|Welcome to the Digit-Eyes website. This website
behaves differently based on your level of experience. If you
are seeing this message, the website is in training mode. You
will need to complete training before you can make labels.
Digit-Eyes is the application ('app') for the iPhone and iPad that lets you use your device to
scan bar code labels and to voice the results of the scan to
you. Digit-Eyes runs on both the iPhone and iPad. Most people use it
on the iPhone so throughout this discussion, we'll use the term "iPhone". There are two versions of Digit-Eyes:
- the full version ('Digit-Eyes'), which scans many types
of bar codes, and
- an abbreviated version ('Digit-Eyes Lite' or 'DE Lite')
which scans only Digit-Eyes bar-code text labels (also
called 'QR codes').
DE Lite is free. It is intended to be used by
people who live or work with someone who has the full
version of Digit-Eyes and who need to be able to read the
bar-coded text labels created by the person who uses the
If you have the full version of the Digit-Eyes app on your
iPhone or iPad, you will be able to:
- scan the manufacturer's codes (UPC / EAN / APN /
JPN / codes) on items and find out what those codes mean;
- scan bar code labels of your own that you make
using this website. To do so, you just request bar
codes from this website and, using the printer attached to
your computer, print the codes on inexpensive address
labels. You'll then use these bar code labels to
identify items. You can request bar codes that contain
text that the Digit-Eyes application on your iPhone can scan and read aloud to you or ones that allow you
use the Digit-Eyes application on your phone to record
audio messages about the item ('audio
labels'.) When you make audio 'labels', the
audio message you create is saved on your iPhone,
retrieved from your device and played back each time the
label is scanned with the Digit-Eyes application on your
If you have Digit-Eyes Lite on your phone or iPad, you'll be able
Please note that while the Digit-Eyes app can work silently
and just display your results, if you want to hear your scan
results, you'll need to turn VoiceOver
- Scan Digit-Eyes text bar code labels that you or
anyone else has made using this website and view the
contents of the label or have the app on your iPhone read the label aloud to you.
website: From this website, you'll be able to learn how to
use the Digit-Eyes application on your iPhone,
to get help if you need it and, when you are ready, to make
your own bar code labels.
When you are using the Digit-Eyes application on your phone, you will not generally need to connect to this
website. This is because label content is saved on your
phone, not on the website. The only reason your device
will need to contact the website is to look up the UPC codes
in the database. This is a very quick operation and happens
automatically when a UPC or EAN code is found. The rest of the
time, you won't need either a phone connection or an Internet
connection to be able to scan and hear your labels.
Why do the training?
We want your experience to be a success! After putting
Digit-Eyes on your iPhone, you may want to just try
and use it to scan some manufacturer's codes without further
ado, and you'll probably find that this works perfectly! The
true advantages of Digit-Eyes are realized, however, when you
make your own text or audio labels.
This section contains step-by-step training on using the
product. We strongly suggest that you go through all
the steps in this section as soon as possible. You do
not have to do the steps in order, but it will probably be
easier if you do.
Assuming that you have already purchased your labels, doing
the training exercises will take between 10 and 25
minutes. You can stop at any step or resume the process
at any time. And you can repeat any step as many times
as you like
When you've completed these steps, you'll be comfortable
with the process of using the camera and you'll be assured
that when you make and use your own barcode labels that
they'll be produced correctly.
Until you have done all the training steps, the
label-making options will not be accessible; when you have,
they'll appear at the top of the menu on the left.
If you have questions or need help, please contact us. We will attempt
to answer your questions by email and, if you need more
training, will work with you on Skype to make sure the app is
working for you.
Process: The setup and training exercises allow you
to become become familiar with using the camera on your phone,
with scanning labels and with the process of printing labels.
You will print a sample of each of the three different kinds
of codes and learn to scan them using the Digit-Eyes
application on your iPhone. You'll also be
able to make sure that your printer is set up so that your
own Digit-Eyes bar codes will be aligned correctly on
the labels you print.
There are eight quick steps in the setup and training
procedures and you'll find it easiest if you complete them in
order. You will:
If you have questions or need help at any time during this
process, please click here
to contact us.
- Set up Your iPhone (this step);
- Using the printer attached to your computer, print a
sample UPC code from the Digit-Eyes website and
practice scanning it with the Digit-Eyes application on
- Using the website and printer attached to your computer,
you will make and print your first Digit-Eyes text
label and practice scanning it;
- Using the website and the printer attached to your
computer, you will make and print your first Digit-Eyes
audio label. You will use this label to practice
scanning, making a recording on your phone and playing
back what you've recorded;
- Buy some real labels if you have not done so
- Set up your printer so that your labels will
- Print test sheets to validate the alignment on your
computer printer. The test sheets show the
expected outlines of your labels and are compared against
your actual labels to verify that the printer margins are
- Using the test sheets rather than real labels, print
some practice labels as a final verification that the
printer is set up correctly.
Setting up Your
this is the first time that you've used the iPhone, you may want to read the documentation on the
Apple website. Click here for a link to the Apple website
that explains how to use the iPhone.
the camera on your phone: The camera on the iPhone is
located on the side away from the display. If you
are holding your phone with the home key towards you and
the headphone jack at the top, you'll find the camera on
the side away from you and on the top right.
If you have not used the camera before, the lens may need
cleaning. You can clean it using the same solution that
you would use to clean lenses of any sort.
- On the iPhone 3GS, the lens of the camera is
perceptible as a small, round opening about 1/8 inch /
30 mm across and feels not unlike the headphone jack.
- On the iPhone 4 and 4S, it is located under the glass on
the back and is perceptible as an area in the glass
that is very slightly depressed.
Helpful Hint: When using the camera, you
may at first find it helpful to hold the iPhone so
that your index finger is on the top edge above the
camera. Then point the camera at the item you want to scan
as if you were pointing your finger at it. Soon, this
action will be so natural that you will not think about
on VoiceOver: Digit-Eyes uses the VoiceOver screen reader
to announce the contents of the UPC and the Digit-Eyes text
If you have some vision or a sighted person at your disposal, the simplest way to activate VoiceOver
is to use the options on the iPhone or iPad; if you do not,
it is easiest to do the initial setup by connecting your iPhone
to your computer and using the browser on your computer.
On the iPhone or iPad:
- Click the "Settings" icon the Settings option
- Select "General" from the menu
- Select "Accessibility" from the next menu (it is down the page a ways)
- Select "VoiceOver" from the next menu to access the VoiceOver options
- Tap the 'On' button. VoiceOver will announce that it is on and read the buttons that are available on the screen.
Run your finger lightly down the screen and VoiceOver will announce the options available to you on the screen.
- VoiceOver and Zoom and incompatible. If you want to switch from one to the other, we
recommend that you return to the prior screen (double tap the 'accessibility' button at the top left of the screen)
and then, using three fingers, make an upwards flicking gesture to navigate down the page. At the bottom, select the
option titled "Triple Click Home" and set it to VoiceOver. This will allow you to rapidly click the "home" button
three times ato turn VoiceOver on or off.
To turn on VoiceOver using the JAWS text-to-speech browser:
Using the USB connector, plug your iPhone
device into your computer;
Plugging in the device will automatically bring up
iTunes on your computer; at first the device and computer
will synchronize (sync) with each other. If this is the
first time you have done a sync, it may take some time if
you have a lot of music on your computer. Eventually, your
computer should say “Library, Music, 1 of 6” or
something similar. This is a Tree View. That hint may or
may not be voiced by your speech synthesizer. If you arrow
down, you will hear things such as movies and the iTunes
Store. Keep going until you hear “Devices”.
Arrow down just one or two more times until you hear
the name of your device, something like "John Smith’s
Tab across until you hear “Summary” and click on
Now, tab a ton of times until you reach a tab that says
Options. Keep tabbing more until you hear “Configure
Universal Access”. Hit enter.
Your Speech should say something like “seeing” then
give you a list for checking “VoiceOver”, Zoom and
Neither. Press space bar when VoiceOver is spoken.
Back tab or tab until you hit Okay and click on it.
You will hear a message that says 'VoiceOver changes
the gestures used to control your iPhone. Are you sure you
want to continue?'. Click 'Continue'
Your phone will confirm your choice by voicing to you
Remember this, because it is important:
VoiceOver changes the gesture language for your iPhone from the way that sighted people do things.
Before you do anything else, you should read the
documentation in the VoiceOver section on your device that
describes the gestures and use the movement or gestures on
the buttons on your iPhone to practice the VoiceOver
gestures until you are comfortable with them.
You'll find the “how tos” on your phone by going to
the VoiceOver page on the iPhone: (on the main screen
click 'Settings', then 'General', then 'Accessibility',
Click here for a link to the Apple website
that explains the VoiceOver gestures for the iPhone. Click here for a link to the Apple website
that explains the VoiceOver gestures for the iPad.
To turn on VoiceOver using a graphical browser:
change the VoiceOver settings on your iPhone once
VoiceOver is active:
Bring up iTunes on your computer;
- Using the USB connector, plug your iPhone
into iTunes on your desktop;
- Click the 'Devices' link on iTunes' left side menu to
access your device;
- Select the 'Summary' Tab
- In the 'Options' section of the main portion of the
page, click the button titled 'Configure Universal
- You will get a popup titled 'Universal
Access'. In the section titled 'Seeing', click
the option for Voiceover to activate it.
- Click 'Ok'.
- You will see a message that says 'VoiceOver changes the
gestures used to control your iPhone. Are
you sure you want to continue?'. Click 'Continue'
- Your phone will confirm your choice by voicing to you
- If you have used an iPhone before, please
VoiceOver changes the gesture language for your
device. Before proceeding further, you should read
the documentation in the VoiceOver section on your device
that describes the gestures and use the option on the
iPhone to practice the VoiceOver gestures until you are
comfortable with them.
Click here for a link to the Apple website
that explains the VoiceOver gestures.
- Click the 'settings' icon on your iPhone.
- Having selected the 'Settings' icon, the rest of the
labels are text. Select the 'general' button. This
is the top button in the third group of buttons;
- Scroll down the page and select 'accessibility', This is
the last button in the third group of buttons;
- Select 'VoiceOver'. This is the first button on the
- You'll see some options you can change, such as whether
hints are presented to you by VoiceOver. After you've
become familiar with Digit-Eyes and VoiceOver, you will
probably find that you want to do so.
Turn on hints: Start out with hints on; after
you are more familiar with how Digit-Eyes works, you can
turn this feature off. You'll find the option for hints on
the VoiceOver menu on your iPhone; if you have just
activated VoiceOver, hints will automatically be turned
Turn on voice: If you have just activated
VoiceOver, the sound will automatically be on. A double
tap with three fingers in VoiceOver toggles sound on or
here to go to the next step: learning to scan a UPC code.
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