LAMP Words for Life iPad Keyguard - 84 cell

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A Keyguard to fit the layout of the LAMP Words for Life AAC App for iPad. Landscape orientation only with choices how your keyguard is attached to your iPad or your iPad case.

Important Information About iPad Keyguards

All keyguards are made in acrylic, either semi-clear or clear and the black outlines in website images are used for illustration only.

LAMP on iPad 5th Generation 9.7 in GoNow case with snap-in attachment

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Keyguard for LAMP Words for Life™.

This keyguard is designed to match the 84 key layout of the LAMP Words for Life iPad App.

It is available in two types - one with a "Swipe to Unlock" slider opening and one without.  When the bottom center 4 buttons are combined into one, it allows access to the iPad screen to Unlock from sleep mode. This was useful for earlier iOS prior to iOS 7, however later iOS versions allow you to slide your finger anywhere on the screen, not just on the text that reads "slide to unlock". For those with iOS7 or greater, we recommend choosing the keyguard without the slider opening, which will help to make a stronger keyguard too.

Please note that this app is NOT supported on the original iPad (iPad 1).  This keyguard is not recommended for use with the iPad Mini, although it can be produced upon request, contact us directly to discuss.

Available in Landscape orientation only, please be sure to select your keyguard to your iPad and the way your LAMP app is setup - here's what we mean:

App Settings and Options

This keyguard supports different designs based on user settings and preferences.  Each of these affects the positioning of items on the screen, and thus the design of the keyguard itself.  Your Lasered Pics keyguard will be truly custom-designed to match every one of the choices you make for the end user.

!! IMPORTANT NOTE !! - In iOS 11, Apple changed the way the apps handle the status bar at the top of the screen.  As a result, it completely broke LAMP when Keyguard Inset was off. (It should always be on when using LAMP with a keyguard.  LAMP fixed that problem with version 1.7.0, but they added a new setting - Status Bar - that completely changes the fit of the keyguard when on.  So it's crucial that you look in the Page Size section of your LAMP settings and order the keyguard to match your settings.  If either of those settings don't match what you order, the keyguard will not fit.

Status Bar - In the Page Size section, near the top of the Settings screen.  You'll only have this option in LAMP version 1.7.0 or later.  If you have an earlier version, answer "Off".  

Keyguard Inset - In the Page Size section, near the top of the Settings screen.  Your version of the app may not have this setting, like when running on an older iPad.  In that case only, answer "No", and the rest of this paragraph no longer applies.  When on, this setting causes extra whitespace at the top and bottom of the screen.  It was designed for use with the ChatWrap keyguards, but it also makes the keyguard stronger if you have a case that exposes only the viewable part of the screen.  For those cases, such as the AMDI iAdapter, GoNow Rugged, Griffin Survivor, Otterbox Defender, or any of the rigid foam cases with little room above and below, we recommend turning Keyguard Inset on.  Failure to provide enough room means we will have to put a vertical reinforcing bar (or two) in the middle of the speech display.  

Speech Display - The first setting in the Speech Display Bar section.  Select "Open (Visible)" if you want to show the text at the top of the screen as the user types.  Don't be confused by the double-negative in the setting name.  Hide Speech Display off means it's open!  

Number of Lines - Also in Speech Display Bar, and only used if the Speech Display is open.  Select how many lines of text you want the user to be able to type in a single "sentence".

Button Margin - This is the last setting in the Buttons section. If your LAMP version is less than 2.18.0, choose "None". Otherwise, choose the button margin size you would like. It's pointless going below 25 pt, because we can't make the bars on the keyguard that thin, anyway, so the edges of all the cells will be covered by the plastic. Not serious with a clear keyguard, but why not give the user an unobstructed view of the entire cell? The larger the button margin, the more space between the cell openings, and the stronger the keyguard, too.

Openings for Menu and Vocab buttons - This is not a LAMP setting.  Just indicate if you want openings over these two buttons in the green bar, Vocab, Menu, Neither or Both.  If they're not open, you will not be able to use them without removing the keyguard or rotating the iPad.

Slide to Unlock Button - If you choose Open, the four cells in the center of the bottom row will be combined into one wide one.  This opening is roughly where the iPad used to put the little "Slide to Unlock" message prior to iOS 10.  If you have the speech display open, you can swipe up there to unlock the iPad, so you can leave this setting off (closed), as you can if you're on iOS 10 or newer.

Cell Openings - The default cell openings are rectangles with rounded corners. If you choose circles or squares, they will be centered in the cells, the same size as the cell's shorter dimension. The extra space helps the user differentiate between the cells, and allows a little place for fingers to rest between the cells. If you choose squares or circles, do not choose colored acrylic, as some information will be covered by the keyguard.

Note: Depending on the Speech Display settings, the cells in LAMP are nearly square anyway, so in some cases Squares will make very little difference. Circles will always be significantly different.

Reduce Openings To - If you specify a maximum opening size, the dimensions of the grid cells will be reduced so they are no bigger than the maximum you specified. If the cells would naturally be 1" wide and 0.5" high, and you specified a maximum of 0.75", the cells would be reduced to 0.75" x 0.5". Round or square openings are reduced in both dimensions to the specified size. If the cells are already smaller than the specified size, nothing will change. We recommended specifying "As large as the cell will fit" as this creates a good LAMP keyguard anyway.


You also have the choice as to how your keyguard is attached to your iPad and this will also depend upon the case, cover or cradle your intend to use. As attachment to the iPad is very important, please follow this link to read more about the attachment options that relate to your particular iPad case and use prior to making your decision - Important Information About iPad Keyguard Attachment

This keyguards is cut in clear acrylic offering a transparent view of the screen regardless, as long as they are kept clean and free of scratches.


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Important Information About iPad Keyguards

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