Computer access

Windows computers

In this demo, we take you through downloading, installing, and changing the default voice in NVDA (Non Visual Desktop Access): a free open source screen reader for Windows.

Apple Mac computers

In this demonstration, we show you how to quickly access the Applications, Documents, and Downloads folder via your Dock using VoiceOver.
This demonstration shows you the way in which you can use VoiceOver to run applications via the Right Option key on your Mac and a designated letter.  For example, Right Option plus E to run Text edit.

Mountain Lion (v10.8)

In this demonstration we go through the major new features of VoiceOver in Mountain Lion including the change to the VoiceOver Spotlight command, dragging/dropping, re-arranging windows, fast forward/rewind in say-all, re-directing the sound output of VoiceOver etc.

In this demonstration, we show you the new quick short-cut way to turn Accessibility features on or off in Mountain Lion by using Option+Command+F5 to bring up the Accessibility Options dialog.  You can even start VoiceOver via this dialog, as the dialog will speak if you press Tab, Shift+Tab or Space to check or uncheck an option.

Tip: when you first press Option+Command+F5 you will not hear the system say Accessibility Options, only when you press Tab etc will items start to speak.

In this demonstration we show you the new Accessibility System Preference panel which replaces the Universal Access panel for the accessibility features in Mountain Lion.

In this demonstration we explain how the VoiceOver command for accessing Spotlight has been removed (Control+Option+MMM), that you can now access Spotlight from the Status menu (now called the Extras Menu) via Control+Option+MM, and the fact that is probably easier now to bring up Spotlight by the general Mac keyboard command Command+;(semi-colon).

In this demonstration, we show you how to use the new sound re-direction feature in VoiceOver to send the audio output of VoiceOver to another output source, such as a USB head set or external speakers.  In practical terms this means that you could be listening/watching a movie using the bilt-in speakers on your Mac, but have VoiceOver speaking through a USB head set and not coming across the sound of the movie on the internal speakers. (MP3)

In this demonstration we demonstrate the new exciting feature where by you can redirect the display of your Mac (including audio so VoiceOver as well) out to an Apple TV on the same wi-fi network that your Mac is connected to.

In this demonstration we show you how to activate the new Dictation feature in Mountain Lion, and demonstrate dictating in to Textedit, Safari, Messages, and Spotlight.

In this demonstration we explain a little bit about Gate Keeper, which is the way that Mountain Lion determines which applications can be installed on your system. By default, applications from the Mac App Store or from signed developers will be able to be installed on the Mac.  We also show how you can change these options or override the default Mac/signed developer setting to still install an application.

In this demonstration we show you how to access files from iCloud or on your local Mac using Text Edit.

In this demonstration we show you the Messages application now part of Mountain Lion.  Previously this application was a beta in Lion.  With Messages, you can send an iMessage to another iOS user on their iPhone, iPod touch or iPad.

In this demonstration we show you how to create and sync Notes between Notes on your iOS device (iPhone, iPod touch or iPad), and the new Notes application on Mountain Lion on your Mac.

In this demonstration we show you how to setup and use the new notifications centre in Mountain Lion.  Like the Notifications option in iOS (iPhone, iPod touch or iPad), you can receive notifications about iMessages, Mail, Twitter, Calendar, Reminders and so on.

In this demonstration, we show you how to create and sync Reminders between your iOS device (iPhone, iPod touch or iPad), and the Mac using Mountain Lion.

In this demonstration, we show you how the address bar in Safari can not only be used for typing in a web address, but also be used for typing in a search.

In this demonstration, we show you how you can now tweet using Twitter from the Notifications Centre on your Mac using Mountain Lion.

Lion (v10.7)

Learning to keyboard and touch type without looking

The following files comprise audio tutorials on learning to keyboard and touch type. They were originally recorded in 2003 on cassette tape and later transferred to CD. Now we have made them available in Mp3 files for you to listen to on your favourite playback device. there are 22 touch typing lessons.

You may hear instructions from the old cassette days, please ignore these.  In addition, the original recording was using a Windows keyboard, so there may be some keys that are not on your keyboard.  However, the main typing instructions for the actual letters and numbers will work fine with any QWERTY style keyboard (including an Apple Mac keyboard).

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