On March 20, KeyStrokes, on-screen keyboard software for the Mac, will arrive from Amsterdam-based
Niemeijer Consult. It will debut on Mac OS X at CSUN’s 17th Annual International Conference “Technology and Persons with Disabilities” in Los Angeles, CA.
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Company spokesperson David Niemeijer said that KeyStrokes is one of the first assistive technologies bringing the power of Mac OS X to physically impaired Mac users.
KeyStrokes for Mac OS X works seamlessly with all applications, allowing users to type with a mouse, trackball, head pointer or other cursor input device anywhere a user wishes. KeyStrokes for Mac OS X is targeted to for special education and server managements markets, touch screens and tablet users, as well as couch surfers.
KeyStrokes for Mac OS X will be the first fully functional on-screen keyboard to run natively on Apple’s next generation operating system and one of the first accessibility solutions bringing the power of Mac OS X to people with disabilities, Niemeijer said. An on-screen keyboard is typically used by a person who because of illness or injury can’t use a standard keyboard.
KeyStrokes for Mac OS X works by drawing a keyboard image on the display and using a mouse, trackball, head pointer or other mouse emulator to type characters into any standard Macintosh application. For those who can position the pointer, but not click the mouse buttons, an integrated and system-wide dwell-based utility allows mouse button clicks to be entered by simply holding the cursor motionless for a programmable period of time. With KeyStrokes for Mac OS X a person who can only use a mouse or mouse emulator can have complete access to the Mac, the Internet, “and by extension the world,” Niemeijer said.
The suggested introductory retail price for KeyStrokes for Mac OS X will be US$195. This price includes a copy of KeyStrokes 2.2 for applications running natively on Mac OS 7.1 through 9.2. Discounts will be available for users of KeyStrokes 2 and for volume purchases.
Also, Niemeijer Consult has announced the debut of TouchStrokes for Mac OS X, an onscreen keyboard for Mac OS X targeted at server management, touch screens, tablets, and couch surfing. The suggested retail price for TouchStrokes for Mac OS X is $95, Again, discounts will be available for users of KeyStrokes 2 and for volume purchases.
The software will be available worldwide as a download and on CD from specialized distributors and resellers starting March 29. To receive a one-time notification of shipping with details on which distributor to contact, you can complete
an online form.