Correct Link for Logic and VoiceOver PodcastsLogic, VoiceOver

A short time ago, I posted about a podcast done by Keith Reedy on using VoiceOver on the Mac with Logic. I am posting the new and correct link for all of his podcasts that he will be doing on this subject. Please see the podcasts
here.

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Apple September 9, 2014, Event

I’m a few days late here, but Apple held another event on September 9. Once again, they spoke about several new product releases and other news. You can read a summary of events on the
News page
in which I have taken information directly from the Apple Hot News page to make it easier to round up the news.

Basically, the
Apple Watch
and
iPhone 6 and 6 Plus
were the major product announcements. Additionally, it was announced
iOS 8
will be released next week on the 17th. There will be a new service included with iOS 8 and included on the iPhone 6 models and Apple Watch called,
Apple Pay.
Finally,
Apple and the band, U2,
teamed up to give fans a free album one can download from iTunes.

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A Couple of Links to Share and a Quick Note

Here are a couple of links I wanted to share that might be helpful to others.

The first is from Applevis, and is written by, James Goldsworthy, a client and friend of mine. It’s on how to install the high quality voices for your iDevice. Note that it is written with UK English in mind, but the info James has provided works for all voices.

Go here to read the article.

The second link is for a podcast on Logic Pro X accessibility done by another friend, Keith Reedy. I have gotten more than a few questions about how accessible logic is with VoiceOver. This podcast should be quite useful to those interested in the subject.

You’ll find it here.

Lastly, as a note to the visitors and readers of this site, I have been fortunate enough to have gotten some contract work directly with Apple in regards to accessibility. As a consequence of this situation, I will be traveling out to California periodically. Also, well, I will have work to do for them, along with my training. How everything is impacted remains to be seen, but the point to this note is that updates to this site may not come as frequently and info I’d want to post quickly might be delayed. So, I apologize in advance, but it cannot be helped.

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Something to Check Out

It’s always interesting to me when accessibility is reported on by the mainstream media. This is a good source for Apple info and my brother sent me a link to this article. Whatever you may feel about the National Federation of the Blind, it is nice to see Apple getting some recognition for their commitment to accessibility. I am particularly please because of the nonsense I occasionally read by the ignorant or simple-minded Apple bashers who like to stir up the old and tiresome, “Apple doesn’t care about the blind” statements.

There are links to the original NFB blog post in the article, but the 9 to 5 Mac article can be read,
here.

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WWDC 2014

I am a little late here, but Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference keynote for 2014 was held yesterday in San Francisco. I am not going to reinvent the wheel here. A lot has already been written about Mac OS X Yosemite and iOS 8. So, I will point you at a comprehensive summary done about the keynote and its highlights. The good folks at Applevis have done a far better job than I could do. You can read about it
here.

For details on Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite, you can
see them here.

For iOS 8 information,
you cango here
for all of the details.

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Another item that Might be of Interest

Here is another announcement that crossed my desk. This is from the folks at Fedora Outlier. See the below link for all of the details!

Mac Master Series presented by Fedora Outlier LLC

Have you recently purchased a Mac computer? Did you make the switch from the Windows platform to the Mac, but have no idea where to begin? Everything you need from getting started to becoming a proficient Mac user will be available to you when you take part in Fedora Outlier’s Mac Master Series.

How will this course help you learn how to use your Mac? We are able to provide you with a better than excellent, easy to follow on-line course that will help you to master your Mac computer. It will begin from the moment you unbox the computer, with instructions for every step along the way, and move on to VoiceOver, the built-in screen reader that is included on all Mac computers ever since OS 10.4 Tiger.

We are beginning this journey with a fantastic launch party on Thursday, May 15 at 9 P.M. Eastern, 8 P.M. Central, 7 P.M. Mountain, and 6 P.M. Pacific time. You won’t want to miss a single moment, and have only to gain from joining the Fedora team along with all of our other attendees. We will explain more about the Mac Master Series, and answer all of your questions, so don’t delay, get your invitation right now at the following link:

Launch party

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Another Item that Might be of Interest to Some Folks

The following was passed along to me by Brie Rumery of Fedora Outlier, LLC. I thought some folks might be interested in the event described below. Rick Boggs, founder of Audio Eyes, LLC, is going to be a guest on Fedora’s Access Chat, Tuesday evening event via Twitter on May 6.

Blind Media Professionals Open Hollywood’s Eyes to Watching TV

Make Media Accessible Event and Live Streaming Interactive Webcast Set for May 14; Entertainment Industry, Educators and Disability Community Invited to Attend

Los Angeles, CA. (April 29, 2014) — Nationally renowned video description expert Rick Boggs, of Audio Eyes, LLC. and his team of production professionals who supply video description for broadcast TV networks, will demonstrate the process they use to produce effective video description in a May 14, 2014 event and webcast at webinar.dcmp.org

The event, “Inside Video Description: How Pictures Become Words,” will take place from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. (PST) in Burbank at the Dolby Labs, Umlang Theater, 3601 West Alameda Avenue Burbank, CA 91505, along with the live interactive webcast on webinar.dcmp.org.

“This is a unique opportunity to bring together Hollywood executives, TV producers, educators and a number of professionals from within the disability community to reveal state-of-the-art techniques on ways professionals with vision loss are adding value to the description production process,” says Rick Boggs, whose company, Audio Eyes LLC, provides accessible media services to the entertainment community.

Boggs and his team will demonstrate his company’s Quality Control Process to those attending the event as well as broadcast it online in partnership with the Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP), the nation’s largest free-loan educational described and captioned media library.

Boggs believes all these communities have a great deal to learn from one another in making commercial and educational media accessible.

Josh Miele, director, Video Description Research and Development Center (VDRDC) agrees. “We all find ourselves wondering how to make media more usable and enjoyable for persons without sight. We wonder about the cost and the time involved in making media accessible, and how to tell whether the video description accommodation is effective and worthwhile to students and consumers,”

In particular, Miele and Boggs believe this process offers the film and television industry, the creators of America’s most powerful cultural and economic export, a new opportunity to make media inclusive and to work inclusively with “disabled” professionals.

A television celebrity host and a nationally renowned video description expert will lead a demonstration and discussion to review the process and to answer questions.

“Holding the event in Burbank will give executives and producers from Hollywood who attend the chance to see firsthand the live demonstration of the critical video description quality control process, with plenty of time to ask questions about how the process can impact their work,” says Boggs.

He adds that blind consumers who attend the web event will be invited to submit their comments and questions live during the video description process. He also notes that those with vision loss will have an unprecedented opportunity to learn about professional opportunities in the field of accessible media.

About Audio Eyes: The company is a leading provider of video description and accessible media for broadcast television networks, major movie studios, independent filmmakers, educational institutions, and government agencies. Based in Los Angeles, Audio Eyes was founded by Rick Boggs, a blind audio engineer and pioneer who has championed the inclusion of blind professionals in the production of description and accessible media. His commitment saw him awarded the California Governor’s Trophy and the Barry Levine Memorial Award for Audio Description. Audio Eyes describers, engineers and producers have delivered Video Description for first run and syndicated TV shows, theatrical movies, DVDs, award winning documentaries and online published videos. Additionally, they have extensive experience producing audio dramas, audio books, music, radio programs, radio ads, and a variety of business-to-business audio products. For more information, visitwww.audioeyes.com.

About The Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP): The Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP) provides the nation’s largest free-loan educational described and captioned media library. DCMP also offers an accessible media information center, providing information on accessible media, a database of accessible media available for purchase, and guidelines for vendors and other wishing to learn to add description and captioning to media. DCMP has also developed an accessible event/webinar platform, providing an accessible event experience for attendees who are deaf or blind. The DCMP is administered by the National Association of the Deaf and is funded by the U.S. Department of Education. More information is available online at www.dcmp.org

For information contact:

Rick Boggs: 818-439-9698
Email: rickb@audioeyesllc.com
Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn

Micah Grossman: 818-815-5865
Email: micahg@audioeyesllc.com

Rick Boggs, General Manager
Audio Eyes, LLC
www.AudioEyes.com
Studio: 818-678-0880
Mobile: 818-439-9698
email: rickb@audioeyesllc.com

Recipient of the 2013 Barry Levine Memorial Award for Career Achievement in Audio Description

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An Interesting Post to Pass Along to Those Who Still Believe the Myths About VoiceOver

I’m sure we all know someone. The person who still is quick to go on and on about the various myths about why Windows is easier to use than the Mac and how Windows is more efficient, yada, yada, yada. It’s as ridiculous as the Windows Fan Boys who still spew the 1990′s thinking about the Mac in regards to it being a “toy” and that “no one uses them” etc.

Well, this was posted on the mac4thblind list and I thought it was worth posting here. Please circulate this. From the good folks from Applevis, this
is worth the read

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Updates, 3/17/14

I have been working on the site for the last few weeks and there are some little tweaks throughout it. This includes updating some of the information to reflect OS X Mavericks in the Tips and Tricks for the Mac and OS X page of the site.

Also, I have added episode 21 of the Audio Demonstration Series, which is a podcast on the Interaction feature of VoiceOver on the Mac. You can find it in the
Demonstrations Page
of the site.

There are a few other updates in some other places as well, so enjoy. Have a happy Saint Paddy’s day folks!

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OK, so what about this Whole Interaction Concept on the Mac?

The Concept of Interaction on the Mac

Having worked with people and having also trained folks on the Mac for a good four years consistently now, as well as being a member of several blind Mac user email lists, I can certainly say that the interaction concept used in VoiceOver on the Mac tends to be one of the liveliest topics. Without a doubt, it can often be confusing to a new Mac user, especially if that user is making the transition from Windows. They might understand the proper keystrokes to start and stop interacting (control-option-shift-down arrow and control-option-shift-up arrow respectively), but the concept itself is frequently like a foreign language to some, and, of course, this leads to confusion and frustration.

I would say that the biggest question I am asked, beyond having to explain just what interaction is, would be the basic question as to when one is supposed to interact and when it is not necessary. Again, memorizing the keystrokes is usually not an issue, but knowing when to use those keystrokes presents the problem more times than not for the new user. I couldn’t even begin to try to guess as to how many times I have had this very conversation with my clients or other Mac users. It’s certainly a concept that I had my share of difficulties with wrapping my head around in the beginning.

Thus, I am going to attempt to shed some light on the whole interaction concept and try to offer some tips as to know when one has to interact and when one does not. Also, I will present some examples of the situations in which one has to interact and, hopefully, give you seven specific types of items one encounters on the Mac that require interaction. It really is not all that mysterious once one starts to understand that there are some rules to help guide you and enable you to navigate the rich waters of VoiceOver on the Mac. Continue reading

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