JAWS Topic: Humanware Companion

The Basics of Using the Humanware Companion with JAWS

Navigating the Program Like most Windows applications, we’ll use Tab (next) and Shift + Tab (previous) to navigate the parts of this application. Within a part, we’ll use the arrow keys to move our focus.
Navigating the File Menus Press the Alt button to move your focus to the file menus. Use the up and down arrows to extend and navigate the associated dropdown menu and use the left and right arrows to choose which menu you’d like to access.

Accessing the File Menus

Menu Description Keyboard Shortcut
File Here you’ll find a short drop down featuring refresh and exit. Alt + F
Transfer Here you’ll find a dropdown that will let you choose what types of files you’re working with, including: Talking Books, Other Books, Audible, Music, Podcasts, and Text files. Alt + T
Convert Here you’ll be able to convert audio notes and audio bookmarks. Alt + C
Online Books Here you can login to Bookshare Web service. Alt + N
Tools Here you’ll find a range of settings and options, including SD Card tools and configuration tools. Alt + L
Help Here you’ll find help resources for Humanware devices and the Humanware Companion application, and you can check for software updates. Alt + H

Humanware Companions: Parts of Interface

Part Description Function
On PC Section This is where your JAWS focus when you open the Humanware Companion. The default location on your hard drive is your Downloads folder. The books you see here are those compatible books that in that Downloads folder. In this section, use the up and down arrows to navigate through the list of books and use space bar to select and deselect items (books, podcasts, etc.) you’d like to move to your Victor Stream.
Include Zip Files Radio Button When activated, this setting will allow books inside Zip files to show up in the On PC Section. Generally, I recommend you keep this button checked. Press space to activate of deactivate this feature.
PC Location Dropdown Menu As stated above, the default file location for this application seems to be the Downloads folder. However, if you want to double check what folder on your hard drive the application is looking for books in, you can do so here. You can also use this section to change what section of your hard drive this application is looking for books in. The drop down list will include common hard drive areas, such as: desktop, downloads, and documents. Recent folders used by this application will also show up here. Use Alt + Down Arrow to open the drop down menu. Use the up and down arrow to navigate through the options on the drop down menu. Press enter on your selection.
Browse PC… Button This button has similar utility to the PC locations button in that we can use it to change what section of our hard drive we’re looking for books on. The difference here is that this button opens a Select a Folder dialog which will let us choose any folder on our hard drive. As I stated, the PC location drop down menu will only include common hard drive areas and sections used by this application before. Press enter to open the Select a Folder dialog. Use the up and down arrows to navigate folders on your hard drive. Press the right arrow to open closed folders and press the left arrow to close open folders. Press enter on your selection.
On Storage Card Section This section is a list of items that are presently on your device. Here you can select items to remove from your device. In this section, use the up and down arrows to navigate through the list of books and use space bar to select and deselect items (books, podcasts, etc.) you’d like to remove from your Victor Stream.
Select Storage Card Dropdown If you have multiple storage devices set up for the Victor Stream, here you can specify which one you’d like to manipulate. Use Alt + Down Arrow to open the drop down menu. Use the up and down arrow to navigate through the options on the drop down menu. Press enter on your selection.
Transfer/ Remove Selected Talking Books Button This button will start your transfer and/ or item removal. Press enter to activate this button.

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