Thursday, September 27, 2012

Adobe Digital Edtions Gets a Facelift!

Last week, Adobe officially released Digital Editions 2.0 - Windows or Macintosh .
When you install it, it will ask you if you want to migrate the data from the old to the new - click Migrate.
When that is complete, it will ask you if you want to uninstall the old edition - click Yes but before you do make sure the old is not open. (If it's open you will have to uninstall manually.)
After it's installed, you will see this icon on your desktop:

ADE 2.0 comes with a bunch of improvements and changes you should know about.

First, the interface has been completely redesigned to be screen-reader friendly. That’s right, you read that correctly.  ADE now works with screen readers for low-vision and blind users. Specifically, NVDA, JAWS, and VoiceOver are compatible for menu navigation and reading books.

You’ve probably also noticed that each eBook is now represented by a simple tile.  There are no more hover-over context menus.  Instead, ADE uses the standard right-click (or control-click for Mac) menu for individual eBook options.

Activating compatible eBook readers with ADE has become real easy. You just plug in the eBook reader you want to activate, then drag the book you want to read over to the device. That’s it. The Adobe ID is automatically registered, and the book is transferred all in one step.

ADE 2.0 does have one quirk that you should know about (remember, it’s brand-spanking-new). The banners across each eBook that show how many days are left on a loan aren’t always accurate. If you check out an eBook for three weeks, it might say that there are only two weeks left for you to read it. Don’t worry, the loans will still expire at the right time, and we’ve let Adobe know what’s going on.

If you have questions please contact the Virtual Library at 507.6300, we will be happy yo help you.

Happy reading!

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