NVDA Screen Reader

Category: Text to Speech

Industries: Software Development

A free “screen reader” called NVDA (NonVisual Desktop Access) enables persons who are blind or have vision impairment to utilize computers. It uses a computer voice to read the words displayed on the screen. By directing the cursor to the appropriate region of the text with a mouse or the keyboard arrows, you can control what is read aloud to you.
NVDA can also translate the text into braille if the computer user owns a device called a “braille display”.

For many blind people, NVDA holds the path to both education and work. Access to social networking, online shopping, banking, and news are also provided.

NVDA is compatible with Windows. You can download it to a USB stick that you can use with any computer, or to your personal computer.

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Highlights

Pricing
FREE
Pros Cons
Free and open-source Math Player is required to read and interact with math content as of this writing
Lightweight yet packs a lot of useful features NVDA can sometimes behave oddly, but usually, there are workarounds such as restarting NVDA or Windows
Ability to use add ons that adds extra features or improves the accessibility of certain apps Both Eloquence and Vocalizer synthesizers cost money, but usually not very expensive (2,000-4,000 Thai baht for the main synthesizer drivers, but any additional voices for that synthesizer are free)
Supports multiple synthesizers including Microsoft Speech API, Eloquence, and Vocalizer
Supports reading and interacting with math contents such as MathType in Microsoft Office applications like Word (requires Math Player to work)
Braille display support

Address

PO Box 4326, St Lucia South, QLD 4067, Australia

Contact

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +61 7 3149 3306

https://www.nvaccess.org/

NVDA Screen Reader reviews

is freely and open source (GPL2) Supports Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Word, Excel and Outlook Express, and Mozilla Thunderbird. NVDA supports web content using JavaScript. For students testing the screenreaders, NVDA was considered to be the second best screen reader in terms of capability for Windows and a great selling point is its price-free. In testing, some students preferred NVDA while some preferred JAWS. Interestingly enough, NVDA was able to read some web content that JAWS did not but the reverse was sometimes true as well.

- George Thompson

I have done my best to outline the major differences between NVDA on Windows and VoiceOver on the Mac. While both products are good, I personally lean in favor of NVDA. Microsoft Windows is by far the most popular system in the world, and NVDA is a great tool in the toolbox. Its open source nature is a major plus and means the innovation and ability to keep up with the ever increasing changes in Windows is almost certain. In contrast, Apple’s neglect has turned me personally away from the Mac. I do not recommend people invest in Macs anymore either, as it has been clear for many years that Apple’s focus is on iOS. While it’s sad these events have transpired, we must never forget or disrespect the work Apple has done. Apple is a pioneer in the realm of mainstream accessibility, and now everyone else including Microsoft is trying to catch up. This is a very good thing as it pushes the entire industry forward and ultimately means access for blind users is only getting better and better as the years march on.

- iPhoneGeeks

NVDA was much easier to get up and running, and I can keep it on a USB drive so that if I have to use it, then I can just pull it out and have it work.

- Blee Blat

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