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mysms – SMS Texting & SMS Sync – Send MMS & files

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Send & receive all your messages on your computer and tablet – just like on your smartphone. Install mysms and you’ll be able to: * Send and receive messages on your computer * Automatically sync all the messages on your smartphone, tablet and computer * Call notifications on your Mac – when you receive a call on your phone *** PLEASE NOTE: This app is not self-contained. To be able to use mysms, you have to have mysms installed on your smartphone. *** Just follow the following steps and you’ll be on your way: Step 1) Install mysms on your smartphone and register. Step 2) Start the mysms Mac application and log in using your number and password. Why you should be using mysms: ON YOUR SMARTPHONE AND ON THE COMPUTER Send and receive messages on your computer just as you would on your smartphone. All of your messages are automatically kept in sync – that means that you can access them from any of your devices whenever you want. FREE TO FRIENDS If a contact also uses mysms, you can text each other for free using mysms friends. SEND PICTURES AND FILES A picture is worth a thousand words! With mysms you can share your happiest moments with your family and friends. Also, sending all other kinds of files, like videos or word documents, is mere child’s play. SEND TEXT MESSAGES REMOTELY So you pay a flat rate for texting and you want to make use of this on your computer? When you use mysms, you can send texts via your network service provider and there are no additional costs. SAVE TEXTS TO EVERNOTE mysms integrates with Evernote, so you will never lose a message again. You can save, manage and search your text messages in your Evernote account. ****************** We’re always happy to hear from you! Do you have a suggestion? A question? A problem using the application? Just contact us at http://ift.tt/1J77vL5 and we’ll get back to you as quickly as possible. You can reach us on Facebook at http://ift.tt/1i1Sy1M, on Twitter as well as on Google+ gplus.to/mysms

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3.8

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The app is almost accessible 100 percent. However most of the image controls you click on don’t have very good labels. I tried contacting the developer but they don’t seem to understand what I mean by accessible controls. They keep saying thanks for your feedback, we’re glad to have you on board.”

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There are some accessibility issues with this app, but it can still be used if you are willing to tolerate these issues and learn how to work around them.

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I hope this app does become accessible at some point where the controls are labeled, it is a very handy app to use, I use it on my mac and android device, but there is mysms mirror for ios I believe.

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This is big fun! Action-Packed Soundboard with funny sounds. Only high-quality! All sounds can be re-arranged – use your favorite sounds faster. Includes sounds like guns, sexy, fun, bombs, animals, women, phones… Everything you need! All regular updates with new sounds will be free for all customers!

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1.3

Free or Paid: 

Paid

Version Of OS X App Was Tested On: 

10.12.4

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This app is totally unusable with VoiceOver. Even though the app opens when you choose to open it, VoiceOver indicates a lack of app windows within the app. Very disappointed.

Usability: 

The app is totally inaccessible.

Other Comments: 

I downloaded this app in hopes that it would be usable with VoiceOver. No Such luck. See my accessibility comments for further details.

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We are pleased to announce the launch of community accessibility ratings, giving members of the AppleVis community an opportunity to submit their own accessibility ratings for all apps listed in one of our App Directories.

When viewing an App Directory entry, logged-in users will now be presented with the option to add their own accessibility rating of the app. By submitting your own ratings, you help to ensure that our information regarding what is likely to be the first thing that most in this community will want to know about an app—its accessibility status—is as accurate, representative and up-to-date as possible.

An app which has additional ratings submitted by members of the community will have a tab titled “Community Accessibility Ratings”, where you can view details of all the submitted ratings. As an example, see the entry for Overcast: Podcast Player.

User profile pages now include a section where you can view all of the ratings that the user has submitted; there is a standalone page where you can view all accessibility ratings, on all apps, by all users; and the five most recent ratings will be displayed in a new area of the site’s home page.

The rating list on profile pages makes it easy to keep track of your own ratings. Additionally, if you have submitted a rating for an app, your rating and it’s date will be shown to you on the App Directory entry itself.

We believe that the introduction of community accessibility ratings will benefit those wanting to learn about the accessibility of an app; whether that be an end user or the developer. in the case of developers, community accessibility ratings provide a quick and easy way of getting an overview of how blind and low vision users rate the accessibility of an app.

We hope that you find community accessibility ratings to be both helpful and informative.

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Moving apps around with iOS 10.3.1 using VoiceOver

With iOS 10, a new way exists through the actions rotor on the home screen to move apps around your various home screens. While the old method is still available, the new way of accomplishing this task seems to be preferred by many. The below process was written for iOS version 10.3.1, and if the instructions do not follow this method, chances are good you are not running that version of iOS.

Moving Apps Around Screens

To move an app to a different location of your home screen, do the following:

  1. Locate the app you wish to move.
  2. Flick up or down to the “arrange App” option and double tap.
  3. Double tap again and VoiceOver will prompt: “choose a destination for” followed by the name of the app.
  4. Move to where you wish the app to be located. You can change pages if you like and this will not change the below instructions.
  5. Once you have arrived at where you would like to place the app, flick down with one finger. You can: cancel the move, create a new folder with the app that has VoiceOver focus, place the app before the current item, after the current item, or choose the default action which would bring up the ability to delete the app instead of moving it. Note that if VoiceOver is focused on a folder, an action rotor item for adding the app you are moving will appear. Accomplishing this task is detailed below in the next section. Double tap the option you wish to use, and the app will be placed accordingly.
  6. After placing the app you just moved, the app will show up where you moved it, with all other apps adjusting to accommodate this change. If you wish to move another app, locate it, and flick up or down once to the “move” option and proceed as indicated above.
  7. When you have finished moving things around, press the home button.

Folders

If you wish to place an app in a folder:

  1. Locate the app you wish to move.
  2. Flick up or down to the “arrange App” option and double tap.
  3. Double tap again and VoiceOver will prompt: “choose a destination for” followed by the name of the app.
  4. Move to the folder you wish the app to be sitting in. You can change pages if you like and this will not change the below instructions.
  5. Flick down twice to add the app to the chosen folder and then double tap.
  6. VoiceOver will then either say the app has been added to the folder, or it will indicate that focus is on the app. If VoiceOver reports that the app has been added to the folder, simply double tap the screen to enter the folder. If VoiceOver says You are still focused on the app, it’s lying. It is actually outside of the folder. If this second scenario is the case, Tap anywhere on the screen to regain focus and navigate to the folder you just moved the app to.
  7. The newly placed app in the folder will be placed on the first available icon. Flick down to the option to move the app. You can close the folder, which would let you move the app outside the folder, place it before the app that currently has focus, or place the app you are moving after the app currently in focus. Double tap on the option that best suits your needs.
  8. Press the home button when you are done moving apps to complete the process.

Moving apps out of folders.

  1. From within the folder, locate the app you wish to move outside that folder.
  2. Flick down to the “arrange app” option and double tap twice.
  3. Once it is outside the folder, proceed as indicated in the previous 2 sections as needed.

Note that once you double tap twice to move an app, you can also perform a 2 finger scrub to move out of the folder if you wish. Also note that pressing the Home button will not move you out of the folder, but will exit screen edit mode

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Tooth Fairy

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Single click away from your favorite bluetooth devices.

Tooth Fairy helps you to switch connection of selected bluetooth devices, for example, AirPods, directly from menu bar or even global hotkey. You can do it with the system bluetooth menu bar but Tooth Fairy can save you a few clicks

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2.0

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Paid

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10.12.5

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No accessibility issues and works well.

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The app is fully accessible with VoiceOver and is easy to navigate and use.

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Yo, human! – Proofreading Mac, a VoiceOver Activity: Accessing Life with Adaptive Technology

Yo, human! – Proofreading Mac, a VoiceOver Activity: Accessing Life with Adaptive Technology

Before my VoiceOver adventures began I was able to proofread my creative and technical writings quickly and easily. My constant struggle with grammar aside, I could find misspellings and punctuation errors, even capitalization and formatting issues with ease. I could quickly blast through multi-page documents in a matter of minutes. Then my longtime visual orientation completely evolved into an audible one. This presented many new challenges to overcome, including proof-reading by listening.

I explored many avenues of adaptation to help me navigate my computer before learning VoiceOver. One of the first was the Speakable Items feature of previous Mac OSs. I used AppleScript to automate many functions including sending keystrokes to the computer then changing them to spoken commands using Speakable Items. Using AppleScript’s “say” command, I even had my Mac orally responding to my spoken commands. I could say “Computer” and it would often reply with “Good guess!” However, changes in my own approach and in the OS began to make this situation less applicable. I discovered that quick verbal navigation, while helping tremendously, would not be enough. As my path towards VoiceOver progressed my need for proofing my materials became both more apparent and more of an unknown.

When the Dictation feature was introduced, I dove in thinking that this would increase my writing speeds immensely, which it did. Unfortunately, it also increased my need for proof-reading as well. I remember emailing a colleague, trying to explain some of the issues and how I had to watch for phonetically misspelled words. His somewhat humorous reply was “Fanatically misspelled words?” Case in point, I now use Dictation sporadically and mostly on iOS. However, the Dictation service definitely deserves another future look.

I could be considered a mid-speed tripod typist, poking at the keyboard with three fingers on each hand. Because of my narrowed eyesight, I had perfected my typing skills by looking at the keyboard rather than the computer screen. I took it on faith that my typing was actually appearing in my document. I only occasionally looked up to confirm what I was creating. This “writing on faith” method became inappropriate over time along with the others, but were a very good precursor to my headlong dive into VoiceOver. Throughout the several years of these methods it was becoming apparent that proof-reading by listening would be a huge part of my future.

Now after a few years of using VoiceOver exclusively I am finding several VO methods that are beginning to help. I should state that I am by no means an expert at this, I am still going through much of the learning curve myself. One of the things that I discovered was the use of VO’s Activities and using them to help me proof-read my materials. While not being a complete solution, the methods described below seem to be a good couple of additions to the process.

Activities, in General.

Activities can be created by opening the VoiceOver Utility, press Control-Option-f8. Include the fn key if working on a laptop. In the Features table near the bottom, choose Activities then exit the table and arrow to the right until you find the Activities Table. Once more to the right will land you on the ‘Add button’ where you can create a new Activity. After creating and naming an Activity exit the Activities table. Arrowing to the right again will reveal all of the VO settings that can be altered for an Activity.

In the Settings area, choose a category by marking its checkbox, then one arrow to the right to Activate the Set button. You will be presented with the same window from the default VO settings. All of the standard panes and tabs are presented, change them at will. When finished with that category, activate the default ‘Done’ button near the bottom of the window. This will apply your new settings to the currently selected Activity in the Activities Table. I will not try to relate all of the possibilities that appear as it would require more length than is appropriate for a blog post. Farther below find the custom settings that I currently use for my proofing and Reading Activity’s.

Of note, many people highly customize their default VoiceOver settings to their own preferences. When using Activities on a Mac, to the best of my knowledge, any settings designated in an Activity will over-ride those same settings of your current VO set up. Any Activity settings that are not customized will use your default VO settings. Example: I have QuickNav setup the way I like as part of my own default VO settings. When I create a new activity, I do not have to set up QuickNav in the Activity because it is already using my default VO settings for QuickNav. Using Activities is like having a temporary additional set-up while you navigate under that Activity, but everything uses your custom default VO settings unless you change them. Plus everything reverts when you switch back to your default set up.

Proofing and Reading Activities.

In general:

My proofing Activity speaks all punctuation and changes in attributions, plus announces misspelled words. It uses sound effects with spatial audio to help indicate the layout of the document. By default VO already raises pitch for capitalization and quoted text. In my default VO settings I have Intonation set in the 90s to help with this and to indicate sentence structure and paragraph flow. See the exact settings farther below.

My Reading Activity speaks no punctuation, attributions, misspellings or sound effects. It is slowed down with my chosen Voice to an audio book speed. I listen to longer documents this way while I kick back and relax. While writing, I also use it for listening to sentence and paragraph structure and to help maintain the content flow from one section to another. The VO cursor is magnified some even though I cannot see it, in case I want to record the screen while it reads one sentence at a time, making a nice “follow the bouncing ball” type presentation. These can work well for the blind and visually impaired and possibly those with reading hurdles as well. This also gives the additional opportunities for the sighted to improve their listening skills, growing comfortable with computer voices. They can read along while they listen.

I do not set my two activities for any specific app, instead I switch between them using Activity Chooser. Control-Option-X. I guess I am somewhat of a control-freak when it comes to my computer. I like to have a more direct approach over which navigation mode I am currently using and do not want it to change because I quickly switched to another app.

If you often only use two Activities, Control-Option-x-x, will switch back and forth between the current and previously chosen Activity. If you have more than two Activities, you can also move vertically through the Chooser list and press control-Option-Spacebar to activate. The Activity Chooser will always show your custom “VoiceOver default settings” as one of the choices.

The settings given below are my selected settings for each of my Activities. As I find more options that work with either one, I can add them to the existing Activities. This way they grow over time with use.

Proofing Activity:

In VoiceOver Utility>Activities, with Proofing selected in the Activities table.

Note: I am skipping over entire sections of the settings because they are features that I do not use, such as Braille. Perhaps someone with experience in these areas can provide better information. For brevity I am also skipping past settings that are being left at default, I am only showing the settings that I altered or confirmed.

Verbosity Settings:

Speech Tab:

Default Speech Verbosity: High.
Set to High for as much information as possible, without customizing.

Additional speech verbosity options, disclosure triangle.
Expand this for the custom verbosity table full of options to customize Verbosity with VoiceOver.

Text Tab:

Punctuation: All.
This is a pop-up button with various levels. I use ‘All’ so I can hear double punctuation, quotes etc.

Repeated punctuation: Always spoken.
This is a pop-up button with various amounts of repeats. My setting allows VO to always read everything.

While typing speak: Characters and words.
I like to hear certain words as a confirmation as I type.

When text attributes change: Speak attributes.
This announces changes in text styles. I found this to be a good thing to keep track of, especially for those unintentional changes.

When encountering a misspelled word: Speak attributes.
This option says “misspelled” while reading the word, it definitely catches my attention. See more about misspellings and auto-stuff in the tips section near the bottom.

When encountering a link/attachment: Speak.
This simply includes the word “Link” when one is encountered.

Read numbers as: Digits
This reads each digit of a number, which all need proofing as well.

When reading a capital letter: Speak Cap.
Cap P, Cap D, etc. Note, VO only says “Cap” when encountering a single capital letter. On capitalized words it changes pitch instead.

Announcements Tab:

I have most of these settings turned off, except for…

Announce when the Caps Lock key is pressed: Checked.
This notifies me immediately of accidental presses.

Speak header when navigating across a table row: Checked.
This helps track my position when navigating through tables.

Automatically speak text in dialog boxes: Unchecked.
This helps me retain focus on proofing, especially when it interrupts something like code. Suddenly I am proofing a warning message instead. 🙂

Speak text under mouse after delay: Unchecked.
I confirm that this is off, since my mouse cursor is mostly unused.

Hints Tab:

In this pane I turn everything off, trying to fine-tune the experience for proofing. I can make another Activity for discovering the OS at a later date.

Speak instructions for using the item in the VoiceOver cursor: Unchecked.

When an item has a help tag: Do nothing.

After completing the Verbosity settings, I move down to “additional settings to include” and expand the triangle. The only remaining settings I alter is Sound. Check the box and activate the Set button.

Sound Settings:

Mute sound effects: Unchecked.

Enable audio ducking: Unchecked.

Enable positional audio: Checked.
This helps occasionally by making sound effects from the sides of the screen where the cursor generated the sound.

Reading Activity:

Many people have their own preferences when customizing VoiceOver to their own needs. In my Reading Activity, I wanted it to sound as if someone else was reading my materials to me at a natural pace. This ended up involving turning almost everything down or off so as little extra information is relayed as possible.

To get started, I created another Activity using the Add button and named it “Reading.” In VoiceOver Utility>Activities, with Reading selected in the Activities table, the Settings area includes…

Verbosity Settings:

Speech Tab:

Default Speech Verbosity: Low.
For Reading, I only want it to speak what I typed.

Punctuation: None.
This seems to work best for relaxed listening and tracking sentence and paragraph structure.

When text attributes change: Do nothing.

Read only what was typed.

When encountering a misspelled word: Do nothing.

When encountering a link/attachment: Do nothing.

Read numbers as: Words.

When reading a capital letter: Do nothing.

Announcements Tab:

Everything in this pane is left to defaults except the following settings…

Announce when the Caps Lock key is pressed: Checked

Speak header when navigating across a table row: Unchecked.

Hints Tab:

Speak instructions for using the item in the VoiceOver cursor: Unchecked.

When an item has a help tag: Do nothing.

Additional settings to include: Expanded.
Expanding this allows for my Reading Activity to access the additional settings below.

Voices Settings:

Using the Alex voice…

Rate: set to 38.
This slows down the voice to a speed that allows for easy recognition of all consonants. It can also be a decent speed for those new to computer voices without being too fast.

Intonation: set to 95.
This changes the tonal qualities and inflections with certain types of punctuation. The inflection changes and Alex pauses when encountering a comma. The Intonation drops some at the end of a sentence when finding a period, and rises on a Question Mark. Other punctuation that only mildly effected speech now does it a bit more.

Sounds Settings:

Mute sound effects: Checked.
This prevents all VO Sound Effects from playing.

All other settings in this pane are turned off.

Visuals Settings:

VoiceOver Cursor Tab:

Show VoiceOver cursor: Checked.
This highlights the VO cursor with a boundary rectangle, making it more visible.

VoiceOver Cursor Magnification: 4.
This enlarges the item in the VO cursor as it moves.

When reading text, move VoiceOver cursor by: Sentence.
This highlights and magnifies what is being read, a sentence at a time. This option also applies to the “Read all” function of VO, Control-Option-A, which reads from the current VO cursor position to the bottom of the document.

All other options for the Visuals Settings are turned off including; Caption Panel, Braille Panel, and Touch screens. The Menus Tab is left to defaults.

Finally, with any of my Activities I leave the following setting empty.

Use this activity for: Apps & Websites.

Use this activity for: blank.
I leave this text field empty so that no amount of app switching will change my current Activity. I use the Activity Chooser to flip through my created Activities, Control-Option-X.

There you have it, my two main Activities for proofing my materials. One for punctuation and misspellings, the other for flow and structure. The Reading Activity is also set to be visually informative, in case I am using it for instructing a client or doing a screen recording.

There is much more that can go into proof-reading your materials. The use of customized Activities can help with some of the meticulous work. Activities can be created for any number of navigation modes. Which ones you create should always fit your particular needs. In the future I will probably make one for Copy and Paste methods, shutting off all extra info being stated by VO. This gives me more time to press Control-Option-Shift-C, which copies the last spoken phrase by VO. Even perhaps one for Discovery mode, where everything is set to relate maximum info, to help learn more about an interface or web page.

There seems to be only scattered information online about proof-reading with a screen-reader. One of the more complete findings is below.

A good resource for basic proof-reading with JAWS, NVDA and VoiceOver: http://ift.tt/2naGJQZ

Tips for Writing and Proofing:

You can use Command-; (semi-colon), to jump to the next misspelled word. To get a list of suggestions, press Control-Option-Shift-M, to pop up the contextual menu then arrow down through the list. Note: this does not move the VO cursor to the word, making it hard to check it in context.

Try using the VO key press; Control-Option-Command-E to find the next misspelling. Use Control-Option-Command-Shift-E to find the previous one. This method does move the VO cursor into place.

I don’t like auto-stuff happening while I type or proof-read, perhaps my inner control freak is showing again. I like to maintain a manual control over things, though I am possibly missing some great features. Currently I turn off the following features:

In Keyboard Preferences>Text Tab, I turn off the following options; Correct spelling automatically, Capitalize words automatically, Add period with double-space, Use smart quotes and dashes.

This set-up prevents anything from changing or popping up and becoming a distraction.

You can change the Verbosity levels on the fly by pressing, Control-Option-v. Then hold down Control-Option and use the right and left arrows to flip through the Verbosity settings. Use up and down arrows to increase or decrease each setting. Press Control-Option-Spacebar to confirm your changes and return to normal navigation.

You can adjust the Speech settings by holding down, Control-Option-Command and use the arrow keys in the same fashion as above. Let go of every key when done, to return to normal navigation.

Customizing VoiceOver on Mac. Activities are described near the bottom of this Apple guide on customizing VoiceOver

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An older but still relevant podcast by one of our own: Mac Basics #23: Creating and Using VoiceOver Activities, by David Woodbridge

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Apple Releases iOS 10.3.1 with Bug Fixes and Security Improvements

Apple has today released iOS 10.3.1 to the public, one week after the release of iOS 10.3.

While full release notes for iOS 10.3.1 are not yet available, the iOS 10.3.1 update screen says the following about the update:

iOS 10.3.1 includes bug fixes and improves the security of your iPhone or iPad.

As iOS 10.3.1 appears to be primarily an update focused on bug fixes and security updates, it is unlikely that there will be any changes in this update specific to accessibility. However, if you do notice any accessibility-related changes, please do let us know in the comments.

iOS 10.3.1 is available via Over-the-Air Update (Settings>General>Software Update) or via iTunes on your Mac or PC. As always, we recommend making a backup of your device before installing any software update.

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