As my disability becomes more severe, I’ve been using Siri more and more instead of typing on my iPhone. I really value the ability to switch between typing and speaking so easily, as it means I can use whatever suits me on a particular day. Here’s how to use it better … Continue readingSiri Tips: Redundancy
Speech-to-text software, sometimes known as dictation software, is something that lets you talk to the computer in some form and have the computer react appropriately to what you are saying. This is totally different to text-to-speech software, which is software can read out text already in the computer.
In this article you’ll learn about different types of speech-to-text software for Mac OS X, and what your options are if you want to use it to control your computer, dictate text, or both. Continue readingThe Ultimate Guide To Dictation Software for OS X
Dictation results in better structured and more creative writing of letters, essays etc. than either handwriting or typing out your own thoughts for most people. Learn the principles of excellent dictation from somebody who’s dictated documents professionally for nearly fifty years. Continue readingDictate Better with These Tips From Somebody Who’s Done It For 50 Years
Keyboard Mastro lets you record a sequence of keystrokes, mouse clicks, and many other actions, and easily play them back at any time.
For users who experience pain, fatigue, or slowness when operating the computer it’s important to learn to be as efficient as possible with what you do. Keyboard Mastro is one way to increase your efficiency so every movement really counts and your energy is preserved. Continue readingHow To Use Keyboard Maestro
Software usability improves all the time, but complex programs are often not very intuitive for a new user. We’ve already shown you how to download and install Dragon, and here’s a step-by-step guide for Nuance’s Dragon Dictate for Mac, with pictures, showing how to set up the program so it’s ready for you to use. Continue readingHow To Set Up Dragon Dictate for Mac
Siri personal assistant gets more useful with every iOS upgrade – she can probably do more things than you expect she can. She can be useful for everyone but especially useful for people whose disability makes manual use of their iPhone difficult, slow, or painful. Continue readingWhat Can Siri Do For You?
Digital Downloads are a really quick way of getting hold of new software, but it’s not always completely intuitive for a new user. Here’s a step-by-step guide for Nuance’s Dragon Dictate for Mac, with pictures, showing how to download and install the program.
This guide is aimed at beginners who are not confident with installing Mac OS X software. If you are a confident user who’s familiar with installing software, just accept the defaults at every step and it will work fine. If you need more help and reassurance, here are the steps… Continue readingHow To Install Dragon Dictate for Mac
Today Apple has updated the iOS app Podcasts to version 2.1 and one of the major accessibility-relevant changes is that Siri can now play podcasts for you. Podcasts 2.1 also adds a tab grouping together all your unplayed podcasts, supports CarPlay, and has other miscellaneous improvements. Continue readingPodcasts 2.1 Now Supports Siri
The iDevice Voice Commands system doesn’t have a lot of different commands to remember, but it’s reasonably picky about you getting the wording just right. I’ve compiled all the English voice control commands into a printable document that will fold neatly in half and fit in your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad’s pouch so it’s handy while you’re still learning the commands. Continue readingiDevice Voice Commands Cheat Sheet
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