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 readingSpeech-to-Text: Dictation Software for OS X
You hear the Skype ringtone, there’s a call! You reach out to grab your mouse, or keyboard … but it takes a moment to do it. Oh no – by the time you’ve got to the answer button, your caller has hung up!
Sound familiar? Did you know that you can set up Skype for Mac OS X to answer for you automatically? Continue readingHow To Put Skype To Work Picking Up Your Calls
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 Surefire Tips From a Professional
Are you familiar with keyboard skins? These cover your keyboard with a thin skin made from flexible silicone to help protect the keyboard as you use it. A protector won’t make your keyboard completely waterproof but they’ll help protect it from spilled drinks, drool, crumbs, pet hair, etc. Continue readingKeyboard Skins for Macbooks and Apple Keyboards
OS X 10.10 – Yosemite – was released today. As well as a lovely new design it’s major new drawcard is Continuity, the ability to switch between doing things on iOS devices and OS X devices seamlessly.
Continuity in itself has a bunch of accessibility implications, and there are other specific accessibility advances in Yosemite as well as a bunch of general features which have accessibility implications. Continue readingMac OS X 10.10 Yosemite Accessibility Roundup
Switch Control for Mac OS X is a very helpful assistive technology for physically disabled Mac users, but occasionally people turn in on without meaning to and the results can be confusing … Continue readingHow To Turn Off Switch Control For Mac OS X
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
Smart Scroll is a utility that allows you to adjust how the scrolling works on your Mac OS X computer in a ton of different ways. For anybody who has trouble with mouse movement or dexterity, it can be really useful. Continue readingSmart Scroll Offers 4 Types Of Custom OS X Scrolling
If the world included a perfectly accessible gesture/multitouch recognition system, what would that system look like? What accessibility features might it have? Here are fifteen user needs which the developer of a hypothetically perfect system should be aware of … Continue readingWhat Would Accessible Gesture Controls Look Like?
Here are some of the best articles, links, and new products that I have spotted online in the past week or so which have some relevance to Apple products and disabled or chronically ill users …
Good heavens it’s nearly September … how did that happen? Continue readingWeekend Roundup for 31 August 2014