That the Mac is more secure than our Windows PCs is well known. But the Mac has a number of useful third party apps which help some of our special services teachers in situations with students who have special needs. Can you say Keystrokes Pronouncer?
Click It To Say It
To put it simply, Keystrokes Pronouncer does exactly what you expect it to do, based upon the app’s name. It pronounces each key you press on the Mac’s keyboard.
That means that as you type you’ll hear each key pronounced as you type it. The benefit for sight impaired students is wonderful.
Keystrokes Pronouncer provides one function that you won’t find in OS X’s System Preferences > Accessibility list.
Download the app to your Mac. Double-click the disk image and drag the app to the Mac’s Applications folder.
Then, double-click the app to start it up. That’s it.
Now, when you press on a key on the Mac’s keyboard, you can hear the key name or number pronounced.
Even if you are not sight impaired there’s an advantage to using Keystrokes Pronouncer. It’s good for double-entry user ID and password entry, and perfect for entering long bank account or credit card numbers.
You can’t type too fast, otherwise the pronunciation becomes compressed and sounds awful. What would make it even better is a simple toggle switch to turn it on and off when needed. Otherwise, the app does what Apple’s vaunted OS X Accessibility features do not.