Keyguard for Proloquo4Text. Keyguards are cut from 1/8th inch clear acrylic. We do not recommend using either the color acrylic option or thicker acrylic (3/16" or 1/4") for this keyguard.
Because the size of the buttons in the Word Prediction strip may change depending on the word(s) being predicted we will cut the openings equally to fit the number of words entered in the pull down menu above. Keep in mind that these openings may or may not line up correctly with the buttons on the screen.
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.
Screen Size - Select Half Screen for a keyguard that covers the lower half of the screen - the on screen keyboard and word prediction buttons. The upper half of the screen will not be covered at all, giving the user access to everything on the screen. Select Full screen to cover the entire screen, with openings only where you want the user to have access.
Word Prediction - The iOS onscreen keyboard offers word prediction suggestions near the top. Proloquo4Text offers word prediction suggestions right above that. You should turn off the one you don't use. Most users turn off the iOS word prediction by going to the iPad's Settings App, then choosing General, then Keyboard, then turning Predictive off.
Word Prediction Font Size - This only works with Proloquo4Text word prediction. Go to Options: Appearance: Keyboard Prediction and choose the closest font size to what you have set.
Word Prediction Butons - This only works with Proloquo4Text word prediction. Go to Options: Prediction: and choose the the same number you have set for Max Suggestions. The keyguard will have that many evenly-spaced openings.
Undo/Redo Buttons - To the left of the iOS word prediction, below the Proloquo4Text word prediction, there are three small buttons for Undo, Redo, and Delete. Choose whether you want an opening for those buttons.
The following settings only apply when you've chosen the Full Screen size. When Half Screen is chosen, all of these areas are uncovered.
Phrases/Conversations/Sentence Prediction Column - Choose whether the column on the left side of the screen is visible or hidden. When it is visible, there will be guides to help the user find the cells. When it is hidden, the entire area is left open for the text pad.
Quick Talk/History Column - Choose whether the column on the left side of the screen is visible or hidden. When it is visible, there will be guides to help the user find the cells. When it is hidden, the entire area is left open for the text pad.
Quick Blocks Font Size - Go to Options: Appearance: Quick Blocks and choose the closest font size to what you have set. This only applies when either of the above two columns are visible.
Sharing Button - In the top navigation bar, just to the left of center, is a sharing button that allows the user to send their message via email or other social media. Specify whether you want that open or closed.
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.
* 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.