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Using Drag and Drop Lexicons in Penfriend

The following video screencast tutorial shows you how to save a personalised lexicon which can be used in different contexts, such as colour background, speech or a lexicon which contains a specific word list.

Easy-to-use and Accessible

With Penfriend it couldn’t be easier to change the lexicon you want. Penfriend’s easy-to-use interface makes is user friendly and very accessible.

Tutorial

As this tutorial shows, it’s just a case of selecting the lexicons you want to use then simply drag and drop each lexicon into the Prediction window.

I’ve used Penfriend NA with the Katherine (East Coast America) voice to demonstrate but as you will see, you can change the style of voice by simply changing the lexicon.

As well as Penfriend NA, Penfriend is available in French, German, Spanish, Swedish, Italian, Portuguese as well as UK English and Scottish Gaelic.


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Penfriend Version 4 features a range of colourful Styles including both Horizontal and Vertical. As well as the default Vertical option you can choose from 3 other Styles, i.e., Plain, Grey and Horizontal.

An example of the Round Style in Penfriend

An example of the Round Style in Penfriend

Round is the default Style option when you start Penfriend and provides a clearer and more colourful display of predictions. You can also choose the colour combination which suits you best, for example yellow on black, high contrast and more. Penfriend allows you to customise the Prediction window exactly as you want!

Another Style option is the Horizontal Style which can be placed either at the top or the bottom of your word processor. This provides a flexible way of using Penfriend to enter word predictions.

The Horizontal Style in Penfriend

The Horizontal Style in Penfriend

 

This short video screencast tutorial takes you through the simple steps to change Styles in Penfriend.

Or alternatively follow these short instructions below to set up your preferred Penfriend Style:

  1. On the Penfriend Prediction window select ‘View’ from the menu.
  2. On the drop down menu select Preferences.
  3. When the Preferences panel opens select a Style from the drop down menu, similar to the illustration below.
Choose from a range of Styles in Penfriend Version 4

Choose from a range of Styles in Penfriend Version 4

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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If you have a motor difficulty or a disability that prevents you from using a physical keyboard, then Penfriend’s on-screen keyboard could be just the solution you’re looking for.

With so many custom features to choose from you can use Penfriend’s on-screen keyboard to type up letters, emails, write documents just as you would with a physical keyboard.

As you choose the letter you want to write Penfriend’s on-screen keyboard predicts words according to the key you’ve pressed. For example if you press the letter ‘d’ followed by ‘o’ on the on-screen keyboard, then Penfriend will predict words related to those letters, ie, ‘document’, ‘documentation’ and so on. You can either click on the predicted word in the prediction window or change the preferences to predict your chosen  word with the corresponding number on the on-screen keyboard.

Penfriend's on-screen keyboard

Use Penfriend's on-screen keyboard to type with a mouse.

This can be done using your mouse to click the word. Alternatively if you find a standard mouse difficult to use you can also use a trackerball or another alternative mouse

such as a finger mouse, joystick or verrtical mouse to identify, select and click the letters and words you want to type.

A selection of alternative mice

Type with Penfriend's on-screen keyboard using an alternative mouse.

With Penfriend’s innovative word prediction you can start typing faster and more accurately – with just a mouse!

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It is without doubt that Penfriend offers some great features, particularly for those users who need to customise the look and feel of Penfriend. For example, the Penfriend prediction window can be customised by changing the font style and size as well as font and background colours. This is of course very useful for people who experience Scotopic Sensitivity and suffer from visual stress.

While Penfriend offers these great features they don’t always come as default in your favourite word processor or web browser. It is often the case that you need to dig deep into your computers’ settings to make changes, particularly to help with tracking and colour preferences.

RapidSet with Penfriend

RapidSet running alongside Penfriend - changing colour preferences.

Well here at Penfriend we have some great free software to help you quickly and easily make the changes to your computer exactly as you want them. We have some great free software for you to download and use alongside Penfriend. Whether it’s colour background preferences or tracking the movement of your mouse cursor – we have solutions to help.

To find out more visit the ‘Free Software’ section of the Penfriend blog.

And don’t forget to visit the Penfriend website to download the latest versions of Penfriend.

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