Amsterdam-based Mac assistive software developer AssistiveWare (formerly known as Niemeijer Consult) has announced plans to show upcoming releases of its software at next week’s Apple Expo. New versions of KeyStrokes, the company’s on-screen keyboard, SwitchXS, its switch access solution, and a new multilingual speech product called Proloquo will all be on display. The new versions and the new product are expected to be released in October.
The new release of KeyStrokes — a free update for registered users — gains better word prediction that its developer says reduces typing efforts a further 10 to 45 percent. It also adds German, Italian and Norwegian localizations. SwitchXS’s update, also free for registered users, adds a scan panel editor to let users create custom scan panels; Japanese localization has been added. Proloquo is a multipurpose speech application that provides text to speech features including echo text, the ability to act as a speech engine for SwitchXS and KeyStrokes, or a communication solution for speech-impaired users. It works with Apple’s built-in voices and Acapela Multimedia voices, optimized for foreign languages.
Apple Expo runs August 31 – September 4 in Paris, France.