Special Words User Guide

6. Managing Profiles

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Special Words supports the use of multiple profiles. Each profile has its own list of words, pictures and sounds, and you can switch between profiles, add and delete them, copy words between them one at a time, and export and import profiles individually. Initially, the app has just one profile, containing its standard 96 words.

The 6 activities use whichever is the currently-selected profile and, except where noted below, the app won't change which profile is currently selected. If you don't need more than one profile, you can largely ignore this feature, unless the written and spoken words are not appearing in the desired language.

As well as its list of words, pictures and sounds, each profile has:

To manage profiles, tap the Word List button in Special Words, then the Action button (the one with the arrow at the top right), and tap the Manage Profiles button. You will see a view something like on the rightabove. Initially, there will be only one profile shown, Profile 1, and there will be a check (tick) next to it to indicate that it is the currently selected profile.

To add a new profile, tap the + button. You will be presented with a choice of 3 options, which determine the initial list of words in your new profile:

Once you have more than 1 profile, you can at any time tap the one you want to be used subsequently in the activities. In the screenshot, we have set At School to be the currently selected profile. When you create a new profile, it is automatically selected for you.

To change a profile's name, or to inspect or change its language, tap its button to the right. You will then see a view like the one shown on the leftabove.

Here you can enter a new name, and select any one of the available languages. You may need to scroll the list of languages up and down to see them all. The first language in the list is always named Default: selecting this means the profile will use the device's current language, as described above. Selecting any other language will use that regardless of the language the device itself is set to use. In this example, the profile named Words in Spanish has been set to always use Spanish.

You can change the name or language of any profile at any time, whether it is the currently selected profile or not. Changing these does not change which profile is currently selected in the activities.

When you have made your changes, tap Save to return to the list of profiles. From there, tap Extra Actions to return to the Extra Actions view, and if finished there tap Word List so you can go on to add, modify or remove words from the currently selected profile, or tap one of the activity icons to return to that activity using this profile.

Note to English speakers outside the US: Apple refers to US English as English and UK English as British English. If your device is set to use English you will by default hear a voice with an American accent in Special Words. To hear words in Special Words in English as spoken in England, either change your device's language to British English or set each profile's language to English (UK). To hear an Australian voice, if using iOS 6.1 or earlier, ensure your device's Region Format is set to Australia, or set each profile's language to English (Australia). If using iOS 7.0 or later, you can instead set the device's language to Australian English in the Settings app.

Note to Flemish speakers: to hear Special Words (Speciale Woorden) in Flemish (Vlaams), change your device's Language (Taal) in the Settings app (Instellingen) to Nederlands and its Region Format (Regionotatie) to België, or set each profile's language to Vlaams.

Note to Afrikaans, Albanian, Bulgarian, Icelandic, Luxembourgish and Welsh speakers: To use any of these, you must explicitly select it on a per-profile basis in Special Words, not from Apple's Settings app. Prior to iOS 8, the same is true for Hindi, and to add your own words you must also enable the Hindi (Devanagari) keyboard from General > International > Keyboards in the Settings app.

Once you have more than one profile, there are a number of other things you can do:

Please Note:

Using the Reset button in the Extra Actions view deletes all profiles, not just the currently selected one, and reinstates the original standard profile with default language. A warning alert is displayed before this happens, in case you tapped the button accidentally. To prevent your child accidentally deleting all the profiles when they are using the activities, turn the Enable Editing option off in the app's Settings, as explained in Chapter 4: this will also prevent profiles being edited, but it will still be possible to select different ones.

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