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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.


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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Penfriend’s powerful Screen Reader

Penfriend features a powerful screen reading option which reads text in documents and other Windows applications such as email, web pages etc. When the mouse is placed or hovered over text, icons or menus Penfriend will read the information back to the user.

Although Penfriend’s Screen Reader is a very empowering tool, when combined with the Clipboard Reader and set up to meet individual needs, Penfriend can be extended into a tool that can benefit users with a visual difficulty.

Video tutorial

The following video tutorial explores how Penfriend can be set up to read text and other elements using the Screen Reader, the Clipboard Reader in combination with a high contrast viewing style.

Save your lexicon

If you would like to try this out for yourself, remember to select ‘File’ and ‘Save Lexicon’ or ‘Save As’ to save your settings.  This means that you only need to set your preferences once as Penfriend will automatically save your personal settings including the words in the lexicon.


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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Get online with Penfriend!

As well as standard word processors and text editors such as Microsoft Word, Wordpad and Notepad, Penfriend will also work alongside online word processors and text editors, in particular Google Docs, Microsoft SkyDrive, Twitter and Facebook.

Social Media logos

Penfriend will work alongside online apps and social networking sites

So if you want to get in touch with friends via Facebook, or post a tweat on Twitter or even share a Google or SkyDrive document, then Penfriend will make the process so much more easier, particularly if you have dyslexia or a motor difficulty and find typing difficult of impossible to do.

This short video highlights how Penfriend can work alongside a range of online applications.

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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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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There might be occasions when you are using Penfriend and you want Penfriend to stop predicting words, for example, if you are typing a URL (an Internet address i.e., www.penfriend.biz) into a web browser, or you simply want to type a number.

This can sometimes be confusing particularly if you have set Penfriend to predict using the ‘Number Keys’ option and you want to type a number.

In the illustration below Penfriend is set to predict using the Number Keys.

Example of Penfriend using the Number Keys option

Example of Penfriend using the Number Keys option

So what do you do if you want to just type a number but you don’t want to close or stop Penfriend?

Well it couldn’t be easier! All you need to do is to select the ‘Minimise’ button on Penfriend’s Prediction window (or use the keyboard shortcut: press alt + spacebar and then press N).

Penfriend’s Prediction window minimises to the Taskbar (or the System Tray on Windows XP) at the bottom of your screen. Minimising Penfriend’s Prediction window will temporarily stop Penfriend from predicting words which means that you can type numbers or internet addresses.

When you want to use Penfriend to continue predicting words simply click on the Penfriend icon in the Taskbar (or System Tray) and Penfriend will reappear in the same position as it was before.

To find out more watch the video screen cast tutorial (with subtitles) below:

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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Working out value added tax VATHere at Penfriend we are always looking at ways to help people through the credit crunch.

As well as providing innovative and competitively priced software to support  those with literacy difficulties such as dyslexia and disabled people, if you are exempt from paying VAT then we have everything you need to help.

With VAT at 20% it can really make a big difference to the cost of buying Penfriend.

Disabled customers are entitled to buy most of Penfriend Ltd’s products without paying VAT because they are designed specifically for disabled people.

You can claim VAT zero-rating for your disability provided that:
•    the product is being supplied to a disabled person for domestic or personal use, and
•    you submit an eligibility declaration form which you can print from the Penfriend website.

To find out more download and print the Penfriend VAT Exemption form from the Penfriend website.

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.

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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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