User manual

Introduction

Welcome to Verbo! In this manual you will find all the information regarding how to download and install the software, the layout of the interface, configuration of styles and preferences and how to create communication boards, games and learning activities totally adapted to the specific needs of the user.

Download and install

Verbo is an application to create augmentative and alternative communication boards and learning activities that can be used with PC, tablets or smartphones. In order to use the software, you need a Windows or Android license linked to an e-mail account. You can use an evaluation Verbo license, to use the programme freely for a few weeks, or a full license to use Verbo indefinitely and receive all future version upgrades. If you do not have a Verbo license yet, buy it here or request an evaluation version..

Contact us To begin using Verbo, go to the download web page from Windows or Android and download the installer. The page will detect whether you are accessing from your smartphone or your PC and will automatically download the suitable version. If you already have a Verbo account, enter your email and password when the programme requests it. If you do not have one yet, create it here.

The first time you run the programme, Verbo will display a dialogue to download and install some additional components, such as high-quality synthesized voices and symbol libraries. If you want to skip this step or continue later you can cancel the process, but some resources will not be available until the download completes.

Concepts

VerboBefore you start using the software it is important that you become familiar with the nomenclature of the software: each project will be a board, and will be composed of different pages with custom cells in which you can include all types of content.

Inside your PC or tablet, a board is just a file with .verbo extension. Like any other file, you can give it a name. For example, if you create an AAC board you can call it "Basic communication at home", "How I feel" or "Going shopping". If you are going to create an activity, it might be called "Find the intruder", "Reading syllables" or "Complete the sentence".

Verbo for Windows and Verbo for Android

Verbo is available for Windows and Android. You can purchase one or more licenses of each platform separately, or together as a pack. Although the look-and-feel and functionality of the boards in both applications are the same, the programmes are different:

  • Verbo for Windows is an editor and a player. In other words, you can create new boards or modify those that have been created by other users, and use them with any of the access systems available.
  • Verbo for Android is a player. That means that you can use in Android the boards that you have previously created in Windows or that you have downloaded (for example, from the Verbo Community), but you will not be able to create a new board or modify it. You will find more information in the Verbo Android section of this manual.

Editing and playing

When you launch Verbo for Windows, the programme first runs in edition mode. That means that all the options to create a new board or modify an existing one will be visible. You can enter play mode at any time to use the board or see how it looks. Play mode is the way in which you will use your board with the final user, and it can be entered with F5 or by clicking the Play icon in the toolbar.

Pages

In Verbo, boards can be divided into pages. The best way to see it is to picture an album in which you can add or remove sheets and jump from one to another. There are several reasons why it is a good idea to split a board into pages:

  • In a communication board, each page can be a semantic category or scenario (places I usually go to, people I know, emotions, clothing, colours, animals, etc). This helps organize the content in a more coherent way, and allows for many different messages or concepts to be included without clustering them all in the same view.
  • If you create an educational activity or game (for example, find similar images among a group), each page can be one of the levels or stages. When the user successfully completes the activity in a page, they jump to the next.
  • If you design a story, instructions, or any other content meant to be read or listened to step by step, each page can be one of its chapters or sections.

Cells

Cell are the boxes within a page and they arranged in a grid. A cell may represent a message, a concept, an action or simply display a picture or text without any associated action.

You can add as many (or as few) cells at your board as you want with and customise their look, as well as making them execute one or more actions or commands.

Programme interface

The interface of Verbo has been designed to make it as intuitive and simple as possible to create and use boards. Each window displays only the most relevant information, and the most common tasks have been simplified to require no more than one or two steps.

Toolbar

The toolbar includes icons for the most common actions:

  • Create, open or save a board.
  • Undo and redo.
  • Insert, copy, cut and paste cells.
  • Insert and delete rows and columns.
  • Edit the style (appearance) of the board.
  • Play the board.

Page list

Below the toolbar, the pages in the board are displayed as tabs. Initially there will only be one page, Home, but you can add as many as you want to by clicking the "+" button at the right.

The board

Most of the window is occupied by the board currently under edition. This allows you to focus on the content and appearance of your board, without many elements around that make it difficult to picture what the final result will look like.

There are two distinct sections in every page:

  • The top box is the message bar. This bar is used in play mode to display the messages that the user has selected, together like a sentence. This is completely optional, because it will be useful only in certain cases.
  • The lower part is occupied by the cells. You can insert more rows (above or below) or columns (right or left), or delete them, using the six icons in the toolbar. The more columns and rows you include in a page, the more cells you can show, but the board will become more complex and hard to see. Remember that if you want to include more content you can also split your board into more pages.

You can also change the size of the cell by stretching them using the circles on their side. This way, you can achieve the ideal size of the cells for the visual and attentional needs of each user.

To start adding content, just double-click on an empty cell. You can find more information in next section.

The dropdown menu shows the current user and the rest of programme options:

  • Create, open and save boards, or save them with another name.
  • Export pages to PDF.
  • Edit the user preferences.
  • Manage the users of the programme.
  • Change the programme settings.
  • Access online help.
  • Download boards from the Internet.
  • Download other symbol libraries.

Adding and editing cells

Adding cells

You can add a new cell in two different ways:

  • Double-click on an empty cell in the board.
  • Click the "insert cell" icon in the toolbar.

In any case, Verbo show a dialogue box to choose the type of cell to add. All you have to is answer the question: what do you want this cell to do?

Say something

In a communication board, most cells will be a message. Depending on your preferences, "saying" a message means several things - from simply reading it out, to representing it as a pictogram. You can also create cells that perform some action related to the message bar, like reading or deleting previously added messages, or clearing the bar.

Jump to a page

Adding a page jump allows you to move from one page to another within the board.

Music

A cell that plays music from a computer folder, or a specific song that you have selected. You can also add cells that pause or stop the music, skip to another track or control the volume.

Notes

Notes are a way to save a message to retrieve it later. As we will see, this functionality has many applications in communication and when creating educational activities.

Prediction

If you create a keyboard-type page (alphabetic, syllabic, or whatever you like), you can use text prediction cells to make Verbo recommend words as you type to speed up writing.

Misc.

The functions of these cells are very specific. You can include, for example, cells for gaze control calibration, or cells without actions, in which only image or only text is shown.

Editing cells

In most cases you will never need to edit a cell after it has been added to the board. When you insert a cell that says a message, jumps to another page, clears the message bar, or any other, Verbo takes care of adjusting all its parameters so that it performs and looks as expected. For example, a "Say something" cell will verbally play the message, and a "Home" cell will bring you to the first page of your board.

However, you can edit a cell it if you want to get a more precise control over its content, its style, or extend its functionality (e.g. to make it execute more than one action). To edit a cell, just double-click on it.

A cell is composed of:

  • Content: text and image.
  • Style: how it looks.
  • Commands: what it does.

Cell content

The content of a cell consists of its text and its image. There are three types of text:

  • Fixed text (in most cases)
  • Text prediction
  • Notes
  • Date/time

A regular cell will use fixed text. To change the text, just type on the box the word or sentence that you want to say. At the same time, some symbols will be suggested.

You can select the symbol you like, or click on the three dots at the right to see more options. You can also click on the folder icon to select an image file from your computer.

It is important to mention that any text written in this space will be the reference used by scanning sound feedback, so you should pay attention to it if you are going to use this method. For further information see the "Scanning preferences" section.

Cell styles

A Verbo board is always created with a style. When you create a new board, you can select a predefined style, and later you can modify it to adjust it to your taste.

Using styles helps you maintain a consistent and coherent look in the whole board, and it makes it easier to modify any aspect in the future. For example, if every "jump to a page" cell is given the Jump style (this happens automatically), when you decide to change its background colour, the outline thickness or the text font, you will just need to edit the style and all the Jump cells will update automatically.

To use a predefined style, click on the selected style from the dropdown list at the center of the dialogue. If you want to create a unique cell with a specific style just choose "Custom" and then click on the pencil icon to edit every aspect of the cell.

When editing the style, you can change the shape of the cell, the background and outline colours, the ouline thickness, the font, size and position of text and the image adjustment.

Commands

Commands refer to the behaviour of the cell, to what it does.

When you insert a message cell, Verbo will take care of assigning the correspondind "Say message" command to it. The same happens when you insert a cell that jumps to another page or reads the message bar, etc.

To insert additional commands, click on the "+" icon. The order in which the commands are displayed is the same order in which they will be executed when the user activates the cell. You can add as many commands as you want.

To help you find all the commands, they are divided into categories:

Communication

In this category you will find commands to say a message or play a sound, type letters, read the message bar, delete it or clear it. If you add a message to the message bar, it may be displayed as a symbol, a text string, or a combination of both depending on your preferences. It may also be read immediately, or when a cell with the "Read message bar" command is activated. You can also use this command to play audio files or recordings.

The difference between "Say a message" or "Type letters" is that the second command adds a letter or group of letters to the message bar, and it allows you to spell, rather than write whole words.

Pages

In this category you will find commands to jumps to a different page. It allows you to divide your board into categories, scenarios or levels.

Multimedia

This category contains commands to add sounds to your board from the user music folder, from a file or from a recording.

Music playback will not be affected by the sound played from the message bar. For example, you can use "Play music" to add background music in a story, and the command "Say a message" to play a dog barking when the user activates the image of a dog.

Notss

Save a message as a note to retrieve it later, delete all the notes or a specific one, or pass through all the saved notes. Notes speed up communication for advanced users, and are also a way to make activities and games more interactive.

Android

These are specific commands for Android, such as sending an SMS message with a fixed text or with the content of the message bar, or sharing the content of the message bar with another application.

Misc.

Other commands:

  • Show more text prediction: display words as suggested by the predictor in the available cells of the page. It gives access to as many dictionary results as desired without the need to include too many prediction cells.
  • Disable cell: disables the cell, so it cannot be activated again.
  • Launch application: launches an external programme, document or link.
  • Export to PDF: save a copy of the current page in My Documents/Eneso Verbo/Captures/ with the date, time, name of the user and the board and page in use. This action is ideal to keep a record of the evolution of a user when performing a certain activity, or to save the results of, for example, an exam.
  • Copy to clipboard: copies the content of the message bar to the system clipboard.
  • Run gaze calibration: starts the gaze control calibration process.
  • Pause gaze control by the look: stop listening to the eye tracker temporarily.

Styles

Predefined styles

The style of a board defines its look: colours, shapes, sizes... When you create a board, you select a predefined style (e.g. AAC), but you do not have to settle for this look: you can modify it and adjust it to your liking.

Verbo style

Both pages and cells have blueish tones and an outline that indicates what kind of action the cell performs. It is a neutral style that is suitable for many types of board.

AAC style

The AAC style uses different colour combinations depending on the type of cell.

Minimalist style

Light colour in the border of the cells, without communicative function.

High contrast style

Very dark pages, and cells with striking colours and bold letters, so it is more convenient for users with low visual acuity.

Text only style

This style is intended for people who use only literacy for communication.

Edit style

Regardless of the style that you have chosen, once you are editing your board you are free to change every detail of the style of the cells and pages in your board.

Suppose, for example, that you have chosen the AAC style, but now you would like your message cells (People, Verbs, Descriptive, etc.) to have an outline to improve their contrast with the background:

To do that, click on the Edit style icon in the toolbar to show the Style dialogue. This window has two sections: Cell styles and Page style. Select "People" in the list on the left, and press the outline icon "Medium" at the right. Note that when you select the new outline, the cells using Person style in the board will update automatically. This allows you to immediately see the result of the changes to the style. Remember that, if you do not like how it looks, you can always configure the style back as it was before, or undo.

Cell styles

In this dialogue you can modify the shape, outline, text and picture adjustment of the cell.

Shape

Rectangular or with rounded corners works well for almost any type of cell, while Folder works best with jump cells because it transmits the idea that they contain more pages. Round cells are perfect for children's boards or action cells as Read or Delete.

Outline

Changing the thickness of the outline will allow you to adjust the constrast between the background and the border.

Text

Text is one of the most important parts of the appearance of a cell. If the font you choose is not right, or the size is too small, the message can be difficult to read for some users. On the other hand, making it centered, aligned at the bottom or even completely hidden can help differentiate one type of cell from others. For example, if a cell says an individual letter (instead of a full message), it may be a good idea to give it the appearance of a typewriter key.

Picture

In the cell, you can also select the position of the image in relation to the text. You can adjust the image and the text with a wide or a narrow margin, fit the image in the cell, fill the cell with the image (possibly cropping some of its content), or hide it completely.

Add new styles

In addition to the predefined cell styles, you can add your own in accordance with your objectives and needs.

For example, suppose that you want to make all cells referring to members of my family have a certain look. The best way is to create the cell style Family. To do that, click on the '+' icon below the list of styles cell and type "Family". A new style will be added, which will initially look like the first of all, People. Now, you can modify it to your liking.

Once the style is added, it will be available for the new cells that you create.

Page styles

Just like with the appearance of the cells, you can edit the appearance of pages.

Background

You can modify the background colour of the page and whether the cells and the message bar project shadows. If you choose a very intense background colour you should make sure that the cells clearly contrast against it.

You can also choose how to adjust the background image, if using one. If you activate "Stretch", the image will occupy as much space as possible, maybe by cropping some of its content. An interesting option is "Adjust board to the background image". If you activate it, the board will keep the aspect ratio of the image, which means that the cells will always have the same position relative the background regardless of how you resize the window.

Message bar

You can choose the size of the message bar from three sizes available, or even hide it completely. In general, it is a good idea to use a medium or large bar if you want to display text and/or pictograms, and use the smaller size if only text is displayed.

You can also choose the font of the messages displayed on the bar. If the board is going to be used by someone who is starting to learn how to read it might be a good idea to choose a hand-written font. If, on the contrary, it will be used by someone with a good reading level, they may feel more comfortable with a small bar and print letters.

Spacing

It is possible to independently assign the spacing between rows and columns, and to the page edge. Reducing the spacing generally allows you to insert more cells, but it may make it more difficult for some users to tell one cell from another.

Save style

If you modify the style of a board, including the appearance of the cells (possibly even adding new cell styles), the size of the message bar, page colour, etc., you will probably want to save your style for use in other boards that you create in the future.

To do that, click on the Save style icon on the upper right corner of the dialogue. Choose a name (that does not match any of the predefined styles or another style that you saved before), and done. The new style will be available later when you create new boards.

In the settings dialogue you will find the list of all available styles, predefined or created by you, and you can delete them if you no longer need them.

Custom styles

Both cell and page styles help you achieve a uniform appearance on the board. By making all cells referring to people use the style People, you can just modify that particular style to change all corresponding cells at once. The same applies to pages: if you decide to make the cells lie further apart from each other you can modify the page style, and all pages in the board will change.

But sometimes it is interesting to make a cell or a particular page have a unique style of its own. For example, if you want to add an image just as a reference (i.e. it does nothing when pressed), that image could be a cell with a custom style.

To assign a custom style to a cell, just edit it (double-click), and in section Style select Custom. Then you can click the pencil icon located at your right to edit it just as any other style.

Edit a page

To edit a page (e.g. to assign it a custom style), first go to the Pages dialogue (click the three dots at the right of the pages bar). Once there, click the pencil icon on the relevant page.

In this dialogue you can rename the page, choose a background image and assign it a custom style.

In the example below, we have changed the look of the page Food giving it a custom style. We have changed the background colour and extended the border and the size of the message bar. We have also assigned a custom style to the Back cell. Neither of these changes affect the look of the other pages of the board or other cells of type Back that there may be.

Users

With Verbo, different users can use the programme on the same computer. Each user can set their own preferences, such as the way in which messages are displayed or the access method.

Click on Users in the dropdown menu to access the list of all users that have been configured in the programme. You can add and delete users, rename them or even assign them a profile picture.

At any given time there will be an active user in the programme. This only means that the preferences that the user has defined are being used, and that any changes made to those preferences will only affect that user. To change the active user just click "Switch to this user".

Preferences

The preferences dialogue allows you to configure how each of the users see and use the programme. You can access it via the dropdown menu.

It is very important to understand what each of the parameters means in order to ensure that the programme meets the needs, taste and methodology of each user.

Communication

The communication mode refers to how the messages are displayed in the message bar:

  • Symbols and text. Each message is a combination of image (pictogram) and text.
  • Symbols only. Only the image is displayed, even if the cell has a text.
  • Text only. Only text is displayed, even the cell has an image.
  • Direct. The message bar is hidden, and every time a cell is pressed, it is read directly. Read, Delete and Clear cells stop working. This transforms the board into a more classic communication board.

In communication mode you can also choose if you want Verbo to read messages when they are added to the bar and if you prefer to read whole words only (ideal for keyboards).

You can also select the artificial voice with which the messages will be read. By adjusting rate, pitch and volume, you can customise the user voice. Remember that you can also record your own voice, if you prefer.

Access

This section allows you to configure what access system will be used to control the programme. Verbo supports a wide range of devices and types of access to suit absolutely any user, regardless of their level and type of mobility, cognitive level or visual acuity.

  • Switches, via USB adapters like enCore.
  • Conventional or adapted mice, head mice like enPathia, or trackballs.
  • Touchscreens.
  • Joysticks, gamepads or game controllers.
  • Keyboards.
  • Eye tracking systems.

Depending on the selected device, Verbo can be used in the following ways:

Direct selection

The cell to be activated is selected directly. It is the right access mode if a conventional mouse, a head mouse, an eye-tracking system or a touchscreen is used. Just select the desired cell, and "activate" it. Within this method, two variants can be used:

  • Activate the cells by clicking. The usual way.
  • Activate the cells by time. Instead of manually activating the cell, just dwell on it for a while. It is an interesting option if the user has mobility problems as it reduces the different types of movements that are necessary.

Scanning

The most common way if switches or keyboards are used. In the following section, Scanning, we will see the settings for this mode.

Navigation

The selection is moved up, down, left and right, and then the cell is activated. This mode can be used with switches or keyboards if the user is able to activate 5 different buttons, but the most common way is with a joystick.

Scanning

Scanning is one of the most popular types of access, and in this section you will see how to configure it.

Scan order

  • Cell by cell. The cells of the page are highlighted one by one until the desired one is activated.
  • Rows-columns. A row is first selected, and then a cell within it.
  • Columns-rows. Just the opposite. These last two modes allow for a generally faster selection of a particular cell.

You can choose the left-right and up-down direction of scanning, for example to match the user's reading direction.

Scanning mode

  • Manual. The user presses (the switch, the keyboard key, the joystick button, etc.) both to move to the next cell, row or column and to activate it. Note that this mode requires that the user be able to activate at least two different switches: one to move to the next element, and another to activate.
  • Sequential. Cells, rows or columns are automatically selected at a rate that can be configured. When the desired cell is highlighted, the user activates the button. This mode only requires access to one switch.

In sequential mode you can define the time until next item is selected, and you can choose whether it should start automatically. In addition, you can choose how many cycles must pass for the scanning process to be cancelled if no cell has been selected.

Sound feedback

Scanning can be configured so that, at each step, Verbo plays a sound. It is the best mode for people with low attentional skills or low visual acuity.

In this mode, it is possible to incorporate any sound from your computer as a feedback, or select "Say cell text" to have Verbo read the text in the cell.

Appearance

In this section you can select the thickness and colour of the outline that is drawn around the cell in various contexts:

  • When hovering the mouse pointer, or when looking at the cell while using an eye-tracking system.
  • During scanning.
  • When using the navigation access mode.
  • When activated.

Symbols

In this section you can see the installed symbol libraries, and arrange them in order of preference. When Verbo searches for images, whether in the symbol selection dialogue, or automatically when adding or editing a cell, the symbols that belong to the first library on this list will appear first.

To change the order of the libraries just drag them with the mouse to the desired position.

Remember that, besides the default library SymbolStix, you can download ARASAAC and BLISS symbols from the resources page.

Multimedia

In this section you can select the folder from which the "Play music" command will read music files. You can also adjust the default volume.

To play music from your board, just add a new "Play music" cell and configure the command to "Play from music folder".

Notes and dictionary

You can check the notes saved by the user, delete them all or only some on them. You can also export your notes for use on another device (Windows or Android). This is very useful, for example, if you have been working on a computer and would like to switch to a tablet without losing your saved messages.

In addition to the standard language dictionary, each user has a personal dictionary with common expressions. This dictionary is used in the text prediction, if used. In this section you can add or delete words to it. You can find boards using text prediction in the Verbo Community.

Settings

The Settings dialogue, in the dropdown menu, gives you access to a number of global programme parameters, while the preferences dialogue contains the configuration for each user. You can find Settings in the dropdown menu.

General

Besides choosing the programme language, in this section you can configure whether the programme should automatically run when the operating system starts up, and if it should load a particular board automatically when started. These two options together allow a person to use Verbo independently, without having someone start the programme and load the board for them.

Styles

Here all the board styles available, both predefined by the programme and created by the users, are shown. You can delete those that are no longer needed.

Updates

If the option to check for updates automatically is enabled, Verbo will periodically check whether an update is available for the programme and will offer to download and install it. You can also check manually, if you want to.

License

A license of Verbo is linked to a particular computer. When you started Verbo for the first time and entered your email address and password, your license was linked to that machine. But if you want to start using the programme on another computer, you can do so. You can revoke the license and take it somewhere else. The only limitation is that the license can not be active on two computers at the same time.

Commands

Communication (AAC)

Commands in this category allow you to create, play, and delete messages. How these messages are played (with synthesized or real voice, using the message bar or not, with pictograms or text, etc) will depend on your board and your preferences, so make sure you use the best combination of options to get the most out of the programme!

Say a message or play a sound

This is the basic command for communication boards. When you create a cell of type "message", Verbo includes this action automatically, but you can add it to any other cell if you want to.

By default, this command adds the contents of the cell (text and pictogram) to the message bar and plays it with a synthesized voice, but you can configure it to behave differently. For example, you can have it reproduce a different message than the one written in the cell, or record your own voice message.

If your board presents a message bar, the chosen message will be displayed as a pictogram, a text or a combination of both according to your preferences. It can also be read immediately, or when a cell is activated with the command "Read message bar".

  • Message. If you activate the "Use cell text" option, the text you have typed in the contents of the cell (by default) will be used. If you disable it, you can enter a different custom message than the one in the cell.
  • Symbols. Use the image you have selected for this cell, or choose a different one.
  • Voice. By default, Verbo will use the synthesized voice that you have chosen in your preferences to play the message, but you can disable this option if you want to use another sound. You can choose a file from your computer or record a voice message with the microphone.

Type

By inserting this command you can add a letter or set of letters to the message bar (in principle, without image). It works like "Say a message or play a sound", but it allows you to spell instead of writing full words.

  • Letters. As in the previous command, you can use the text you have written in the cell, or choose another custom text.
  • Symbols. Use the image you have selected for this cell, or choose a different one.

Read message bar

This command reads any messages that have been added to the message bar with the command "Say a message or play a sound" or the "Write letters" command. If you use message bar, it is a good idea that this cell is on each page of the board.

Delete message bar

Add this command to a cell in order to delete the last message added to the message bar. If you want to delete them all, use the command "Clean the message bar".

Clear message bar

Deletes all messages that have been inserted in the message bar. If you just want to delete the last message that was added, use the command "Delete the message bar".

Pages

These commands allow you to jump from one page to another on the board.

Jump to a page

Use this command to jump to another page. With it, you can divide your board into categories or contexts, or create activities with different levels.

As with most commands, there is a quick way to create a jump cell. Simply double-click on an empty cell on the board, and select the "Jump to a Page" option. But you can also add the command to a previously created cell.

Jump back

Use this command to jump to the previous page (the page from which you last jumped).

Jump home

Jump to the first page of the board.

Multimedia

Commands to reproduce and control the music.

Play music

With this command you can play background music on any board from the user's music folder, a file or a recording:

  • From my music folder. The song will be played from the folder you have selected in preferences.
  • Specific song. Use this option to play a music file from a location other than the one saved in preferences, or record a voice message to play it.
  • If music is playing, pause. If you activate this option, pressing the cell again will pause the music being played.
  • If music is paused, resume. If you activate this option, pressing the battery again resumes the paused music.

As you know, with the command "Say a message or play a sound" you can also play music files from your computer or sounds that you have recorded with the microphone. So how is that command different from this?

  • Sounds that are inserted with "Say a message..." will be played back in the order they are pressed, one after the other. Those that are played with "Play music" will play in the background, without affecting what is played from the message bar. A good example is an interactive story in which the user has to discover the sound of different animals on a farm. You can use "Play Music" to play a background song in the activity, and "Say a message..." in each animal cell with the sound of the corresponding animal.
  • With "Say a message..." you always have to indicate the sound file you want it to play, or record it yourself. This sound will be saved in the .verbo file and will be available to anyone with whom you share the board. With "Play music", on the other hand, you can choose to have songs come from the user's music folder on your computer or tablet.

Stop music

Stop the music playing.

Pause music

Pause the music playing. To continue playing, use the "Resume music" command.

Resume music

Keep playing the music if you had previously paused it,

Previous track

Skips to the previous track in the music playlist.

Next track

Skips to the next track in the music playlist.

Increase music volume

Turn up the volume of the music during this playback. To set a permanent value, use Preferences.

Lower music volume

Turn down the volume of the music during this playback. To set a permanent value, use Preferences.

Increase voice volume

Turn up the voice volume during this playback. To set a permanent value, use Preferences.

Lower voice volume

Turn the volume down during playback. To set a permanent value, use Preferences.

Notes

Save message as a note

Each user can store as many messages as she wants to retrieve them later. The notes are saved as text and/or pictogram (as they were generated), and are preserved even when moving from one board to another. This action allows you to save as a note the message that currently appears in the message bar (whether it is visible or not).

Show more notes

Notes will appear on the page in the cells reserved for it. If the user has more notes than available cells, the last ones will not be displayed. With this action you can go through all the existing notes sequentially, without the need to add more cells.

Delete note

Delete a note that appears on the page. This action is modal: when executed, only a cell that contains a note (to erase it) or the cell that initiated the action (to cancel it) can be activated next.

Delete all notes

Remove all user notes

Android

These commands will only be available when the tablet is used on an Android tablet or smartphone.

Send an SMS

You can include this command in a cell to offer a new channel of communication when you are in Android Verbo. An SMS message is sent with a fixed text or with the contents of the message bar.

  • Message. Indicate a custom message, or use what was written in the message bar.
  • Enter the number to which the message will be sent.
  • Phone.

Share

Share the content of the message bar with another application on Android. You can choose whether you want it to be shared as an image or as a text.

Misc.

Show more text prediction

Just like the "Show more notes" action, this action provides access to as many dictionary results as desired, regardless of the number of prediction cells contained in the page.

Disable cell

If you add this command to your cell, it will be disabled when you activate it. The cell will no longer be available. This can be useful, for example, to cancel incorrect responses in activities or to set up visual agendas with information about time, so that what has already been done is marked and can not be pressed again. Disabling can be visualized in two ways:

  • Fade. The cell is still displayed, but slightly transparent.

  • Hide completely. When disabled, the cell disappears visually from the page.

Launch application

You can add this command to a cell to open an application, document, web page, or external link.

  • If it is a program or a file on your computer, use the folder icon to select it.
  • If it's a web, write the URL tih format "http://..."

"Parameters" is an advanced option that allows you to pass arguments to the external application. In most cases, just leave it blank.

Export to pdf

Save current page, including selected/disabled cells and message bar, as a pdf file. These files are saved in My Documents/ in path containing the user name, board and page in use, current date and time, etc. So they can easily be used as a log. They are also very useful to create exams, homework or activities that the user can do on her own, because her answers will be saved to be reviewed later.

Copy to clipboard

This command allows you to copy the contents of the message bar to the system clipboard to paste into another application. You can choose to copy the content as an image or as a text.

Run gaze calibration

If you add this command to a cell of your board, the calibration process of the gaze control system will be launched. It is very useful for anyone who uses this access system, since at any time the calibration process can be started autonomously.

Pause gaze control

If you add this command to a cell on your board, activating it will pause gaze control temporarily. This allows the user to rest with the assurance that no cell will be activated accidentally.

To reactivate gaze control back, just look for a few seconds to the box that will appear on the bottom of the board.

Notes

Notes notes are a way to save a message to retrieve it later. This is, obviously, a very useful tool for advanced users of communication boards, but it can also be used to create educational activities that display right and wrong answers automatically, stories that remember the name of the person who is reading them, and many more things!

For communication, some of the most interesting applications are:

  • Prepare beforehand the messages I want to say before meeting someone.
  • Write a speech or a presentation.
  • Increase the vocabulary of a communicator without editing it.
  • Save reminders or to-dos.

For activities, you can use the notes to:

  • Remember the user's answers on each page, and display them at the end together with the expected choices. This idea can be combined with the "Save page as PDF" command to save the results of an activity.
  • Ask the user to choose an option (for example, the character's name) at the beginning, and use it later.

Create a communicator with notes

Using notes in a communicator involves two things: allowing the user to save and delete notes, and displaying the saved notes. Fortunately, both are very easy to do because Verbo includes a quick access in the Insert cell dialog, under the category "Notes":

  • The options "Save", "Delete", "Delete all" and "Show more" simply insert a cell with that action.
  • Using the option "Note" creates a cell in which a note will be displayed. As with text prediction, these cells are empty while the board is being edite, they only show content in playback mode.

You can add as many note cells as you like. For example, you can create a page that only contains notes, to which the user accesses to manage his saved messages. Another option is to reserve one or two note cells on the home page or in the most used categories, and use the "Show more notes" command to find the desired one.

Verbo Community

Verbo Community is a collaborative website where Verbo users can share their boards and activities, and download all the boards that have been shared by other professionals and users.

This can be especially interesting for beginners who use Verbo for first time, because, instead of creating a new board, they can download some boards of the Community, customise them and use them directly. It is that easy!

Visit the Verbo Community to find a great variety of communication boards and activities arranged by objectives and users.

  • Early care
  • Adults
  • Activities for all

You can also find a direct link in the Verbo software to the Verbo Community, just click on "Get boards online" in the dropdown menu.

Android Verbo

Android Verbo is a player. In other words, you can transfer your boards to your Android tablet or smartphone and use them anywhere. Verbo will always be with you, with the same look-and-feel and functionality.

You can use Verbo Android with different access systems: touchscreen, scanning, switch, mouse and keyboard, etc. You can combine it with a an universal mounting system to fix your smartphone or tablet to a wheelchair or a tablet.

You can transfer your boards from Windows to Android by connecting them via a USB cable, sending the files via email, or using any file sharing service of your choice. Just copy the boards to any location, and when Verbo is launched again all the boards will be visible and ready to use.

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