[mac4theblind] Re: Using an ipad

John, I have never used a Pad. I am not sure if you have used a Touch or
Phone much.

I wonder for those of us without any useable sight, is there any reason to
choose the IPad. It seems to me it only adds bulk.

I guess there are some apps for the IPad not available to the Phone/Touch,
but they seem to be few.

Thanks for your comments on why one might choose one or the other.

Eric
 

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Subject: [mac4theblind] Re: Using an ipad

     To be honest, you can't really make an assessment in one sitting as far
as an iPad or iPhone or iPod Touch.  The whole touch interface is something
that takes a little getting used to.  It's actually far easier and intuitive
than one might think.

    I use an iPad daily, and it's just a fantastic device.  There really is
not a matter of finding things specifically on the screen.  I don't really
know why anyone would use any tactile overlays.  To me, personally, that
would just be confusing.  The screen is effected by what you have open or
what you are doing.  You need only slide a finger across and up and down the
screen to get a visual representation of what is being shown.  Additionally,
there are certain formats or patterns that you will get used to, like
looking at the Settings categories and examining the individual options.

    I don't use a Braille display with my iPad, so I can't really speak with
any knowledge on this.  However, I know you can connect one via the
bluetooth feature.  I might try this with my BrailleNote at some point, but
for me, it hasn't been something I've found myself needing to do.

     Overall, though, I would certainly consider the iPad an option for you.
Again, don't let that initial reaction cloud your decision.


Take Care

John D. Panarese
Director
Mac for the Blind
john@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
http://www.macfortheblind.com

AUTHORIZED APPLE STORE BUSINESS AFFILIATE MAC VOICEOVER TRAINING AND SUPPORT



On Aug 25, 2011, at 3:33 PM, Benjamin Blatter wrote:

> Hi to all
> 
> Today, I went to an apple store and held an iPad in my hands for the 
> first time. Amazing, it's much thinner than I thought. The guy there 
> activated voice over.
> 
> However I found it rather difficult to do things with all this 
> touching and wiping. Most of all locating some things on the plain 
> glass screen. And some funny things happened like the iPod suddenly
playing music ...
> 
> Maybe I was shy or it was just an unlucky start for me. but anyway, 
> I'm wondering if you guys are really using an ipad or ipod touch for 
> your daily life? I read somewhere about a company which makes some 
> tactile overlays for blind people. Are you using something like that 
> or are you really just getting fine by figure out and memorizing all the
spots on the glass screen?
> 
> I'm actually looking for a portable organizer. So I thought an ipad 
> might be an interesting solution since you could look at your 
> appointmens sort of like reading them in braille ... Do you guys organize
your things this way?
> 
> And is there a certain braille display you would reccommend to use 
> with these devices?
> 
> Kind regards
> Ben
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