Keyboard shortcuts are a quick way of getting many things done without needing to access the menus or the mouse. If you know to press command-s to save your work, you’ve used a keyboard shortcut. This article includes printable cheat-sheets to help you memorise commonly-used Mac keyboard shortcuts. Continue readingSimple OS X Keyboard Shortcuts To Save You Time
The Voice Control system was first introduced in iOS 3.2 on the iPhone 3GS. It has since been generally superseded by Siri, a more flexible system that uses Apple’s servers for voice processing, but Voice Control is still in wide use and has its own advantages. Here are all the Voice Control commands for English. Continue readingiDevice Voice Control Commands
I have noticed in several places now that some people are confused about what’s “VoiceOver” and what’s “Text to Speech” in terms of Mac OS X. This post is to attempt to clarify what each one is and why it’s important to know which one you’re talking about if you’re asking for help. Continue readingText-to-Speech isn’t VoiceOver
Virtually all computer keyboards in English speaking countries are arranged so that the letter keys, if you read from the top-left, start off with Q W E R T Y. This layout is known by those first six letters – The “QWERTY” (pronounced like “k-were-tee”) layout. Most people aren’t aware of the fact, but there are alternatives to this arrangement of letters and punctuation and the alternatives can be very useful for assistive technology.
This article is about the options available, and about why you might want a different key arrangement to usual. Continue readingAlternative Keyboard Layouts
Did you know that your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch has no less than three different ways built in for you to speak to it? Each system has its own uses, advantages and disadvantages and this article will explain exactly how they work and where to find more information for each one. Continue readingDid You Know There Are 3 Ways To Speak To Your iPhone or iPad?
There is a really great article by Scotty Loveless today about solving iOS battery drain. Scotty’s worked as an Apple Genius for two years so he really knows what he’s talking about, and all of his recommendations mirror suggestions that I frequently make to people which is nice and reassuring! Continue readingHow To Solve iOS Battery Drain