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NVDA, a free, open source screen reader adds features, gains in popularity

Over the course of 2020, NV Access, the Australian developer, released four major updates to the NVDA screen reader, adding new features, fixing bugs, and improving performance overall. Below are some of this year’s highlights:
• Added a Screen Curtain: blackens the screen so that only auditory feedback is given to the user, providing privacy in public spaces, and saving battery life (sometimes significantly. Set it up in Vision Settings or create a keyboard shortcut.
• Browser Improvements: Increased ability to fine-tune what NVDA reads aloud online, e.g.,choose to omit the announcement of figures/graphics. Enhanced how NVDA interacts with Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox.
• Added support for 10 new Braille devices
• Improved support for touchscreen devices