You can use one of three types of images for buttons:
- DynaVox/Mayer-Johnson PCS library. Choose from the 4500-symbol core library.
- Photos from your iPad Photo Library.
- High-contrast geometric symbols.
DynaVox/Mayer-Johnson PCS Library
TapSpeak Button includes the 4500 symbol core PCS library. The symbols are arranged in categories and have one to four standard labels. Symbols can belong in more than one category. You can search on any of a symbols’ labels.
Search for a symbol via its label by typing a search term in the search field. Tap the return key to show a list of symbols who have at least one label that matches the search term and search criteria. You can change the search criteria and search results by tapping the “Starts With”, “Anywhere”, or “Exact” buttons.
Scroll left or right to scroll through the list of symbols.
You can browse symbols in a category by tapping on a category title. If the category contains symbols (e.g. it doesn’t just contain other categories) you will see the symbols in the category. You can go back to a parent category by tapping the back button on the category title bar.
You can show from one to four rows of symbols in the symbol list. Zoom out (show more rows) by pinching in. Zoom in (show larger symbols) by pinching out. By default, three rows are shown.
As you tap categories, you’ll see a checkmark on the category row. This indicates that the only this category will be searched with the keyword search. You can also select multiple categories at a time and all the selected categories will be included in the keyword search. To reset the category search filter, tap the clear button on the category title bar.
Select Label and Custom Labels
Once you’ve found the label you want, tap the label to select it. Select a label from the label list by scrolling up and down and tapping on the label you want.
You can type a custom label in the PCS search screen. To do so, select the symbol you want and then tap the “<tap to create>” row in the label table.
At this point, you’ve selected a symbol and a label. If the keyboard is still on-screen, tap the keyboard dismiss key (at the lower right of the keyboard) to dismiss the keyboard. Tap anywhere outside of the image editor to dismiss the image editor and you’ll see your button, sorted alphabetically by title, with your newly selected PCS symbol.
All images are sorted so they appear at the end of a library.
You can use any photo in your iPad’s photo library as an image for a button. To get started, tap the Photo button on the bottom of the image editor. The photo picker will appear. If a photo hasn’t been selected before, tap the “Tap to select photo” message. If you have selected a photo before for this button, tap the photo to show the image picker.
In the image picker, scroll through your albums and select one to show the photos in the album. Scroll through the album to find the photo you want and tap it to select it. You’ll now see a preview of the photo. If you want to select a different photo just tap the photo to bring up the photo picker again. If this is the photo you want to use tap anywhere outside of the the image picker to update the button and dismiss the image editor.
By default, there is no title for a photo. You can add a title with the title editor. When you enter a title make sure you set on the Show Title switch. When you close the title editor the photo button will be sorted in the library according to its title.
For those that can use high-contrast visual images, there are some geometric shapes that you can use. Tap the Shape button to show the shape picker. Scroll through the shape and color wheels to create the shape you want. Tap anywhere outside of the image editor to save your selection and dismiss the image editor