February Program Notes

The informal sessions are very popular with many questions and hopefully, new learning takes place. We had discussion about tips for low vision users after the leader showed how to have the iPad speak the screen selection including the Kindle app.

Here are links to some of the topics.

iPad/iPhone Speak Selection

Low Visison on the iPad

iOS Apps Developed Specifically for Blind or Low Vision Users

YouTube search Low Vision on iPad 


Keyboard and Gestures on iOS

Marie Skane brought her teaching skills to the January meeting demonstrating gestures and the keyboard for iPads and iPhones. She shared her notes for the website.

Control keyboard settings: Click:  Settings, General, keyboard Turn on/off options such as spell-check, predictive text, etc.

Access an onscreen keyboard: single click in any search box, or “reply” in mail, or “message” and a keyboard will appear.

Keyboard Touches:

  1. Single tap: use to enter the primary symbol on the key
  2. Double tap: use on the up-arrow key to get “caps lock”
  3. Touch and hold, slide up: use to access accented letters or alternate characters. This is available for most of the vowel keys and some others, such as the zero key or the period key. Experiment to find out what’s there.
  4. Touch and flick down: use to enter numbers, punctuation, or symbols.

Other keyboards:

Tap the Number key 123 located on the bottom left to access a keyboard of numbers and punctuation.  To return to the alphabet, tap the ABC key on the bottom left.

Tap the Symbol key #+= located on the bottom  left to access other symbols.

Tap the keyboard key, located on the bottom right, to hide the onscreen keyboard. To move or split the keyboard, touch and hold the keyboard key, the slide up to choose your option.

Emoji: Tap the emoji key located on the bottom left. Once the emojis appear, swipe left or right to see more pages of emojis.

Shortcuts:  At the end of a sentence, you can double tap the space bar to enter a period and space. (Instead of typing the period followed by the space)

Program Notes October 19

iOS 11

Since the new iOS 11 has so many new features, we spent more time looking at the operating system for the iPhone and iPad. This month, a YouTube video helped demonstrate several features.

YouTube offers a range of videos exploring new products and operating systems.

Mac High Sierra

The Mac OS High Sierra was covered in the second hour. TechTalk America does a good job explaining the changes. Here is a video to get you started.

We discussed the need to make you have a backup of your hard drive as well as the need to wait until the second or third update to upgrade. The upgrade is free from the App Store. Check the list of new features to see if you want to upgrade right away.

New Meeting Schedule

There is a real need for ongoing help for beginner and new iPad and iPhone users. We will offer a Question and Answer session every other month instead of a formal program. The November 16 meeting will be a Q & A session. If you have been reluctant to attend meetings because the content seems over your head, the Q & A will be just right for you. We are a User Group so that means we help each other.

There will be no meeting in December.


September Program Notes

The new iOS 11 for the iPhone and iPad became available on September 19. The PDF covers information that was discussed at the September 21 meeting.

iOS 11 Program Notes

The Mac OS portion of the meeting discussed what you need to do and decide before upgrading to High Sierra since the software will no be available until September 25.  I am not going to upgrade yet. I discovered that many apps that I use frequently will not work with the new 64-bit computer architecture.  For example, I will need to find out if my Fujitsu scanner will work and I need to decide about Microsoft Office 2011 which will not work.

High Sierra Program Notes

The meeting covers more what to do before upgrading rather than a discussion of all the new features. I discovered Roaring Apps website that allows you to search for Apps to see if the application is compatible with High Sierra.

Program Notes Travel Apps


The slides from the Travel Apps program are in a PDF, Travel Apps May 2017. The links to the websites should work.

Favorite Apps Program Notes

Marie Skane demonstrated how to explore the Apple App Store using categories, featured, and search. She also explained how to download apps as well as the difference between free apps and in-app purchases. Larry Skane demonstrated some of his favorite apps. Other users showed some of their favorites. The names and icons are listed below. Look for the icon as many apps have the same name. If it is a paid app, the price is indicated.

Marie also showed how to add a web page to the iPad or iPhone screen so it acts like an app. She described CHART (Coordinated Highways Action Response Team) that has traffic cameras, lane closures, and weather information. Marie brought up the feed from the traffic camera on I-695 near Wilkins to show how the traffic was flowing. One Look Dictionary was another web page that works on the home screen.


Program Notes Writing Apps

Writing apps title

Six writing and notetaking applications for iPads and iPhone were covered in the February meeting. The slides that were used can be viewed as a PDF or click on the image. The links are active for the tutorials for each application. A description and features of each are included in the presenter notes.