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First Text to Speech Voices Launched for Dutch Children

AssistiveWare, assistive technology pioneer, adds Dutch children’s voices to its symbol-based communication app Proloquo2Go. The voices were developed in collaboration with Acapela Group and supported by Nederlandse Stichting voor het Gehandicapte Kind (NSGK). The Dutch voices, named Thijs and Merel were recorded by and for children. They will benefit children who cannot speak and rely on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) systems.

 

“Children using AAC have always been limited by adult voices. It’s so exciting that technology has made it possible for them to speak in such a fantastic sounding child’s voice. This means that they will be able to identify with their AAC more than ever. It will become a part of who they are.” says Professor Dr. Hans van Balkom.

 

An estimate of over 50,000 dutch speaking children are unable to make themselves understood with their own voice. It is vital for them to have access to a means to communicate. For many of these children, high tech AAC is the best opportunity for them to communicate. This ground-breaking project introduces the first ever Dutch Text to Speech children’s voices.

 

Last summer, two children (a boy and a girl) spent days in the studio. They made recordings of all kinds of sentences, sounds and expressions. These formed the basis to make genuine, natural-sounding Text to Speech voices that will allow children to say anything they want.

 

“AssistiveWare has been our partner since the inception of the children voices. Together we have contributed to change the daily lives of children and their families that are using Acapela voices with AssistiveWare’s award-winning solutions. Over 20 voices in different languages are already available, and we look forward to keep continuing offering voices for kids all over the world,” says Nicolas Mazars, Business Unit manager of Acapela Inclusive.

 

A special release:
From today, the voices will be available to download exclusively in Proloquo2Go. The award-winning iOS app already gives a voice to over 175,000 children, teens and adults around the world.

 

This release is extra special for AssistiveWare, “As a Dutch company we are truly excited to be able to deliver the first ever Dutch Text to Speech children’s voices together with our partners Acapela Group and NSGK. Combined with Proloquo2Go, Dutch children who are unable to speak will for the first time be able to say whatever they want in a voice that matches their age and gender.” explains founder and CEO of AssistiveWare David Niemeijer.

 

It is important to all the partners that all Dutch children who need AAC can have access to these voices.

 

“For NSGK it’s vital for children with disabilities to be included at school, sports clubs, in the playground – everywhere. There are thousands of children who are unable to make themselves heard with their own voice, and some with access to only an adult’s voice on their AAC system. For these children being able to communicate with a child’s voice is so important to be able to express themselves, communicate and be heard. That’s why we are supporting this wonderful initiative” says Henk-Willem Laan, NSGK director.

 

Later this year, they will be made available for other companies to license, allowing even more children to speak with a voice they can identify with.

 

Pricing and Availability:
Proloquo2Go 5.5 is $249.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Education category. For more information, please contact Sophie Lap. [GET IT HERE]

Seascapes: Trito’s Match 3 Adventure Launches March 6

Birmingham, United Kingdone – FredBear Games and PlayPlayFun LLP announced today that their highly rated game “Seascapes: Trito’s Match 3 Adventure” will be launched worldwide on March 6, 2018, in conjunction with Mother’s Day in the United Kingdom on the Sunday of that week.

 

Seascapes: Trito's Match 3 Adventure Launches March 6

 

Trito’s Adventure takes on the story of Trito, the son of Poseidon, on his adventure to restore and rebuild the underwater city that was torn apart by the evil sea witch. Along the way, Trito will also need to help the cute and memorable sea creatures to settle in their new home. The game is an extraordinary combination of fascinating storyline and challenging match-3 puzzles with plenty of majestic underwater cities to explore on different planets.

 

The game, with cute characters and beautiful visuals, has been well-received by players on both the App Store and Google Play Store and is highly rated.

 

“Amazing graphics and easy to Play”, App Store User – Jan 16, 2018
“Absolutely love this game so sweet and I could play for hours”, Google Play User – Feb 20, 2018

 

“One of the many great things about Trito’s Adventure is that it is a game that can be enjoyed together with your family and friends”, said Clive Bennett from FredBear Games. In the meantime, Budhi Tantra from PlayPlayFun assures that the game is easy to pick up for anyone with the slow but progressive difficulty level.

 

Trito’s Adventures debuts with 300 levels, over 3 story chapters split over multiple episodes. While there are no confirmed dates yet, updates with at least 150 more levels will be added into the game in the near future.

 

Homescapes:
Clean up and renovate the houses of various underwater creatures

 

Gardenscapes:
Decorate and rid the sea floor garden of pesky sea critters

 

Seascapes:
Bring live and reign into the ocean depth once again as it used to be before the arrival of the sea witch!
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Joyoshare Mac Screen Recorder – Record Anything on Your Mac

One month later since the release of its Screen Recorder for Windows, Joyoshare, the world-leading multimedia software provider, officially launched the Screen Recorder for Mac today, aiming to help Mac users to losslessly record all screen activities, including desktop videos, audios, streaming music, games, webcams, online chats, video calls, lectures, etc. on macOS with a few clicks only.

 

Joyoshare Mac Screen Recorder - Record Anything on Your Mac

 

Like the PC version, Joyoshare Screen Recorder for Mac is also a complete video capture tool which can record screen videos with audio simultaneously on Mac OSX. It’s one of the most advanced all-in-one Mac screen recording software in the market for capturing desktop videos, recording gameplays, making tutorial videos, grabbing streaming music, and so forth.

 

What makes Joyoshare Screen Recorder for Mac standing out from other competitive recorders is that it can not only record all videos and audios on Mac with ease, but also save the recordings in most popular media formats, such as MP4, MOV, WMV, FLV, MKV, SWF, MP3, WAV, etc. without losing any original quality. In addition, it supports a wide range of preset profiles for mobile devices like Apple iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows phones, etc. so that users can directly export the recorded videos to any device for watching without re-encoding the files repeatedly.

 

Another fantastic feature of Joyoshare Mac Screen Recorder is its ability to capture audios on Mac while you are recording the screen videos. Apart from a professional video capture, it can also serve as a smart independent audio capture to record computer sound as well as microphone sound in high quality. You can also edit the audio quality, including audio channel, bit rate, etc. according to your own needs.

 

Thanks to the intuitive user interface with clear layouts, Joyoshare Screen Recorder for Mac is well designed for everyone in recording Mac screen. Users are provided with multiple capture modes to record the computer desktop in either full screen or custom size. Besides, it comes with other stunning features, including letting you take screenshots during recording, customizing shortcuts with keyboard for recording, create scheduled recording tasks by setting start and end time, personalize recordings with cursor and click effects, and more.

 

“The outstanding feature of Joyoshare Screen Recorder for Mac over other similar software is its capability to record anything on macOS with simple clicks and high performance. The whole recording process is lossless and easy to handle for anyone.” said Daniel, Joyoshare R&D director. “To make the program even better, we’re planning to embed a more powerful video editor into the recorder in the near future so that customers can edit the recordings with more effects all in one place.”

 

Pricing and Availability:
Joyoshare Screen Recorder for Mac is sold with three different license types, including $29.95 (USD) for a single license copy with lifetime free software update, $59.95 for 2-5 PCs with lifetime free update, and $79.95 (USD) for unlimited use. The initial v.1.0.0 is perfectly compatible with the latest macOS High Sierra, Sierra, 10.11, 10.10, 10.9 and 10.8.

Create Booklet 2 – More Powerful, Yet Easier

TheKeptPromise today is proud to announce Create Booklet 2 (v2.0.1), their new Mac application. Create Booklet 2 has some big shoes to fill following its 5-star predecessor “Create Booklet.” Create Booklet 2 goes beyond what the pro market offered so far, while putting even more emphasis on user-friendliness. The idea behind this software solution is simple: Bringing professional booklet printing to everybody’s homes, even grandma’s and grandpa’s.

 

Create Booklet 2 - More Powerful, Yet Easier

 

“We are very pleased to provide our clients with a tool which fulfills all the needs concerning booklet creation and printing and is yet very simple to use,” said Christoph Vogelbusch, CEO of TheKeptPromise. “We have extremely loyal customers, as Create Booklet goes far beyond what competitors offer. Yet we still had feature-requests and customers being overwhelmed with the complex topic of booklet creation. Create Booklet 2 is the answer to all those emails, it satisfies your every booklet need.”

 

To satisfy the pro users, Create Booklet 2 makes use of PDF boxes, allowing custom impositions and much much more. The Team is proud to open Booklet printing to everybody with these 3 key features:

 

1. Onboarding:
Creating the booklet comes with a few surprises: Pages should be a multiple of 4, the page size should be half of the paper you use and best of all you can write your favorite booklet in any app you love. Create Booklet 2’s onboarding gets customers up to speed before they run into any surprises. It gives all the information they need to feel comfortable and gives them their first booklet: The help of Create Booklet 2 itself as a booklet. During this onboarding, the app is also testing the printer to make sure that it’s smooth sailing from here on out and even the first booklet is instantly printed perfectly.

 

2. Presets:
On the quest of making the app as user-friendly as possible, TheKeptPromise introduced presets to Create Booklet 2. It makes even complicated booklets as easy as 1-2-3

1 Load PDf
2 Select a preset
3 Print

 

“Select a preset by us or create your own. We are sure presets will be loved by all: beginners and pros.” said CEO Christoph Vogelbusch. “Since presets make everything easy, Create Booklet 2 even includes a preset for a real book. Print, glue – done!”

 

3. Automatic warning system:
Create Booklet 2 has an automatic warning system. When you allow this many settings, things can go wrong. As soon as the program senses that something could be off with printing the booklet, it draws the user’s attention to the problem – before printing of course. Furthermore, Create Booklet 2 is not just drawing the user’s attention to the problem but also suggests ways of solving the problem.

 

The user-friendly approach is well received by the customers:
* “OMG! This is about the best and most valuable utility I have found in a loooong time. Finally I can create and print booklets from within Quark XPress without having to pay a fortune for their Printcollection XTension. Thank you so much!!!” – Guido Henke

* “Wow. I wish this existed years ago, or that I’d known about it. […]. Thank YOU. ” – Mark

* “THANK YOU for Create Booklet! I have used it several times now to print out playbills for my children’s various school plays, and it has been an absolute lifesaver.” – William W. Lin

* “I came across this site, and it was almost like a Christmas miracle 😉 Thanks so much for making and sharing Create Booklet. It works perfectly and really helped me out.” – Dan

* “This Create Booklet may just save my wedding :)” – Tim

* “Create Booklet is simply amazing. Drop dead simple to use and the results are perfect.” – Nate

 

Features:
* Single click Presets like: Standard Booklet, Mini/Micro Booklet, Music Sheet and Simplified Book
* Advanced Settings: Find anything you need and finetune Create Booklet for your product
* Custom Presets: Create your own Presets for your daily use. You can even mark it as default in the Preferences
* Booklet Factory: Process many booklets automatically. Apply the same presets to all or individual ones to each PDF
* Mini Booklet Imposition: Design complex impositions, based on how your booklets should be on the big sheet of paper (We support fold and cut as well as cutting the full stack of paper)
* Manual Duplex: You don’t have a duplex printer? Then this is the App for you
* Booklet Factory: Convenient batch procession built-in.
* Create a booklet from any app: Our PDF Service lets you print directly into Create Booklet
* Export your booklet to a new PDF
* Instantly print from Create Booklet
* Online Help: Included documentation for the most common problems
* Select output print format and orientation
* Autocreate output paper size form the input document
* Decide which PDF boxes are used as media and as crop box
* Scale Pages based on fitting OR the input size
* Fine adjust and layout your PDF to the final output size
* Reverse booklet page order (allows right to left documents usage!)
* Print pages in straight order, necessary in some specific use cases
* Support for auto-rotation of landscape pages
* Add page numbers with positioning and font settings
* Split thick booklets into multiple thin ones or to create a book
* Easily find booklet splits: Create Booklet adds an empty page in between
* Creep compensation! Shift content to the inside so you can cut off the paper stand out
* Easily staple booklets: Create Booklet adds staple marks on the first and last page
* Rasterize complete PDF documents. Can save corrupted PDFs
* Add a PDF crop box
* Print cut marks onto the first sheet of paper or all
* Create your own custom Imposition in our Mini Booklets feature
* Preview your cut guides before you print

 

Direct PDF editing:
* Add Empty pages
* Add images
* Add complete PDFs
* Reorder pages
* Remove unneeded pages
* Split landscape pages into two portrait ones
* Rotate pages

 

Pricing and Availability:
Create Booklet 2 (v2.0.1) is $19.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Utilities category. [GET IT HERE]

Artist Rich McLean Shares His 25-Year Artistic Journey With iBooks Readers

Author and artist Rich McLean is proud to announce the release and immediate availability of A Certain Beauty in Un-resolution… ART; 3.5 the update to his eBook that illustrates the artist’s twenty-five-year journey through both traditional and digital art. McLean shares works ranging from urban landscapes to simple still life works found in everyday surroundings.

 

Artist Rich McLean Shares His 25-Year Artistic Journey With iBooks Readers

 

A Certain Beauty in Un-resolution… ART; contains a rich array of images representing the artist’s full command of the intense visual language of the illustrative arts. The book is bereft of the written word, allowing the rich collection of images composed of multiple symbolic narratives, lovingly celebrating spiritually rich dimensions as well as physical locations, to speak to the reader.

 

“I’ve worn various ‘visual hats’ during my career as an artist, providing me with a unique opportunity to view life and art through a variety of lenses,” shares artist Rich Mclean. “I’ve spent time as a fine artist, a traditional drawer, children’s illustrator, web designer, news graphics artist and digital artist. I’ve also lived through periods of reaction to this insane world that surrounds us all. I see my discordant time as a valid spiritual awakening. I am grateful for this alchemy and the chance to share my awakening with the world.”

 

Each page of the book contains an image that tells a story, with each of the artist’s works coming together to provide a sense of what it means to be human. Each page is designed to raise questions and present ideas to help the observer make sense of what it means to be human. The artist’s hope is that each reader will bring something different away from their time with his works.

 

The eBook is designed to be accessible on any of the reader’s iOS devices via the iBooks app. The iBooks format allows readers to enjoy the book in the same manner they would any book, enjoying the artist’s works page-by-page, swiping back and forth. Readers can also jump directly to a favorite page, or bookmark pages of interest so that they can be viewed again or shared with others.

 

Version 3.5 of the book offers extra, never seen before images from the artist’s private collection, improved usability and interface along with more poignantly designed pages that compliment each artwork plate and is more user friendly. It also includes extra information about the artist.

 

Mr. McLean is currently studying for his Doctor of Philosophy at Victoria University in Melbourne. Readers of this book will be able to appreciate the evolution of the concepts for McLean’s doctorate, which is a dissertation that explores the ethics of being human in a posthuman world.

 

“I’ve always been a creative and imaginative person, sketching, painting and creating sculptures through my early childhood and into adolescence,” continues Rich. “Although I did well in school, I was a surly yet friendly child and adolescent. I came close to leaving school, but I was lucky to have had key mentors that influenced me into continuing my education and developing my artistic and literary skills. I feel it actually saved my life.”

 

In addition to this book, Mr. McLean has made his art available for viewing and purchasing in the form of prints from his website. Visitors of the site can also learn more about the artist and his various works, including his other books.

 

Pricing and Availability:
A Certain Beauty in Un-resolution… ART; 3.5 is just $5.99 USD (or an equivalent amount in other currencies) and is available worldwide through iBooks. An Android version of the eBook is also available for $5.99 USD. Physical copies of the book are available beginning at $109.00 USD.

Yummy FTP Pro 2 Upgrade Now Available

Yummy Software is proud to announce Yummy FTP Pro 2.0, a major upgrade to their flagship file transfer app. Yummy FTP Pro is an advanced Mac file transfer app which provides a full-featured professional toolkit combined with blazing speeds and impeccable reliability, so whether you want to transfer a few files or a few thousand, schedule backups, edit and maintain websites, even automate transfers, you need this time-tested and truly dependable app.

 

Yummy FTP Pro 2 Upgrade Now Available

 

Why use Yummy FTP Pro?
* Get the fastest and most reliable file transfers available on the Mac
* Schedule one off or repeating transfer or folder synchronization tasks
* Manage websites with file management, editing, diff, preview, & sync tools
* Create FTP drop folders on your Desktop for quick and easy uploading
* Get frequent free maintenance + feature updates
* Fast and free technical support when you need it

 

Feature Highlights
* Full FTP/S + SFTP + WebDAV/S protocol support
* Easy-to-use, clear and simple user interface
* Site Bookmark manager with auto sync across Macs
* Comprehensive logging of all actions taken
* Bandwidth limiting to play nice in a shared network
* Directly open and view local and remote folders in the Terminal
* File/folder filtering to allow specific exclusions or pattern matches
* Get notifications, OS-style or even by email
* Import favorites from your old app to be up and running in no time

 

Version 3 includes :
* Retina-focused UI overhaul with streamlined local/remote file browser design
* New navigation path bar, drag’n drop-enabled with integrated favorites, history
* Spring-loaded folders in file browsers
* Drag’n-drop reordering of queued transfer tasks
* Added Open WebURL & Open In Terminal toolbar buttons
* New toolbar icons
* New secure in-app updates using industry standard Sparkle
* New transcript view to view the selected session’s server interaction
* New log viewer to easily inspect every detail of every action
* New interactive & informative notifications, plus a complete history lookup
* New standalone FTP Aliases work without any Yummy app installed
* And much more

 

Pricing and Availability:
Yummy FTP Watcher 2.0 costs $29.99 (USD) and is available directly from Yummy Software only. Upgrades cost $15 (USD). Customers who purchased v1 directly from Yummy Software since 1st Dec 2017 can obtain a free upgrade.

New iOS App Developed to Help Calculate Shopping Discounts

SV Software LLC today is proud to announce the release and immediate availability of Shopping Percent Calculator 1.0, the company’s new calculator app developed exclusively for iPhone devices.

 

New iOS App Developed to Help Calculate Shopping Discounts

 

Shopping Percent Calculator offers a simple-to-use UI which allows shoppers to enter multiple items, adjust the savings and bonus savings amounts. The app then calculates the total dollar and savings amounts. Shopping Percent Calculator also includes a way to delete individual items so users can remove them if they are over budget. Also added is a social sharing function which allows the user to easily share their deals with friends on social media.

 

* Enter Multiple Items
* Calculates Totals and Savings Amounts
* Share Deals with Friends
* Delete Items if your are over Budget
* Stop Doing Math in Your Head

 

“I happen to notice wife struggle when trying to calculate discounted sales when shopping,” explained Steve Veloudos, owner of Arizona based SV Software LLC. “I knew there was a much better and convenient way to calculate shopping discounts. Our friends told us they had a similar issue and thought it was a great app idea. So my wife and I worked together to create Shopping Precent Calculator, with a focus on being very useful and easy to use. Since the app was built specifically for calculating shopping deals, we hope to help many women all over the world.”

 

Shop and let the app do the math with the Shopping Precent Calculator iOS app.

 

Pricing and Availability:
Shopping Percent Calculator 1.0 is $1.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Lifestyle category. [GET IT HERE]

LinkOptimizer for Adobe InDesign Offers Improved Alpha Channels Processing

Zevrix Solutions today announces LinkOptimizer 5.2.5, a maintenance update to its image processing automation plug-in for Adobe InDesign. Awarded 4 out of 5 stars by Computer Arts magazine, LinkOptimizer automates complex image manipulation tasks and helps users reduce the size of InDesign links, save prepress costs, and easily repurpose InDesign documents for web and mobile devices.

 

LinkOptimizer for Adobe InDesign Offers Improved Alpha Channels Processing

 

The new version addresses an issue in which alpha channels in PSD and TIFF files could be removed during processing when using settings presets created with earlier versions of LinkOptimizer. The update also ensures that ICC color profiles stored in the Recommended folder of ColorSync settings are available to the user.

 

“Today LinkOptimizer batched a huge book project and another magazine project in minutes vs. hours. Now I can take the afternoon off and drink beer,” says Brian Donahue, owner of Bedesign studio in Minneapolis, Minnesota. “Thanks for freeing up my afternoon, rather than doing production work.”

 

LinkOptimizer works automatically with Photoshop to eliminate the excess image data of InDesign links, perform essential image adjustments and convert image formats.

 

For example, with just a click of a button users can:

* Optimize dozens of InDesign files
* Scale and crop images to match their dimensions in InDesign
* Change their resolution to 300 dpi
* Convert RGB images to CMYK
* Resave JPEGs as TIFF
* Run a Photoshop action on each image

 

As a result users can save gigabytes of disk space and countless hours of optimizing images manually, accelerate document output, reduce job turnaround and cut costs through faster processing.

 

Pricing and Availability:
LinkOptimizer can be purchased from Zevrix website for $259.95 USD (Lite version: $179.95) as well as from Adobe Exchange and authorized resellers. A Free Trial is also available for download. The update is free for LinkOptimizer 5.x users and $130 to upgrade from previous versions. LinkOptimizer requires macOS 10.7-10.13 and Adobe InDesign / Photoshop CS5-CC 2018.