Miscellaneous

Post Date: Saturday, February 27, 2016

Since iOS 8.0, it has been possible to load the desktop version of some webpages in Safari in a comparatively easy manner.

Most people do the following to load a page:

1. Find the webpage.
2. Double-tap on the Share button.
3. Double-tap on "Load desktop site".

but there is a way of doing this that is much simpler.

To do it, find the "Reload" button and double-tap and hold on this button. A box will open from which you can choose to load the desktop site.

Post Date: Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Public libraries are providing more and more of their content in a digital format. For libraries, it saves on space and staff time, and providers are stepping up to deliver video, music, eBooks and audiobooks electronically. Why it works libraries purchase collections from a provider. This gives their patrons the ability to "borrow" content using a computer or mobile device. When the loan period is over, the content is automatically "returned". For example, if you check out an eBook, it becomes available on your device for reading immediately.
Post Date: Thursday, July 7, 2016

Note from the AppleVis Editorial Team: the method described in this post for reporting bugs to Apple is not the one that we would typically recommend for participants in the Public Beta Program. Apple itself wants you to use the Feedback Assistant whenever possible.

Post Date: Sunday, October 6, 2013
Hello, I recently discovered a new way of scrolling and thought it was a bug until I read it in Apple's iPhone User Guide. I also wanted to post it because I couldn't find anything about it on AppleVis so forgive me if I'm repeating something that's already known. Instead of using 3 fingers to scroll, I've been able to scroll by using one finger to double tap and hold and then moving in the direction I wish to scroll. This gesture seems to work everywhere including the home screen.
Post Date: Thursday, May 5, 2016
I have included information about a podcast i just released for my podcast. It is my hope i can help you learn how to use some of the tools i'm learning to use. You can listen to the audio version of this podcast at the bottom of this post, as the podcast brands me, i didn't know if it would be able to be directly submitted to this site. In this demonstration, I start out logged into my ConvertKit account. You hear me click on the link at the top of the page titled "forms".
Post Date: Sunday, June 5, 2011
You listen to an Internet radio station on your Windows PC and would like to listen on your iDevice. Here's how: * The stream must be Mp3. It cannot be a flash, RealMedia or Windows media stream. Mp3 Streams usually are presented to your browser as either a .pls or an .M3U file. Real media stream files have an extension of .RAM and Windows Media streams have an extension of .ASX. To figure out which type of stream your station has, right-click on the link for Play and do Save target As.
Post Date: Tuesday, May 22, 2012
I read about this somewhere and thought it was useful. I am not a big fan of the (number of bars) method of reporting signal strength. They are so generalized as to be not vary useful. So I went hunting and found a note about getting signal strength in DBM instead. There is a field test app hidden on the phone and it will change your signal report to DBM. I went looking for this info mainly because I was testing a cell repeater kit for improving coverage inside a building. Making the change to DBM over bars helped. Anything better than minus 75 seems to be great. I can make calls at minus 95 b
Post Date: Friday, November 23, 2012
If you want a quick way to time something and you do not care about it being perfectly accurate but you do not want to have to go in to the clock app and set a timer, alarm or stopwatch, just single finger single tap on or swipe to the part of the statice bar that says the time. VoiceOver will say the time every minute. Note that because the iOS clock does not do seconds, when you first start timing, you will not know what second of the minute you are starting timing at, but after that you will get full minutes.
Post Date: Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Partitioning a Drive

When you partition a drive, you essentially make your computer see two different drives where there used to be one. This is useful for a variety of reasons and is something you may find yourself needing to do, but the process on a Mac is a bit complicated. It may be easy to do visually, but using Voiceover, there are some tricks you should know. So, let's get started.

Post Date: Wednesday, July 22, 2020

This guide assumes that you have previously created a fanfiction.net account and have waited the amount of time before you are allowed to create a new story. i recommend you use a hardware keyboard of some sort, otherwise this will be quite difficult, maybe even impossible.

Post Date: Friday, July 24, 2020

This guide assumes that you have already received an invitation to AO3, and created your account. These steps will most likely be most easily followed using an ipad and bluetooth keyboard, but should also be doable on any mobile device with voiceover.

Post Date: Monday, June 23, 2014

This guide has been written by myself so hope you like it.

Installing Mac OS X from a USB flash drive

Post Date: Friday, March 4, 2016
After much searching of the internet and lots of trial and error, I managed to do this successfully. I thought I'd add my steps here as I have seen it asked for and have found no steps specific to installing an 8.1 bootcamp without vision or visual aids such as talking installers.. As a bit of background, I made this work with a 15 inch macbook pro mid 2013 and os 10.11 updated to the latest version. These steps can be performed using newer macs from the last two or three years and running the latest version of Mac OS.
Post Date: Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Apple’s iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod, and Watch) come with accessibility features built-in. The purpose of this document is to give the blind or low vision user a concise introduction to the accessibility features offered on iOS devices.

Post Date: Saturday, May 7, 2016

Introduction

VoiceOver, a feature Apple has built into all iOS devices to enable Braille and speech access for users who are unable to see the screen, has revolutionized the lives of countless thousands of blind people around the world. It works best when apps are deliberately developed in ways that ensure compatibility with VoiceOver, blind people are considered during development and included in all facets of the testing process.

Post Date: Wednesday, June 18, 2014

This is an updated and refined version of this guide, now that I've learned a little more, and stopped being so confused.

So we all know about the keyboard commander, and how you can make it read the time when you press option + t, but I personally find that method really really slow. In addition, for me at least, the date doesn't even read some times. So I set to making my own solution.

So, if you've got VoiceOver controllable by Applescript (in the General tab), you can make it say stuff etc.

Post Date: Saturday, March 5, 2016

Bookshare is a cool site, but if you don't want to spend 20 bucks on Read2Go this is it. It offers you to read your books online on your mobile device.

You basically have two options for reading books on a mobile device. Method 1: Bookshare Web Reader#

Tap on the search field and type in your book, then hit search. Search for the book you want and when you find it, flick right until you hear Read Now. Your book will be prepared. Then, you will be taken to an interface common to Read2Go, except that it is on the site.

Post Date: Thursday, November 29, 2012
In the AppleVis help section, there's a topic which describes how to obtain a link to an app in the iTunes store. I have a more simple procedure which will also help you search for interesting apps. In to google, type the information you are seeking, for example "SIP client iPhone" or "app compatible voiceover" or "text adventure iPhone" Don't include the quotes unless you want to match an exact phrase. After that, type iTunes, and submit your search. You can then copy the link from your address bar, after you've located the appropriate page through google.
Post Date: Monday, April 27, 2020

Due to its length, this page contains only the first few pages of Michael's book. The full version is attached below as a downloadable file. More information on the book and downloadable versions in other file formats are available on Michael's website at https://michaelfeir.blogspot.com/2020/04/personal-power-ios-edition.html

Post Date: Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Thanks to Kevin Chao, I now have an easy way to convert Bookshare books to the EPub format that iBooks will accept. This assumes that you are on Windows (though I am sure the process is quite similar on a Mac), that you have a current Bookshare membership, and that the book you want to convert is in DAISY format, downloaded from Bookshare.

You will need: