Category Archives: Mac Computers

Category for all Mac computers, including the iMac, MacBook and other Apple laptops, and Mac Pro devices.

OS X Yosemite

Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite Accessibility Roundup

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

Keyboard Maestro Preferences

Keyboard Maestro 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 readingKeyboard Maestro for Mac OS X

Keyboard viewer with Dvorak layout

How to Switch to Typing With Dvorak

If you use a Mac computer and have trouble using the standard QWERTY keyboard layout, the Dvorak layout may be a good option for you. Dvorak layouts put the most frequently used keys right under your fingers, so you can type with less finger movements needed. Several years ago, I was having significant trouble with wrist and hand pain so I taught myself to use the Dvorak keyboard layout for touch typing. It was frustrating to do, but paid off handsomely in the end… here’s what I did and how you can do it too… Continue readingHow to Switch to Typing With Dvorak

Adding a signature in Preview for OS X

Sign PDFs with Mac OS X’s Preview application

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 readingSign PDFs with Mac OS X’s Preview application