REACH Interface Author is an on-screen keyboard and tool chest, loaded with features to help users write, access information, communicate, access the Internet, learn, and and dynamically interact with others as easy and efficiently as possible.
Decide on the word you want to type
Mentally determine the first letter in the word
Visually find the location of that letter on the keyboard
Physically select that letter
Visually check the document to see that the letter was typed
Visually check word prediction to see if the word you want is in the list
If it is there, physically select the word and you're done
If it is not there, repeat last six steps for each of the remaining letters
REACH Interface Author with Smart Speech™
REACH Interface Author with Smart Key Technology™
Smart Keys is an add-on feature for REACH Interface Author. Smart Keys also is a built-in feature for the new "Sounds Like" - Spell, Write™ program.
Let's say you want to type the word "friend". First, you type the letter 'f'. REACH then removes all letters that don't follow an initial 'f'. In this example, many letters are removed! Type the letter 'r' and your keyboard now only shows letters that follow 'fr'. Smart Keys makes typing easier because there is less clutter on the keyboard and targets are easier to find. Moreover, if you're scanning then Smart Keys can help even more because REACH doesn't waste your time by offering you letters that don't make sense.
REACH Interface Author with Smart Lists Technology™
Smart List is an add-on feature for the REACH Interface Author. Smart Lists is a new method for entering in text. You start off using a standard REACH on-screen keyboard but you quickly begin building words using a list of possible next letters (or "chunks" of letters). With Smart Lists, users can improve even more on their typing rate; reduce the number of clicks they have to perform (one click to select from a list, two clicks to select a row and a column); and simplify the mental, visual, and physical tasks involved.
REACH's Smart Speech is a collection of specialized keyboards and dictionaries designed to deliver the ultimate in Speech Augmentation. Smart Speech helps you quickly build sentences by leveraging the use of Smart Lists technology. With each click you're offered a Smart List menu containing probable words and grammatical categories, both based on what you have typed in the sentence so far. If you select a grammatical category, for example "Nouns," you are presented 24 categories of nouns to select from. When you then pick a category such as "Food," you are taken to a "Food" keyboard containing lots of food items -- in two clicks, you can select from 898 food-related nouns - one more click - the "plural" key in the upper right corner of the keyboard - and you can double that number to 1,796 food-related nouns! Smart Speech not only gives you quicker and more effortless access to thousands of words, but it guides you through sentence construction by only giving you the most probable words and links to only those parts-of-speech that make the most sense given what you have typed.
REACH Interface Author with Sound It Out™
REACH's Sound-It-Out is a collection of specialized keyboards and dictionaries designed help you spell phonetically yet accurately. The Sound-It-Out add-on feature is a keyboard and dictionary pack that helps you spell words phonetically. Using the same technology from our "Sounds Like" - Spell, Write! product you spell more accurately. Point at the "Buh" key which shows a picture of a bus, and it says "buh - bus." Click on the "Buh" key and Smart Keys removes all the phoneme keys for sounds that do not follow an initial "buh" sound - just like Smart keys, but with sounds. This product also helps with homophones like for, four, and four, by providing spoken "homophone hints," which are short examples of that word used in a phrase.
"Undo" options for typing and when authoring keyboards
Create "Macro" keys and "Macro Keyboards"
"Home Keyboard" concept makes it easy to get to the desired keyboard quickly
"Keyboard Theme" concept that lets you more easily adapt REACH to your situation and aesthetic taste
"Last" and "Next" keyboard buttons make it easier to move among keyboards
Move REACH to the top or bottom of the display
"Dock" the keyboard and word prediction or "Float" them on the display
REACH's "Keyboard Family" feature makes it easy to adapt an entire set of keyboards at one time
"Gallery Viewers" makes it easier to find and load the keyboards, pictures, macros, sounds, and cursors you want
"Picture Gallery" makes it easier to find the picture you want for your keyboard
Speak "Word", "Sentence", and "Highlighted" buttons for faster speech access
Optional file formats for pictures for keys and keyboard backgrounds (*.bmp, *.jpg, *.wmf)
"Grab Picture" option lets you quickly acquire pictures for your keys
Graphics options (e.g., tiling) that make it easy to create professional looking keyboards
Added features that make it easier to create and use auditory scanning keyboards
Use keyboard keys to "Print Pictures" in your documents
"Smart Sticky Keys" (Double Click, Drag, and Right Click) that revert to a single click if you are aiming at a button, key, or menu option where only a click is accepted
Options for resizing keys, keyboards, and labels
"Quick Undo" scanning option – just hold your switch for a specified time
"Build a Dictionary" feature makes it easy to create custom dictionaries
Different speech voice options, pitch, speed, and pronunciation can be adjusted
Main and multiple custom dictionaries can be used simultaneously or one at a time
An "Add Word" button for quickly adding an unusual word to a user dictionary
An "AutoType™"option that finishes typing a word when it is the only one possible from the letters you have typed and the words in the current dictionaries
Windows 8 (Desktop and Metro), Windows 7, Vista, XP
There is currently no demonstration video for the REACH Interface Author software.