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
Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2016 is rapidly approaching, so for your convenience we’ve put together a list of all the Apple Australia workshops that are being run on that day. Continue readingApple Accessibility Awareness Day Workshops – 19 May 2016
Preview is OS X’s default application for viewing PDF files. If you scan a document, it will probably turn up as a PDF file, so this is the application used most often for things scanned into the system.
This Preview app has an awesome and almost hidden function – it allows you to scan a signature with your Mac’s camera, then store that signature and easily add it to any PDF file. This is handy for any user, but for those users who can’t easily manage a pen to sign physical documents it’s a really useful accessibility function too. Continue readingSigning PDFs With Mac OS X: A Beginner’s Guide
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
Quicksilver is difficult to describe – it’s a keyboard-controlled launching utility, or perhaps a keyboard-operated graphical shell. It can be immensely helpful to anyone who uses keyboarding as their main type of computer input – including switch users and voice input users. Continue readingThe Secret of Quicksilver
The keystroke ⌘+ (in other words command and shift and equals at the same time) will enlarge the text size in many OS X applications. If you’re using a web browser to read this, try typing it now – the text and images on the web page should get bigger. Continue readingA Quick Way To Enlarge Text in OS X
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
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
There are a lot of searches that find this blog using the phrases “speech to text” and “text to speech” or equivalents using words like “voice”, “speaking”, “typing”, and so on. It seems from the logs, that a lot of people aren’t sure what the difference is between “speech to text” and “text to speech” so I thought I’d clarify. Continue readingText-to-Speech or Speech-to-Text?