NVDA on Max – A guide of using Global Commands Extension Addon

NVDA is the free Windows Screenreader for use by Blind or Partially Sighted Computer Users. In this series David Griffith demonstrates how the NVDA Global Commands Extension adds greatly expanded functionality, and ease of use, for NVDA users. Many of the features normally available in commercial screenreaders are provided for NVDA by this addon. Some features even commercial screenreaders will not currently match.

Supersense and SuperLidar makes blind’s life easyer

I had the ocasion to test for a while a new app called SuperLidar which is using one of the newest technologys built-in iPhones from Pro level.

SuperLidar is able to detect obstacles due the Lidar sensor which is available in iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max but in 13 Pro and pro Max too.

The feedback is given via haptic vibration but through a variable sound pitch as well.

The app also have a unique feature which helps in this pandemic times: mask detection.

In this podcast episode I have Shane Law as invitee from Supersence who will talk mainly about SuperLidar but also a little about Supersence which is available for all iOS devices but for Android too.

Here’s what’s inside of the Supersense Premium Package:

  • The Document Reader, which enables you to read any type of document.
  • The Smart Scanner Mode that detects what you’re scanning instantly.
  • The Multi-page Scanner Mode, which allows you to scan longer documents.
  • The Barcode Reader along with the QR Code Reader.
  • The Currency Reader.
  • The Scene describer, which describes the scenery around you and allows you to capture high-quality images of it.
  • The Explore mode that allows you to explore your environment and,
  • The Find Mode, which can detect more than 600 individual objects!

And we have updated Supersense’s Quick Read feature, which is now super accurate and reads in Non-Latin languages such as Chinese, Devanagari, Japanese, and Korean even when there’s no internet connection. 

To unlock all these features, upgrade now and get 40% off of annual and 50% off of lifetime subscriptions.* 

*Prices may vary by region. 

Supersense for iOS: https://apps.apple.com/app/apple-store/id1484547836?mt=8Supersense for Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mediate.supersense

The SuperLidar is free of charge but SuperSense have some features unlocked when a subscription is purchased.

A 7 days trial period is available for new instalations when the app can be used in full.

You can listen in this episode the most important things what you need to know about this product bundle such helpfull for blind: SuperSense and SuperLidar.#Enjoy your listening and good luck with the product trials.

Uploading a new episode in Libsyn as a screen reader user

Libsyn is one of the podcast hosts which I use for a while.
It wasn’t screen reader friendly for a period but now is working reasonable I will say.
Actually, the only thing which I need to do in Libsyn web interface is to upload an MP3 file which is tagged and ready to be published.
I have to use an option called “file for download only” and after pressing publish or save Libsyn will generate a URL which is the direct full address of the mp3 file.
This URL is placed in a read only edit field and the last thing to do before leaving Libsyn will be to select and copy it in clipboard.
Using the PowerPress plugin in WordPress I can handle the rest of podcast episode’s aspects til this is online.
If you wish to hear a little demo made with Safari in Mac and using Voiceover screen reader, then you are welcome.
I used keyboard and trackpad navigation combined to achieve this.
As probably you know already, there is a podcasting course available for blind people interested to become podcasters.
For more details go to
the Podcast course’s dedicated page
Enjoy listening this little demo.

NVDA remote addon demonstration

In this episode I will show how to use NVDA Remote addon as a NVDA screen reader user.
It is a very simple installation like any other addon.
You can download the addon from nvdaremote.com website.
They have a version for NVDA 2019 or newer, and an older version for previous versions of NVDA screen reader.
This service is very useful when you need to help another blind person with adjusting settings or to copy details or settings from a computer to other.
I have used during the demonstration a feature called push clipboard which allow the initiator of the remote session to copy some text from his machine, and paste it into the controlled machine.
Another scenario where this addon is very useful is when you can control a local server from distance.
Asuming you have a computer 24/7 turned on, used like aFTP server or online radio station, you can control that station via NVDA Remote addon also.
Excepting Jaws, which is featuring a similar service called Jaws tandem, is no other screen reader so friendly when is about remote control between computers of blind people.
Third part programs for remote control are not always fully accessible, or some issues with screen readers in particular could make them challanging to be used.
Hope to come back soon with a demonstration of Jaws Tandem as well.
Enjoy your little tutorial from this podcast.

Make your shopping with Deliveroo as a screen reader user

Today I am going to demonstrate Deliveroo, an iPhone app which gives you multiple options for take away, restaurants orders and grocery too.
Using Voiceover screen reader in my iPhone 11 I will show you how to add to basket but also how to check out and pay.
If you never worked with this app then start from this link to register and download your app.

It is my referral link which will credit my account with a couple of pounds. It is no extra costs involved for your side if you start from here. Also you can go straight in App Store for download and sign up from there.
Good luck with it.

Podcasting microphones comparison

In this episode I make a comparison between 4 microphones: 3 mics dynamics and one condenser.
Which one is your pick for your podcast channel?
Is no processing in this recording and the EQ is flat. All microphones are connected to same mixer and use the same cable at its turn.
Sorry for various volume fluctuation but no way to demo a microphone for podcasting. Isn’t it?
Each microphone mentioned have a link below where you can go to check the product page for technical specifications.
Note! When the comparison starts is a podcast chapter inserted for each portion starts. It is easy navigation in case of your device supports podcast chapter navigation.

Please let me know which one you think sounds better for your podcast?
Tweet me @AccessibleCompu
Enjoy your listening and have fun podcasting!

Registering with Signal as a blind user of iPhone

Today I will post an episode with my first atempt to create a Signal account using my iPhone 11. The audio demonstration is done from the downloding app stage up to sending first message with Signal, like an end user who never has used the service before.
This recording shows the easyness of signing up with Signal as a blind user. I have used Alex voice in my Voiceover screen reader.
I am looking for your opinion about the screen reader accessibility of this app. I’ve found being good and totaly usable by screen reader, users but here and there a gentil touch will make the app even more screen reader friendly.