Hello Awesome Applevis users,
Good news, after 10 years of wanting a Mac, I finally acquired a Mac book air just over a week ago. Excitement abounds!
I'm slowly trying to pick things up as I go. From some one who has been a windows user all my life, even going back into the dos days, this was a huge learning curve, but I'm excited for the journey ahead. I've witnessed someone go through a voiceover utility on their Mac last year, and even though I was admittedly a little envious of watching someone get handed a new Mac, I was more intrigued on how the operating system worked, but I was only allowed a brief glimpse into this new world. Several people told me how much logical the Mac's operating system was, and the helpful items in the voiceover utility have made life a heck of a lot easier for most people. Until now, hearing about this wonderful operating system was all I could cling to along with my dreams of owning one in the near future, and it finally happened!
Before I get into the meat of this post, I want to first off say that the guides and podcasts I've found on this site over the past few days have been abundantly helpful. I want to thank all my friends, and the apples community who have provided a wealth of information for me to confidently step out and explore this fun new world, which can get crazy at times, but I love a challenge! Also, thanks to all those who I've been bugging on twitter. The Mac community as a whole has welcomed me with open arms, and although my DSPS specialists at the college who help me in the high tech center say that I've gone to the dark side, I feel more confident in my decision to switch, and no regret at all!
With all that said, however, I am reaching out to help, because I have been noticing some issues with voiceover's behavior on the Mac. Knowing how picky ant tired screen readers can get when you are constantly throwing an array of keystrokes, webpages and windows at them, I just figured my behavior was par for the course, but this is becoming more frequent than I would prefer.
This behavior has happened occasionally system wide, but mostly in safari. I would be randomly reading a webpage, navigating through the various links and text elements, when I would suddenly lose speech. Thinking voiceover may have just froze, I would turn voiceover off, wait a few seconds, then turn it back on. The sounds would return, but no speech. Thinking that speech may have accidentally gotten turned off, I would do a three finger double tap on my trackpad, with only the sounds being muted, so naturally I'd bring them back again. I would again turn off voiceover, wait a while, and still reactivating voiceover brings me sounds, but no speech. Thinking the current app I have open, like safari for the most part, might be causing problems, I close the app with command q and try again.
Unfortunately, after several attempts, I'm left with only one option, to force restart my Mac to get voiceover speaking again. I know we encounter things like that once in a while. No technology is perfect, but this has become a daily occurrence more than once. When my Mac would restart, sometimes speech would be off, and sometimes it would resume speaking normally.
It usually behaves for a while, then it will act up again. There are times the Mac will take a few seconds to fully allow me to use any keys, because it gets stuck on this thing that says "Application has no windows." The only thing I have starting on my Mac is my Spotify, so I can blast music and party, erm... I mean play music in the background when I study. Lol!
Anyway, I start school in a week, and I'm looking forward to a new semester, but I know this new Mac thing will take a bit of time to adjust to. I'm thankful for the voiceover utility and keyboard commander, though I have not added any commands as of yet. I'll keep exploring any new possibility with this computer, because it just feels more comfortable with the ease of access Apple has built in for voiceover users. No more wondering if one keystroke will work the same way in certain screen readers. With all that, though, I'm a tad bit worried about this funky voiceover behavior on my Mac. I'd like to be able to take notes or perform a web search while doing a project in school or for homework, and hope that I don't get constantly shoved into the only choice of rebooting my Mac, which can slow things down.
Is this a bug with the current version? I'm running Mac 10.12.6. Is there something I can enable or fix to keep this from happening? Any help would be, and has been, greatly appreciated.
Thank you in advance for offering help. If you want to offer general comments that would be beneficial to others as well as myself, post on this forum, but if you would like to have a conversation with me privately to discuss things in greater detail, send me an email at:
or follow me on twitter: @morning_song
If you want to explore voice chat options such as Skype or FaceTime, please contact me using the methods above to arrange a time, as this college student is about to get busy. I hope to use my last ays of freedom figuring this out.
Again, thanks everyone for your help.