International Language On-Screen Keyboard for Windows
Default Layout of US English On-Screen Keyboard
SofType 4.5 has been designed specifically for use with both US English and other languages. SofType has the same capability to enter text into Windows applications as SofType 4.2. Please follow the link for more information about SofType 4.2.
SofType 4.5 uses the "Input Locals" capability within Windows for specific characters and their keyboard locations in each language. SofType 4.5 and Windows work together to automatically make these keyboard changes once the input locals have been properly configured. If SofType 4.5 is only used with one language, configuration is not required. If multiple languages are used on one machine, then SofType 4.5 will change the keyboard layout as applications associated with different languages are used. When focus is transferred between applications the keyboard will change to the language associated with that application. These changes are handled automatically by Windows and SofType 4.5.
Windows installations that generally use the Roman character set are compatible with SofType 4.5. For more information regarding the use of multiple languages please refer to "Input Locals" within the Windows Help system.
The two examples above are indicative of the keyboard layouts available using SofType 4.5 with Windows Input Locals feature. Although not shown in the two examples above, the word lists can be setup for one language or for each language used on one machine.
SofType is a software utility which replaces the functionality of a standard keyboard with a full featured on-screen keyboard. SofType can be accessed using a mouse or mouse emulator such as the HeadMouse™ Extreme. SofType is compatible with Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7. SofType works by generating an image of a keyboard on the computer screen. When a key is selected, the character represented by that key is sent to the active Windows application.
AutoClick and Dragger
SofType has a built-in dwell selection feature called AutoClick™. When AutoClick is enabled, clicking functions are performed by holding the pointer motionless (dwell) for a programmable length of time.
The Jitter Box feature can be adjusted for a user's capability to control the mouse pointer. Jitter Box is used to enlarge the AutoClick target area and thereby compensate for user instability.
Dragger™ is a toolbar integrated into SofType which allows AutoClick and single-switch users to perform all of 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 also has an AutoClick Rest (On/Off) button, which enables and disables AutoClick's dwell feature.
Floating the Dragger toolbar is a very functional way to use Dragger. This will allow you to position Dragger on a seldom-used area of the screen. SofType's keyboard can be hidden and still allow the use of Dragger's dwell feature. This is especially useful while using applications which do not require text entry, such as a web browser or card game like Solitaire.
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.
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.
The Default layout with word prediction enabled and Dragger disabled.
A qwerty layout with word prediction enabled and Dragger disabled.
Menus are suppressed and shifted characters are shown.
Menus are suppressed and Dragger toolbar docked in the keyboard.
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 an Internet service provider can be entered with only two clicks.
Compatibility and Notices
- SofType 4.2 and 4.5 are for use with Windows 2000, XP, Vista and Windows 7
- The feature that enables a SofType 4.5 user to log into Windows is not available on systems running Windows Vista and Windows 7
- SofType 4.5 and SofType 4.2 do not use the same keyboard layout file format, therefore layout files created for SofType 4.2 must be modified before they can be used with SofType 4.5
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