Picture Speech Blog

Capture and listen. Don't just read.

Introducing Picture Speech


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.

Accessibility Features in Picture Speech


Picture Speech is an app that is designed to support you. Whether it is to support you in your learning, your occupation or just general reading within your daily life. Picture Speech allows you to capture and listen to any type of text. This app lets you listen to the text you have captured or written within the app. We’ve taken a number of steps to support everyones needs.

This app gives you the option to capture or insert text. You can capture text from various sources such as books, pictures and documents. If you were to insert text, then you can copy, paste or write your text in to listen to. With these two options, it can support you in all types of situations. For example, if you are struggling to read a document, Picture Speech gives you the confidence to stay independent. Rather than seeking help from others, you would simply capture the text into the app which you can then listen back to.

This entire app is designed to be simple with a clean user interface. We have also included a number of accessibility features such as a yellow background since research has shown white backgrounds should be avoided on paper, computers an visual aids as it can appear to be too dazzling for those who are dyslexic (http://www.bdadyslexia.org.uk/about-dyslexia/further-information/dyslexia-style-guide.html). We also offer the ability to change the speed of the reading voice and the gender. We are planning to include further accessibility features such as more colours as some individuals with dyslexia have their own colour preference. We welcome everyone to provide us with feedback on accessibility features that they would like to see at http://picturespeech.com/support.

What is Picture Speech?


Picture Speech is a free app that allows you to capture and listen to any type of text.

“Capture and listen. Don’t just read.”

Selling points

  • Simple and clean user interface
  • Unlimited uses for any purpose.
  • Free to download and use with no in-app purchases
  • Universal app for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch
  • Fully supports iPhone 6 screen.


  • Capture books, text, pictures and documents
  • Copy, paste or write text to listen to
  • Listen to captured content
  • Create, organise and edit notebooks
  • Add your own personal cover to your notebooks
  • Sync your notebooks to our secure, private cloud
  • Change your voice options (speed and gender)