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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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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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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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Why not find out all that’s new with your favourite prediction software by reading it on your iPad?

If you have an iPad you can now ‘swipe’ your way through all our latest news updates and developments. With a slick and gorgeous newly revamped interface you can swipe, flick, pinch and browse your way through all our new posts either on your iPad, iPod touch or iPhone.

Penfriend on the iPad

The Penfriend blog is now available to read on the iPad.

Pick up your iPad and visit the Penfriend blog for a new reading experience!

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

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