Special Stories User Guide

9. Adaptive Switches

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There are two options for using switches with Special Stories:

The rest of this chapter describes option 1. To use this with iOS 7 or later, firstly ensure that Switch Control in the Settings app is turned OFF. If you wish to use option 2, there is a blog by Jane Farrall with videos that you may find helpful.

Special Stories doesn't have a scanning mode for use with switches, but you can turn the pages of a story using 1 or 2 switches connected to the iPad, iPhone or iPod touch via a Bluetooth switch interface.

To make use of this feature, you need to have already enabled Bluetooth on your Apple device, and have paired it with the switch interface. The first switch must be configured to act as a space key or the sequence of two keys ~1, and the second switch (if used) to act as an enter key or the sequence of two keys ~3. Unlike with our Special Words app, you do not need to configure Special Stories to tell it how many switches you have.

Clicking the first switch turns to the next page, as if you had tapped the blue right arrow. If viewing the last page, clicking returns to the first page.

If you have a second switch, you can use it in either of two ways, in conjunction with the app's Using Sound settings:

Refer to Chapter 7 for more information about settings.

We have tested Special Stories using the APPlicator switch interface and Smoothie 75 switches manufactured by Pretorian Technologies Ltd. Other switches and interfaces should also work provided they emulate a Bluetooth keyboard with space and enter or ~1 and ~3 keys. In fact, you can also use any standard Bluetooth keyboard that works with your Apple device, by pressing its Space Bar and Enter keys.

If you have any difficulty getting your switches to work, check whether they generate any input with other apps on your device, e.g. Notes, Pages or Safari. If the switches are connected and configured correctly, then you should be able to use them to input space and enter or ~1 and ~3 key-presses in these apps, without the on-screen keyboard appearing.

If you have problems caused by switches unintentionally being pressed multiple times or being held down, you can alleviate this by adjusting the options in Settings app > General > Accessibility > Keyboard > Key Repeat (available in iOS 9 and later).

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