We are extremely excited to announce the release of Picture Speech, this is our first new release out of our new in house development team at Unionloft.
Picture Speech is a free app that allows you to capture and listen to any type of text. We’ve strived to make it as simple as possible to capture books, text, pictures and documents which you can then listen to that content back. You can save the content to notebooks and have them synced to our private and secure cloud.
The app is initially launching on any devices iOS 7 or higher however we strongly recommend that you use an iPhone 4s, iPad 3 or later device since these have a higher resolution camera. We also are happy to support iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus out of the box with extra support for those massive new screen sizes. You’ll see enhanced features on the 6 and 6 Plus such as a 3 column layout with more coming soon.
When developing Picture Speech we had a few key markets to target, specifically for people suffering with dyslexia. We however found that the app can have a purpose for anyone with the key being “Capture and listen. Don’t just read”.
To help our users we have quite a few accessibility settings that can be changed. You are able to choose the gender of the voice, either British male or American female. You can also choose how fast they will talk. With the use of Dynamic Type in iOS we allow you to change the font size to make it easier to read along, this reflects your overall system font size preference. We also have used the colour yellow as this is an easier colour to read on, we intend to introduce more colours at a later date. Whilst you listen to your note you will even see the word that is currently being spoken along the bottom of the screen. We know there is more we can approve on in terms of accessibility and encourage you to provide feedback to us.
We can’t wait to see the different ways many people will use the app. Picture Speech is available now in the App Store (download here). It is completely free to download and we won’t be charging for features that are in the app at Version 1. We encourage you to provide us with feedback and let us know what you would like to see in the app at http://picturespeech.com/support, your feedback will directly contribute to each version release.
Capture and listen. Don’t just read.