Announcing FSOpenLine. Join the conversation on our new call-in show

What is FSOpenLine?

FSOpenLine is Freedom Scientific’s new call-in show, and an adjunct to our podcast, FSCast.

Since 2006, we’ve used FSCast to inform you of the latest developments here at Freedom Scientific, and in recent years we’ve added a listener comment line. We enjoy getting your feedback, and want to provide an additional interactive, immediate way of having a conversation with our customers.

I’m joined by key people from our product management and engineering teams who’ll update you on new technology, and, most importantly, take your questions. If you’ve always wanted the opportunity to share that great product idea with people who might be able to make your dream feature happen, or you want to ask a question about anything related to Freedom Scientific technology, then you’ll want to be a part of FSOpenLine.

Sometimes, the show will have a specific theme which we’ll announce in advance. At other times we’ll leave the show wide open so you can steer its direction.


What time is FSOpenLine?

Since it would be impossible to pick a date and time that works everywhere in the world, FSOpenLine will take place at varying times. Our objective is to produce a show once each month.

If you’re unable to call into the show and participate live, we’ll make it available as an FSCast so you can hear the recording.

How do I participate in FSOpenLine?

Zoom Cloud Meetings

Our recommended method is to use the Zoom Cloud Meetings software. Zoom is a free, accessible app available for all major desktop and mobile platforms. The Windows version works very well with JAWS, and the accessible mobile versions mean you can call in with iOS or Android when away from your PC. Audio quality is superior to phoning in.

Zoom will install when you activate the link to attend your first meeting, but you can install Zoom in advance and configure it to your preferences at the Zoom Download Center.

The team at Zoom have done an excellent job with accessibility, but the power of JAWS scripting means that it’s possible to add even more personalization and features. Brian Hartgen of Hartgen Consultancy has produced some free JAWS scripts for Zoom. For an explanation of the functionality the scripts add and to download the scripts, visit Hartgen Consultancy’s Zoom Scripts Page.

To join FSOpenLine using Zoom, please choose this link shortly before the announced start time of the next show, found further down this page.


While we highly recommend using the Zoom app for the best audio quality and functionality, you can also participate via phone. Here are some phone numbers available.

  • US: +1 646 876 9923 or +1 669 900 6833
  • Australia: +61 (0) 2 8015 2088 or +61 (0) 8 7150 1149
  • Canada: +1 647 558 0588
  • Germany: +49 (0) 30 3080 6188 or +49 (0) 30 5679 5800
  • United Kingdom: +44 (0) 20 3051 2874 or +44 (0) 20 3695 0088
  • Ireland: +353 (0) 1 691 7488
  • New Zealand: +64 (0) 4 831 8959 or +64 (0) 9 801 1188
  • South Africa: +27 87 551 7702

When you call in via phone, you’ll be asked for a meeting ID. It is: 512 405 686.

The first FSOpenLine

Our first FSOpenLine takes place on Thursday August 30 at 8 PM US Eastern Daylight Time, that’s Friday morning August 31 at 0 UTC.

I’m joined by Glen Gordon, our Chief Technology Officer, Miguel Abdo, our Vice President Software Business, and Eric Damery, Freedom Scientific’s Vice President Software Product Management. They’ll review all that’s been achieved so far in 2018, look ahead, and answer your questions. To join FSOpenLine using Zoom, please choose this link just before 8 PM Eastern time on Thursday evening.

We’re excited about this new initiative and look forward to you being a part of it.