Snow Leopard- Accessibility Improvements

I have been trying to decide whether to update my Mac to Snow Leopard. To be honest, there does not seem to be many major improvements which I will benefit from, and I am a little concerned about losing my settings and preferences... can anyone reassure me?

While researching the new Snow Leopard features I have seen several accessibility improvements, particularly for those with Physical Disabilities.

Here is a very quick rundown:

- Trackpad Commander
Enables new trackpad gestures.

"you can hear what’s on screen by touching the corresponding part of the trackpad; touch the upper left corner of the trackpad, and VoiceOver will tell what’s in the upper left of the screen. Drag your finger, and VoiceOver will tell you what's in the frontmost window your finger touches"

- Quick Nav
Allows screen navigation and clicks using keyboard arrow keys.

- VoiceOver
Improvements make VoiceOver more configurable than before.

- Mono audio for hearing impaired
Users who hear better through one ear rather than in 'in stereo' can set the audio to play in Mono.

For more detailed information, please see :

It is great to see that Accessibility is getting more focus in new software and operating systems... may the current trend continue!

If you have any thoughts or comments about accessibility, Snow Leopard or this post, please let me know!

Posted byCharlie M at 09:04  


Poppy said... 5 October 2009 at 08:24  

Make sure you backup using timemachine and all will be fine! Go for it- it's only £25!

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