How do I modify the contents of a board in CoughDrop?

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.

How-to video

Entering Edit Mode

Entering Edit Mode

Once you have made a copy of a board or created a new board you should automatically be placed into Edit Mode for that board. If not or if you are re-editing an existing board, make sure you are not in Speak Mode and then hit the "Edit Board" button to enter Edit Mode.

Edit Mode interface

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

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

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

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

General button settings

This section lets you define the button label, and also border and fill colors. You can also clear the button contents and perform a couple different actions like swapping button positions and copying to the button stash from this section.

Picture 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

Action button settings

This section lets you define the action that will occur when users select this button. Buttons can vocalize the button's label or sound, navigate to a linked board, open a web site in a browser tab, or launch a mobile application.

Sound 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.

See also

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.

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