This week, PRC-Saltillo released version 2.41 updates to our three AAC iOS Apps: TouchChat®, LAMP Words for Life®, and Dialogue® AAC. Included in the 2.41 release are new app features, bug fixes, and vocabulary updates. Here’s what you need to know.
New features for all AAC apps
The biggest feature released in 2.41 is the ability to edit within the speech display bar (SDB). Available in all three apps, you’ll now be able to move the cursor anywhere in the box allowing you to make changes when a mishit occurs rather than deleting everything in the display and starting over.
How does it work? This feature works by either placing a cursor with your finger or using buttons in the vocabulary to move the cursor at the character, word, or sentence level. During the initial release, vocabularies will need to be programmed using the new button actions. We plan to include these buttons in some of our original vocabularies in future software updates.
Open a Specific Website
You can now program a button to link to a specific website like your AAC learner’s favorite website, a planned educational activity, and more! When programming, there’s an option to restrict access which doesn't allow user to open other links on the page. This is a great feature to help keep your AAC learner focused during a learning session.
Open App List Button
The new open apps list button will give users the ability to open apps from the following list:
- Choiceworks Calendar
- Talking Calculator Pro
- Google Slides
- MS Word
Note: Choiceworks apps are not included in LAMP Words for Life.
New feature for TouchChat & Dialogue
Pause & Resume Button
For eye/head tracking users, you will now have a button available to pause the eye/head tracking feature when you are taking a break. Use the same button to resume eye/head tracking when you are ready to continue your conversation.
Your AAC app includes an array of powerful voice options from Almagu, an international developer of text-to-speech technology. The Almagu speech engine has recently made improvements to voice quality and pronunciation for Spanish and English voices. Check them out and let us know what you think.
Learn more about voice options including a new voice donor for kids.
WordPower Updates for 2.41
Make note of these vocabulary updates within TouchChat.
- Core vocabulary added to category pages
- Added actions to category pages
- Changes to food and drink pages: now you can say “it tastes” and food descriptions come up or, say “it is,” and describe comes up with food/drink descriptors
- Indian food category added
- Desert animals added
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Watch the What’s New in 2.41 video to learn more about the new features and fixes.
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