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Ghotit. Evaluate

February 6, 2012 in Software for dyslexic

 

This next series of blogs will be a series about a product called Ghotit. The people at Ghotit were nice enough to send me a copy so I can evaluate for the Dyslexic in America family. First observation is that the install was relatively simple but would’ve been nice if the install instructions were linked to a YouTube video or an audio file to make it easier to understand for dyslexics. I will be using this product in consultation with NaturallySpeaking; I usually spend a lifetime dictating into Microsoft Word and then going back working on spelling and grammar. For the several articles on this product I will not be using any spelling and grammar check that are outside of the product. So first things first, let me give the product ***** stars for ease of install and ease-of-use. in my next blog I will discuss the overall  accuracy and how much time it takes to have a true understanding of how to use the product well.

 

 

Some of my initial questions will be

  • If I do not have an Internet connection will this product work?
  • How much data is stored on my PC?
  • If it is mandatory for me to have an Internet connection for this product to work what type of encryption is being used for my information when it travels across the Internet?
  • If it is being stored on their servers, who ultimately owns the right to all materials dictated and created by me?

These will just be some of the questions and my overall evaluation, please stay tuned for future updates on this and other products.

Free Assistive Software

November 19, 2011 in Software for dyslexic

If you read my profile, you will note that I am a developer of free assistive software.  A great deal of the applications I develop are designed to help aspects of dyslexia.  Listed below are some of the applications which you could download for free, and which may be helpful in dealing with some of the aspects of dyslexia.  The website is http://www.fxc.btinternet.co.uk  look on the Assistive page

T-Bar

T-Bar is a coloured bar which you can either drag around the screen or lock to your mouse. It can have ruled lines or not, depending on your preference. The colour can be chosen from pre-defined options, then tweaked by altering the red, green or blue sliders to get the perfect colour, the transparency level can be adjusted, again to suit the individual. All the settings are saved between sessions, so there is no need to readjust the next time you use

RapidSet

Allows quick and easy changing of the background and font colours, without having to go through the Screen Properties dialogs.

Vu-Bar

A unique piece of software, provides an on-screen, slotted ruler. Useful with dyslexia, when the user skips lines or drops from one line to the next. This version allows the user to select the bar width, 25%, 50%, 75% or 100% of screen width and set the slot height to the required font size.<BR>This version adds the option to lock the bar onto the mouse pointer for movement, as well as improved keyboard movement options.

Spr-Ot

Spr-Ot, or spreadsheet slot uses the lessons learned in creating and improving Vu-Bar to prvide a tool for use primarily with spreadsheet applications. The bar can be flipped between vertical and horizontal use, moved, hidden and restored by either the menu or keyboard shortcuts. The bar can also be adjusted for height and width and locked onto the mouse for quick and easy movement. To use the mouse, simply click and hold to drag or right click for the menu.

ssOverlay

ssOverlay (the ss stands for Scotopic Sensitivity), places a coloured overlay onto the screen. The colour and transparency levels can be adjusted to suit the user.

Fx Toolbar

This toolbar is designed as an add in for Micrsoft Word 2007 – please note, this does not work with any other version of Office. the toolbar gives you options to highlight and collect parts of the text into a new document, speak highlighted text, identify confusables, change the case of the selected text and identify if your sentences are overly long.

Orato

A straight forward text to speech application. All text input is carried out through the clipboard. Settings allow Orato to read either on demand or automatically when new text is added to the clipboard. Other options will display the text if required, with highlighting of the word or sentence being spoken. Orato can either be installed to the hard disk or copied onto a pen drive for portable use.

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Quictionary Reading Pen

October 28, 2011 in Software for dyslexic

You scan. It types!

Instantly enters text, numbers and images into any application. Simply slide it over printed information from newspapers, magazines, faxes, letters, etc…

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Faster than ever!

Retype information 30 times faster than manually.
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Read text and numbers

Capture words, sentences, paragraphs, from any printed material into your computer.


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Extended output applications

Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, … you name it! If you can type it in, you can scan it in with the IRISPen™.
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128 OCR languages

Extensive foreign language support enables it to accurately recognize an incredibly vast number of foreign languages.

How does it work?

Versions

IRISPen Express 6
IRISPen™
Express 6
IRISPen Executive 6
IRISPen™
Executive 6
IRISPen Translator 6
IRISPen™
Translator 6

Operation system
 
WindowsMac WindowsMac Windows
Hardware:

Incredibly fast scanning speed

Retype information 30 times faster than manually.
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Super compact, super portable!
The smallest pen scanner ever designed for text recognition.
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Keyboard shortcuts
Easily use the pen button instead of the keyboard to Enter, Tab, Space, etc.
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Easy Plug & Play installation
Easy to install, powered by the USB port, no need for an external power supply. 
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Recognition:

Read text and numbers

Capture words, sentences, paragraphs from any printed material into your computer.
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Extended export – output applications
Excel, Word, Emails, Text Edit, Page, … you name it! If you can type it in, you can scan it in with the IRISPen™.
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Scan images in grayscale
Logos, signatures, and any small graphics are quickly scanned into your document!
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Smart wizard
Text, numbers or small images? Whatever you need to scan, the intuitive wizard guides you in the process.
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3 user profiles
Easily create a user profile according to your retyping needs. Customize it the way you like it!
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128 OCR languages
Extensive foreign language support enables it to accurately recognize an incredibly vast number of foreign languages.
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Extra features:

Recognizes handprinted text and numbers


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Reads 16 types of barcode
EAN 13, EAN 8, UPCA, UPCE, Codabar, D2OF5, I2OF5, code 39, code 39 ext, code 39, HIBC, code 93, code 128, MSIPH, PDF 417, QR Code, out-of-specifications barcodes.
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Powerful image control
Control the image for better reading accuracy. Increase or decrease the brightness of the scanned image, despeckle to improve the reading accuracy. 
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Smart vocal synthesis
You scan, it types and the IRISPen reads the text back to you!
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Instantaneous translation
Scan text in one of 11 language pairs available for translation and get instantaneous language conversion in your application.
English<>French,German,Portuguese,Spanish,Russian
French<>English,German,Spanish,Russian
Spanish<>English,German,French,Russian
German<>English,French,Spanish,Russian
The translations capabilities are provided by @Promt Office 7. @Prompt Office 7 can also be used as stand alone product.
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Extra languages recognition:

Asian languages + Hebrew recognition
Recognize Hebrew, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Japanese and Korean characters 

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System requirements

Windows requirements: 
– Pentium®-class CPU or equivalent
– 128 MB Ram, 65 MB of free disk space
– A CD Rom drive
– Runs on Windows 7, Vista, XP and 2000 (32 & 64 bits)

Mac OS requirements: 
– A Mac OS Computer with a G4/G5 or Intel processor
– 160 Mb HD space
– System OS X 10.4 or superior (Snow Leopard supported)

Languages

The IRISPen recognizes 128 different languages. All American and European languages are supported, including Central-European languages. Greek, Turkish, the Cyrillic (“Russian”) and the Baltic languages and Hebrew* are also supported. Optionally, the IRISPen reads Hebrew & Asian documents in Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese and Korean with the Asian edition .

List of the recognition languages: American English, British English, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Dutch, Afaan Oromo, Afrikaans, Albanian, Asturian, Aymara, Azeri (Latin), Balinese, Basque, Bemba, Bikol, Bislama, Bosnian (Cyrillic), Bosnian (Latin), Brazilian, Breton, Bulgarian, Bulgarian-English, Byelorussian, Byelorussian-English, Catalan, Cebuano (also called “Visayan”), Chamorro, Corsican, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Esperanto, Estonian, Faroese, Fijian, Finnish, Frisian, Friulian, Galicain, Ganda, German (Switzerland), Greek, Greek-English, Greenlandic (also called “Eskimo” and Innuit”), Haitian Creole, Hani, Hiligaynon, Hungarian, Icelandic, Ido, Ilocano, Indonesian, Interlingua, Irish Gaelic, Javanese, Kapampangan, Kazakh, Kicongo, Kinyarwanda, Kurdish, Latin, Latvian, Lithuanian, Luba, Luxemburgh, Macedonian, Macedonian-English, Madurese, Malagasy, Malay, Maltese, Manx (Gaelic), Maori, Mayan, Mexican, Minangkabau, Moldovan, Mongolian (Cyrillic), Nahuatl, Norwegian, Nyanja, Nynorsk, Occitan, Papamiento, Pidgin English (Nigeria), Polish, Portuguese, Quechua, Rhaeto-Roman, Romanian, Rundi, Russian, Russian-English, Samoan, Sardinian, ScottishGaelic, Serbian, Serbian (Latin), Serbian-English, Shona, Slovak, Slovenian, Somali, Sotho, Sundanese, Swahili, Swedish, Tagalog, Tahitian, Tatar (Latin), Tetum, Tok Pisin, Tonga, Tswana, Turkish, Turkmen (Latin), Ukrainian, Ukrainian-English, Uzbek, Waray, Welsh, Wolof, Xhosa, Zapotec, Zulu. 

Asian countries (only on “Asian” editions):
Japan, Korea, P.R. China (Simplified Chinese) and Taiwan (Traditional Chinese)

Mixed alphabets: You can activate a mixed alphabet of Greek or Cyrillic and Western characters. This is useful if Western words pop up in Greek of Cyrillic texts (this is often the case with proper name, brand names, etc.). The IRISPen will automatically switch languages whenever needed. 

 

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INSPIRATION 9

October 27, 2011 in Software for dyslexic

Inspiration, Comprehend. Create. Communicate. Achieve More2010 Codie award winner

Comprehend. Create. Communicate. Achieve More.

Inspiration Presenter

For visual mapping, outlining, writing and making presentations, use Inspiration® 9, the ultimate thinking and learning tool. Brainstorm ideas, structure your thoughts and visually communicate concepts to strengthen understanding with the Diagram and Map Views. To take notes, organize information, and structure writing for plans, papers and reports, use the integrated Outline View to focus on main and supporting ideas and to clarify thinking in written form. With Inspiration’s Presentation Manager, transform your diagrams, mind maps and outlines into polished presentations that communicate ideas clearly and demonstrate understanding and knowledge.

 

Visual Thinking and Learning Example

 

Build a strong foundation for thinking, comprehension and communication skills

 

Visualize & Develop Ideas. Understand & Retain Concepts
Plan & Organize Written Work
Communicate & Present Knowledge
Use Inspiration for All of Your School Projects

 


Visualize & Develop Ideas. Understand & Retain Concepts.

 

Create webs, idea maps, mind maps, concept maps, graphic organizers, process flows, and other diagrams for thinking, organizing and writing. Use these proven visual thinking and learning techniques to brainstorm ideas, explore and explain relationships, and integrate new knowledge with what you already know. Inspiration® encourages deeper, more critical thinking and that improves creativity, comprehension and retention.

  • Brainstorm and capture ideas quickly with RapidFire® tool.
  • Represent information and trigger memory with symbols and images. Choose from Inspiration®’s Symbol libraries with 1+ million images, searchable by keyword, or import your own.
  • Jumpstart the writing process by adding notes to symbols.
  • Highlight key concepts and group information with different text and link colors and font styles.

visual learning examples

 

In Diagram View:

  • Add symbols and images in multiple ways. Point and click to place them, use the Create tool, or drag and drop from the Symbol palette. Choose the method that works best for you and your project.
  • Show relationships between ideas with links.
  • Explain the relationship between ideas with linking phrases – choose from a list of common phrases or write in your own.
  • Organize ideas effortlessly using the Arrange tool or to create various tree charts and webs.

 

In Map View:

  • Expand your central idea by adding new topic and subtopic branches.
  • Rearrange and connect ideas easily by dragging branches into place.
  • Use the Relationship tool to show connections among branches and topics.
  • Branches and their sub-branches automatically maintain the same color to visually keep related thoughts together.

Plan & Organize Written Work

 

Organize ideas and think through projects and assignments more effectively using Inspiration’s Outline View. Structure your work for planning and writing. Learn how to brainstorm and create essay outlines to support the writing process. Gather and keep track of research information and develop a logical flow for written and oral communication. With Outline View, you can quickly develop main and supporting ideas and add detail helping you write to a purpose. Outlining, paired with the integrated visual views, lets you move seamlessly between visual and written expressions of your thinking to expand and refine ideas and produce quality work.

 

Visual learning example:The Glass Menagerie

 

In Outline View:

  • Transform diagrams and mind maps to outlines with one click.
  • Continue the writing process by adding topics, subtopics and notes text. Diagram View and Map View update automatically.
  • Organize ideas and information with power outlining tools:
    • Rearrange topics simply by dragging. Subtopics and notes move automatically.
    • Change idea hierarchy, split or combine topics, transform lists to topics and subtopics, and demote and promote groups of subtopics to fine tune your work.
  • Manage your outline structure and order by hiding or showing subtopics and notes.
  • Keep visual connections intact. See associated symbols and linking phrases from Diagram View in Outline View.
  • Meet word and page count requirements with Word Count.

Improve Communication & Build Presentations

 

Improve communication and share what you’ve learned with Inspiration’s Presentation Manager. Use the content you’ve developed in Diagram, Map and Outline Views and expand your work into more thoughtful and compelling presentations and final projects. Inspiration provides all the tools to create organized, polished, formal presentations that convey ideas clearly and demonstrate your understanding and knowledge. Use the FREE Inspiration Presenter to show your presentation easily on any Macintosh® or Windows® computer.

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  • Develop ideas from content and snapshot graphics automatically generated from your Diagram, Map and Outline Views.
  • Add, duplicate, reorder and delete slides and talking points to expand your presentation and communicate your message effectively.
  • Use ready-made professional background themes to create visually appealing presentations.
  • Change background colors and font styles or add graphic backgrounds to your own custom theme styles.

  • Choose from different slide layouts to best communicate your key points and visual content.
  • Communicate visually by adding graphics from your computer and the internet. Create your own snapshots from your diagram or mind map.
  • Add impact to your talking points by including videos and sounds that play directly from your presentation.
  • Clarify your points of view and support your message by adding hyperlinks and speaker notes.
  • Use slide transitions and reveal talking points individually to engage your audience.
  • Print your slides in various formats (with or without speaker notes) for handouts including 3×5 and 4×6 cards.
  • Export easily to PDF or Microsoft® Power Point for even more flexibility in sharing your work.

 

FREE Inspiration® Presenter, available on the Inspiration® 9 Install CD and downloadable online:

  • Play your presentation directly from Inspiration®9 (or from any Windows® or Macintosh® computer.
  • Present using single screen or take advantage of speaker monitor support that shows speaker notes and other presenter information.
  • Run your presentation automatically with the Auto-Play option.

 

Use Inspiration for All of Your School Projects

 

Enhance & Improve Your Work

  • Build vocabulary and accurately express your intended message with the Word Guide, an integrated dictionary and thesaurus.
  • Include videos and record and play sound in your diagrams, outlines and presentations to add multimedia impact.
  • Add hyperlinks to web pages, files and other Inspiration® documents to gather research or organize larger team projects.
  • Capture the most important details in literary and informational text using Inspiration as a note taking tool.

 

Share Your Work

  • Print your work from Diagram, Map and Outline Views and from the Presentation Manager.
  • Transfer your work to a word processor to streamline and support project completion.
  • Save documents as PDFs.
  • Use the Site Skeleton® export to transform diagrams into HTML web sites.
  • Export diagrams and mind maps as .jpg, .gif, .png, .bmp or .wmf files to insert in other materials.

 

Use Inspiration to its Full Potential

  • Templates provide guidelines and help you start projects quickly.
  • On-demand Training Videos show you how to use Inspiration®’s most commonly used tools.
  • A built-in help system provides assistance when you have questions about how to use Inspiration® 9.
  • Examples give you ideas on how Inspiration can be used across the curriculum.

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Kurzweil 3000 Windows® Version 13

October 26, 2011 in Software for dyslexic

Kurzweil 3000 an assistive technology, text to speech, learning tool that supports the concept of Universal Design for Learning as a powerful reading,  writing, test-taking, that makes curriculum accessible to all students. It is particularly appropriate for students with learning disabilities such as Dyslexia, those who require reading intervention, students struggling with reading comprehension and English Language Learners(ELL).

Patented Dual Highlighting

Kurzweil 3000’s patented dual highlighting of on screen text improves students’ reading performance by highlighting a sentence, line or phrase in one color and each word in another color as it is read aloud.

Quick Access to Reference
Lookup Tools

One-click access to word support, including recursive dictionaries, synonyms, syllables and word spelling helps students with decoding and keeps them actively reading when they reach passages they would otherwise have difficulty comprehending.

Use Bubble Notes for Powerful Instructional Support

Teachers can embed Bubble Notes containing questions and instructions to assigned reading to help students stay on task and support reading comprehension.

Powerful Study Skills

Students can improve their reading comprehension and retention with tools such as text highlighting, annotations, Bubble Notes, voice notes, bookmarks and extraction of outlines or word lists.

Flexible Writing Tools

As students type, they can use the check-spelling-while-typing and speak-while-typing features to quickly recognize and correct spelling mistakes. The audible spell checker and comprehensive Word Prediction feature further assist students with writing and editing reports, essays and papers independently.

Read the Web Using Mozilla Firefox

Kurzweil 3000 enhances audible and visual access to web pages with Mozilla Firefox, opening up the resources of the Internet to all students, while providing the same reading and reference features that users enjoy within Kurzweil 3000.

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