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  • Mark Your Calendars for 50% Off TouchChat® May 3-9, 2021!

    Get ready to celebrate Better Hearing & Speech Month with 50% off TouchChat May 3-9! You won't want to miss this awesome opportunity to purchase one of the most popular iOS AAC apps on the market, so mark your calendars today!

    TouchChat Sale Terms and conditions:

    • Available worldwide: The discount is based on the U.S. App Store.
    • Exact prices may vary in other countries.
    • Price listed on the App Store reflects the discount at time of sale.
    • Sales tax will be added to the order, if applicable.
    • Excludes all TouchChat Classic and in-app purchases (Classic apps should no longer be purchased- they remain in the app store for updating purposes).
    • Sale subject to change at any time.
    • Purchase orders NOT accepted.
    • Can be combined with Apple’s Volume Purchase Program for Education discount.

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  • Cool New Features Await in TouchChat Update 2.30!

    TouchChat update 2.30 is here and with it comes new features and bug fixes you've been looking for!

    Features:
    Highlight words as they are spoken in the Speech Display Bar (SDB) - Available within the settings of the TouchChat app, this great literacy feature allows you to turn on the feature and select your preferred highlight color. It can  even be used with Telephony!
    The VoiceKeeper Text to Speech engine updates - Able to be used with TouchChat, this add-on purchase has been updated with V3 voices, which means that the voice quality is improved and easier to achieve. With a minimum of 50 sentences recorded, you can hear your personalized voice. The more you record, the better the voice will be! Visit https://app.thevoicekeeper.com/PRC-Saltillo to learn more.
    “Bose® Connect” added to open apps - Now available to the open app button action, this feature allows individuals to connect to a Bose Bluetooth® speaker.
    WordPower™ has been refreshed with a few minor symbol updates across the files
    SymbolStix® & PCS® have been updated with a few new symbols related to COVID-19

    Bug fixes:
    • Apple voices no longer say “Capital I” when an “I” is selected
    • Skin tone randomizer is now listed under “vocabulary settings” section
    • The randomize button is now available directly on the vocabulary settings page when skin tone is set to random
    • Issue with the app only speaking the last sentence in messages with multiple sentences has been corrected
    • Corrected problem with “skip empty cell” not working properly
    • Fixed a bug causing some iPhone menus to stretch off the right side of the screen
    • Keyboard no longer covers name field when trying to name an imported picture
    • Corrected a bug that caused certain BMP images to not display
    • Fixed issue with missing voices not showing warning message
    • French WordPower descriptions will appear in English in the WordPower folder when the device is set to English. When the device is set to French, the French descriptions will be in the top-level vocab list.

     

  • It's Time to Update to 2.29!

    The 2.29 TouchChat® release is here with cool new features, vocabulary updates, and bug fixes. Here's what you'll find in the latest update:

    Features
    • New Gradient Fill setting allows you to adjust the way the button looks
    • Two new apps, Visual Timer and WhatsApp , are now available in the "Open  App" button action
    • An option to create random skin tones through a copied SymbolStix® vocabulary has been added
    • New warning message will appear when deleting a vocabulary; tap "Continue" to permanently delete the vocabulary
    • PCS symbols:

    • In 2.29 release, PCS default files are updated to reflect diverse skin tones
    • If you have purchased PCS symbols before this update, you will need to update PCS in the upgrade store

    WordPower Vocabulary Updates
    • Basic files have additional places added to the second page
    • Fun sounds have been added to the Spanish Básico file
    • Added missing pronoun form "on" to recently introduced WordPower français

    Bug Fixes
    • Corrected issue with importing multiple pages
    • Vocal ID voice no longer crashes app
    • Corrected Spanish translation in Settings
    • VoiceKeeper payment process now more user-friendly
    • Improved button fonts when in split view
    • Improved Saltillo registration screen
    • Corrected issue with word & character prediction statement in other languages
    • Fixed issue with split screen not drawing correctly
    • System keyboard will now allow you to start a word with the same letter as the previous word
    • Fixed issue with head tracking not working on an iPhone
    • “Play recorded sound” button action no longer crashes app 

    Check out our video for more information and demonstrations!

  • Updates Abound in 2.28 TouchChat® HD with WordPower™ App Software Update!

    The 2.28 TouchChat App software release is here, and it's full of awesome new features, bug fixes and vocabulary updates you'll love. Check out our video for more details! 

    What Else is New with 2.28?

    Features:

    • PCS Symbols added as an in-app purchase
    • Added a pause/resume speech button action for TTS or recorded speech
    • Added support for split screen
    • Added Apple voices to voice listing and made it easier to add different languages without switching the language of the device
    • Updated the Almagu TTS
    • Renamed Audio Actions to better distinguish appropriate button actions
    • French Grammar Database
    • “Save profile” will now expand to show all profiles
    • Added SS to the end of current SymboStix® vocabulary files

     Bug Fixes:

    • Corrected grammar rules that weren’t working
    • Removed extra white space at the bottom of the pronunciation menu
    • Improved Saltillo registration screen
    • Setting a new home page now takes effect immediately
    • Fixed crashing problems with the VoiceKeeper/Almagu TTS
    • Fixed issues with word prediction not working
    • Removed “settings have moved” message from all apps in the iOS settings
    • Made enhancements to word finder in split view
    • Made several corrections to the app caused by split view
    • Corrected various whiteboard issues
    • Fixed issues w/Highlight touch
    • Using swipe on system keyboard will no longer crash the app

    Vocabulary Updates:

    • Added a BRAND NEW French WordPower 120 File
    • Communication Journey Aphasia files added whiteboard pages

    WordPower

    • Added “I Spy…” “something (SOCIAL) to all English files, except WP20 Simply
    • Added “Veo algo…” (FRASES) to all Spanish files
    • Added “safari” to English files except WP20 Simply and WP25
    • Added “fun” to “My day was…” on SOCIAL page
    • Added “¡Me divertí!” and “¡Nos divertimos!” to the Spanish “Hoy me fue” pages
    • WP60 Basic & Higher - Added all of the ‘character traits’ adjectives to the ADJ A-Z pages
    • All WordPower files - Changed date from 2020 to 2021

     


  • TouchChat® by Saltillo Introduces the 2.27 Update!

    In this latest update from TouchChat, you won't want to miss the following cool new features. For more information and demonstrations of the following, be sure to check out our What's New video!

    What apps/devices does this update apply to?

    • TouchChat App
    • TouchChat Express
    • The new Via™ Pro

    Working with Pages

    • Update 2.27 adds a feature that allows you to create and designate pages to be a template or the home page.
    • You also have the option to add a new blank page from the menu option and then link it to your desired button.
    • You can determine which page you want to be your home page. Since the home page is the starting point for all of the words in your vocabulary, you cannot delete the home page. If you try to delete it, a message will advise you to set a different page as the home page.
    • If you try to edit a page layout and unassign the home page, you will be prompted with this message stating you need to select another page as your home page

    Open Apps

    • When using the open app button action, you will find apps by the same developer are grouped together.
    • Step by step apps are now added to the open app options.

    Readtopia Supports added to WordPower™42 & 60 Basic

    What is Readtopia?
    Readtopia is a special education curriculum designed for teachers working with older students. It is an integrated curriculum offering support across many domains – ELA, Math, Social Studies, Life Skills and Science.

    • Try it for free and take a video tour of the curriculum where you can explore entire units that feature a wide variety of materials. You can even download a sample for yourself!
    • To support the use of the Readtopia curriculum, over 80 fun words have been added to WordPower 42 and 60 Basic files
    • "Imagine" has been added as a new category, giving you access to words like magic, dream, ghost, witch, monster and more.
    • Another favorite is the character trait page, which is also linked in the reading page and provides great words for describing!
    • LessonPix is also providing many support boards for Readtopia. Visit https://lessonpix.com/.
    • The AAC Language Lab will also be offering smart charts, or symbol sequences, to assist in locating vocabulary found in the Readtopia curriculum. https://aaclanguagelab.com/

    To learn more about the 2.27 Update and the vocabulary updates you may have missed in 2.25 & 2.6, don't forget to check out our What's New video!

     

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