[Athen] Assistive/adaptive software & hardware & iMac... oh my

E.A. Draffan ea at emptech.info
Sun Sep 23 05:05:12 PDT 2007

Weaving and diving and then ducking back under the parapet, the only comment
I have is that when I used AT on a Mac within bootcamp it all worked but the
practicalities were that I could not save files between the two operating
systems. The Mac could see the PC hard disk but not vice versa, so I had to
use a USB memory stick to transfer files or send them up to a server. I
also had to use two keyboards and two mice as several shortcuts and right
hand mouse clicks differed. But this was last year so may be things have
changed with the latest updates.

Best wishes E.A.

Mrs E.A. Draffan
Learning Societies Lab
ECS, University of Southampton
Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 7246
http://www.lexdis.ecs.soton.ac.uk <http://www.lexdis.ecs.soton.ac.uk/>


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Sent: Friday, September 21, 2007 2:01 AM
To: Access Technologists in Higher Education Network
Subject: [Athen] Assistive/adaptive software & hardware & iMac... oh my

Fellow ATHENians,
Is anyone on the list using assistive/adaptive software (ZoomText, JAWS,
Kurzweil, WYNN, etc.) installed on an iMac? And, if so, how successfully?

The Academic IT Support team, where I am employed, is considering pulling
all PCs from the classrooms and labs and installing iMacs, with Windows OS
running in the background or foreground depending on the boot sequence. I
have used Macs off and on since 1984 and they have some very good qualities
about them, however I am concerned that ZoomText and other assistive
software and possibly hardware will not run effectively, or at all, on the
iMac environment. Not to mention segregating and calling attention to those
users who may need the PC environment to access learning materials with
assistive/adaptive software and hardware, I have major concerns regarding
this plan of action.

Any thoughts? Constructive suggestions/criticisms welcome. Dodging bullets
here as they try to shoot the messenger...

Thank you for sharing...


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