NVDA (NonVisual Desktop Access) is a freeware screen reader designed to be used by blind or visually impaired people so they can interact with the web and other desktop applications.
It supports various languages, can read the information displayed on computer’s screen when moving the mouse and then provides feedback using the eSpeak or Microsoft API5 speech synthesizers. It can also output to braille.
The program works with all popular applications including Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Power Point, Outlook), Internet Explorer and Firefox web browsers, email and other applications that use standard controls.
There are numerous options available, you can adjust the voice parameters such as volume, pitch and inflection, enable spelling checking and the speak function for all typed characters and words, change symbols, enable mouse tracking and adjust the app’s behavior when working on browse mode.
In addition, the application can provide objects reports in terms of their position or description as well as document formatting reports including font name, size or attributes, alignment, color, spelling errors, number of pages and lines, headings and other useful information regarding the accessed documents.
Without doubt, NVDA is a very useful, fully featured screen reader for sighted users, allowing them to have complete and easy access to their computer.