CoughDrop allows many different customizations and configurations for communication boards. The goal is to make editing boards as easy and straightforward as possible. Boards are made up of a grid of buttons (for now, visual scene displays coming later) that can be edited individually or in bulk. We'll go through all the editing options individually.
Entering Edit Mode
Edit Mode interface
The Edit Mode interface should look familiar, it is not that different from the other modes available in CoughDrop. Along the top are a number of buttons.
Edit Mode header
The "Edit" and "Paint" buttons are used to switch between standard editing and painting (see the painting walkthrough). Next you have "Undo" and "Redo" for working around mistakes while editing. The "Grid +/-" button lets you add and remove rows and columns to the button grid. The "More" button lets you edit things like the board's description or license, and also access the button stash.
Changing the label on a button
While standard editing, you can hover over any button to bring up the label text box. Clicking or tapping in the label area lets you edit the label for this button without bringing up the more detailed button settings view. If you enter a label for a button that doesn't yet have a symbol specified, CoughDrop will auto-search for a symbol for that label and use it. You are of course free to change to a different symbol if you like. CoughDrop learns over time the most-preferred symbols for certain labels/words.
Opening button settings
If you touch or click anywhere else on the button then the button settings window will appear. There are different sections in the settings window, and which section loads first depends on where you select. Hitting the symbol brings up the symbol settings section, hitting the word bubble icon brings up the action section, etc. Let's go through each section one at a time.
General button settings
Picture button settings
This section lets you search for, upload, or take a photo to act as the symbol for this button. You can also enter a URL into the search field to specify a specific image available on the web. After you have selected an image you can perform some basic modifications like cropping and colorizing the image before saving it.
Action button settings
Sound button settings
This section lets you specify a different text for vocalization (for example if you have a button with the label "hungry" that you want to actually say "I am hungry" you would enter that text here) or inflections or spelling. You can also record an audio sound or upload a pre-recorded sound to be played instead of text-to-speech vocalization for the button.
There are many other configuration options available, as CoughDrop tries to make configuration as easy as possible. For example you can bulk edit button colors or visibility using the painting tool, and you can drag and drop buttons to rearrange them or to clear them or copy them to the button stash. Below are some of the additional resources available to help in creating and modifying boards.
- How do I link from one board to another?
- How do I color multiple buttons at once?
- How do I use my own pictures when editing a board?
- How do I use my own sounds when editing a board?
- How do I rearrange buttons on a board?
- How do I hide or show buttons on a board?
- How do I configure buttons to open a web site?
- How do I configure buttons to launch mobile apps?
- How do I create my own keyboard?
- How do I configure a button to modify already-entered words (i.e. inflections)?
- How do I specify a license for reuse when editing a board?