News Archive

  1. NVDA 2016.4 Now Available

    NV Access is pleased to announce that version 2016.4 of NVDA, the free screen reader for Microsoft Windows, has now been released.

    Highlights of this release include improved support for Microsoft Edge; browse mode in the Windows 10 Mail app; and significant improvements to NVDA’s dialogs.

    NVDA is used by 10s of thousands of blind and vision impaired people spanning more than 120 countries, enabling them to socialise, get an education and participate in the workforce regardless of their location, language or economic situation. However, NV Access needs your help to continue this important work. Please consider making a donation when downloading.

    To download NVDA, please visit our Download page.

    to find out what’s new in this release, please read What’s new in NVDA 2016.4.

  2. Microsoft Word with NVDA EBook now available for Purchase

    Microsoft Word with NVDA is the second module in the official set of training materials for learning to use the free NVDA screen reader.

    The book can be purchased from our Microsoft Word with NVDA product page.

    Suitable for the new and existing user of Microsoft Word wishing to improve proficiency, this module assumes that the user has completed the “Basic Training for NVDA” module, or has equivalent knowledge.

    Topics covered include: Getting started with Microsoft Word, proofreading, styles, tables, page layout, referencing, inserting, collaboration and sharing and customising Word options.

    The purchase price of this product supports the work of NV Access and our ability to provide the NVDA screen reading software free of charge. If you would like to sample the style of the material prior to purchasing, we have made an extract of the Basic Training for NVDA module freely available on our website.

  3. What does NVDA mean to you: Take our NV Access Branding Survey

    NV Access is currently undergoing a rebranding effort so that we can better communicate what we do and what we believe in. As a part of this effort, we are inviting those in the NVDA community to provide feedback on both NVDA and NV Access by answering a short survey.

    Providing your feedback will allow us to better understand the needs of users, but also to better tell our story to existing and future funders, thus ensuring that we can continue creating and delivering a high-quality free screen reading solution.

    Go to the NV Access Branding Survey to provide your feedback.

    If filling in our branding survey with Firefox 48 and a screen reader, you may need to refresh the page once if you first see no content.

  4. Announcing NVDA 2016.3 Release

    Version 2016.3 of the free NVDA screen Reader from NV Access is now available for download. Highlights of this release include the ability to disable individual add-ons; support for form fields in Microsoft Excel; significant improvements to reporting of colors; fixes and improvements related to several braille displays; and fixes and improvements to support for Microsoft Word.

    This award-winning software has been changing the lives of thousands of blind and vision impaired people who can now independently use computers to produce written content, read news, socialise, shop and bank online, and, most importantly, actively participate in education and employment. All of this would otherwise have been impossible due to the high cost of existing commercial software.

    NV Access relies on financial support from organisations and users. Please consider helping the Australian-based charity to continue lowering the barriers to technology for blind and vision impaired people by becoming a monthly donor.

    To download a copy of NVDA, please visit our Download page.

  5. NVDA 2016.2.1 Update now available

    NVDA 2016.2.1 is now available. This update to 2016.2 fixes some significant crashes experienced with Microsoft Word. However, as a part of these fixes, support for reporting grammar errors in Microsoft Word (added in 2016.2) has been removed.

    To download NVDA, please visit our Download page.

    to find out what’s new in this release, please read What’s new in NVDA 2016.2.1.

  6. NVDA 2016.2 Released

    NV Access is pleased to announce that version 2016.2 of NVDA, the free screen reader for Microsoft Windows, has now been released. Highlights of this release include the ability to indicate spelling errors while typing; support for reporting grammar errors in Microsoft Word; and improvements and fixes to Microsoft Office support.

    NVDA is used by 10s of thousands of blind and vision impaired people spanning more than 120 countries, enabling them to socialise, get an education and participate in the workforce regardless of their location, language or economic situation. However, NV Access needs your help to continue this important work. Please consider making a donation when downloading.

    To download NVDA, please visit our Download page.

    to find out what’s new in this release, please read What’s new in NVDA 2016.2.

  7. Basic Training for NVDA eBook Now Available for Purchase

    NV Access is very pleased to announce the release of “Basic Training for NVDA”, the first module in the official set of training materials for learning to use the free NVDA screen reader.

    This eBook is suitable for the new and existing user wishing to improve proficiency.

    No existing knowledge is assumed.  For those starting out with NVDA, the book takes you from starting NVDA for the first time as a new user and getting familiar with the NVDA key, to finding your way around Windows and typing your first text.  A setup guide is included to assist those setting up NVDA for someone else.

    For the advanced user, the text is a concise and valuable refresher of skills you may know as well as presenting some more efficient methods of common tasks.  The later chapters cover topics including using the review cursor and object navigation efficiently, using configuration profiles and a timely walkthrough of some of the advanced settings you may wish to revisit now that you are a more proficient user yourself.

    The module consists of the following sections with activities for each topic and review activities at the end of each section:

    • Getting started with NVDA
    • Getting started with Windows
    • Basic NVDA configuration
    • Writing text and saving files
    • Editing documents
    • Document formatting
    • Basic file management
    • Multi-tasking
    • Browsing the web
    • NVDA review cursor basics
    • Object navigation
    • Configuring NVDA
    • Advanced topics
    • NVDA setup guide

    The purchase price of this product supports the work of NV Access and our ability to provide the NVDA screen reading software free of charge.

    Initially the material is available as downloadable electronic text. Audio and braille formats will be available in due course.

    This book can be purchased from our Basic Training for NVDA eBook product page.

    A sample of the eBook, including the introduction and Review Cursor chapters, is available to view before purchasing.

  8. NVDA 2016.1 Now Available

    NV Access is pleased to announce the availability of NVDA 2016.1, the latest release of its award winning screen reading software.

    Highlights of this release include the ability to optionally lower the volume of other sounds; improvements to braille output and braille display support; several significant fixes to Microsoft Office support; and fixes to browse mode in iTunes.

    With this release, NV Access continues to ensure that blind and vision impaired people, regardless of their location, language or economic situation, can gain access to computers, thus widening the possibilities for education, employment and socialisation.

    NV Access relies on financial support from organisations and users. Please consider helping the Australian-based charity to continue lowering the barriers to technology for blind and vision impaired people by becoming a monthly donor.

    To download a copy, please visit our Download page.
    to find out what’s changed in this release, please read What’s new in NVDA 2016.1.

  9. Announcing NVDA 2015.4 Release

    Version 2015.4 of the free NVDA screen Reader from NV Access is now available for download. Highlights of this release include performance improvements in Windows 10; inclusion in the Ease of Access Center in Windows 8 and later; enhancements for Microsoft Excel, including listing and renaming of sheets and access to locked cells in protected sheets; and support for editing of rich text in Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Mozilla Thunderbird.

    This award-winning software has been changing the lives of thousands of blind and vision impaired people who can now independently use computers to produce written content, read news, socialise, shop and bank online, and, most importantly, actively participate in education and employment. All of this would otherwise have been impossible due to the high cost of existing commercial software.

    NV Access relies on financial support from organisations and users. Please consider helping the Australian-based charity to continue lowering the barriers to technology for blind and vision impaired people by becoming a monthly donor.

    To download a copy of NVDA, please visit our Download page.

  10. NVDA 2015.3 Released

    NV Access is pleased to announce that version 2015.3 of NVDA, the free screen reader for Microsoft Windows, has now been released. Highlights of this release include initial support for Windows 10; the ability to disable single letter navigation in browse mode (useful for some web apps); improvements in Internet Explorer; and fixes for garbled text when typing in certain applications with braille enabled.

    Note that we do not recommend Windows 10 for most users at this time. If you are considering upgrading to or purchasing a computer with Windows 10, Please carefully read our information about NVDA and Windows 10 first.

    NVDA is used by 10s of thousands of blind and vision impaired people spanning more than 120 countries, enabling them to socialise, get an education and participate in the workforce regardless of their location, language or economic situation. However, NV Access needs your help to continue this important work. Please consider making a donation when downloading.

    To download NVDA, please visit our Download page.

    to find out what’s new in this release, please read What’s new in NVDA 2015.3.