Record your own voice for the book narrative

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Record your own voice for the book narrative

Record your own voice for the book narrative New Functionality: User can now record their own audio for each sentence. Look out for the microphone symbol below on the book editor. User can now optionally use their own audio or use the robot speech voice. User can now view the full story text when reading a book if no page artwork is available. (Instead of scrolling to view each line, all five rows are now shown when no page image is added) Fixes; Rewritten for IOS7 with major code changes under the hood. Fixes application crashes. Fixes corrupted or large images in the word Library. Fixes bugs with word to image typing functionality. Fixes ‘Create Book’ crash when the user was hitting the return key. Fixes issue when scrolling through the image or book list views where it was constantly reloading images. Note: Should any issues still persist after the upgrade. Please delete and perform a clean...

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A father’s experience with his autistic daughter

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A father’s experience with his autistic daughter

My daughter Nieve was diagnosed with autism at two years of age. As I will explain a little further on, it wasn’t a complete surprise. When she was born, she was rushed into the special care baby unit, where it was touch and go. She remained there for two weeks. The reason? She swallowed meconium – the first stools whilst still in the womb. This lead to a severe lack of oxygen during the birthing process, which added to her complications. After making a remarkable recovery she was ready to leave the hospital, the pediatrician voiced her concern that Nieve may have life-long learning difficulties as a result, even though a brain scan revealed no obvious signs of damage. During the first two years before her diagnosis, I would watch endless documentaries on the Discovery channel regarding all kinds of challenging conditions. However, I was always drawn to programs about autism and recognised many of the traits in Nieve. Even though many were subtle at that age, her distinct lack of eye contact and not crying out for hugs or attention was a concern. Having a diagnosis was very straightforward for us. As she was still under the care of the hospital and “in the system”, her condition was picked up early. We would later learn from other parents that obtaining a formal diagnosis can be an extremely frustrating and arduous experience, so we were very lucky. On the day of the diagnosis, the specialist simply observed Nieve getting up to all kinds of mischief in the doctor’s room. We found ourselves endlessly apologising. However, the doctor was simply observing Nieve, seeing how she interacted with her and the environment. She was constantly turning the taps on, almost flooding the place at times, pulling the curtains back and forth and generally getting more and more erratic as time went by. I was convinced the doctor would be writing an assessment on a naughty two year old rather than an autistic child. She then sat forward in a purposeful manner, and in a very soft and empathic tone, delivered the autism diagnosis. It was delivered in a very sensitive way, like the news of a death or a terminal illness. Obviously it’s not a death in a conventional way, but the death of a certain type of future the parent may have envisaged for their child. As emotional as were, we were both actually very relieved. The diagnosis offered some kind of closure and a direction to turn, in order to get help and advice. But it still niggles me, would she have been autistic anyway? or was it the lack oxygen. In all other areas she is healthy and able, although a bit gangly on her feet. Her main difficulty is her lack of clear speech and ability for conversation, which was especially acute up to the age of...

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Release 1.0.3 out now with Larger Images and Words

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The latest release is now in the app store (1.0.3) This releases includes much larger images and words for new books created by the user. It also includes some minor bug fixes. Make sure you download the latest updates from the app store. Look for the App Store icon on your home screen with a number indicating that updates are available for your...

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Changes / Fixes coming soon.

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We have received some positive feedback, along with helpful constructive suggestions to help make the app great!. Here are some of the features that will be added very soon with updated versions of the app. 1. We will be doubling the size of the book words and images placed above them for new books. 2. On book pages that don’t have page artwork we will display the full narrative and images in the middle of the screen, rather than at the bottom. 3. Add the ability to record your own audio narrative per book page. 4. Add the ability to record your own voice for any word. Fixes being worked on to be released in an updated versions: 1. Issue with HD images taken using the camera crashing the application. (If this is happening now, please delete that image from the Image to Word library or the book if the issue persists) 2. Book scrolling page becoming sticky with lots of books. (At present some of these images are taken in high definition which adds to load times) We are evolving the app as we move along and listen to your feedback. Kind Regards Ian...

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