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Every Mac is built with assistive technologies to support people who are blind or have low vision. The VoiceOver screen reader describes exactly what’s happening on your screen. Hover Text lets you instantly magnify a selection of text. And Display Accommodations support color blindness and other vision needs.

Hover TextGet a quick size boost of what you’re reading.

Hover Text makes it easier to view text on your display. If a paragraph, caption, or headline is too small to read, just hover over it with your cursor and press Command. You’ll get a dedicated window with a large, high-resolution version of your selection. You can even choose the fonts and colors that work best for you.

  1. Jan 16, 2018 Color Hunter is a browser-based tool that lets you find and make colour palettes created from images. Just upload your image and get a palette based on the colours it contains. Alternatively, enter a search term in the box at the top of the page; Color Hunter then searches for matching images and uses them to create a colour palette.
  2. Open Materials Panel (for example via the icon in Render Tools Tab). Select our Marble material (should be the only one actually!) Under Textures Color click on “empty-click to assign“. You will then be asked for an image file.

VoiceOverHear what’s happening on your screen.

Materialshell brings the material design to your terminal, with a beautiful color scheme that will improve your command line experience. There are two different versions: Dark and Oceanic, both can be used on OS X, Windows and Linux. You can find a preview of the themes below. Carlos at macbookpro in /Developer on master ✔. Use any of the color tabs to select a color and apply it to your material preview on the Edit Material panel. Or click the Eyedropper tool at the bottom of the Colors panel and click any material in your model or on the Textures Palettes (brick) tab.

VoiceOver does more than tell you what’s happening on your Mac. It helps you make things happen. It gives you auditory descriptions of each onscreen element and provides helpful hints along the way — whether you prefer using gestures, a keyboard, or a braille display. And it supports more than 35 languages, including multiple voice options.

VoiceOverIntegrated throughout macOS and every built-in app.

VoiceOver is unique because it’s not a standalone screen reader. It’s deeply integrated in macOS and all the built-in apps on Mac. And as developers update their apps to take advantage of the accessibility interfaces provided by Apple, their apps can start working with VoiceOver right away.

VoiceOverImproved PDF, web, and messages navigation.

We’ve refined VoiceOver to make it easier to navigate PDFs, websites, and messages. In Safari, improved conformance with HTML5 accessibility standards allows for more consistent navigation of websites. VoiceOver is now better at reading aloud tagged PDFs and email messages. If you start reading a website in a different language, VoiceOver can switch to the voice for that language automatically.¹ And you can add custom commands and workflows to your MacBook Pro with Touch Bar.

Audio DescriptionsHear the details in every scene.

Watch movies with detailed audio descriptions of every scene on your Mac. Movies with audio descriptions are displayed with the AD icon in the iTunes Store.

VoiceOverNavigate VoiceOver with simple gestures.

You can control VoiceOver using many of the same gestures you use with iOS. Touch the trackpad to hear a description of the item under your finger, drag to hear items continuously, and flick to move to the next item. Enable the VoiceOver Trackpad Commander, and the trackpad surface will represent the current window or document, so you can navigate quickly to any corner or edge with a tap.

VoiceOverA virtual controller with customizable commands.

VoiceOver features a virtual control called the rotor. Turning the rotor — by rotating two fingers on the trackpad as if you were turning an actual dial — lets you access an array of fully customizable commands. Use it to browse web pages more efficiently and intuitively. The rotor lists common elements like “headings,” “links,” and “images,” and lets you navigate directly to the element of your choosing.

VoiceOverPlug-and-play support for braille displays.

VoiceOver is the first screen reader to provide plug-and-play support for refreshable braille displays. Plug in or sync one of over 100 compatible displays, supporting more than 80 international tables, and the VoiceOver description is presented to you in braille. You can edit seamlessly in Grade 2 Braille, viewing your edits in the context of the actual line of text. Optimized for fast braille typists, VoiceOver makes working in braille easy and efficient. Converting between braille and text happens automatically so you see only Grade 2 Braille. And for sighted users who sit alongside you, there’s an onscreen braille panel that displays both braille and plain-text versions of the descriptions spoken by VoiceOver.

Dark ModeWorking hard gets easier on the eyes.

Dark Mode transforms the desktop and built-in apps with a dark color scheme that helps you focus on your work.2 The fine points of your content take center screen as toolbars and menus recede into the background. Light text against darker backdrops in Mail, Safari Reader, Calendar, and more makes everything easier to read in low lighting conditions. And the Accessibility preferences for increased contrast and reduced transparency work with Dark Mode enabled.

DictationYou say it. Mac types it.

Dictation lets you talk where you would type — and it works in over 40 languages. So you can reply to an email, search the web, or write a report using just your voice. Navigate to any text field, activate Dictation, then say what you want to write. macOS also comes with more than 50 editing and formatting commands. So you can turn on Dictation and tell your Mac to bold a paragraph, delete a sentence, or replace a word. You can also use Automator workflows to create your own Dictation commands.

SiriStreamline the things you do every day.

Siri helps you do more with your desktop.³ Ask Siri to send messages, track down files, create reminders, search the web, and even turn on and off VoiceOver and Invert Colors, without interrupting what you’re doing on the keyboard. And because Siri is integrated with VoiceOver, you can ask it to find a file and hear the answer read out loud. If you prefer to communicate by typing, you can easily set Siri to “Type to Siri” mode.

ZoomMake your screen up to 20 times bigger.

Zoom is a powerful built-in magnifier that lets you enlarge your screen up to 20 times, so you can better see what’s on the display. You can zoom using full screen or picture-in-picture, allowing you to see the zoomed area in a separate window while keeping the rest of the screen at its native size. A shortcut key lets you pan the screen without moving the pointer while zoomed in. macOS can also flash the screen for notifications offscreen or speak text under your pointer. The hardware acceleration engine lets you boost the size of anything on your screen — text on a web page, family photos, or a place on a map.

Zoom DisplaySee content up close and at a distance simultaneously.

Now with macOS Catalina, if you have two displays, you can keep one zoomed in close while the other stays at a standard resolution. So you can tackle everyday work or give a presentation more efficiently.

Cursor SizeMagnify your cursor so it’s easier to use.

macOS lets you magnify your cursor so it’s easier to see where you are and follow along as you move around your Mac. Set the cursor size once and it stays magnified even when its shape changes. And when you swipe back and forth on your trackpad or quickly shake your mouse, the pointer grows so it’s easier to locate.

Contrast and Color OptionsInvert colors or enable color filters.

macOS lets you invert colors, enable grayscale, or choose from a range of color filters to support different forms of color blindness or other color vision deficiencies. You can select a common preset or fine-tune the color tint and hue to customize a display setting that works for you.

Reduce MotionDecrease the movement of onscreen elements.

If you’re affected by the motion of screen elements, you can turn on Reduce Motion to decrease movement in areas like Spaces, Notification Center, and the Dock.

Music, Podcasts, Books and TVNavigate and play with VoiceOver.

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The Apple Music, Apple Podcasts, Apple Books, and Apple TV apps are compatible with VoiceOver, so you can navigate and play all your content even if you can’t see the screen. Browse the apps as VoiceOver reads out headers, links, and other elements on the page.



User Guides

Download Unified English Braille version of macOS VoiceOver User Guide
Or order an embossed copy of macOS VoiceOver User Guide

External Resources

Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Explore instructional videos with tips on using vision accessibility features in macOS.

Learn more about the Hadley Institute instructional videos at their website

Join a community of blind and low-vision users of Apple products.

Learn more about at their website

Get information on the use of Apple products by those who are blind or low vision.

Learn more about Mac-cessibility Network at their website


iOS provides materials (or blur effects) that create a translucent effect you can use to evoke a sense of depth. The effect of a material lets views and controls hint at background content without distracting from foreground content. To produce this effect, materials allow background color information to pass through foreground views, while also blurring the background context to maintain legibility.

When you use the system-defined materials, your elements look great in every context, because these effects automatically adapt to the system’s light and dark modes.

TIP Materials require the presence of a visual effect view in your view hierarchy. For developer guidance, see UIVisualEffectView.

Be guided by the materials the system uses. Whenever possible, compare your custom views to system-provided views that enable similar functionality and use the same materials.

Take advantage of the system-provided colors for text, fills, glyphs, and separators. The system-provided colors automatically make these items look great on translucent backgrounds. For guidance, see Dynamic System Colors.

When possible, use SF Symbols. When you use dynamic system colors to color a symbol, or apply a vibrancy effect to it, the symbol looks great in any context. In contrast, full-color images may not have sufficient contrast with the background and may seem out of place when used in a view with a translucent background. For related guidance, see SF Symbols.

System-Defined Materials and Vibrancy

iOS defines materials you can use in specific areas to control the visual separation between the foreground content and the background appearance. The system-provided materials include both light and dark variants that work well against most backgrounds.

For use in content containers, iOS 13 defines four materials that have different levels of translucency (each material also includes a dark variant):

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  • SystemMaterial (default)

Consider contrast and visual separation when choosing a material. There’s no absolute rule for choosing a material to combine with vibrancy effects. As you’re making this choice, consider that:

  • Thicker materials can provide better contrast for text and other elements with fine features
  • Translucency can help people retain their context by providing a visible reminder of the content that’s in the background

iOS 13 also defines vibrancy values for labels, fills, and separators that are specifically designed to work with each material. Vibrancy brightens or darkens UI elements by sampling background colors and modifying saturation and value. Vibrant UI elements integrate better with materials and enhance the translucent effect.

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Labels and fills each provide several levels of vibrancy; separators have one level. The names of the levels indicate the relative amount of contrast between an element and the background: the default level has the highest contrast, whereas quaternary (when it exists) has the lowest contrast.

Except for quaternary, you can use the following vibrancy values for labels on any material. It's not recommended to use quaternary on thin and ultra thin materials, because the contrast is too low.

  • label (default)

You can use the following vibrancy values for fills on all materials.

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  • fill (default)

iOS defines a single, default vibrancy value for separators (separator) that works well on all materials.

Choose a vibrancy effect based on its semantic meaning. Avoid mixing these effects; for example, don’t use a label effect for a separator.