GoTalk Now Keyguard

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Keyguard for GoTalk Now. Available in 1, 2, 4, 9, 16, 25 or 36 button configuration.

GoTalk Now is a good choice if you want to use colored acrylic, because it provides plenty of space between the openings.  The colored acrylic increases the differentiation between the choices.  Don't choose colored acrylic when choosing square or round openings.

Note:  Be aware that Attainment occasionally changes the layout of the GoTalk Now screen.  Keyguards made to fit the current version may not fit future versions of GoTalk Now, and thus are not covered by our keyguard warranties.  Our warranties cover design and breakage, but not changes made by Attainment.  

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.

Select Device - Select the version of iPad you have.  If you don't know, on newer iPads it's easy.  Go to the Settings app General settings and tap "About".  The Model Name is what you're looking for.  Select that model from the "Device" pull down menu above.

On older iPads, use the Model Number, which is really a part number that looks something like "ML0N2LL/A".  Do a Web search for that.  On the back of your iPad there's also a very tiny model number that looks something like "A1538".  Do a Web search for that, like "iPad A1538".  This page from Apple may be of help.  This keyguard does not come with an iPad.

To Fit Case - Select the case that you have on your iPad.  This keyguard does not come with an iPad case.  You are specifying the case you already have.  Select "None" if the iPad is not in a case.  Select "Other" at the bottom of the list if your case is not on the list, and specify the case in the Special Instructions field.  If you don't know which case you have, see our blog How to Identify an iPad CaseNote: If you don't click that link and determine which iPad case you have, the keyguard will not fit, and we'll charge you to make a new one.  It's not enough to give us a brand name and think we can figure it out.  It's not enough to find a similar case and think it's pretty close. 

Attachment - The attachment method you choose must be suitable for the iPad you have.  See our blogs Keyguard Attachment Methods. and How to Identify an iPad Case.

GoTalk Now Version - Keyguards are not backward-compatible with older versions of GoTalk Now.  Your GoTalk Now must be at least as new as the version listed.

Number of Buttons - This is the number of buttons you have chosen in the Page Options screen of the Page Editor.  

Express Page/Message Bar - Also in the Page Editor's Page Options.  If Express page is On, the message window will be exposed to show what the user is typing.  When off, the message window goes away and the buttons get bigger.  In the Express Page Settings section of the Settings screen, you can also set whether the message bar (here called the Express Bar) appears at the top or the bottom of an express page.

Previous and Next Page Buttons - These are the round buttons in the lower left and right corners that allow navigation between pages.  They can be on or off in the Player.  They are on by default, but you can choose to turn them off in the Buttons section of the Settings screen.

Home/Back Buttons - This is the pair of square buttons on the lower left.  In the Player they are the Home and Back buttons, and in the Page Editor they are the Home Screen and Page Options buttons. They can be on or off in the Player.  They are on by default, but you can choose to turn them off in the Buttons section of the Settings screen.

Jump/Vocab Buttons - This is the pair of square buttons on the lower right.  In the Player they are the Jump To and Core Vocabulary buttons, and in the Page Editor they are the Pages and Templates and Add Core Vocabulary buttons. They can be on or off in the Player.  They are on by default, but you can choose to turn them off in the Buttons section of the Settings screen.

Page Label - This is the area at the bottom center of the screen that contains the page icon and title.  It can be on or off in the Player.  It is on by default, but you can choose to turn it off in the Buttons section of the Settings screen.

Cell Openings - The default cell openings are rectangles with rounded corners, the same size as the cells. Elliptical openings are the same size as the cells.  If you choose square or circular openings, they will be centered in the cells, reduced to fit in the cell. The extra space helps the user differentiate between the cells, and allows a little place for fingers to rest. If you choose anything other than full-sized rectangles, do not choose a colored material, as some information in the cells will be covered by the keyguard.

Reduce Openings To - By default, openings will be made as large as will fit the cell.  If you specify a maximum opening size, the dimensions of the grid cells will be reduced so they are no bigger than the maximum you specified.  If the cells would naturally be 1" wide and ".5" high, and you specified a maximum of  0.75", the cells would be reduced to 0.75" x 0.5".  Round or square openings are reduced in both dimensions to the specified size.  If the cells are already smaller than the specified size, nothing will change.   

Swipe to Home - Newer iPads don't have a home button for returning to the home screen, so they require the user to swipe up from the bottom edge of the screen to return to home.  If the user doesn't need access to the home screen, or if you're using a virtual home button, you can leave this closed for a much stronger and more esthetic keyguard.  If the user will need to swipe to return to the home screen, you can open this, but note that this leaves an ugly notch in the bottom edge of the keyguard.  The keyguard will be much weaker, and it may allow access to items on the bottom of the screen that would otherwise be unaccessible.

Material - The default clear acrylic styrene is more flexible than standard acrylics and is much less likely to crack when bent.  It features a non-glare surface and comes with a 2-year guarantee against breakage.  It's also available in several colors that are also non-glare and have a 1-year guarantee.  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, but they are brittle and can be cracked if bent.  Polycarbonate is the strongest material, being virtually unbreakable, and comes with a lifetime guarantee against breakage.  3D resin prints are a gray or black polyurethane in a number of thicknesses and have a 1-year guarantee. Allow two extra days for polycarbonate or 3D-printed polyurethane.  Learn about materials in more detail in our Keyguard Materials blog.

Acrylic styrene or polycarbonate is highly recommended on GoTalk Now layouts of less than 9 cells due to the length and thinness of the bars separating the cells.

User ID - An optional HIPAA-compliant identifier to be engraved on the keyguard.  Do not use full names.  ID's may be up to 25 characters long.

Special Instructions - Use this field to communicate any other information we need to know about the keyguard.  For example, if you've specified "Other" for an unlisted case, you can give us a link to the case online.  On large orders, you can add the student's ID to help keep the keyguards straight (nothing will be added to the keyguard, only the documentation).