SuperNova is a full screen reader offering magnification, speech AND Braille support, giving people with visual impairment the freedom to access Windows in the way that suits them best.SuperNova has been developed for all visually impaired users, from low vision to blind. It is ideal for both individual users, who experience varying or deteriorating eye conditions during a working day or for institutional settings, such as in school or work, that need to provide solutions for visually impaired groups with a range of sight difficulties.
"I'm so delighted with my Dolphin Lunar software that I think that the person who designed it should be given a knighthood!"
John Jones - Essex
"The increased speed of starting up and shutting down is great and the introduction of the spelling speed feature has proved invaluable in enhancing the experience of PC use as it makes the whole process far more user friendly."
Mike Scanlan - Liverpool
"Supernova? It's superlative! Becoming registered blind eight years ago, I sought information on the best equipment available. My first purchase was a CCTV and, following an impressive demo of Supernova and realising that Dolphin software was way ahead in the field, I bought the whole package from Dolphin, although I opted for LunarPlus to start with, changing to Supernova after a few years. Being a touch-typist helped, but there is absolutely no doubt that without the voice I would not be able to access the internet at all. Being completely new to the internet, I needed the Dolphin Technical Support a great deal at first. The direct line to such excellent, patient and understanding help, whether by phone or e-mail, gave me the confidence to make rapid progress. Anything I want to do, I can and I am constantly amazed at the range of features that Supernova has - I'm sure I'm using only a fraction of them."
Susan Buckingham - New Milton, Hampshire, UK
"I've been able to communicate via email for many years now thanks to Dolphin SuperNova. I don't know how I would work without it."
H. Maine - Government worker, Belfast
"I have been using dolphin products for quite a while especially when I attended the Queen Alexandra College in Birmingham. Since November 2005, I have now my own PC and Supernova has really opened up the world of internet and independence for me, literally bringing my world to life. It has allowed me to view information, listen to feedback from my emails and has made form filling easy to follow. One thing that impresses me about using Supernova is the virtual focus. I also like the dolphin utility which makes it easy to access links within a website."
M Leech - UK
"I am now up and running and I like it! I think the Setup Wizard is very good and I definitely think it will help new users to get up and running quickly."
Sue Allard - Gloucester
SuperNova Magnifier Case Study: Surfing the net with Supernova
My name is Neill McBride, I'm a Supernova user and I work for Dolphin Computer Access, Ltd. as a member of the technical support team. My lovely wife Lisa also works for Dolphin and it was through Dolphin that we met. So, you may say I've got a bias towards Dolphin in more ways than one!
Diagnosed with RP (Retinitis Pigmentosa) at the age of seventeen I came to rely on Lunar during my college days and now completely on Supernova for both my PC work and for PC play.
But, being honest, these days it is speech that gives me the support I need much more than magnification! Having a role in technical support has given me the opportunity to take onboard information and then air my views on product development from what is really a user's perspective. Today, it seems that access to the Internet is the first objective most users have when they switch on their new PCs. This is no different for users with a visual impairment. Much to Lisa's dismay, most evenings you can find me browsing Liverpool FC's web pages to get the latest club info and gossip on players' comings and goings. However, with Christmas drawing near Lisa's now threatening to place the Christmas shopping at my doorstep or, should I say mouse mat and keyboard!
How accessible is the Internet? Web accessibility has always been a thorny issue and will continue to be one for as long as web page designers neglect the needs of users with disabilities. For instance, the simple inclusion of alternate text for images can make the world of difference from the accessibility viewpoint but it remains in many, many cases a neglected task! But don't be put off or disillusioned because good sites do exist and businesses are slowly coming around through pressure applied both legally under the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) 1995 and via organisations like the RNIB and our own Web Accessibility campaign. Slowly but surely the Internet is becoming access friendly! The Internet, Supernova and Me So, the Internet can be accessed with Hal or, in my case, Supernova, but can this be achieved in an elegant and stress free manner? Suffice-to-say the steps are few and the rewards are plenty. To help with this, Dolphin's Marketing and Technical Support Departments have produced some helpful literature on this very topic.
This and our usual technical information are available from our online knowledge base, or from the support literature that accompanies your Dolphin product. Tips for getting around Dolphinâs Virtual Focus gives you automatic keyboard access to web pages. Form filling is simple and automatic â just press Enter to interact with an edit field or control, when you Tab out of the field, Virtual Focus resumes automatically. Easy! Cycle between all the controls on a page (edit areas, buttons etc.) by pressing Left Control Page Up and Left Control Page Down. Moving around the page is simple. You can simply tab from link to link as normal, or use the up and down cursor keys to move from item to item. The software also allows you to jump directly to, or move between, specific areas. Weâve already mentioned Left Ctrl + Page Down for jumping between control areas, but you can move between text areas and between links. For example, if you come to a page with a load of adverts right at the top, skip over links by pressing Left Control Left Shift + cursor right. (Cursor left takes you back) This will jump you to the next text area. Cycle through links only by pressing Left Control + cursor up. (Cursor down takes you back) If you hear a link which just says âclick hereâ find out where âhereâ is by pressing Left Shift + Num Pad 0 to hear the URL. Donât forget if you want to sort through links quickly, use the Dolphin Links Navigator. Internet Explorer users will find this under the Tools Menu in your browser.
Links can be sorted instantly by tab order, recently visited or alphabetically. If you know where you want to go, press the first letter of the link to jump right to it then press Enter. When you get to a body of text you want to read, press Num Pad Plus to start Document Read. Press Plus again to pause; the virtual focus will route to the last word spoken by your synthesizer. Notice that the page will scroll down automatically as you read. If you want to go back up, simply press cursor up. Magnification users - donât forget you can use Document Read with any of the screen views. Try it with Auto Lens â this will magnify one word at a time as you read, leaving the rest of the web page at regular size. Another neat trick for magnification users is the middle mouse button. Click anywhere on the web page with your middle mouse button then press Num Pad Plus to continue reading from there. If your mouse doesnât have a middle button, simply use the Configure Access System Keys dialog in your Dolphin Control Panel to add an alternative of your own choosing (e.g. shift + right click) The âFindâ feature is useful for everyone. Press F3 and type the text you are looking for then press Enter. Your Virtual Focus will jump right to it. Press F4 to find next occurrences, and F2 to find previous occurrences. If the word is contained in the Alt-Tag text of a graphic, your focus will jump right to the graphic. Again, the web page scrolls up accordingly and the magnification tracks with the speech and Braille.
Of course, Braille users will also find links indicated on their Braille display and can activate them using the standard cursor routing buttons. At the moment, from my experience I'd recommend Internet Explorer 5.5 or higher as the browser of choice and the use of Hal or Supernova version 5 with its powerful internet support and new features. With this combination, I'm able to access the information I need from the web quickly, easily and without any fuss. The Internet represents the future and Lisa believes there is a huge untapped source of male shoppers out there waiting to go online and remove the drudgery of shopping from their wives'. She's hoping I'll be a fantastic example to everyone! Joking aside, it is here and it is generally easy to use and getting better.
Computer users with a visual impairment are set to fare better than any other user group from the internet and as web masters become aware of this accessibility it will just get better and better. Dolphin too, will continue to invest heavily in the development of their products and access to the Internet will continue to gain the highest priority in programming policy. Our development alongside the growing realization by businesses that accessibility means customers suggests the future does appear bright.
Meet Supernova Access Suite
A look at SuperNova, a screen reader that caters for every visual impairment, and includes magnification, speech, and braille functionality.
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