Managing and Editing Pages Using the Page Browser

March 2011


The Series 5 software has many pre-programmed communication pages for active participation in real-life situations and environments. Once the individual’s “user” is set up for their appropriate age and communication ability level, each page group has access to vocabulary for home, school/work, community and hobbies.  Learn more at the Introduction to InterAACt Learning Path at our Implementation Toolkit.

 

Within the pages, you can easily modify or add/change the vocabulary on individual buttons using the Modify button; however, there may be other, more global changes that you might want to make that will increase successful use and communication for the user. For example, you may want to increase the button label font of all the buttons or change the background color of all the pages to address a visual need, or simply for personalization because purple is the user’s favorite color. With Series 5, it is possible to modify multiple pages simultaneously using the Page Browser. (Keep in mind that making global changes may require some fine tuning and that you can always use the Modify button to make minor adjustments).

 

In addition to making global changes, the Page Browser also allows you to manage and share page files. Although there are many pre-programmed pages available, most likely you will create new pages for the user such as a popup of their favorite books within the “reading at home” page or of their favorite TV shows within the “living room” page. You may want to bring in a package of pages from the Downloads section of our website.  The tools in the Page Browser menu provides you with ways to manage, edit, and share page files.

 

First we will explore the Page Browser tools, and then explore how to use these tools through short activities.

 

To open the Page Browser menu:

1. Select the pull down main menu button in the title bar.

2. Select Setup.

3. Select Tools.

4. Select the Page Browser.

 



Page Browser Tools

 

Go To Page

Close the Page Browser menu (and any other open menus) and open the page, popup or template that is selected in the right viewport.

Rename

Change the name of the item that is selected in the right viewport.

Edit Operations

Open the Edit Operations menu, which provides tools for copying, pasting, cutting and deleting selected pages and popups.

Modify Pages

Open the Modify Pages menu, which provides tools for customizing the pages, popups or templates that are selected in the right viewport. .

Sharing Operations

Open the Sharing Operations menu, which contains tools for importing and exporting pages, popups and templates and creating packages.

 


Modifying Pages Simultaneously


To modify multiple pages simultaneously:

  1. Select the Main Menu button.
  2. Select Setup.
  3. Select Tools Menu.
  4. Select Page Browser.
  5. In the left viewport, select (highlight) the folder for the page set that includes the page(s) you want to modify.
  6. In the right viewport, select the check box beside the name of every page you want to modify.

 

  1. Select the Modify Pages button. The Modify Pages menu will open.

 

  1. Choose the desired modifications. Select OK.  

 



 

Note: If you would like to modify all of the pages within a specific directory, choose the Select All checkbox in the bottom right of the Page Browser menu.

 


Activity 1: Practicing Global Modifications

Using the step-by-step instructions, we will make some global modifications to the 12 Button Emergent Adult Page Set Vocabulary Lists. We decided that we want the Vocab Lists to have larger font and all the buttons to be light blue.

 

1. Go to the Tools Menu and Page Browser

2. In the right viewport, mark the pages with the first label as “basic level” (e.g., “basic level concepts” = main page of the word list). You should mark 10 pages starting with “basic level actions” through “basic level places.”

3. After the pages are marked, select “Modify Pages.”

4. Change the font to a 14 point bold.

5. Change the button color to a light blue.

6. Change the label location from the “top” to the “bottom.”

7. Navigate to the 12 Button Adult Main Page or Facilitator Master. Select the “Word” lists and see how you modified the buttons at one time!

 

Creating a New Folder


When you create the specific “user” for the system, they will utilize the communication pages within the folder for their Communication Ability Level (Emergent, Context-Dependent or Independent). Through the Page Browser (or Page Navigator) you can see that many additional peripheral pages exist in separate folders such as Teaching Tools, Ebook Reader Pages, Phone Pages, Digital Image Pages, and Keyboard pages. These folders help keep additional pages you may want to link to the communication pages organized.

As mentioned earlier, you or the AAC user will create new personalized pages and popups to link to the existing pages. These new pages or popups are automatically saved and placed in the active directory. However, locating these pages after they have been created may be frustrating if they are not organized in a logical manner. Adding folders to the Page Browser is a good way to maintain some structure to this process by keeping the new pages separate from the existing ones. Once you have created specific folders, you can add new pages to the folder or bring over a set (package) of communication pages that someone else has developed. (Similar to the way you may add folders to organize your documents on your PC).

 

            To add a new folder in the Page Browser:

1.     Select Main Menu > Setup > Tools > Page Browser

2.     In the left viewport, select the directory (file/folder) in which you want to create a new folder.

a.     If you want your folder to be in the main directory, select the Top Level.

b.     If you want the folder to be placed within an existing folder, select the appropriate folder.

3.     Select the New Folder button. The system keyboard will open.

4.     Enter the name for the new folder. Select OK.

5.     You should see your new folder in the left viewport.

 

 

Activity 2: Add a new folder called “My Book Club” to the Context-Dependent folder (directory). This will become a sub-folder within this set of communication pages. 


Renaming a page


You may need to rename a page that you have created or copied. This is also done through the Page Browser.

 

            To rename a page:

1.     Select Main Menu > Setup > Tools > Page Browser

2.     Find and highlight the desired page.

3.     Select the Rename button. The system keyboard will open, displaying the current page name.

4.     Enter the new name for the page. Select OK.

5.     When the page renaming process is complete, you will see the renamed page in the right viewport of the Page Browser menu.

 

Note: When naming new pages, consider using the device user’s initials (e.g., “HS Talking to my book club”) this is another way to help keep new pages organized.

 

Sharing (Importing or Exporting) Packages and Pages


Do you want to share pages with a friend who also uses a V, Vmax+ or Maestro or take advantage of some of the pages that others have created?  Sharing pages or packages of pages is done through the Page Brower. Packages are collections of pages and whatever is included on the pages (e.g., images, photographs, sound files, and infrared commands).  See the January 2011 tip for Sharing Pages for specific directions on how to do this.

 

Through these activities, you have explored the Page Browser, a tool used to make global edits to existing pages, manage, organize and share communication pages. Additional information can be found on the Online Knowledge base on the DynaVox website under "Support".

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