TalkingTILES – Guide on Installation

TalkingTILES version 1.1 has just been released.  It has some great new features, such as increasing the  speech pages to 99 and tooltips.  We want to make sure that everyone has the chance to access these new updates, so we thought we'd provide some instructions on how to install correctly.

How to Correctly Install the Update

To correctly install this update, you must first uninstall the current app.  Before uninstalling, please be sure to upload your speech pages to the cloud.  For details on how to upload your speech pages, please view Lesson 7 on our tutorial videos.

After you have uploaded your speech pages, uninstall your existing app.   Typically, this is done through the settings feature on your device.  If you are unsure how to uninstall an app from your device, follow these instructions for Android, Windows 8, and Apple.

Once this uninstallation is complete, you can download the new version by visiting the appropriate app store for your device.  Your saved speech pages on the cloud can be downloaded to your new version, as noted in Lesson 8 on our video tutorials.

Important note for users who have already downloaded or whose app has been auto-updated

For users who have either updated their app without first uninstalling, or whose devices have auto-updated, you may experience technical difficulty.  If you see a screen such at the one shown here when you open the app, it indicates that you have encountered technical issues.  Please contact our support team immediately for help on resolving this issue.  Email us at

Features of TalkingTILES 1.1

  • Enhanced the Link to URL functionality to display the new webpage within the app
  • Ability to rename your speech pages
  • Added animations and tooltips to guide you within the app
  • Functionality to delete the speech pages from the cloud
  • Ability to publish speech pages to the “Public” folder
  • Added the colour black to tile colour options
  • Bug fixes such as more meaningful messages, etc.

Let us know what you think!  We are always taking feedback into consideration – for example, we had enough requests to add in the feature of making a tile black that we decided to make it part of version 1.1!

Compass Guided Us South to Florida!

The travelling Mozzaz team - Sammy and Linda - headed south again to Florida this past week for the CoCENTRIX Compass User’s Conference in Sarasota.

It wasn’t all hard work though! Things got a little fishy 25 miles out on the Gulf of Mexico. With the ocean breeze in their hair and fishing rods in their hands, our travelling duo had a deep sea adventure with our CoCENTRIX friends and a few others. 

Linda, by no means a landlubber, caught herself a beauty of king marlin, while Sammy reeled in two!  As easy as hook, line, and sinker!

Talking about reeling them in, our presence at the Compass Conference was a great success. We were able to connect with some wonderful people, including the VP of the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare - Michael Lardiere.

It was no surprise that Mr. Lardiere showed interest in Mozzaz and our mission to promote collaborative consumer driven healthcare through mobile apps and solutions. Lardiere’s has been working in the healthcare field for over 30 years and has extensive experience in implementing electronic health records and other health IT solutions. We gave him a demo and he took the bait!

We’ll be seeing more of Lardiere at the 43rd Annual National Council Conference in Las Vegas April 8-10 where we will be showcasing a brand new app, CareTILES, with our CoCENTRIX partner. In a double booth, attendees can learn about CoCENTRIX’s flagship product, CoCENTRIX Coordinated Care Platform (CoCENTRIXccp) and CareTILES, an app geared to helping those with a wide variety of behavioral or mental health disorders.

Overall, it was a great trip... looks like that Compass is taking us all over the map!

TT Tip: Creating ‘Jump Start’ Pages

There are different ways to navigate and create navigation with TalkingTILES. The below are some of the more common methods we’ve seen in practice:

1. The Favorites Bar

We have the “Favorites Bar” which contains the Start Page and 3 favorite pages that can be defined.

The favorites can be selected from the Settings feature in the EDIT mode.

2. The Speech Page Selector

When you have many pages, you can quickly view them by using the Speech Page Selector.

The Page Selector will show all the pages in a 6x4 grid for 24 pages. For more than 24 pages they will be shown as a list. Clicking on the page will navigate you to that page. The pages are listed in alphabetical order for quick searching.

3. The Jump Start Page

The other way to create easy navigation is to create a “page of pages” or a jump start page. This page consists of Tiles that basically link-to other pages. You can create a nice visual list of the different pages you have and place them in any order you wish (versus the alphabetical order in the Page Selector view).

Here are a couple of examples

The advantage of jump start pages, is that you can put them in any order you wish and can have as many jump start pages as you may need and order them in a logical way for easy navigation.

Let us know how you make you and share with us your creativity and what works for you!

All the best – Team Mozzaz!

Tip: Editing – Getting Started

TalkingTILES is an AAC tool that can be used by many - from toddlers to elderly, from non-verbal autistic to stroke patients, there versatility of the app means that it can meet their needs.

But how can one tool work for so many?

The answer is simple. The powerful editing capabilities of TalkingTILES means that users can customize it to their needs.

Entering the Edit Mode

In order to customize TalkingTILES you must first enter the edit mode. To do this you simply tap on the Edit Mode icon in the upper right corner three times in a row.

The Edit Mode Icon

Editing Tiles

Once you’re in the edit mode you will notice that the screen changes and you have a number of new options available. Among these is the “Edit” button.

The Edit Button

To edit an existing tile first tap the edit button, then the tile you wish to edit. (Blank tiles can be edited just by tapping them while in the edit mode.) This opens the “Edit a Tile” window.

Edit a Tile Window

All tile editing in TalkingTILES is done by making selections in the six fields in this window - Image, Audio, Title, Tile-Color, and Link To.


In the tablet version of TalkingTILES you have three sources for images - Library, Camera, or Camera Roll. The desktop computer version has two image sources - Library and Browse File.

“Library” (available only with a CareFUZION subscription) gives you access to over 50,000 symbols in a number of popular third party catalogues including SymbolStix, Pictograms, Bliss, Mulberry, Sclera, and Widgit. With these catalogues at your fingertips you should be able to find the right image for any need or age group.

“Camera” will access the tablet’s camera and allows you to take pictures right from within the TalkingTILES app.

The “Camera Roll” or “Browse File” options will allow you to search the hard drive of your device for an appropriate picture - whether it’s one you’ve taken before, received in an email, or found on the net.


There are two ways to add audio to a tile in TalkingTILES - “Record” and “Text to Speech”.

With the “Record” option you will be able to record voices directly from within the TalkingTILES program using the tablet’s built in microphone or one attached to your desktop computer.

The “Text to Speech” option will generate voice recordings based on the text that you enter. A CareFUZION subscription gives you access to additional Text-to-Speech engines including Google TTS, Microsoft TTS, and iSpeech TTS. These engines greatly expand the number of voices that are available to you, including dozens of language and accent options.


The text that you enter for the title of the tile is displayed under the tile image. It is also the text used in the Text to Speech option to generate voice output.


You can set the background color of your tile using the Tile-Color drop down box. This is an excellent way to code different parts of speech (i.e. nouns are red, verbs are blue) or to create a high contrast between the background and foreground for individuals with sight impairments.

Link To

Using the Link To dropdown you can turn your tile into a shortcut between pages. This is an excellent way to add additional navigation options to TalkingTILES (like a “Food” tile that links to a page full of food themed tiles) or to make potential phrases easy to access (for example an “I feel” tile that links to a page with a number of ‘feeling’ tiles).

You can also use the Link To option to link to a webpage. Just select URL from the dropdown box and then enter the website address in the URL box. Whenever the tile is pressed it will launch the page in your web browser!

Editing a Page

Caution: Before editing a Speech Page it is a good idea to back it up, either by uploading a copy to the cloud or by creating a new speech page using the one you are copying as a source. For details on uploading and creating new speech pages see Lessons 7 and 9 of our Video Tutorial Series. Failure to back up your Speech Page may result in the permanent loss of tiles.

Page editing in TalkingTILES is done using the “Swap”, “Cut”, “Copy”, “Paste” and “Delete” buttons available in the Edit Mode.

The Swap, Cut, Copy, Paste and Delete Buttons

To switch the positions of two tiles on the same page, tap “Swap” and then the two tiles you’d like to move.

The “Cut” and “Copy” buttons are used to move a tile from one location to another, either on the same page or on different pages. (Cut will leave a blank tile in the original position, while Copy will leave the original tile intact.)

If you are copying or moving the tile to another location on the same page simply tap the Cut or Copy button, tap the tile that you wish to copy or move, and tap the tile that you wish to copy or move it to. Copying or moving the tile to another page is similar - tap Cut or Copy, tap the tile you wish to copy or move, use the Speech Page Selector to navigate to the page you want to copy or move it to, tap the Paste button, and then tap the tile you’d like to move or copy to.

Warning: If you copy or paste over an existing tile the tile that has been written over will be lost.

If you no longer need a tile and wish to remove it from a page tap the Delete button and then the tile that you wish to delete. A dialogue will ask if you are sure - tap Yes.

With the techniques you’ve just learned you can customize TalkingTILES for virtually any assistive communication need. You have the ability to create a completely unlimited vocabulary suitable to any user or situation.

For more tips on editing, be sure to check out our video tutorials or sign up for a Talking Tuesday session. If you have any specific questions about editing, contact us directly!

TalkingTILES @ HiMMS 2013

If you’re at the HiMSS13 conference in New Orleans this week, make sure you drop by the Microsoft booth (booth #1127) as the Microsoft team are armed with the latest TalkingTILES version for Windows 8.

Even though the Mozzaz team is not there in person, TalkingTILES is well represented - especially when shown on the massive 82” beautiful Perceptive Pixel multi-touch screen!

Below Gareth Hall, Healthcare Industry Solutions Manager for Microsoft, talking with a giant TalkingTILES!

Cheers – Team Mozzaz!

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