AAC Talking Tabs - Tutorial. Building and editing a Talking Tab

Talking Tabs

Building and Editing


Let's see how it looks a table in edit mode. Remember that the main settings should be set to Edit Mode.

If you're using a tablet you can see almost all the settings that allow you to change the appearance of the table. The changes made are immediately applied to the table so you can see how this varies. For example, you can try to change the number of columns, the labels position, images text and text on the tab position, etc. etc.

If you set "creates sentence with images", it allows to show the selected image on the space where sentence are built, otherwise appears only the description of the image. This option should always be set.

The Orientation option allows you to block the orientation (this would make the use of the application much easier for the child), or to rotate according to the orientation sensor.

In each position of the tables there is a picture or a placeholder (the placeholder symbol). With a tap of a symbol or a placeholder, it appears a context menu with the following items:

  • Speak: simulates what happen during play mode. The symbol is shown in the area where the phrase is built and the TTS software sends the symbol text out on the speakers
  • Delete: Delete the symbol with its descriptions and puts in its place a placeholder
  • Edit: Opens the edit page that we will see later
  • Insert a line in the current position.
  • Delete Row.

From the menu of the page we can:

  • Add a line: the line is added after the last one (append). If we are creating a new table, this is the item with which start
  • Change color: using a choose color panel you can change color to the current tab.
  • Change Text Tab: it allows to replace, for example, the label PEOPLE of the first tab with another description of your choice
  • Restore default colors: Original colors or soft ones. It restores the standard colors I chose for the application
  • Rebuild Images. This menu item is activated when:
    • the image size is changed
    • the type of image resolution is changed
    The images are optimized to minimize their size and memory. The images are still saved even in their original size so you will not lose the highest definition possible.

Let's see how we can change the image.

Depending on the kind of symbol, the data that we can insert are different; for example, for a person you must enter the name of the symbol, whether it is male or female, whether it is first person, second person, or indefinite, whether it is a question.

For a verb, for example, we can insert, the infinitive and all other conjugations, first, second and third person singular and plural. We can also indicate whether the verb is a modal verb such as want, can, must. During the construction of a sentence, if the correct conjugation is not found because it is not found because it's not inserted, it is used the infinitive verb.


For adjectives, for example, we can insert the male and female description, for objects we can define the definite article.