Morphic helps you discover features in computers that make them easier to use.
Many features are built into computers that are not well known or too hard to find. Morphic exposes them and makes them easy and convenient to use.
Morphic makes built-in features much easier to find – and makes your most frequently used functions available any time with the simple click of a button – by putting them all conveniently on the MorphicBar or Morphic menu.
Some examples of MorphicBar features (found on Morphic Basic and Morphic Plus)
For people who find the text on the screen too small, Morphic’s text size button lets them change the size of the text on screen with a simple click. Anyone can easily adjust up or down to match their needs. And Morphic remembers, so when each person signs in – the computer will automatically adjust to their text size… and change back when they sign out.
For those who have trouble seeing things just some of the time, a magnifier is provided. A single click will bring up an on-screen magnifier that can be used to examine whatever is too small. Another single click and it is gone.
For people with very low vision this same button can be used to activate a full-screen or even a docked magnifier as an assistive technology.
Many people find it useful to be able to grab a picture of some or all of the screen in order to paste it into an email or paper they are writing. A few examples include – students wanting to clip things to add to school reports, seniors clipping coupons, anyone wanting to paste information into email, and people wanting to capture a strange error message on the computer to ask for help. Again, both Windows and Mac have a feature that does this, but they are hard to find and their special key combinations are hard to remember.
Morphic provides a simple Snip button to make this easy. Press the button, select the area of the screen you want to copy, and then paste it into any email or document you wish. Morphic puts this handy feature in the reach of everyone, including people who are not adept at using computers or cannot remember special key combinations.
Read Selected Text
For people who have trouble reading, or trouble reading text for a long time, Morphic provides a “Read Selected Text” feature that will read text aloud.
This is handy for people who find that text is too small or that tires their eyes if they have to read for too long.
For people with dyslexia, it can provide an easier way for them to read other people’s text, and also help them check their own typing. People with dyslexia often have trouble reading text because the letters seem to jump around and do not appear to them to be in the same order they are on the page or screen. While most of us need to read what we type to check for errors, for those with dyslexia, this can be very difficult since they cannot trust what they see. Having the text read aloud to them makes it easier to pick out spelling and typing errors – since they can hear them. In fact it can be a handy way for anyone to catch errors in important text.
Again, a ‘read this aloud’ feature is built into many Mac and Windows applications. But it is often hard to find and works differently in each application.
Morphic provides a simple feature that works across applications – and works in the same way in each application. Simply select the text to be read and then click the “Read Selected” button to have it read aloud.
Color Vision Filters
Up to 8% (one in 12) of males (but only .5% of females) see color differently. Often called “colorblindness” it makes it difficult for these individuals when information is color-coded such as in charts or instructions that tell you to look for something that is red or green or some other color. For these individuals, two different colors may look like the same color.
Again, both Windows and macOS have a feature built in that will shift the colors so that they will look different for people with a range of color vision differences. Unfortunately, this built in feature is not widely known and is cumbersome to turn on when needed and off when not.
Morphic lets you turn the color filter on and off easily. Anyone can set the filter to match their particular type of color vision difference using Morphic’s menu and they can then turn it on and off as needed with a single button click on the Morphic bar.
Some people like to turn on high contrast when reading text. Others find even normal contrast too much for them, and they would like to have lower contrast. Again, Morphic allows them to adjust the contrast to just the level they like, and then turn it on and off with a single button click on the Morphic bar.
Lots of computer users find the screen to be just too bright and prefer to use Dark Mode instead. Many applications provide such a mode – where the screen is mostly black or dark instead of white or light. However, not everything looks good, or works as well in Dark Mode.
For these individuals, Morphic makes it easy for individuals to turn Dark Mode on and off with a single press whenever they want it.
Night Mode (Night Lite)
Another strategy people who have trouble with screen glare use, is turning on the Night Mode or Night Lite feature – even during the daytime. This feature substitutes a more restful warm-yellowish screen for the normal right blue-white screen making it easier on the eyes.
Additional settings available through the Morphic menu
In addition there are a number of one-time settings that are made easier to find and use through Morphic’s menu. This includes such things as:
- Making the mouse pointer larger for those who sometimes have trouble finding it on screen.
- Adjusting the mouse sensitivity to move less quickly around the screen – if it currently moves too fast for someone.
- Turning off the key-repeat for people for whom this causes a problem.
- And more…
Morphic will also, with one click, drop anyone directly into the control panel for all of the accessibility settings built into the computer.
More to come
And more one-click settings are on the way in response to requests from users.