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Reset and re-link your Apple Watch without sighted help
Learn in this podcast episode how to reset your Apple Watch, how to re-link it to your iPhone and how to set up your preferable face and complications. All demonstration is made with Voiceover turned on and no help was needed from a sighted person.
Pontes Media Downloader for Mac OS – audio demonstration for Voiceover users
In this podcast episode I will show how to install Pontes Media Downloader for Mac, but also how to download a Youtube play list with its help.
The program could be downloaded from Pontes website.
When you try to install the program from application folder, as you do with any Mac OS app, a warning will come up saying the developer is unknown and Mac can’t install this program.
But instead of using command O to open the app use context menu pressing shift VO M and from the options list choose open. Press open and don’t worry about the message saying the program will overwrite the privacy settings.
Once the program will be opened properly ,it is another grant access which needs to be accorded, which helps Pontes Media downloader to work with short keys.
You have to go in system preferences pressing the button open system preferences and navigate to unlock . Your account password will be required to be typed in in order to allow Pontes Media Downloader to be listed in the table with granted permits apps.
Once you have done all mentioned above the program will work very similar with Windows version, if you are familiar with.
I have been surprised to see the program being able to download a play list of 80 videos and even more, to convert them in mp3.
Hope to help you in one way the audio tutorial.
Any questions are welcome in comments section below.
How to perform OCR with Jaws – audio demonstration
You can learn in this short episode of podcast today how to make Jaws to read text from pictures or unaccessible documents or websites.
Simply, just open that file or document, or maximise your browser window then press Insert and spacebar at the same time followed by O, then S to start the process.
Jaws will say Jaws OCR has started. Shortly you hear OCR finished.
A Jaws voice with a different pitch then the one used regular will read the result of OCR.
OCR stands from Optical Character Recognition which is a technology used to detect automatically txt from pictures.
Listen how I have done my demonstration with a little package card from a SIM to check what is written on it.
If you wish to learn more about Jaws just go here.
How to add a Google Re-captcha code to your WordPress website
Today I will show you how to insert a Re-captcha Google code into your WordPress site.
It is annoying to receive all sorts of automatic e-mails with spam, as comments or messages via contact form.
Adding a tick box “I am not a robot” we can avoid all this unpleasant extra work with cleaning spam.
Before starting, I wish to mention this tutorial is for screen reader users, and instructions are provided with keyboard navigation only in mind.
I have used Jaws for Windows 2020 screen reader and Google Chrome for demonstration.
I am looking to open a course soon called WordPress with Speech which will help blind people to go blogging with WordPress independently.
I have used for contact form builder a plugin called Jetpack which is available here.
I like it because it is packed with lots of features which are available on wordpress.com site. Actually, takes the power of wordpress.com into your selfhosted WP blog.
In order to insert Google Re-captcha code, I will use a plugin called Re-captcha Jetpack which can be downloaded or installed from
TW Blue – A Screen Reader Friendly Twitter Client for Windows – audio demonstration
Are you blind and fancy using Twitter on your PC?
Then this audio podcast episode is for you.
I will show how to download and install TW Blue, an accessible client for Twitter, which can be used in conjuction with any major screen reader.
In my case, I have done the demonstration using Jaws 2020 and Chrome browser.
A short overview of the program is provided as well, but also how to authorise the program to work with your Twitter account.
Keep in mind, this program works with multiple sets of shortkeys, so be sure you choose your favorite set from settings.
This sets are:
* Chitcken Nuggets
* Windows 10
If the first and second sets are from older clients for some users will be easyer to keep the same commands like in the past.
For default short keys check the documentation using help menu.
Windows 10 keys are the same with this recommended by Twitter in its main page when you open Twitter in browser.
Another notable thing is the capability to use the program with a graphical interface or without.
The program kit which I have used is the one which is available at www.twblue.es.
Now, listen the demonstration below!
Download and convert videos from Youtube with Pontes Media Downloader
Pontes Media Downloader is a program which helps blind people to download and convert video files from YouTube but from other video services as well.
The interface is clean, simple and accessible for screen reader users.
Now the program has versions for Windows, Mac and Linux.
Today I will show you how to use it in Windows.
Later I hope to come with a demonstration for Mac as well.
Download the program from
And install it normally, like any other program under Windows.
Once installed go to YouTube and copy the link from the share menu along the video what you wish to download.
When the YouTube link is copied go to Pontes Media Downloader icon into your desktop and open it.
The program will check your clipboard for a YouTube link. If such a link is present will be automatically pasted into the right place.
Going around with tab key you can select from a couple of combo boxes the quality of the source file in the first instance, but also the format what you wish to choose for your download. You can keep the original format, or you can convert the file in video or audio formats.
Check the podcast episode for the demonstration with Jaws.
Also, you can learn more about formats available for audio and video.
The program will create a folder in your Documents where you can access the files at any time without opening the program.
When a link is pasted in for download an audio signal will be heard, and, also when the download or conversion is done.
For long videos the process could take a while according with your internet connection and your computer specs.
I will give a thump up for Pontes Association and the team whom was involved in this program development. Good stuff!
If you wish to learn more about navigating around YouTube, or how to use accessible programs for this task don’t hesitate to contact us.
Enjoy your listening now!