NVDA road tested programs

In an ideal world it would be helpful to screen reader users, if both websites and software were completely accessible to screen reader users. Simple guidelines (for both websites and software) need to be followed for a screen reader user to be able to get the most out of the website or software they want to use. Most of the time it can be fixed easily by the website or software developer.

Most of us have either driven a car (or been a passenger in a car) and understand the difference between a good road and a road that needs fixing. Some may even be unusable until some work has been done on them. In the same way, as screen reader users, we may also find programs and websites with varying degrees of accessibility built into them. There is nothing worse than downloading software over and over again, only to find out it is unusable by the screen reader user. Sometimes the software is accessible straight out of the box, but sadly this is not always the case. Please note, that although a certain program may be accessible at a particular time, this does not guarantee that the next version out will have the same level of accessibility available. If this is the case, please contact the software developer of the program you are trying to use and let them know what has become inaccessible in their later releases.

Training material and phone support for NVDA from the NV Access online shop

Are you aware that NV Access have put together an online Shop where you can buy training material for the NVDA screen reader?
You can also get phone support.

Please stay tuned for more training material as it becomes available.
For more information please visit the NV Access Online Shop at the following link https://www.nvaccess.org/shop/

NVDA expert certification

To find an NVDA certified expert near you, please visit the following link https://certification.nvaccess.org/. The certification page contains the official list of NVDA certified individuals from around the world, who have sat and successfully passed the NVDA expert exam.

Have you got a good grasp on the NVDA screen reader? Have you got what it takes to sit the NVDA expert exam? You can test your knowledge for free. If you pass the exam in the required time frame, then you can purchase an official certificate and be acknowledged on the above webpage under the list of worldwide NVDA experts.

Find out about NVDA progress via the nvaccess In Process blog

To find out what is happening within the NVDA project, visit “In-Process” - the new NV Access blog, where you can be informed of happenings within the organisation, staff and of course, NVDA.

Click on any of the links in the table below, to visit other NVDA related webpages that may be of interest to you.

NVDA related webpages

NVDA tutorials

screen reader

How to install additional
NVDA components

NVDA user statistics

NVDA screen reader related resources

For a variety of NVDA related resources from around the world, please visit the NVDA screen reader related resources page at the following link
NVDA screen reader related resources

Promotional video on the NVDA screen reader

If you are unsure what a screen reader is, please click on the following link to listen to a promotional video on the NVDA screen reader https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ks7AwV_uxO0&feature=youtu.be   Please feel free to pass this information onto others that you think may be interested or who may want to find out more.

Information for computer application/software developers

If you are a software developer, please consider reading the following information to help make your software packages accessible. This way, they can be accessed by users of adaptive technologies (such as screen readers and braille displays etcetera) which in turn broadens your audience. Please go to the following link for more information http://www.afb.org/section.aspx?SectionID=57&DocumentID=198

Should you wish to test your software yourself (prior to future releases), please download the free NVDA screen reader which is available from http://www.nvaccess.org/ Alternatively, you can contact a screen reader community and ask some of the users to test your software for accessibility, and to provide useful feedback to you, so that any issues arising can be fixed before the final release. Adhering to good development practices from the beginning not only enhances your audience base, but also makes for a more enjoyable experience for those wishing to be able to use your product or software package.

Announcement email list

If you would like to know when there is a release of NVDA (or just to keep up to date with what is happening with the project from time to time), you can join the NVDA announcement email list. It can be found on the NVaccess website at http://www.nvaccess.org/news/ When you are there, jump down by headings (by pressing the letter H) to a heading called News by email, and sign your self up to keep up to date with what is happening.

Information for NVDA users

If you are an NVDA screen reader user and have come across an accessible program that you would like others to know about, please send an email to hurrikennyandopo@hotmail.com and make sure that you include the following information:
  • The name of the program
  • A link to the program developer's website (if possible)
  • A brief comment about the level of accessibility of the program
My aim is to continue to develop a list of programs that are known to work with NVDA, and any amendments or special instructions needed to make them usable. This is so that people new to NVDA have an idea of which programs to download for specific purposes (for example a word processor, a browser or an email client). I am interested mainly in those programs which actually work with NVDA.

Notes relating to the list of categories that follow below...

The software listed below was gathered together by the NVDA screen reader community - so that we could share this information with other NVDA users.  I have listed programmes that both I personally have tried on the Windows operating system, and that others have contributed to say that they work. The level of accessibility of each program will rely on how well the developer wrote the program, along with how well the person using it knows the software. If you find other software that you find accessible, please do not hesitate to pass this information on so that others can in turn learn about it also.

If a listing has * * immediately following, then it will relate to further notes at the end of this page.
If there are no comments then the program is completely accessible.
If there are limitations or other things needed to make it accessible, that will be noted.

Below is a list of categories that you can search for by heading:

bible software
blindness community sites
cd burners and rippers
download managers
email clients and interfaces
file sharing and storage
hard disk maintenance
media handling
media players
media streaming
office programs
online music service
password managers and form fillers
pc management
programming editor
registry cleaners
remote access
screen readers
shared problem solving and research
social sites
software updaters
text to speech
twitter programs
tv streaming
website dev
programs further details


If you are aware of any add-ons that work well with NVDA, and you would like to share these with other NVDA users, then please submit these directly to the NVDA community website add-on page.

Classic Shell
Classic Shell adds some missing features to Windows 8, 7 and Vista like a classic start menu, a toolbar for Windows Explorer and others. Works on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 (the same installer works for both 32 and 64-bit versions). http://www.classicshell.net/

NVDA community add-ons webpage
In some cases, you may need add-ons for the NVDA screen reader to give it extra functionality for a programme. (For example, the winamp add-on allows you to access more information within winamp). To obtain an add-on that may be required, please visit the official NVDA community add-ons webpage that is being put together at http://addons.nvda-project.org/

New NVDA add-on button

In the next upcoming version of NVDA 2013.2 a button is being put in. This is found under the manage add-ons section. Look for a button called "get add-ons". Once pressed, it will take you to the NVDA community add-ons page. The button can be found under the tools..manage add-ons section within NVDA.

SpeechHub synthesiser package for NVDA (by Bill and Isaac)
There is a new synthesiser package that can be used with NVDA. It allows different synthesiser packages to be bundled into the one package and this in turn means you don't have to go looking for them. Please read the directions on how to install the package and also acquire the SpeechHub add-on to make the package work. The new SpeechHub package can be found at http://www.speakon.org.uk/SpeechHub.html

Vocaliser for NVDA synthesiser package
This is a commercial synthesiser package available for purchase. To find out more information please visit https://vocalizer-nvda.com/

Web Visum
Web Visum is an add-on for the Mozilla Firefox browser. It's worth getting. For more information or to download it, it can be found at http://www.webvisum.com/


Avast Antivirus
The current version is fully accessible when  self defence module is disabled, except any settings dialogue boxes.

AVG antivirus free 2013 * *
Has problems which are at the bottom of the list http://free.avg.com/us-en/homepage

Avira Antivirusfree

Most of the program uses standard controls, except for the tree-view-lists. These appear in the settings (when performing a system scan) where you still can use them just by looking at the options under each one. There is another place where not being able to read the tree-view-lists is a problem. It is when you try to perform a system scan. There are ten options. The virus alert of Avira is not accessible. It's a desktop slideup alert.

BullGuard Internet Security
Use object navigation on the main screen to get to the settings. http://www.bullguard.com/

Malwarebytes antimalware
Your computer is constantly at risk from infection by malicious software. Malwarebytes specializes in fighting malware.
www.malwarebytes.org This is currently inaccessible.

Microsoft Security Essentials
This is bundled with Windows Defender in Windows 8. To get to options, click the change my schedule link and ignore the
settings button as you will find all of the settings in the listview after clicking on that link. www.microsoft.com

Spybot search and destroy
Spybot helps to protect your computer from malicious software. www.safer-networking.org/

VIPRE Internet Security 2013 * *
A summary of access is given here for more details go to the bottom of the list
during install. At  the end of install, it will ask for restart or postpone. NVDA reports as buttons. Activate with object navigation.
The other area is under setting and scan options. NVDA does not read all the checkboxes. Also, you will have to use the object navigation on this window to see a few more options. For more details go to http://www.vipreantivirus.com/


Cobian backup
A program which allows you to back up your data. www.cobiansoft.com

Karen's replicator
A handy utility for backing up your data files http://www.karenware.com/powertools/ptreplicator.asp

Bible software

Ber Bible
Available for Windows, Pocket-PC, Mobile or Palm. http://www.berbible.org/downloads.php

Bible Seeker
http://lockettefamily.com/bibleseeker.htm  or http://www.softpedia.com/get/Others/Home-Education/Bible-Seeker.shtml

Blindness community sites

For the People
An eyesight related information site with email lists, chat rooms and so on. http://for-the-people.com/homepage.php?promo=steeve%20promo%204%203-14-03.mp3

Klango is an accessible, audio based, on-line social network http://klango.net/en/

Accessibility Central
The aim of this website is to bring together a variety of eyesight related subjects - into one central area.


Auto DJ Based on QT so it is necessary to put the accessible libraries under the mixxx folder. You can find them for example in Tapin radio directory. mixxx.org

Station playlist
NVDA add-on makes it more accessible. www.stationplaylist.com/


User friendly web browser. http://www.netgate.sk/blackhawk/

Accessible chromium based browser https://brave.com/


Commodo Dragon
A chromium based browser. http://www.comodo.com/home/browsers-toolbars/browser.php

Cyberfox web browser
Currently being tested. sourceforge.net/projects/cyberfox/files/

Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge comes with the Windows 10 operating system and is accessible.

Microsoft Edge chromium based browser

Would you like to try out the latest Alpha version of the new Microsoft Edge chromium based browser for Windows 10? Other operating systems are soon to come. It appears to be very accessible so far. You can obtain a copy of it from the following web page at https://www.microsoftedgeinsider.com/en-us/?form=MO12FO&OCID=MO12FO

Mozilla Firefox

All officially supported versions. I am able to use the Firefox browser well with my NVDA screen reader.  www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/

Google Chrome
All versions officially supported by NVDA. www.google.com/chrome

Internet Explorer
All versions officially supported. windows.microsoft.com/en-us/internet-explorer/download-ie

Opera 15 and later www.opera.com/

Pale moon
This is not accessible. www.palemoon.org/ Please obtain a copy of Firefox to remedy this. www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/

SR Iron
A google chrome based browser initially. www.srware.net/en/software_srware_iron.php

Best Web Browser for Windows 7, 8 & XP - SlimBrowser Free Download.
You can download a copy of this browser from http://www.slimbrowser.net/en/

A combined browser, composer and email client. www.seamonkey-project.org/

This program allows you to browse the internet in private. To obtain a copy of the Tor browser, please go to

Torch Browser by Torch Media Inc.
You can download a copy from http://torch-browser.joydownload.com/?c=48&gclid=CKevuYjrnb4CFdd7vQodhxUAOQ

A web browser for Windows, Linux and Mac.  To find out more about Vivaldi, please visit the following link https://vivaldi.com/

Based on the Mozilla Firefox code, Waterfox is now accessible. www.waterfoxproject.org/ 

A text based browser and other applications. The WebbIE software programs are programs that make it easier for blind and visually-impaired people, especially using screen readers, to browse the web, get the latest news, listen to podcasts and radio stations and other common tasks. They work with NVDA and other screen readers.


Use webvisum - a Mozilla Firefox add-on to solve captchas. Requires an invite. Get one at huti@cfl.rr.com

CD burners and rippers

Ashampoo burner

Disc burning program. https://www.ashampoo.com/en/usd/pin/0710/Burning_Software/Ashampoo-Burning-Studio-6

A free DVD viewing programme. To find out more information please go to http://www.slysoft.com/en/

Audio grabber
Audio grabber grabs your audio from your CD and saves it to your hard drive. It can be saved as mp3, wav, wma and ogg. The programme is available from http://www.audio-grabber.com/

BurnAware Free
A very simple accessible CD, DVD, BLU RAY burner, like Nero, but only much more simple and more accessible http://www.burnaware.com/

A free application for burning CD, DVD or Blu Ray disks using Windows 2000 right up to Windows 10.


Disc burning software. Some edit fields are not accessible. It still burns burn CD, DVD and audio CD very well. http://www.imgburn.com/

Infrarecorder is a CD/DVD solution for backing up your data using Windows. It's light-weight, open source and fully accessible. http://infrarecorder.org/

MP3 Ripper
Easy using this small app!  Put in the CD, open this mp3 Ripper and press Cont. + F3.  It will start ripping it into your Music folder, in mp3 format!  Works on Windows 7, 64-bit MP3 Ripper 6.0.6 Download Link

Used to backup information. Newer versions may or may not be accessible after version 6. http://www.nero.com/ena/

This programme is completely inaccessible.


An accessible chat client. https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/chatzilla/

Manage all your IM (instant messaging) accounts with the help of only one application. Using it, you can connect to many of your favourite chat programs at the same time (for example facebook and windows live messenger).

Miranda IM is an open-source multi protocol instant messenger client for Microsoft Windows. http://www.miranda-im.org/

A popular chat client. http://www.mirc.com/ 

Accessible using the numeric keypad. http://www.paltalk.com/

This is not accessible http://www.pidgin.im/

Skype Talking
Skype Talking is a great little add-on which allows greater access within Skype. http://code.google.com/p/skypetalking/

Skype allows you to contact people using your computer. http://www.skype.com/intl/en/home


K-Lite Mega Codec pack
Codecs, filters and tools used to play audio and video files http://www.free-codecs.com/download/k_lite_mega_codec_pack.htm


Allows you to zip and unzip files. http://www.7-zip.org/

Allows you to backup data and decompress rar, zip and other files. http://www.rarlab.com/

Used to zip and unzip files. Ribbon view can be changed to classic menus. http://www.winzip.com/win/en/index.htm


Daisy projects
For reading and publishing Daisy files. A variety of useful projects for the visually impaired such as the AMIS daisy book reader software, and the save-as Daisy add in for Microsoft Word. http://www.daisy.org/daisy-projects

Download managers

Free Download Manager
Hidownload Platinum
Internet Download Manager
Has an embedded web browser http://www.mipony.net/


A plain text editor. http://akelpad.sourceforge.net/en/index.php

AT Pad
A Notepad written in C and Windows API. http://atpad.sourceforge.net/

A free sound editor and recording software programme. You will need the latest version to make it work with screen readers.It can be found at http://audacity.sourceforge.net/

DSpeech is a TTS (Text To Speech) program with functionality of ASR (Automatic Speech Recognition) integrated. It is able to to read aloud the written text. You can save the output as Wav or Mp3. http://dspeech.en.softonic.com/

An open source text editor. http://empowermentzone.com/EdSharp.htm

Google docs
Learn how to use google docs with your screen reader. https://support.google.com/drive/answer/1632201?hl=en

A free word processor. http://www.jarte.com/

A free program within the Windows operating system used to edit text.

A free source code editor. http://notepad-plus-plus.org/

A text editor. http://www.flos-freeware.ch

NoteTab/NoteTab Lite
A text editor with html support. Particularly usable for writing html files. It has a lot of menu options, but they aren't completely accessible. Edit controls use the display model to get the text. This means we lose text selection announcement, say all,
as well as being limited to screen text. These use it, because there's no specific accessibility support in that control and NVDA can't do anything else with it. http://www.notetab.com/notetab-light.php

Ted NotePad
A notepad replacement. http://jsimlo.sk/notepad/

A free program within the Windows operating system used to edit text.

A word processor. www.wordstar.org/‎

Email clients and interfaces

Big Voice Email
Send voice emails to friends. Requires a microphone and speakers. You can download a copy from http://www.newrad.com/software/bigvoiceemail/


Eudora is available from http://www.eudora.com/download/

Available from http://www.freelists.org/

G Mail
Put in basic view to make it most accessible https://accounts.google.com/ServiceLogin?service=mail&passive=true&rm=false&continue=http://mail.google.com/mail/&scc=1&ltmpl=default&ltmplcache=2

Gmail backup

Google groups

A combined browser, html editor and email client. http://www.seamonkey-project.org/

Mozilla Thunderbird all versions
I am able to use Thunderbird for my emails. So far I have found a few of the Mozilla programmes to be very accessible. http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/thunderbird/

Yahoo groups

File sharing and storage

ApexDC ++


Bit Che
A simple tool that quickly searches popular bit torrent sites for files. Totally accessible with the nvda add-on.

Accessible - especially with the add-on. https://www.dropbox.com/business

Fiel send program. http://www.filesend.net/

Google Drive
Said to be accessible. http://www.google.com/drive/about.html?usp=ad_search&gclid=CPbJ7_TDs7gCFYhdpgodyQUAKg

Share files up to 1 gig. Confirmed as mostly accessible and may be totally accessible. You have to use screen review and object review to view some of the screens, and the options haven't been confirmed as accessible - it looks like they are not.


For artists starting out who want to promote and share their music. https://sites.google.com/site/getsongr/

For artists starting out who want to promote and share their music. All versions up to qt. http://www.soulseekqt.net/news/node/1

All versions but sometimes the alpha's listviews stop being accessible. This is fixed in the next update http://www.utorrent.com/

Secure cloud storage. www.wuala.com



Initially, you need to turn off a couple of tree views (that just get in the way and do nothing for us) and after that, those changes are saved with each upgrade https://filezilla-project.org/

It is accessible, and easy to use. Especially if in settings, you change the ftp mode to be more like explorer. The link to find out more is http://sourceforge.net/projects/winscp/

Hard disk maintenance

Hard Disk Sentinel
Monitors and analyses your hard drive health. http://www.hdsentinel.com/

HDD Regenerator
This is not a free program but it claims to be a complex recovery solution for lost, damaged, deleted, overwritten Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint documents. http://www.dposoft.net/


A web page development workshop and general programming tool. www.arachnoid.com/arachnophilia/


Qzoom magnifier 1.5e 
This is a free full screen magnifier and is very easy to use.  It will do up to 20 times magnification.  It works with Windows XP and Vista.  It can be found at http://mira96.com/2009/07/19/107/ 

DesktopZoom 3.5 
This was another little programme (again free) that I came across that did full screen magnification.  It can be used on a usb stick as well as off the hard drive. It works with Windows XP and Vista.  It can be found at http://users.telenet.be/littlegems/MySoft/DesktopZoom/Index.html

Magnifying Glass V1.1
A free magnifier which features various contrast modes, position modes, and transparency. http://www.workerscollection.com/wcollect/english/html/mg.html

The Magnifier by IMG
The Magnifier is a low cost alternative with a variety of features and clear magnification. http://www.imgpresents.com/magnify/mag.htm

Glassbrick magnifier
Glassbrick is a free screen magnifier. It is lightweight and can be configured to suit your needs. You can adjust the speed, smoothness of zooming and choose keyboard shortcuts. It is available from http://glassbrick.org/

Windows 7 operating system
Windows 7 has built in magnification as well as other accessibility options. http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/help/accessibility

Media handling

Adobe Digital Additions
View and manage e-books and other publications. http://www.adobe.com/nz/products/digital-editions.html

A free open source sound editor. Issues with labels. You will need the latest version to make it work with screen readers.

GoldWave is a highly rated, professional digital audio editor. Handles recording and editing, audio processing, restoration, enhancements, and conversions. Some edit fields are not accessible. Needs keys to say their function (such as start marker, end marker, forward and rewind). Also, there needs to be a way to have a hotkey announce the current time in the track.

Audio editing tools. http://mpesch3.de1.cc/

QWS is a MIDI sequencer program that runs on 32-bit versions of Microsoft Windows (that is, Windows 95 and upwards). QWS was written by James Bowden, a visually impaired computer programmer. http://andrelouis.com/qws/index.htm

http://www.reaaccess.com/ or download it free from Download the latest version of ReaAccess here

Media players

Music player and library organiser. This is not accessible. http://www.clementine-player.org/

FooBar 2000
Freeware audiop player for Windows. http://www.foobar2000.org/

GOM Media Player
An easy-to-use media player, which can also play videos from your cell phone, something which Windows media player cannot. Shortcuts; Pause / Space bar. Volume up or down / up or down arrow.Full screen / Enter.Forward for a few seconds / right arrow.Back for a few seconds / left arrow. http://www.gomlab.com/eng/

itunes by Apple
Reasonably accessible depending on your screen reader. http://www.apple.com/nz/itunes/

Media player which supports AC3, DTS, MPEG1, 2, AAC, WMA 7, 8, OGG & etc http://www.kmpmedia.net/

Media Player Classic
Built in DVD player, real-time zoom, support for AVI subtitles, QuickTime and RealVideo support (requires QuickTime and/or Real Player); built-in MPEG2/SVCD/DVD codec. Works well with screen readers.

A multi functional media player which supports a variety of video and audio formats. http://daumpotplayer.com/

QuickTime by Apple
This is not accessible http://www.apple.com/nz/quicktime/download/

Play and convert video files. http://nz.real.com/?mode=rp

VLC media player
VLC is a free and open source multimedia player that plays most multimedia files as well as DVD, Audio CD, VCD, and various streaming protocols. You can download a copy from http://www.videolan.org/vlc/ If you would like directions on how to play DVDs with a screen reader, or enable audio description, please visit the audio description page at the following link http://accessibilitycentral.net/audio%20description.html Jump down to the section that mentions VLC media player.

Listen to and manage media. Needs announcement of enabling and disabling of stop after current track. Otherwise, with the jump to time addon, it works great. http://www.winamp.com/

Windows Media Player
Customise your skins and listen to streaming radio. http://windows.microsoft.com/en-nz/windows/windows-media-player

Media streaming

Digital radio solutions. http://www.abacast.com/

Adobe Flash Player
A flash player. Partially accessible details forthcoming. http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/

Adobe Shockwave Player
don't know how accessible it is. http://www.adobe.com/products/shockwaveplayer.html?promoid=DINUC

don't know yet http://www.jetaudio.com/products/jetcast/

SpeakOn Media Centre
SpeakOn is a free media suite programme which is self voicing and can be used to listen to a variety of media.


ABBYY Screenshot Reader
ABBYY Screenshot Reader is compatible with Windows 8. Both 32 and 64 bit systems are supported. Turn images into editable formats. http://www.abbyy.com.au/screenshot_reader/

Manage your data. Not sure of non accessible parts http://www.freecommander.com/

SpeQ Mathematics
Add, edit and execute maths calculations. http://www.speqmath.com/index.php?id=1

Windows HTML Help

Your tube is an accessible navigation aide for UTube. http://www.povidi.com/

You-Tube to mp3 converter
Converts YouTube videos to mp3 format. http://youtubemp3.to


Nirsoft tools
A small collection of small and useful freeware utilities http://nirsoft.net/

Office programs

IBM Lotus Symphony
Lotus Symphony is a suite of programmes, and again accessible and free. It can be found at http://www.softpedia.com/progDownload/IBM-Lotus-Symphony-Download-84329.html There are three applications that make up Lotus Symphony. They are: Lotus Symphony Documents, Lotus Symphony Spreadsheets and Lotus Symphony Presentations. No longer in development.

Open Office
* *
This is another free programme.  It is an office suite (much like Microsoft Office, only free).  It will work with XP home and above.  For those running older versions of Open Office, screen reader users will have to download the java access bridge and patch to make it work with their screen reader.  Open office can be found at http://www.openoffice.org

The latest version of Open Office is Apache Open Office 4.1.0 and is available from the following link http://www.openoffice.org/download/index.html This version is much easier to install and now works without having to perform all of the steps in the paragraph above. It works straight away as soon as it is downloaded and set up. The "say all" command does not work in Open Office with NVDA and will only read a line or a paragraph at a time. To get around this, simply press Ctrl + down arrow to get it to read the document.

Libre Office
Needs Java access bridge https://www.libreoffice.org/

Lotus Symphony
No longer developed but is accessible and available from http://www-03.ibm.com/software/lotus/symphony/home.nsf/home

Microsoft Office
Accessible 2003, 2007, 2010, 2013. http://office.microsoft.com/en-nz/

Online music service

MOG requires firefox and chrome. Firefox (to find what you want) then you copy the url to chrome to play
the album https://mog.com/

Password managers and form fillers

This is not accessible https://www.dashlane.com/

Free open source password manager. http://keepass.info/

Available from https://lastpass.com/

Free for individuals and non-profit organisations. http://passkeeper.com

PC management

Cleans and speeds up your computer. http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner

Defragment utility http://www.piriform.com/defraggler

Easy Cleaner
A free cleaning utility http://download.cnet.com/ToniArts-EasyCleaner/3000-2094_4-10529179.html


Adobe Reader
This is a free PDF reader programme http://get.adobe.com/reader/otherversions/

Reads PDF files. Also views the text from AZW, AZW3, CHM, DjVu, DOC, EPUB, FB2, HTML, LIT, MOBI, ODT, PRC, PDF and RTF files

An e-book manager. http://calibre-ebook.com/about This is not accessible, but can be used with edsharp http://empowermentzone.com/EdSharp.htm and other frontends 

A free PDF converter http://www.dopdf.com/

PDF creator. Details for accessibility will be forthcoming http://www.foxitsoftware.com/

PDF creator
Create a PDF from any document that is able to print http://sourceforge.net/projects/pdfcreator/

Inaccesible http://www.primopdf.com/

The accessible e-book reader http://q-continuum.net/qread/


Fast scriptable automation with hot keys http://www.autohotkey.com/

Freeware scripting language http://www.autoitscript.com/site/autoit/

A variety of software for a variety of purposes (for example tools for Java, C++, application developers, testers etcetera)

Programming editor

A free source code editor http://notepad-plus-plus.org/

A freeware code editor. Some dialog boxes do not work with NVDA http://www.pspad.com/

A scintilla based programmer's editor with loads of language support http://www.scintilla.org/SciTE.html


BBC live
To watch TV live you will need a licence. http://www.bbc.co.uk/tv/bbcone/live

Broadcast streaming media online http://www.peercast.com-about.com/

Replay Radio
Replay Radio records radio stations, shows and downloads podcasts. Works with NVDA.
To obtain more information contact Petro via E-mail: petrogia@gmail.com or Skype: petrogia
Obtain your $14.95 one year subscription blind discount link. $15 off the regular price. To download Replay Radio please visit the following link http://applian.com/replay-radio/

p2p radio http://www.streamerp2p.com/

A simple internet radio player http://www.raimersoft.com/tapinradio.aspx


Total Recorder
Audio and video recorder, editor and converter http://www.totalrecorder.com/


A file recovery application http://download.cnet.com/Restoration/3000-2094_4-10322950.html

Zero Assumption Recovery
A data recovery program http://www.z-a-recovery.com/download.htm

Registry cleaners

Advanced SystemCare Free
A free registry cleaner. A convenient way for non-technical users to perform routine maintenance and apply system optimization tweaks http://www.iobit.com/advancedsystemcareper.html

Auslogic Registry Cleaner


Has a registry cleaner component http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner

Easy Cleaner
A free registry cleaner. Some of the radio buttons and checkboxes do not seem to indicate state, but the defaults are pretty good. It uses a plain english .ini file so one can tweak things there http://easycleaner.software.informer.com/

System Security Suite (3S)
A program to remove internet tracks and junk files from your computer. In addition, the program allows you to view and optionally remove programs that launch automatically at Windows startup.

Remote access

Remote desktop http://www.teamviewer.com/en/index.aspx


ABBYY FineReader
Turn scans of paper documents, PDF files, and digital photographs into searchable and editable formats.

Screen Readers

NVDA screen reader
NVDA (non visual desktop access) is an excellent, easy to use free screen reader. This can be found at http://www.nvda-project.org  NVDA has both a portable version (for a usb stick) and a hard drive version.  It works with Windows XP home and above. NVDA can be found on APN (Aotearoa Public Network) public library computers all throughout New Zealand.

The new Speech Hub synthesiser package for NVDA (by Bill and Isaac)
There is a new synthesiser package that can be used with NVDA. It allows different synthesiser packages to be bundled into the one package and this in turn means you don't have to go looking for them. The new Speech Hub package can be found at http://www.speakon.org.uk/SpeechHub.html Please read the directions on how to install the package and also acquire the Speech Hub add-on to make the package work.

Thunder screen reader
Another free screen reader that works with XP home and above.  Thunder can be found at http://www.screenreader.net/ 

Shared problem solving and research


Social sites

Changing settings go to the site. Chat can be used in Instantbird, and the mobile version doesn't have the ads. https://www.facebook.com/

Software updaters

FileHippo.com Update checker
Automatically scans your computer and looks for updates http://www.filehippo.com/updatechecker/

Install and update all your programs at once http://ninite.com/accessible

Text to speech

Acapela TTS (text to speech) Voices for NVDA
Acapela voices are a commercial synthesiser package that can be used with NVDA.
To find out more please visit the following link http://www.acapela-nvda.com/download/

Balabolka is a free text to speech programme. It can convert text into mp3, wav, wma, mp4 or ogg. It is available from

Cobra speech synthesiser
The Cobra speech synthsiser package is a commercial package that works with NVDA. To find out more please go to http://www.kobaspeech.com/en/add-ons

Twitter programs

Chicken Nuggett
A program to make Twitter accessible. https://twitter.com/blind_tech/status/346745591101001728

For those of you struggling with the new Twitter configuration, there is an accessible version available which is worth a look http://www.easychirp.com/

This is a programme which makes Twitter accessible for screen readers. It can be found at http://qwitter-client.net/

The Qube

An accessible twitter client http://mysticaccesspodcast.com/the-qube-accessible-twitter-client/

TV streaming

As with any TV streaming, relevant international laws may relate to visiting each site. Please familiarise yourself with the particular countries requirements before proceeding. Please also be aware that it is your responsibility to carefully check out any titles before clicking on them, as I cannot be held responsible for others contributions to any streaming sites. If streaming video, you must be the lawful copyright owner of that material otherwise you may face severe penalties.






Stream Torrent

A variety of live streams http://tvants.en.softonic.com/


Streams from mobile devices (for example you can watch car races through to peoples opinions) http://veetle.com/


Revo Uninstaller
Use the numeric keypad to select mode and items to be deleted http://www.revouninstaller.com/


Registry maintenance http://erunt.en.softonic.com/

A lightweight and fast file manager for Windows

Copy and move files quickly http://codesector.com/teracopy

Website dev

Joomla is a web-based system used to create web-pages and online applications. The editor is used to edit the contents which have been uploaded for a web-page. It is quite accessible. NVDA does not read the fonts and their characteristics. Other things are mostly accessible. http://www.joomla.org

WordPress is an open source blogging tool and content management system. It is reasonably accessible. NVDA appears to read links properly. You are able to perform updates using NVDA. Its WYSIWYG editor is also accessible. NVDA appears to treat the editor as an embedded object. Use Ctrl + NVDA + space bar to get out of the editor.

Programs further details

Apache Open Office
Please read all of the information before installing...
Current state of the program - this is before alpha meaning it is a quality assurance release but it works wonderfully if installed correctly and all directions followed. You must not have any lotus symphony on your machine of any kind in any way no registry keys, no files nothing of lotus symphony. No changes posted to the ia2 branch source code since the May 18th revision 1484083. Get it from here
Mostly accessible without java bridge. Version needed 4.0.0 . If you uninstall, there are a few problems. This seems to be an NVDA problem as if you uninstall using any other screen reader, your application keys and so on read fine (but not with NVDA).
Use the ia2 branch only. No need to check the java bridge option. Run the installer as administrator, then you must run the program for the first time as administrator ... then the program will work

AVG Anti virus
After you agree, AVG asks what version to install free or paid. Tab down and to the first spot that NVDA does not read anything and press space. Then, press tab again until you get to next. You have to do same when you get to express and custom install. After finishing installation, AVG detects NVDA as a threat. Adding it to the ignore list does not work. You may need sighted assistance to set this up. Seems to run fine once finally setup.

Ctrl + t - new track
F7 - arm track
F8 - set monitoring
r - record
space - stop/play

VIPRE Internet Security 2013

The list of the checkboxes and the labels:
1 Quick Scan, Scan inside of archives:
2 Deep Scan, Scan inside of archives:
3 Custom Scan, Scan inside of archives:
4 Quick Scan, Scan at a lower priority:
5 Deep Scan, Scan at a lower priority:
6 Custom Scan, Scan at a lower priority:
7 Deep Scan, Exclude removable drives (e.g. USB):
8 Quick Scan, Scan cookies:
9 Deep Scan, Scan cookies:
10 Custom Scan, Scan cookies:
11 Custom Scan, Scan Windows registry:
12 Custom Scan, Scan running programs:
13 Quick Scan, Scan for rootkits:
14 Deep Scan, Scan for rootkits:
15 Custom Scan, Scan for rootkits:
Also you will have to use the object navigation on this window to see few more options like (Show me the results and let me decide). (Make up missed scans with a quick scan Delay scan by 5 minutes).

Other NVDA tutorials

You may also wish to read the quick start guide available from the following link http://epukapuka.lib.overdrive.com/EB008519-B596-42A6-B667-441CF8DEDE1C/10/941/en/Help-QuickStartGuide.htm