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Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 by mehgcap

What Are Tags?

Starting in macOS 10.9 Mavericks, files could be given one or more "tags", to help users keep things organized. A tag is simply a text label you can assign to a file, letting you organize your files with categories instead of, or in addition to, folders. For example, a student might have a science folder, holding a textbook, handouts, tests, notes, assignments, research papers, and more. What if a quiz deals with thermodynamics, as do some files of notes and a paper…

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Posted on Thursday, November 21, 2013 by blindgator
As VoiceOver users on the Mac, we all love short cuts. They make our life and computer experience easier. Most of us are familiar with the basics, when in mail Command N for a new message, and Command Shift D to send that message. We have to learn all of these keyboard commands to use our Macs. I am here to tell you that once you have gotten comfortable using your Mac, there are even more ways to speed up performance. Today I want to discuss Keyboard Commander. Some of you are very familiar…
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Posted on Sunday, November 17, 2013 by WildmanJoe

Though I’m not always the best writer, I do enjoy writing down my thoughts from time to time. There’s just one problem with that. It’s not secure.

Sure, there are all kinds of apps for the mac and your I device that allow you to journal. However, most of the apps I have seen are only somewhat usable, or just way too fancy for what I want to do. I played with the MacJournal app for the mac a few months ago, but I was not impressed. It would always crash on me while I was writing, and…

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Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 by Special K
The other day, a few folks and I were comparing stories about switching to a Mac, and trying to build a case for some others to switch as well. The greatest complaint that evening was how Voiceover is less responsive than a screen reader in Windows. This got me to thinking of what the differences were, and through experimentation, have figured out a few tips to make Voiceover as responsive as you want it to be. At this point, I dare to say my Voiceover is just as responsive as the leading…
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Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 by Scott Davert

To complete this process, you must have agreed to the BARD Service agreement, and be signed in to a BARD account. This will not work for people who do not have accounts with the national Library Service for the Blind and Physically handicapped . For more info on whether you qualify, and to apply if you do, see the BARD Main Page

Note that the only reasons you would have needed to sign in is because the app will not work until you have done so. This…

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Posted on Wednesday, September 18, 2013 by AnonyMouse

Updated: iOS 9

Listed below are some common commands which can be used with Siri in iOS 9.

Accessibility

  • "Show Accessibility Settings"
  • "Turn on Voice Over"
  • "Turn on Invert Colors"
  • “Turn on Guided Access”
  • "Turn on Assistive Touch"
  • "Show me the Accessibility Settings"
  • "Open VoiceOver settings"

Phone

  • "Call Randy"
  • "Call my wife on her iPhone"
  • "Call home"
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Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 by Mike Fulton
How to Get Push Gmail Notifications on your iOS device 1. go to www.outlook.com and create an account. Create an outlook.com email address, do not use your gmail address. 2. sign into your gmail account and go to settings 3. go to forwarding and add your outlook.com email address. Choose to archive gmail's copy of the message. 4. sign into your outlook.com account 5. go to options, then more mail options 6. add your gmail account as a send account 7. select your gmail account as the default…
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Posted on Tuesday, July 9, 2013 by Deborah Armstrong
You can navigate through a web page with links to streaming audio. ACB Radio comes to mind. But when you stream the audio, you find no way to save the URL of the stream as a shortcut icon on your home screen. Not to worry, you can bookmark Audio stream URLS too. Simply locate the link as usual. But instead of double-tapping to activate it, double-tap and hold. Wait for a second and an "action" menu will slide in to view. The URL target of the selected link will be read prefixed by the…
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Posted on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 by Esther

There is a free Kindle eBook titled "Kindle for iOS Accessibility Gestures - Quick Reference Guide" by Michael Iams. Here are the instructions for getting this book. I'm appending the first section on how to buy or download to your iOS device.  Note that these instructions assume you have already downloaded the Kindle app onto your device and created an account.

Kindle Store: Buy & Download to your iOS Device

You can shop from the Kindle Store using the…

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Posted on Sunday, March 17, 2013 by Thomas Byskov Dalgaard
This tip is intended for those who either have, or are considering buying a Mac Mini since it does not take up much space and don't wish to use a screen because you're a Voiceover user who don't need a screenI have created this tip because Apple's support article does not (yet) explain a solution that works. However, I know that they are going to investigate this issue. Can you use a MacMini without a screen?Yes, you can. However, if you do not perform the following steps it may result in…
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Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 by mehgcap

Enabling the Status Cell

If you have ever paired a braille display with your iOS device, you have seen that option that appears above the display name in braille settings: "Status Cell". You may, like me, have double tapped it, decided if you wanted it on the left or the right, then gone about your business, keeping a finger on that mysterious cell to see what it might do. You may have, like me, used it for a while and finally given up on it, having no idea what it was for or how…

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Posted on Saturday, December 1, 2012 by billip

I believe that I have figured out how to get an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch to autocorrect with a bluetooth keyboard connected.

First, make sure that you have QuickNav turned off.

If you are not sure how to do this, just press the right and left arrows together on your keyboard.

Then, try this:

When VoiceOver tells you a word is misspelled, hit the Backspace key once.

Now a suggestions list pops up, but I doubt VoiceOver will tell you…

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Posted on Thursday, November 29, 2012 by Deborah Armstrong
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…
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Posted on Tuesday, November 27, 2012 by Kara Louise

In this guide, I'm going to explain how you can visualise the layout of iOS apps using voiceOver, or VO for short. even though you may be totally blind. This can be done quite easily, even without using a ScreenDots protector, or relying on a bluetooth keyboard for navigation purposes.

I understand that everyone is different, so if you do find these accessories essential, then by all means continue to use them. However, if you master the below techniques, I believe you'll be…

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Posted on Friday, November 23, 2012 by Jessica Brown
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…
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Posted on Friday, October 19, 2012 by mehgcap

What Is This?

Is there an application on your Mac whose menu items are lacking keyboard shortcuts? For instance, would it not be easier to add a shortcut to mail for the Save Attachments item, or to iTunes to sync your iOS device, or to Safari to quickly tweet a page? Well, you can do all this, and you need nothing more than a few minutes and System Preferences.

Cool! How Do I Do It?

  • Open the application to which you want to add a shortcut. Go to the menu…
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Posted on Sunday, September 16, 2012 by mehgcap

I have recently used the Contacts app a lot in macOS and have come to discover how it works, which is not the way I expected it to. I thought I would share my hard-won knowledge in the hope that someone else will benefit.

Adding a Contact

When you are in Contacts, hit cmd-n to create a new contact. It is important to note that you are not opening a new window when you do this; rather, you simply add a new row to the contacts table and are placed in the scroll area where information…

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Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 by Ken Downey

Many of you have been wondering: what is the easiest way to get ringtones on my iPhone. Follow these steps, and all your favorites will be on your iPhone in no time.
Requirements: PC running Windows
App: Goldwave.

  1. Download Goldwave from www.goldwave.com and run it. Click file, then batch processing.
  2. In the folders tab, click add file or add folder, then add everything you want to convert. In the convert tab, click media foundations m4a, and set the attributes to…
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Posted on Sunday, August 5, 2012 by Scott Davert
For some time now, users of braille displays have wantted to be able to read brf files from various sources such as the NLS Web Braille collection, Bookshare, and other sources around the world. I'm here to tell you that it's possible to do so using the following steps, but you'll still be very limited in the way in which you can navigate through content. For example, there is no way to bookmark a place in your file, and since iOS does not have a find function, you can't get there quickly…
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Posted on Wednesday, July 18, 2012 by David Woodbridge

Finder Navigation

General

  • New Finder window: Command-N
  • Up one folder level: Command-Up-Arrow
  • Open selected folder: Command-Down-Arrow
  • Back: Command-left bracket
  • Forward: Command-right bracket

Direct Folder Access

  • Open the Applications folder: Command-Shift-A
  • Open the Computer folder: Command-Shift-C
  • Open desktop folder: Command-Shift-D
  • Go to Folder: Command-Shift-G
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