Dolphin nyhetsbrev - October 2003
- New Maps released.
- REHACare Dusseldorf.
- Spanish & Catalan language release.
- Staff News.
- Vodafone and Dolphin joint project.
- Top Ten Features - Magnification.
The latest set of new maps for version 5.21 software is now available via the Internet Updater. They can also be obtained from the Dolphin web site.
The list is as follows:
- WinDVD v4 Platinum
- Braille Maker
- Outlook Express Czech
- Attachmate Extra
- Windows XP Explorer
- Microsoft Excel XP, Microsoft Outlook 2000/XP, Microsoft Office XP, Microsoft Office 2000
- Outlook Express 5, Outlook Express Swedish
- Adobe Acrobat
- Corel Paradox 9, Corel Presentations 9, Corel Quattro Pro 9, Corel WordPerfect 2000 suite
- Dolphin Access System
- Volume controls
Last week the Dolphin team attended the REHACare exhibition in Dusseldorf, where our European customers were able to try out the latest Dolphin software and preview the new EasePublisher, Digital audio eBbook software.
Supernova's easy internet browsing and powerful verbosity settings proved real winners among our customers and deserve a closer look. Verbosity settings allow you to pick any Windows control, and choose the way, and the order in which it is described. You can do the same with speech as with Braille. The scheme can be saved under a name of your choice, and then toggled with a hot key. You can also apply a verbosity level to a settings file, so you can have different verbosity in different applications. There are 57 Windows controls, plus their states (selected, unselected, checked, unchecked, greyed etc) so you have full control over how your screen reader describes Windows. You can even add 'help text' to a control.
Dolphin is well known for its support of international languages, and we are pleased to introduce Supernova, Hal, Lunar and LunarPlus in Catalan. With over 6 million inhabitants and Barcelona as its capital, Catalonia is an important commercial region in eastern Spain. The translation to Catalan was sponsored in part by the Fundacion Manuel Caragol, a charity dedicated to providing information, services and training to both blind and partially sighted people in Catalonia. The Catalan version of Supernova is proving of real interest, and has already been taken up by the Government of Andorra. As there is currently no Catalan voice in Orpheus, the Atlas synthesiser is recommended (www.atlas-cti.com this link opens in a new window) The Castilian Spanish release of Dolphin software is scheduled for November 1st and will include the Via Voice speech synthesiser.
Drop in Days:
Why not pop along between 10am and 3pm - no appointment necessary. Call Sales or email firstname.lastname@example.org for full details of your local event.
- 28 Oct Cinderford The Forge
- 29 Oct Teignmouth Clifden Hotel, Action for Blind People
- 30 Oct Torquay RNIB Manor House
- 31 Oct Taunton Somerset Association for the Blind
- 4 Nov Wrexham North East Wales Institute
- 6 Nov Stockport Ridge Danyers College
- 11 Nov Swansea Resource Centre for Visually Impaired People
- 18 Nov Lincoln Lincoln Central Library
- 27 Nov Exeter West of England School
- 28 Nov Barnstaple The See Hear Centre
- 1 Dec Bristol RNIB
- 4 Dec Bognor Regis Foresight
- 5 Dec Eastleigh Hampshire Association for the Care of the Blind
- 28 Oct Gravesend Sure Sight Exhibition 2003
- 29 Oct Essex Vi-ability Exhibition
- 30 Oct - 1 Nov London Special Needs Exhibition
This month we welcome a new member of staff, Jenna Price joins the sales office. Jenna has an HND in hospitality management and previously worked as a receptionist at a local hotel.
We are delighted to announce a joint project with Portuguese dealers ElectroSertec, Dolphin and Fundação Vodafone in Portugal (Vodafone Foundation). The Vodafone Foundation has sponsored 400 schools in Portugal to receive copies of Hal with the RealSpeak synthesiser. This project marks an important step forward for access to technology for students with a visual impairment in Portugal.
Dolphin users of Lunar, LunarPlus and Supernova can enjoy the benefits of many unique magnification features. All magnification preferences for all of your favourite applications can be stored in your user profile.
- Up to 32x magnification
This is the largest magnification available and remains smooth & clear in any colour combination. Toggle on/off with a hot key.
- Sensitive tracking
Tracks the last input method using mouse or keyboard. You can't loose the mouse.
- Five screen views
Magnify the whole screen or just the part in focus. Use the same key presses to modify in any view.
This is a unique Dolphin feature and is ideal for people who are used to seeing the full screen. Full screen context AND magnified detail together.
- Hooked areas
Another unique Dolphin feature, that allows important information to be kept for each application on view. Use with settings files. Toggle on/off with No. Pad 3.
- Colour changer
Toggle on/off easily. Colours remain smooth in any combination. Choose from 20 preset colour schemes, more than any other product or create your own and replace problem colours. Doesn't affect system settings or other users and works in any colour depth.
- Line View
Another unique Dolphin feature. Makes reading long documents easier. Jumps the cursor to the correct position when you stop, making editing easier. Choose colour combinations/fonts from the Control Panel.
- Margin Release
Unique to Dolphin. Avoid neck-ache with larger monitors! This brings the corners of the page into the centre of the screen. Choose border colour.
Move smoothly around the screen without the mouse. Increase speed of scroll by tapping. Save screen position and jump back to it.
- List Utility
A unique Dolphin feature. List links, headings and frames - makes getting round a busy web page easy.