September 15, 2015 in Utilities (E)
[prMac.com] Amsterdam, Netherlands - Today, AssistiveWare announces the release of Keeble 3.0, a major update of its accessible keyboard that can be used in any iOS app as an alternative to the standard iOS keyboard. Through its accessibility features, Keeble allows individuals with fine motor-challenges or vision impairments to type in any iPad app and with version 3 now also into any iPhone app.
In addition to iPhone support Keeble 3.0 adds several more exciting new and enhanced features. Version 3 offers three new themes: Strawberry, Purple Rain and Marine. Not only does it now include the OpenDyslexic font designed for people with dyslexia, but it also allows the user to select any of the many standard iOS fonts for the key labels. Keeble 3.0 additionally adds cursor keys and a delete word key for faster editing. A phrase bank provides quick access to shortcuts defined in the Settings app's keyboard shortcuts section. Typed shortcuts can also be expanded quickly from the prediction bar. In addition to the many other enhancements and bug fixes three new keyboard layouts were added: Flemish, Swiss French and Canadian French.
These new features come on top of Keeble's already extensive and highly customizable typing and accessibility features. The fully configurable self-learning word prediction and automatic capitalization reduce typing effort, Hold Duration prevents accidental selections and Select on Release and Select on Dwell compensate for motor-challenges. Keeble also includes two keyboard layouts designed for users of Apple's Switch Control: an ABC and frequency of use scanning layout. The latter speeds up scanning by 30% compared to the standard QWERTY keyboard. For users with vision impairments keys and key labels can be custom colored to create a higher or lower contrast keyboard appearance if any of the 5 included themes don't meet the user's needs. Speech feedback while typing further enhances the typing experience for users with vision or writing challenges. Keeble is also fully compatible with VoiceOver to support blind users.
To better accommodate younger students, Keeble offers lowercase letters, colored vowels and large, school-friendly fonts. The user's privacy is 100% protected with zero data collection.
"Less than a year old, Keeble has been very well received by users with fine-motor or vision challenges," says David Niemeijer, CEO of AssistiveWare, "Version 3 further expands Keeble's accessibility and customization options making typing on iPad and now also iPhone an even more pleasant experience."
Keeble is fully localized in English, Spanish, French and Dutch.
* iPhone, iPod touch and iPad
* iOS 8.4 or later
* 57.7 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Today only, Keeble 3.0 is offered at a 50% discount of $7.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Utilities category.
AssistiveWare(R), a leading innovator of assistive technology software for iOS and Mac OS X with over 125,000 customers worldwide, is committed to collaborating with the global community to make a difference in peoples lives. The company's flagship product, Proloquo2Go(R), is an award-winning Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) application for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch that provides a "voice" for people who have difficulty speaking or cannot speak at all. Founded in 2000, AssistiveWare was the first company to deliver universal access to Mac OS X with its award-winning KeyStrokes(TM) on-screen keyboard and the first to create genuine children's Text to Speech voices. Focused on its vision to empower people through innovative technology, AssistiveWare offers a wide-range of assistive technology products and services. All Material and Software (C) Copyright 2015 AssistiveWare. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks and registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.