Introduction Items

This page contains the text and audio of the seven introduction items that are in the home list when List Recorded is first installed.

1. Tap here for introduction, then tap play

Audio for introduction item 1.

Here is where the item’s text is displayed. This text field is special in that VoiceOver reads it much like it reads a web document. You can read sentence-by-sentence by swiping right and left. To have VoiceOver read continuously from the current sentence, use a two finger swipe down.

Double tapping the text field allows you to edit it, using the iPhone’s standard editing functions. An on screen keyboard is displayed in the lower half of the screen. You can also use an external keyboard or Braille display, in which case the on screen keyboard is not displayed. The text field is read by VoiceOver. Tapping with two fingers pauses VoiceOver. Double tapping a text field while in edit mode will move the VoiceOver cursor, alternating between the beginning and end of the text field.

When using VoiceOver, it is easiest to edit one field at a time, tap Done or Cancel, and go on to the next field. The Done button on the right side of the navigation bar exits edit mode and saves your changes. The Cancel button on the left side of the navigation bar exits but does not save changes.

The title field is just before the text field and can also be edited in a similar manner. You don’t have to provide either text or a title for an item. However, whether or not you provide a title affects how the item is read on the list screen. If a title exists, VoiceOver will use it to announce the item. If an item does not have a title, you will hear a preview of the item’s audio. The length of the audio preview can be adjusted in the settings. If the item doesn’t have audio either, you will hear the item’s current sequence number in the list.

Like most iPhone apps, List Recorder has a navigation bar at the top of the screen. The navigation bar usually has a back button on the left, a title in the center and an Action button on the right. List Recorder also gives you a shortcut for engaging the action button. Tilt your device to the right until you hear it say “action dialog.” If you tilt the device back to the upright position at this point, the action dialog comes up and you can tap on a button to select the desired action. If you keep the device tilted right, you will hear each of the options in the actions menu as follows, “Email,” “Audio details,” “Delete item,” and “Cancel.” You can select any of these actions directly by tilting the device back to the upright position immediately after hearing the action you want.

There is one last piece of information displayed on the item detail screen for you to check out. It’s the creation date, located right after the navigation bar. This tells you when the item was first created and it doesn’t change.

You should continue to review the information contained in all seven introduction items. Be sure to listen to the audio and read the text. Not all items have both audio and text, but most do. The information contained in the introduction items explains the basics about List Recorder. The introduction items are actual items, just like the items you will make. Reviewing the introduction items lets you practice working with lists at the same time you learn about List Recorder.

2. What makes List Recorder special?

Audio for introduction item 2.

List Recorder combines making lists with a simple but powerful audio recorder. The result is a handy app that lets you quickly jot down and organize information as text, audio or both. And because it runs on your iPhone, its always with you.

But what makes List Recorder special is its ability to be used eyes-free, making it optimal for people with visual impairments. Navigate through your lists with taps and tilts. Check items with swipes. Wipe out with a back flip. Custom motions and gestures make it fun and efficient for anyone to use. And if you use VoiceOver, you’ll appreciate how it enhances the way VoiceOver reads text fields and doesn’t lose your place in your lists.

What is VoiceOver?

VoiceOver is the screen reader that comes with most iPhones (and iTouches and iPads). With VoiceOver on, moving your finger on the screen moves the VoiceOver cursor and plays an audio description. When you hear the control you want, you double tap.

There’s more to VoiceOver, but that’s the basic idea. If you are not familiar with VoiceOver, you may wish to experiment with it, even if you are sighted. To turn on VoiceOver, run the Settings app. Then tap General, followed by Accessibility and VoiceOver. The first item is a switch that turns VoiceOver on and off. Other items on the VoiceOver screen provide hints, let you practice VoiceOver gestures and adjust parameters such as speaking rate.

Some of List Recorder’s features have been optimized to work with VoiceOver. Many other features can be appreciated whether you run VoiceOver or not.

Features available in all modes:

• Easy to use but powerful audio recorder with slider control and level meter
• WAV and CAF formats with 4 quality choices and optional stereo recording
• List view summarizes item’s information in an easy to read format
• Organize items with lists within lists, easily move items between lists
• Email an item with title, text and audio as attachment
• Tilt motions provide shortcuts to clean and retreat, toggle edit mode, action menu and toolbar buttons
• Back flip motion to wipe out items or undo actions
• Audio preview plays an item’s audio from list view
• Sort items by Date, Title, Checked, Audio length, Text length or Manual sequence
• Create new lists from checked items, copy items from the clipboard
• Swipe right to check an item
• Perform functions on checked items including sort, delete, copy and make list

Features exclusive to VoiceOver:

• Optimized audio descriptions
• Custom push gesture to read an item’s details
• VoiceOver cursor position maintained
• Item’s text can be read sentence by sentence
• Interfaces well with Braille displays

3. No Title

Audio for introduction item 3.

Play this item’s audio to hear about how audio preview works with VoiceOver on. Non-VoiceOver user’s can preview an item’s audio by swiping left on the item.

4. Try recording audio for this item

There is no audio for this item, so you can record your own message without erasing the existing audio.

If you have VoiceOver on, you probably heard it say “record” when you opened this item. If an item has no audio, the VoiceOver cursor will start out on the record button. If the item has audio, the VoiceOver cursor will instead start out on the play button and you will hear “play.”

The record button is the first of two buttons that control audio recording and playback. The play button is after the record button but will be dimmed until there is audio to play. Both buttons change during the course of recording and playback to allow the audio function to be paused, restarted or stopped.

Start recording

To start recording, tap the record button. The record button changes to a pause button and the play button changes to a stop button. If VoiceOver is on, it will announce the pause button. It will not actually start recording until you hear the start record beep. This ensures that you do not hear VoiceOver at the beginning of your recording. By default, the record beep is a guitar strum, but you can set it to vibrate in settings. You can also adjust the timing of the record beep in settings.

Once you hear the guitar strum, start talking. The audio duration field displays the current length of the audio as you record.

Stop recording

You can stop or pause the recording. The pause button will pause the recording and allow you to continue where you left off. The VoiceOver cursor will be positioned at the pause button assuming you did not move it. When you tap pause you will hear a single guitar note. The button changes back to a record button that allows you to continue the recording. You can toggle between record and pause as many times as you wish.

You can stop the recording by tapping the stop button, which is after the pause/record button. When you stop the audio you will hear another guitar strum. The stop button changes back to play, allowing you to review your recording.

Replacing audio

You can re-record an item’s audio. When you attempt to record audio for an item that already contains audio, a dialog appears giving you the choice of replacing the audio or cancelling.

Audio settings

The format and quality used for recording will depend on the current settings for Record format, Record quality and Record in stereo. The default settings are Core Audio Format (CAF), 22 kilohertz quality and mono. Change these settings by tapping on the first three settings under Audio in the settings toolbar button.

The Audio details option in the Actions menu will display the audio settings used to record the item’s current audio.

5. This is a list, tap to see its items

Audio for introduction item 5.

No text, instead it opens to a list of items that includes:
1) More about this list
2) Call from Phyllis
3) Untitled, preview starts: "Mark recommends a Bluetooth headset."
4) Untitled, preview starts: "Prairie Garden Center has a sale."
5) List, Daily Tasks
6) List, Garden Tasks
7) List, Grocery List

6. Add your own items

Audio for introduction item 6.

The next thing you should try is making a new item of your own. To add an item, go back to the home list, turn edit mode on and tap “Add item.” For a more detailed explanation, listen to the audio. There is also a tutorial available via the “Get help” toolbar button entitled “Creating a new item” that describes the process.

7. What else can you do?

Audio for introduction item 7.

This is the last introduction item, but there are many more things you can do with List Recorder. The tutorials available via the Get help toolbar button walk you through how to do common tasks. You can also access this information and more at the Sixth Mode website:

The rest of this text will give some ideas for the kind of information you may wish to store in list recorder and then walk you through how to delete these intro items, so that your home list contains your own information.

List recorder is especially handy for making quick audio notes when you do not have your computer or any other device with you to record the information. Since the iPhone or iTouch is small enough to take with you anywhere, it could be used in the following ways and in any additional ways you discover.

Make a note to yourself about:
• The date for an appointment with your doctor, and any questions you want to remember to ask at the appointment
• Date and address for a party you will be attending
• The time the bus leaves to take you somewhere
• The name of someone you just met
• The name of a book someone recommended
• Walking directions to a place you need to go
• A piece of information given to you by phone
• A recording of a part of a piece of music you are hearing so you can see if you can find information about it later

Have someone read something for you such as:
• A recipe
• The URL to a web site
• Someone’s contact information
• An important piece of mail
• The model number of an electronic device
• The serial number for a piece of software
• The physical layout of a new appliance or other device
• The price of an item in a store
• A description of your current surroundings

Longer recordings such as:
• An audio note you want to attach to an email message when you get to your computer
• Some ideas you have about a book you are reading or a lecture you recently heard
• You could even keep an audio journal where each recording is an individual entry.

The tutorial entitled “Making a check list” describes how the three example lists, “Daily Tasks,” “Garden Tasks,” and “Grocery List” were made.

As you start using List Recorder to organize your own information, you will want to delete these introduction items. The tutorial entitled “Deleting an item” describes two ways to delete an item. You should refer to the tutorials once you delete the introduction items. The tutorials cover the basics of List Recorder and more.

The most efficient method to delete the introduction items is to check them and then select “Delete checked” in the “Perform on checked” toolbar item. The tutorial entitled “Checking an item” describes more about checking items and several ways to do it.

You can quickly check all the items in a list by selecting “Invert check” in the “Perform on checked” toolbar item. That assumes none of the items were checked to begin with. If there were checked items, you must first uncheck them by selecting “Uncheck” in the “Perform on checked” toolbar item. Once you have all the items checked that you wish to delete, select “Delete checked” in the “Perform on checked” toolbar item. Since there is one list in the introduction items, you will be asked “Delete list and its contents?” Answer “Delete both list and contents” to delete all the introduction items and the example list and its items.