Kindle for iOS Accessibility Gestures – Quick Reference Guide

So the new update to the Amazon Kindle app is now accessible with VoiceOver.  I have not used the app due to its inaccessibility and thus now have to learn a new app.  Gee I really am upset over that one :).  I have found a few Kindle books that I want and so now I can download them.  You can not buy books in the app its self.  You will need to go to the Amazon website and login with the same account you used when setting up the Kindle app.  Now you can find Kindle edition books and send them to your device.

If you are looking for a guide to using the Kindle app on your iDevice using VoiceOver I would check out this free Kindle book.  You can get it at http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Ddigital-text&field-keywords=B00CL5NIGU.

Happy Reading!

StandScan – Portable document and image scanning stand

StandScan will give you the perfect scan every time!

It is perfect for both home and office use. You will find thousands of uses for StandScan, including scanning and storing important business receipts and documents while traveling, sharing photographs with family members and even photographing items to sell on the Internet. With StandScan, the options are endless. StandScan is convenient, easy to use and can save you time.

There is no software to download, no drivers to install and no cables to connect. You can begin using StandScan within seconds of opening the box. Simply snap the frame into place, position your smartphone with the camera facing down and begin photographing and scanning your documents. It really is that easy! StandScan holds your camera steady to provide you with a crystal-clear photograph. The bright white background offers perfect contrast for important documents, items and pictures. If you need additional lighting, simply open the back panel and more natural light will flood your photo.  The Pro series features built-in LED lights on the inside of the device to provide brighter pictures and enhanced image quality.

The LED lighting helps to eliminate distracting shadows and provide you with high quality pictures and clearer scans. StandScan Pro can be used in any setting, at any time of day or night. There is no need for external light when you use StandScan Pro. StandScan Pro comes standard with a 9V battery holder. The battery holder has a built-in power switch for enhanced portability. StandScan Pro folds flat for easy storage and simple mobility.

When you are finished, fold StandScan’s frame flat and slide it into your briefcase, purse or laptop bag for easy portability.

Learn more about StandScan

iOS VoiceOver Braille Commands

Download iOS VoiceOver Braille Commands.pdf

iOS VoiceOver Braille Commands:

These commands apply to all Braille displays that have a Braille keyboard.

Navigation commands

Dot 2 chord – Pan Braille left
Dot 5 chord – Pan Braille right
Dot 1 chord – Move to previous item
Dot 4 chord – Move to next item
Dot 3 6 chord – Activate selected item
Dot 1 2 5 chord – Activates the Home button (twice quickly to launch the task switcher)
Dot 1 2 3 chord – Move to the first element
Dot 4 5 6 chord – Move to the last element
Dot 1 3 5 chord – Scroll right one page
Dot 2 4 6 chord – Scroll left one page
Dot 3 4 5 6 chord – Scroll down one page
Dot 1 4 5 6 chord – Scroll up one page
Dot 2 3 4 chord – Moves to the status bar
Dot 2 3 chord – Select previous rotor setting
Dot 5 6 chord – Select next rotor setting
Dot 3 chord – Move to previous item using rotor setting
Dot 6 chord – Move to next item using rotor setting
Dot 1 7 chord – Moves to previous container (iPad only)
Dot 4 7 chord – Moves to next container (iPad only)
Dot 1 2 chord – Activates the Back button, or dismiss popup
Dot 2 4 chord – Launch the Item Chooser

General commands

Dot 1 2 4 5 chord – Switch between contracted and uncontracted Braille
Dot 2 3 6 chord – Switch between 6 dot and 8 dot Braille
Dot 3 4 5 chord – Volume up
Dot 1 2 6 chord – Volume down
Dot 1 3 4 chord – Toggles speech on and off
Dot 1 2 3 4 5 6 chord – Toggles screen curtain on and off
Dot 1 3 4 5 chord – Toggles announcement history
Dot 1 2 3 4 6 chord – Add label to selected item
Dot 1 3 chord – Starts VoiceOver Training
Dot 1 2 chord – Stops VoiceOver Training
Dot 1 4 6 chord – Show/hide onscreen keyboard

Reading commands

Dot 1 2 3 5 chord – Read all starting at selected item
Dot 2 4 5 6 chord – Read all, starting from the top
Dot 1 2 3 4 chord – Pause or continue speech

Edit commands

Dot 1 4 5 chord – or dot 7 chord – Activates the Delete key
Dot 1 5 chord – or dot 8 chord – Activates the return key
Dot 2 3 4 5 chord – Activates the Tab key
Dot 3 4 chord – Speak page number or rows being displayed
Dot 2 5 6 chord – Select text
Dot 2 3 5 chord – Unselect text
Dot 2 3 5 6 chord – Select all
Dot 1 3 4 6 chord – Cut
Dot 1 4 chord – Copy
Dot 1 2 3 6 chord – Paste
Dot 1 3 5 6 chord – Undo
Dot 2 3 4 6 chord – Redo

Download iOS VoiceOver Braille Commands.pdf

Using Braille Sense as a Braille display with iPhone, iPad, or iPod

by HIMS

Use the following instructions to connect the Braille Sense as a Bluetooth Braille display with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod. Note: You must be running IOS 4.2 or higher on your i-device in order to use the Braille Sense as a Bluetooth Braille display with VoiceOver. These instructions refer to the iPhone, however, they apply to all compatible i-devices: iPhone 3Gs and higher, iPad, and iPod Touch 3G and later.

On the Braille Sense:

  1. Turn Bluetooth on using “Backspace-dots-3-4-5-6″.
  2. From the Program menu, press u to access the “Utilities” menu, then press s to execute Terminal for Screen reader.
  3. Choose “Bluetooth Serial” as your connection type and pres “Enter”.
  4. Braille Sense OnHand displays “connecting” soon followed by “Terminal Mode”

On the I-Phone:

  1. Navigate to Settings/General/Accessibility/VoiceOver/Braille.
  2. If Bluetooth is not activated on the I-Phone, it will prompt you to do this. WHEN Bluetooth is activated, the I-Phone searches for devices.
  3. The Braille Sense OnHand should appear in the list of available Braille devices.
  4. Double tap the “Braille Sense OnHand” in the Braille devices list.
  5. You are asked for a pin code. Enter any 4 digit code of your choosing.
  6. Double tap the “Pair” button.

Returning to the Braille Sense OnHand:

The Braille Sense OnHand asks for a pin code. Enter the same pin code you entered into the iPhone and press Enter.

You should hear a chime on the iPhone, and the text displayed on the iPhone should appear on the Braille display of your Braille Sense OnHand.

For information on operating the iPhone using the Braille Sense as a Braille Terminal, please refer to Apple’s accessibility website at www.apple.com/accessibility

To exit “Terminal for Screen reader” press “Backspace-Space-z (dots 1-3-5-6)”.

Pairing the Braille EDGE with IOS devices

by HIMS inc.

Use the following instructions to connect the Braille EDGE as a Bluetooth Braille display with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod.

Note: You must be running IOS 4.2 or higher on your i-device in order to use the Braille EDGE as a Bluetooth Braille display with VoiceOver. These instructions refer to the iPhone, however, they apply to all compatible i-devices: iPhone 3Gs and higher, iPad, and iPod Touch 3G and later.

On the Braille EDGE:

  1. Turn Bluetooth on by moving Bluetooth switch to the rear position.
  2. Press B(dots 1-2) or move to the “Terminal for Screen Reader” item in the menu and press “Enter”.
  3. Braille EDGE displays “Terminal mode”.

On the I-Phone:

  1. Navigate to Settings/General/Accessibility/VoiceOver/Braille.
  2. If Bluetooth is not activated on the I-Phone, it will prompt you to do this. WHEN Bluetooth is activated, the I-Phone searches for devices.
  3. The Braille EDGE should appear in the list of available Braille devices.
  4. Double tap the “Braille EDGE” in the Braille devices list.
  5. You are asked for a pin code. Enter 0000, as this is the default code for the Braille EDGE 40.
  6. Double tap the “Pair” button.

You should hear a chime on the iPhone, and the text displayed on the iPhone should appear on the Terminal for Screen Reader of your Braille EDGE.
For information on operating the iPhone using the Braille EDGE 40 as a Braille Terminal, please refer to Apple’s accessibility website at www.apple.com/accessibility
To exit “Terminal for Screen reader” press “Space-z (dots 1-3-5-6)”.

Using your iDevice with the Focus Braille Displays

by Freedom Scientific

Objectives

By the end of this workshop you will understand, be able to discuss, and/or perform the following tasks as they relate to using the Focus 40 Blue and new Focus 14 Blue Braille displays with an Apple iDevice:

  • The brand new Focus 14 Blue
  • The newly redesigned Focus 40 Blue
  • Pairing the display with your iDevice
  • Using help mode
  • Shortcut key references

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iTunes with JAWS

by Freedom Scientific

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Objectives

By the end of this workshop you will understand, be able to discuss, and/or perform the following tasks as they relate to using JAWS® with iTunes®:

  • Navigating the iTunes screen
  • The source list
  • The F6 and TAB keys
  • Changing the view
  • Searching for and playing music
  • Controlling iTunes from the System Tray
  • The column browser
  • Basics of the iTunes store
  • More information and third party scripts

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Objectives

By the end of this workshop you will understand, be able to discuss, and/or perform the following tasks as they relate to using JAWS® with iTunes®:

  • Introduction and quick key reference
  • Creating a music playlist
  • Playing a playlist
  • Renaming or deleting a playlist
  • Connecting your iDevice to iTunes
  • Tips for using the iTunes store

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Objectives

By the end of this workshop you will understand, be able to discuss, and/or perform the following tasks as they relate to using iTunes® with JAWS for Windows®:

  • New changes in iTunes version 11
  • Quick keyboard reference
  • Podcasts
  • iTunes U
  • FSCasts and third party scripts

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The Transporter Is A Private, Internet Connected File Storage System

There are plenty of cloud storage solutions out there these days, including services such as Dropbox. Having your files stored on the cloud comes with some downfalls, though, such as monthly payments as well as decreased security. The Transporter, a new device created by the people behind the Drobo tries to give you the best of both worlds.

Photo of the Transporter Sync.

With the Transporter, you have access to all of your files stored on the device as long as you have an internet connection, but the files themselves aren’t stored in the cloud. By using this approach, you can avoid the hassles of cloud storage while still having the ease of access that services like Dropbox provide.

One of the Transporter’s headline features is the ability to share files with others. By inviting others to have access to your files, you can share

files with anyone across the globe, right from your desk. Since the Transporter uses standard 2.5-inch hard drives, it’s capacity is only limited by the drive that you put in.

You can purchase several different models of the Transporter at various price points. The least expensive model includes no storage, allowing you to add your own, and costs $199. The 1TB edition comes in at $299, and the 2TB will set you back $399. You can purchase the device filetransporterstore.com.

 

New American Foundation for the Blind App Helps People with Vision Loss Easily Take Notes on iPhone®, iPad®, and iPod touch®

New York (February 1, 2013)—For the millions of Americans with vision loss looking for a simple, convenient way to take notes at work, at school, or at home, the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) today launched the AccessNote™, a specialized notetaker for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

“Apple products have earned high points from us for their out-of-the-box accessibility for users who are blind or visually impaired,” said Carl R. Augusto, AFB president and CEO. “We designed this app to complement the iPhone’s other popular features, like web browsing and email, so that users who are blind have all the tools they need in one, handy device.”

A traditional notetaker is a portable electronic device that enables users who are blind or visually impaired to take notes, create documents, and access applications. These devices, extremely valuable for people who are blind or visually impaired, usually provide either speech or braille output (or both). They retail for upwards of $2,000 and much more for those with a built-in braille display; AFB’s AccessNote app is available for $19.99.

In addition to being a low-cost alternative to traditional notetakers, AccessNote allows users to combine efficient notetaking with many other features and functions of the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This allows people who are blind or visually impaired to use the same popular devices that their sighted peers are using in classroom or business settings.

This is the first notetaking app developed and designed specifically for users with vision loss. AFB evaluated many of the other available notetaking apps, but found none to be very efficient or user-friendly to people who are blind or visually impaired.

What sets the AccessNote apart includes:

  • Seamless Navigation. Customized keyboard commands make notetaking more intuitive and productive than ever before, including quick access to important features like Search All Notes, Search Within a Note, as well as several navigation options.
  • Automatic Saving. With an automatic save on every few keystrokes, notes will never be lost.
  • Cursor tracking. When navigating among multiple sets of notes, users can always pick up right where they left off.
  • Unparalleled Simplicity. With a clutter-free interface, users can create, read, find, and sync, making it easier to spend more time with actual content and less time with tools.
  • DropBox Integration. All notes, always on hand. DropBox keeps AccessNote in sync with the user’s desktop (and other devices) so their notes are always available and backed up.
  • Compatibility with Bluetooth keyboards. AccessNote is optimized for efficiency with the Apple Wireless Keyboard and for today’s wireless braille displays.AccessNote was developed in conjunction with FloCo Apps and is available on the App Store(sm).

Get more information about this app!

Apple Increases iPad with Retina Display to 128GB

Offers Twice the Storage Capacity to Create & Enjoy Even More Incredible Content

Apple® announced a 128GB* version of the fourth generation iPad® with Retina® display. The 128GB iPad with Wi-Fi and iPad with Wi-Fi + Cellular models provide twice the storage capacity of the 64GB models to hold even more valuable content including photos, documents, projects, presentations, books, movies, TV shows, music and apps.

“With more than 120 million iPads sold, it’s clear that customers around the world love their iPads, and every day they are finding more great reasons to work, learn and play on their iPads rather than their old PCs,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “With twice the storage capacity and an unparalleled selection of over 300,000 native iPad apps, enterprises, educators and artists have even more reasons to use iPad for all their business and personal needs.”

iPad continues to have a significant impact on business with virtually all of the Fortune 500 and over 85 percent of the Global 500 currently deploying or testing iPad. Companies regularly utilizing large amounts of data such as 3D CAD files, X-rays, film edits, music tracks, project blueprints, training videos and service manuals all benefit from having a greater choice of storage options for iPad. The over 10 million iWork® users, and customers who rely on other incredible apps like Global Apptitude for analyzing team film and creating digital playbooks, Auria for an incredible 48 track recording system, or AutoCAD for drafting architectural and engineering drawings, also benefit greatly from having the choice of an iPad with more storage capacity.

The fourth generation iPad features a gorgeous 9.7-inch Retina display, Apple-designed A6X chip, FaceTime® HD camera, iOS 6.1 and ultrafast wireless performance**. iOS 6.1 includes support for additional LTE networks, and iTunes Match℠ subscribers can download individual songs to their iOS devices from iCloud®.

iPad runs over 800,000 apps available on the App Store℠, including more than 300,000 apps designed specifically for iPad, from a wide range of categories including books, games, business, news, sports, health, reference and travel. iPad also supports the more than 5,000 newspapers and magazines offered in Newsstand, and the more than 1.5 million books available on the iBookstore℠.

Pricing & Availability
The new 128GB versions of the fourth generation iPad will be available starting Tuesday, February 5, in black or white, for a suggested retail price of $799 (US) for the iPad with Wi-Fi model and $929 (US) for the iPad with Wi-Fi + Cellular model. All versions of the 128GB iPad will be sold through the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com), Apple retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers.

Reprinted from Apple’s Press Release http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2013/01/29Apple-Increases-iPad-with-Retina-Display-to-128GB.html