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Kaleigh’s Favorite Apps

A blind high school student's three favorite apps: Google Drive, JAWS and Adobe DC.

Between all my devices, I use many apps (applications). However, some awesome apps of mine are all things Google & Google Drive, JAWS & NVDA, and Adobe DC.

Google Drive:

I love google drive for multiple reasons. The first is that, I can backup ALL my files onto it—called a cloud. When my computer has issues, all I have to do is select the file or document, and control + C to copy it. Then paste it in my Google drive folder. But before you do this, make sure you have signed into google drive & synced to your computer. Another is that, I can take any scanned image document and open it in google docs. You go to google drive and applications key to google docs. It will turn the document into words! It came in handy this year with maps, worksheets, and images… It easily works between the computer and iOS devices: A game changer to get those images of text into actual text.

JAWS:

I love JAWS! It speaks almost everything that’s on the screen and tells me the keys I’m using. I do not have to stress my eyes with enlarged things; it just reads it to me or works with my braille display. JAWS really helps when it comes to reading and filling out documents. You can download it in many different languages and accents, (mine has an Australian accent!) I use mine constantly. I use Jaws to do all my work and for all my programs, especially Word, Excel, PPT, Outlook, Internet and you name it—I can do it with Jaws on the computer.

Adobe DC:

It is the same as Adobe Acrobat (PDFs), but BETTER! Before most PDF files, (especially image scanned files turned into PDF files), were unreadable and untouchable, not anymore! Now with DC JAWS will read it with a simple alt + S when you first open it. My favorite new feature is that you can type on the documents now! All you need to do is alt + V, then alt +T. Next, go down to fill & sign, right arrow and enter on open. You do have to have some vision for this because, you have to enlarge it enough to be able to see where to put the mouse. You can click anywhere to type. You can also put check marks, underlines, circles, and copy & paste from word. If you are blind, then you just select all and copy and paste it into word to use. I use this a lot when my teachers send me maps to label. It also helps me fill out math worksheets that have images and graphs on it.

I have many others, but those are my favorites.  I know what apps I like and what works for me, but what are your favorite apps? What helps you the most?

 

By KaleighJRain

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