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Speaking of Apps

Apps for Visual Support

Published October 3, 2012 1:01 PM by Jeremy Legaspi

Custom Boards by Smarty Ears Apps and Visual Creator by Silver Lining Multimedia are both similar apps that give you a "Board Maker"-like experience on your iPad. As you can see by the comparison chart below, both of these apps have very similar features.

So which one do I recommend?

I really like Custom Boards because of the iTunes backup, the devices and switches templates, and the lock screen feature. The lock screen feature allows you to use your template right away as a visual reinforcement without accidently editing it. The device and switches feature is nice as well because you can instantly create for devices like a big mac or a Go Talk.


Custom Boards

Visual Creator





Templates Available:


Activities and Games

Devices and Switches

Signs and Labels

Grids and Boards

Schedules and Calendars



 Behavior Supports

Communication Aides

Games and Activities

Grids and Cards

Life Skills Lists



11,000 Smarty Symbols

Import your own pictures

1,100 Photographs

12,000 (soon with in app purchase)

Import your own pictures

iOS Device:


iPad, iPhone, iPod

Other Features:

  • Ability to color code the symbols
  • iTunes template backup
  • Print, Save, or E-mail templates
  • Device templates
  • Lock Screen
  • Ability to put "No symbol" overlay over pictures
  • Custom grid sizes
  • Print, Save, or E-mail templates





What Custom Boards lacks is the ability to make custom grid sizes “no symbol” overlay which is what Visual Creator offers. The “no symbol” is a nice touch especially if you need to make several behavior supports for your students. Overall, Custom Boards offers a much more polished and feature rich board-making experience.

Overall, Custom Boards offers a much more polished and feature rich board-making experience.


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