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VOICEOVER DICTATION

(MACOSX YOSEMITE)
- RELEASE DATE: OCTOBER, 2014

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A PUBLICATION FROM THE...

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INFORMATION

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VOICEOVER UTILITY - MACOS-10.10 OR LATER

APPLE ACCESSIBILITY SERVICES
1-877-204-3930

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THIS SPEAKABLE O-S-X APP HAS ITS LIMITS.

ALSO, I-O-S SIRI APPARENTLY WILL NOT BE MIGRATING TO THE MAC.

A. MICROPHONE

THE USE OF AN EXTERNAL MIC SETUP IS ENABLED IN SYSTEM PREFERENCES, SOUND BUTTON, INPUT TAB WITH INSTRUCTIONS FOR SETTINGS AND ADJUSTMENTS.

ALSO, THE MICROPHONE GRAPHIC APPEARS IN THE LOWER RIGHT CORNER OF THE DESKTOP AND INCLUDES A “DONE” BUTTON WHICH CAN BE SELECTED EITHER BY KEY COMMAND OR MOUSE CLICK.

IMPORTANTLY, TESTING OF THE INPUT METER IS ESSENTIAL TO BE SURE IT IS FULLY FILLED WHENEVER USING THE MIC, HOWEVER, BACKGROUND NOISE CAN HAVE A NEGATIVE EFFECT.
CAUTION: ALL OF THE ABOVE MAY REQUIRE SIGHTED ASSISTANCE

CAUTION: DO NOT USE EITHER RETURN OR ENTER KEYS TO SELECT THE MICROPHONE “DONE” BUTTON BECAUSE THEY PUTS DICTATION INTO PAUSE MODE WHICH IS DIFFICULT TO CANCEL

CAUTION: LIVE FEEDBACK IS TEXT ONLY AND VoiceOver IS NEEDED FOR AUDIO FEEDBACK

B. SEEKING

WHILE THIS SOFTWARE PROVIDES SPEECH RECOGNITION FOR COMPOSING TEXT EITHER ONLINE OR OFFLINE, THERE IS ALSO THE POTENTIAL FOR SOME VOICE CONTROL ACTIVITY.

FIRST, EITHER THE START DICTATION ITEM UNDER THE EDIT MENUBAR HEADING OR A SHORTCUT KEY COMMAND CAN BE USED. THE LATTER SETUP IS IN SYSTEM PREFERENCES, DICTATION AND SPEECH BUTTON, SHORTCUT POP-UP MENU WITH RIGHT COMMAND KEY THE BEST CHOICE.

THEN, DOUBLE CLICK = ENABLE, TONE = READY AND SINGLE CLICK = DONE.

NEXT IS SETUP IN SYSTEM PREFERENCES, ACCESSIBILITY BUTTON, INCLUDING DICTATION COMMANDS BUTTON FOR THE EXISTING TABLE PLUS THE OPTION OF CUSTOM COMMANDS.

CAUTION: SIGHTED ASSISTANCE MAY BE NEEDED FOR THE LATTER

CAUTION: VOICE CONTROL REQUIRES START-STOP AND IS NOT A CONTINUOUS PROCESS AS DEMOSTRATED IN THE TUTORIAL LINK BELOW

C. SEARCHING

AS AN EXAMPLE, A FREQUENT VOICE CONTROL TASK COULD BE...

USE SPOKEN DIRECTIONS TO OPEN SAFARI, OPEN GOOGLE, STATE INQUIRY, READ RESULTS AND QUIT ALL

HOWEVER, THIS STRAIGHT FORWARD AND VERY HELPFUL EXAMPLE DOES NOT WORK SMOOTHLY AS YOU WILL SEE BY DOING A TEST AFTER STUDYING THE FOLLOWING INSTRUCTIONS.

D. REFERRALS

LINK: 14. SPEAK-IT 1O1
SITE: WWW DOT VISION AUSTRALIA DOT ORG

GOOGLE: MACINTOSH DICTATION

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