when returning to a previously visited web page. (#1604)
  • In Microsoft Word with braille enabled, lines on pages after the first page are now reported correctly. (#1603)
  • In Microsoft Word 2003, lines of right-to-left text can once again be read with braille enabled. (#627)
  • In Microsoft Word, say all now works correctly when the document does not end with a sentence ending.
  • New braille translation table: Ethiopic grade 1.
  • Support for the calendar control found in the Date and Time Information dialog accessed from the Windows 7 clock. (#1637)
  • Removed the NVDA Microsoft Excel Cell Editor dialog, as it can't display dates and other formatted values correctly. The Excel cell editing field can be read and navigated, so this dialog isn't necessary anyway. (#1636)
  • When opening a plain text message in Windows Live Mail 2011, NVDA will correctly focus on the message document allowing it to be read.
  • The authenticode signature on NVDA executables is again timestamped to allow them to run after the certificate has expired. (#1644)

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NVDA 2011.2beta1 Released

NV Access is pleased to announce the release of NVDA 2011.2beta1. It is intended for those who are interested in testing and evaluating the upcoming NVDA 2011.2 release, but is not recommended for production use. Testers are encouraged to report any bugs found while using this beta.

Note that some translations may not yet be updated. They will be updated by the time of the final 2011.2 release.

Highlights of NVDA 2011.2 include major improvements concerning punctuation and symbols, including configurable levels, custom labelling and character descriptions; no pauses at the end of lines during say all; improved support for ARIA in Internet Explorer; better support for XFA/LiveCycle PDF documents in Adobe Reader; access to text written to the screen in more applications; and access to formatting and color information for text written to the screen.

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NVDA 2011.1.1 Released

NVDA 2011.1.1 has just been released. This release fixes several security and other important issues found in the 2011.1 release. Upgrading is highly recommended.

Fixes in this release:

  • The Donate item in the NVDA menu is now disabled when running on the logon, lock, UAC and other secure Windows screens, as this is a security risk. (#1419)
  • It is now impossible to copy or paste within NVDA's user interface while on secure desktops (lock screen, UAC screen and windows logon) as this is a security risk. (#1421)
  • In Firefox 4, the move to containing virtual buffer command (NVDA+control+space) now works as it should to escape embedded objects such as Flash content. (#1429)
  • When speaking of command keys is enabled, shifted characters are no longer incorrectly spoken as command keys. (#1422)
  • When speaking of command keys is enabled, pressing space with modifiers other than shift (such as control and alt) is now reported as a command key. (#1424)
  • Logging is now completely disabled when running on the logon, lock, UAC and other secure Windows screens, as this is a security risk. (#1435)
  • In input help mode, Gestures are now logged even if they are not bound to a script (in accordance with the user guide). (#1425)
  • Updated translations.

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NVDA 2011.1 Released

NV Access is pleased to announce that NVDA 2011.1 has been released. This release has been declared stable, which means it is suitable for production use and is recommended for most users.

Highlights of NVDA 2011.1 include automatic reporting of new text output in mIRC, PuTTY, Tera Term and SecureCRT; support for global plugins; announcement of bullets and numbering in Microsoft Word; additional key bindings for braille displays, including keys to move to the next and previous line; support for several Baum, HumanWare and APH braille displays; and reporting of colors for some controls, including IBM Lotus Symphony text controls.

Changes from 2011.1rc1 to 2011.1:

  • Updated translations.
  • Fixed a formatting error in the User Guide.
  • Fixed announcement of the left control key in languages other than English.

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NVDA 2011.1rc1 Released

NVDA 2011.1rc1 has just been released. This is a release candidate, which means that unless any critical issues are found, this will be almost identical to the final 2011.1 release.

Note that there may be some minor updates to some translations (particularly of the what's new document) in the final release.

Changes from beta2 to rc1:

  • Updated translations.
  • Updated documentation.
  • The status bar in Media Player Classic Home Cinema is now recognised.
  • When reading by line in AkelPad with word wrap enabled, NVDA no longer reads the first character of the following line at the end of the current line.
  • In the Visual Studio 2005/2008 code editor, NVDA no longer reads the entire text after every typed character. (#975)
  • A non-textual character (specifically, a Unicode BOM) is no longer placed at the start of the title of many of NVDA's documentation files.
  • Fixed the issue where some braille displays weren't cleared properly when NVDA was exited or the display was changed.
  • When reverting to saved configuration and a braille display is active in the saved configuration, the display presents the appropriate focus or review position instead of being blank.
  • Fixed a bug where the first command immediately after NVDA was started did not work in some cases, especially on braille displays.
  • The Freedom Scientific Focus 40 Blue braille display can now be used when connected via bluetooth. (#1345)
  • The initial focus is no longer sometimes spoken twice when NVDA starts. (#1359)
  • NVDA no longer fails to start when configured to use Spanish or Galician. (#1361)
  • In the NVDA General Settings dialog, the name of the default language is no longer shown for the SR language code. (#1363)
  • NVDA no longer freezes when you attempt to activate an NVDA settings dialog using a keyboard shortcut when another NVDA settings dialog is already open. (#1372)
  • You can no longer open a second NVDA settings dialog if you try twice.
  • Fixed the issue where certain links weren't being recognised correctly in MSHTML controls. This included links in Windows XP Update and email messages in Windows Live Mail. (#1330)
  • NVDA now gracefully handles encoding errors in the user input gesture map.
  • Locale input gesture maps are now correctly copied into binary builds.

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NVDA 2011.1beta2 Released

NVDA 2011.1beta2 has just been released. It is intended for those who are interested in testing and evaluating the upcoming NVDA 2011.1 release, but is not recommended for production use. Testers are encouraged to report any bugs found while using this beta.

Note that some translations may not yet be updated. They will be updated by the time of the final 2011.1 release.

Changes from beta1 to beta2:

  • Updated translations.
  • Updated documentation.
  • Fixed problems when reading text in Windows command consoles with reporting of line numbers enabled.
  • The Elements List dialog for virtual buffers is now usable by sighted users. All controls are visible on screen. (#1321)
  • The list of entries in the Speech Dictionary dialog is now more readable by sighted users. The list is now large enough to show all of its columns on screen. (#90)
  • The reload plugins command no longer causes NVDA to stop loading plugins from the user configuration directory.
  • On ALVA BC640/BC680 braille displays, NVDA no longer disregards display keys that are still held down after another key is released.
  • Adobe Reader X no longer crashes after leaving the untagged document options before the processing dialog appears. (#1218)
  • NVDA now switches to the appropriate braille display driver when you revert to saved configuration. (#1346)
  • The Visual Studio 2008 Project Wizard is read correctly again. (#974)
  • Fixed the issue where certain key combinations on braille displays never activated the command to which they were bound; e.g. b2+b4+b5 on Handy Tech displays. (#1349)
  • The ALVA BC640/680 braille display driver works again.
  • NVDA no longer completely fails to work in applications which contain non-ASCII characters in their executable name. (#1352)
  • Errors in the user input gesture map no longer cause NVDA to fail to start. Instead, a dialog is presented informing the user about the error, after which NVDA continues normally. (#1342)
  • The user input gesture map is now reloaded when you revert to saved configuration.

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NVDA 2011.1beta1 Released

NV Access is pleased to announce the release of NVDA 2011.1beta1. It is intended for those who are interested in testing and evaluating the upcoming NVDA 2011.1 release, but is not recommended for production use. Testers are encouraged to report any bugs found while using this beta.

Note that some translations may not yet be updated. They will be updated by the time of the final 2011.1 release.

Highlights of NVDA 2011.1 include reporting of colors for some controls; automatic reporting of new text output in mIRC, PuTTY, Tera Term and SecureCRT; support for global plugins; announcement of bullets and numbering in Microsoft Word; additional key bindings for braille displays, including keys to move to the next and previous line; and support for several Baum, HumanWare and APH braille displays.

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NVDA 2010.2 Released

NV Access is pleased to announce that NVDA 2010.2 has been released. This release has been declared stable, which means it is suitable for production use and is recommended for most users.

Notable features of NVDA 2010.2 include greatly simplified object navigation; virtual buffers for Adobe Flash content; access to many previously inaccessible controls by retrieving text written to the screen; flat review of screen text; support for IBM Lotus Symphony documents; reporting of table row and column headers in Mozilla Firefox; and significantly improved user documentation.

Changes from 2010.2rc1 to 2010.2:

  • Updated translations.
  • Fixed access to some Windows Security dialogs such as the dialog which appears when installing unsigned drivers in Windows 7.

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NVDA 2010.2rc1 Released

NVDA 2010.2rc1 has just been released. This is a release candidate, which means that unless any critical issues are found, this will be almost identical to the final 2010.2 release.

Note that there may be some minor updates to some translations (particularly of the what's new document) in the final release.

Changes from beta2 to rc1:

  • Updated translations.
  • Updated What's New.
  • Fixed the issue where copying text to the clipboard from flat review of the screen only copied part of the text in some circumstances. (#948)
  • When moving the main cursor in virtual buffers, the review cursor will always review the entire document as intended, rather than reviewing the focused object. This was supposed to be fixed in beta2, but the fix was flawed.
  • NVDA will now once again function in Windows XP with no service pack. This was supposed to be fixed in beta2, but another change had to be made to make this work correctly. (#908)

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NVDA 2010.2beta1 Released

NV Access is pleased to announce the release of NVDA 2010.2beta1. It is intended for those who are interested in testing and evaluating the upcoming NVDA 2010.2 release, but is not recommended for production use. Testers are encouraged to report any bugs found while using this beta.

Note that some translations may not yet be updated. They will be updated by the time of the final 2010.2 release.

Notable features of NVDA 2010.2 include greatly simplified object navigation; virtual buffers for Adobe Flash content; access to many previously inaccessible controls by retrieving text written to the screen; flat review of screen text; support for IBM Lotus Symphony documents; reporting of table row and column headers in Mozilla Firefox; and significantly improved user documentation.

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NVDA 2010.1 Released

We are pleased to announce that NVDA 2010.1 has been released. This release has been declared stable, which means it is suitable for production use and is recommended for most users.

NVDA 2010.1 focuses primarily on bug fixes and improvements to the user experience, including some significant stability fixes.

The only changes from 2010.1rc1 to 2010.1 are updates to some translations.

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NVDA 2010.1rc1 Released

NVDA 2010.1rc1 has just been released. This is a release candidate, which means that unless any critical issues are found, this will be almost identical to the final 2010.1 release.

Note that there may be some minor updates to some translations (particularly of the what's new document) in the final release.

Changes from beta1 to rc1:

  • Updated translations.
  • Updated what's new.
  • Fixed various harmless but annoying exceptions.
  • In Miranda IM, automatic message reading is now also supported in the srmm plugin.
  • Fixed problems in file selection dialogs in Miranda IM. (#580)
  • Fixed some problems with logging of messages containing non-ASCII characters. This could cause spurious errors in some cases on non-English systems. (#581)
  • The information in the About NVDA dialog now appears in the user's configured language instead of always appearing in English. (#586)
  • Problems are no longer encountered when using the synthesiser settings ring after the voice is changed to one which has less settings than the previous voice.
  • In Skype 4.2, contact names are no longer spoken twice in the contact list.
  • Fixed some potentially major memory leaks in the GUI and in virtual buffers. (#590, #591)
  • Focusing Total Commander lists other than the main list of files now functions correctly.
  • Updated eSpeak to 1.43.03.
  • Work around a nasty bug in some SAPI 4 synthesisers that was causing frequent errors and crashes in NVDA. (#597)

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NVDA 2010.1beta1 Released

We're pleased to announce that NVDA 2010.1beta1 has just been released. It is intended for those who are interested in testing and evaluating the upcoming NVDA 2010.1 release, but is not recommended for production use. Testers are encouraged to report any bugs found while using this beta.

Note that some translations may not yet be updated. They will be updated by the time of the final 2010.1 release.

NVDA 2010.1 focuses primarily on bug fixes and improvements to the user experience, including some significant stability fixes.

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NVDA 2009.1 Released

We are extremely pleased to announce that NVDA 2009.1 has finally been released. This release has been declared stable, which means it is suitable for production use and is recommended for most users.

Major highlights of NVDA 2009.1 include support for 64 bit editions of Windows; greatly improved support for Microsoft Internet Explorer and Adobe Reader documents; support for Windows 7; reading of the Windows logon, control+alt+delete and User Account Control (UAC) screens; and the ability to interact with Adobe Flash and Sun Java content on web pages. There have also been several significant stability fixes and improvements to the general user experience.

Changes from 2009.1rc1 to 2009.1:

  • Minor documentation and translation updates.
  • NVDA no longer freezes in Save As dialogs on Windows XP and Vista systems with the Platform Update installed.
  • The title of the Windows Logon screen is now always read in Windows Vista and Windows 7.
  • Fixed a problem with the report date and time command (NVDA+f12). Previously, date reporting was truncated on some systems. (#471)
  • Fixed the issue where the system screen reader flag was sometimes inappropriately cleared after interacting with secure Windows screens. This could cause problems in applications which check the screen reader flag, including Skype, Adobe Reader and Jart. (#462)
  • In an Internet Explorer 6 combo box, the active item is now reported when it is changed. (#342)
  • Dynamic updates in Adobe Reader documents (e.g. changes to form fields) are now properly reflected by NVDA. (This used to work, but regressed a few months ago.)
  • NVDA now behaves correctly when an Adobe Reader document is scrolled by other means (e.g. pressing control+pageDown) before NVDA has itself scrolled the document in response to movement of the virtual cursor.

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NVDA 2009.1rc1 Released

NVDA 2009.1rc1 has just been released. This is a release candidate, which means that unless any critical issues are found, this will be almost identical to the final 2009.1 release. The major change since the beta which should be tested is that installed copies can now fully access applications running as administrator in Windows Vista and Windows 7. This is not possible for portable copies.

Note that there may be some minor updates to some translations (particularly of the what's new document) in the final release.

Changes from beta1 to rc1:

  • Updates to translations.
  • Fixes to documentation.
  • Fixed an issue which caused embedded objects not to be rendered in Mozilla Firefox 3.7 nightly builds.
  • Fixed issues when pressing upArrow or downArrow in the password field of the Windows XP logon screen.
  • Fixed an issue where NVDA would fail when navigating certain documents in Adobe Reader.
  • The report text selection command (NVDA+shift+upArrow) now gracefully reports that there is no selection in objects which do not support text selection.
  • The Save As dialog in the NVDA Log Viewer no longer causes NVDA to freeze in Windows 7. (#439)
  • Fixed broken reporting of text under the mouse in many editable text controls and Windows command consoles.
  • Fixed the issue where pressing the enter key on certain Miranda-IM buttons or links was causing NVDA to freeze. (#440)
  • The current line or selection is now properly respected when spelling or copying the current navigator object.
  • Fixed the issue where NVDA was sometimes not terminated properly on secure desktops when fast desktop switches occurred. This could cause the Windows control+alt+delete screen to fail to appear or multiple copies of NVDA to run at once on the Windows logon and shutdown screens. (This was fixed previously, but regressed a few days before beta1 was released.)
  • Worked around a Windows bug which was causing garbage to be spoken after the name of link controls in Windows Explorer and Internet Explorer dialogs. (#451)
  • NVDA can now fully access applications running as administrator in Windows Vista and later. You must install an official release of NVDA for this to work. This does not work for portable versions and snapshots. (#397)
  • The NVDA error sound is no longer played in release candidates and final releases. Note that errors are still logged.

Changes in the build process for official releases:

  • Python optimisations are enabled.
  • All main executables are signed with the NV Access code signing certificate.

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NVDA 2009.1beta1 Released

We're pleased to announce that NVDA 2009.1beta1 has just been released. It is intended for those who are interested in testing and evaluating the upcoming NVDA 2009.1 release, but is not recommended for production use. Testers are encouraged to report any bugs found while using this beta.

Note that some translations may not yet be updated. They will be updated by the time of the final 2009.1 release.

Major highlights of NVDA 2009.1 include support for 64 bit editions of Windows; greatly improved support for Microsoft Internet Explorer and Adobe Reader documents; support for Windows 7; reading of the Windows logon, control+alt+delete and User Account Control (UAC) screens; and the ability to interact with Adobe Flash and Sun Java content on web pages. There have also been several significant stability fixes and improvements to the general user experience.

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NVDA 0.6p3.2 Released

This release includes an updated Polish translation which was meant to be included in 0.6p3 but missed out by a few days. It also includes a fix for an issue where some documents would not load at all in Adobe Reader. However, note that support for Adobe Reader in this release is still very rudimentary at best.

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NVDA 0.6p3.1 Released

This release provides a quick fix for those who could not start NVDA after installing NVDA 0.6p3 with the installer. In these rare cases, the NVDA start sound would be played, but NVDA would immediately exit with a critical error. If you did not experience this problem, you probably don't need to update. There is also another minor fix for those running NVDA using an 8.3 file path, which will again not affect most users.

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NVDA 0.6p3 Released!

NVDA 0.6p3 has just been released. Unfortunately, it is almost two months later than the original release estimate, as we encountered some major problems which we felt needed to be fixed before the release. We also took the opportunity to update the user guide and provide several minor fixes.

Highlights of this release include:

  • Support for braille displays! NVDA can now display both contracted and uncontracted braille on supported braille displays, and includes support for displaying the cursor and cursor routing.
  • Many users found the term "virtual buffer pass through" confusing. Therefore, instead of virtual buffer pass through on and off, NVDA now reports focus mode (pass through on) and browse mode (pass through off).
  • In virtual buffers, when the focus changes or the caret is moved, NVDA can automatically switch to focus mode or browse mode as appropriate for the control under the caret. For example, if a page automatically moves to an interactive control or a user tabs to or clicks an interactive control with the mouse, focus mode can automatically be enabled. This is configured from the Virtual Buffers dialog.
  • Rewritten SAPI4 synthesizer driver which replaces the sapi4serotek and sapi4activeVoice drivers and should fix the problems encountered with these drivers.
  • The configuration file and speech dictionaries are now saved in the user's application data directory if NVDA was installed using the installer. This is necessary for Windows Vista and also allows multiple users to have individual NVDA configurations.
  • NVDA can now read text past 65535 characters in standard edit controls (e.g. a large file in Notepad).
  • NVDA no longer sometimes freezes completely when editing text in OpenOffice.

Please read What's New in NVDA 0.6p3 for a more detailed list of changes.

Please note that this is a preview release, meaning that there are still some issues to be fixed before the next stable release. For more information about the current status of releases, see [ReleaseStatus this article]. Nevertheless, this release is recommended for most users. The old stable release, 0.5, is no longer recommended.

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NVDA 0.6p2 released!

NVDA 0.6p2 has just been released. The release is almost two weeks later than the original estimate proposed at the recent hack fest, as we decided to implement some additional noteworthy features, user interface changes, bug fixes and documentation updates.

Please note that this is a preview release, meaning that there are still some major issues to be fixed before the final 0.6 release. For more information about the current status of releases, see [ReleaseStatus this article]. Nevertheless, this release is recommended for most users. The old stable release, 0.5, is no longer recommended.

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