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IconAudio 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!
  • License: Freeware
  • Developer/Publisher: Alex Metcalf
  • Modification Date: September 27, 1994
  • Requirements: 680x0 or PPC


680x0Classic PPC File Size: 21 Kb

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Icon Biggy-Light 3.4

Welcome to the world's only BIG and animated cursor utility for Macintosh, complete with a bunch of other helpful cursor tools.
  • License: Shareware, $39
  • Developer/Publisher: Dave Warker/RJ Cooper & Associates
  • Modification Date: October 29, 2008
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.4 or higher - Uses APE

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Icon Boardmaker 5.0.3

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.
  • License: Update, $299 - with Speaking Dynamically Pro $589
  • Developer/Publisher: Mayer-Johnson
  • Modification Date: October 11, 2005
  • Requirements: Mac OS X and Mac OS 8.6 or higher


OS X PPC File Size:9.6 MB - Boardmaker 5.0.3 updater


OS X PPC File Size: 2.1 MB - Speaking Dynamically Pro v2.7.4 updater

Updates Page

PreMade Templates


Downloads Page

Boardmaker & Speaking Dynamically Pro Combo

Boardmaker Home Page

IconCloseView 7.1

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.
  • License: Freeware
  • Developer/Publisher: Apple
  • Modification Date: September 24, 1993
  • Requirements: 680x0 or PPC


680x0Classic PPC File Size: 23 Kb

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Icon CrossScanner 1.1

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.
  • License: Demo, $109
  • Developer/Publisher: RJ Cooper & Associates
  • Modification Date: July 29, 2005
  • Requirements: Mac OS X


OS X PPC File Size: 387 Kb


Classic PPC File Size: 258 Kb

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Icon Dictate 1.5.8

Amazing Accuracy
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.
  • License: Update, $199
  • Developer/Publisher: MacSpeech, Inc.
  • Modification Date: December 9, 2009
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.5.6 or higher

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Icon DTBmaker 1.7

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.
  • License: Freeware
  • Developer/Publisher: Greg Kearney
  • Modification Date: May 26, 2006
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.3 or higher


Universal Binary File Size: 14 MB - Universal

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Icon 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.
  • License: Freeware
  • Developer/Publisher: Apple
  • Modification Date: February 16, 1995
  • Requirements: 680x0 or PPC


680x0Classic PPC File Size: 10 Kb

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Icon Fat Cursors 1.2.2

Fat Cursors is a system extension/control panel that installs slightly larger Arrow and IBeam cursors.
  • License: Shareware, $10
  • Developer/Publisher: Robert Abatecola
  • Modification Date: April 26, 1997
  • Requirements: 680x0 or PPC


680x0Classic PPC File Size: 25 Kb

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Icon Freedom

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.
  • License: Shareware
  • Developer/Publisher: R. W. Woodruff
  • Modification Date: June 3, 1996
  • Requirements: 680x0 or PPC - HyperCard Player


680x0Classic PPC File Size: 61 Kb

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Icon iKey 2.3.3

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.
  • License: Shareware, $30
  • Developer/Publisher: Script Software
  • Modification Date: December 31, 2008
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.4 or higher

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Icon Indigo 4.0.1

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!
  • License: Demo, $200
  • Developer/Publisher: Perceptive Automation, LLC
  • Modification Date: April 28, 2009
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.4 or higher

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icon 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.
  • License: Demo, $149 and up
  • Developer/Publisher: Acapela Group/AssistiveWare
  • Modification Date: April 29, 2008
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.3.9 or higher

Sample Voices

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Icon iSay 1.3.1

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.
  • License: Shareware, $20
  • Developer/Publisher: Script Software
  • Modification Date: September 19, 2005
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.3 or higher


OS X PPC File Size: 3.6 MB

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icon Keyclick 1.4 beta

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.
  • License: Shareware, $10
  • Developer/Publisher: Sustainable Softworks
  • Modification Date: December 10, 2016
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.9 or higher

DownloadIntel File Size: 745 Kb

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Icon KeyStrokes 4.1.4

In 2002, KeyStrokes was the first AT product for Mac OS X. It has provided access to Mac OS X for people with motor-challenges who could not use a physical keyboard. Over the years it has developed into the gold standard for on-screen keyboards. We are happy to report that with macOS High Sierra (10.13), Apple will include an on-screen keyboard that will provide essential on-screen keyboard functionality right inside macOS.
Once macOS High Sierra (10.13) is publicly released later this year, you can find these features in the Accessibility panel of the System Preferences. Because macOS 10.14, the next version after High Sierra, is expected to only work with 64 bit native applications, KeyStrokes will not be able to run on 10.14.
We expect to discontinue the sales of KeyStrokes after macOS High Sierra (10.13) has been released.
  • License: Demo, $149
  • Developer/Publisher: David Niemeijer/AssistiveWare
  • Modification Date: October 20, 2014
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.7 or higher

DownloadIntel File Size: 745 Kb

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Icon LayoutKitchen 2.1.1

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.
  • License: Demo, $119
  • Developer/Publisher: AssistiveWare
  • Modification Date: June 24, 2008
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.4 or higher

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Icon 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.
  • License: Freeware
  • Developer/Publisher: 2POINT5FISH.COM
  • Modification Date: April 9, 2005
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.3 or higher


OS X PPC File Size: 275 Kb

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Icon NFBtrans 7.74

Text to braille command line program
  • License: Freeware
  • Developer/Publisher: Greg Kearney
  • Modification Date: October 13, 2006
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.3 or higher


OS X PPC File Size: 1.4 MB - Installer Package


OS X PPC File Size: 920 Kb - Source Code

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Icon PlainTalk 1.5.4

Text to speech and speech recognition.
  • License: Free
  • Developer/Publisher: Apple
  • Modification Date: May 10, 1999
  • Requirements: Version 1.5.4 requires Mac OS 8.5 or 8.6 (built into Mac OS X)


Classic PPC File Size: 1741 Kb - English Speech Recognition - Mac OS 8.5 or 8.6 only - Version 1.5.4

Apple's Speech Directory

Icon PinPoint 2.52

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.
  • License: Shareware, $10
  • Developer/Publisher: MacChampion
  • Modification Date: April 19, 2006
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.3 or higher


Universal Binary File Size: 2.0 MB

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Icon QuickVoice 2.3.1

Software for your Macintosh microphone including: digital voice recorder, voice email, voice stickies, and CD quality stereo recorder.
  • License: Shareware, $20
  • Developer/Publisher: nFinity, Inc
  • Modification Date: August 23, 2008
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.2 or higher

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Icon Screen Loupe 1.4

Screen Loupe is a desktop utility that displays a magnified view of whatever is underneath your mouse cursor.
  • License: Shareware, $10
  • Developer/Publisher: ARTIS Software
  • Modification Date: October 30, 2006
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.1 or higher


Universal Binary File Size: 94 Kb

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Icon SmartClick 1.1

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.
  • License: Demo, $109
  • Developer/Publisher: RJ Cooper & Associates
  • Modification Date: June 7, 2006
  • Requirements: Mac OS X


Universal Binary File Size: 1.0 MB


Classic PPC File Size: 264 Kb

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Icon 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.
  • License: Shareware, $15
  • Developer/Publisher: Tom Bender
  • Modification Date: July 26, 2006
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.1 or higher


OS X PPC File Size: 3.8 MB


680x0Classic PPC File Size: 1.4 MB - version 4.1.3

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Icon 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!
  • License: Demo, $79
  • Developer/Publisher: Always Thinking
  • Modification Date: July 5, 2008
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.3.9 or higher

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Icon Turbo Braille 0.5

A text to braille command line program.
  • License: Freeware
  • Developer/Publisher: Greg Kearney
  • Modification Date: November 2, 2005
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.4 or higher


OS X PPC File Size: 104 Kb - Turbo Braille package


OS X PPC File Size: 43 Kb - Turbo Braille source code


OS X PPC File Size: 291 Kb - Turbo Braille GUI


OS X PPC File Size: 43 Kb - Braille Font


OS X PPC File Size: 4 Kb - Braille AppleScript


OS X PPC File Size: 4 Kb - Embossing Scripts

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Icon TypeIt4Me 5.2.1

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!
  • License: Shareware, $20
  • Developer/Publisher: Riccardo Ettore
  • Modification Date: October 16, 2011
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.5 or higher, Intel based Mac

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Intel Denotes Mac OS X Intel Native
Universal Binary Denotes Mac OS X Intel & PPC Native
OS X PPC Denotes Mac OS X PPC Native
Classic PPC Denotes Mac OS 8/9 PPC Native
680x0 Denotes Mac OS 680x0 Native
Non-Specific Code Denotes Non-OS Specific Code

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