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iMove Help

iMove Guide

This book, written by Joe Dlugo, takes you through the ins and outs of operating the app and activities on how to make the most of its capabilities.

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After running iMove, on the top left corner you can find the “Information” button that opens the page with general information about the application.

On the top right corner you can find the button “Settings” that opens the page for setting iMove options.

Under these two buttons you can find the heading “Where I am”. Under this heading you can read information about the place where you are (e.g. the address).

On the line below there is the button “Around me”. By pressing this button you can read a list of points of interest around you.

On the right side of “Around me” you can find the button “More info – Around me”.

By pressing this button you can select the categories of points of interest that are displayed when you press “Around me”.

Under “Around me” and “More info – Around me” there is the “Speech notes” section. Under the heading “Speech notes” there are two buttons: “Record here”, and “Display speech notes”.

The button “Record here” enables you to record a speech note in the place where you are.

The button “Display speech notes” displays all the speech notes recorded.

Where I am

In the section “Where I am” you can find information about:

  • the address where you are;
  • the precision of location services;
  • the orientation;
  • the direction;
  • the speed.

In “Settings” you can choose what you want displayed in the “Where I am” section.

For example, you can set not to display the speed or the direction.

To update the address displayed, double tap on the address itself.

Here is an example:

“Rome street 60 to 70, Milan, precision low, orientation East, direction south-East, speed 14 km per hour.”

This messages means that you are in “Rome street” in Milan, nearly from number 60 to 70, that the precision of the location service is low, that your device is oriented East and you are moving South-East at about 14 km per hour.

Note that you can read the message displayed both character by character and word by word. To do that, set the rotor option to “Characters” or “Words” and flick up or down with one finger. Reading character by character or word by word can by useful especially with words in other languages.

Attention please! The precision of the address depends on the GPS signal accuracy and network connection. If the network connection is not available, iMove alerts you with a warning message. When the precision is high, you are about 10 meters from the address displayed, when it is average, you are up to 100 meters far from the address, when the precision is low you may be hundreds of meters far from the address displayed.

Points of interest around you

By pressing the button “Around me”, iMove displays a list of points of interest around you.

You can choose to display only the points of interest belonging to one or more categories. To choose the categories:

  • double tap on “More info – Around me”;
  • double tap on the name of each category to add or remove it from the list.

Notify me

“Notify me” can be switched on or off by double tapping on it. When “Notify me” is on, you receive messages about where you are, or about the points of interest around you or about near “Speech notes”.

You can set in “Settings” which information you want to receive (e.g. only speech notes).

If you close iMove and “Notify me” is on, you will receive notifications that are read by BoiceOVer.

Speech notes

You can record a speech note in the place where you are.

To record a speech note, double tap on “Record a speech note”.

Before recording, iMove alerts you with a vibration effect. After the vibration effect the recording starts. To stop recording, you can double tap on the touchscreen or keep silence for a short time. You can feel a vibration effect when the recording is stopped.

The name of a speech note is the address where it is recorded.

You can record more than one speech note at a certain address.

To display the list of speech notes, double tap on “Display speech notes”.

All the speech notes are displayed sorted according to the distance from the place where you are.

To listen to a speech note, double tap on its name.


In this section are reported all the available options in iMove.



iMove notifies you that the address is changed only if you moved farther than the distance set.


iMove notifies you that the address is changed only after the time set.


If “City” is on, iMove always reads the name of the city in “Where I am”. Otherwise, iMove reades the name of the city only the first time you are in another city. While you are walking on foot, it is advisable to switch “City” off in order to receive shorter messages.


If “Orientation” is on, iMove reades the orientation of the device.

Attention please! The value of the orientation is not always available; the precision of the compass is strongly affected by electromagnetic fields around you.


If “Direction” is on, iMove reads the direction you are moving to.

Attention please! The value of the direction is not always available.


If “speed” is on, iMove reads the value of the speed. The value is in kilometers per hour.

Attention please! The value of the speed is not always available.

Read automatically

If it is on, iMove reads the address when “Notify me” is on.

Points of interest


iMove reads a point of interest only if you moved farther than the distance set.


iMove repeats the name of the same point of interest only after the time set.

Read automatically

If it is on, iMove reads the points of interest when “Notify me” is on.

Speech notes


iMove plays back a speech note only if it is nearer to your position than the distance set.


iMove plays back again the same speech note while you are at the same position only after the time set.

Read automatically

If it is on, iMove plays back the speech notes around you while “Notify me” is on. If you close iMove and “Notify me” is on, you’ll receive a notification when you are near a speech note.


Do not lock the screen

The screen is never locked while iMove is running.

Attention please! The battery runs flat faster not locking the screen. It is advisable to activate the “screen curtain” by tapping three times with three fingers.

Stop running in background

If it is on, iMove is closed after 30 minutes, while it’s running in background. Otherwise it is never closed. iMove runs in background when “Notify me” is on and the application is closed.

New features introduced in iMove 1.3

sharing text notes

This tutorial shows both how you can export text notes (in order to send them to one of your friends) and how you can import them in iMove.
Furthermore, a sighted person can create routes to be used in iMove through the free web application Google Maps. This tutorial shows how to create routes in Google Maps and how to import them in iMove.

How can I send a route in iMove to one of my friends?

In the main view in iMove, select the last button, named “manage routes and notes”. A new view displays all the routes in iMove. Select the one you want to share. The view “route details” is displayed. You can share the route via e-mail by selecting the button “share text note”. A view for composing the e-mail is displayed. The route is in attachment. You have to input the e-mail address of the recipient and if you wish, you can edit the subject and the body of the e-mail. In the end, send the e-mail message.

Attention, please. You can share only text notes, not speech notes. So, you cannot share a route containing only speech notes or no note at all. If in a rout both text notes and speech notes are included, only text notes will be shared. You can convert a speech note into a text note in order to share it.

Converting a speech note into a text note

In order to convert a speech note into a text note, select the note details and then select @transform into text note.

Use case example. While I’m walking I arrive at the crossroads between Verdi street and Italia boulevard. Here I want to record the speech note “Pay attention.”
It takes a long time to me to type on the keyboard and I am in a hurry. So I can record a speech note and at home I can convert it into a text note typing on the keyboard “Pay attention…”. Of course, the note is related to the crossroads between Verdi street and Italia boulevard. This note is read at that crossroads, not at home. Now I have a text note that I can share with my contacts.

How can I import in iMove the route that a friend of mine sent me?

If you received an e-mail with a route in attachment, in order to import the rout in iMove with all the notes you have to select the attached file (its name has extension “KML”). Once opened the attached file, VoiceOver reads its content, namely a sequence of characters with no meaning for the human reader. Select the “Share” button by flicking left. A menu is opened. Select “Copy in iMove”. Afterwards iMove is opened and it displays a view where you can edit the name of the route. Select the button @”Import in iMove”. The route is saved in iMove. You can find the route in the view @routes and notes.

Creating notes and routes in Google Maps

This section introduces how to create notes and routes in Google Maps. It is thought for sighted users. The accessibility of Google Maps by blind or sight impaired users was not checked. In order to create routes and note you have to use the “Google My Maps” service on the Google Maps website. Please note, “Google My Maps” is available to users who have a Google account and who are authenticated on the browser in use (e.g. via Gmail). In order to use “Google My Maps”, open Google Maps and select “My maps” from the menu bar on the left side. To create a route select “create map” in the menu on the bottom left side. You can give a name to the map, but it is not the name of the route you are creating. The routes you can import in iMove correspond to the layers you creat in Google My Maps. Whenever you create a new map, an untitled layer is created. In order to change the name of the map, click on “untitled layer”. Give it a name that describes the route (e.g. “from home to office”). Here is an explanation about how to create a note in the route. You can repeat this operation as much as you want for each note. Write teh address in the search bar (as like as the one in Google Maps). A green marker is placed in the position of the address you wrote. Over the marker a tooltip is displayed. Click on “add to map”. The marker turns into read. In order to edit the note, click on the marker then, from the tooltip, select the icon named “edit”. Now you can move the marker over the map and edit two text fields. The upper one is the title of the note, that is used in iMove to identify the note. The lower text field is associated to the description of the note in iMove, namely the text that is read by VoiceOver whenever the iMove user reaches the position of the note. Once done, click on “save”.
Here is an example of creating and editing a note in the route “from home to office”. We want to create a note to alert the iMove user to pay attention at the crossroads between Verdi street and Italia boulevard because of roadwork. First I search the address Italia boulevard and I place a marker approximately where I want. Then I start to edit and I place the marker exactly at the crossroads between Verdi street and Italia boulevard. I add teh title “roadwork, be careful!”, then in the description I write “roadwork on the left side along Verdi street coming from the city centre. Proceed on the right side”. Once all the notes are created, in order to export the layer, namely the route in iMove, click on the button with three dots vertically aligned in the menu bar on the left side. Pay attention, there are many buttons like this one, you must click on the upper one, on the right side of the buttons named “add layer” and “share”. Select “export to KML”. From now on, follow the instructions very carefully, otherwise the file will not be readable by iMove. Select the layer (namely the route) you wish from the dropdown menu. Do not select “entire map”. Select the item “Export to a .KML file instead of .KMZ (does not include custom icons)”. Click on “download”. The file will be saved on your computer so you’ll be able to send it via e-mail to your contacts. If you wish, you can create many layers. However, remember that you have to export them one by one.

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