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Posted on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 by blinky321

Accessing Audio Described DVDs on a Mac Computer.
I was recently very excited to discover that I could play Audio described DVDs on my Apple computer. after inserting a DVD into my MacBook Pro and expecting my wife to have to help me turn on the audio description, I was shocked to find that I was actually able to do this independently, without having to rely on sighted assistance.
I sat back and waited until the computer loaded the DVD which in this case, was a…

8 comments : last update or comment 1 year ago
Posted on Friday, April 25, 2014 by mehgcap


As many of you know, Apple recently opened up its OS X beta testing program to anyone. So long as you have an Apple ID and a Mac that can handle Mavericks, you can test upcoming OS X releases. Note that this is not for iOS testing - that is still limited to developers only.

Please remember that discussion of how to get and run OS X betas is perfectly fine on AppleVis. However, when you agree to become…

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Posted on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 by mehgcap

Partitioning a Drive

When you partition a drive, you essentially make your computer see two different drives where there used to be one. This is useful for a variety of reasons and is something you may find yourself needing to do, but the process on a Mac is a bit complicated. It may be easy to do visually, but using Voiceover, there are some tricks you should know. So, let's get started.

First, open Disk Utility. If you want to browse to it manually, it is in applications/…

1 comments : last update or comment 1 year ago
Posted on Saturday, April 19, 2014 by mehgcap


Safari is the Mac's default web browser, and it does all the usual web browser things - opens webpages, downloads files, plays audio, all that. It has some neat tricks, too, like the Reader that can show you only the meat of an article.

However, if you are coming to the Mac for the first time, especially from a Windows background, Safari can seem like a clunky app at best, and a totally unusable mess at worst. As with all things on the Mac, though, you just have to…

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Posted on Friday, April 18, 2014 by mehgcap

What's a Commander?

A commander is a really handy feature of VoiceOver. With it, you can quickly move around, change a setting, or even run an app or Applescript file. Commanders are very useful and, among many other things, they are an easy way to give the Mac a way to speak the time and date with a single keystroke.

There are four commanders in total, but the ones available to you will vary based on the hardware you have. They are:

  • Keyboard: use the option…
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Posted on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 by mehgcap

The Finder

Finder is the Mac's file browser. With it, you can look at files and folders on internal, external, and network drives; copy, cut, and paste items; tag files for easier locating later; search for files; and more. The problem is that, particularly for those transitioning to the Mac from Windows, Finder is a confusing mess that makes you scared to even go looking for a file. I understand that, because I was there too. Hopefully, in writing down what I've learned over the…

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Posted on Monday, March 10, 2014 by Christopher Hallsworth

Hi all I have some good news if you want to use Windows on your mac using VMWare Fusion. I can now tell you how to re-map one of the keys on your mac keyboard so it becomes an insert key. Here we go.

  1. Open Fusion.
  2. Press command-comma to open preferences.
  3. Interact with the toolbar and click on keyboard and mouse button.
  4. Stop interacting with the toolbar and click on the keymap tab. Skip this step if this tab is selected.
  5. Check the enable keymap…
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Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 by Craig Werner

Note October 17, 2016: a new and updated guide on iOS text editors is now available here.


iPhone and iPad users have a bewildering abundance of plain text editors from which to choose. For projects not requiring complex formatting, there's really no need to bother with a word processor. Devotees of minimalism will revel in the files these…

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Posted on Saturday, February 8, 2014 by mehgcap


So, you're a developer of Apple software. You've followed Apple's guidelines for making your iOS app accessible , or making your OSX app accessible to…

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Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 by Piotr Machacz


iWork 13 was a big update. One that excited blind people, and at the same time annoyed power users. Because the iWork apps were rewritten from scratch, not every feature was included at first. One of these features is assigning hotkeys to styles, which later was brought back in an update. A couple times I’ve seen people asking how it works, so I sat down to figure it out.

How it’s done?

  • Open up pages
  • Create a new document
  • Jump…
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Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 by mehgcap

What Are Tags?

Starting in macOS 10.9 Mavericks, files could be given one or more "tags", to help users keep things organized. A tag is simply a text label you can assign to a file, letting you organize your files with categories instead of, or in addition to, folders. For example, a student might have a science folder, holding a textbook, handouts, tests, notes, assignments, research papers, and more. What if a quiz deals with thermodynamics, as do some files of notes and a paper…

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Posted on Thursday, November 21, 2013 by blindgator
As VoiceOver users on the Mac, we all love short cuts. They make our life and computer experience easier. Most of us are familiar with the basics, when in mail Command N for a new message, and Command Shift D to send that message. We have to learn all of these keyboard commands to use our Macs. I am here to tell you that once you have gotten comfortable using your Mac, there are even more ways to speed up performance. Today I want to discuss Keyboard Commander. Some of you are very familiar…
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Posted on Sunday, November 17, 2013 by WildmanJoe
Though I’m not always the best writer, I do enjoy writing down my thoughts from time to time. There’s just one problem with that. It’s not secure. Sure, there are all kinds of apps for the mac and your I device that allow you to journal. However, most of the apps I have seen are only somewhat usable, or just way too fancy for what I want to do. I played with the MacJournal app for the mac a few months ago, but I was not impressed. it would always crash on me while I was writing, and I finally…
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Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 by Special K
The other day, a few folks and I were comparing stories about switching to a Mac, and trying to build a case for some others to switch as well. The greatest complaint that evening was how Voiceover is less responsive than a screen reader in Windows. This got me to thinking of what the differences were, and through experimentation, have figured out a few tips to make Voiceover as responsive as you want it to be. At this point, I dare to say my Voiceover is just as responsive as the leading…
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Posted on Monday, October 14, 2013 by Chris Gilland
A lot of people have been asking me how to use both the auto correct and also the check spelling options in I O S. I've been told about the podcast done by Marco, and the few guides which have been posted up here, but all of them seem to not be very intuitive. For this reason, I'd like to do my absolute best to try explaining this a bit more slowly and even provide you a few exercises to try to help you familiarize yourself with how this works. It's definitely a little bit tricky, and it's…
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Posted on Sunday, October 6, 2013 by Walei
Hello, I recently discovered a new way of scrolling and thought it was a bug until I read it in Apple's iPhone User Guide. I also wanted to post it because I couldn't find anything about it on AppleVis so forgive me if I'm repeating something that's already known. Instead of using 3 fingers to scroll, I've been able to scroll by using one finger to double tap and hold and then moving in the direction I wish to scroll. This gesture seems to work everywhere including the home screen. To…
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Posted on Thursday, October 3, 2013 by Scott Davert
To complete this process, you must have agreed to the BARD Service agreement, and be signed in to a BARD account. This will not work for people who do not have accounts with the national Library Service for the Blind and Physically handicapped . For more info on whether you qualify, and to apply if you do, see the Bard main page Note that the only reasons you would hav needed to sign in is because the app will not work until you have done so.…
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Posted on Wednesday, September 18, 2013 by AnonyMouse

Updated: iOS 9

Listed below are some common commands which can be used with Siri in iOS 9.


  • "Show Accessibility Settings"
  • "Turn on Voice Over"
  • "Turn on Invert Colors"
  • “Turn on Guided Access”
  • "Turn on Assistive Touch"
  • "Show me the Accessibility Settings"
  • "Open VoiceOver settings"


  • "Call Randy"
  • "Call my wife on her iPhone"
  • "Call home"
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Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 by Mike Fulton
How to Get Push Gmail Notifications on your iOS device 1. go to and create an account. Create an email address, do not use your gmail address. 2. sign into your gmail account and go to settings 3. go to forwarding and add your email address. Choose to archive gmail's copy of the message. 4. sign into your account 5. go to options, then more mail options 6. add your gmail account as a send account 7. select your gmail account as the default…
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Posted on Tuesday, July 9, 2013 by Deborah Armstrong
You can navigate through a web page with links to streaming audio. ACB Radio comes to mind. But when you stream the audio, you find no way to save the URL of the stream as a shortcut icon on your home screen. Not to worry, you can bookmark Audio stream URLS too. Simply locate the link as usual. But instead of double-tapping to activate it, double-tap and hold. Wait for a second and an "action" menu will slide in to view. The URL target of the selected link will be read prefixed by the…
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