Many of us still miss word perfect.

On Tuesday, October 18, 2016, David Goldfield via Talk <
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> I'd like to add a few tidbits to this most fascinating thread.
>
> In addition to the Windows screen readers which were mentioned,
> Synthavoice's Window Bridge came out sometime in 1992, if my memory is
> correct. While I have not used that screen reader, another one that many
> have forgotten is Windows Master, which was produced by Blazie
> Engineering for Windows 3.1. I began working for Blazie Engineering in
> May of 1991 and, at that time, they had a DOS screen reader called
> Speaksys. Speaksys cost $150 and only supported the Braille 'n Speak as
> a synthesizer. However, it was unique in that it also allowed the Bns to
> be used for Braille input to a PC and I believe it even supported Grade
> 2 input. Eventually, the screen reader was enhanced with new features to
> try and bring it in line with other DOS screen readers at that time. Its
> name was changed to PCMaster and its price was raised to $395.
> Eventually, a talented programmer named Daehee Lee was hired to write a
> Windows version of this screen reader, which was called Windows Master.
> It also used a Bns for output (and I think input) and supported the SSIL
> library of synthesizers as well. I believe Windows Master came out in
> the summer of 1992 and may well have been the third or fourth Windows
> screen reader at that time, although I'm certainly willing to be
> corrected if this is incorrect. Actually, I vaguely remember hearing
> about what I think was the first Windows screen reader before Window
> Bridge, although its name now escapes me and I don't think it lasted
> more than a few years.
>
> This thread reminds me of a blog post from Chris Hoffstader (sp) who
> talked about the importance of those of us who have memories of this
> technology to document it online for posterity. I thought he had
> established a wiki for that purpose but my recent searches aren't
> locating it.
>
>
>
>        David Goldfield,
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> On 10/17/2016 11:18 PM, Jeff Samco via Talk wrote:
> > Yes, Malcom Holser wrote the original Vocal-Eyes for my use. Malcom
> > was very gifted in many ways. He was a coworker as I worked as an
> > interpretive ranger in Yosemite.  In 1985 we went in together and
> > purchased a used IBM PC 8086 with 256 KB of RAM and 2 double-sided
> > 5.25-inch floppy disc drives. Since it was used it only cost us
> > $3,000! Malcolm learned to program in assembler in writing Vocal-Eyes.
> > I also believe I was the first user of a screen reader to use Word
> > Perfect and alerted them to how well it worked with a screen reader. I
> > offered various suggestions to improve its accessibility. Many screen
> > reader users used this elegant and powerful word processor.
> >
> > Jeff
> >
> > At 11:41 AM 10/17/2016, you wrote:
> >> I might add that Malcolm, who worked as a ranger at Yosemite near
> >> Fresno where I lived at the time, initially called his PC
> >> screenreader Vocal-Eyes and I was one of the beneficiaries.  He had
> >> originally designed it for a fellow ranger at Yosemite who was only
> >> partially sighted.  I still see his name on the lists occasionally.
> >> Bill Grimm was then naming all his software releases Whatever-talk,
> >> so when Malcolm teamed up with Computer Aids, the program was renamed
> >> Screen Talk. When Doug Geoffrey took over Computer Aids, he named his
> >> screen reader Vocal-Eyes.  Apparently Malcolm had no objection to
> >> that.  Actually Doug wasn't even aware that the name had been used by
> >> Malcolm.  Later GW Micro released Window-Eyes for Windows as, as you
> >> know, Vocal-Eyes was a DOS screen reader.
> >>
> >> Dave
> >>
> >> At 04:02 AM 10/17/2016, you wrote:
> >>> I don't have time to write a very long message, but here's a little
> >>> of the story.
> >>> In the early 1980s Bill Grimm formed a company, Computer Aids
> >>> Corporation, to create software for the Apple II family of
> >>> computers. They teamed up with Malcolm Holser to create a screen
> >>> reader for DOS called Screen-Talk, which was released in 1985, which
> >>> I bought and used. In 1986 Screen-Talk was linked with ProKey, a
> >>> macro program, and its functionality was extended. Somewhere in
> >>> there, Doug Geoffray was hired as a programmer. In 1988 Computer
> >>> Aids released the Sounding Board, an ISA-compatible speech
> >>> synthesizer that used the SSI-263 speech chip that was common in
> >>> those days. Dan Wyrick did major work on that project. Near that
> >>> time Bill Grimm died.
> >>> Dan and Doug put together a new company, GW Micro and marketed the
> >>> new-generation DOS screen reader as Vocal-Eyes.
> >>> The first Windows 3.0 screen reader was OutSpoken, released in the
> >>> summer of 1992. Later came Automatic Screen Access for Windows and
> >>> JAWS for Windows. Window-Eyes 1.0 came out quite late, in late 1995.
> >>> It worked with Windows 3 and 3.1, even though Windows 95 was already
> >>> out and had no screen reader support from anyone at first.
> >>> Window-Eyes 2 was the first W-E version to support Windows 95, and
> >>> came out in the spring of 1997, I think.
> >>> The revision history of Window-Eyes is on the GW Micro website,
> >>> going way back; it is instructive to read it to see where we have
> >>> come from.
> >>>
> >>>
> >>> Lloyd Rasmussen, Kensington, MD
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> >>> -----Original Message----- From: Drew Clark via Talk
> >>> Sent: Monday, October 17, 2016 3:56 AM
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> >>> Subject: history of window eyes
> >>>
> >>> hi,
> >>>
> >>> i am interested to find out the history of window eyes, who created it
> >>> and how it was started. is there any webpage/audio podcast that
> >>> interviews the g and the w behind gw micro?
> >>>
> >>> thanks
> >>>
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