Important Messages, such as Service Disruption and Opening Times.

Our office hours are Monday to Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM UK time. We will try to give assistance to those people not living in the UK outside of those hours if possible.

A Thank You from Hartgen Consultancy

Hi to everyone

We would just like to sincerely thank all the individuals, organisations and companies who have promoted our products during the past few weeks. It all helps to spread the word and to let people know about the products and services we offer at Hartgen Consultancy.

Special thanks go to individuals who retweet our Twitter posts from their own personal Twitter accounts. They gain nothing from doing this, yet they are helping to let people know about us. We are very grateful for that.

Particular thanks also go to Debbie Hazelton's Podcast, Blind Bargains Podcast, Freedom Scientific's FSCast podcast, and Top Tech Tidbits from Flying Blind.

We would also like to thank our product beta testers and Our Product Distributors, who let people know what we are offering.

Again, thank you very much for your ongoing support as we strive to improve the products we already have while creating new ones during this year.

J-Dictate Single User License

Please read this page carefully before purchasing!

Before placing an order, you should have obtained JAWS for Windows version 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 or 17.
You will also need Dragon NaturallySpeaking Home, Premium, Professional, Legal version 13 or Dragon NaturallySpeaking Professional Individual.


What's Next for Hartgen Consultancy!

Hi Everyone

In case you missed yesterday's announcement, J-Say 13 has now been released! J-Say is the world leader in terms of providing blind people with the ability to control a computer by voice alone. Working with your computer the J-Say way takes away the need to use either one's hands or eyes, do it all controlling the application with your voice and accessing the computer screen with your ears!

This is our most significant upgrade for some years, containing a wide range of new features and improvements including:

  • Faster echoing of Dictation. As soon as you pause, you are hearing the text you've dictated, quicker and more reliable than before!
  • Easier Voice Commands. While all the existing commands remain, J-Say 13 is more intelligent and introduces easier vocabulary.
  • "Find It". An easier way to find text in your documents!
  • J-Say Calendar. A simple calendar which just works!
  • Listen to the Radio. A fully featured and customisable radio player so you can hear your favourite stations.
  • J-Say Audio. Listen to music on your computer or audio CD's and control it from within any application.
  • J-Say Clock. Set stopwatch, alarm and countdown timers, together with hearing Westminster Chimes throughout the day.
  • Audio Transcription. Want to dictate text into your iPhone or digital recorder and have it transcribed as text? J-Say makes it simple!
  • Multiple JAWS Versions. J-Say 13 can be installed into multiple versions of JAWS, making the program much more flexible.
  • New Look and Feel. J-Say 13 has a new installer and logo!
  • Much More. J-Say 13 is the most feature-packed version there has ever been! You can Read the full What's New page! or Listen to the Podcast!

For the first time, upgrades can either be purchased online direct from our website, or through Our Distributors! in America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. If you have not upgraded your copy of J-Say for a while, now is the time to do so!

So What's Next?

We're now actively working on our next product, J-Dictate. This makes it possible to use the less expensive releases of Dragon NaturallySpeaking, including Dragon NaturallySpeaking Home edition, purely to dictate text. All the computer control and navigation is achieved using the keyboard, however people often find it easier (and certainly much faster) to dictate text into the computer rather than typing. So, there is a very distinct difference between J-Say and J-Dictate, since it is only J-Say which gives you full control of the computer using your voice. But J-Dictate is going to be an awesome productivity tool, and we'll be describing it much more thoroughly very soon on our website and in a podcast.

After that, we're straight back into development of Leasey! Anyone who has purchased Leasey will be able to get their hands on our new Leasey features first, including high quality support for iTunes from Apple. This will also find its way into J-Say 13.

After that, we do have plans very definitely, but we're not quite ready to share them with you yet. But rest assured, we're going to be very busy and innovative at Hartgen Consultancy!

J-Say 13 is Available! Our Biggest Release for Some Time!


We are very proud to bring you the anticipated release of J-Say version 13.0. This new and exciting version of the product will be released on 5 February!Without doubt this is the most significant upgrade to the J-Say product for several years and it is now an ideal platform for people to be able to use a computer without the need to work with the keyboard.

J-Say 13.0 is a product combining the excellence in voice recognition available within Dragon NaturallySpeaking Professional from Nuance, and high quality screen-reading from JAWS for Windows developed by Freedom Scientific. However, now in its 12th year of development, J-Say adds a vast array of tools and utilities to ensure that voice recognition for blind people is highly effective.

This webpage contains a list of all the new features and improvements within J-Say 13.0.

Lower Price!

For several years, J-Say has been priced at £525, with upgrades costing £125. If you were not upgrading from the latest release, the cost was slightly more than this. We have lowered the price of both a single user licence and upgrades.

A single user licence of J-Say is now £400. Upgrading from any previous version to the current release is £100. The price includes the J-Say software, our comprehensive tutorial and “Command Summary”, and free Technical Support.

Product Flexibility!

In the past, in order to use J-Say, it was necessary to install a very specific version number and build of JAWS, together with the required version of Dragon NaturallySpeaking Professional. This is no longer the case.

J-Say 13 happily coexists with JAWS versions 14 through to 16, together with Dragon NaturallySpeaking Professional 12 or 13.

This means two things. If you want to upgrade to Dragon NaturallySpeaking Professional 13.0 to benefit from the latest voice recognition technology, this can be done. However, if you prefer, you can retain your existing Dragon product from Nuance and still benefit from all the new features in this release.

The developers of JAWS, Freedom Scientific, produce frequent updates to the screen-reader. You can safely take advantage of the updates without affecting J-Say functionality. In terms of J-Say, this is quite a breakthrough!

New Logo, New Installer!

J-Say now boasts not only a new logo but a much cleaner, faster installer program.

The previous installer would take several minutes in some cases to install the necessary files to the computer. Now, this is achieved within just a few seconds. The files are installed to the JAWS Settings folder relative to your Microsoft Windows account. J-Say can also be installed into multiple JAWS versions if required.

The logo is in black and white with a head of a shark looking straight at the viewer and up. The shark has his mouth open with teeth showing. In the back of his mouth is the text “J-SAY” in white.

New Features!

Dynamic Echo

Previous releases of J-Say have had considerable difficulty with echoing back phrases you speak when using Windows8. This is no longer the case. We’re very pleased with the reliability of the reporting of text as you speak it!

Dynamic Echo has been tested in many different applications including Microsoft Word, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Internet Explorer, the Dragon NaturallySpeaking “Dictation Box”, Twitter clients and other environments.

Faster Navigation and Screen-Reading

One of the things we’ve been concerned about for some time is the slow response between the time a command is spoken and JAWS carrying out the instruction.

Not only is navigation much faster than in previous releases, but you are now able to interrupt the JAWS speech when you wish to do so. For example, if you are reading a paragraph of text and you wish to skip to the next one, just say, “Next Paragraph”, and JAWS begins to read it. Imagine that concept when reviewing Email messages! It is very easy and quick to skim through your Inbox, deleting all the messages you do not need and replying to those which are important.

Correcting Text Just Got Easier

Traditionally when correcting text, this has been done using Dragon’s “Correction Box” tool. While this is still available, J-Say now provides a much faster method of correcting errors which Dragon NaturallySpeaking may make.

When the error is made, simply select the text with a voice command and say, “Speak the Choices”, without entering the “Correction box”. J-Say will read all of the possible alternatives available. You can choose one of these or dictate again. When the error is corrected, simply say, “Go Back”, to resume the dictation of the text in the correct location.

“Forget It”

If you stumble over the delivery of a word or phrase, simply say, “Forget It”. The last phrase is erased and J-Say will advise you of the text where the cursor is located so you can pick up the thread of the dictation. This makes it very easy to continue your writing with confidence!

More Flexible Language

While all of the older voice commands are still present, J-Say now uses the word, “It”, in order that you can work with a specific item.

For example, if located within an Email message, “Open It”, will open the message and, “Close It”, will return you to your mail folder. When selecting text, “Speak It”, will read the highlighted text. A full list of all the new commands can be found in the J-Say “Command Summary”.

Finding Text is Made Simple

Previously, when searching for text in a Microsoft Word document, it has been necessary to work with Word’s “Find” Dialog Box which is not easy when using the voice alone. J-Say now has a new method of finding text to read in documents.

Speaking the command, “Find From Here”, or, “Find From Top”, will cause a sound to play. Simply dictate the text you wish to find and speak the command, “Find It”. The sentence surrounding the located text is automatically spoken without having to cancel out of a further Dialog Box and use an additional voice command to read it.

If the located text is not what you were looking for, simply say, “Look Again”, and J-Say will move to the next instance and read it.

The J-Say Clock

The J-Say Clock not only tells you the time! It contains very powerful and flexible stopwatch facilities as well as timer functions. You can also set alarms to sound at any time! It can also be set to play Westminster chimes at varying intervals which are controllable by you, all with voice commands.

Please consult the “Learning Module” for a full description of using the J-Say Clock. A Chapter is entirely devoted to this topic.

J-Say Alerts

Have you ever been confronted with a situation where you've been to a website, and you always want to come back to the same place if it exists each time you visit it? Google would be a very good example, When you've searched for something, and the new page loads, you do not want to have to find where the search results start, nor do you want to hear how many Headings or Links are on the page.

A J-Say Alert will not only advise you that the text exists, but it will also set focus to the relevant area of the page. All you need do is set up the J-Say Alert and then forget about it, unless you want to delete it.

Please consult the “Learning Module” for a full description of using the J-Say Alerts. A Chapter is entirely devoted to this topic.

J-Say Audio

J-Say Audio allows you to enjoy your music, books and any other audio in exceptionally high quality.

With J-Say Audio, you can:

  • Browse your music library,
  • Create playlists,
  • Rearrange the playing order,
  • Delete playlists,
  • Control audio playback from within any application in which you are
  • working,

  • Listen to audio CD’s,
  • And more.

Please consult the “Learning Module” for a full description of using J-Say Audio. A Chapter is entirely devoted to this topic.

J-Say Radio

J-Say Radio makes it possible for you to listen to radio stations from around the world, provided they are broadcast on the internet. Thousands of radio stations exist playing a wide variety of music covering many genres. Speech content is also very popular for news, sport and discussion of current affairs.

When compiling our J-Say Radio directory, we have chosen what we feel are some of the most popular and high quality music radio stations covering ten specific genres. You can listen to any station of your choosing, add it to a list of favourites so as to hear it again, or assign it to one of the ten presets which can be accessed from any application. Listening to your favourite station could not be easier!

Please consult the “Learning Module” for a full description of using J-Say Radio. A Chapter is entirely devoted to this topic.

J-Say Tags

J-Say Tags is an intelligent application which allows you to manage files within Windows Explorer.

Selecting files within Windows Explorer is almost impossible if you are using your voice alone in order to carry out this task. J-Say Tags make the whole process very simple and straightforward.

Simply move through the files or folders, marking or “tagging” those you wish to manipulate. Tagging files in multiple folders is possible.

When all your items are tagged, you can cut, copy and delete them simultaneously, or alternatively create a playlist of audio files based upon the tags to be used alongside J-Say Audio.

Please consult the “Learning Module” for a full description of using J-Say Tags. A Chapter is entirely devoted to this topic.

J-Say Diary

The J-Say Diary provides a number of simple calendar functions to help you keep track of appointments and work with specific dates.

With the J-Say Diary you can:

  • Hear today’s date,
  • Store appointments,
  • View existing appointments,
  • Use the same appointment title multiple times for recurring events,
  • Add notes to appointments with no limit on text length,
  • Read and edit appointment notes,
  • Delete appointments,
  • Insert today’s date into a text area,
  • Discover a day on which a particular date falls, for example finding out the day on which a person was born.

The J-Say Diary is a one year calendar and is designed to be very simple and easy to use.

Please consult the “Learning Module” for a full description of using J-Say Diary. A Chapter is entirely devoted to this topic.

Notes on New Features

Remember that all the features listed above can be completely controlled with your voice alone. There is no need to work with the keyboard unless you wish to.

Considerable improvements have been made to J-Say features which people rely upon, such as J-Say Shortcuts and Text Notes.

Nuance have significantly changed the Dragon NaturallySpeaking Profile Setup screen from which the system gains an awareness of how you speak. J-Say support is not only available for the new screens within the application, but context sensitive help is also there for you together with a full description of the enrolment process in our “Installation and Setup Guide”.

New voice commands exist to select a JAWS Voice Profile, together with controlling all of the JAWS OCR capabilities, such as scanning a PDF document, window or current control if desired.

When closing messages in Microsoft Outlook, J-Say used to provide a good deal of extraneous speech. This has been significantly reduced.


While we do provide an extremely comprehensive tutorial for J-Say in Microsoft Word format, in order to gain the maximum benefit from the new features you may like to consider purchasing a level of training. This can either be delivered on site in the United Kingdom or remotely in any part of the world using the telephone or Skype. Training provided remotely costs £30 per hour (45 US Dollars). A recording of the training session can be made available or written notes if preferred.

Alternatively, a J-Say distributor in your State or region may well be in a position to provide training for you.

Compatibility Considerations

J-Say 13 coexists with:

  • Microsoft Windows Vista,
  • Microsoft Windows7,
  • Microsoft Windows8 and 8.1,
  • Microsoft Office 2007 through to 2013, (Microsoft Office 2013 is highly recommended),
  • JAWS for Windows versions 14 through to 16,
  • Dragon NaturallySpeaking Professional version 12.5 or 13.


We very much hope that you will enjoy using J-Say version 13. We are doing our best not only to improve features which have been used in the past, but also to broaden the product so it can be used outside the confines of Microsoft word, Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Internet Explorer for traditional tasks. We are for example next month going to be working on support for iTunes 12.0 from Apple so as to make it more keyboard accessible and usable by voice.

Should you have any questions about J-Say 13, either prior to or following an upgrade, please Email jaws@hartgen.orgg. Alternatively you can telephone from within the United Kingdom 02920-850298. In the United States please call 415-871-0626.

Thank you for your interest in J-Say 13!

My Reflections of 2014

Hi to everyone

A very happy new year!

It's quiet at the moment, so I thought I would take some time to reflect on what for me has been a very good year on the whole. Didn't Frank Sinatra record a song about that?

The end of 2013 was one of the busiest times for us. We were still running the Team-FM internet radio station at that stage, and I remember our Christmas schedule contained no less than 38 different special shows for Christmas and the new year, including a few we both presented. Organising and promoting all of that was quite exhausting, but fun to do. I love a challenge like that. It ended with one of the best New Year's Eve party shows I've ever heard, which Lulu presented. The precision and presentation of that was some of the best internet radio I have ever heard, and I still get comments about it even now.

Sadly, Lulu's health began to deteriate shortly after, and so we decided to close Team-FM in March. It was a sad time, but Brian Dalton and I still wanted to "keep our hand in" in terms of broadcasting, so we both set up The Bell.
Much smaller than Team-FM, when we're not on the air it practically runs itself, and we were glad to get that project up and running with the help of Paul Johnston from Ireland who assisted a good deal with the website for that. Thanks to Paul and also to Brian D for all your support this year!

While we didn't intend The Bell to grow, it seems to have done of its own accord. People seem to want to hear it and present shows on it, and that's fantastic. Through that, I've got to meet (and learn about) Dean and Becs, Danny, Anne, David and Eric. They've all been wonderful. We just get on, do our own thing, and pull together when it is needed. In the words of the Dave Clarke Five, "I like it like that".

At the same time, I was able to get back in touch with Jonathan Mosen, and I'm very pleased about that. We've always worked well together on different projects, and so we did again this year on a full length audio tutorial regarding the StationPlaylist broadcasting software. That was more difficult than we imagined, but I hope we made a very thorough job of it. There will need to be revisions next year, but again, it was good to collaborate with Jonathan on that. Jonathan has also given me some good advice this year, so thanks very much to him for that.

Gordon Luke is also someone else who I've re-established contact with this year. Again, he has given advice about various projects too, and his help has been invaluable. Thank you.

So to the middle of the year.

With no Team-FM to run, I was wanting something to occupy me. To be brief, Lulu developed the concept of a product called Leasey. You can read all about it at
This was a great idea for computer beginners and advanced technology users, and I was very keen to get my teeth into this one.

Leasey took about six months of very hard work, 7 very long days a week. It's challenging when you develop a product like that because there is the development to do, the ideas to form, the beta testers to manage and work with, the documentation to write, the marketing and promotion to do, a full audio tutorial to design and record, and many more things besides.

It is true we had some real setbacks, not of our making, but eventually we released Leasey on 8 December. That was a good day! We saw lots of hard work come to fruition and it was good to see it in the hands of other people who could make real use of it.

Through Leasey testing, I also got back into contact with Bruce Toews again, who I hadn't worked with for a long time, so it was good to do that and to meet other like-minded people as well, all working towards the same goal. We had an excellent testing team, and 2015 should be good for Leasey with lots of ideas now in the planning stage.

Because I felt I could do a lot more with our JAWS-based products with a good deal more flexibility, I decided to resign from Astec during December of this year and we would strike out on our own. While as you can imagine this has been a very busy last month of the year, I really do think we can make a go of this. Early signs have been very promising indeed, and the next version of our J-Say product seems set to be the best yet. We also have other products which are in the development stages too.

As is usual with me, I've also read a lot of books this year, thanks to Audible and RNIB Overdrive, a new talking book download service launched in 2014. I've begun to read Kimberley Chambers' books this year. She is similar to Martina Cole in style. But my favourite books I've just finished re-reading are those by R D Wingfield who wrote the Inspector Frost novels. I always feel sorry for Frost. He does all the hard work and from those who matter gets none of the credit. But his team love him, and they know he is the person who does the really hard graft.

I also discovered books written by James Henry, (actually a pseudonym for two writers), who have written prequels to the Frost novels set in the early 80's. They're all on Audible and they are just as good.

So what else happened this year.

Oh, there's one thing I almost forgot, I got married this year. Lulu made me very proud when she became my wife, and it was a really lovely day. We were also able to make an audio diary of the event so we can look back on it over the years. Lulu looked beautiful as any bride does, and during the last few years, she has made me exceptionally happy. I was also really glad to meet up with my brother again who I hadn't seen for quite some time, and hopefully we'll be able to see each other again very soon.

So here we are, at the end of 2014. It certainly has been a year of moving forward and re-establishing old friendships. Lets hope for good things during 2015!

J-Say Software Maintenance Agreement

Please read this page carefully before purchasing!

A J-Say Software Maintenance Agreement entitles you to receive the next two paid-for upgrades at a discount price.
If your SMA has expired, or if you have not previously owned an SMA, you do need to upgrade to the current release first.


J-Say Upgrade

Please read this page carefully before purchasing!

You can upgrade from a previous version to the current release by ordering from this page.

Before placing an order, you should have obtained JAWS for Windows version 14, 15 or 16.
If you require J-Say to support an alternative JAWS version, please Contact us.
You will also need Dragon NaturallySpeaking Professional 12, 12.5 or 13.


J-Say Single User License

Please read this page carefully before purchasing!

Before placing an order, you should have obtained JAWS for Windows version 14, 15 or 16.
If you require J-Say to support an alternative JAWS version, please Contact us.
You will also need Dragon NaturallySpeaking Professional 12, 12.5 or 13.


Leasey Advanced for Distributors

Please read this page carefully before purchasing!

As you complete the checkout process, you will need to know the customer's JAWS serial number. Instructions on how to obtain this are given on the Checkout page.


Leasey Total Package for Distributors

Please read this page carefully before purchasing!

As you complete the checkout process, you will need to know the customer's JAWS serial number. Instructions on how to obtain this are given on the Checkout page.