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VoiceOver- VoiceOver is a spoken English interface to Mac OS X. In addition to reading aloud the contents of a document, VoiceOver also speaks a description of all the activities taking place on the computer, such as which applications are running, how many windows are open and much, much more.
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Audio Interface 1.1
Audio Interface is a control panel which uses Apple's PlainTalk technology to speak the contents of menus and dialog boxes. By moving the mouse over menu items or dialog box items, you can have the name of that item read to you. I wrote Audio Interface with the hope that at least one user may have an easier time using the Mac. Although it's not targeted at totally blind users, many users with bad eyesight hopefully won't have to squint up to the screen every time a dialog box appears or a menu is pulled down. Of course, it can also be used for a little fun!
Welcome to the world's only BIG and animated cursor utility for Macintosh, complete with a bunch of other helpful cursor tools.
Boardmaker is a communication and learning tool containing over 3000 Picture Communication Symbols (PCS). It is designed to enhance the language and learning process for students of all levels. This graphic database is the perfect tool for educators and SLP's. It includes over 100 templates for creating schedules, worksheets, custom-made games and activities, and much more. The program allows you to create professional-looking communication displays, find and paste PCS into your display or another program, print your displays in black and white or color, import digital photos, and more.
Speaking Dynamically Pro (SD Pro) is a dynamic screen communication software which allows you to use a computer as a powerful speech-output device. SD Pro can also be used to create interactive educational activities. Some of the features include: Text to speech, Recorded (digitized) speech, Pop-up boards, Ability to link boards, Random responses, Abbreviation expansion, Word prediction, Ability to build sentences with symbols or text, Ability to launch other programs and much more.
A utility included in every Macintosh, enables users to magnify screen contents up to 16 times. This utility allows for easier viewing by users who are visually impaired.
CrossScanner is a universal way to run *any* software by 1 or 2 switch(es). With the switch(es) plugged into my SAM-Trackball, SwitchHopper, Switcheroo, SAM-Cordless, or SAM-Joystick, or any switch interface at all, the user is able to perform mouse moves and clicks, double clicks, drags, operate menu's and even enter text (with optional OnScreen keyboard). The user interface is incredibly intuitive. All operation is supervisor-controllable to fine tune CrossScanner to the needs of the user.
Now has a great feature providing auto-scrolling (including web pages) from the Icon Window.
Also, you can use the right-button/switch-jack of our SAM-Trackball for the switch input, and still have full mouse/left-click control of your computer.
MacSpeech Dictate will astonish you with its accuracy. You simply talk and leave the recognition to MacSpeech Dictate. MacSpeech Dictate recognizes and understands 13 English language variations, nine with U.S. spelling and four with U.K. spelling, and includes a certified, noise-canceling microphone headset. You can also choose to upgrade to a professional-level microphone during checkout.
Minimal Training Required
MacSpeech Dictate provides astounding accuracy and productivity. With just minutes of training, you'll be using MacSpeech Dictate's superior capabilities.
Also comes in International (English, French, German, Italian), Legal and Medical versions.
DTBMaker is a set of perl scripts which can be used to produce Daisy Digital Talking Books (DTB). DTBMaker was developed for the Wyoming Medical Center and is free released under the GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE.
A MacOSX Universial Binary application. This version provides a Cocoa based user interface which is compatible with Apple's VoiceOver screen reader. It includes the Cepstral Silencevoice for the production of pre-recored audio books.
Easy Access 7.2
A control panel extension containing a set of keyboard utilities. These utilities assist people who might otherwise have difficulties using the keyboard or the mouse. Included as part of Easy Access are three main features. A fourth feature, Talking Alerts, is also included.
Fat Cursors 1.2.2
Fat Cursors is a system extension/control panel that installs slightly larger Arrow and IBeam cursors.
A computer communication board. Freedom provides speech generation for people with any speech problem. It is particularly useful for neurological disorders. It uses mouse clicks and minimum mouse movement to let users type and select phrases to be spoken. You may also use the physical keyboard and mouse to do the same things if you want.
GhostReader allows you to listen while your Mac does the talking
GhostReader is the new name (it used to be called TextParrot) for a multilingual text to speech solution for Mac OS X that allows you to listen to your documents with naturally sounding voices in a language of choice. Just like a ghostwriter writes for someone else, GhostReader can read for you! You can also use it to create your own personal podcasts or your own audio books by exporting to iPod ready iTunes tracks. Or just use it to speak selected text in a handy reader window with play, fast forward and rewind functionality. In some applications, such as Safari, GhostReader enables you to listen to text by just pointing your cursor at the text. Now you can sit back and relax while GhostReader reads the text under the cursor.
Convert documents to audiobooks to listen to on an iPod or iPhone.
Convert text from news sites and emails to audiobooks to listen to on an iPod or iPhone.
iKey is an essential utility and incredibly powerful tool for OS X that can eliminate repetitive actions. iKey allows creation of shortcuts that perform an action or sequence of actions each of which can be launched by key combinations or menu or event. This easy to use macro/automation utility can save time, typing and hundreds of clicks everyday. Avoid carpal tunnel, get more accomplished and have fun with iKey. An excellent manual written by Adam Engst is included.
Indigo is an intelligent home control server that integrates an assortment of popular X10 hardware devices to provide unprecedented control of your home. Indigo is the first Mac home automation software to support the PowerLinc USB interface. Finally, a Mac home automation solution that does not need costly USB to serial adapters!
Using Indigo's intuitive user interface you can quickly define complex control logic to automate your home. With Indigo you can:
Remotely control lights, fans, appliances, sprinkler systems, etc., from a variety of handheld remote controls (including the X10 "Entertainment Anywhere" remote control!)
Remotely control any appliance or light, even your hot tub, from your mobile phone by sending Indigo an email, by using a Bluetooth enabled mobile phone and Salling Clicker, or by using the intuitive Ovolab Phlink support.
Remotely control iTunes and dozens of other applications
Create unlimited sprinkler schedules
Incorporate motion detectors to turn on lights or other devices
Automatically send emails based on events, like power failure or motion detection
Automatically turn on landscape or holiday lighting at sunset and off at sunrise
Create different lighting scenes, for example "Party," "Movie," "Sleeping," "Away," for perfect multi-room lighting levels at the touch of a button
Incredible flexibility for thousands of other uses -- use your imagination!
Infovox iVox 1.2
Infovox iVox provides Mac OS X users with the best voices ever on the Mac. You won't believe your ears hearing these naturally-sounding voices, available in many different languages. What is more, they can be used in any Mac OS X application that uses speech. Including applications such as TextEdit, Preview, Acrobat Reader, Proloquo, KeyStrokes, SwitchXS, VisioVoice and AppleWorks, as well as many educational titles.
iSay, why type when you can dictate!
With iSay, you can simplify time consuming tasks. You no longer need to type out emails when you can simply speak them, as for making notes, don't use the keyboard - say them then store them or pass them on to others as email or as notes or for transcription.
Keyclick is a Mac OS X preference pane that provides subtle but important feedback for each keystroke the system recognizes. Years ago keyboards were made with premium key switches that provided a resounding click when a key snapped over. Today most keyboards are made using rubber domes which can provide a similar force displacement or tactile feel, but not the sound. Human factors work on video terminals in the 1980s showed that the perception of keyboard crispness is correlated with audio feedback. Keyclick provides that feedback while improving on the original.
KeyStrokes is a fully-functional advanced virtual on-screen keyboard that allows you to type with a mouse, trackball, head pointer or other mouse emulator to type characters into any standard Macintosh application.
KeyStrokes provides advanced multilingual word prediction. Thanks to its revolutionary PolyPredix word prediction engine it can do word completion, next word prediction and even multi-word prediction in any Roman language as well as many other languages. The PolyPredix prediction engine offers many unique, time and effort saving features allowing significantly easier and faster typing. PolyPredix can reduce typing efforts by 50 to 70%.
LayoutKitchen® is an editor for SwitchXS® scan panels and Proloquo® speech panels. SwitchXS users can use LayoutKitchen to create their own scan panels (sometimes also referred to as scan keyboards) with just those keys, controls and functions they need, thereby greatly enhancing the power and versatility of SwitchXS. Proloquo users can use LayoutKitchen to create their own speech panels for easy access of commonly used phrases or, when images are used on the buttons, to build communication panels for people who cannot read or write. LayoutKitchen is included with SwitchXS, while Proloquo users can purchase LayoutKitchen as an add-on.
Mighty Mouse 1.3
Mighty Mouse allows you to customize your cursors with style - and it does so on the fly, without modifying any system files! Moreover, it allows you to customize all kinds of cursors available in the system - Arrow, I-Beam, Alias, Copy, Move and the Wait cursor. You can animate any cursor and import pre-made ones available at our website. Edit the cursors with the simplicity of copy-paste and drag-and-drop, then hit Apply, and you got it!
Mouse Locator 1.0
Highly visible Locator instantly reveals your Mouse position.
Controllable trigger time period, from 1 second to 30 minutes.
Eliminates the frustrating search of your screen.
Text to braille command line program
Text to speech and speech recognition.
PinPoint helps you locate your pointer on the screen by displaying a graphic of your choice around it. It is great when you have many monitors or to work outside in the sun on your PowerBook or iBook.
Proloquo is a multi-purpose, multilingual speech solution for Mac OS X that provides: (1) a full-fledged communication system (AAC) for people who cannot speak; (2) improves accessibility of Mac OS X for people with visual impairments; (3) provides speech feedback in any application while typing for children and people with learning disabilities; (4) can serve as a talking word processor; (5) provides text to speech for people who prefer listening to reading; (6) can be used as a tool to learn the pronunciation of foreign languages; (7) provides an advanced, multilingual speech engine for our KeyStrokes® on-screen keyboard and our SwitchXS® switch access solution.
Proloquo includes High Quality and/or High Density Acapela voices for a language of choice. The languages currently include US English, UK English, German, Dutch, Flemish, French, Spanish, Italian, Polish, Swedish, Norwegian, and Brazilian Portuguese. Acapela voices for additional languages can be purchased as a language pack. In addition, to offer users even more choice, registered Proloquo users can contact AssistiveWare for a discount coupon to purchase Cepstral voices that work not only in Proloquo but system-wide. Finally, Proloquo of course works with all the built-in voices of Mac OS X.
Proloquo is different from Apple's excellent VoiceOver technology for Mac OS X Tiger in several ways. VoiceOver is a screen reader primarily intended for people who are blind. Proloquo, instead, is a multi-purpose speech solution that also includes certain features geared towards people with limited vision (such as the ability to speak what is below the cursor and to echo what the user types). Additionally, Proloquo works with high quality voices in multiple languages.
Proloquo can be used to create a complete personalized Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) system using simple drag and drop (or copy and paste) of phrases into lists organized by topic. Proloquo can also be combined with LayoutKitchen®. With LayoutKitchen users can design their own speech panels for Proloquo with colorable and resizable buttons containing text and/or images in a variety of formats.
QuicKeys X is the first automation utility specifically designed for Mac OS X. It takes the daily tasks that would normally require you five...six...twenty or more steps and turns them into simple one step shortcuts. Automate anything from launching programs, mounting servers, selecting menus, and running UNIX commands to typing text or shutting down your Classic environment. Whatever you do, however many steps, QuicKeys saves you time and increases your productivity.
Software for your Macintosh microphone including: digital voice recorder, voice email, voice stickies, and CD quality stereo recorder.
Screen Loupe 1.4
Screen Loupe is a desktop utility that displays a magnified view of whatever is underneath your mouse cursor.
SmartClick is a cool utility, for the Mac, that permits a person, that can operate a pointing device, like SAM-Joystickor a Tracker or HeadMouse, but cannot click any buttons, to perform all button functions. Using the dwell principle, whereby you 'hover' over something long enough, you can accomplish all the functions on the floating palette (pictured above), within any software.
SmartClick was also designed for those that can only click 1 button or switch.
The SmartClick palette (like an artist's palette) contains buttons for functions. The user simply select their function, and then dwells, or single clicks, over their target. The function turns itself off after use.
Requires: any pointing device; SAM-Joystick works great; HeadMouse or Tracker compatible also.
SwitchXS provides virtually complete access to Mac OS X and all standard Mac applications for people who can only use one or more switches. It offers full mouse and keyboard emulation by means of a so-called scanning mode. With each click on the switch the user selects an action, such as "move the cursor up" or "type B", from a "scanning" menu. SwitchXS is typically used by people who are, for example, quadriplegic due to an accident, or living with neuromotor diseases such as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) or Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) with very limited limb movement.
SwitchXS provides a number of predefined scanning panels that the user can choose to move the cursor, click, and type into all standard Mac applications. It also allows the user advanced control over features such as audio-cueing, speech-cueing, key repeat, scanning speed and cycling, mouse speed and movement, and SmartTransparency, which makes the scanning panel partially or fully transparent when no scan is taking place to enjoy optimum use of screen real-estate. SwitchXS works with any HID compliant USB gamepad, joystick and keyboard, and starting with Mac OS X 10.3 also with any HID compliant USB mouse or trackball. SwitchXS also works with USB switch interfaces emulating any of the above devices.
SwitchXS includes LayoutKitchen®, an editor that allows users to make their own scan panels. For word prediction, in languages using the Roman alphabet as well as many other languages, SwitchXS can be combined with KeyStrokes®.
Tex-Edit Plus 4.9.7
Tex-Edit Plus is a styled text editor that fills the gap between Apple's bare-bones SimpleText and a full-featured word processor. It's fast, efficient, and has a clean, uncluttered interface. It's also great for cleaning up text which is transmitted over the internet. Plus, the Text to Speech feature is great for the visually impaired.
Thinking Home 2.0.2
Do you ever forget to turn off the coffee pot or your electric blanket? Have you ever returned home from a trip, and wished someone had adjusted the thermostat? Always Thinking has the solution: Thinking Home, our amazing home automation software for the Macintosh!
For only $39, you can control your household lamps and appliances, using your Macintosh at home or remotely, via Thinking Home's Web interface. It even obeys your voice. Say "Good-bye" to fumbling around a dark room looking for that lamp!
TouchStrokes provides a fully-functional virtual keyboard for Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X that works by drawing a keyboard image on the display and allows you to type characters into any normal application using a mouse, touch screen, graphic tablet, trackball, head pointer or other mouse emulator. It works seamlessly with all standard Mac applications (including those running in the Classic) allowing you to type virtually anywhere a hardware keyboard can be used. TouchStrokes automatically adjusts to US and international keyboard layouts and has multiple resizable keyboard models. It handles command-key combinations, dead-keys, and modifier key - click combinations. It offers a quick access toolbar and has many customizable settings.
Turbo Braille 0.5
A text to braille command line program.
Anytime you enter text in your Mac by typing it at the keyboard, TypeIt4Me can help you do it faster and more accurately. First you define a number of abbreviations and the full text entries that they represent, then you watch the Mac expand them on the fly even as you continue typing!
VisioVoice is an application that enhances access to Mac OS X for blind and vision impaired users. It adds multilingual support to Apple's excellent VoiceOver screen reader technology for a number of languages, as well as providing several other speech and vision related features to enhance access to Mac OS X. VisioVoice comes bundled with Infovox iVox, which provides the best voices ever on the Mac in a wide range of languages.
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