AssistiveWare and LVI Low Vision International Join Forces on Mac OS X

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[] Amsterdam, Netherlands - AssistiveWare today announces that it has partnered with LVI Low Vision International to deliver enhanced access to Mac OS X for people with vision impairments. The result of this collaboration is MagniLink iMax, a magnification and screen reader for Mac OS X, developed by AssistiveWare for LVI Low Vision International. Introduced today, MagniLink iMax provides a perfect companion to LVI's MagniLink Student portable video magnifier.

MagniLink iMax is a program with many useful functions for people with visual impairments. The software provides magnification, image enhancement and pointer settings as well as screen reading with high-quality speech output. With the inclusion of the high-quality Infovox iVox Text-To-Speech voices by Acapela Group, MagniLink iMax comes with automatic language identification in the screen reader mode and also includes ConvenienceWare GhostReader - an application for reading selected text and documents, which significantly extends the built-in text-to-speech features of Mac OS X. GhostReader contains shortcut keys for fast and easy access to the text and the user can listen to documents including file types such as Text, Word, HTML, PDF, ODT and RTF. Furthermore, you can convert texts to MP3-files to be played in iTunes, be uploaded to your iPod, iPad or burned onto a CD!

"LVI Low Vision International is the first company to provide a fully Mac OS X compatible video magnifier," said David Niemeijer, AssistiveWare's CEO. "Being innovators ourselves we wanted iMax to be the best possible companion product for their excellent hardware."

With features like split screen, dual screen support, full-screen mode, multiple high-contrast modes, a circular and a square lens-zoom, MagniLink iMax gives you the ability to set the screen mode based on your own preferences. The Contrast Enhancement Mode gives a clear picture with smooth character edges regardless of the magnification.

"AssistiveWare is the leading developer of universal access solutions for Mac OS X," said Erik Bondemark, CEO of LVI Low Vision International. "They were a natural choice to partner with for screen magnifying software when we decided to make our MagniLink video magnifier fully compatible with Mac OS X."

MagniLink iMax is localized in English, Swedish, Danish, Finish, Spanish, French, German, Dutch, and Norwegian. MagniLink iMax includes voices for a language of choice, additional voices are available for purchase. MagniLink iMax can be purchase stand-alone or in combiation with the MagniLink Student portable video magnifier. Pricing varies per country and language. For more information contact LVI Low Vision International.

System Requirements:
* Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard)

Pricing and Availability:
A 30 day free trial is available from the LVI website.

AssistiveWare is the worldwide leader in innovative assistive technology software for Mac OS X that gives people back their lives. LVI is recognized as one of the world's leading manufacturers of equipment for visually impaired people. The head office is located in Vaxjo, Sweden, and currently 40 people are working within the organization. Copyright (C) 2011 AssistiveWare. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, Mac and Macintosh are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. AssistiveWare and ConvenienceWare are trade names of AssistiveWare B.V. and trademarks or registered trademarks of Niemeijer Consult. GhostReader, VisioVoice, SwitchXS, KeyStrokes, TouchStrokes, LayoutKitchen, VisioVoice, Proloquo2Go and Proloquo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Niemeijer Consult. MagniLink and MagniLink iMax are trademarks of LVI Low Vision International. All other trademarks are properties of their respective owners.


Sara Albertson
LVI Marketing Manager