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A significant benefit of Penfriend is that you can start using it without any prior knowledge – “it works straight out of the box” as one happy customer recently commented.

This tutorial explains how you can start improving spelling and grammar by simply starting Penfriend – without making any adjustments.

To view the complete list of video tutorials select this link.


You could win a Penfriend XL Portable in our prize draw.

Penfriend Portable Penfriend is loved and used by thousands of people the world over. While we celebrate the fact that Penfriend has changed the lives of so many people by helping to overcome barriers, create independent and confident learners, we are not complacent and we won’t rest on our laurels!

Here at Penfriend we are always looking at ways in which we can continue to improve Penfriend, by making it more user friendly, easier to use while increasing its powerful features.

So we’re asking you, our customers to help us make improvements. It’s your chance to have your say. What it is you like about Penfriend? What do you use if for? Are there any specific features that you use? How does it help you? And how do you think we can make it even better?

To help us improve Penfriend please complete our online survey. It will only take a few of minutes of your time. The most interesting submission will win a Penfriend XL Portable.

Good luck!


Penfriend Version 4.1

Penfriend is delighted to announce that Version 4.1 is ready to download. Penfriend 4.1 offers new innovative features including:

•    A Homophone option in the prediction window to support literacy,
•    ‘Type on hover’ to help mobility for the on-screen keyboard,
•    ‘Speak on hover’ to support typing with the on-screen keyboard,
•    A transparency option so you can discretely use Penfriend without anyone knowing!

Penfriend's homophone support

 

Homophone Support

 

Homophones, sometimes known as ‘confusables’, are words which have a similar sound but differ in spelling and meaning. Examples of homophones include ‘there’ and ‘their’, ‘where’ and ‘were’ and so on.

With over 400 homophones in the English language, similar sounding words add depth to a language but they can also be the cause of great frustration.

Spell checkers can’t be relied upon where these troublesome homophones are concerned. Confusables are often highlighted by people who experience dyslexia as a source of annoyance and confusion as you could accidentally end up with a properly spelled word, but the wrong word!

With Penfriend’s new option ‘Confusable word hints’ (go to View and Preferences) you can now see and even hear the difference between confusable words, so there’s no excuse to get ‘pair’ and ‘pear’ or ‘bear’ and ‘bare’ mixed up anymore.

On-Screen Keyboard

Penfriend’s on-screen keyboard has always been a favourite feature with our customers, particularly those who use an alternative mouse such as a trackerball. With features such as ‘hover to click’ the on-screen keyboard has been greatly improved, offering increased accessibility and usability to our customers.

In Version 4.1 we improved the on-screen keyboard which now has an option to allows individual letters and function keys to be echoed or read back.

This is a particularly useful feature for individuals who are leaning to type such as early years or even those who are new to a computer and are learning to type. Speech feedback on the on-screen keyboard is also very beneficial to those who are struggling with literacy and require audio feedback to help scaffold their learning.

Transparency

And for those of you who’d rather be discrete about using Penfriend we’ve included a new transparent feature which means you can use your favourite assistive technology without anyone else knowing….but you!

Penfriend's transparency option

Penfriend's transparency option

 

Get in touch

Visit the Penfriend website to download the latest versions of Penfriend.

We also have some new exciting products in the pipeline – so keep checking the blog to find out more or alternatively follow us on Twitter and on Facebook.

And don’t forget, the Penfriend blog looks great on the iPad!


What is a homophone?

Homophones, sometimes known as ‘confusables’ are words which have a similar sound but differ in spelling and meaning. Examples of homophones include ‘there’ and ‘their’, ‘where’ and ‘were’ and so on.

With over 400 homophones in the English language, similar sounding words add depth to a language but they can also be the cause of great frustration. Spell checkers can’t even be relied upon where these troublesome homophones are concerned.

How can Penfriend provide support with homophones?

The problem with most homophones is that if you’re typing too quickly or not paying close attention to what you’re writing, you could accidently end up with a properly spelled word, except it’s the wrong word. Confusables are often highlighted by dyslexic people as a source of annoyance and confusion.

With Penfriend’s new option ‘Confusable word hints’ (go to View and Preferences) you can now see and even hear the difference between confusable words, so there’s no excuse to get ‘pair’ and ‘pear’ or ‘bear’ and ‘bare’ mixed up anymore.

Get in touch

Visit the Penfriend website to download the latest versions of Penfriend.

We also have some new exciting products in the pipeline – so keep checking the blog to find out more or alternatively follow us on Twitter and on Facebook.

And don’t forget, the Penfriend blog looks great on the iPad!


Penfriend’s on-screen keyboard has always been a favourite feature with our customers, particularly those who use an alternative mouse such as a trackerball. With features such as ‘hover to click’ the on-screen keyboard has been greatly improved offering increased accessibility and usability to our customers.

Additionally we’ve also added an option which allows individual letters and function keys on the on-screen keyboard to be echoed or read back to the user. This is a very useful feature for individuals who are leaning to type such as early years or even those new to a computer. Speech feedback on the on-screen keyboard is also very beneficial to those who are struggling with literacy and require audio feedback to help scaffold their learning.

Get in touch

Visit the Penfriend website to download the latest versions of Penfriend.

We also have some new exciting products in the pipeline – so keep checking the blog to find out more or alternatively follow us on Twitter and on Facebook.

And don’t forget, the Penfriend blog looks great on the iPad!


Using Penfriend’s Screen Reading with Word’s Look Up, Synonyms and Spell Checking features

This tutorial explores the powerful screen reading feature in Penfriend. Penfriend’s screen reader will read out dictionary definitions and synonyms in Microsoft Word without any additional expense – no need to buy 3rd party software.

The tutorial also explores how the screen reading feature can support spell checking with audio feedback.


Get in touch

Visit the Penfriend website to download the latest versions of Penfriend.

We also have some new exciting products in the pipeline – so keep checking the blog to find out more or alternatively follow us on Twitter and on Facebook.

And don’t forget, the Penfriend blog looks great on the iPad!


Penfriend supporting young people with dyslexia – a case study

As well as the diverse case studies and user comments on the Penfriend website  which highlight the benefits of Penfriend, we also have new exciting video case studies; one which explores a Penfriend user, Christopher, and the other, Christopher’s mum, Monica. Both have an interesting story to tell.

Christopher who is dyslexic, talks openly about how Penfriend has improved his school work, giving him confidence to write and spell longer complicated words. Using Penfriend XL Version 4 Portable, Christopher is able to use Penfriend both at home and at school, giving him consistency with his learning.

From a parent’s perspective Penfriend has proved to be very beneficial. Monica explains how Penfriend has boosted Christopher’s confidence providing the much needed scaffolding and support that children with dyslexia sometimes need.

To view their stories, view the video case studies below.

Christopher’s story…

Monica’s story…


Get in touch

Visit the Penfriend website to download the latest versions of Penfriend.

We also have some new exciting products in the pipeline – so keep checking the blog to find out more or alternatively follow us on Twitter and on Facebook.

And don’t forget, the Penfriend blog looks great on the iPad!

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