On-Screen Keyboard for Windows
SofType is a software utility which replaces the functionality of a desktop keyboard with a full featured, on-screen keyboard. SofType can be accessed using a mouse or mouse emulator such as the HeadMouse® Extreme. SofType works by generating an image of a keyboard on the computer screen. When a key is selected (clicked), the character represented by that key is sent to the Windows application with focus.
AutoClick™ and Dragger™
SofType has a built-in dwell clicking feature called AutoClick for automatically generating mouse button clicks. When AutoClick is enabled, mouse button clicks are performed by holding the pointer motionless for a programmable length of time – the AutoClick Delay or dwell time. The specific mouse button action taken is controlled using the Dragger toolbar.
The Jitter Box feature is used to compensate for a user's inability to hold the mouse pointer motionless for the dwell time. Jitter Box is an adjustable and imaginary box at the tip of the mouse pointer that defines the area the pointer must stay within to trigger an AutoClick.
Dragger™ is a toolbar integrated into SofType; which allows AutoClick users and single-switch users to perform all the common clicking functions of a two-button mouse. Specific buttons on the Dragger toolbar are associated with the common clicking functions -- Double Click, Left Drag, Right Click and Right Drag. Dragger has an AutoClick Rest (On/Off) button, which enables and disables AutoClick's dwell feature. There are also other Dragger buttons for keyboard management features such as rearranging the Dragger toolbar, hiding the keyboard, and quickly moving the keyboard between the top and bottom of the screen. SofType's keyboard can be dragged anywhere on the screen just like any other window, but with Dragger's convenient Move Top/Bottom button, only one click is required to move the keyboard from any location to the closest top or bottom screen edge. If SofType is already on a screen edge it will move to the opposite edge with a single click of Dragger's Top/Bottom button.
The Dragger toolbar can be "docked" to the keyboard or free floating on the Windows Desktop. When SofType's keyboard is hidden, Dragger's toolbar will remain visible. This means Dragger's mouse button features are still available even when the keyboard is hidden. This is especially useful with applications that usually don't require text entry, such as web browsing or playing a game. The Dragger toolbar can be shown on any keyboard layout.
If you need the features of Dragger without a keyboard you will be interested in our stand-alone version.
Predictive Word Completion
Word Prediction eliminates keystrokes when words are selected from the word list. As you begin to type, a list of words is displayed in the Word Bar, which match the spelling of the word you type. When your word appears in the list, simply select that word. This feature will automatically complete the word and add a space at the end. The word prediction window can be shown on any layout.
SofType offers a variety of keyboard layouts ranging from a very basic keyboard such as an alphabetic layout to a more comprehensive keyboard such as the Qwerty layout. It is also possible to create your own keyboard layout by using a text editor to edit an existing layout. All aspects of a keyboard layout can be modified. Parameters associated with keys including key size, font size, styles and colors are changed through menu selections, and by dragging the keyboard window edge. Background colors can also be modified using a simple dialog box.
SofType with English alphabetical layout, and word prediction and Dragger disabled.
International Languages Supported
SofType displays keyboard layouts in languages supported by Windows. For example, when the French input method is selected, the French layout shown below is displayed. In addition to the layout, a separate word list is maintained for each language, and when changing the input method from one language to another the word list will automatically change as well.
The Default layout in French with word prediction and Dragger disabled and show all characters enabled.
The Default layout in Swedish with word prediction and Dragger disabled and show all characters enabled.
Macro and Abbreviation Expansion
Macro capability and abbreviation expansion make using SofType easier and more enjoyable by eliminating keystrokes when entering frequently used phrases, commands and other text entries. For example, using SofType's macro capability, complete log on sequences to a web site can be entered with only two clicks.
Windows Log On and Start Up
SofType can be used at Windows start up to log into a user account, and when a User Account Control (UAC) dialog box opens for Windows security.
SofType 5 is for use with Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8.
For using SofType with Windows XP, contact Origin Instruments
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