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Assistiveware Legacy Products

If you're looking for SwitchXS and VisioVoice, Assistiveware has discontinued these products. Apple has incorporated mostly equivalent products within the MacOS operating system. In the case of SwitchXS the feature is called Switch Control and for VisioVoice they are called VoiceOver and Zoom. Apple does not offer an equivalent to Proloquo, but the Mac has never proven to be a popular augmentative communication device.

Assistiveware believes that the capability added to the MacOS built-in keyboard in the next MacOS release will make KeyStrokes mostly redundant. Therefore, Assistiveware has announced that KeyStrokes will be retired after Apple releases MacOS 10.13; which is anticipated for Fall 2017.

Further, Apple has announced that, "macOS High Sierra (10.13) will be the last macOS release to support 32-bit apps without compromise." ALL macOS applications that Origin Instruments has ever distributed for Assistiveware are 32-bit apps. macOS 10.14 is expected to be released in the Fall of 2018.

We will continue to offer support for Assistiveware products on compatible versions of macOS.

Follow this link for information about MacOS built-in Accessibility.


KeyStrokes LogoKeyStrokes™ ** See Important Notice **

KeyStrokes is a full-function, advanced on-screen keyboard providing people with physical impairments as well as graphic tablet and touch screen users full access to the computer. KeyStrokes enables a person using a mouse, trackball, head pointer or other mouse emulator such as the HeadMouse® Nano, to type characters into any standard Mac OS X application. For those who can position the pointer, but not click the mouse buttons, the integrated Dwellix™ system-wide dwell-based utility allows mouse button clicks to be entered by simply holding the cursor motionless for an adjustable period of time.

Click to learn more about KeyStrokes – On-screen Keyboard (Mac OS)


LayoutKitchen LogoLayoutKitchen™

LayoutKitchen is an editor for SwitchXS™ scan panels,KeyStrokes® keyboards and Proloquo® speech panels. SwitchXS users can use LayoutKitchen to create their own scan panels (sometimes also referred to as scan keyboards) with just those keys, controls and functions they need, thereby greatly enhancing the power and versatility of SwitchXS. KeyStrokes users can use LayoutKitchen to design custom keyboards with images, colors and fonts with a variety of keys and functions. Proloquo users can use LayoutKitchen to create their own speech panels for easy access of commonly used phrases or, when images are used on the buttons, to build communication panels for people who cannot read or write.

Click to learn more about LayoutKitchen – Editor for SwitchXS, Proloquo and Keystrokes (Mac OS)


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