Keyguard for TouchChat WordPower, MultiChat, VocabPC, Gateway, Talk-About AAC, and any other TouchChat vocabulary that contains a grid of uniform columns and rows. Select the options as you have set them in your TouchChat settings. You may also select to have the openings cut as rectangles, squares, or circles.
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.
!! IMPORTANT NOTE !! - In iOS 11, Apple changed the way the apps handle the status bar at the top of the screen. As a result, it completely broke TouchChat when Keyguard Inset was off. (It should always be on when using TouchChat with a keyguard. TouchChat fixed that problem with version 2.10.3, but they added a new setting - Status Bar - that completely changes the fit of the keyguard when on. So it's crucial that you look in the Page Size section of your TouchChat settings and order the keyguard to match your settings. If either of those settings don't match what you order, the keyguard will not fit.
Version - If you're using a standard TouchChat layout like WordPower without alteration, select the layout here. If your layout is not listed, or if you've changed the number of rows or columns, choose "Other Grid".
Rows and Columns - If you chose "Other Grid" as your version, specify the rows and columns here.
Status Bar - In the Page Size section, near the top of the Settings screen. You'll only have this option in TouchChat version 2.10.3 or later. If you have an earlier version, answer "Off".
Keyguard Inset - In the Page Size section, near the top of the Settings screen. Your version of the app may not have this setting, like when running on an older iPad. In that case only, answer "No", and the rest of this paragraph no longer applies. When on, this setting causes extra whitespace at the top and bottom of the screen. It was designed for use with the ChatWrap keyguards, but it also makes the keyguard stronger if you have a case that exposes only the viewable part of the screen. For those cases, such as the AMDI iAdapter, GoNow Rugged, Griffin Survivor, Otterbox Defender, or any of the rigid foam cases with little room above and below, we recommend turning Keyguard Inset on. Failure to provide enough room means we will have to put a vertical reinforcing bar (or two) in the middle of the speech display.
Speech Display - The first setting in the Speech Display Bar section. Select "Open (Visible)" if you want to show the text and/or icons at the top of the screen as the user types. Don't be confused by the double-negative in the setting name. Hide Speech Display off means it's open!
The following three settings, also found in the Speech Display Bar section, only apply if the speech display is open.
Show Icons - If this setting is on, icons will be displayed above the text in the speech display. Note: If the number of lines (below) is greater than 1, the Show Icons setting goes away.
Font Size - Choose whatever you have for this setting. If you specify a font size other than what you have in the settings, the keyguard won't fit.
Number of Lines - Select how many lines of text you want the user to be able to type in a single "sentence".
Openings for Menu and Vocab buttons - This is not a LAMP setting. Just indicate if you want openings over these two buttons in the green bar, Vocab, Menu, Neither or Both. If they're not open, you will not be able to use them without removing the keyguard or rotating the iPad.
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 TouchChat layouts of less than 9 cells due to the length and thinness of the bars separating the cells.
* 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.