Archive for the ‘Computer’ Category

Internet RadioFan appears to be accessible

February 5, 2009

Today I checked out the application Internet RadioFan from the web site “Giveaway of the Day – free licensed software daily” at the URL http://www.giveawayoftheday.com/. I was pleased to find that it seems to be completely accessible with JAWS.

According to the web site:

“The program Internet RadioFan allows you to listen to online radio and watch TV broadcasts on the Internet. All the radio and TV stations are grouped by country while the description of each channel contains the name of the city from which the broadcast originates and the style or genre of the given station.”

The direct URL for Internet RadioFan is http://www.zazsoft.com/.

I downloaded Internet RadioFan and was listening to a radio station and then a TV station in just a matter of minutes. It seemed completely accessible with JAWS. I still haven’t checked out any of the advanced features, such as setting presets, but I was able to arrow and tab around the screen, move up and down the lists of TV and radio stations and bring up the TV or radio station I wanted to listen to. Another must for me, is that Internet RadioFan allows you to set it’s volume independently of the system’s or JFW’s volume. I know we have other choices, which seem like they might have a larger selection, but Internet RadioFan seems like a keeper to me.

I didn’t see the price in US dollars right off, but it’ll be free from Giveaway of the Day until 2PM US central time.

Audio Comparer seems to be accessible, for the most part

February 1, 2009

Today I checked out the application Audio Comparer from the web site “Giveaway of the Day – free licensed software daily” at the URL http://www.giveawayoftheday.com/. Although I wasn’t sure how useful I would find this software, I decided to check it out. It seems to be accessible, for the most part, but it doesn’t seem like I personally will find it very useful.

According to the web site:

“Audio Comparer will listen to your entire audio collection and then will be able to quickly locate duplicates and similar audio files based on their sound, not tags. The program will estimate duplicate songs’ quality and advise you which ones are better to keep and which to delete.”

The direct URL for Audio Comparer is http://audiocomparer.com/.

I downloaded the application, and I was able to successfully kick off a comparison of the music on my system. Everything was quite accessible, except there were a few unlabelled buttons. they were in the usual places, such as the browse button when you’re adding directories to the list of directories that should be compared, so it wasn’t hard to figure out what the buttons should do.

When the compare was complete, a pair of boxes come up. One box has the list of all of the tracks that were compared. This is the box that has focus, and as you move up and down the list, information on the track fills the screen. This information can be gotten to by using the JFW cursor. There’s another box that lists the results of the comparison. On my system this was blank. I’m not sure if this is because I still needed to do something or because I didn’t have any duplicate tracks. I suspect the later, since I manage the music I put on my system pretty carefully. I couldn’t get the focus over to this box using the keyboard or the JAWS cursor, but maybe this is because the box was empty. I tried to check the documentation, but there isn’t any documentation for this software yet.

I think this application could be quite handy for those people who have a larger or more dynamic music collection than I do. I also suspect that, although it won’t be totally accessible, it’ll be quite usable for a blind computer user. For my part, I don’t see much need for this application, so I’ll be using Revo Uninstaller from http://www.revouninstaller.com/ to remove Audio Comparer from my PC.

Document Backup is accessible, for the most part

January 31, 2009

Today on the web site “Giveaway of the Day – free licensed software daily” at the URL http://www.giveawayoftheday.com/ they have the application Document Backup from Insofta, and it is accessible, for the most part.

According to the web site:

“Document Backup is an easy-to-use solution intended to automatically backup your important data to a local or network hard disk, CD, DVD, Blu-Ray or HD-DVD disc or even to an FTP server. Compressed backups (in the zip format) save space and incremental backups save time.”

The direct URL for Document Backup is
http://www.documentbackup.com/.

I downloaded, activated and had my first backup with document Backup in just a few minutes. When you start it for the first time, you’re presented with the wizard to create a new job. Everything in the wizard was completely accessible. Once you’ve got a new job created, you end up in the main screen, which is the only area I didn’t find completely accessible. the layout seems pretty simple though, and it was easy enough to figure out what to click on with the JAWS cursor. From this screen, I was able to start the backup I created in the new jobs wizard, and I was able to check on the contents of that backup. Again, everything but that initial screen was completely accessible.

The application itself seems pretty basic; I didn’t see any significant features that aren’t already included in MS Backup, which has been my backup solution to this point. The interface did seem easier to use though and more intuitive. For example, it took me quite a bit of reading and trial and error to accomplish in MS Backup what I was able to do in Document Backup in just a few minutes. Of course, I had all of that experience with MS Backup behind me when I brought up Document Backup. It also seemed easier to create and schedule incremental or differential backups and not have them overwrite each other in document Backup than it is to do in MS Backup.

In conclusion, Document Backup is a keeper and I’m switching over to it as my backup solution.

It looks like Document Backup costs $29 normally but of course, it’s free as long as it’s on Giveaway of the Day.

LeaderTask may be Somewhat Accessible

May 14, 2008

Today on the web site “Giveaway of the Day – free licensed software daily” at the URL http://www.giveawayoftheday.com/ they have the application LeaderTask, and it may be somewhat accessible. According to the web site:

“LeaderTask is a business organizer for a modern person. LeaderTask has a smart system for managing projects, tasks, contacts, events. Want to complete more? Get tired less? Earn more? And permanently improve the quality of life, work hard less and contemplate peacefully more? LeaderTask will help you with that! LeaderTask = Scheduler + Personal Information Manager + Calendar + Address Book + Organizer!”

The direct URL for LeaderTask is http://www.leadertask.com/.

As I said yesterday, I’m always looking for a good PIM application, but I’m never optimistic they’ll be accessible. I gave LeaderTask a chance, and after playing with it for a few minutes, I decided it’s worth keeping around and spending some more time with. I’m still not optimistic that it’ll work out, but between keyboard short cuts and use of the JAWS cursor, it looked like I could get to everything. For a PIM application to be effective, it not only has to be accessible, but it has to be easy enough to use and have enough features to make it worth using over a simple text editor. I’m not sure LeaderTask will end up being a PIM application that will be worth using, but it’s still on my system!

General Knowledge Base Doesn’t Appear to be Accessible

May 13, 2008

Today on the web site “Giveaway of the Day – free licensed software daily” at the URL http://www.giveawayoftheday.com/ they have the application General Knowledge Base, and unfortunately, I didn’t find it accessible. According to the web site:

“General Knowledge Base is an innovative knowledge management software allowing an easy and effective management of all types of knowledge bases. It is an optimal tool for categorizing and finding articles, documents or data. It allows user to keep documents systemized, to add notes and attachments, capture and store web pages from the web.”

The direct URL for General Knowledge Base is http://www.baltsoft.com/.

I’m always looking for a good PIM application, but I’m never optimistic they’ll be accessible.

After downloading, activating and installing General Knowledge Base, you’ll find a General Knowledge Base submenu in Start Menu -> Programs. I tried both the Editor and the General Knowledge Base application. In both cases, I found that JAWS didn’t track the cursor or the highlighted menu items. As usual, I tried using the JAWS cursor, but I just wasn’t able to figure out how to even get started. Since I wasn’t optimistic it was even going to work before I started, I didn’t end up spending much time playing with it.

I ended up using Revo Uninstaller from http://www.revouninstaller.com/ to remove General Knowledge Base from my PC.

Premium Booster 2.8 Doesn’t Appear to be Accessible

May 4, 2008

Every day I check out the web site “Giveaway of the Day – free licensed software daily” at the URL http://www.giveawayoftheday.com/. If I see something that might be interesting, I go ahead, download it and give it a try.

Today they have Premium Booster 2.8, and unfortunately, I didn’t find it accessible. According to the web site:

“Premium Booster is a powerful optimization toolkit with a set of unique features. It will scan your PC for problems and repair found issues which may be hindering your Windows performance.”

After downloading, activating, installing and running Premium Booster, you’re presented with a screen where you click on a button to perform the given action. The buttons aren’t reachable with the keyboard, so I tried using the JAWS cursor. Unfortunately the buttons also aren’t labelled. After a few minutes trying to figure out what the different unlabeled graphics are through trial and error, I gave up. There are enough other similar programs that are accessible, I didn’t think this application was worth the time it was taking. I ended up using Revo Uninstaller from http://www.revouninstaller.com/ to remove Premium Booster from my PC.