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JAWS 7.0 and MAGic 9.5 have arrived!

By Dr. Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner, Student Computing Services Manager

JAWS 7.0 has arrived and is now available for on-campus distribution. New features include a license-server-management system (no more authorization floppy disks!) and the ability to read PDF documents. Additionally, the Computing and Information Technology Center has also purchased MAGic 9.5, Freedom Scientific's screen reading answer to Zoomtext. MAGic has all of the features of Zoomtext but does not face the same software incompatibility hurdles that Zoomtext did on machines that also contain JAWS. (note: Zoomtext 8 is still available for campus use)

User instructions on how to work with JAWS are available at - the ACS/Adaptive General Access Lab website. The lab staff is in the process of adding a 'reading PDFs with JAWS' section to that tutorial. Additionally, the staff is developing a tutorial for MAGic use (but anyone who is familiar with how to use Zoomtext will not have any trouble getting around MAGic).

Network managers and computer support personnel can pick up cd-roms of JAWS and MAGic from the adaptive software license administrator, Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner, in ISB 129 (call first - x4808). Instructions on how to install JAWS and MAGic are below. Computer personnel need to note that they must also contact Hinkle-Turner for the DNS name of the license manager server.

Freedom Scientific has just released the 10.0 version of MAGic but that is not yet available in the concurrent license format we use. As soon as it becomes available, we will receive our copies. Any further questions about JAWS, MAGic or other adaptive software and hardware on campus can be directed to Hinkle-Turner at the phone number listed above or the email address

Instructions for Computing Support Personnel on installing JAWS and MAGic

1. Log in with admin rights to the Windows XP machine upon which you wish to install JAWS and/or MAGic (according to FS they do not work with Win2000 or NT).

2. You must first set up the workstation to look for the correct location for the license server [note: you must contact the license server manager at to get the name of the license server]: To force the workstation to look for the correct location for the JAWS (MAGIC) license, add the environment variable as a system variable. [How to do this: Right-click MY COMPUTER and then click PROPERTIES; click the ADVANCED tab; Click ENVIRONMENT VARIABLES; click NEW to add a new system variable name and value : name=LSFORCEHOST and]

3. Insert JAWS (or MAGic) application CD into the machine. Choose JAWS SETUP (NOT JAWS network setup!) from the menu:

JAWS cd table of contents

MAGic cd table of contents

4. Choose 'Continue without Speech' (no need to reboot)

5. To begin installation, press Enter

6. For most installations, choose 'Automatic' is appropriate (answer ‘no’ to any additional options or freebies it might ask you about – you just want the application)

7. JAWS or MAGic will be installed / you may be prompted to reboot (I wasn't)

8. Open up JAWS or MAGic on your machine and voilà! it starts and it works! :-)



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