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This Seasons Apple
Lee Evans
iansyst Ltd
21 September 2010

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  1. 1. This Season’s Apple An Information update on the Apple platform… Lee Evans
  2. 2. i3 / i5 / i7 – new generation of more powerful processors <ul><li>This is a big leap in graphics performance. All Apple Macs now come with the i3/i5/i7 processor generation. </li></ul><ul><li>These new processors allow the system to now run significantly better than the Core 2 technology. </li></ul><ul><li>The higher end i5 & i7 processors consume less power than their predecessors & take advantage of Turbo Boost to clock up the processing speed capability </li></ul>
  3. 3. The New Mac Mini <ul><li>Sleek, aluminium enclosure, 2 x faster graphics over the previous generation. Consumes under 10W of power at idle. 35 percent reduction in retail packaging and 68 percent less plastic. </li></ul><ul><li>For those new to Mac, who are looking for the most affordable way to get a Mac, & have an existing display, keyboard, & mouse they can use…the new mac mini gives a balance of value & performance… </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  4. 4. The Magic Track Pad <ul><li>Want the enhanced productivity of Multi-Touch gestures with a desktop Mac? </li></ul><ul><li>The first Multi-Touch track pad designed to work with your Mac desktop computer. It uses the same Multi-Touch technology as the MacBook Pro. And it supports a full set of gestures, giving you a whole new way to control and interact with what’s on your screen. Swiping through pages online feels just like flipping through pages in a book or magazine. </li></ul><ul><li>Inertial scrolling makes scrolling feel natural. Magic Trackpad connects to your Mac with Bluetooth wireless technology. Use it in place of a mouse or in conjunction with one on any Mac computer—even a notebook. </li></ul>
  5. 5. The Magic Track Pad <ul><li>Just like the trackpad on the MacBook Pro— only 80 percent larger </li></ul><ul><li>Made of smooth, touch-friendly, and wear resistant glass </li></ul><ul><li>Supports the full set of Multi-Touch gestures </li></ul><ul><li>Use instead of a mouse—entire surface is a button that clicks </li></ul><ul><li>Features the same sculpted aluminium design as the Apple Wireless Keyboard </li></ul><ul><li>Designed to sit next to the Apple Wireless Keyboard—it’s the same height and angle </li></ul><ul><li>Keeps your workspace neat—no annoying cables </li></ul><ul><li>Manages power intelligently for long battery life </li></ul>
  6. 6. iLife <ul><li>iLife ’09, Apple’s suite of digital lifestyle applications, includes iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand, iWeb, and iDVD . It provides Mac users with easy, innovative ways to create, enjoy, and share their photos, movies, and music. Organize and search your photos by faces and places in iPhoto. Make a great-looking movie in minutes and edit with precision in iMovie. </li></ul><ul><li>Learn to play piano and guitar, or compose and record your own songs with the new guitar amps and stompboxes in GarageBand. It comes free with every new Mac. </li></ul>
  7. 7. iWork <ul><li>iWork ’09, Apple's office productivity suite, is the easiest way to create great-looking documents, spreadsheets and presentations. With major upgrades to Keynote , Pages and Numbers , iWork ’09 brings powerful new features that allow you to achieve sophisticated results while maintaining Apple's revolutionary ease of use. In addition, iWork ’09 makes it easier than ever to exchange documents with anyone. You can open Microsoft Office documents in iWork, save iWork files in Office formats, and email documents in your choice of iWork, Office, or PDF formats </li></ul>
  8. 8. iPod Touch – next generation <ul><li>iPod touch has a beautiful new design that’s even thinner than before. Packed inside are some of Apple’s most advanced technologies—the Retina display, two cameras, a built-in mic, a gyroscope and the powerful Apple A4 chip. Use the front camera for FaceTime video calls over Wi-Fi to any other FaceTime-enabled iPod touch or iPhone 4.Capture HD video with the back camera. Continue to take advantage of more than 250,000 apps on the App Store—many of which are free </li></ul>
  9. 9. iPad <ul><li>The iPad comes with Wi-Fi or with Wi-Fi + 3G, each with 16, 32 or 64GB of storage capacity available. </li></ul><ul><li>The iPad allows users to connect with their apps and content in a more intimate, intuitive and fun way than ever before. It is the best way to experience the web, email, photos, and video, and there are thousands of apps on the App Store specifically designed for iPad. It is so thin and </li></ul><ul><li>light, it's easy to carry and use anywhere. </li></ul><ul><li> And with iPad with Wi-Fi + 3G, you can stay </li></ul><ul><li> connected wherever you go. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Spotlight <ul><li>Spotlight is the lightning-fast search technology built into Mac OS X that makes it easy to find what you’re looking for. With Spotlight, you can find anything on your computer as quickly as you type: files, email, contacts, images, calendar events and applications. And because it’s built into the core of Mac OS X, search results update instantly whenever files change </li></ul>
  11. 11. MobileMe <ul><li>MobileMe keeps your email, contacts and calendars in sync across your iPhone, iPad, Mac and </li></ul><ul><li>PC — automatically. It makes it easy to share photos and files. And if you ever lose your iPhone </li></ul><ul><li>or iPad, MobileMe can even help you find it. MobileMe is the service from Apple that stores your important information online at and keeps it in sync and accessible on your devices. New email, contacts and calendar items are automatically pushed over the air to your devices, so you always have the latest information at your fingertips. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Voice Over - Control your Mac with touch and sound. <ul><li>New in Snow Leopard is the ability to control VoiceOver with gestures on your Mac notebook’s Multi-Touch trackpad. The trackpad surface can actually represent the active window on your computer. So you can touch to hear the item under your finger, drag to hear items continuously as you move your finger, and flick with one finger to move to the next or previous item. For example, you can drag your finger around the trackpad to learn how items are arranged in a web page, a spreadsheet, a presentation or any document with text. </li></ul><ul><li>For further info on accessibility features of the Mac, visit </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  13. 13. Dual-Boot & Parallels / Fusion <ul><li>A dual boot system has the hard drive partitioned so that on one side sits the mac operating system, and on the other windows. You switch the computer off & on to switch between them, holding the ALT key down to choose which system to use as you hear the chime. The quickest & simplest way to access your files between the two systems is to use a USB stick. Windows is more powerful in this mode. </li></ul><ul><li>Parallels / Fusion are two packages that you can open on your Mac the same as you can with the internet (Safari) or itunes. They then allow you to use windows software within them. As you are running Windows software on top of a windows emulator, on top of the mac operating system, it is not advisable to run resource hungry packages in this way. I.e. design software, music software, software where there is a lot of processing going on. </li></ul>
  14. 15. Dictation <ul><li>MacSpeech Dictate – what’s the latest... </li></ul><ul><li>Powered by the same architecture as Dragon. Now acquired by Nuance, MacSpeech has been quietly improving… </li></ul><ul><li>Did you know…MacSpeech now ‘Caches in’ </li></ul><ul><li>During 2010, MacSpeech has been making improvements to their software. By taking advantage of a Caching feature, users can correct their work manually, by mouse & keyboard. So there’s no need to remember multiple commands if you don’t want to. From my own tests I’ve found this feature works best in its own notepad, which can then be saved and opened as Word documents later. It’s not perfect* but it’s a stepping stone towards the cross over ability of using dictation & occasionally the mouse & keyboard that users of Dragon Naturally Speaking have in windows. </li></ul>
  15. 16. Dictation <ul><li>What is this Cache Feature? A Cache is a transparent storage area (that is hidden from the user - from the French &quot;cacher&quot;, to conceal). MacSpeech regularly uses this storage area, it will scan and discover any changes made manually & make a copy of the text to this Cache. Then when you wish to make any amendments, it uses this information to make sure it edits or adds the information in the right place. By doing this MacSpeech eliminates the earlier issues of overtyping, and adding content in the wrong place. </li></ul><ul><li>An additional bonus of this feature is that MacSpeech Dictate works great even with text documents, it didn’t create. It can understand a document’s contents, so that you can then navigate, and edit that document and add further content by dictating. </li></ul><ul><li>* As a back-up Users can always use the Purge Cache command if MacSpeech does get out of synch…. </li></ul><ul><li>Did you know… you can also create your own commands in MacSpeech. For example you can create commands for printing signatures, addresses, anything you have to type regularly… (Accessed via the Tools menu > Commands) </li></ul>
  16. 17. MacSpeech Scribe <ul><li>The sister application to MacSpeech Dictate. The transcription tool for Mac. Take a digital recording & convert it to text. It works independently to MacSpeech Dictate. Some Keyboard work is required to use. </li></ul>
  17. 18. Mapping <ul><li>Inspiration 9 </li></ul><ul><li>Free form maps, key features same as PC version </li></ul><ul><li>MindView 3 </li></ul><ul><li>Organised, more structured maps. Set date criteria to tasks, view time lines, Different look and feel to the PC version </li></ul>
  18. 19. Mapping <ul><li>Mind Manager 8 </li></ul><ul><li>Organised, more structured maps. Set date criteria to tasks. Different look and feel to the PC version. </li></ul>
  19. 20. Text To Speech & Vocabulary support <ul><li>Read & Write 4 gold </li></ul><ul><li>New - Screenshot Reader. Will read any locked PDF document or inaccessible text. The text can be read in the document or copied into MS Word. </li></ul><ul><li>New - Screen Masking. Visual impairments commonly associated with dyslexia can be aided by coloured acetates or tinting. Screen masking, the ability to block out any text not being read, is also available as a valuable concentration aid. </li></ul><ul><li>Enhanced: Talking Dictionary; Study Skills Tools; Scanning; Text To Speech. </li></ul><ul><li>Other features: Phonetic Spell Checker; Homophone support; Word Prediction; Safari Web highlighting; Daisy Reader; PDF aloud (PDF reader); Fact Mapper; Speech Maker; Translator; OCR scanning.. </li></ul><ul><li>Software available 3 ways: On USB; on Disk; on Network. </li></ul>
  20. 21. Claro Read v4 <ul><li>New - High Quality Voices </li></ul><ul><li>New - Visual Highlighting </li></ul><ul><li>New - Research and Capture Information, using ClaroCapture. Collect text from any document and web page, grouping it as a project file. Then send to Microsoft Word or PowerPoint. </li></ul><ul><li>New - Scanning Paper and Converting PDF files. includes Readiris Pro 11 OCR software. </li></ul><ul><li>New - ScreenRuler for Mac. An on-screen ruler that tracks the mouse pointer to help focus </li></ul><ul><li>New - Word Prediction </li></ul>
  21. 22. Claro Read v4 <ul><li>New - Extras Button. includes other software applications bundled with ClaroRead including ClaroView, ScreenRuler and ClaroCapture. There is also a link to the Mac’s calculator </li></ul><ul><li>Improved - Word Check Window. The Check Window now integrates homophones, spelling suggestions and meanings in one window. </li></ul><ul><li>Other features include: </li></ul><ul><li>Text to Speech </li></ul><ul><li>Font & Spacing helps to arrange and colour the user's Word document. </li></ul><ul><li>Homophones, Spellings and Meanings functions ensure users have used the correct words. </li></ul><ul><li>Word Prediction. </li></ul><ul><li>PDF convertor enables users to scan documents into accessible formats to be read back. </li></ul><ul><li>Claro Standard, & Plus available on Disk & USB version (Standard only) </li></ul>
  22. 23. Visual Thesaurus <ul><li>The Visual Thesaurus is an interactive dictionary and thesaurus which creates word maps that blossom with meanings and branch to related words. Its innovative display encourages exploration and learning. Helping you to understand language in a powerful new way. </li></ul>
  23. 24. Organisation tools <ul><li>Notebook (Circus Ponies) </li></ul><ul><li>Take control of your notes; Track your tasks; Manage your clippings; Organise your life… </li></ul>
  24. 25. Entourage <ul><li>Microsoft Entourage is an e-mail client and personal information manager developed by Microsoft for Mac </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Entourage provides email, a calendar, address book, task list, note list, and project manager. The Project Center, allows the user to create and organize projects, adding tasks, relevant emails, Calender events, and contacts. Users can also share this information with others if this is a group project. </li></ul><ul><li>Entourage 2008 also features a new &quot;My Day&quot; utility, which assists in organising one's day, by giving you prompts and reminders in a little display window on the desktop. </li></ul>
  25. 26. MobileMe <ul><li>The easy way to keep your iPhone, iPad, Mac and PC in sync. </li></ul>
  26. 27. Note Taking Solutions <ul><li>Olympus DM450/550 </li></ul><ul><li>Tactile buttons and voice guidance. Different recording options using the built-in microphone for different environments. Set bookmarks at key points of your recordings. Five storage folders plus a music folder for audio & Podcast files. extend the built-in memory with a Micro SD card. Includes rechargeable batteries (charge inside device) and their own audio management software, called Sonority, which is Windows & Mac compatible. </li></ul><ul><li>DM550 has a 4GB memory, 3 recording formats (WMA, MP3, PCM/WAV), 68 hours recording time in the ‘best record quality’ mode (XHQ), manual record level control, partial file erase (PCM mode), file divide (PCM mode) and comes in black. DM450 has a 2GB memory, 2 recording formats (WMA and MP3), 33 hours recording time in the ‘best record quality’ mode (XHQ) and comes in silver. </li></ul>
  27. 28. Olympus DM5, Make Digital Recordings, and much more: <ul><li>Increased Memory (8GB), Record in a much higher quality record mode, for longer (over 100 hours in ‘best record quality’ mode. Greater capacity to store other kinds of data. Enhanced PCM recording mode ( non compressed WAV files). Also mp3 and wma. New Voice Navigation of menus. Hold a button down, say the menu name, away it goes. Enhanced voice guidance. Visual Index Marks displayed on the device. Rechargeable, Lithium Ion battery. Charge from the PC via USB cable, or an AC adapter. Download Audio Books onto the DM5, now including Daisy format. Also upload text files for Text To Speech playback. Add Pictures onto the DM5, to use as reminder prompts, revision support. A new Schedule / Calendar section. Add Music & Podcasts to the DM5, i.e. important talks, and audio versions of documents. A larger coloured screen. All the control / navigation buttons on the front of the device. This should make it more intuitive to pick up and use. </li></ul>
  28. 29. Audio Notetaker v2 (PC compatible) <ul><li>With consideration of Dual Boot & Parallels, use Audio Notetaker to collate, structure, annotate, & reference materials all within one application. Audio Notetaker provides a visual representation of your digital recording, enabling you to navigate and edit your recording, while adding text & images. </li></ul>
  29. 30. Livescribe – Pulse & Echo Pens. <ul><li>At work, in class, or on the go, there’s an easier way to stay on top of all the information you need. Pulse records everything you hear, say and write, and links your audio recordings to your notes. Find the most important information from your meetings or lectures just by tapping on what you wrote. Store your notes on your Mac or PC. </li></ul><ul><li>Create custom folders (New Feature). Share with others (PDFs, Audio files, Pencasts), or convert your handwriting into documents or emails (Using MyScript for Livescribe). </li></ul>
  30. 31. Thank you <ul><li>Lee Evans, Assistive Technology Specialist </li></ul><ul><li>& Regional Account Manager, iansyst ltd September 2010 </li></ul>