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Handout from DSA roadshow on Assistive Technology for the Mac. Lee Evans - iansyst

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  1. 1. AppleIn‘Cider’An orchard of information onthe Apple platform…Why iansyst? Founded in 1983, iansyst is one of the leading DSA suppliers. We have offered Apple solutions to our customers for many years and in 2005 we were awarded Apple Education status, demonstrating we have the knowledge and expertise to assist you in investing in Apple as a platform.Why Apple?Apple includes assistive technology in its products as standard features – at no additional cost. TheiPhone, iPad, iPod and Mac OS X include screen magnification and VoiceOver, a screen-accesstechnology.Every Mac includes a simplified interface, which is especially helpful for those with cognitive andlearning disabilities, and for those who find using a mouse a challenge, every Mac computer includesMouse Keys, Slow Keys, and Sticky Keys, which adapt the computer to the user’s needs andcapabilities.
  2. 2. Which Assistive TechnologyThere are many different types of assistive technology now available for use on the Mac. Here welist some of the popular solutions.Dictation SoftwareDragon Dictate for MacUse your voice to produce text and control your computerWhy type when Dragon Dictate for Mac uses your voice to produce text andcontrol your computer?Speech Recognition software provides you with the freedom to write and control the computer withyour voice; ideal for people with dyslexia and other disabilities.With perfect spelling and audio feedback it enables you to get your thoughts down quickly and easilyto create professional, correctly spelt documents.Email, documents and spreadsheets can be created three times faster than most people type withexceptional accuracy – simply by speaking. Most people speak over 120 words per minute, but typefewer than 40 words a minute.Speech recognition software is also ideal for those with mobility problems such as dyspraxia orRepetitive Strain Injury (RSI), as voice controls can be used to move around the computer. Tell yourMac what to do with voice commands like: "Reply to this message" or "Open Microsoft Word" or"Jump to Google" – imagine how much more productive you will be by not having to find and clickwhat you need.Dragon Dictate for Mac was built to work intuitively with Macintosh applications including Mail,iChat, iCal, TextEdit, Pages, Safari and many more....And with future updates coming, what willDragon Dictate be capable of, going forward?More functionality?More cross application support?Better accuracy...at the least, if we know Nuance...
  3. 3. Concept MappingConcept Mapping is now accepted as an important learning and organisational tool. It is incrediblyadaptive which means it can be used in a variety of subject areas and for a number of different tasks,including; brainstorming, note taking, revision, illustrating concepts, problem solving and outlining ofessays projects and presentations. There are now lots of concept mapping programs available whichare Mac compatible. Here are some of the most popular. Inspiration 9 Inspiration can be used by anyone but it is particularly useful for people with ADD/ADHD. Autism, Aspergers, Dyslexia, Aphasia and visual or auditory processing disorders. The symbols and images within Inspiration can beused to represent ideas, whilst the organisational tools mean brainstormed ideas can be split downinto manageable sections. Inspiration for Mac provides the same tools as the PC version and givesusers the opportunity to produce free form maps.(NEW) Mind Manager 9 – 23rd June releaseMind Manager for Mac creates organised, structuredmaps, which can then be exported to Word, Pages, &Keynote. Or you can also use the inbuilt interactive slidepresentation mode. Users are able to set date criteriafor tasks and allocate to people, which can besynchronised with Outlook, iCal, and address books.Mind Manager for Mac has a different look and feel tothe PC version. (NEW) Mind View 4 for Mac – release imminent! Mind View for Mac provides users with a program to create organised, structured maps. Users can set date criteria to tasks and view time lines – which allows the users to see the information displayed along a horizontal time axis. With additional features coming with v4, The Mac version has a different look and feel to the PC version.
  4. 4. Organisation Tools(NEW) Outlook 2011 for Mac (Microsoft, part of Office 2011 suite)Email, calendars and contacts working togetherMicrosoft Outlook, the leading e-mail system on the market,enables you to consolidate your PC-based e-mail and tasksinto your Mac inbox, unifying your work and homemessages, contacts, calendars, and more.Outlook for Mac 2011 integrates easily with whateveroperating system you are using, including Mac OS X orWindows 7. Regular and complicated workflows are muchmore lightweight. Preview attachments or back up your datausing Time Machine. And common experiences areconsistent across Outlook for Mac, Outlook Web Access, and Windows Outlook.(NEW) Audio Note Books, Mac compatible (Olympus) – release imminent! Olympus are about to release a purchasable plug in known as ‘Audio notebooks’ for their audio playback, editing & management software, ‘Sonority’. Compatible with PC’s & Mac’s, Audio Notebooks will allow the user to visually manage their audio recordings. Add images, links & notes. As well as record live into the desktop software.
  5. 5. Text To Speech & Vocabulary supportRead & Write 4 GOLD 4Read&Write GOLD for Mac text to speech software offers a comprehensive reading and writing toolfor literacy support – designed to help people with literacy difficulties, dyslexia and English as asecond language. The fully compatible tool bar with Microsoft Word for MAC 2011 and safari Macusers are provided with the same level of support as PC users.Key features: Text To Speech; Screenshot Reader; Screen Masking; Talking Dictionary; Study SkillsTools; Scanning; Phonetic Spell Checker; Homophone support; Word Prediction; Safari Webhighlighting; Daisy Reader; PDF aloud (PDF reader); Fact Mapper; Speech Maker; Translator; OCRscanning.Software available 3 ways: On USB; on Disk; on Network.ClaroRead v4ClaroRead for Mac is a highly effective multi-sensory software solution for supporting anyone whostruggle with reading, writing and learning. Designed with maximum simplicity, adaptability andflexibility, people of any age and level of ability will have a world of information unlocked throughClaroRead for Mac.Key features: Text-to-speech play back (High Quality Voices); Visual Highlighting; ClaroCapture(Research and Capture Information); Scanning Paper and Converting PDF files (Readiris Pro 11 OCRsoftware); Improved - Word Check Window (integrates homophones, spelling suggestions andmeanings); Font, Colour & Spacing alterations; Word Prediction; PDF Convertor; Extras Button(Includes other software, ClaroView, ScreenRuler and ClaroCapture, there is also a link to the Mac’scalculator.)Software available: Claro Standard, and Plus available on Disk and USB version (Standard only)
  6. 6. Visual ThesaurusThe Visual Thesaurus is an interactive dictionary and thesaurus which creates word maps thatblossom with meanings and branch to related words. Its innovative display encourages explorationand learning.Portable Note-taking Solutions(NEW) The Livescribe Echo Range – release imminent!The Electronic note taking & digital recording family just evolved. As the Pulse pen fades away, the Echo pen range has grown and the 8GB pen is now joined by a new 2GB & 4GB versions. Mac compatible, they all have the ability to store & transfer handwriting & audio, which you can then organise & work with (via the Livescribe desktop software & Myscript for livescribe), and share in a variety of ways (Using Livescribe Connect: pencasts; evernote; facebook; ...).As all versions have different specifications as standard, look out for our great value bundles to giveyou the right solution!! (Please ask for details)
  7. 7. (NEW) Olympus DM650 – release imminent!The Olympus DM-650 provides high quality digital recording at your finger-tips.Using the latest audio processing technology, the DM-650 is perfect for allyour recording requirements.It has a stereo directional condenser microphone and a centre omni-directional microphone giving you the ability to capture lower bass rangeswith stunning clarity.Olympus DM5Make Digital Recordings, and much moreThe Olympus DM5 comes with increased Memory (8GB) and the ability to record in a much higherquality record mode, for longer (over 100 hours in ‘best record quality’ mode). It also has greatercapacity to store other kinds of data than previous devices.Key Features:Enhanced PCM recording mode (non compressed WAV files);MP3 and WMA recording;Voice Navigation of menus;Enhanced voice guidance;Visual Index Marks displayed on the device;Rechargeable, Lithium Ion battery;Download Audio Books onto the DM5,now including Daisy format; Upload text files for text-to-speech playback;Add Pictures onto the DM5, to use as reminder prompts, revision support;Schedule / Calendar section, NEW – Attach Audio files to calendar entries;Add Music and Podcasts to the DM5, i.e. important talks, and audio versions of documents;larger coloured screen;All the control / navigation buttons are on the front of the device.
  8. 8. Why Apple?The platform for growth....We understand that it can be hard keeping up-to-date with the latestinformation. Here is a quick additional guide to other features, add-ons andsoftware that, although not deemed as Assistive Technology can proveextremely useful for students.(NEW) Lion (O.S. 10.7) – release imminent!The power of OSX, the magic of the iPad, the new O.S. on the prowl....Apple are taking their best thinking from the iPad & bringing it all to the Mac.Available soon (Summer 2011). Here’s a preview of some of the top features.LaunchpadLaunchpad gives you instant access to your apps — iPad style. Justclick the Launchpad icon in your Dock. Your open windows fade away,replaced by an elegant, full-screen display of all the apps on your Mac.It takes just a swipe to see multiple pages of apps, and you can arrangethem any way you like by dragging icons to different locations or bygrouping apps in folders. And when you download an app from the Mac App Store, it automaticallyappears in Launchpad. Ready to blast off.The Mac App Store Just like shopping at the App Store on iPad, the Mac App Store offers endless possibilities for apps. Newly purchased apps install in one step and appear right in the new Launchpad. The Mac App Store is available now on any Mac running Mac OS X Snow Leopard and will be a part of Mac OS X Lion. Also New Full screen apps will be available. On iPad, every app is displayed full screen, with no distractions, and there’s one easy way to get back to all your otherapps. Mac OS X Lion does the same for your desktop.
  9. 9. Mission ControlMission Control is a powerful and handy new feature thatprovides you with a comprehensive look at what’s runningon your Mac. It gives you a bird’s-eye view of everything —including Dashboard and full-screen apps — all in oneplace. With a simple swipe, your desktop zooms out toMission Control. There you can see your open windowsgrouped by app, thumbnails of your full-screen apps, andDashboard, arranged in a unified view. And you can get toanything you see in Mission Control with just one click.Making you the master of all you survey.Gestures & Animations Multi-Touch gestures make everything you do on iPad easy and intuitive. Now a richer Multi-Touch experience comes to the Mac. Enjoy more fluid and realistic gesture responses, including rubber- band scrolling, page and image zoom and full-screen swiping. In Mac OS X Lion, every swipe, pinch and scroll looks and feels more responsive and lifelike.VersionsVersions records the evolution of a document as youcreate it. Mac OS X Lion automatically creates a version ofthe document each time you open it and every hour whileyou’re working on it. If you need to revert to an olderversion or retrieve part of a document, Versions shows youthe current document next to a cascade of previousversions — in an interface similar to that of Time Machine — so you can see how your work lookedat any given time. You can revert with a click, or quickly copy and paste work from a previous versioninto the current version.
  10. 10. Resume If you’ve ever restarted your Mac, you know what’s involved. First you save your work, then close all your apps, then spend valuable time setting everything up again. With Resume, that time-consuming process is a thing of the past. Resume lets you restart your Mac — after a software update, for example — and return to what you were doing. With all your apps back in the exact places you left them. In fact, whenever you quit andrelaunch an app, Resume opens it precisely the way you left it. So you never have to start fromscratch again.Mail 5Just like Mail on iPad, Mail 5 in Mac OS X Lion features anew layout that takes advantage of the widescreendisplay on your Mac. You see the messages in your inboxas well as a full-height preview of the selected message.The new Mailbox bar gives you one-click access to yourfavourite folders. Mail 5 also includes a powerful newway to search that makes finding what you’re looking forquick and easy, even in the largest of inboxes.Mail 5 also introduces Conversations, a natural new way to read and manage email thatautomatically groups messages from the same conversation — even if the subject changes alongthe way. Just click a conversation in your inbox to reveal a streamlined feed of individualmessages in chronological order, and easily file or delete an entire conversation.FileVault A new level of security. Keep all the data on your Mac even more secure with XTS-AES 128 data encryption at the disk level. Initial encryption is fast and unobtrusive — it encrypts everything in the background while you work. FileVault also encrypts for your external drives, and provides the ability to wipe all the data from your Mac instantaneously.
  11. 11. Spotlight (Lightning-fast search technology)Spotlight is the lightning-fast search technology built into Mac OS X that makes iteasy to find what you’re looking for. With Spotlight, you can find anything onyour computer as quickly as you type: files, email, contacts, images, calendar events andapplications. And because it’s built into the core of Mac OS X, search results update instantlywhenever files change.Voice Over (Control your Mac with touch and sound) New in Snow Leopard was the ability to control VoiceOver with gestures on your Mac notebook’s Multi-Touch trackpad. The trackpad surface can actually represent the active window on your computer. So you can touch to hear the item under your finger, drag to hear items continuously as you move your finger, and flick with one finger to move to the next or previous item.For further info on Mac accessibility features, visit: http://www.apple.com/uk/macosx/accessibility/(NEW) iLife’11The incredible new iPhoto, iMovie and GarageBand.All part of iLife ‘11. All part of every new Mac.iLife’11 helps you do more with photos, movies and music than you ever thoughtpossible. In iPhoto, you can browse, edit and share your photos. Create epicHollywood-style movie trailers from your home video in iMovie. And GarageBandgives you everything you need to make a great-sounding song.iWork’9Documents, spreadsheets and presentations – The Mac wayiWork, Apple’s office productivity suite, is the easiest way to create documents, spreadsheets and presentations the Mac way. Writing and page layout are easy in Pages. Numbers gives you simple ways to make sense of your data. You’ll captivate your audience with new, sophisticated features in Keynote. And iWork is compatible with Microsoft Office, so it’s easy to share your work.
  12. 12. MobileMeKeep your email, contacts and calendars in syncMobileMe keeps your email, contacts and calendars in sync across your iPhone, iPad, Mac and PC —automatically. The service from Apple that stores your important information online at me.com andkeeps it in sync and accessible on your devices. New email, contacts and calendar items areautomatically pushed over the air to your devices, so you always have the latest information.& the orchard continues to grow...iPod Touch: Fourth GenerationiPod touch has a beautiful new design that’s even thinner than before. Packed inside are some ofApple’s most advanced technologies—the Retina display, two cameras, a built-in mic, a gyroscopeand the powerful Apple A4 chip. Use the front camera for FaceTime video calls over Wi-Fi to anyother FaceTime-enabled iPod touch or iPhone 4.Capture HD video with the back camera. Continueto take advantage of more than 250,000 apps on the App Store—many of which are freeiPad2 Thinner, Lighter. Faster... The Apple iPad is idea for anyone needing a highly portable device with all day battery life (10 hours). It’s great as an additional computer even if you already own a laptop.All your files can be accessed via Email, Drop Box or Mobile Me “cloud” based applications.Microsoft Office documents can we opened and even edited or created with additional applications.The iPad is suitable for every one of all ages and technical ability; it is particularly suitable for anyonenew to computers as the interface (OS) is very easy to use and the touch screen is particularlyintuitive.There is a large amount of apps that crossover between those users that require AT and generalpurpose apps. There’s a tool for nearly every task. The iPad also has spellchecking and predictive textbuilt into the OS which can be accessed in most applications. Also built into the OS is VoiceOverwhich makes the iPad accessible also for those with visual impairments.