It’s been a while since we last updated Speech Cards. Recently you may have received this warning message when starting the app:
The above warning message appears for 32-bit apps. Apple introduced the warning message with iOS 10.1 to push developers to update theirs apps for 64-bit. All of Apple’s iOS devices now use 64-bit chips.
Today, I am happy to announce the release of Speech Cards Version 1.4.0. This important release updates the app for 64-bit architecture and is optimized for iOS 10. You will no longer receive the warning message above.
What’s next for Speech Cards?
Speech Cards was created in 2012 and was one of my first apps. It is programmed in Objective-C, uses a SQLite database, and the user interface is all done 100% programmatically (including auto layout). The iOS world has changed a lot since then and I’ve learned a lot too!
Work has begun to re-write Speech Cards with the goal of making it easier and faster to add new features. The app will be re-written in Swift, a modern programming language, which is a joy to use. Storyboard, the technology to visually implement user interfaces in iOS, has significantly matured and really helps reduce development time. The user interface will be re-implemented in Storyboard. With an easier and faster update process, I hope to implement more of the great ideas sent to us by our users.
Thank you for reading.
Speech Cards Professional
Speech Cards Lite
Version 3.4.0 of SpeakColorsHD and SpeakColors Español Pro are now available for download on the App Store. This update includes the following:
- Optimized for iOS 10
- Fix for Bing Image Search
Version 3.3.0 of SpeakColors and SpeakColorsHD are now available for download! This free update includes the following:
- iOS 8 Compatible.
- Import photos with Bing Image Search.
- Free version includes an option to upgrade to the features of the full SpeakColorsHD version.
Both SpeakColors and SpeakColorsHD are available for download on the App Store:
An update to the Spanish version of SpeakColors should be available later this month.
A lot of exciting news from Apple at the WWDC last week! The next version of iOS was announced with many new features. Probably the biggest news was the new programming language, named Swift. iOS 8 will be available to the public in Fall 2014. Until then, I’ll be getting more familiar with iOS 8 and maybe we can use some of its new features in our apps. For more information on iOS 8, please visit https://www.apple.com/ios/ios8/.
Below are some notes of the upcoming iOS 8.
- Up to six people in your family can share purchases from the App Store without sharing accounts.
- Family purchases can be made with the same credit card.
- Can approve a child’s spending from a parent’s device.
- Enable “Ask to Buy” to require your child to get permission before making purchases.
- A number of new features are coming to the App Store, including the ability for developers to sell bundles of apps at a discount.
- Maybe we will see a bundle of RWH Technology apps.
HomeKit & HealthKit
- HomeKit will make it easier for developers to create apps for you to control devices around your house. Devices may include lights, heating, doors, etc.
- HealthKit is a platform for integrating all your health and fitness data in iOS.
- Both HomeKit and HealthKit have a lot of potential for helping those with disabilities.
- Swift is a new, modern programming language for iOS.
- Includes features to make code more expressive. This gives the programmer more flexibility in design.
- Is a safer language, so fewer errors and therefore fewer crashes and bugs.
- The interactive playground will be great for those learning how to program. Students can type code and immediately see results.
Speech Cards is great for group speech therapy sessions. Speech Cards supports groups of all sizes and keeps scores for each student. Changing from one student to another is quick and easy. On the iPad version, only two taps are required to change students. However, sometimes you forget to change students and accidentally score the wrong student. We have two exciting new features in Speech Cards version 1.3.0 to help you in your group sessions:
- Option to automatically advance to the next student in the list. When swiping or changing to a new card, the app will select the next student. This option is disabled by default.
- Option to announce the name of the next student. This option serves as an auditory cue for when it is another student’s turn. To hear the name of the student, you will need to use the microphone on the screen for editing the name of the student. This option is enabled by default.
Both of these new options are accesible from the Options screen.
How to access the Options screen on the iPad version
How to access the Options screen on the iPhone/iPod Touch version
How to record the name of a student
Use the microphone and play button on the screen for editing the student.
Summary of What’s New in Version 1.3.0
- Option to automatically advance to the next student.
- Record the name of the student.
- Option to announce the next student.
- Fixed issue with voice recording on iPad with AirPlay Mirroring.
- Removed “(null)” from the PDF of a Detailed Session Report with no notes.
- Fixed import issue.
Speech Cards version 1.3.0 is available for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch on the App Store:
We think the new options will greatly improve the flow of your group sessions and reduce scoring mistakes. The new options for group sessions were designed with this rule in mind: a new card equals somebody else’s turn. Not everyone uses the same rules. The options can be disabled if they do not suit your needs. Thank you Special Apps, Special Kids for suggesting the option to automatically advance to the next student! We appreciate suggestions from our users. We would love to hear your feedback on this update, particularly on how you use Speech Cards with groups. Reviews on the App Store are greatly appreciated. Please leave a comment or contact us if you have any questions.
Technology in (SPL) Education has posted some free and discounted apps for special needs. These deals might not last for long, so check it out. Thank you Angie for including SpeakColorsHD.