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Getting started

In Penfriend you can create Abbreviations by selecting ‘View’ on the Prediction window and  ‘Abbreviations’ on the drop down menu. In Penfriend Version 4 you can also create Multiple Expansions for a single abbreviation.

Abbreviation examples

The Abbreviation expansion might be your full name, your address, phrases used in letters or formal documents. It can also be instructions to a carer. The Abbreviation feature in Penfriend can be very useful for people who have impaired mobility and want to improve typing accuracy and speed.

If you wish, you can create abbreviations which are in fact corrections of misspelt words. The abbreviation should be the misspelling (with a separate entry for each likely misspelling) and the expansion should be the correct spelling, i.e., a misspelling such as ‘hte’ will be corrected to ‘the’ and so on.

Penfriend will expand the abbreviations when you type them as a word or as a selection of letters in your word processor, so long as the prediction window is open. The abbreviations will also be predicted if there is room in the window, so you can use them by pressing a function key or clicking on the word or finishing the abbreviation and pressing the Spacebar key.

Penfriend will expand the abbreviations when typed as a word or selection of letters
Penfriend will expand the abbreviations when typed as a word or selection of letters

How to create an abbreviation expansion

The Abbreviation Window lists the abbreviations that can be expanded as you type. One example of a customised abbreviation is ‘pfcontact’ which will expand into the full address of Penfriend.

Abbreviation list

Adding and deleting Abbreviations

To ‘Add’ or ‘Delete’ an Abbreviation select ‘Entries’ and then choose an option from the drop down menu.

Adding and deleting Abbreviations

Adding and deleting Abbreviations

Alternatively if you click on one of the existing Abbreviations, or below the last one, the Abbreviation Dialogue Box will open allowing you to edit or create an Abbreviation.

Adding a new Abbreviation

Click on the Abbreviations list to bring up the New Abbreviation panel.

 

This tells you how to create an abbreviation, however we suggest that using the two letter abbreviations described in Multiple abbreviation expansions is the best way of using this function.

 

 


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Abbreviation Expansion

Abbreviation Expansion has always been a powerful tool in earlier versions of Penfriend but in Penfriend version 4, it’s even better.

Abbreviation Expansion can help with repetitive and mundane tasks such as writing names, addresses, phone numbers, your favourite internet addresses etc. Abbreviation Expansion can be particularly beneficial for people who have limited mobility or find typing difficult or tiresome.

While Penfriend’s prediction can help overcome these problems the Abbreviation Expansion feature takes it a stage further.

Multiple sentences

Below is an illustration of how Abbreviation Expansion can now be used.

The abbreviation set up window

The ‘qa’ abbreviations are all multiple addresses for some of Penfriend’s agents.  When you type qa  these addresses all appear in the prediction window.

Abbreviation address

Prediction window showing the expansions generated when typing qa

If you then click on the one you want, in this case Inclusive Technology, this will be put into your document.

address

The text created when clicking on the Inclusive address

 

Video example of ‘qa’

The short video below provides an overview of the abbreviation ‘qa’ in action.

When you type ‘qa’ you get 11 addresses in the prediction window and left clicking on one will put it into your document. In English ‘qa’, ‘qb’ and ‘qc’ are good as abbreviations as there are no words beginning with these combinations.

Video example of ‘tv’

The short video below provides an overview of the abbreviation ‘tv’ in action.

If Penfriend is set to speak on a ‘right click’ then the phrase will be spoken when it is clicked.

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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