Accessibility features in iOS everyone should be using: Make nighttime reading easier with inverted colors

Accessibility features in iOS everyone should be using: Make nighttime reading easier with inverted colors

Apple has always made a great effort to make their technology accessible to as many people as possible. This includes leading the way with built-in accessibility features. With iOS 7 not only did they add new features like Switch Access and customizable subtitles, they also moved the Accessibility menu from near the bottom of the General menu in the Settings App to near the top, showing that Accessibility is a priority.

The great thing about building accessibility into technology like the Mac, iPad, and iPhone is that many of these features can be enjoyed by just about everyone. Over the next few posts I’ll teach you about some of the great accessibility features anyone can enjoy, courtesy of Apple’s accessibility team.

Make Nighttime Reading Easier with Invert Colors

If you have played around with reading apps like iBooks and Kindle you might have notice these come with a night reading mode. With night reading turned on the screen displays a black background with white text rather than the traditional white background with black text. At night a black background is easier on the eyes and the screen is significantly less bright making it a lot easier to read. With Invert Colors you can add a nighttime reading mode to any app you want. Click READ MORE for step by step instructions.

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How to Take a Picture of Your Mac or iPad Screen

How to Take a Picture of Your Mac or iPad Screen

I use a lot of screenshots when writing tutorials like these for the blog. Screenshots are essentially photos I have my Mac or iPad take of what ever is currently being displayed on my screen. Recently a friend sent me an email asking how I took screenshots on my Mac. They had a video slide show from a trip they recent took but the original photos where accidentally deleted. Their plan was to take screenshots of the video to recapture some of the photos they had lost (albeit in a lower quality than the originals).

Here's how you can quickly take screenshots on your Mac or iPad.

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iPhone Silent Caller ID or Custom Vibrations - Tutorial

By turning on "Custom Vibrations" in the iPhone accessibility menu you can create custom vibration patterns as a form of caller ID.  This way you can tell who is calling you without taking your phone out of your pocket.

This trick only takes a moment to setup.  All you do is go to your iPhone's Settings and turn on "Custom Vibrations" under General - Accessibility.  Once this feature is turned on you can setup a custom vibration pattern for that caller by viewing them in your contacts list and tapping edit.  From now on there will be an option in the editing view to assign a custom vibration.  It's that easy and very useful, especially when you phone starts ringing and its not appropriate to check who is calling.

Custom Vibrations

Custom Vibrations

Visual Coin Calculator - Tutorial

Love It To Bits just launched its first app the Visual Coin Calculator.  What better way to promote this accomplishment than to create a special tutorial showing how it works.  Sure, it's shameless self promotion, but we also really love our app.

The Visual Coin Calculator is an easy to use app for counting coins. It has two different modes - one for simply adding up the coins you have, another for adding and subtracting groups of coins. This app is great for anyone from children learning to count currency to adults who just want an easy way of tracking the change in their pocket.