Back to School!

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It’s September again – that means back to school in the UK for teachers and students alike. The first day back can be just as daunting and exciting for teachers as it is for the pupils!

Watch this short video to find out how one local teacher, John Emerson from Clounagh Junior High School, feels about the new term and how he plans to integrate Read&Write Gold with his lessons.

Many thanks to John and Clounagh Junior High School for taking part in this video.

Get started with Read&Write Gold!

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Get Started with Read&Write Gold!

We know it can be difficult getting to grips with something new! That’s why we’ve created this great new video to help get started with the latest version of Read&Write Gold.

Whether you’re using it for study, work or just in everyday life, we’re sure there are some handy hints and tips in the video that can help you!

Just in case you’re not too familiar with Read&Write Gold, here’s some background. Our award-winning Read&Write Gold software is used around the globe to help struggling readers, those with literacy difficulties, such as dyslexia and English Language Learners. Our clever toolbar hosts an array of powerful reading, writing and study support tools and discreetly integrates will all major applications. With these tools you can be sure that you never make another mistake in your assignments, emails and even Social Media status updates.

Now that you know what it is, click here to see Read&Write Gold in action!

Read&Write 11 is here!

We are very pleased to announce that the latest version of our award-winning software, Read&Write Gold is now available!

The latest release sees Read&Write Gold take on a whole new look and feel as well as including some exciting new features and enhancements.

Watch this short interview with Martin (our Chief Technical Officer) discussing what’s new in Read&Write Gold.

Let us know what you think of Read&Write Gold’s new look!

To try Read&Write Gold for yourself you can download a 30 day free trial here.

iReadWrite for your iPad

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March was a very busy month for all of us at Texthelp – mainly due to the exciting release of our brand new iPad app, iReadWrite. The App is suitable for all ages and makes working on the iPad more accessible for those with low literacy and learning difficulties such as dyslexia. It’s the first time we’ve developed a stand-alone product for the iPad, so we’re all very keen to find out what people think of it! Since it’s launch in early March, we’ve developed Australian and South African versions, available to purchase in the respective App stores.

This great video shows you how all the features of iReadWrite work.

To find out more about the app, visit the App store today!

One of our first iReadWrite customers has sent us a review of the product. Find out what he thinks of it below:

“A decent first foray into the iPad app marketplace from long standing assistive software suppliers Texthelp. The new iReadWrite iOS app tries to replicate many of the most useful features of its established big brother, Read&Write, available on both Windows and Mac platforms, and for the most part achieves that.

“iReadWrite’s primary functions are to read text back to you, using one of two available high quality voices, and check your spelling and grammar. Features I particularly liked are the fact the app does not need a Wi-Fi or cellular connection to work, the intuitive interface, the facility to listen as you type (this makes it really easy to hear your mistakes), the powerful word prediction feature, an excellent dictionary, and a reasonable choice of fonts, including Open Dyslexic.

“Once you have typed up some text, there are some decent export features, to email, Messenger, Facebook and Twitter – one feature I would love to see in an update, is export to Audio, which could then sync with iTunes, this is one of the most popular features of Read&Write, especially amongst students, and it would be a perfect fit for the iOS platform. Another omission I would like to see in an update, is Cloud save integration, to the likes of Dropbox, Google Drive and Skydrive.

“The two supplied voices are excellent, and whilst I know that these high quality voices are not cheap to produce and include with software, it would be nice to have more choice – again, the choice to purchase additional voices from an “in-app purchase” in a future update, would be a nice addition.

“The price point for an app is a tricky area. Users are used to paying anything from 69p to £4.99 for most apps these days. This is a high end app which will increase many users productivity, and compared to the price of Read & Write for Windows and Mac, it’s a steal at the current £19.99 price point. As it stands, iReadWrite is a very good app, however there is room for improvement, and its early days – I will be watching with interest for future updates and how this app is received in the community.”

Andy Lees, DSA Assessor, Herriot Watt University

If you have purchased iReadWrite, we’d love to hear what you think of it! Simply email us your comments and suggestions to r.houston@texthelp.com!

BETT 2013 Round up!

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Welcome Back! It’s been a busy month here at Texthelp with our team out visiting customers and exhibiting at shows, including BETT 2013 at its new location in ExCel London. A small team from Texthelp made the annual pilgrimage to London this year for BETT, excited to show off our dyslexia software and the new look stand!

This year on the stand we decided to take a whole new approach and went for something completely different! If you take a look below you can see the theme we went for – Reach your potential. We chose the salmon swimming upstream to represent people’s struggle to reach their potential. The quote from Albert Einstein (who experts believe was dyslexic) says, “Everybody is a genius but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree…” This means that everyone is talented in their own way. If you can only judge someone by what they can’t do, then you won’t be able to see what the person can do.

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For some of the team it was their first visit to BETT, Carolyn from our marketing team made her first trip to the annual show this year and said, “I did not know what to expect at all. The sheer size of the exhibition took me by complete surprise and the buzz and energy in the hall was brilliant. As a member of the marketing team, what I enjoyed most was seeing what the different stands had to offer and how they promoted themselves. Between being amazed by giant character mascots on some stands and seeing some seriously funky promotional items, I definitely have some great ideas for next year!”

Laura, from the education team, who had only been with us for a few weeks before she jetted off to BETT said, “I had a great experience at BETT, I especially enjoyed meeting people who had dyslexia as I gained a better insight into the difficulties they face with reading problems and the writing support they need. It was also great hearing from those who use Read&Write GOLD and getting the positive feedback on how it has improved their lives.”

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We also ran a competition for people who visited our stand at BETT, offering a Read&Write GOLD site licence for their school, along with sponsorship for a school team of their choice. All the entrants had to do was to tell us why their school needed Read&Write GOLD! We’ve just recently picked a winner from all the fabulous entries – congratulations to Laura Tarve from Eagle House School for winning her school a Read&Write GOLD site licence! We look forward to hearing how the school are using our literacy support software and sponsoring one of their sports teams or societies.

We were joined by Arran and Alan from the British Dyslexia Association for a day who gave us an insight into dyslexia, the symptoms, such as struggling with reading and writing and how our software offers great support!

Visitors to our stand at BETT got a chance to have a sneak preview of our brand new iPad App! Visitors were given a chance to have a play around with this as well as seeing Read&Write for Google Docs in action!

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Our team came back filled with positivity about our products and we’re already planning for next year’s show with some exciting ideas up our sleeves!

Did you visit BETT this year? What did you think of the show and its new location?

See you soon!

Welcome to our Blog!

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Welcome to our blog – Texthelp Talks Back!

We are a group of people who are striving to produce excellent software to help our users improve their reading and writing skills as well as supporting English language learning. This is the place where we’ll try and give you an insight as to what goes on inside our company!

We want to share with you our exciting news and developments, get your input and opinions and let you in on some insider knowledge from an assistive technology company. So, what does Texthelp do? We are a company who develops literacy support software. “Literacy support software? What’s that?” I hear you ask. I too wondered this about five months ago, before I started working at Texthelp. Essentially, we develop software to help individuals who struggle with reading and/or need some writing support to become confident and independent learners. However, since joining Texthelp five months ago, I now realise we do so much more! We also produce some great English language learning software, we offer support on iPad, iPhone and mobile devices and we have software to develop oral reading fluency.

But that’s enough about what we do for now! More importantly, who are we? We are a highly skilled team from far and wide, based in a little town in Northern Ireland called Antrim, who you will get to know over the course of this blog. We have a lot of fun on a day-to-day basis coming up with new wacky marketing ideas as well as new concepts and branding for our products. We are looking forward to bringing you more exciting news from HQ very soon and hearing your views.

For more information and news directly from us, you can visit our website!

See you soon,

Ruth
PS. One of the features of our Read&Write GOLD software is a Speech Maker function. By using this we can produce an MP3 version of each of our blog entries for you to listen to. You can find it at the top of each of our posts!