Friday, April 20, 2012

AppleVis Provides Resources for Blind Apple Users

AppleVis: For vision impaired iOS users
AppleVis is a website by and for blind and vision-impaired users of Apple devices, primarily iOS device users but including some resources for Mac OS X users. The focus is on VoiceOver users but there are some resources for other blind users who use zooming to access devices too.
A community-powered website for blind and vision-impaired users of Apple devices.
  • Seek and share information on the accessibility of apps developed for the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and the Mac.
  • Read and share guides, tutorials and tips to help VoiceOver users get the most from their Apple devices.
AppleVis is a site which provides many resources, including:
  • Directories of iOS and Mac applications with community-provided descriptions and thorough VoiceOver compatibility information for each program. Applications recommended as highly usable by blind users are also collected together in “Recommended App” lists.
  • A forum for discussing issues related to accessibility for Apple users.
  • AppleVis blog which highlights news of special interest and editor opinions.
  • Podcasts with walk-through style tutorials and reviews.
  • Guides section offers text tutorials
  • Reviews of accessibilities
Lots of stuff! Most is fairly high quality too, the moderators must work overtime there. This site is highly recommended for those interested in resources for vision-impaired Apple users.
Website: AppleVis
- Ricky Buchanan
Related posts:
  1. VoiceOver For Sighted Users
  3. GarageBand Now Accessible For Blind Users

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

How to use your Mac without a mouse

Apple keyboard

Becoming a mouse-avoiding keyboard junkie is a learnable skill; it requires practice and memorization—especially muscle memory. Everyone knows a few keyboard shortcuts (like Command-P for print, or Command-Q for quit). Mastering more, along with other efficient ways to control your Mac without reaching for the mouse, will help you get your work done faster, leaving more time for Angry Birds.
This MacWorld article is aimed at able-bodied people who prefer to use the keyboard mostly, instead of the mouse, because it’s quicker … but of course this means it applies well to keyboard-only users and to switch users and voice users who find keyboard commands easier than mouse movement commands.
- Ricky Buchanan
Related posts:
  1. Dragon Dictate for Mac 2.0 Announced
  2. Speech-to-Text: Dictation software for Mac OS X
  3. Dictate News: Bluetooth, Mouse Control, and Discounts

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