Penfriend XL is a comprehensive literacy suite featuring word prediction, text-to-speech, screen reading, abbreviation expansion, customised lexicons, an on-screen keyboard and is available in multiple languages. Penfriend also features high quality Cereproc voices.
Penfriend XL benefits users who have dyslexia, physical disabilities including poor motor control. Penfriend XL helps users to type faster by predicting the next word they want to type, allowing faster writing for longer tasks, promoting better spelling and grammar and encouraging users to overcome low self esteem and become more confident writers.
Penfriend XL is also available on a USB memory stick and can be used on any computer.
Homophones, sometimes known as 'confusables', are words which have a similar sound but differ in spelling and meaning. Examples of homophones include 'there' and 'their', 'where' and 'were' and so on.
With over 400 homophones in the English language, similar sounding words add depth to a language but they can also be the cause of great frustration. Spell checkers can't be relied upon where these troublesome homophones are concerned. Confusables are often highlighted by people who experience dyslexia as a source of annoyance and confusion as you could accidentally end up with a properly spelled word, but the wrong word!
With Penfriend's new option 'Confusable word hints' (go to View and Preferences) you can now see and even hear the difference between confusable words, so there's no excuse to get 'pair' and 'pear' or 'bear' and 'bare' mixed up anymore.
Penfriend's on-screen keyboard has always been a favourite feature with users, particularly those who use an alternative mouse such as a trackerball. With features such as 'hover to click' the on-screen keyboard has been greatly improved, offering increased accessibility and usability to users.
The improved on-screen keyboard now has an option to allow individual letters and function keys to be echoed or read back.
This is a particularly useful feature for individuals who are leaning to type such as early years or even those who are new to a computer and are learning to type. Speech feedback on the on-screen keyboard is also very beneficial to those who are struggling with literacy and require audio feedback to help scaffold their learning.
And for those users who'd rather be discrete about using Penfriend we've included a new transparent feature which means you can still see all your desktop windows and icons when Penfriend is running and you can use your favourite assistive technology without anyone else knowing..but you!