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Communicate: SymWriter

Communication SymWriter

Communicate: SymWriter       $299.00

The exciting successor to Writing with Symbols 2000!

Communicate: SymWriter provides the perfect tool for simple word and symbol processing for emergent writers. It enables users to see the meaning of words as they write. The symbols appear automatically in a side panel, illustrating the word just typed or chosen. Non-keyboard users can write in very flexible ways by selecting from grids and buttons.

SymWriter comes with over 8,000 Widgit Literacy Symbols in colour and black-and-white, which support those with a limited text vocabulary or who write using symbols. Clipart, symbols, or imported images can be easily dropped onto the page to add further visual support (1,500 clip art and photographs are supplied with the program.)

SymWriter makes writing easier with the aid of grids and buttons. These can be in text, text and symbol or symbol only. This means that SymWriter can support those who cannot write text but that can write using symbols, and text writers with a limited vocabulary. Choosing a grid with either mouse, touch screen or switch means everyone can be engaged in the writing process.

Position grids and buttons wherever you like, ready to send to the document or carry out actions. You can use the ready-made function buttons or design your own. You can even add backgrounds to buttons and grids.

Making Activities
SymWriter includes a range of example activities. There is a designer mode that enables you to edit activities as well as create your own.

Built-in Aids: Speech and Pictorial Spell Checker
Speech feedback can be used to speak individual letters, words and sentences as they are created, or to hear whole documents read back. The pictorial spell checker helps users understand the meaning of selected words by illustrating them with symbols, whether or not you are using symbols in the finished document.

Smart Symbolising
Communicate: SymWriter is the first program from Widgit to use the new smart symbolising technology. This enables more accurate symbolisation of text, with less need for manual corrections.

Communicate: SymWriter can work in multiple languages and can easily switch between languages.

Wide Range of Purposes:

  • Adult Users Increase the involvement and motivation of adult users by creating visual strategies, such as behaviour charts and signage, or organisational tools, such as personal plans and shopping lists
  • Educational Settings – Widgit Software is developing a range of curriculum resources to support Communicate: SymWriter
    • These will extend the paper-based curriculum materials available for In Print by providing a range of complementary screen-based activities
  • Communication Devices Activities can be designed specifically to support users with Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) devices or users with physical difficulties who use switches

Making Activities:
Making your own grids and activities is easy. As well as supporting written text with the Widgit Symbols, you can add your own pictures to words or change the text for a symbol.

Toolbars are fully configurable to allow different levels of use and they can be resized to meet individual preferences.

Licensing Conditions for Single User Licence:
Single user licences of Communicate: SymWriter allow for installation on 2 computers (for instance, a laptop and desktop). Additional licences must be purchased for each successive person beginning to use the original software purchased.

Minimum System Requirements:

System requirements: Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7

Communicate: SymWriter is targeted at the following age ranges:

  • Early Primary
  • Mid Primary
  • Upper Primary
  • Secondary School
  • Adult

Communicate: SymWriter is designed to foster development in the areas of:

  • Literacy
  • Communication
  • Resource preparation

Users can access Communicate: SymWriter in the following ways:

  • Mouse/ Trackball/ Joystick
  • Keyboard
  • Single Switch
  • Multiple Switches

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