To enter a graphic into a box, tap the name of a folder on the upper left of the screen, in this example, "Animals." 1
In the panel at the bottom left, 2 a list of animal names appears. Highlight the name by tapping on it, in this example, "dog." Next, tap onto the square where you would like this image to appear, in this example, square #2. 3
Type a word into the Text for Message Box 4 field, in this example, "my dog."
Type the message that you would like displayed into the "Full Message Text" 5 field, in this example, "This is my dog. Her name is Bremen."
Assign an optional Page Name 6 This is helpful if you have multiple Pages. In a communication Conversation, for example, one Page might be named "Nouns," another "Verbs," and a third, "Adjectives and Adverbs."
7 To add recorded speech, tap the circular microphone icon and speak the word or phrase to be associated with this square. Tap the same circle to stop recording. Tap the circular Play 8 icon to listen. If not satisfactory, tap the microphone button again to re-record. Tap the Save icon 9 for save options. You will usually use the "Quick Save" option so the file is saved and used with this square only.
To add recorded sounds that came with the app, or that you have saved, tap Select from Audio Library for a list. 10
Be sure the number in the field at the bottom right corresponds to the correct square. In this example, the image of the dog in Square #2 corresponds to the #2 in the Square Number for Message. 11
If Private 12 is set to OFF, the Conversation shows in every Participant's list. If Private is set to ON, this Conversation appears under that Participant's name only.
Tap NEXT 13 to save and move on to the next one.
14 Add New Page This allows you to create additional Screens. A single Conversation can be comprised of many Pages.
After all boxes have been assigned images and/or text, tap the blue Save & Exit 15 button. This Conversation can now be selected by tapping on the Select Conversation field on the main screen.
There is also the option to exit without saving by tapping the Delete 16 button in the top left corner.
Using Only Selected Squares
For Participants with physical or cognitive needs who would benefit from not using every square, the Page can easily be configured to use selected squares. In the example below, only 4 squares are in use, even though this is the 12 square layout. To use this feature, tap the Omit this Square box and that square will not show in the Conversation.
Add New Page
Each Conversation can have multiple Pages. Within one person's Conversation, for example, might be one Page called Greetings, another called Needs, and another called Snack Choices.
Insert Custom Image
This powerful feature allows you take a picture using the iPad's camera or to select an image that is already stored on your iPad.
In the example below, I first tapped on Insert Custom Image, then I selected Photo Library. This gave me access to photographs that were on my iPad, including images I had downloaded from the Internet. I selected a picture of my dog from my Camera Roll by tapping on it, and was then able to move and resize it. I would next tap Use and give it a name. It would be saved in the Graphics Folder called "My Camera Pictures." After giving it a name, tap outside of the picture so it will disappear and you can continue creating or editing a Conversation.
This explains how you can create your own custom Conversation.
- On the main screen, tap Create.
- Give your Conversation a descriptive name.
- Choose the maximum number of boxes to appear on each Page of your Conversation: 1, 2, 4, 6, 8 or 12 boxes. In the example below, the 4 square layout was chosen. Within each page, there is the option to omit squares, so any number from 1 to 12 squares per page can be chosen.
To insert the custom image into a square, I would select the Graphics Folder called My Camera Pictures. This is where custom images are stored. I would then tap the image, in this example, "my dog," then tap a square, in this example, square #2. The picture appears in the square and can be used in the Conversation.