1. Introduction

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TALKS&ZOOMS Version 5.00 - Release Notification (Draft)


We proudly announce the release of the Nuance Accessibility Suite – Nuance TALKS and ZOOMS – Version 5.00 supporting Series 60 3rd Edition / 5th Edition for March 31st, 2010.
This release uses the same version of Eloquence as the previous one (6.1.123). The TTS installation files for Eloquence have only been updated to mark them as supporting 5th Edition, and the user dictionary for US English has been extended.
RealSpeak Mobile is no longer included in this release, as there are some compatibility issues with the built-in TTS software on several recent phone models. Instead, the release now also includes a choice of male Vocalizer voices for English (US and UK), German and French.
Please note that the ZOOMS functionality is not yet available on 5th Edition phones.
Version 5.00 is a free upgrade for all Premium Edition licenses generated after November 13th, 2007. In particular, this means that it can be installed by any customer who is currently able to run version 4.11 without requiring a new license.

2.The new handsets

2.1.Changes to the list of supported phone models

The following handsets are newly supported (please see section 4 “Known Issues” about some limitations):

  • Nokia 5630 XpressMusic

  • Nokia 5800 XpressMusic

  • Nokia E72

  • Nokia N97

  • Nokia N97mini

  • Nokia X6

We also assume the following phones to work without major problems. However we have not got enough test results yet to definitely confirm this:

  • Nokia 5230 Xpress Music

  • Nokia 5235 Xpress Music

  • Nokia 5530 Xpress Music

  • Nokia 6700 slide (but not 6700 classic!)

See section 6 for a full list of compatible handsets for this version.

3.What’s New?

This section lists the improvements of TALKS 5.00 compared to the previous version (4.11).

3.1.Support for 5th Edition, including touch screens

The most important new feature of TALKS 5.00 is its support for Series 60 5th Edition phones using touch screens. It can be used both on phones that combine touch with a physical keyboard (e.g. the Nokia N97), as well as touch-only phones (such as the Nokia 5800 Xpress Music).
Overall, TALKS aims to preserve the experience of the sighted user when working with a touch screen as much as possible, so that a phone can easily be shared, and support effort is kept low
There are two main additions to the standard Symbian user interface to make touch screens accessible to blind and partially sighted users:

  • “Explore Mode”, which allows identifying features on the screen through touch without clicking them

  • Support for single-handed operation of the phone using the side keys, allowing menus and lists to be operated reliably without using the touch screen

“Explore Mode” is automatically entered when the finger is held on the touch screen for more than about half a second without moving. As long as the finger is kept on the display afterwards, it can be moved around, and TALKS announces the names of objects as they are touched. If the finger is then lifted, followed by a brief tap anywhere on the screen (within about 1.5 seconds), the object that was under the finger when it was lifted is then clicked.

At the same time, if the finger is moved quickly across the display, or used for a brief tap, without waiting for Explore Mode to be activated first, TALKS does not interfere, and the phone works as it would without TALKS. This means that “gestures”, such as flicking across a list to perform “kinetic scrolling”, can still be used as designed by the phone manufacturer.
The only exception to this principle is the web browser, where TALKS overlays the web page with an invisible “virtual keyboard” that can be used to browse various elements of the page, e.g. between headings or between links (similar to the approach used under 3rd Edition), rather than relying on direct exploration of a web page’s contents.
In addition, TALKS redefines the side keys on 5th Edition phones (normally used only to control volume) to allow navigation through lists and menus without using the touch screen. In addition, pressing and holding the “Down” key selects the currently focused element, while pressing and holding the “Up” key accesses different areas of the screen, such as the list of tab sheets or soft keys.
After pressing the [Talks] key (which continues to be the [Menu] key on 5th Edition phones by default) an invisible virtual keyboard on the screen can be “explored” for access to most screen reader functions that are available through numeric keys on non-touch screens. [Talks],[Key lock] / [Talks],[long Key lock] can be used for muting/unmuting speech, or for changing the TTS engine.
TALKS provides speech feedback for using most of the standard on-screen keyboards for text input (except for mini-Qwerty and handwriting). Please note that TALKS lets you open the on-screen keyboard in most places through pressing [long Vol Down] when a text area is focused (in addition to the normal way of tapping again into a focused text field).

3.2.Support for new 3rd Edition e-mail and calendar

This version is the first to support the new e-mail application that is found on all recent 3rd Edition phones (e.g. E52, N86, 6710 etc.), as well as the new calendar application that is used on recent E-series models (E52, E72). Both applications were previously completely inaccessible. Please note that current 5th Edition models use different e-mail clients.
In the e-mail client, the Inbox view and associated menus are read completely (with exception of the list index). Once an e-mail is opened, it is displayed in a mode that is somewhat similar to the old WAP browser. Therefore, functions such as [Talks],[Down] to read the full text of an e-mail are not supported, and the message is instead read line-by-line when it is scrolled with the cursor keys. Links in e-mail messages are not yet supported, but will be in a future version – for now, the selection of a link can be detected by a change in the middle soft key.
Calendar support is currently more limited, but should still give access to most essential information, in particular the currently focused day or event. However, future versions will improve this to reduce the amount of speech produced when the screen contents change.

3.3.Additional audio settings

It is now possible to define a large portion of audio settings as application-specific settings. This lets the user define, for example, a special TTS engine to be used only for reading incoming messages. A new “audio priority” option also lets fine-tune the way in which conflicts between TALKS speech and other audio (e.g. music playback) are handled in each application. This possibility is already used by TALKS in some places, such selecting a ringtone in the “Profiles” application.
In addition, you can now define options such as volume and speech delay separately for speaker and headset use, and also have TALKS speak with a different volume while a call is in progress. This is controlled by the new “Audio settings” feature in the Options menu of the TALKS application, and replaces the global “Volume factor” and “Speech delay” settings on the Speech tab.

3.4.Various compatibility improvements

As usual, TALKS 5.00 further increases compatibility with 3rd party applications and features of specific phone models:

  • Improved access to chat window and some of the lists in the "fring" messaging and VoIP application

  • Voice labels for icons are now independent of graphic sizes: easier exchange of user-generated icon labels, and more reliable detection of 3G status etc.

  • Status indicators on Feature Pack 2 can be read also when the keyboard is locked.

  • TALKS no longer prevents the “Received SMS” signal tone from being played.

  • Fixed some stability issues, such as partial hangs of the phone when pressing [Exit] in certain system dialogs (e.g. the “1 new message” notification or the Power menu).

3.5.Other changes

This section lists some changes to TALKS that are mostly related to the screen reader-specific aspects of the product:

  • Enabling/disabling Braille and Magnification have been moved to [Talks],[long Call] and [Talks],[long Exit], respectively, to provide consistency with the [Talks],[long Clear] option for enabling/disabling speech, and to free up the easily accessible [Talks],[Exit] shortcut for future use.

  • Current date/time can be read more easily using [Talks],[Call] hotkey that is also accessible on a touch or slider phone.

  • Prevents accidental triggering of TALKS functions while keyboard is locked.

  • More reliable detection of keyboard lock (so TALKS can mute itself properly).

  • New option to automatically un-mute TALKS after a certain time while a phone call is in progress.

  • Training mode is automatically disabled when screen saver is actived, or in the event of an incoming call.

  • Improved spelling of individual letters with some Vocalizer voices.

  • Some fixes to Braille-specific issues, e.g problems entering SMS and controlling the web browser on some phones.

4.Known Issues on specific handsets

  • 5th Edition: currently, there are some limitations to the use of the on-screen keyboard for text entry. In particular, the menus for switching to other keyboard layouts are not read, and opening the symbol table can lead to the on-screen keyboard stopping to take input until you press [Exit] to return to the main menu, and then return to the application where you were entering text. Switching to other keyboard layouts is not recommended, as some of them (e.g. mini-Qwerty or handwriting) are not yet supported by TALKS, and can be difficult to exit.

  • N97: training mode will read the digits, rather than the letters, for the keys in the top row of the QWERTY keyboard.

  • Some keyboard functions, such as [Talks],[digit] shortcuts on the Idle screen and the use of the side keys to navigate through menus on 5th Edition, are only supported after the phone has been rebooted once after installing or re-enabling TALKS.

  • TALKS will occasionally read the names of the softkeys for the first time only after a delay of some seconds, when an application has just been newly opened, or been brought to the foreground.

  • E71: The current time is read when typing first digit of phone number, and when [Key 2] is pressed to listen to Caller ID.

  • 3rd Edition (FP1 and FP2): the “Search” application is not supported.

  • 3rd Edition FP2 and 5th Edition: Built-in Help screens are not read because they use the web browser in a way that is not yet supported by TALKS.

  • 3rd Edition FP2: You will notice a slow response of voice recognition "beep" after holding [Key 2] when TALKS is not muted

  • E75: When using ZOOMS, moving around the screen by holding down the cursor keys is currently not possible. The magnified portion of the screen always follows the current focus position.

  • N96: “Photos” application (and “Photos” submenu of “Gallery”) is not supported.

  • N96: Daisy2Go does not support firmware versions prior to 20.x of this phone.

  • 5th Edition: when uninstalling TALKS through the App Manager, the process may sometimes hang. In this case, disable TALKS before unstalling it, or use either PC Suite or the “Organize” option of the phone’s main menu to remove the software. This is not an issue when simply installing an upgrade of TALKS over an existing version.


Q: Your software does not install on my E-Series handset or branded device, and reports a Certificate Error! Why?
A: While TALKS&ZOOMS for S60 3rd Edition itself is certified, and thus can be installed on any supported S60 3rd Edition handset, the installers for the TTS engines (Eloquence or Vocalizer for Mobile) are not signed. E-Series handsets and some branded devices only accept the installation of signed software, unless you turn of the corresponding option inside the Application Manager:

  • Open the phone menu.

  • Open the App. Manager inside the Tools folder

  • Press “Options”, then select “Settings”.

  • Set “Software Installation” from “Signed only” to “All”.

  • Press “Back” to close the Settings dialogue, then “Exit” to close the App. Manager.

  • Now, you can install the TTS engine.

Another reason could be that the date on your phone is not set correctly – as 3rd Edition software is digitally signed, SIS files can only be installed if the phone is set to a valid date.

Q: Can I install the new release of TALKS&ZOOMS, while a previous release is active?

A: Yes, if the new version is installed to the same memory location as the previous release. If you would like to change the memory location, you have to remove the previous release first!

    Q: Why do I get an “Upgrade error” when installing the S60 3rd/5th Edition version?

    A: The most likely reasons are that you have used a beta release, or already have the Nokia TTS driver available that was installed as a separate file with version 3.10. Please remove any beta version, as well as the Nokia TTS driver or the Nuance Speech2Go Reader application, before upgrading to TALKS 5.00.

6.Full compatibility list

6.1.Current models

This section lists handsets running on Series 60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 2 and Series 60 5th Edition, many of which are still available at least in some markets:

  • Non-touch screen phones:

    • Nokia 5320 XpressMusic

    • Nokia 5630 XpressMusic

    • Nokia 6210 Navigator

    • Nokia 6220 Classic

    • Nokia 6650 fold

    • Nokia 6710 Navigator

    • Nokia 6720 classic

    • Nokia 6730 classic

    • Nokia 6790 Surge / slide

    • Nokia E52

    • Nokia E71x

    • Nokia E72

    • Nokia E75

    • Nokia N78

    • Nokia N79

    • Nokia N85

    • Nokia N86

    • Nokia N96

  • Touch screen phones:

    • Nokia 5800 XpressMusic

    • Nokia N97

    • Nokia N97mini

    • Nokia X6

  • Untested, but expected to work:

    • Nokia 5230 Xpress Music

    • Nokia 5235 Xpress Music

    • Nokia 5530 Xpress Music

    • Nokia 5730 Xpress Music

    • Nokia 6700 slide (but not 6700 classic!)

    • Nokia E55

6.2.Earlier models (3rd Edition Feature Pack 1 and older)

This section lists handsets running earlier versions of Series 60 3rd Edition which can still be upgraded to run TALKS 5.00. However, they are typically no longer available in most regions except as second-hand and refurbished devices.

  • Nokia 3250

  • Nokia 5500

  • Nokia 5700

  • Nokia 6110 Navigator

  • Nokia 6120C

  • Nokia 6121C

  • Nokia 6124 Classic

  • Nokia 6290

  • Nokia E50

  • Nokia E51

  • Nokia E60

  • Nokia E61

  • Nokia E61i

  • Nokia E62

  • Nokia E63

  • Nokia E65

  • Nokia E66

  • Nokia E70

  • Nokia E71

  • Nokia E90

  • Nokia N71

  • Nokia N72

  • Nokia N73

  • Nokia N75

  • Nokia N76

  • Nokia N80

  • Nokia N81/ N81 8GB

  • Nokia N82

  • Nokia N91

  • Nokia N95 / N95 8GB

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