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Friday, December 30, 2011

TapToTalk Muestras Español

TapToTalk Designer is the program you use to customize TapToTalk content (albums) to meet individual needs (and Designer is what you pay for). TapToTalk Designer let's you create albums in any language. TapToTalk is used in over 40 countries, in over 20 languages

We have two Spanish sample albums now in TapToTalk Designer entitled Español-Masculino and Español-Femenino. You can use these samples as a starting point for your own personalized Spanish TapToTalk.

You can see these Spanish sample albums in action byclicking this link. Try it. Click the pictures. This shows TapToTalk using our free Web App. The very same content can also be played on many other devices using our free TapToTalk Apps.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

New Adult Sample Albums

The same TapToTalk that helps thousands of children communicate is also used around the world to help adults with speech loss due to stroke, head injury, ALS, Parkinson's or other acute or chronic conditions. This powerful yet easy-to-use augmentative and alternative communication is affordable and runs on popular devices like the iPad, Nook Color and Kindle Fire, that aphasic adults can use for many other purposes.

TapToTalk Designer is the program you use to customize TapToTalk content (albums) to meet individual needs (and Designer is what you pay for). We have added two new sample albums to TapToTalk Designer specifically for adult users. You can use these samples as a starting point for your own personalized TapToTalk.

You can see these adult sample albums in action by clicking this link. Try it. Click the pictures. This shows TapToTalk using our free Web App. The very same content can also be played on many other devices using our free TapToTalk Apps.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Progress on French Starter Album--Check it out!

Two weeks ago, we kicked off a project to crowdsource a French TapToTalk starter album.

We have had wonderful response from France, so much so that we now have the first complete draft of the TapToTalk Album Starter - Français. Now we need help reviewing it. So please click this link to check it out in the TapToTalk Web App. Note that this uses our male French text-to-speech voice.

If you have corrections to suggest, please do so by commenting on this blog post below ("Post a Comment"). That will help us keep all the comments in one place so others can see them. Please be as precise as you can about exactly what translation you would change.

Here is our plan:

1. Get the male TapToTalk Album Starter - Français as good as we can based on your comments.
2. Then we'll do a female version.
3. And then we'll use the French version as the foundation for a Québécois version.

So, for our friends in Quebec, please hold off on your comments about Québécois differences--we'll get to them soon enough. Other then that, all comments from anyone are welcomed.

And special thanks to Ann-Kristin Chemin, Cherice R. Cardwell, Jayne McGeorge and Carole Contaut. Each of you translated a big part of the starter album. Merci!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

We Like ooShirts

We want to tell you about a cool website, ooShirts.com. Using ooShirts, you can quickly and easily design and order customized t-shirts. These make great gifts and promotions.

We were asked to try ooShirts for free. In minutes, we had designed the front and back of our shirt, including uploading a picture for one side. We previewed and saved our design, and ordered a couple of shirts.

They reviewed the design and quickly emailed us that it was OK When we got the shirts, they were of good quality and the art work was exactly as we expected.

They even saved our design so we can re-order any time.

We appreciate an easy-to-use website that does exactly what is claims to do, with no fuss or bother. We like ooShirts.

Friday, December 9, 2011

TapToTalk Designer Now on iPad

TapToTalk Designer is the web-based application you use to individualize your child’s TapToTalk. Until now, Designer ran only on a Windows PC or Mac computer. Now you can also run Designer on an iPad with the Safari web browser.

There is no additional cost for this capability. You log in to TapToTalk Designer on an iPad just like you do on a PC or Mac. Designer now knows if it is running on an iPad and behaves accordingly.

There are some differences between using Designer on a PC or Mac and on an iPad that you should be aware of. You can learn about them here.

Now you can do your TapToTalk design work on any Windows PC, Mac or iPad with web access.Whatever is convenient. The choice is yours.

And you can still run the TapToTalk you design on iPad, iPod touch, iPhone, Kindle Fire, Nook Color, Nook Tablet, Android devices, Nintendos, PCs and Macs, and more...and on as many of them as you'd like.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Nous aider s'il vous plaît--Crowdsourcing a French Starter Album

Updated December 12, 2011: We will actually do two projects, one for French and one for Québécois French. So if you want to help, be sure to let us know which flavor of French you want to help with.

TapToTalk Designer comes with a number of starter albums. Many of you find these helpful, and use them as a foundation for your own first albums. In addition to our English and Spanish starter albums, we have so many French language users now, we want to add a French starter album. To do that, we need to translate the picture names, captions and descriptions from English to French.

We think that is best done by people who understand what TapToTalk is all about: you, our users. So we'd like to enlist you to "crowdsource" this project (en français, externalisation ouverte).

We have created a TapToTalk with a copy of the English starter album. That is the starting point for our French starter album. Now, we solicit our French speaking users to help with the translations.

So here's how you can help. You don't have to take on a lot of work, you can translate just one picture's text, or more if you want to. It should take less than 5 minutes, start to finish, to do the translation for one picture.

If you are willing to help, just email us at marketing@taptotalk.com with the subject "Français" or "Québécois". Tell us how many pictures you want to translate (please don't take on too many, you can always do more later). We'll send you the English text and you send back the French translations. You don't need anything but email to do this.

We'll add these to the album we mentioned above, use text-to-speech to provide the sounds in a French voice, and publish it to the web. We'll let everyone know the url, so you can see the French gradually replace the English, And everyone can make suggestions for improving the French translations. Thus we hope to end up with a really good, crowdsourced French starter album.

FREE BubCaps for Participating
We'll give away a package of BubCaps to several of you who help with the translations. These will be awarded randomly. Just help us with our French TapToTalk starter album and you have a chance to win.

Thanks to the good guys at PaperClip Robot, makers of BubCaps, for supporting this giveaway.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Add the SymbolStix Library to TapToTalk Designer

We are delighted to announce that you can now access the full SymbolStix™ library directly from TapToTalk Designer. The distinctive SymbolStix stick-figure symbols are widely used in AAC, special education and literacy applications.

TapToTalk Designer has a built-in library of over 2,500 pictures that you can use in your TapToTalk albums. We call this our Standard Library. Now you can add the SymbolStix library of over 12,000 symbols to TapToTalk Designer, and they are instantly accessible for your albums, just like those in the Standard Library. No need to import these pictures, they are right there inside Designer.

The SymbolStix library built into TapToTalk Designer may be added to you account with your initial purchase from the TapToTalk Store, or added later at the TapToTalk Customer Store. The cost of adding the SymbolStix library to your TapToTalk Designer account is just $49.99, regardless of how many TapToTalks are in the account.

SymbolStix are a copyrighted product of N2Y, Inc.

more information

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

The CushPad Holiday Giveaway

The CushPad is a new product, a cushion that has been precisely shaped to comfortably and securely hold an iPad 2 on uneven or unstable surfaces like a couch, bed, seat-tray table on a plane, or your lap. It's like a pillow for your iPad.

When the folks who make the CushPad contacted us, we thought this was a great idea that could be useful for TapToTalk users, and those with special needs in general. So we got together and agreed to give away one CushPad a week for the next 5 weeks. We want to hear about how the CushPad works for you and your TapToTalk user.

This is for the iPad 2 only right now, though we understand more versions will be coming. So please be sure you have an iPad 2 that you use with TapToTalk before you enter.

To enter, just email marketing@taptotalk.com with the subject "CushPad" and include your name in the email.

That's all you have to do. We'll pick one winner a week for the next 5 weeks.

So enter today!

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