Penfriend XL is a powerful screen reader with multiple onscreen keyboards.
Penfriend XL works in nine European languages and has all the other features of Penfriend XP. Now with even better prediction, more voices, homophones and many other improvements. It offers considerable support for users with special needs, helping with spelling, confidence and speed of composing text.
Penfriend XL is built on the well established Penfriend XP. As well as multiple languages it adds screen reading and multiple onscreen keyboards. It helps anyone learning foreign languages. It provides speech feedback and screen reading of virtually any text from web or word processor in native voices, highlighting words as they are spoken. It will also simplify the typing of European languages when your computer is set to operate in the UK. It comes with several lexicons for each language which currently include French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and Swedish as well as UK English and Scottish Gaelic. It even has Latin lexicons. It will also help those with dyslexia and physical disabilities in English and any of the other languages it covers, providing the highest quality word prediction available.
Topic vocabulary can easily be added. Thus if you are working on a specific textbook and the text is available in electronic form, in about a minute you can teach Penfriend the new words in that book.If we don’t have a lexicon for a language you want to use you can produce your own if you have substantial amounts of text in that language in electronic form.
New preferences have been introduced. For instance you can now set the minimum length of word predicted. Thus when selected, Penfriend will only predict words longer than a length you set.
Over time further lexicons, including topic lexicons will be provided on the Penfriend website. For most of the commoner languages native voices are available.
Product Comparison Table
Many of the features in Penfriend are optional under the control of the user.
|Features||Penfriend XP||Penfriend XL|
|Type on hover.|
|Speak on Hover.|
|Alphabetical sorting of predictions, as an option.|
|Horizontal layout of predictions, as an option.|
|Display options, giving clearer and more colourful display of predictions.|
|Improved smart punctuation, and learning words within quotations.|
|Improved interaction and keystrokes including tabs.|
|Improved speaking of words.|
|Expanded abbreviations – unlimited length and number of abbreviations. Up to 12 expansions for each abbreviation.|
|Learns words in inverted commas and after tabbing.|
|Empty Lexicon for simplifying the production of topic lexicons|
|Ability to change fonts, font sizes and font, background and highlighting colours.|
|Predictor display fixed or follow cursor.|
|Selection of words by numbers or function keys or number keypad.|
|Word Prediction in English UK and US.|
|Word Prediction in other languages, French, German, Italian, Portugese, Latin, Spanish, Swedish, Scottish Gaelic.|
|English On-Screen Keyboard.|
|Multi Language On-Screen Keyboards.|
|Create topic lexicons.|
|Create lexicons and predict in new languages (Latin 1 characters)|
|Edit words, recency, capitalisation etc in lexicons|
|Prediction on word frequency and recency|
|Word length control|
|Ability to prevent prediction of specific words|
|Spelling, Thesaurus, Dictionaries and translation*|
|Analysis of spelling mistakes|
|Learn new words as you type|
|Learn words from Clipboard or Text file|
|Next word prediction|
|Learn new words|
|Highlight, speak and enter predicted words|
|Integration with Clicker 5.2 and 4|
|Abbreviation Expansion, up to 12 expansions for any abbreviation|
|Works on networks|
|Free downloadable Demonstration version|
|Downloadable Upgrade patch|