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2 Clicker Paint User Guide Contents Introducing Clicker Paint 5 Free resources at LearningGrids.com, 6 Installing Clicker Paint, 6 Getting Started 7 How to use Clicker with Clicker Paint, 7 Selecting a Clicker Paint template, 7 Paint tools, 8 Rotate/Flip tools, 8 Undo/Redo tools, 8 Color Palettes, 9 Exporting a Clicker Paint picture, 9 Returning to Clicker, 9 Using The Tools 10 Brush tool, 10 Fill tool, 10 Line tool, 10 Shape tool, 11 Text tool, 11 Stamp tool, 12 Eraser tool, 12 Selection tool, 13 Colors, blends, and patterns, 13 Using Sticky Points 15 Adding Sticky Points, 16 Moving Sticky Points, 17 Deleting Sticky Points, 18 1

3 Clicker Paint User Guide Tailoring Your Activities 19 Setting up a Clicker cell to open Clicker Paint, 19 Opening Clicker Paint Details from Clicker, 20 Choosing where Clicker displays a picture, 20 Using background pictures, 21 Changing the canvas color, 21 Adding text prompts, sound, and video, 22 Selecting which tools are available, 23 Brush tool options, 24 Line tool options, 25 Shape tool options, 26 Text tool options, 27 Stamp tool options, 28 Eraser tool options, 30 Color/blend/pattern options, 31 Sticky Point options, 33 Advanced settings, 34 Using Clicker Paint Without Clicker 36 Starting Clicker Paint, 36 Using Clicker Paint Explorer, 36 File tools, 37 Viewing Clicker Paint Details, 37 Saving your picture, 38 Personal preferences, 39 Moving and resizing the Clicker Paint window, 39 Showing Clicker Paint full-screen, 40 Saving the window size, 40 Exporting and importing personal preferences, 40 2

4 Clicker Paint User Guide Using Clicker Paint Without Clicker (cont.) Using picture libraries, 41 Changing the voice used for speech, 42 Changing File Properties information, 42 Returning to Explorer, 43 Closing Clicker Paint, 43 Example Activities 44 Creating a fill activity, 44 Creating a reveal activity, 44 Putting stamps on a background picture, 45 Creating a matching activity, 46 Using Special Access 47 Examples of accessible activities, 47 How to use switches, 48 Setting up switch access, 49 Getting Help 50 Folder locations, 50 Speech problems, 50 Technical support, 51 Index 53 3

5 Clicker Paint User Guide Copyright information Crick Software Inc All rights reserved. No part of this publication or software may be reproduced or transmitted in whole or part by any means without the written permission of the publisher. Such written permission must be obtained before any part of this publication is stored in a retrieval system of any nature. While every care has been taken with this product, the author and publisher cannot be held responsible for any errors it may contain. No liability is accepted for any loss or damage resulting from the use of this product. Crick Software Inc N.E. 95th Street Redmond, WA USA Website: Phone: Fax:

6 Clicker Paint User Guide - Introducing Clicker Paint Introducing Clicker Paint Clicker Paint is an art tool for children of all abilities and people with special needs. You can use Clicker Paint to support teaching and learning in any subject area and it s so easy to use! Clicker Paint has various simple tools to let you create pictures. It s easy to draw curved or straight lines, fill areas of color, and add shapes, words, and pictures. You can even add a background picture and paint on top of it! But there s more to Clicker Paint than an easy-to-use paint program it also integrates seamlessly with Clicker*, the writing support and multimedia tool. When used with Clicker, you can use Clicker Paint to illustrate talking books and pieces of writing. *Clicker version 5 is required. 5

7 Clicker Paint User Guide - Introducing Clicker Paint What s more, it s accessible to people of all abilities. With its in-built switch access support, you can use Clicker Paint to create pictures even if you have difficulty using a mouse. Clicker Paint makes painting fun and educational, too! Free resources at LearningGrids.com If you are using Clicker Paint with Clicker, you can use the free resources at LearningGrids.com. In Clicker, simply go to Clicker Explorer and select the LearningGrids.com link on the left. You can then browse and search for hundreds of Clicker resources, including resources for Clicker Paint look for the Clicker with Clicker Paint logo! Installing Clicker Paint To install Clicker Paint on your computer: 1. Insert the CD and wait for the CD to start. If nothing happens, open 'My Computer', double-click on the CD, and then double-click 'Setup.exe'. 2. Follow the on-screen instructions. Note: If you are installing on a network, please click on the Help button in the installer for further information. To install Clicker Paint on a Mac: 1. Insert the CD and wait for the CD icon to appear on your desktop. 2. Double-click the CD icon and then double-click Clicker Paint Installer. 3. Follow the on-screen instructions. Your serial number and activation key The serial number and activation key are on your CD envelope (single user version) or your blue license document (all other versions). Keep this safe in case you need it. You must enter your serial number and activation key when you install Clicker Paint. 6

8 Clicker Paint User Guide - Getting Started Getting Started The main way to use Clicker Paint is with Clicker, the best-selling writing support and multimedia program. You can also use it on its own, as a stand-alone painting program. Many of the features are the same, whichever way you use it. For information on using Clicker Paint without Clicker, see the Using Clicker Paint without Clicker section. How to use Clicker with Clicker Paint You can use Clicker Paint to create pictures in Clicker cells and on the grid background. If you have both Clicker and Clicker Paint on your computer, Clicker Paint is available as a pop-up window within Clicker. The easiest way to use Clicker Paint is to select a Clicker Paint template. These templates contain cells set up to open Clicker Paint. Selecting a Clicker Paint template When you have both Clicker and Clicker Paint installed, there are extra Clicker templates available. These templates are set up to link to Clicker Paint, so you can open Clicker Paint from Clicker. In Clicker, open the File menu in the top-left corner and select New Grid Set. Doubleclick on Clicker Paint to see the Clicker Paint templates. Then double-click on a template to view its grid layouts. To create a Grid Set based on that template, click Create. About the Clicker Paint templates There are several templates to choose from. Look at the Show Me examples to find out how to use them. Book Making to create paintings in on-screen books. These include Dynamic Stamp templates, which let you create your own stamps and then add them to background pictures. Labeling to create paintings for picture cells, which you then label. Sentence Building to create paintings for picture cells, which you then add to a Clicker Writer document. Some of the templates have blank picture cells set up to open Clicker Paint. Other templates have a Paint button to open Clicker Paint. When you select one of these blank picture cells or the opens as a pop-up in front of the Clicker window. Paint button, Clicker Paint 7

9 Clicker Paint User Guide - Getting Started Paint tools When you create a new picture or open a saved picture, the canvas in the center of the screen is surrounded by a variety of tools: Brush paint freehand Fill change an area of color Line draw straight lines and arrows Shape add a regular, preset shape Text add letters, numbers, or words Stamp stamp pictures on the canvas Eraser remove what s on the canvas Selection cut, copy, or paste rectangular areas Note: Each of these tools can be made available or unavailable. Rotate/Flip tools The Rotate/Flip tools let you transform the entire canvas, a selected area, or stamps. Rotate Left reorient counter-clockwise Rotate Right reorient clockwise Flip Left to Right reverse the picture to make a mirror image Flip Top to Bottom reverse the picture to put the top at the bottom and vice versa Note: This group of tools can be made available or unavailable. Undo/Redo tools The Undo/Redo tools let you go backwards and forwards through your actions, so you can correct mistakes. Undo remove your actions Redo redo actions you ve undone Note: This group of tools can be made available or unavailable. 8

10 Clicker Paint User Guide - Getting Started Color Palettes There are four main ways to use color: Solid Colors standard, uniform colors Color Blends colors that blend into each other Patterns preset styles Color Mixer create your own colors Note: These palettes can be made available or unavailable. Exporting a Clicker Paint picture When you create a Clicker Paint picture in Clicker, the picture is automatically saved within the Clicker Grid Set when you save the Grid Set. If you want to save the picture separately from the Grid Set, open the Clicker File menu in the top-left corner while the Clicker Paint pop-up is open, and select Save Picture As. Returning to Clicker To close the Clicker Paint window and return to Clicker, click Close. Your picture is then added to the cell or grid background set up to display the picture. 9

11 Clicker Paint User Guide - Using The Tools Using The Tools When you select the Brush, Fill, Line, Shape, Text, Stamp, Eraser, and Selection tools, different options become available. To choose which tools, options, and colors are available, see Tailoring Clicker Paint Activities. Brush tool Choose the Brush tool to paint freehand on the canvas. Click on the canvas and hold down the mouse button. Drag the mouse to move the brush over the canvas, and then release the mouse button. You can change the size, style, and color of the brush. Fill tool Choose the Fill tool to change an area of color. Click on the canvas. The area filled is the area around the mouse pointer with the same color as the place you clicked. The area is filled with the color, blend, or pattern you have selected. Line tool Choose the Line tool to draw a straight line or arrow. Click on the canvas and hold down the mouse button. Move the mouse to draw the line, and then release the mouse button. Alternatively, click where you want the line to start, and then click where you want the line to end. You can change the color and width of the line, and add arrowheads and line endings. To change the width of the line, select a width from the central column. 10

12 Clicker Paint User Guide - Using The Tools To draw an arrow, select a Triangle or Swept arrowhead or Circle line end from the left-hand and right-hand columns. The left-hand column is the line style where you start drawing the line. The right-hand column is the line style where you finish drawing the line. To draw a simple straight line, select straight lines in the left-hand and right-hand columns. Shape tool Choose the Shape tool to add a regular, preset shape. You can change the shape, shape style (solid or outline), and color. Click on the canvas and hold down the mouse button. Drag the mouse to change the size and orientation of the shape on the canvas, and then release the mouse button. Alternatively, click on the canvas to start the shape; move the mouse; and then click again to finish the shape. Text tool Choose the Text tool to add letters, numbers, or words. You can right-click (Mac: Ctrl-click) on a letter, number, or word to hear it (note: if using Clicker Paint without Clicker, this only works if you have software speech on your computer). To change the letter, number, or word, select a character set and then select the character or text you want to add. Click on the canvas to add the selected letter, number, or word. You can change the size and color of the text. If adding words, you can use the Back and Forward buttons to page through the words. Note: The default words describe the default pictures for the Stamp tool. To add your own words, see Text tool options. 11

13 Clicker Paint User Guide - Using The Tools Stamp tool Choose the Stamp tool to stamp pictures on the canvas. Select a stamp, a size for the stamp, and click on the canvas to add it to the picture. To see more stamps, use the Back and Forward buttons to page through the stamps. You can use the Rotate and Flip tools to rotate or flip the selected stamp. Note: The default stamps are pictures to match the default words for the Text tool. To make stamps from pictures on your computer, see Stamp tool options. To create your own stamps in Clicker Paint, see Creating your own stamps. Eraser tool Choose the Eraser tool to remove what s on the canvas. You can change the eraser size and shape. You can also clear everything that s on the canvas. Note: The Eraser and the Clear All option only remove what s been added to the canvas, not the background picture. 12

14 Clicker Paint User Guide - Using The Tools Selection tool Choose the Selection tool to cut, copy, or paste rectangular areas. To select an area, click on the canvas and hold the mouse button down. Move the mouse to select an area of the canvas, and then release the mouse button. To cut the selected area from the canvas, select Cut. To copy it, select Copy. The selection then appears in the Clipboard area. Select Paste to add what s in the Clipboard area to the canvas. Then click on the canvas where you want the selection to appear. When you select Paste, it changes to Cancel. Select Cancel if you don t want to paste what s in the Clipboard area. To change the size of what you re about to paste, select a size from the Sizes area. You can also use the Rotate and Flip tools to rotate or flip the selected area. Colors, blends, and patterns When you use the Brush, Fill, Line, Shape, or Text tool, you can select the tool color. You can use solid colors, blends, patterns, or the color mixer. Select a color, blend, or pattern and then use your choice of tool to add it to the canvas. Note: To choose which colors are available or to change the canvas color, see Tailoring Clicker Paint Activities. Tip: You could create your own pattern using the Shape tool, or by creating a stamp, and adding it repeatedly to the canvas. 13

15 Clicker Paint User Guide - Using The Tools The color mixer Instead of using a preset color, you can mix your own colors with the color mixer. To build a set of mixed colors, first select the box that will contain the mixed color. To create a mixed color, select a color on the palette to add a shade of it to the box. Continue until you have mixed the color you want. Select the Color Picker if you can see a color on the canvas that you want. With the Color Picker selected, click on the color on the canvas. The color is then added to the box. Select Clear to clear the contents of the selected box. When you have created your color, you can use the Brush, Fill, Line, Shape, or Text tools to add it to the canvas. 14

16 Clicker Paint User Guide - Using Sticky Points Using Sticky Points With Sticky Points, you can create resources such as matching activities, where you draw lines between objects, or between objects and labels: Sticky Points are switch accessible so you can use them to create accessible painting activities for people with special needs. Sticky Points only appear when using Sticky Point Magnetism or switch access. Sticky Point Magnetism draws your mouse pointer towards the nearest Sticky Point. To set up this up (and change other options), see Sticky Point options. To edit Sticky Points, you must be in Edit Mode. Editing Sticky Points To edit Sticky Points, open the Edit menu and select Edit Mode. If using Clicker Paint with Clicker, then click on the cell that opens Clicker Paint when in Clicker s Edit Mode. The tools are then inactive and the Sticky Points are shown on the canvas. You can add, move, and delete Sticky Points. You can also make a grid of regularly spaced Sticky Points. Tip: You can double-click Run Mode or Edit Mode in the status bar at the bottom of the window to go between Edit Mode and Run Mode. 15

17 Clicker Paint User Guide - Using Sticky Points Adding Sticky Points To add a Sticky Point in Edit Mode, simply right-click (Mac: Ctrl-click) on the canvas where you want the Sticky Point, and select Add Sticky Point from the pop-up menu. You can also copy Sticky Points: 1. Right-click (Mac: Ctrl-click) on the Sticky Point and select Copy from the pop-up menu. 2. Right-click (Mac: Ctrl-click) on the canvas and select Paste from the pop-up menu. To copy multiple Sticky Points: 1. Hold down the Ctrl key (Mac: Command/Apple key) and click on each Sticky Point in turn to select them. Or to copy all the Sticky Points, right-click (Mac: Ctrl-click) on the canvas and click on Select All Sticky Points from the pop-up menu. 2. Right-click (Mac: Ctrl-click) on any of the Sticky Points and select Copy from the pop-up menu. 3. Right-click (Mac: Ctrl-click) on the canvas and select Paste from the pop-up menu. Note: You can also use the Edit menu to copy and paste Sticky Points. Making a Sticky Points Grid To create a grid of regularly spaced Sticky Points: 1. Right-click (Mac: Ctrl-click) on the canvas and select Make Sticky Points Grid from the pop-up menu. 2. Select Fixed number of Sticky Points and enter the number of Sticky Points across (Horizontal) and up/down (Vertical); or select Fixed spacing and enter the number of pixels between each Sticky Point across the grid (Horizontal) and up/down the grid (Vertical). 16

18 Clicker Paint User Guide - Using Sticky Points Moving Sticky Points To move a Sticky Point in Edit Mode, simply drag it to a new position: 1. Click on the Sticky Point and hold down the mouse button. 2. Move the mouse. The Sticky Point follows your mouse pointer. 3. When the Sticky Point is in the position you want, release the mouse button. To move multiple Sticky Points, hold down the Ctrl key (Mac: Command/Apple key) and click on each Sticky Point in turn to select them. Then release the Ctrl key, click on any of the selected Sticky Points, and drag them to a new position. You can also cut and paste Sticky Points: 1. Right-click (Mac: Ctrl-click) on the Sticky Point and select Cut from the pop-up menu. 2. Right-click (Mac: Ctrl-click) on the canvas and select Paste from the pop-up menu. To cut and paste multiple Sticky Points: 1. Hold down the Ctrl key (Mac: Command/Apple key) and click on each Sticky Point in turn to select them. Or to cut all the Sticky Points, right-click (Mac: Ctrl-click) on the canvas and click on Select All Sticky Points from the pop-up menu. 2. Right-click (Mac: Ctrl-click) on any of the Sticky Points and select Cut from the pop-up menu. 3. Right-click (Mac: Ctrl-click) on the canvas and select Paste from the pop-up menu. Note: You can also use the Edit menu to cut and paste Sticky Points. To move a Sticky Point precisely, you can change its coordinates: 1. Right-click (Mac: Ctrl-click) on the Sticky Point to show its pop-up menu and select Properties. 2. Select Relative to picture (percentage distances on the canvas) or Fixed coordinates (number of pixels on the canvas) and enter numbers for X (across) and Y (up/down) to position the Sticky Point. Aligning Sticky Points You can make Sticky Points have the same vertical or horizontal position: 1. Hold down the Ctrl key (Mac: Command/Apple key) and click on each Sticky Point you want to align. 2. Right-click (Mac: Ctrl-click) on the Sticky Point with the correct position, to view its pop-up menu. 3. Select Align, and then select Horizontal or Vertical. 17

19 Clicker Paint User Guide - Using Sticky Points Deleting Sticky Points To delete a Sticky Point in Edit Mode, simply right-click (Mac: Ctrl-click) on the Sticky Point and select Delete from the pop-up menu. To delete multiple Sticky Points, hold down the Ctrl key (Mac: Command/Apple key) and click on each Sticky Point in turn to select them. Then right-click (Mac: Ctrl-click) on the Sticky Point and select Delete from the pop-up menu. Note: You can also use the Edit menu to delete Sticky Points. To delete all the Sticky Points, right-click (Mac: Ctrl-click) on the canvas and select Delete All Sticky Points from the pop-up menu. You can then add Sticky Points to the canvas. Note: You must always have at least one Sticky Point when you close the Clicker Paint window, or Clicker Paint will create a Sticky Points Grid. 18

20 Clicker Paint User Guide - Tailoring Your Activities Tailoring Your Activities There are many ways you can tailor Clicker Paint activities. As well as choosing which cell opens Clicker Paint, there are many options available in the Clicker Paint Details. The Clicker Paint Details let you: Choose where Clicker displays the picture Add a background picture Change the canvas color Add text prompts, sound, and video Select which tools are used Change color options Set options for the Brush, Line, Shape, Text, Stamp, and Eraser tools Set Sticky Point options Set advanced options (for building pictures over a series of grids; using Master Grids; and different cell states) If using Clicker Paint without Clicker, you can also set personal preferences. Setting up a Clicker cell to open Clicker Paint To set up a cell to open Clicker Paint: 1. Open the Cell Properties for the cell that will open Clicker Paint. 2. Click on the Open Grid tab: 3. Select Open the pop-up grid. 4. Click and select Clicker Paint. Click Pop-up Details to show the Clicker Paint Details and choose where Clicker displays the picture. 19

21 Clicker Paint User Guide - Tailoring Your Activities Opening Clicker Paint Details in Clicker The Clicker Paint Details let you set up Clicker Paint for an activity, including the Clicker cell (or grid background) to display the picture. In Edit Mode, right-click (Mac: Ctrl-click) on the cell that opens Clicker Paint to show its pop-up menu, and select Clicker Paint Details. You can also click Pop-up Details on the Cell Properties for the cell set up to open Clicker Paint. Choosing where Clicker displays a picture To choose the Clicker cell (or grid background) to display a Clicker Paint picture: 1. Open the Clicker Paint Details for the cell set up to open Clicker Paint. 2. In the Send to drop-down list, select the cell or grid background that you want to display the picture. Note: This option is not available if using Clicker Paint without Clicker. 20

22 Clicker Paint User Guide - Tailoring Your Activities Using background pictures Background pictures have a number of uses, such as putting stamps on a background picture - see the Example activities section for more ideas. To add a background picture: 1. Open the Clicker Paint Details. 2. In the Assistant Layer area, click Choose Picture and select a picture from your computer. To remove a background picture, click Remove Picture. The background picture is visible in both Clicker Paint and Clicker by default. To hide the background picture in Clicker, uncheck the box next to Save assistant layer with painting. Your painting appears on top of the background picture unless you set the Assistant Layer Position to On top of painting. Changing the canvas color By default, the canvas is transparent. To change the canvas color, open the Clicker Paint Details. Click on the button next to Canvas Color and select a color from the pop-up. The Automatic option makes the canvas the same color as the Clicker cell or grid background that is set up to display the picture. Note: A background picture overrides the canvas color; the canvas color is only shown in transparent areas of a background picture. 21

23 Clicker Paint User Guide - Tailoring Your Activities Adding text prompts, sound, and video You can add a heading or instructions to the top of the Clicker Paint screen, and you can use software speech to speak an instruction when you click on a button. You can also use this button to play your own recorded speech, sounds, and video. To add a text prompt, sound, or video, open the Clicker Paint Details. To add text to the top of the Clicker Paint screen, enter the text in the box next to Text prompt to display. To use a prompt. Listen button to speak the text at the top of the screen, select Speak text To use a Listen button to speak text different to that at the top of the screen, select Speak this and enter the text in the box. To use a Listen or Movie button to play/stop a recorded sound or video, select Play recorded sound or video, click and select a sound or video file. To record your own sound, click Stop when you ve finished. Record and speak into your microphone. Click To try the current sound or video, click Play. To stop it, click Stop. Note: You need software speech installed on your computer for Clicker Paint to speak instructions. 22

24 Clicker Paint User Guide - Tailoring Your Activities Changing the video position and shape To change where a video plays, click Details in the Prompt area of the Clicker Paint Details. From the drop-down list, select the position for the video: Scaled to half the size of the window Scaled to the window Filling the screen Select either to keep the video s original shape, or to stretch it to fill the area you selected from the drop-down list. Selecting which tools are available You may want to limit the tools available in an activity, according to the task and who is completing the activity. To choose which tools are available: 1. Open the Clicker Paint Details. 2. Click Tools at the top. 3. Click on the icons next to Tools to Display to select/deselect the tools. Only selected tools are available when creating a picture. To choose the default tool when a Clicker Paint activity is opened, click on the default tool and select a tool from the drop-down list. You can also select the tool styles that are available: click on the Brush, Line, Shape, Text, Stamp, and Eraser tabs. 23

25 Clicker Paint User Guide - Tailoring Your Activities Brush tool options To change Brush tool options, open the Clicker Paint Details and click Tools. On the Brush tab, the Brush Library shows unused brush styles, and the Brushes to Display shows the currently selected brush styles. Note: The Brush tab is only available if you have the Brush tool selected in the Tools to Display. Making brush styles available/unavailable To make a brush style available/unavailable, move it from the Brush Library to the Brushes to Display or vice versa: 1. Click on a brush style. 2. Click Move Left or Move Right to move it between the Brush Library and the Brushes to Display. You can also drag brush styles between the Brush Library and the Brushes to Display, or double-click a brush style in the Brush Library to move it to the Brushes to Display. Note: You can display up to 9 brushes. Changing the order of the brush styles To change the order of the brush styles: 1. Click on a brush style in the Brushes to Display. 2. Click Left or Right to change the order. 24

26 Clicker Paint User Guide - Tailoring Your Activities Changing the default brush settings To change the default brush size shown when you open an activity, select a size from the drop-down list. To change the default brush style, click on the default brush style and select a brush style from the drop-down list. To restore all the default brush settings the brush styles to display, their order, the default brush style, and size click Restore defaults. Line tool options To change Line tool options, open the Clicker Paint Details, click on the Line tab. Tools, and then click The Start lines and End lines show unused line styles, and the Start/End lines to display show the currently selected line styles. Note: The Line tab is only available if you have the Line tool selected in the Tools to Display. Making line styles available/unavailable To make a line style available/unavailable, move it from the Start lines or End lines to the Start/End lines to display or vice versa: 1. Click on a line style. 2. Click Move Left or Move Right to move it between the Start/End lines and the Start/End lines to display. You can also drag line styles between the Start/End lines and the Start/End lines to display, or double-click a line style in the Start/End lines to move it to the Start/End lines to display. 25

27 Clicker Paint User Guide - Tailoring Your Activities Changing the order of the line styles To change the order of the line styles: 1. Click on a line style in the Start/End lines to display. 2. Click Up or Down to change the order. Changing the default line style and size To change the default line size when you select it in an activity, select a line size from the Default Size drop-down list. To change the default line style, click on a line style under Default start or Default end and select a line style from the drop-down list. To restore all of the default line settings, click Restore defaults. Shape tool options To change Shape tool options, open the Clicker Paint Details, click click on the Shape tab. Tools, and then The Shape Library shows unused shape styles, and the Shapes to Display shows the currently selected shapes. Note: The Shape tab is only available if you have the Shapes tool selected in the Tools to Display. Making shapes available/unavailable To make a shape available/unavailable, move it from the Shape Library to the Shapes to Display or vice versa: 26

28 Clicker Paint User Guide - Tailoring Your Activities 1. Click on a shape style. 2. Click Move Left or Move Right to move it between the Shape Library and the Shapes to Display. You can also drag shape styles between the Shape Library and the Shapes to Display, or double-click a shape style in the Shape Library to move it to the Shapes to Display. Note: You can display up to 9 shapes. Changing the order of the shapes To change the order of the shapes: 1. Click on a shape style in the Shapes to Display. 2. Click Left or Right to change the order. Changing the default shape settings To change the default shape style when you open an activity, select a style from the dropdown list. To change the default shape, click on the default shape and select a shape from the drop-down list. To restore all of the default shape settings the shapes to display, their order, the default shape and shape style click Restore defaults. Text tool options To change Text tool options, open the Clicker Paint Details, click on the Text tab. Tools, and then click Note: The Text tab is only available if you have the Text tool selected in the Tools to Display. 27

29 Clicker Paint User Guide - Tailoring Your Activities Changing the font To change the font, select a font from the drop-down list. Click Bold or Italic to make the text bold or italic. Changing the words The words available to add to the canvas are listed. To add a word, click + Add and type your word. To remove a word, select it in the list and click - Remove. To remove all the words, click Remove all. To change the position of a word, select it and click Up or Down. Changing the default text tool settings To change the default text size when you open an activity, select a size from the dropdown list. To change the default character set (letters, capital letters, numbers, or words), click on the default character set and select a character set from the drop-down list. To restore all of the default text tool settings the font, words, word order, default size, and character set click Restore defaults. Stamp tool options To change Stamp tool options, open the Clicker Paint Details, click click on the Stamp tab. Tools, and then 28

30 Clicker Paint User Guide - Tailoring Your Activities The Browse Picture Files area lets you find a picture on your computer. Any picture libraries you have are shown. To look in a folder, double-click on it. To view pictures you ve already used, click on the Pictures Used tab. You can use the toolbar at the top to move around the folders. The Stamps List shows the pictures that are currently used as stamps. Click View to change the size of the icons or to show additional file/folder information. Note: The Stamp tab is only available if you have the Stamp tool selected in the Tools to Display. Tip: To create your own stamps in Clicker Paint, see Creating your own stamps. Making stamps available/unavailable To make a stamp available/unavailable, move it from the Browse Picture Files/Pictures Used area to the Stamps List or vice versa: 1. Click on a picture in the Browse Picture Files/Pictures Used area. 2. Click Move Left or Move Right to move it between the Browse Picture Files/Pictures Used area and the Stamps List. Click Move All Left or Move All Right to move all the pictures between the Browse Picture Files/Pictures Used area and the Stamps List. You can also double-click on a picture to move it into the Stamps List, or drag pictures from Windows folders (Mac: Finder) into it. Note: You can t add a picture to the Stamps List if it s already there. Changing the order of the stamps To change the order of the stamps: 1. Click on a picture in the Stamps List. 2. Click Left or Right to change the order. Changing the default stamp size You can change the default stamp size shown when you select a stamp. To change the default stamp size, click on a stamp in the Stamps List and select a size from the drop-down list. To restore all of the default stamp settings, click Restore defaults. 29

31 Clicker Paint User Guide - Tailoring Your Activities Eraser tool options To change Eraser tool options, open the Clicker Paint Details, click click on the Eraser tab. Tools, and then The Eraser Library shows unused eraser styles, and the Erasers to Display shows the currently selected erasers. Note: The Eraser tab is only available if you have the Eraser tool selected in the Tools to Display. Making eraser styles available/unavailable To make an eraser style available/unavailable, move it from the Eraser Library to the Erasers to Display or vice versa: 1. Click on an eraser style. 2. Click Move Left or Move Right to move it between the Eraser Library and the Erasers to Display. You can also drag eraser styles between the Eraser Library and the Erasers to Display, or double-click an eraser style in the Eraser Library to move it to the Erasers to Display. Note: You can display up to 2 erasers. Changing the order of the eraser styles To change the order of the eraser styles: 1. Click on an eraser style in the Erasers to Display. 2. Click Left or Right to change the order. 30

32 Clicker Paint User Guide - Tailoring Your Activities Changing the default eraser settings To change the default eraser size when you open an activity, select a size from the dropdown list. To change the default eraser style, click on the default eraser style and select an eraser style from the drop-down list. To restore all of the default eraser settings the eraser styles to display, their order, the default eraser style, and size click Restore Defaults. Color/blend/pattern options You can choose which of the color palettes solids colors, color blends, patterns, and the color mixer are available. You may want to limit the color palettes available in an activity, according to the task and who is completing the activity. You can also choose the options that are available in the solid color, color blend, and pattern palettes. To change any of these options, open the Clicker Paint Details and click Colors. Selecting which color palettes are available To choose which color palettes are available, click on the icons next to Color Palettes to Display to select/deselect the palettes. Only selected palettes are available when creating a picture. 31

33 Clicker Paint User Guide - Tailoring Your Activities Selecting which colors, blends, and patterns are available To choose which options are available in the solid color, color blend, and pattern palettes: 1. Click on the Solid Colors, Color Blends, or Patterns tab. 2. Click on a color, blend, or pattern. 3. Click Move Left or Move Right to move it between the Color/Blend/Pattern Library and the Colors/Blends/Patterns to Display. Click Move All Left to remove all the colors, blends, or patterns from the Colors/Blends/Patterns to Display. You can also drag colors, blends, and patterns between the Color/Blend/Pattern Library and the Colors/Blends/Patterns to Display, or double-click a color/blend/pattern in the Color/Blend/Pattern Library to move it to the Colors/Blends/Patterns to Display. To add a color that isn t in the Color Library, click on the color next to Custom Color and select a color. Then click Add Color next to Color Name. Note: You can display up to 24 colors, 24 blends, and 24 patterns. Changing the order of colors, blends, and patterns To change the order of colors, blends, or patterns within each palette: 1. Click on the Solid Colors, Color Blends, or Patterns tab. 2. Click on a color, blend, or pattern in the Colors/Blends/Patterns to Display. 3. Click Left or Right to change the order. Restoring the default color, blend, or pattern set You can restore the default sets of colors, blends, and patterns when you open an activity. 1. Click on the Solid Colors, Color Blends, or Patterns tab. 2. Select 12 or 24 colors/blends/patterns from the drop-down list. 3. Click Restore. 32

34 Clicker Paint User Guide - Tailoring Your Activities Sticky Point options You can change options for Sticky Point Magnetism, appearance, and switch access. To change any of these, open the Clicker Paint Details and click Sticky Points. If you re using switch access, Sticky Points appear automatically. If not, you must use Sticky Point Magnetism for the Sticky Points to appear. Sticky Point Magnetism To use Sticky Point Magnetism, select Use magnetism at a distance of [n] pixels and enter the distance around each Sticky Point that will attract the mouse pointer. To make Sticky Points the only places on the canvas that you can move the mouse pointer, select Restrict mouse movements to Sticky Points only. Switch access Sticky Points Grouping lets you choose whether rows or columns of Sticky Points are grouped for scanning. Sticky Points Scan Order lets you choose whether to scan these rows and columns as groups, or simply to scan each Sticky Point individually within each row or column. After a Sticky Point is selected, resume from current position check this box if you want the scan to continue from the current Sticky Point after selecting it. By default, the scan restarts from the initial position. 33

35 Clicker Paint User Guide - Tailoring Your Activities Appearance Sticky Points Display select Show all Sticky Points to show all the Sticky Points on the canvas. Select Show only highlighted Sticky Points to hide all Sticky Points, only showing the current Sticky Point (or group of Sticky Points) when the mouse pointer or scan is over it. Sticky Points Color click on the button to change the Sticky Point color. Sticky Points Highlight Color click on the button to change the color of the Sticky Point when the mouse pointer or scan is over it. Enlarge highlighted Sticky Point by [n] enter a number to magnify the current Sticky Point when the mouse pointer or scan is over it. Advanced settings There are some advanced settings for using Clicker Paint with Clicker. To set any of these, open the Clicker Paint Details for the cell set up to open Clicker Paint, and then click Advanced. Note: These advanced settings are not available when using Clicker Paint without Clicker. Choosing which picture appears on the canvas By default, if there s a picture in the cell or grid background that is set up to display a Clicker Paint picture, it appears on the canvas when you open Clicker Paint (this is the Same as destination option). 34

36 Clicker Paint User Guide - Tailoring Your Activities If you prefer, the picture that appears on the canvas can be the last picture completed in Clicker Paint. This enables you to add to a picture over a series of grids; for example, each grid could contain an instruction to add something to the picture. To use this feature, select Last picture completed in Clicker Paint. Note: Clicker only remembers the last Clicker Paint picture created in the current Grid Set, so it won t remember the picture if you go to another Grid Set. Also note that if there is no previous picture in Clicker s memory, the picture in the cell or grid background (if any) appears on the canvas. Using Master Grids with Clicker Paint By default, when you update a picture in Clicker Paint and close Clicker Paint, Clicker updates the picture in the cell or grid background (this is the Update the image in the destination option). If you set up a Master Grid to display Clicker Paint pictures, select Create a new image in the file. This lets you create a new picture on each grid that uses the Master Grid. If this isn t selected, you ll edit the same picture on each grid that uses the Master Grid. Showing pictures for different cell states You can set up a cell to show a Clicker Paint picture only when the mouse pointer is over the cell, or when you click on the cell. A cell can show up to three different pictures one in its Normal state; one when the mouse pointer is hovering over the cell; and one when the cell is pressed by the mouse button. By default, Clicker Paint is used to create pictures for cells in their Normal state. To create a picture that appears when the mouse pointer is over the cell, select Hover from the drop-down list. To create a picture that appears when the cell is clicked on, select Pressed from the dropdown list. Note: These options are not available when the grid background is set up to display the picture (as the grid cannot have Hover or Pressed states). 35

37 Clicker Paint User Guide - Using Clicker Paint Without Clicker Using Clicker Paint Without Clicker Starting Clicker Paint To start Clicker Paint as a stand-alone program, open the Windows Start menu, select All Programs, then Crick Software, and then Clicker Paint. (Mac: start Clicker Paint from your Applications folder.) When Clicker Paint starts, you see Clicker Paint Explorer. Using Clicker Paint Explorer Clicker Paint Explorer lets you easily find, open, and create your Clicker Paint pictures. You see it whenever you start Clicker Paint. When you start Clicker Paint, it shows blank canvases for you to choose from. Select a canvas to start a new picture (or open the File menu and select New). Explorer can also show the location of Clicker Paint pictures on your computer (or network). Select a folder to view its contents and then select a picture to open it. Only Clicker Paint files are shown. The location of the current files is displayed at the top of the screen. There are also some Navigation tools: Move Back and Move Forward move between folders you ve viewed Move Up move up a level in your folders hierarchy 36

38 Clicker Paint User Guide - Using Clicker Paint Without Clicker My Documents show the contents of your My Documents folder (Mac: Documents folder) Shared Clicker Paint Files show the contents of your Clicker Paint Files folder There are also File tools on the left of the screen. File tools The File tools are on the left of the screen when you use Clicker Paint Explorer, and are optional when you create a new picture or open a saved picture. New create a new picture Open open a saved picture Save save the current picture to use it again Print print the current picture Note: You can also use the File menu to access the File tools. Viewing Clicker Paint Details To view the Clicker Paint Details when using Clicker Paint without Clicker, open the File menu and select Settings, and then select Activity Details. Note: There are fewer settings when using Clicker Paint without Clicker. 37

39 Clicker Paint User Guide - Using Clicker Paint Without Clicker Saving your picture To save your picture so you can use it again at any time, click Save in the File tools, or open the File menu and select Save. The first time you save a picture, you are asked where you want to save it: Use the Navigation tools to choose where to save your picture, and then select Save Here. Your picture is saved in the folder you choose, with the name picture (followed by a number, if there is more than one picture in the same folder). The next time you save your picture, your changes will be stored automatically in this location. If you want to save your picture somewhere else, or with a different name, or as a different file type, open the File menu and select Save As. Saving your picture as a template Saving your picture as a template prevents you from overwriting it. When you save the picture, you are prompted to save it in a different location or with a different name. To do this, open the File menu and select Save As, and then select Clicker Paint Template from the drop-down list at the bottom. 38

40 Clicker Paint User Guide - Using Clicker Paint Without Clicker Personal Preferences You can adapt Clicker Paint to suit your preferences. You can: Change the window size and position Show Clicker Paint full-screen, without the menus at the top and the status bar at the bottom Save the window size Export and import personal preferences, if more than one person uses the computer Add optional File Properties information If using special access, you can also set up Clicker Paint to use your access preferences. Moving and resizing the Clicker Paint window To move the Clicker Paint window, click on the title bar at the top and hold down the mouse button. Move the mouse to move the window, and then release the mouse button. To change the size of the Clicker Paint window, click on the Clicker Paint icon in the topleft corner of the window (or right-click on Clicker Paint in the Windows taskbar) and select Window Size (Mac: open the Windows menu and select Window Size). Select a window size from the list. You can also drag the window to the size and shape you want. If using Windows, check to see if the icon next to Close is Restore Down or Maximize. If it is Restore Down, click on it to make the window smaller. You can then drag the edges of the window to resize it: move your mouse pointer over the edge of the window so that the mouse pointer becomes a double-headed arrow. Then click and hold down the mouse button. Move the mouse to resize the window, and then release the mouse button. You can also show Clicker Paint full-screen, and save the window size used when Clicker Paint starts. Showing Clicker Paint full-screen You can press the F11 key on your keyboard (Mac: Command (Apple)+F11) to show Clicker Paint full-screen, without the menus at the top or the status bar at the bottom of the screen. You can also do this by opening the View menu and selecting Full Screen. Press the F11 key again (Mac: Command (Apple)+F11) to show the menus/status bar again. 39

41 Clicker Paint User Guide - Using Clicker Paint Without Clicker Saving the window size To always start Clicker Paint with a specific window size, open the Options menu and select Program Management. As big as possible shows the Clicker Paint window filling the screen. In the center of the screen shows a small Clicker Paint window in the middle of the screen. In Full Screen mode shows Clicker Paint filling the screen without any menus at the top or status bar at the bottom. Exporting and importing personal preferences You can export your preferences, including special access options, so you can then import them again. This is useful if someone else with different preferences will use Clicker Paint on your computer with the same login details. To save or load your options, open the Options menu, select Import and Export, and then select Import User Options or Export User Options. To restore Clicker Paint s default options, select Restore Default Options. Using picture libraries Picture libraries are folders that contain pictures. If you register a folder to be a picture library, it makes it easy to use these pictures as stamps. To view your picture libraries, open the Options menu and select Picture Libraries. 40

42 Clicker Paint User Guide - Using Clicker Paint Without Clicker To change the folder a picture library uses, or change the folder location, select it and click Properties. To remove a picture library from the list, select it and click Remove. To set up a folder as a picture or sound library, click Register New Library in the Picture Library Settings. Follow the on-screen instructions. Changing the folder a picture library uses If you want to change the folder used for a picture library, or if the folder location has changed, select the picture library from the list and click Properties. Click Change Folder and select a new folder or folder location. Changing the voice used for speech If you have software speech on your computer, you can choose which voice is used by Clicker Paint when speaking prompts. For some voices, you can also change the speed, pitch, and pronunciation. To change these settings, open the File menu and select Settings, and then select Speech. 41

43 Clicker Paint User Guide - Using Clicker Paint Without Clicker Select a voice from the drop-down list; click and drag the sliders to change the speed or pitch of the voice. Click Try to hear a speech example with your new voice, speed, and pitch settings. To change the pronunciation of a certain word, click Change Pronunciation. Note: You cannot change the pitch or pronunciation for some voices. Changing File Properties information To enter optional information about a picture, open the File menu and select Properties. Returning to Explorer To go back to Clicker Paint Explorer, open the View menu and select Clicker Paint Explorer. 42

44 Clicker Paint User Guide - Using Clicker Paint Without Clicker Closing Clicker Paint To close Clicker Paint, click Close in the top right (Mac: top left) of the Clicker Paint window. You can also open the File menu and select Exit (Mac: open the Clicker Paint menu and select Quit Clicker Paint). 43

45 Clicker Paint User Guide - Example Activities Example Activities Creating a fill activity To create a fill activity, use the tools to draw a black and white outline picture; or if you already have a picture to color in, add it as a background picture. Then simply use the Fill tool and colors to fill in the white gaps. You can hide all the tools except the Fill tool. Or you could use the Brush tool to color in the white areas; if you put a background picture in front of the canvas, you won t paint over the lines! Creating a reveal activity You can create an activity where the Eraser tool reveals a color picture: 44

46 Clicker Paint User Guide - Example Activities To do this, add the color picture as the background picture. Then, in Clicker Paint, remove the color for example, use the Fill tool to make all the colored areas white. You can now use the Eraser tool to erase the white and reveal the background picture! You can hide all the tools except the Eraser tool. Putting stamps on a background picture To put stamps on a background picture, simply add a background picture and use the Stamp tool. You can choose which pictures you use for stamps in the Stamp tool options. Creating your own stamps You can create your own stamps in Clicker Paint, save them, and then set up the Stamp tool to use these pictures in the Stamp tool options. You can create your own stamps on one Clicker grid and then put the stamps on a background picture on the next grid. 45

47 Clicker Paint User Guide - Example Activities The easiest way to do this is to use a Clicker Paint template that has been set up for this purpose. You can adapt the templates to suit your needs. Creating a matching activity You can use Sticky Points to create matching activities. First, either add a background picture containing the words and pictures to match, or use the Text tool and Stamp tool to add the words and pictures to the canvas. Then go to Edit Mode and put Sticky Points next to each of the words and pictures. To make the Sticky Points show on the canvas, switch on Sticky Point Magnetism. You can then use the Line tool to draw lines between the Sticky Points! You can hide all the tools except the Line tool; the arrowheads; unused color palettes; and unused colors. 46

48 Clicker Paint User Guide - Using Special Access Using Special Access People that are unable to use a mouse may be able to use a mouse alternative, such as a joystick or tracker ball. For people unable to use a mouse alternative, keyboard, or touch screen, Clicker Paint is switch accessible. All the tools and colors can be scanned and selected with switches. Sticky Points can be scanned too, enabling switch users to apply the selected tool to areas of the canvas. To use Clicker Paint with switches, use the Crick USB Switch Interface to connect switches to your computer. You can use either one or two switches. To order the Crick USB Switch Interface, please contact us or see our website. Examples of accessible activities Matching activities use the Line tool to draw lines between Sticky Points: Fill activities set up Sticky Points in each of the white areas: 47

49 Clicker Paint User Guide - Using Special Access Stamping activities use a Sticky Points grid so the switch user can choose where to place the stamp. The Sticky Points can be scanned as row or column groups before individual Sticky Points are scanned: Reveal activities place Sticky Points at intervals so the picture is revealed as each Sticky Point is selected: How to use switches When using switches as an access method in Clicker Paint, a scan highlights the tools and Sticky Points in turn. You then press a switch to select and activate the highlighted item. If you are using one switch, the scan moves to the next cell automatically after a delay (which you can change). If using two switches, you can move the scan to the next cell with one switch and select a cell with the other. If you have this option selected, you can use the F7 and F8 keys on your keyboard to simulate switch presses. 48

50 Clicker Paint User Guide - Using Special Access Setting up switch access Open the Options menu and select User Access. To use switch access, select either Single Switch Auto Scan (if you are using one switch) or Two Switch User Scan (if you are using more than one switch) from the drop-down list at the top. To change any of the switch access options shown, select Edit next to the option you want to change (further information on each option is shown to help you). Connection select your connection type from the drop-down list. Timings the scan delay (single switch only), acceptance delay, debounce delay, autorepeat delay, when the scan starts (single switch only), and when to exit scan groups. Highlighting the type, color, and line thickness of the scan highlight. Note that Sticky Point highlighting is set up in the Sticky Point options. Sound the sound or speech heard when a switch is pressed. Switches the action made by a switch. Note: People can have different switch access options on the same computer. Your preferences are remembered when you log in to the computer. You can also export and import your options with your preferences. 49

51 Clicker Paint User Guide - Getting Help Getting Help To view on-screen help, click on a Help button wherever you see it, or open the Help menu and select Clicker Paint Help. Folder locations To find out where your Clicker Paint folders are located, open the Options menu and select Program Management. Then select the Folder Locations tab. Note: All Clicker folder locations are shown when using Clicker with Clicker Paint. Speech problems If you are having problems with software speech, you can disable older SAPI 4 voices: 1. Open the Options menu and select Program Management. 2. Select the Speech and Language tab. 3. Uncheck the box next to Allow SAPI 4 voices to be used. 50

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