Picture Speech Blog

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Version 1.4 Update Now Available

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Picture Speech has another update available within the App Store, Version 1.4. This release is all about making it easier for you to capture and listen to text.

We have completely redesigned the process of capturing content to make it easier for you to use. The main new feature of this update is that content no longer needs to be saved to listen to. Basically, after the first sign in process, you can capture and listen to your content offline. This offline process only applies to capture and the first time you listen to it. If you then want to save the content, it will require you to have an internet connection. But, if the content is no longer relevant, you can delete it after listening to it.

As well as redesigning the application, improvements have also been carried out. With the main new feature being that content no longer needs to be saved when you want to listen to it, icons have been added to the preview screen to support this process. On the top left hand side, on the preview screen, there is now a red delete icon which allows you to delete your irrelevant captured text and on the other side is a cloud icon to save it to our secure cloud. Also with V1.4, you can now edit a title of a note after it has been saved to the cloud.

We hope you enjoy this new update and as always please contact us via our feedback site http://picturespeech.co.uk/support to help us develop the application further.

Version 1.4 Release Notes

This release is all about making it easier for you to capture and listen to text.

We’ve completely redesigned the process of capturing content :

  • Capture content and listen to it offline (after first sign in)
  • Offline content only applies to the capture and first listen, saves require an internet connection
  • It is best to be connected during the capture process where possible
  • Content no longer needs to be saved to listen to
  • You can listen to and edit content within the preview screen
  • You can delete a capture if you don’t want to use it after listening to it

Other improvements

  • You can now edit a title of a note after it has been saved to the cloud
  • Fixes an issue that crashed whilst editing notebooks or refreshing notebooks
  • New icons to indicate what you can do on the preview screen (Delete or Save to Cloud)

Version 1.3 Release Notes

We’ve released a small update that adds a few new features and fixes. The next update will be available within the next few weeks and provide a much easier experience to capture and listen to content. We look forward to sharing that with you then.

• Adding a note when within a notebook will now automatically set up the chosen notebook for you
• Ability to like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter from the Profile tab
• Added a setting to automatically go to take a photo on the Capture tab on first load
• Fixed an issue that would show up Profile controls whilst scrolling
• Other minor fixes and performance improvements

Plus all of the new editing and usability improvements from V1.1 & V1.2

Available Now at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/picture-speech/id903813705?ls=1&mt=8 and on your App Store updates.

We appreciate your feedback in helping us develop Picture Speech, visit www.picturespeech.com/support to contact us

Dyslexia Awareness Week

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This years Dyslexia Awareness Week is from Monday 3rd to Sunday 9th November 2014. The aim for this annual event is not just raising awareness, but also showcasing the achievements that people with dyslexia have made. The theme for this year is ‘Dyslexia Matters’. Below are some interesting articles that bring to light what dyslexia is and how you can still fulfil your dreams.


Sally Gardner, an award-winning children’s author, wrote an article explaining how her dyslexia did not stop her from becoming the woman she is today. From a young age, Sally found school difficult as she was not able to spell anything; but now she doesn’t think of dyslexia as a disability but rather as a gift. Read more here.

Jacob Heywood, an 11 year old schoolboy, inspired a national dyslexia campaign and helped raise awareness of the condition. During his time at school, his peers were unable to understand why he learnt in a different way. Even though he experienced this, he didn’t give up and instead he decided to spread awareness of dyslexia throughout his entire school. He is now using his passion for football to raise funds for Dyslexia Cymru. Read more here.

Henry Winkler, an award-winning children’s writer and dyslexia awareness campaigner, shares how he was completely befuddled by school. Throughout school, he tried extremely hard to succeed but no matter how hard he tried, he could’t do it. Looking back, he now understands that he is not defined by school. No mater how difficult things may get, it has nothing to do what how brilliant you are. Instead, it is good thinking and good thoughts that make you smart. With this in mind, he has now written 26 books.  Read more here.

Spellzone, an online English spelling course, writes a blog for Dyslexia Awareness Week. Within their blog, they mention what the National Awareness Days say about dyslexia and they also introduce some recourses that they have to support individuals with dyslexia. Read more here.

Jonathan Whitmore, how technology can play an important role in supporting individuals with dyslexia. Within this article, it specfically explains how desktop speech recognition can be beneficial for those with dyslexia as they are able to enjoy all of the information sharing, communication and entertainment. Read more here.

Sherri Turnquist has added a selection of links to build awareness on Dyslexia. Each link has different focuses and different purposes. Read more here.


We hope you are enjoying Dyslexia Awareness Week and that we are a small part of it.