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LeaseyBite 27, Today's the Day, Leasey Version 3.3 Will Be Released

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Thank you for your interest in Leasey!

Today is the day when Leasey version 3.3 is released. We hope you've enjoyed hearing some of the new features demonstrated.

Technology moves very rapidly. So I'll tell you about a couple of changes which have happened since some of the LeaseyBites were recorded.

You'll know when Leasey version 3.3 is released if you are subscribed to our Leasey email list. If you're not, you may want to subscribe by emailing leaseylist-subscribe@hartgen.org.
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One issue which arose during testing related to what happens if a sighted person has come along and used your computer, turning the volume down to zero, or even muting in altogether. Rather than close down JAWS so as not to be interrupted by speech, this is what will happen. I've seen it often. The problem is that they then "forget" to ensure the computer has speech output once more. To be fair, the volume of the computer can be muted for all kinds of other reasons too.

When you restart the computer, or JAWS, Leasey from this point will always ensure that the audio is not muted. If you cannot restart the computer however because you have no audio, there are a few things you can do.

You can shut the computer down by pressing the Leasey Key followed by ALT+Shift+S, or restart it with the Leasey Key then ALT+Shift+R. That's been a feature of the product since version 1. However, you can also now press the Leasey Key and ALT+WindowsF10. This will unmute the audio and set the volume to a moderately low level for reasonable listening. You should know how to adjust the volume level by now to something which is suitable, Control+Windows+Shift+Up and Down Arrow.

Now to iTunes. We made an adjustment to what happens when you enter a song title in LeaseySearch and it brings back the results, do you remember that in LeaseyBite 6? Well the link which says that you can download an audio sample of a file has been changed, for a variety of reasons. It now says, "Listen to", followed by the song name. Pressing Enter on it will play the sample automatically. You can pause it by pressing ALT+Control+Windows+P, and adjust the volume with ALT+Control+Windows+Up or Down Arrow keys.

The other major changes still relate to LeaseySearch or the JAWS Research It tool. The results from many screens are displayed using the JAWS Results Viewer, and pressing Enter on any one of them would launch the news story or item in question, but only within Internet Explorer. This also occurs with JAWS by default. Doing so with Leasey running will now use your default web browser, be it Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.

Those are all the changes, but just a couple of other notes.

We've ensured that with this version of Leasey, you can run it in conjunction with our scripts for StationPlaylist Studio. So if you do use that product, provided you are running StationPlaylist Studio version 5.2, and you follow the instructions in the documentation, you'll be able to use the two products successfully. Our documentation has been considerably revised. Most sections have something new included and there are many new sections as well to the extent that it is now a 250 page User Guide. But if you take it in bite-sized chunks, you can easily get through it, especially as it is divided into Headings for easy navigation. There's also a useful list of keystrokes which is at the end of the User Guide and provided as a separate item in Leasey's Hotkey Help.

Leasey has very good support for using Skype, as we'll discover in a later LeaseyBite. But if you want to, you can now use Leasey in conjunction with the Skype scripts which can be downloaded from the internet.

And that's about all. Again, we hope you enjoy Leasey version 3.3. If you have any difficulties, by all means please let us know. You should bare in mind that we're likely to receive quite a number of questions of one kind or another, and I am on holiday as of this Friday, so please do be patient in terms of receiving an answer to your query.

I've really enjoyed working on this version of Leasey, but it wouldn't be possible without the support of our beta testing team who work extremely hard in terms of testing features and suggesting ideas. We do thank them very much and what they contribute to the product is immeasurable. We already know what the next release will contain, and we look forward to bringing that to you later in the year.

So, onwards and upwards. I'll be back tomorrow with LeaseyBite 28, LeaseySticky Notes.

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