Proloquo2go allows you to select up to 12 rows and 12 columns. While we can make the keyguard with this configuration we do not recommend going over 8 rows and 8 columns due to the fact that anything more will make the buttons, and therefore the openings in the keyguard, very small.
App Settings and Options
This keyguard supports different designs based on user settings and preferences. Each of these affects the positioning of items on the screen, and thus the design of the keyguard itself. Your Lasered Pics keyguard will be truly custom-designed to match every one of the choices you make for the end user.
Message Window Size - This is a combination of the first two settings in the Appearance: Message Window section. They control the size of the message window at the top of the screen that shows what the user types. If you've turned Show Message off, choose Message Window Size of None. Otherwise, make it the same as the setting in the app.
Toolbar Size - From the Appearance: Toolbars section. Important: Don't choose Small on an iPad or a Mini. Only use Small on a Pro 12.9. If you choose Small, we have to compromise other openings to make room for the toolbar openings. This setting controls the size of the top toolbar as well as the bottom, so Small messes up the keyguard at both ends!
Toolbar Items - This is not a direct setting, but determines how many openings we create on the bottom toolbar. For example, the default is 5 items, but if you turn off editing, Proloquo removes the edit tool and leaves you with 4 items. If you know the number will be changing, you can specify 1 toolbar item, and we can leave you one big opening for the entire toolbar, but that is not preferred, because it doesn't help the user differentiate the items. Choose 0 toolbar items to leave the entire bottom toolbar closed.
Rows and Columns - Specify the number of rows and columns in the Appearance: View: Default Grid Size Setting. Note the Proloquo lists rows first, then columns.
Button Spacing - This setting is found in Appearance: View: Advanced Options. It controls the amount of white space between the cells. Never choose Very Compact, because it will leave no space and the keyguard will obscure some of the text and/or graphics near the edges of the cells. For the same reason, don't choose Compact on the iPad or the Mini, only on the Pro 12.9. Also, don't choose colored acrylic if the button spacing is Compact or Very Compact. Loose and Very Loose allow for the easiest differentiation of the cells.
Scroll Bar - Older versions of Proloquo2Go required the user to swipe up and down to see all the cells in a large set. If you still need that, choosing Open will tell us to place a vertical opening between two columns of cells where the user can swipe. This makes the surrounding openings smaller and is not needed in recent versions.
Sharing Button - At the right end of the upper toolbar, there's a sharing button that appears when you've set up the user to do social media. If you want that, specify Open, otherwise, leave it closed.
Cell Openings - The default cell openings are rectangles with rounded corners. If you choose circles or squares, they will be centered in the cells, the same size as the cell's shorter dimension. The extra space helps the user differentiate between the cells, and allows a little place for fingers to rest between the cells. If you choose squares or circles, do not choose colored acrylic, as some information will be covered by the keyguard.
Maximum Opening Size - If you have chosen Squares or Circles for the cell openings, the openings will be reduced to the width or diameter you specify, providing even more space between the cells. If you chose the default rectangular cell openings, this setting will be ignored.
Material - In general, the colored acrylics work best for apps that provide space between the cells, and should be avoided on apps that don't provide any space between the cells. The acrylic styrene is more flexible than standard acrylics and is much less likely to crack when bent. It features a non-glare surface, a choice of several colors, and comes with a 2-year guarantee against breakage. The high-impact PMMA is denser than standard acrylics and as clear as glass, and will sustain much higher impacts without breaking, though it is still able to be broken by bending. 3/16" and 1/4" acrylics are standard PMMA acrylics like Plexiglass and Perspex. They are more rigid than the 1/8" due to their extra thickness, and they provide more depth to help the user avoid accidental touches. Polycarbonate is the strongest material, being virtually unbreakable, and comes with a lifetime guarantee against breakage. Allow one extra week for polycarbonate. Learn about materials in more detail in our Keyguard Materials blog.
Acrylic styrene or polycarbonate is highly recommended on Proloquo2Go layouts of less than 9 cells due to the length and thinness of the bars separating the cells unless Button Spacing is set to Very Loose.
* Important Notes About Cases and Mounting - You Must Read This Before Ordering
Keyguards do not attach permanently to the iPad or the case, but are mounted with non-destructive attachments. See our blog All About Cases, Part Two for detailed information about specific cases and their suitability for keyguards. It is important that your keyguard is ordered to fit the case you have, or plan to use. If the exact case you use is not listed, choose "Other", and in the Comments field at the end of checkout give us the height and width of the case's screen opening.
** The attachment methods are described briefly below with a list of some of the supported cases. See our All About Cases, Part One blog for a complete description of each attachment type. See All About Cases, Part Two for detailed information about specific cases and their suitability for keyguards. If you choose an attachment method that is not supported for your case, your order will be delayed while we contact you for a substitution.
Suction Cups - Four small suction cups raise the keyguard 3/16" above the screen and hold it securely. Check the blog to determine if suction cups will work with your case.
Attached Straps - Keyguard lies 1/8 - 1/4" above screen to minimize accidental touches. Good for heavy droolers. Check the blog to determine if straps will work with your case.
Flush-Mounted Straps - Keyguard lies flat on or barely above the screen. Check the blog to determine if straps will work with your case.
Snap-In Attachment - Slips under edge of case to secure without any external hardware. See it described here. May require partial disassembly of case to install the first time. This is a semi-permanent mount and cannot be easily swapped in an out on rigid cases. Check the blog to determine if the snap-in attachment will work with your case. Note: The snap-in attachment will interfere with the seal on cases that claim to be waterproof. Your iPad will be damaged if you wash it or submerge it.
Velcro™ Attachment - An additional flange is attached to the perimeter of the keyguard for mounting with Velcro™. This is the best method to use if you want to add and remove the keyguard easily and/or often. Check the blog to determine if the top flange will work with your case.
*** Magnetic Attachment - This special version of the flange attachment contains magnets in the corners to securely hold the keyguard in place and make it simple to remove. Ideal for users who need to switch keyguards often. The only supported cases as of this writing are the AMDI iAdapter, the GoNow Rugged, and the Griffin Survivor All-Terrain. Check the blog to see if other cases are now supported for the magnetic attachment. Do not order this attachment if you have any other case.
How to Determine Which iPad You Have
On the back of your iPad there's a very tiny model number that looks something like "A1538". Do a Web search for that, like "iPad A1538". If the iPad is in a case, or the lettering is too small to read, go to the Settings app General settings and find the Model number, which is really a part number that looks something like "ML0N2LL/A". Do a Web search for that. Once you know which iPad you have, select it from the "Device" pulldown menu above.