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Speech Cards Updated for 64-bit and iOS 10

It’s been a while since we last updated Speech Cards. Recently you may have received this warning message when starting the app:

iOS Compatibility Alert

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
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/speech-cards-professional/id560581911?ls=1&mt=8

Speech Cards Lite
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/speech-cards-lite/id565131348?mt=8

Speech Cards - iPad

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SpeakColors Review by iAutism

iAutism

iAutism posted a great review (in Spanish) of SpeakColors in December, 2013. An English version of the review is now available. The review covers both SpeakColorsHD and SpeakColors Español. Thank you iAutism for taking the time to review both apps!

“SpeakColors is much more than an app to learn colors, and provides exercises to learn diverse vocabulary, to work receptive and expressive language, and to practice various basic structures of sentences.”

Below are links to the full review in English and Spanish:

English Review | Spanish Review

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Speech Cards 1.3.0 – New Options for Group Sessions

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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

Speech Cards - iPad - Options

How to access the Options screen on the iPhone/iPod Touch version

Speech Cards - iPhone - Options 1

Speech  Cards - iPhone - Options 2

Options Screen

Speech Cards - Student Options

How to record the name of a student

Use the microphone and play button on the screen for editing the student.
Voice recording of student name

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.

Availability

Speech Cards version 1.3.0 is available for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch on the App Store:

Conclusion

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.

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SpeakColors Español on Autism Speaks

Autism Speaks

Autism Speaks has a large database of apps for helping those with autism. Apps are listed in alphabetical order and there are filters for searching the database. You can search by the function of the app, type of device, age range, and keywords. In addition to user ratings, a research rating of “anecdotal”, “research” and “evidence” is also listed for each app.

Thank you Autism Speaks for including SpeakColors Español Pro in your database of apps!

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SpeakColors Review by iAutism

iAutism

iAutism is a great web site for learning about apps and technology for individuals with autism and other special needs. We would like to thank iAutism for their excellent review of both the English and Spanish versions of SpeakColors. Click here to read the review in Spanish.

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SpeakColors Español Review and Giveaway by Special Apps, Special Kids

Special Apps, Special Kids has a great review of SpeakColors Español:

“…my favorite feature is how you can add your own content easily using the provided templates.”

Click here to read the full review and enter the giveaway for a chance to win a free copy of the app!

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Black Friday/Cyber Monday 2013 App Sale

All RWH Technology speech and language apps will be on sale for Black Friday through Cyber Monday (November 29 – December 2).


*** Update December 2, 2013 ***
Sale extended 1 more day! Sale ends 9 pm PST, December 3.

Apps on sale November 29 – December 2, 2013

SpeakColors Español Pro

speak-colors-es-ipad2
Increase vocabulary skills, phrase length, receptive and expressive language, fluency skills, and more! Great for bilingual children.
Available on the App Store
$6.99 $3.99
Try SpeakColors Español Lite for Free!

 

SpeakColorsHD

SpeakColorsHD Available on the App Store
English version of SpeakColors.
Available on the App Store
$3.99 $1.99
Try SpeakColors for Free!

 

Speech Cards Professional

Speech Cards Professional - Available on the App Store
Versatile flashcards app for improving speech and language Skills.
Available on the App Store
$9.99 $6.99
Try Speech Cards Lite for Free!

 

We wish our US customers a happy and safe Thanksgiving!

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SpeakColorsHD Update for iOS 7

SpeakColorsHD - I like the orange ball

The latest update for SpeakColorsHD includes a number of changes, including iOS 7 compatibility and new sentence types for the color “orange”. SpeakColorsHD version 3.2.1 is currently waiting for review by Apple. Please continue reading to learn more about the upcoming changes.

*** Update 11/25/2013 ***
SpeakColorsHD version 3.2.1 is now available for download on the App Store.

1. iOS 7 compatible.

iOS 7 is the latest version of the iPad operating system. iOS 7 features a new, minimalist, flat design. SpeakColorsHD now uses the design style of iOS 7.

2. Three new sentence types.

We have received many requests for more sentence types that use the color “orange”. Two out of the three new sentence types can be used with the color “orange”.
  I like the __ __
  I want an __ __
  I want a __ __

3. Removed male default voice. Default voice is now female.

Many of our users were not satisfied with the male default voice, so we made the decision to remove it.

4. Take photos with built-in device camera.

You now have more customization options. Now you can take photos and import them from within the app.

5. Spanish Localization of text for buttons, pop-up windows, various screens.

SpeakColors Español and SpeakColorsHD share the same core code. A nice side effect of this code sharing is that SpeakColorsHD gets Spanish Localization. The text on various buttons, pop-up windows, and various screens (such as Help), will show in Spanish if your iPad’s Language setting is on “Español”. Spanish language speakers could use SpeakColorsHD to learn English as a second language.

SpeakColorsHD - Spanish and English Home Screens

6. Preview in the “Add New Sentence” screen.

A preview of the sentence is displayed at the top of the “Add New Sentence” screen. This feature was developed for SpeakColors Español and it may also be useful for our SpeakColorsHD users. The preview provides a reminder for which sentence type/template and color you are working with. When you type text for a new noun or select a noun from the list, the preview automatically updates.

SpeakColorsHD - Add New Sentence

7. Cancel button in the “Edit Noun Text” screen.

For our user’s convenience, we have added a Cancel button to the screen for editing the text of a noun.

Summary

This update for SpeakColorsHD brings some exciting changes:

  • iOS 7 compatible.
  • 3 new sentence types.
  • Removed male default voice. Default voice is now female.
  • Take photos with built-in device camera.
  • Spanish Localization of text for buttons, pop-up windows, various screens.
  • Preview in the “Add New Sentence” screen.
  • Cancel button in the “Edit Noun Text” screen.

SpeakColorsHD version 3.2.1 should be available for download by the end of November.

Thank you for reading. Please contact us if you have any questions. Reviews on the App Store are greatly appreciated.

*** Update 11/25/2013 ***
SpeakColorsHD version 3.2.1 is now available for download on the App Store.

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ASHA 2013 App Sale

This year’s ASHA Convention is November 14-16 in Chicago. This annual events brings together over 12,000 speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and other professionals. It provides a great opportunity to hear the latest in research, gain new skills and network with others in your field. We really wish we could be there this year. Although we are not attending, we are having an App Sale in honor of the event. All our speech and language apps are on sale for the duration of the convention.

Speech Cards Professional

Speech Cards Professional - Available on the App Store
Versatile flashcards app for improving speech and language Skills.
Available on the App Store
$9.99 $6.99
Try Speech Cards Lite for Free!

 

SpeakColorsHD

SpeakColorsHD Available on the App Store
Increase vocabulary skills, phrase length, receptive and expressive language, and more!
Available on the App Store
$3.99 $1.99
Try SpeakColors for Free!

 

SpeakColors Español Pro

speak-colors-es-ipad2
Spanish version of SpeakColorsHD. Great for bilingual children.
Available on the App Store
$6.99 $3.99
Try SpeakColors Español Lite for Free!

 

We wish the attendees, presenters, vendors and organizers an excellent convention! Hope to see you next year in Orlando!

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