G3 iMac in a manual wheelchair over an old OS X default desktop image.

Weekend Roundup for 20 July 2014

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 …

OS X Links

Debunking Common Myths about VoiceOver on the Mac – AppleVis takes down some old myths that are still hanging around.

How to rip DVDs on OS X and get movies onto your Mac media server – Their top two tools are the ones I use myself.

Configuring voice over on Mac OS without going through settings is a great audio tutorial by Victor Tsaran.

Packal is a repository of themes and workflows for OS X app Alfred – great for primary keyboard users!

AppleVis’s Getting Started with OS X Safari guide has been updated to include explanations of DOM and group web navigation for VoiceOver users.

There’s an upgrade for Typinator text expander available.

Converting Word to PDF or HTML using a Mac: what are your options for maximum accessibility?

iOS Links

If you didn’t catch this when it was first shared back in November there’s a great video – Best iPad Apps for Dyslexia:


Smart Apps For Special Needs – app reviews, recommendations, and discounts. Looks like a good value site, I’ll add it to the links page too.

If you’re allergic to nickel and frequently use mobile devices like the iPad, consider using a case – there is a lot of nickel in the back of these devices.

How to find your way home with Siri.

Buying guide: Find the best iPad keyboard.

10 ways to control your iPhone with your Apple earbuds – sometimes the simplest accessibility fixes are very handy!


Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory – how one iPod can make a world of difference.

OneSwitch blog: More Switch Accessible Cameras.

Home Automation

Manything’s IFTTT channel teaches your old iOS device some new tricks – turn an old iOS device into a webcam and motion detector.

Crowdfunding Campaigns

Hydros – The smart way to water your grass or garden. This smart irrigation controller schedules watering taking into account your specific lawn and garden conditions to save the most water.

I’d really love this miniature open-source robot which can be phone-controlled: Ai.Frame Age of Humanoid Robot. They have a Mac interface in the works too.

Here on ATMac

New articles for this week:
How to use OS X VoiceOver in languages other than English

Get fully hands-free iPhone activation with iOS 7 and BlueAnt S4 speakerphone

Also this week I’ve updated My iPhone or iPad Won’t Stop Talking To Me! to add the solution of triple-clicking the home button, after an astute reader reminded me of that solution.

Did you see anything else online that I missed? Leave a comment or drop me a line!

– Ricky

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