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Thursday, July 14, 2005
 
AssistiveWare Updates Abound
11:01 AM | Michael Phillips | Comment on this story

Assistive technology developer, AssistiveWare, has released major updates for both SwitchXS and KeyStrokes, their popular software which allows users with physical disabilities to access their Macs via methods other than a standard keyboard and mouse. Both updates include specific enhancements for gamers, including substantially increased performance, as well as improved compatibility with various games.

Here's the word from AssistiveWare:

Amsterdam - 13 July 2005 - AssistiveWare today announced the release of KeyStrokes(R) 3.6, SwitchXS(R) 2.1 and the AssistiveWare Access bundle. KeyStrokes is an award-winning on-screen keyboard that provides virtually complete access to Mac OS X and all standard Mac applications for people who cannot use a keyboard. It also provides advanced PolyPredix(TM) multilingual word prediction that can be used with the on-screen keyboard, with the hardware keyboard and with SwitchXS 2.1. SwitchXS is a switch access solution that provides virtually complete access to Mac OS X and all standard Mac applications for people who cannot use a mouse or keyboard. It offers full mouse and keyboard emulation by means of a so-called scanning mode. With each click on the switch the user selects an action, such as "move the cursor up" or "type B", from a "scanning" menu. The AssistiveWare Access bundle offers the combined power of KeyStrokes and SwitchXS.

KeyStrokes and SwitchXS provide the best access solutions ever on the Mac (and beyond) for people who are, for example, quadriplegic due to an accident, or suffering from neuromotor disabilities such as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) or Cerebral Palsy (CP) with very limited limb movement.


KeyStrokes 3.6 is a major update with the following main new features:

- Includes a KeyStrokes Widget that facilitates using KeyStrokes for typing in Dashboard

- Added a special Game Mode for enhanced compatibility with games such as Ford Racing 2 that "freeze" the cursor

- Significantly improved performance under many conditions

- Now compatible with secure screen savers and with Snapz Pro X 2.0.2 and later

- Fix: On Tiger clicking on suggested items in the separate Prediction window works again

KeyStrokes 3.6 is available in English, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, and Dutch, but works fine with most other languages. The suggested retail price is US$ 299 or Euro 249 (excl. VAT). Users of any other on-screen keyboard can upgrade to KeyStrokes 3.6 for US$ 249 or Euro 199 (excl. VAT). KeyStrokes 3.6 is provided as a free upgrade for registered users of any previous version of KeyStrokes for Mac OS X. KeyStrokes 3.6 requires Mac OS X 10.2 or higher. Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) is recommended. Version 3.1 is still available for Mac OS 9 and earlier versions of Mac OS X. For more information and a fully-functional downloadable demo please consult the product page at http://www.assistiveware.com/keystrokes.php

SwitchXS 2.1 is a major update with the following main new features:

- Significant performance improvements (70% to 90%) during scanning

- More stable scanning rhythm at high scanning speeds on slower machines

- Now compatible with secure screen savers and with Snapz Pro X 2.0.2 and later

- Includes LayoutKitchen 1.0.2 for making custom panels

SwitchXS works with any HID compliant USB gamepad, joystick and keyboard, and starting with Mac OS X 10.3 also with any HID compliant USB mouse or trackball. SwitchXS also works with USB switch interfaces emulating any of the above devices.

SwitchXS is currently available in English, French and Japanese but works fine with most other languages. The suggested retail price is US$ 299 or Euro 249 (excl. VAT). Version 2.1 is a free update for current users. SwitchXS requires Mac OS X 10.2 (Jaguar) or higher. Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) or higher is recommended. For more information and a fully-functional downloadable demo please consult the product page at http://www.assistiveware.com/switchaccess.php


The AssistiveWare Access bundle: For people with a progressive disabilities and for switch users who want to make use of the word prediction in KeyStrokes we are now offering an attractively priced AssistiveWare Access bundle that consists of a combined license for KeyStrokes, SwitchXS, and LayoutKitchen. The suggested retail price for the bundle will be US$ 479 or Euro 399 (excl. VAT). Current users of KeyStrokes or SwitchXS can upgrade to this bundle for a suggested price of US$ 239 or Euro 199 (excl. VAT).

For further information, as well as downloadable demos for both SwitchXS and KeyStrokes, just stroll on down to the links below.

AssistiveWare
SwitchXS
KeyStrokes


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